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Steve Ramirez has covered prep sports for San Gabriel Valley Newspapers since 1989.

Looking ahead: An early-summer football top five

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We are in the midst of putting together our SGVN PrepXtra football preview magazine. As we gather information, I thought there is no better time to look at a possible area top five. It includes the usual suspects.

Mid-Summer Area Top 5
1. St. Francis (10-3 in 2013) –
The Golden Knights, with Dylan Crawford and John Carroll returning are the biggest benefactor of the re-leaguing and the new divisional alignment. St. Francis will be the favorites in the new Angelus/Serra League and the Southeast Division. Yes, they have key losses, but Jim Bonds usually just reloads.
2. Muir (10-3) – The Mustangs, with returner Taeon Mason, are also in the catbird seat. They are the class of Pacific League and don’t be surprised with a Muir-St. Francis final in the Southeast.
3. San Marino (9-3) – The Titans will battle Monrovia in the Rio Hondo, and you have to tab San Marino, which returns four pretty good skill players, including all-area first teamer Tyler Spitzer.
4. Monrovia (11-2) – The ‘Cats lose their top two producers from a year ago, and now have a new coach. They’ll battle San Marino in the Rio Hondo League, and right now, it looks like their reign is over.
5. La Salle (9-3) – Russell Gordon has won 19 games in two seasons at La Salle. His Lancers take a step up in class this season. But there is a solid nucleus back.

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Blue beats the streak, ends seven-year losing skid to Red in San Gabriel Valley All-Star baseball game; Monrovia’s Nick Esparza is MVP

Diamond Ranch's John Picazo (#13) tries for a fly ball as they play in the annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Monday June 9, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Diamond Ranch’s John Picazo (#13) tries for a fly ball as they play in the annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Monday June 9, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WALNUT —
The Red team has held the advantage over its Blue counterparts in the annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star baseball game.
Until now.
The Blue team, which hadn’t won since 2006, broke the streak Monday at Mt. San Antonio College.
Diamond Bar’s Alek Jimenez beat out a ground ball for an RBI single in the second inning and Charter OaK’s Kory Brown and Monrovia’s Nick Esparza had RBIs in a three-run sixth to lead the Blue to a 4-3 victory before an over-flow crowd at Mazmanian Field.
“We definitely were thinking (of the streak),” said Esparza, who was game MVP. “I came out here wanting to win, have fun.”

The Red team tied it at 1-1 in the sixth, but Blue scored three runs in the bottom of the inning for a 4-1 advantage. Los Altos’ James Mendez led off with a single and the Blue then loaded the bases on back-to-back fielding errors. Charter Oak’s Kory Brown hit a sacrifice fly to right for a 2-1 lead. Esparza singled with two outs for a 3-1 advantage and a wild pitch made it 4-1.
“I was just trying to get an RBI there and break the game open,” Esparza said. “I got it done.”
La Canada’s Johnny Selsor doubled in two runs with two outs in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to 4-3. Diamond Bar’s Chris Sanchez struck out Baldwin Park’s Christian Barraza to end the threat.
The Blue earlier took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Pasadena’s Alex Baer singled with one out, stole second and scored on an infield hit by Diamond Bar’s Alek Jimenez. Baer was running on the play and scored easily as Jimenez beat the throw to first.
The Red tied it in the sixth. La Canada’s Justin Lewis led off with a single and Shun Tsunoda followed with an infield single, but a three-base throwing error allowed Lewis to score, with Tsunoda taking third.
La Salle’s Jordan Rodgers got the next three batters to keep the game tied at 1-1.
Former area coaches Kevin Smith of South Hills and John Romano of Nogales were inducted into the San Gabriel Valley Coaches Hall of Honor before the game.
Smith, now head coach at Mt. SAC, won almost 500 games and two CIF-Southern Section titles in a 35-year career.
Romano, who retired at Nogales this season after 37 years in coaching, won 635 games, including 621 with the Nobles.
Game awards were received by Diamond Ranch’s John Picazo (Defensive MVP), La Verne Lutheran’s Layne Henderson (Pitching MVP), La Canada’s Selsor (Most valuable hitter) and Esparza (MVP).

