La Canada’s Garrett Chin, Flintridge Sacred Heart’s Kirsten Vose are Swimmers of the Year


Staff photos by Keith Birmingham

BOYS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Garrett Chin, La Canada, Senior
There was a quiet fortitude within the La Canada High School boys swimming team this season.
The Spartans did not win the Rio Hondo League title, a crown they have consistently won in recent years. They had several standout swimmers, but the depth of other teams in the league, taking third, fourth and fifth places in the league meets, proved too much for the Spartans to overcome.
“We did not win dual meets, but I told the guys to definitely wait for CIF,” senior Garrett Chin said. “That is where we are going to shine.”
La Canada coach Art Lopez said that his team admittedly struggled through those periods. But his senior athletes, led by Star-News Swimmer of the Year Chin, helped the Spartans overcome those bumps.

GIRLS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Kirsten Vose, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Junior
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy athletes often wear a heart on their warm-up jerseys. The heart replaces the ‘H’ in FSHA.
Competing in the CIF-Southern Section’s top swimming division, one of the smallest schools in the division by enrollment, the Tologs need a lot of heart. They have a student population of about 400, more than a 1,200 students fewer than the division’s champion, Santa Margarita. That can lead to a tight-knit community that has a large collective heart.
That is exactly the way Kirsten Vose took to the water at the CIF-SS finals at Riverside City College.
“At the CIF finals, we came together for the relays and that is all that really matters,” Vose said. “My individual results? I was not too worried.”
Vose helped the Tologs to a sixth-place team finish in the division. For her efforts, she has been selected the Star-News Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year.

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Casey Holcomb, San Marino
Dane Bell, La Canada, junior
Justin Chiu, Keppel, senior
Marco Flores, Flintridge Prep, senior
Peter Loakes, La Canada, senior
Javier Lopez, San Marino, junior
Tenny Chong, Arcadia, Freshman
Douglas Nogueira, St. Francis, Junior
Carlo Sivilotti, Flintridge Prep, Senior
Samuel To, San Marino, Senior
Garrett Tse, South Pasadena, Junior
Andersen Chen, Arcadia, Senior
Kevin Fry, Arcadia, Senior
Calvin Giang, Gabrielino
David Jimenez, Marshall, Junior
Harry Kim, South Pasadena, Sophomore
Sean Kim, Gabrielino, Junior
Andreas Langen, Flintridge Prep, Freshman
Jacob Mullin, South Pasadena, Freshman
Matt Varraveto, La Canada, Junior
Andrew Wright, South Pasadena, Senior

Steve Bergen, Flintridge Sacred Heart
Samantha Campbell, La Canada, senior
Kate Herrill, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Sophomore
Summer Otazu Micah, Maranatha, sophomore
Briana Thai, Alhambra, freshman
Yida Wang, Keppel, junior
Katie Altmayer, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Senior
Gabby Maarse, Pasadena Poly, Freshman
Jacqueline Torrez, La Salle, Sophomore
Madi Witt, Flintridge Prep, Junior
Samantha Zavala, South Pasadena, Senior
Christina Campbell, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Freshman
Heather Grotzinger, Pasadena Poly, Sophomore
Katie Iio, South Pasadena, Junior
Eliza Koh, San Marino, Junior
Jennifer Langen, Flintridge Prep, Senior
Alisha Mah, Keppel, Senior
Michelle Martin, Keppel, Freshman
Samantha Torrez, La Salle, Senior
Rachel Wong, La Canada, Junior
Sabrina Zavala, South Pasadena, Junior

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Monrovia’s Elise McCarthy is Star-News softall player of year


Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

Player of the year: Elise McCarthy, Monrovia, senior
Speed has always been a key cog in the arsenal of Monrovia High School softball standout Elise McCarthy, but nobody knew it would ever take her this far.
If it’s possible, McCarthy got even faster this season. She did so by joining the Wildcats’ track and field team and the results on the softball field were downright amazing.
After hitting a eye-popping .667, scoring 32 runs and going a perfect 18-for-18 in stolen base attempts, McCarthy is the Star-News’ softball Player of the Year.

