Water polo Top 10

The San Gabriel Valley area-wide water polo Top 10:
1. Montebello (14-2)
2. Damien (9-2)
3. La Serna (8-7)
4. Los Altos (5-1)
5. La Canada (4-6)
6. Flintridge Prep (12-4)
7. San Dimas (9-8)
8. Temple City (11-3)
9. Pasadena (11-6)
10. Charter Oak (7-3)
Others: Walnut (4-5), Rowland (8-2), Schurr (10-6), Glendora (7-8), South Pasadena (2-7)

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Volleyball Top 10 poll

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The San Gabriel Valley area-wide volleyball Top 10:
1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (12-4)
2. St. Paul (21-2)
3. Pasadena Poly (11-2)
4. St. Lucy’s (9-6)
5. Whittier Christian (14-9)
6. Westridge (18-4)
7. La Habra (16-6)
8. Gabrielino (15-2)
9. South Pasadena (7-5)
10. Mayfield (9-4)
Others: La Canada (6-4), Arcadia (12-5), Glendora (13-5), La Mirada (15-4), San Dimas (12-5), Maranatha (12-6), Pioneer (8-2), Walnut (10-8), Duarte (13-7), San Gabriel (7-2).

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Kares get those extra points

Extra-point attempts often seem like a foregone conclusion.
But Rio Hondo Prep Ken Drain has been reminded how much of that one or two points can mean.
“The more I think about our three losses, if we made all the points, we’d be 6-0 instead of 3-3,” Drain said.
Well, maybe 4-2; the Kares lost to Calvary Murietta by six and La Canada by seven. On Friday, Josh Hernandez converted every kick in a Prep League-opening 49-26 win over Flintridge Prep.

See full story at: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/sports/20141011/el-monte-high-school-football-team-begins-to-believe-in-itself

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Gabrielino volleyball program thriving despite lack of size

Gabrielino always is fighting a height issues.

The Eagles have not had a big player in five seasons, when 6-foot-2 Amanda Watkins played, The tallest player on this season’s team is 5-foot-7 junior Sofia Husein.

“Our size is not the greatest,” coach Cuong Chau said. “Up at Huntington Drive is the forest. Down here is the desert. We play below the net down here, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. It can be my wish to get big girls, but I’m not praying too hard.”

See story: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/sports/20141008/san-dimas-high-school-girls-volleyball-does-not-miss-step-despite-coaching-change

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Mayfield, Duarte among highly ranked teams in CIF-SS volleyball polls

Eleven San Gabriel Valley area teams are ranked in the CIF-Southern Section preseason poll, led by Mayfield and Duarte.
Mayfield is ranked third in the Division 2AA poll, just behind Whittier Christian. Both teams played for a division title last year. South Torrance is No. 1. South Pasadena is seventh and Pasadena Poly 10th.
Duarte is ranked second in Division 4A, following top-ranked Cate. Fellow Montview League members Gladstone and Azusa are third and fourth, respectively.
There was no Division 3 poll.
In other divisions:
Division 1AA: Flintridge Saced Heart is in others (13th).
Division 2A: Arcadia seventh and Glendora eighth.
Division 4AA: St. Paul is fourth.
Division 5AA: San Gabriel Academy is seventh.

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Flintridge gets top preseason spot in both cross country polls

Flintridge Prep earned the top spot in the CIF-Southern Section preseason cross country polls, but the biggest shock is unranked Arcadia.
The Apaches, the reigning CIF State champions, were not listed in the Top 10 in Division 1.
The Rebels are ranked first in both Division 5 boys and girls polls.
Also earning rankings:
Boys
Division 2: Glendora is eighth
Division 3: Bonita is eighth, Baldwin Park 10th
Division 4: Bishop Amat is first and Covina 10th.
Girls
Division 3: Bonita is ninth.
Division 4: Bishop Amat is first and San Marino tied for 10th with Orange Lutheran.