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USC offers St. Francis’ WR Dylan Crawford

I just got out of Sunday mass and received a text from St. Francis coach Jim Bonds announcing that USC has offered Golden Knight receiver Dylan Crawford.
Crawford, a sophomore, was first team All-Area after helping St. Francis to a 10-3 record and a trip to the CIF-Southern Section Western Division semifinals. Crawford had 54 receptions for 993 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.

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CIF State boys basketball playoffs: Santa Margarita rallies past St. Francis, 74-66


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA –
St. Francis High School’s best season ever is over, but the Golden Knights proved to be a tough out Saturday night.
Devonte Klines scored 22 points and Joe Furstinger had 19 and host Santa Margarita rallied for a 74-66 victory over St. Francis in a CIF State Southern California Regional Division III second-round boys basketball game.
Santa Margarita, also getting 10 points from Scott Wieserski, improved to 25-8 and will travel to Cathedral, an 82-52 winner over La Mirada in the regional semifinals on Tuesday.
St. Francis, which previously had never advanced to the CIF-Southern Section semifinals, finished 20-13, with a trip to the divisional finals and the state playoffs. Kyle Leufroy and Evan Crawford led the Golden Knights with 20 and 19 points, respectively.

For a while, it looked like the Golden Knights’ dream season might continue. They opened the second half with a 16-7 surge for a 54-48 lead late in the third quarter, and took a 55-52 advantage into the fourth. But eventually Santa Margarita’s size advantage, which features four players 6-foot-6 or higher, including Furstinger at 6-8, took it’s toll.
Wieserski made it 55-54 with two free throws at 7:47 before Klines hit a 3-pointer for a 57-55 lead 6:46, St. Francis’ Markar Agakanian made a layup to tie it before Santa Margarita put together a quick 7-0 blitz off turnovers and missed shots to go up 64-57 at 4:48 following a Furstinger putback, a 3-pointer by Yifan Shou and a fastbreak layup by Wieserski.
Wieserski and Furstinger made inside shots to push it to 70-59 with 2:23 left to all but clinch it. Crawford hit a 3-pointer to make it 72-66 with 37 seconds left, but Klines countered with a quick layup for a 74-66 lead with 29 seconds to play.

St. Francis co-head coach Ray O’Brien: “It was a great year. You saw the effort these kids putout tonight. We ended up coming up short in total points, but we probably played one of our best games of the year against a (CIF-SS) champion. They had a size advantage, but it didn’t kill us because of the effort these kids had and it was the same effort we’ve had all year. That’s why they have 20 wins, because of the effort they put out.”

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Wrestling: Wick brothers score Masters titles; San Marino takes eighth


By Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter
ONTARIO –
The road to the CIF State wrestling championships didn’t run through the San Gabriel Valley on Saturday. It just seemed that way.
The area, led by brothers Evan and Zander Wick, of San Marino High School, scored four individual titles and had 19 competitors qualify for next weekend’s state meet in Bakersfield after putting together solid performances at the CIF-Southern Section Masters championships at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena.
The area champions were the Wicks, who won titles at 120 and 26 pounds, respectively; San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106) and Northview’s Ricky Padilla (152). All followed up divisional championships last weekend with Master titles on Saturday.
Northview, whith a section-best six state qualifiers, won the team title, with San Marino, which qualified three, finishing eighth.
Also qualifying from the area were Northview’s Richard Casillas (106, sixth), Vincent Parra (113, third), John Rivera (132, third), Anthony Martinez (182, eighth) and Bryan Salinas (160, second); Rowland’s Miguel Juarez (106, seventh) and Mario Lopez (138, fifth); Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145, second); San Marino’s Julian Flores (132, second); Bonita’s Seth Morales (170, third); Damien’s Kaulin Garcia (182, ninth); Diamond Bar’s Dandrell Johnson (220, fourth); Arroyo’s Lois Hernandez (220, eighth); Charter Oak’s Joseph Alexander (132, fifth) and Glendora’s Guillermo Padilla (285, fifth).
Northview, with a section-best six state qualifiers won the team title.