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Coach of the year: Dave Guzman, Monrovia
First team
Pitcher: Adrienne Guerra, Monrovia, senior
Pitcher: DeeDee Logan, Pasadena Poly, junior
Catcher: Olivia Lam, La Canada, junior
Infield: Olivia Leyva, La Canada, senior
Infield: Kennedy Cribbs, La Salle, senior
Infield: Kellie Natham, Maranatha, junior
Infield: Katy Lee, La Canada, senior
Outfield: Beverlee Valerio, La Salle, senior
Outfield: Sierra Singer, Temple City, junior
Outfield: Derek Blow, Monrovia, senior
Utility: Alexis Parker, Rio Hondo Prep, senior
Second team
Pitcher: Anjelica Amezquita, Maranatha, senior
Pitcher: Paula Damas, La Salle, sophomore
Catcher: Caitlyn Callahan, San Marino, senior
Infield: Kelly Crowley, San Marino, sophomore
Infield: Jazmin Lewis, Temple City, senior
Infield: Brooke Mann, Monrovia, junior
Infield: Kinsley Washington, La Salle, freshman
Outfield: Brenna Gay, La Canada, senior
Outfield: Allison Lee, San Marino, senior
Outfield: Yeram Park, Arcadia, senior
Utility: Cassie Baca, South Pasadena, junior

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Alhambra’s Marcos Briones is All-Area baseball player of year


Photo by Walt Mancini

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Player of the year: Marcos Briones, Alhambra, Sr.
They won’t soon forget about Marcos Briones around Alhambra High School. The record books make that a certainty.
Briones just recently wrapped up a prep baseball career, the feats of which surely won’t be repeated any time soon. For this season, though, he was a force both on the mound and at the plate.
After posting a minuscule 0.40 ERA in 70 2/3 innings pitched, winning nine games and saving four others, and hitting .333 with 16 RBIs and 15 runs scored, Briones is the Star-News Player of the Year.
Coach of the year: Mack Paciorek, San Marino
Not many coaches could lose their ace during nonleague and then proceed to win a league championship. That’s exactly what Paciorek did at San Marino this spring. The Titans lost pitcher Jeff Bain to injury during nonleague and still went on to win the Rio Hondo League championship. It was the school’s first league title in baseball since 1997. Paciorek never let his team skip a beat en route to winning 19 games and a CIF playoff game before a narrow loss to Oaks Christian in the second round of the playoffs.
First team
Pitcher: Miles Glazier, San Marino, Jr.
Pitcher: David Orndorff, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Catcher: Max Warren, San Marino, Sr.
Infielder: Tyler Spitzer, San Marino, Jr.
Infielder: Zack Bern, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Infielder: Nick Carino, Monrovia, Sr.
Infielder: Fernando Rosales, Arcadia, Jr.
Outfield: Kyle Cuellar, La Salle, So.
Outfield: Sumner Smith, Pasadena, Jr.
Outfield: Juan Quinonez, Monrovia, Jr.
Utility: Frankie Garriola, Pasadena, Jr.
Second team
Pitcher: Nick Esparza, Monrovia, Sr.
Pitcher: James Giambalvo, Alhambra, Jr.
Catcher: Johnny Selsor, La Canada, Sr.
Infielder: Andrew Prieto, Alhambra, Jr.
Infielder: Gabe Juarez, Temple City, Jr.
Infielder: Joey Harmon, Arcadia, Sr.
Infielder: Calvin Christiansen, Pasadena, Sr.
Outfield: David Saldate, Alhambra, Sr.
Outfield: Max Heefner, Maranatha, Jr.
Outfield: Kyle Beerman, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Utility: Brendan McKiernan, Flintridge Prep, Sr.

