It’s the final week of league play. Playoff pairings will be announced on Saturday.
A look at the west valley’s best:
No. 1 La Salle (25-5)
Ready for another CIF-SS title run No. 2 Flintridge Sacred Heart (23-4)
Will share Mission League title with Harvard-Westlake No. 3 South Pasadena (17-2)
First Rio Hondo League title in 31 years No. 4 Mayfield (19-1)
Back on top of the Prep League No. 5 Pasadena Poly (15-5)
Should finish tied with Chadwick for second No. 6 San Gabriel (22-2-1)
Another Almont League crown No. 7 Arcadia (15-5)
Won’t share Pacific League title if Apaches beat Crescenta Valley No. 8 Gabrielino (23-6)
Perfect Mission Valley League finish No. 9 Monrovia (18-8)
Split series with La Canada No. 1o La Canada (9-20)
May be best sub-.500 team in valley
Others to watch:
Rio Hondo Prep (16-10)
St. Monica (15-3-1)
The second round of league play beginning for most schools
A look at the west valley’s best:
No. 1 La Salle (19-4)
Only losses are to nationally ranked teams in three games in tournaments No. 2 Flintridge Sacred Heart (13-3)
Rematch with Harvard-Westlake on Thursday at FSHA. Mission League title at sake No. 3 South Pasadena (11-1)
Will play host to La Canada Thursday afternoon No. 4 Mayfield (14-1)
Plays Pasadena Poly on Thursday at home No. 5 Pasadena Poly (10-2)
Need to close out when getting 2-0 lead No. 6 San Gabriel (17-2-1)
One-game loss to Monrovia in Gabrielino tournament ended 16-match winning steak No. 7 Gabrielino (20-5)
Swept first half of Mission Valley League No. 8 Arcadia (12-5)
Will share Pacific title if Apaches win out No. 9 La Canada (7-12)
Never count the Spartans out No. 10 Duarte (14-8)
Still undefeated in Montview League
Others to watch:
Rio Hondo Prep (15-7)
St. Monica (11-3-1)
Tops in the west valley:
No. 1 La Salle (13-2)
Del Rey League a respite No. 2 Flintridge Sacred Heart (9-3)
Harvard-Westlake scored sweep No. 3 South Pasadena (8-1)
Ended La Canada’s league streak at 69 No. 4 Pasadena Poly (7-1)
Had week off No. 5 Mayfield (8-0)
Let’s see how Cubs do in Ayala tournament this weekend No. 6 Gabrielino (13-3)
Last five matches 3-0 sweeps No. 7 San Gabriel (11-1-1)
Played Keppel in league on Tuesday No. 8 Arcadia (8-4)
Crescenta Valley (3-1) on Thursday No. 9 Westridge (11-3)
Returns to league play on Tuesday No. 10 Monrovia (7-6)
Will play La Canada Thursday
They’re early into league play (or they’re starting this week); a look at the west valley’s best:
No. 1 La Salle (11-2)
Back-to-back over division’s No. 2 (St. Lucy’s) and No. 8 (FSHA) teams No. 2 Flintridge Sacred Heart (8-2)
Went down in 4 vs. La Salle, but looked better than St. Lucy’s vs. La Salle No. 3 South Pasadena (5-1)
Only loss to FSHA; beat Poly in three No. 4 Pasadena Poly (7-1)
Swept Westridge and beat San Gabriel in own tournament final No. 5 Mayfield (6-0)
Needed five game to beat Westridge; Poly in a couple of weeks No. 6 San Gabriel (11-1-1)
Lost to Poly; beat Arcadia in three No. 7 Gabrielino (11-3)
Appears to be back atop Mission Valley League No. 8 Arcadia (8-3)
Proved they’re team to reckon with in Pacific with five-game win over Burroughs No. 9 Westridge (11-3)
Two of the losses to Poly and Mayfield; Tigers better beat at least everyone else in league to get CIF-SS playoff bid because they could do damage there No. 10 Monrovia (6-5)
Can Wildcats beat La Canada again?
Others to watch:
Winning some, losing some vs. much bigger schools St. Monica (6-3-1) Another CIF-SS State appearance on horizon? La Canada (3-10) Spartans are sill dangerous San Marino (7-6) Should be in mix for Rio Hondo
Thursday afternoon’s nonleague football game between host Pasadena Poly and Campbell Hall has been cancelled.
Officials from the North Hollywood school, which suspended its varsity program last year, cited a lack of numbers for the cancellation. Too many players were injured in last Friday’s 47-6 loss to Excelsior Charter, Poly athletic director Steve Beerman said.
La Salle High School boys basketball coach Jelani Gardner resigned on Tuesday, citing differences with school administrators.
“His resignation was based on unresolved differences in the basketball program administration and style and is a result of extensive and thorough reviews and evaluations of the program.” athletic director Anthony Harris said.
Gardner, in his only year with the Lancers, started two talented freshmen, Vance Jackson and Milan Acquuah. The Lancers went 14-10 and lost to St. Genevieve, 75-60, in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
Gardner was a standout player at St. John Bosco. He played at Cal and Pepperdine.
South Pasadena’s Claire Kieffer-Wright finished fourth in her first international competition at the Pan American Junior Games in Medallin, Colombia this past weekend.
Competing for Team USA, the South Pasadena High School senior was one of five jumpers to clear 1.76 meters, 5 feet, 9.29 inches. She finished fourth based on misses.
Cuba’s Dutil Garay Daniellys won gold with no misses.
Kieffer-Wright missed on her first attempt at 1.70 meters, 5-7, and then cleared 1.73 meters, 5-8, and 1.76 meters on her first attempts. She missed on all three attempts at 1.79 meters, 5-10 1/2.
By Keith Lair
Heralded and much-traveled running back Kurt Scoby has been cleared by the CIF-Southern Section to play for Monrovia High School the entire season.
The senior received CIF-SS transfer approval on Friday.
“It’s been a seamless transition,” Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox said. “He’s thrilled. It’s been kind of business as usual. He’s been practicing.”
Scoby has played at Charter Oak and St. Paul. He had previously attended Duarte, Cathedral and Alemany, but never played at any of those schools.
Claire Kieffer-Wright, who starts her senior year at South Pasadena High School in a matter of days, will compete in her first international competition on Saturday in the Pan-
Claire Kieffer-Wright in her team USA uniform
American Junior Championships.
Kieffer-Wright, who won the CIF-Southern Section high jump title last May, will compete for the U.S. in Medellin, Colombia. She is one of two female high jumpers and one of 72 Americans competing in the four-day meet, which begins today.
Kieffer-Wright had one of the top high school marks in the nation last season, clearing 6-feet. She won the CIF State title in 2011.
She qualified for the Pan-Am Games by finishing fourth, on misses, at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. She cleared 5-8 3/4 on her first attempt, but took fourth based on two misses at 5-7 earlier in the competition.
The Pan-Am Games open to athletes age 16 to 19 as of December 31, 2013.
Recent Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy graduate Kayla Mills was selected to the Elite Soccer Report’s high school All-America team. She was selected at forward on the second team, although she played mostly midfield for the Tologs this past season. She will play at USC next season.