For Zander Wick, Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Riverside King’s Kristian Vasquez, was all about redemption. Vasquez eliminated him at Masters last season.
He got some revenge after using two takedowns for a 4-1 lead before winning, 4-2.
“It was a drive from last year, because I didn’t make state,” Wick said. “Really, it was just me wanting to come back and win this, because last year I didn’t place.”
Evan Wick, who qualified for the state meet last season, but didn’t place, gets a second chance after wins by fall and technical fall and two decisions, including a 6-2 victory over West Torrance’s Yoshito Funakoshi in the finals.
“It’s definitely good,” Wick said. “I hadn’t had a Masters title under by belt yet. It’s good to come here, win CIF, win Masters. It’s good momentum for state.”
Gonzalez, ranked in state top 10 earlier this season, won against a higher-ranked opponent for the second consecutive week. Last week, he beat Northview’s Casillas, who was sixth in the state, for the Central Division title and followed it up with a 2-0 win over Alta Loma’s Zander Silva, who was rated No. 2. He scored a takedown with three seconds left in the first period than withstood a switch attempt by Silva in the final seconds.
“It feels really great,” Gonzalez said. “Last week, I had a tough match against Casillas and won, and this week against Silva. It’s a great to win a CIF belt, then a Masters belt. State is up next.”
Padilla, ranked No. 11 state, was dominant in winning at 152. He jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 7-1 before beating Hemet’s Caleb Wilson, 14-6.
“It’s great just to be here,” Padilla said. “I’m just looking forward to continuing that at state and placing.”
Nigel, who lost to Corona Santiago’s Justin Thomas, 7-2, is Amat’s first state qualifier since 2008.
Salinas, ranked No. 1 in the state, lost in an upset at 160.

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All-Area Football: St. Francis QB Tyler Gangi earns Player of the Year honors

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR
TYLER GANGI, ST. FRANCIS, SENIOR

Tyler Gangi was regarded as the X-Factor for the St. Francis High School football team when the season began in September.
The senior was one of the few Golden Knights who wasn’t a returning starter. But he quickly proved to be the missing link for St. Francis, helping the Golden Knights enjoy one of their best seasons in the program’s history.
For his efforts, Gangi is Star-News Football Player of the Year.
Gangi played a major role in St. Francis winning its first eight games before finishing 10-3 and advancing to the CIF–Southern Section Western Division semifinals.
“I knew I was ready,” Gangi said. “I knew my team believed in me. I think that’s why we did so well, we all believed in each other. I think that’s why we got 10 wins.”
Gangi was another reason for that success.
The senior accounted for more than 3,500 yards and 38 touchdowns. He threw for 2,882 yards and 25 scores with only six interceptions. He ran for 12 scores, and also caught a touchdown pass.
Gangi also came up big when needed, throwing for 305 yards and accounting for six touchdown in an early-season victory over Monrovia before leading the Golden Knights to come-back victories during the first two rounds of the Wester Division playoffs.
The senior was also solid in losses to Serra, nearly pushing St. Francis to upset wins
“It was definitely fun to compete in those games,” Gangi said of the battles against highly-ranked Serra. “We put up a fight with them, we just came up short.”
Gangi now is looking to secure his college plans, which include looks from New Mexico, San Jose State, Harvard and Yale.
“I want to play college football,” Gangi said. “I’m hoping to play somewhere, whether it be an academic school or a D-I school.”

COACH OF THE YEAR
JOHN HARDY, MUIR

Hardy, in just his second season at Muir, has started a resurgence for one of the area’s top programs.
The Mustangs have dominated the Pacific League the past two seasons, combining to go 14-0 while winning back-to-back league crowns and appearances in the quarter and semifinals of the CIF-SS Southeast playoffs.
This season, Muir finished 11-2, with the only losses coming to Serra League champ Alemany in September and to Southeast Division finalist Norwalk in the semifinals.
“It’s a good feeling,” Hardy said of the team’s season. “Being part of the Muir program, we think a lot bigger than Pacific League and getting to the semifinals. We’d like to win a (division) championship. I think we’re on the right pace right now to (achieve) that main goal that we have as a school, as a community.”