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Pasadena Poly baseball coach Wayne Ellis resigns

Pasadena Poly baseball coach Wayne Ellis, who led the Panthers to the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 semifinals, has resigned after 27 years. He will remain an on-campus teacher.
The Panthers have won 25 out of the last 27 Prep League titles, including 19 consecutive league titles. They won a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 title in 2011, defeating Oxford Academy, 10-0, in the title game. The Panthers went 25-2-1 and he was the division’s coach of the year.
“The kids who showed up for practice are the ones we’ve gone with and it turned out that they played baseball the right way,” Ellis said of his teams.
Ellis, who was a basketball coach at Marshall High School, came to Poly in 1987 to coach the baseball team. He was hired by his brother, then-athletic director Chuck Ellis.
“Baseball was my first love and passion,” Wayne Ellis said.
His 2007 team, which went to the the semifinals, featured pitcher Rob Rasmussen, who plays for the Toronto Blue Jays.
“A lot of quality baseball players and a lot of quality teams have come out of Poly during Coach Ellis’ tenure and he deserves much of the credit for that,” Rasmussen said. “His passion for the game allows him to make the game fun for his players and has truly helped to grow the love for the game at Poly during his time. I’m very happy and proud to say that I played for Wayne and that I was able to help continue the winning tradition that he started.”
His 2008 team also went to the CIF-SS semifinals.
Ellis said his biggest accomplishment was that all but two of his players have been part of a Prep League championship team.
He finishes with a career record of 470-143-4, including a 252-36 record at home.

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St. Francis baseball coach Aaron Milam steps down

St. Francis High School baseball coach Aaron Milam will turn in his resignation as baseball coach on Tuesday.
Milam announced his decision on Monday.
He coached the Golden Knights for three years. He was a St. Francis assistant coach for the previous eight years.
St. Francis, playing in the tough Mission League, won only four of its 36 league games in those years. The Knights gradually improved every season, finishing 9-18 overall this season.
St. Francis did well out of Mission League play, defeating Temple City three times and Walnut once. The Knights lost their season opener, 3-2, to Monrovia.
Milam finishes with a 22-58 record.
“My decision to leave is both personal and professional and does not reflect a change in my opinion of the school, its administration, employees, or its students,” he said. “I have been employed by St. Francis High School since 2004, a greater part of my adult life, and have the utmost esteem for its mission.”
He will remain as the Arroyo Seco Saints coach during the summer.

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San Marino’s Miles Glazier is Rio Hondo League MVP

Miles Glazier, who was 10-1 with a 0.87 ERA, batted .298 and helped San Marino to the Rio Hondo League title, has been selected the most valuable player.

First team
P Nick Esparza, Monrovia, senior
P Justin Lewis, La Canada, senior
C Johnny Selsor, La Canada, senior
IF Gabriel Juarez, Temple City, junior
IF Larsen Cobb, San Marino, senior
IF J.P. Shohfi, San Marino, sophomore
IF Nick Carino, Monrovia, senior
IF Jacob Yonan, La Canada, senior
OF Bobby Hubbell, Temple City, senior
OF Aiden Santino, San Marino, sophomore
OF Juan Quinonez, Monrovia, junior
OF Andrew Shults, South Pasadena, junior
UT Cameron LeGrand, Temple City, senior

Second Team
P Noah Anselmo, South Pasadena, senior
P Brian McConnell, Monrovia, junior
C Max Warren, San Marino, senior
IF Zech Jarrard, Temple City, sophomore
IF Tyler Spitzer, Monrovia, junior
IF Jonah Bodner, La Canada, senior
IF Jason Daly, Monrovia, junior
OF Zachary Zepeda, Monrovia, sophomore
OF J.T. Stirling, San Marino, senior
OF Will Derrick, San Marino, senior
OF Isaiah Ramos, Monrovia, sophomore
Ut Travis Clark, La Canada, senior

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All-Rio Hondo League softball team named

Monrovia’s Elise McCarthy and La Canada’s Olivia Leyva were selected the Rio Hondo League’s co-most valuable players. Monrovia’s Adrienne Guerra was selected pitcher of the year.
The Wildcats won the league title. The Spartans finish second