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La Canada ranked No. 2 in water polo poll

Twelve San Gabriel Valley area teams earned spots in the preseason CIF-Southern Section water polo poll.
La Canada has the top spot in the west valley, ranked fourth in Division 3. The Spartans are followed by Montebello in fifth, South Pasadena in eighth and Temple City in others (12th).
Division 4: Flintridge Prep is ninth and in others is La Habra (11th), Pasadena (12th) and Pasadena Poly (14th).
Division 5: Los Altos is No. 2 with Claremont the top seed. La Serna is fifth and Walnut seventh.
Division 2: Damien is sixth.

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Elimination of jewelry ban eases coach’s minds

There will be no more national incidents over friendship bracelets at track and field meets in the San Gabriel Valley.
The National Federation of State High School Associations earlier this week determined wearing jewelry would not lead to disqualifications in future competitions.
“Good riddance,” Monrovia High School co-coach Mike Knowles said of the change in rules.

See: www.pasadenastarnews.com/sports/20140715/track-and-field-elimination-of-jewelry-ban-will-stop-controverseries

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South Pasadena’s Richard Yu is San Gabriel Valley Newspaper’s volleyball player of the year

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Richard Yu, South Pasadena, Junior, Outside Hitter
For the casual observer, the transformation of Richard Yu is obvious.
In 2013, Yu was a recent immigrant to the U.S. from China. His English was halting and he rarely spoke. His play on the South Pasadena High School volleyball court had that same type of skills. He was brilliant at times, but played awkwardly at some critical moments, too. He appeared to be an introvert.
Fast forward to 2014. Yu can throw zingers back at his teammates as fast they can deliver them. He appeared to be an extrovert. Tigers coach Ben Diaz frequently called his 6-foot-5 junior “a beast” on the volleyball court. His play earned him Star-News Player of the Year honors.

Complete details and story: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/sports/20140625/south-pasadenas-richard-yu-is-volleyball-player-of-the-year

Coach of the year: Ben Diaz, South Pasadena
First team
Ben Dalgarn, La Salle, Senior, Outside Hitter
Charlie Diep, San Gabriel, Senior, Libero
Dante Fregoso, Flintridge Prep, Sophomore, Outside Hitter
Eric Leggio, Damien, Senior, Middle Blocker
Greg Luck, South Pasadena, sophomore
Max Luck, South Pasadena, sophomore
Andrew Rudchenko, South Pasadena, senior
Second team
Joshua Ajayi, San Gabriel Academy, Senior
Jevan Coronado, Bishop Amat, Freshman
Danny Mueller, Whittier Christian, Senior
Christian Perez, Santa Fe, Senior
Will Pyburn. La Salle, Junior
Connor Walbrecht, La Canada, Sophomore
Trip Westmoreland, Flintridge Prep, Senior

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Diamond Bar’s Sahith Theegala is San Gabriel Valley Newspaper’s golfer of year

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Player of the year: Sahith Theegala, Diamond Bar, Junior
Player of the year: Sahith Theegala, Diamond Bar, Junior
High school golf victories come down to putting.
“It definitely is almost all putting,” Diamond Bar High School’s Sahith Theegala said. “We’re all pretty good ball-strikers. I think a lot of people do not believe that juniors are almost as good as ball-strikers as the pros. But we don’t make half as many putts.”
Theegala made putts when it counted in the 2014 season and it earned him the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper’s Player of the Year honors.

Complete details and story: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/sports/20140624/diamond-bars-sahith-theegala-is-golfer-of-the-year

Coach of the year: Rich Wheeler, La Canada
First team
Andrew Baek, Arcadia, Junior
Nathan Clark, Damien, junior
Michael Lascari, La Habra, Junior
Collin Morikawa, La Canada, Junior
Dean Sakata, Diamond Bar, Senior
Joshua Suh, La Canada, Senior
Second team
Rami Abdou, Walnut, sophomore
James Bragger, Duarte, Senior
Jefferson, Kao, Diamond Bar, Junior
Will Moffly, Pasadena Poly, Senior
Michael Mozillo, St. Francis, Junior
Stephen Peterson, Glendora, Senior

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