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DEJON WILLIAMS, MUIR, SR.
Williams played a major role in the Muir winning the Pacific League title for the second consecutive season and advancing to the Southeast Division semifinals. The senior averaged more than 200 yards passing and threw for more than 20 touchdowns. He also had arguably the play of the year, scrambling in the backfield for nearly 20 seconds before throwing 50-plus yards for a touchdown pass in a semifinal loss to Norwalk on Nov. 30. Williams was Pacific League MVP.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
LOGAN CRAIG, MONROVIA, SENIOR

Craig continued a long-standing tradition of great defensive players from Monrovia. It’s the second consecutive season the Wildcats have produced the area defensive player of the year.
Craig was also Rio Hondo League Defensive MVP. The senior linebacker ranked among area leaders with a 133 tackles, averaging more than 10 per game. He also had nine tackles for a loss, including three sacks.
Craig was the leader of a defense that gave up 153 points in 13 games, including scoring four shutouts in the Rio Hondo League.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
KURT SCOBY, MONROVIA, SENIOR

Scoby, who played at St. Paul last season, was arguably the top running back in the area. He led the area with 2,206 yards rushing and accounted for 39 touchdowns, including 35 on the ground. Scoby, who is expected to sign a Division I scholarship offer in February, saved his best for last, rushing for nearly 900 yards and 14 touchdowns during his final four games. He was Rio Hondo League MVP.
FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
QUARTERBACK

ELI SNYDER, MARANATHA, JUNIOR
Snyder, who has done some childhood acting, was a star on the football field, leading the area with 3,187 passing yards. He also threw for 22 touchdowns to help the Minutemen finish 8-3 and go undefeated in the Olympic League. He passed for more than 300 yards three times, including a season-best 392 in a 27-17 loss to Duarte in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs.
RUNNING BACKS
NATE TAYCO, RIO HONDO PREP, SENIOR

Tayco has arguably been the area’s top running back over the past two years. He was area Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 after leading the Kares to a CIF-SS Northeast title and earned first team All-Area this season after rushing for 1,926 yards and 33 touchdowns. He led Rio Hondo Prep to the Prep League title and the semifinals in the Northeast Division.
JOE MUDIE, ST. FRANCIS, SENIOR
Mudie was part of the Golden Knights’ one-two punch that also featured quarterback Tyler Gangi. Mudie accounted for 1,962 yards and 18 touchdowns while helping St. Francis finish 10-3 and advance to the Western Division semifinals. The senior rushed for 1,350 yards and 14 touchdowns and had 39 receptions for 612 yards and four touchdowns. He was All-Mission League and All-CIF-SS Western Division.
STEFAN SMITH, FLINTRIDGE PREP, SENIOR
Smith is first team All-Area for the second consecutive season. He was one of the top running backs in the area, accounting for more than 1,500 yards. He rushed for 1,334 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 17 receptions for 242 yards and two touchdowns.
RECEIVERS
DYLAN CRAWFORD, ST. FRANCIS, SOPHOMORE

Crawford was the big-play target for the Golden Knights. He had a team-high 54 receptions for 993 yards and 10 touchdowns. The sophomore, who helped St. Francis to a 10-3 record and a trip to the Western Division semifinals, averaged nearly 20 yards a catch and had more than 100 yards receiving three times.
XAVIUS BOONE, MARANATHA, JUNIOR
Boone was a key factor in the Minutemen’s journey to the Olympic League title and a trip to the CIF-SS Northwest Division playoffs,
The junior led the area with 60 receptions. He had 882 yards and five touchdowns.
Boone, who averaged 15 yards a catch, also rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he had 49 tackles and two interceptions.
LINE
ZAREH HAIRPETIAN, SAN MARINO, SENIOR