First team
IF Jazmine Lewis, Temple City, Senior
IF Brooke Mann, Monrovia, Junior
IF Kristyne (Katy) Lee, La Canada, Senior
IF Cassandra Baca, South Pasadena, Junior
IF Samantha Saucedo, Monrovia, Senior
OF Brenna Gay, La Canada, Senior
OF Allison Lee, San Marino, Senior
OF Hunter Alvarez, Monrovia, Senior
P Elisa Ponce, Temple City, Senior
C Caitlyn Callahan, San Marino, Senior
C Olivia Lam, La Canada, Junior
Ut: Derek Blow, Monrovia, Senior

Second team
IF Michelle Grochow, La Canada, Senior
IF Samantha Jedrey, La Canada, Sophomore
IF Lindsay Saldebar, San Marino, Junior
IF Kelly Crowley, San Marino, Sophomore
OF Brianna Guerrero, Temple City, Senior
OF Shelbi Zernickow, Monrovia, Junior
OF Michelle Musso, La Canada, Senior
OF Sierra Singer, Temple City, Junior
OF Avery Douglas, South Pasadena, Sophomore
OF Kara Thompson, La Canada, Junior
P Madison MacKenzie, La Canada, Senior
C Haley Mitchell, Temple City, Sophomore
C Alexis Shettleroe, South Pasadena, Junior
Ut: Tanya Glavan, Monrovia, Junior

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Public team All-Star softball game roster

The annual west San Gabriel Valley senior All-Star game, matching top recently graduated senior, will be played Wednesday night at Temple City’s Live Oak Park.
The game pits the top players from public schools against the top players from private schools. A home-run hitting contest will proceed the game.
Practice is Tuesday.

The private team will practice at 6 p.m. and the public team at 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s home-run contest is at 6 p.m. and the game is at 7 p.m.

Public players invited include:
Adrienne Guerra
Breana Lopez
Sammie Saucedo
Derek Blow
Elise McCarthy
Shelbi Zernickow

La Canada
Maddy Mackenzie
Olivia Leyva
Katy Lee
Michelle Musso
Michelle Grochow
Brenna Gay

Temple City
Jazmine Lewis
Celina Ornelas
Brianna Guerrero
Elisa Ponce

San Marino
Allison Lee
Caitlyn Callahan

Yarem Park

Gabriella Montoya
D’aijah Wiggins
Rosie Mejia

Michelle Munoz
Margaret Munoz

San Gabriel
Jennifer Hoang
Gabby Chavez
Mercedes Gonzalez

Maite Reece
Amri Chang

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Private team All-star softball game roster

The annual west San Gabriel Valley senior All-Star game, matching top recently graduated senior, will be played Wednesday night at Temple City’s Live Oak Park.
The game pits the top players from public schools against the top players from private schools. A home-run hitting contest will proceed the game.
Practice is Tuesday.

The private team will practice at 6 p.m. and the public team at 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s home-run contest is at 6 p.m. and the game is at 7 p.m.

Private players invited include:
La Salle
Kennedy Cribbs
Caroline Knop
Beverlee Valero

Anjelica Amezquita

Rio Hondo Prep
Alexis Parker
Reyna Alvarado
Samantha Martin
Madison Loomis

Jackie Pai
Carly Oscar

Kylie Snyder
Imani Mitchell

Flintridge Prep
Drew Montgomery

Rachel Majich
Lali Ortiz

Pasadena Poly
Natalie Triester
Natalie Edwards

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Monrovia’s Cravon Gillespie takes second in CIF State 100


Gillespie leads Monrovia to third in the 4×100 relay (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

CLOVIS – Cravon Gillespie was the forgotten competitor.

The Monrovia High School senior was not expected to be one of the favorites as the fastest runner in the state. Gillespie nearly caught champion Curtis Godin of Mater Dei in the 100-meter championship race at the CIF State Track and Field finals on Saturday night before 9,123 people at Clovis’ Buchannan High.

“That was incredible,” Monrovia coach Mike Knowles said. “He did an incredible job. All his hard work paid off. He ran a perfect race.”

Saturday night he became very well known. He nearly chased down Godin to finish second in his biggest race of his life.

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