PrepXtra Postgame Rewind: La Salle edges PHS in OT, Muir 0-2 but shows well, Arcadia, San Marino and Monrovia all 2-0 …

Pasadena may have lost to La Salle Friday, but the Bulldogs showed a lot in defeat. They showed enough that the rest of the Pacific League, including Muir, should take notice. La Salle also showed some moxie, showing it can withstand a challenge and still come out on top. Speaking of Muir, the Mustangs dropped a close one, 12-7, to Cathedral. And look out for Monrovia, which throttled Bonita, 35-3. San Marino also won big.

GAME OF THE WEEK
La Salle 28, Pasadena 21, OT

PASADENA — Pasadena High School came up short in another step-up game Friday.
But the host Bulldogs managed to put a scare into La Salle, pushing the Lancers to overtime before losing 28-21 in a nonleague game.
Nico Cantos rushed for 145 yards and scored the game-winner with a 12-yard run in overtime for La Salle, which improved to 2-0 and beat Pasadena for the second consecutive season. The Lancers won 28-0 last season.
Jorge Reyna threw for 263 yards and a touchdown for Pasadena, which slipped to 1-1. But his last three attempts were incomplete as La Salle stopped the Lancers on their possession in overtime at the 9.


Monrovia 35, Bonita 3
Asaph Zamora connected with wide receiver Octavius Spencer for four touchdowns and the Wildcats are starting to look like the team that was so dominant during the summer passing league tour.
ROUNDUP
St. Francis opens with a bang, 41-7 over Chino
Areg Nazarian rushed for 134 yards and three scores as the area’s top team looked in mid-season form, routing the Cowboys for the second consecutive season.
PASADENA-LA SALLE PHOTO GALLERY

La Salle plays Pasadena during Friday night's football game at Pasadena High School, on September 5, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

La Salle plays Pasadena during Friday night’s football game at Pasadena High School, on September 5, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

TOP 10
HOW THEY FARED

1. St. Francis (1-0) def. Chino, 41-7
2. Monrovia (2-0) def. Bonita, 35-3
3. San Marino (2-0) def. Duarte, 49-7
4. La Salle (2-0) def. Pasadena, 28-21, OT
5. Muir (0-2) lost to Cathedral, 12-7
6. Pasadena (1-1) lost to La Salle, 28-21, OT
7. Maranatha (2-0) def. Firebaugh, 49-9
8. Arcadia (1-0), idle
9. Rio Hondo Prep (1-1) lost to Mission Prep, 28-27
10. La Canada (2-0) def. Alhambra, 23-7 (Thursday)

FRIDAY’S SCORES
Arroyo 42, Temple City 32
Diamond Ranch 27, Rosemead 17
Brentwood 42, Flintridge Prep 14
Gabrielino 49, Bosco Tech 6
Pasadena Poly 56, Keppel 18
Eagle Rock 22, South Pasadena 7

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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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Thursday Countdown: Struggling Marshall, Blair meet in what could be teams’ only chance for victory

FOR QUARTER UPDATES OF THURSDAY’S GAMES, VISIT THE SCOREBOARD
Thursday’s Football games and Predictions
Northview vs. Montebello at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Montebello)
La Serna at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Aram (LS)
Blair vs. Marshall at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Marshall); Aram (Marshall)
Brethren Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Ocean View HS, 7 p.m. Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Glenn vs. Pioneer at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Pioneer)
Azusa at Whittier, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Whittier)

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Thursday’s Football Preview: The good news is that one of these struggling programs will get a win tonight … we think. And for whomever gets it, that might be all they get in the win column for the season when Blair (0-1) meets Marshall (0-1) at Muir High School Thursday at 7 p.m.
Marshall was somehow routed by a hapless West Adams team last week. Meanwhile, Blair was blanked Flintridge Prep.
Players from both schools should be commended for their efforts under trying circumstances and the opportunity to taste success tonight for whichever teams wins could provide a season’s worth of memories.

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Star-News Top 10 Football Rankings: St. Francis still the one

Monrovia High School, after beating rival San Dimas last week, moves up to No. 2 in this week's Star-News Top 10 football rankings. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Monrovia High School, after beating rival San Dimas last week, moves up to No. 2 in this week’s Star-News Top 10 football rankings. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

STAR-NEWS TOP 10
FOOTBALL RANKINGS

1. St. Francis (1-0) — The opener finally arrives
2. Monrovia (1-0) — Showed heart in San Dimas win
3. San Marino (1-0) — QB Glazier shined in debut
4. La Salle (1-0) — Defense dominated Compton
5. Muir (0-1) — Mistake-filled opener
6. Pasadena (1-0) –Offense was electric in opener
7. Maranatha (1-0) — Bogan debut a success
8. Arcadia (1-0) — Easy time vs. Alhambra
9. Rio Hondo Prep (1-0) — Have to step up vs. Mission Prep
10. La Canada (1-0) — Outlasted Verbum Dei in Lambert debut