Hairpetian is on the all-area tea for the second consecutive season.
The senior was a mainstay for an offensive front that provided support for one of the top offenses in the area. Hairpetian, who was Rio Hondo League Lineman of the Year, helped the Titans to a 9-3 season. He paved the way for San Marino to rush for 2,932 yards and 49 touchdowns. San Marino also gained 4,907 yards and scored 583 points.
EDWARD CANO, MONROVIA, SENIOR
Cano was the rock of what might have been one of the better offensive lines in the area. The senior, who was first team All-Rio Hondo League anchored a line that paved the way for the Wildcats’ Kurt Scoby to rush for an area-best 2,206 yards. Monrovia also averaged nearly 300 yards a game on the ground with a per carry average of nearly 10 per attempt,
TREVOR PROVENCIO, ST. FRANCIS SENIOR
Provencio was the anchor of a frontline that helped the Golden Knights gain nearly 6,000 yards and average close to 40 points a game. He help St. Francis rush for 2,804 yards and a was a big part in the Golden Knights finish 10-3 and advance to the Western Division semifinals. He was All-Mission League and All-CIF-SS Western Division.
ADRIAN MALDONADO, MONROVIA, SENIOR
The senior was a key part of Monrovia’s offensive front. He helped the Wildcats rush for nearly 300 yards a game and 10 yards a carry. Monrovia, helped by Maldonado, went 11-2, won its sixth consecutive Rio Hondo League crown while also advancing to the Mid-Valley semifinals for the sixth straight year. The senior was first team All-Rio Hondo League.
ZACH STIVER, RIO HONDO PREP, SENIOR
Stiver shined on offense and defense. On offense, he paved the way for the Kares to rush for 3,405 yards and gain 4,943. Rio Hondo Prep scored 567 points.
Stiver was also stout on defense. He had 115 tackles, with 11 sacks and 29 tackles for a loss.
PLACEKICKER
KAREEM ZEENNI, ST. FRANCIS, JUNIOR

Zeenni was a key weapon for the Golden Knights, who finished 10-3 and advanced to the Western Division semifinals.
He scored 54 points while making 33 of 33 conversion kicks and 7 of 11 field goals. Zeenni also had an area-best 54 touchbacks. He a 42-yard field goal, which ranked second-longest in the area.
ALL-PURPOSE
ANDREW FERRACO, SAN MARINO, SENIOR

Ferraco was the most-versatile quarterback in the area, accounting for 2,635 yards and 40 touchdowns.
The senior, in his first as a starter, keyed the Titans run to a 9-3 finish and a spot in the Mid-Valley quarterfinals. Ferraco rushed for 1,374 yards and 25 touchdowns.
He was Rio Hondo League Offensive Player of the Year.
DEFENSE
LINE
MARKO TINOCO, ST. FRANCIS, SENIOR

Tinoco was dominant up front for the Golden Knights, who were 10-3 and advanced to the Western Division semifinals.
The senior had 58 tackles and ranked among the area leaders with 13 sacks and 21 tackles for loss.
TIM PHUN, GABRIELINO, SENIOR
Phun was the anchor to the Eagles defensive front.
He ranked among the leaders in the Mission Valley League with 105 tackles. He also led the area with 13 1/2 sacks. Phun also had 21 1/2 tackles for a loss.
JASPER IHEASO, MUIR, SENIOR
Iheaso combined speed and strength to be a key factor for the Mustangs up front.
He ranked among the leaders in tackles for Muir and in the Pacific League. He helped the Mustangs go undefeated in the Pacific League and advance to the CIF-SS Southeast Division semifinals.
LINEBACKERS
TERRY WILSON, MUIR, SENIOR

Wilson was the anchor for the Mustangs defense and played a big part in Muir going undefeated in the Pacific League and finish 11-2.
He earned Pacific League defensive MVP after averaging just over four tackles per game.
KENNY GILES, LA SALLE, JUNIOR
Giles was the anchor of the defense for La Salle, which won its second consecutive Del Rey League title and advanced to the CIF-SS Northwest Division playoffs.
The junior, who also saw limited action as a receiver, has 53 tackles, including seven for a loss. La Salle coach Russell Gordon described him as a player you can build a defense around.
MICHAEL SAHAGUN, ROSEMEAD, JUNIOR
Sahagun was key player for a Rosemead defense that yielded 19 points a game and helped the Panthers win eight consecutive games between September and November.
He led the team with 101 tackles, including 11 for a loss. The total also included two sacks and three fumble recoveries.
BACKS
JARED AKINS, LA SALLE, SENIOR

