GIRLS TRACK and FIELD: Boulat Athlete of the Year

Arcadia’s Schultz Coach of the Year:

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Above: Arcadia High School s Johanne Boulat set four school records and reached the CIF-Southern Section Division I finals in the long jump. She set records in the long jump, triple jump, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. (Keith Birmingham / Staff Photographer)

Athlete of the Year
Johanne Boulat
School: Arcadia
Year: Senior
Accomplishments: Boulat finished the season with a flourish, setting four school records in a matter of weeks, starting with the Pacific League finals, and winning four league titles. She set records in both hurdles and both jumping events, reaching the CIF-Southern Section Division I Finals in the long jump. She ran the 100 low hurdles in 14.8 seconds, the 300 low hurdles in 45.66, went 18 feet, 23/4 inches in the long jump for seventh place in the CIF-SS Finals, and also went 37-10 in the triple jump for fifth in the CIF-SS Finals. She will attend UC Davis next year on a non-athletic scholarship. The Apaches won a second consecutive league dual meet title.

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Above: Arcadia coach Chris Schultz.

Coach of the Year: Chris Schultz
School: Arcadia
Year: Seventh
Accomplishments: Led the Apaches to a second consecutive Pacific League girls dual meet title. Arcadia went 11-0.

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BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Muir’s Thompson is Runner of the Year

South Pasadena’s Hernandez Coach of the Year:

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Above: Muir’s Marcus Thompson competes in the 110 Meter Hurdles during the Pasadena Invitational at Pasadena City College Saturday, March 29, 2008. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/SPORTS)

Runner of the Year: Marcus Thompson
School: Muir
Year: Senior

Accomplishments: Thompson helped the Mustangs to the Pacific League title, winning the 110-meter high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles. He was also was a key figure on the 1,600 relay team. He finished third in both the hurdles races in the CIF-Southern Section Division finals. He ran the 100 hurdles in 14.69 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 38.97.

Coach of the Year: P.J. Hernandez
School: South Pasadena
Year: Second

Accomplishments: The Tigers completed an undefeated run to win the Rio Hondo League dual meet title. They were 7-0 overall. South Pasadena won 10 varsity boys events in the league finals meet.
What he said: “Our seniors really stepped up, and our juniors really improved over their sophomore years.”
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FOOTBALL: Hall of Fame game is not enjoying Fiesta

The annual Hall of Fame All-Star game, to be played at Bassett High School on June 27 is taking a hit from the second-year upstart Fiesta game.

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Above: Muir’s Willie Youngblood.

Among the defections to the game to be played at City Section school LA Wilson, are Muir’s Willie Youngblood and possibly Arcadia’s Kevan Walker. What has usually been a East San Gabriel Valley vs. West San Gabriel Valley has become more of an East vs. whoever’s left. Considering legendary former Muir coach Jim Brownfield hepled start the Hall of Fame game, it’s sad that Muir and Pasadena kids would rather play in a game that’s only been around for two years. The other interesting twist is that one of the coaches of the other game is a San Gabriel assistant.
Last year’s game at Bassett drew an overflow crowd and I expect the same this year.

What Fred wrote:
Where’s the loyalty?
The Hall of Fame All-Star football game is on Friday, June 27 at Bassett High School. A night later, the second annual Fiesta Bowl is at L.A. Wilson High on June 28. Why did the Fiesta, knowing th date of the Hall of Fame, schedule their game a day later? And even worse, the Fiesta is watering down the Hall of Fame East roster with Star-News area kids normally in the Hall of Fame, and now it’s become a tug-of-war, with Star-News kids forced to choose. It’s come down to coaches recruiting against each other for the best players. I have no problem with the Fiesta Bowl, It’s the City vs. Southern Section kids, and a great idea. But the Southern-Section kids are primarily Pasadena area-players, so that game should have been scheduled a week earlier, two weeks earlier, anything, so that they’re not competing. It’s a shame when I see Muir and PHS kids skipping the Hall of fame for the Fiesta, especially since it was Muir’s legendary coach Jim Brownfield who practically put together the Hall of Fame and still has so much to do with it. I know he’s disappointed, and this could have been avoided had players and coaches from the East side remembered how good the Hall of Fame had been to them. Or maybe it’s simply that the Pasadena-area kids are tired of getting beat up by the Tribune-area kids. Maybe they’ve had enough. If anything, if these all-star games continue playing the same weekend in the future, new boundaries need to be created.
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FOOTBALL: A new rivarly game

With the blessing of Freddie, here’s what he posted over on the Tribune site.
This sounds like a great event and should be an outstanding contest.

Like the Bonita-San Dimas Smudge Pot, and the Muir-PHS Turkey Tussle, Monrovia and Duarte are putting together the First Annual, “MD Classic,” on September 12. It’s a great idea and long overdue for the neighboring schools. There will be a trophy for the winner to hold for a year, and an MVP award honoring the memory of Monrovia’s Edward “Tuttie” White and Duarte’s Brandon Lee. What makes it even more special is that players, coaches and members of the community from both schools will be invited to share a picnic BBQ a week earlier on Sept. 6 at Monrovia’s Recreation Park, which hopefully brings the communities closer together. It’s something that everyone should support.
“I think it’s a big deal,” Duarte football coach Wardell Crutchfield said. “When I came to Duarte, I didn’t realize how big the rivalry was. I was at a game one time and heard a Monrovia kid say ‘I don’t care what happens, as long as we beat Duarte.’ It’s something that’s long overdue, and having a BBQ together is great for the community, especially with all the stuff we’ve had going on. It’s a win-win situation.”

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