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Golden Knight: Dylan Crawford making a name for himself at St. Francis

St. Francis' WR Dylan Crawford has gone from unknown commodity to one of the top junior receivers in California. He leads the Golden Knights when they open the season Friday night at home vs. Chino. (Photo by Libby Cline / Pasadena Star-News)

St. Francis’ WR Dylan Crawford has gone from unknown commodity to one of the top junior receivers in California. He leads the Golden Knights when they open the season Friday night at home vs. Chino. (Photo by Libby Cline / Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
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LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE >> There was a time when St. Francis High School’s Dylan Crawford lived in the shadow of his older brother, Evan.
But no more.
Now, the junior has made his own name for himself.
Crawford has risen from being an unknown commodity before last season to become arguably the top receiver in the area, and a key factor for the Golden Knights this season.
“He’s a pretty dynamic player,” said St. Francis coach Jim Bonds, whose team opens its season with a home game vs. Chino on Friday. “It’s nice to have someone with his ability and athleticism. He can not only get behind defenders, but when the ball is the air and near him, he’s going to go up and get it.
“He thinks every ball is his. It’s nice, when you couple that with his speed. It’s a nice combination to have.”

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Trib’skin Pick’em … Aram and Fred make their picks …

The game: In this year’s Tribskin Pick’em, Aram will I will do it a little differently. We’ll pick all games from the SGVN coverage areas of the Tribune, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News for an all-encompassing, all-out bragging right for 2014, since nobody ever pays the dinner bet. I won last year, ending Aram’s two-year win streak.
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Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 26-10; Season Total: 26-10)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 24-12; Season Total 24-12)

Last Week: We were off in so many games we thought were sure-bets like Bishop Amat over Santa Margarita, San Dimas over Monrovia, La Habra over El Toro and Baldwin Park over El Monte. Then there were the surprises like La Mirada over Tesoro and La Canada over Verbum Dei. But Aram takes Week 0, getting me with games like Don Lugo over Walnut, Bonita over Schurr and El Rancho over Claremont, to name just a few.

This Week: Look for Bishop Amat to start 0-2 heading to Texas to face an Aledo team that went undefeated last year and already is 1-0. After big wins last week, La Salle and Pasadena could get interesting, but La Salle gets the edge. I also like Los Altos over San Dimas. As good as the Saints are, they’re still not quite as good as the best in the SGV. They’ll get going again when they get to their Valle Vista and Mid-Valley comfort zone. If Monrovia’s plays like it did in the second half against San Dimas, it will beat Bonita. South Hills will likely get stomped by La Habra, and figuring Charter Oak could get crushed by La Mirada too. What do you all think?

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Thursday’s games
Blair vs. Marshall at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Marshall); Aram (Marshall)
Brethren Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Ocean View HS, 7 p.m. Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Glenn vs. Pioneer at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Pioneer)
La Serna at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Aram (LS)
Northview vs. Montebello at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Montebello)

Friday’s games
Bishop Amat at Aledo, TX, 8 p.m. — Robledo (Aledo); Aram (Texas)
La Salle at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Los Altos at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Mission Prep at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram (Mission)
Monrovia at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia)
Alhambra at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (LC)
Arroyo at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Azusa at Whittier, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Whittier)
San Marino at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Schurr at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (Schurr)
South El Monte at Santa Fe, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (SF)
South Hills vs. La Habra at Walnut HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Baldwin Park vs. Fountain Valley at Westminster, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FV); Aram (FV)
Bosco Tech at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabrielino); Aram (Gabrielino)
Buena Park at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Buena Park); Aram (BP)
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SACP); Aram (CC)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Western Christian, 7 p.m.– Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Cant)
Cathedral at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cathedral)
Charter Oak at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LM); Aram (LM)
Chino at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SF); Aram (SF)
Covina at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Damien at Roosevelt, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Damien)
Diamond Ranch at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Don Lugo at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Don Lugo); Aram (Pomona)
Firebaugh at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Flintridge Prep vs. Brentwood at Occidental, 7 p.m. –Robledo (Brentwood); Aram (B-wood)
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Gladstone)
Glendale at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SG); Aram (Glendale)
Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)
Mountain View at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
Pasadena Poly at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Poly)
Salesian at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (Salesian)
Troy at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Troy); Aram (ER)
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (DBar); Aram (Dbar)
Warren at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (SP)
LB Wilson at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LB Wilson); Aram (WC)
Yucca Valley at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Yucca); Aram (YV)
Eagle Rock at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (ERock); Aram (ER)

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