Akins played a major role in the Lancers winning the Del Rey League title for the second consecutive season.
He was one of the more versatile players in the area. He keyed the defense with 39 tackles and two interceptions. Offensively, he was La Salle’s top receiver, catching 25 passes for 586 yards and seven touchdowns. He was All-Del Rey League.
TONY CLAXTON, MUIR, SENIOR
Claxton helped Muir to its second consecutive Pacific League title and advance to the Southeast Division semifinals.
The senior combined speed with football smarts to become one of the top defenders in the area. He was All-Pacfiic League.
TAEON MASON, MUIR, JUNIOR
Mason was one of the more versatile players in the area.
He was a key to Muir’s secondary, which prevented the big play. Mason also made big plays on offense, being Dejon Williams primary throwing target. He was All-Pacific League and will likely be one of the top recruits in the area next season.
DEXTER MYERS, MARANATHA, SOPHOMORE
Myers is one of the top up-and-coming players in the area and showed it while helping the Minutemen to the Olympic League title.
The sophomore had 50 tackles from his defensive back position and ranked among the leaders in the area in interceptions with six. He also averaged more than 12 yards a return and had two pass deflections.
TYLER SPITZER, SAN MARINO, SENIOR
Spitzer was a key player on offense and defense for the Titans, who went 9-3 and advanced to the Mid-Valley Division quarterfinals.
On defense, he led the area in interceptions with eight and was steady with 38 tackles. He was the go-to receiver on offense, with 38 receptions for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. He also averaged 31 yards per kickoff returns.
PUNTER
STEPHEN CANSINO, ROSEMEAD, JUNIOR

Cansino proved to be a key weapon for the Panthers, who finished 8-3 and were second in the Mission Valley League.
The junior averaged 44 yards per punt to lead the area. He also was a solid placekicker, making 32 of 36 conversion kicks and 9 of 15 field goals, with an area-best long of 49 yards.
SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE

Quarterback: Elijah Peters, Gabrielino, Jr.
Running backs: Alec Zavala, Rosemead, Sr.; Tenny McFarlane, San Marino, Jr.
Receivers: Darron McWhorter, Sr.; Mark Pachorek, Arcadia, Sr.
Tight end: John Carroll, St. Francis, Jr.
Line:Joe Loubier, St. Francis, Sr.; Jake Ferntheil, Temple City, Sr.; D’Andre Sims, La Canada, Sr.; Cole Mace, San Marino, Jr.; Tanner Richter, Maranatha, Sr.
All-purpose: Deshawn Potts, Sr., Monrovia
Placekicker: Chris Rabine, La Salle, Jr.
DEFENSE
Line: Larsen Cobb, San Marino, Sr.; Eddie Escobar, San Gabriel, Sr.; Ricky Urzua, St. Francis, Sr.
Linebackers: Nate Chandler, La Salle, Jr.; Christopher Montoya, Gabrielino, Sr.; Anthony Marquez, LB, Monrovia, So.
Backs: Avery Williams, St. Francis, So.; Robbie Hillier II, Arcadia, Jr.; Michael Cuda, Rio Hondo Prep, So.; Darius McClain, Monrovia, Sr.; Marceles Clash, Muir, Sr.
Punter: Carlos Monjaras, Gabrielino, Sr.,
HONORABLE MENTION
Alhambra: Nick Giambalvo, QB, Jr.
Gabrielino: Calvin Chen, WR, Jr.; Patrick Gallagher, LB, Sr.; Joshua Villalobos, LB, Sr.
La Canada: Jadon Henry, RB, Sr.; Guillermo Padilla, DL, Sr.; Samuel Brown, DB, Jr.
La Salle: Milan Acquaah, RB, So.; Will Pyburn, QB, So.; Bryce Harvey, Sr.
Maranatha: Baile McDavid, RB/DB, Sr.; Matt Hall, LB, Sr.
Monrovia: Cravon Gillespie, WR, Sr.; Jacob Ramos, TE, Sr.; Christian Walton, DL, Jr.; Alejandro Vega, DL, Sr.; Blake Cusick, P, Jr.
Pasadena Poly: Griffin Carter, RB, Jr.; Michael Bowman, QB, Sr.
Rio Hondo Prep: Johnny Bolinger,QB, Jr — 1437-24; Isaac Holguin, LB, Sr.
Rosemead: Steven Nava, QB, So.; Oscar Noriega, WR, Sr.; Seven Rubaculva, DB, Sr.;
San Marino, Justin Hill, DL, Sr.; Daniel Walsh, LB, Sr.;
St. Francis: Brodie Felkel, P, Jr.; Areg Nazarian, RB, So.; Kevin Maloof, DB, Sr.
South Pasadena: Heven Gomez, RB, Sr.
Temple City: Nathan Ruiz, LB, Jr.

TOP 15
1. St. Francis (10-3)
2. Monrovia (11-2)
3. Muir (11-2)
4. Rio Hondo (11-2)
5. San Marino (9-3)
6. La Salle (8-3)
7. Rosemead (8-3)
8. Duarte (7-5)
9. Maranatha (8-3)
10. Gabrielino (7-4)
11. Pasadena Poly (7-3)
12. La Canada (5-6)
13. Arcadia (5-5)
14. Temple City (3-7)
15. South Pasadena (4-6)

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
ALPHA: Paraclete
ALMONT: Montebello
DEL REY: La Salle
MISSION: Serra
MISSION VALLEY: Arroyo
MONTVIEW: Azusa
OLYMPIC: Maranatha
PACIFIC: Muir
PREP: Rio Hondo Prep
RIO HONDO: Monrovia

GAME OF THE YEAR
Oct. 4
St. Francis 48, Monrovia 14

Tyler Gangi threw for 305 yards and accounted for six touchdowns as the Golden Knights easily won this battle of the top two teams in the area.
St. Francis led 21-7 after the first quarter and 35-14 at halftime.
The Golden Knights also got 162 yards receiving and two touchdowns from Dylan Crawford and 65 yards rushing from Joe Mudie.
Kurt Scoby rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown for Monrovia.

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Monrovia football coach Ryan Maddox resigns

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By Aram Tolegian, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Ryan Maddox, who led Monrovia High School to three consecutive CIF championships between 2010-12, resigned as head coach of the Wildcats football program on Tuesday afternoon.
Maddox was 69-14 in six seasons at Monrovia and got Monrovia to the championship game in the Mid-Valley Division four consecutive seasons. Maddox’s team won the Rio Hondo League championship in every season he was at the helm.
“It’s something I thought about for a long time and just thought it was the right time,” Maddox said. “It’s time for me to start looking at the next step. I’m going to start applying and looking toward getting into administration.
“I wouldn’t feel comfortable applying for a job in summer and still being the head coach and then putting myself in a situation where I’d have to step away at that time.”

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Friday Night Massacre? Pasadena area football season ends as St. Francis, Monrovia, Muir and Rio Hondo Prep all ousted from CIF-SS semfinals

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The Pasadena area was propping itself up last week after the area’s top four teams all advanced to the semifinals. A week later all are gone as the football season came crashing down. It’s now shifted to the award season as St. Francis; Monrovia, which looked like a title lock a few weeks ago; Muir and Rio Hondo Prep all lost. Monrovia, which lost 22-21, to Paraclete, lost its chance at a 4-peat, while Rio Hondo’s chance at a 3-peat went crashing down.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CIF-SS SEMIFINALS
WESTERN DIVISION

Serra 22, St. Francis 14 – Nothing to be ashamed about for the Golden Knights, who lost close games to arguably one of the top teams in the state.
MID-VALLEY
Paraclete 22, Monrovia 21 – The Wildcats simply made too many mistakes against a good team. They had a fumble lead to the Spirits first score another one cost them a chance at the lead in the first half. Monrovia made a nice comeback, but couldn’t deny the Spirits, who won it on an 18-yard field goal by Andrew Jimenez with 39 seconds left.
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
Norwalk 35, Muir 28 – A tough one for the Mustangs, who behind the play of Dejon Williams, led a 28-14 lead slip away. But another solid season for Muir.
NORTHEAST DIVISION
Salesian 35, Rio Hondo Prep 20 – The Kares chance at a 3-peat came crashing down. Another solid season for Ken Drain’s group.

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