Maranatha, Arcadia, Gabrielino climb in girls soccer poll

Maranatha moved into the No. 2 position and Arcadia up to No. 4 in their respective CIF-SS girls soccer polls this week
Division 3
1. Torrance
2. Buena
3. Brea Olinda
4. Ayala
5. Quartz Hill
6. Cypress
7. South Torrance
8. Arroyo Grande
9. Yorba Linda
10T. Pasadena Poly (unchanged)
10T. Righetti
10T. South Hills

Division 4
1. Serrano
2. La Mirada
3. Alemany
4. Arcadia (up one)
5. Oak Park
6. Royal
7. Mayfair
8. San Marino (unchanged)
9. Sage Hill
10T. Valley View
10T. St. Margaret’s
Out: Monrovia

Division 6
1. Grand Terrace
2. Maranatha (moves up one)
3. Temescal Canyon
4. Summit
5. Gabrielino (moves up two)
6. San Gorgonio
7. Schurr
8. Sierra Vista
9. Norte Vista
10T. Patriot
10T. Marshall (drops one)
10T. Paloma Valley

Other SGVN schools
D5: 7. La Serna

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Temple City moves up in water polo poll

Temple City moved up two positions in the latest CIF-SS water polo poll:

Division 5
1. Palm Desert
2. Los Altos
3. Rio Mesa
4. Redlands East Valley
5. Temple City (Up two spots)
6. Yucaipa
7. Charter Oak
8. Cajon
9. Oxnard
10. Monrovia (down two spots)

Division 6
1. Pasadena Poly (unchanged)
2. Ocean View
3. Segerstrom
4. Cypress
5. Santa Monica
6. Westridge (unchanged)
7. Temescal Canyon
8. Tustin
9. Cabrillo/Lompoc
10. Pacifica/Garden Grove
Others: Santa Ynez, Mayfield (down 4 spots), Culver City

Other SGVN schools:
5. Montebello, 9. St. Lucy’s
D3: 8. La Serna
D4: 4. Bonita
D7: 11. San Dimas

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Monday Recap: Allison Woo scored six goals to lead Pasadena Poly to 13-7 girls water polo win

Girls water polo
Pasadena Poly 13, Mayfield 7 — Allison Woo scored six goals and Lindsey Kelleher and Colleen Woo each scored twice to lead the Panthers (12-1, 7-0) to the Prep League victory. Goalie Natalia Sanchez-Nigolian had five saves and Alex Clark, Allie Hodgen and Sam Shafia each scored a goal for Pasadena Poly.

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Muir’s Taeon Mason picks Washington St. … after shunning USC …


Muir WR/DB Taeon Mason, a two-time Star-News All-Area selection, has committed to play next fall at Washington St. Mason had previously committed to USC before recently opening his recruitment up again.

Mason is likely to play receiver and return kicks for the Cougars. Opposing offenses simply didn’t throw to Mason’s side of the field this past season. On offense, Mason had 569 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

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Pasadena owns the city … and first place in the Pacific League



Two weeks ago, it looked like the Pasadena High School boys basketball team might be an also-ran in the Pacific League. Now, it looks like the Bulldogs might run away with the league title.

Pasadena rode its stifling defense to a 56-46 win over rival on Friday night and boosted its win streak to six game while maintaining full control of the league standings.

“Pasadena will never be counted out, that’s just the way it is,” Bulldogs head coach Tony Brooks said. “We hadn’t necessarily started out of the gate well. We had four football players that joined us who play big minutes, so we had to get them acclimated to everything.

“It just takes time in our system. We do have a system. It’s not just throw the ball out. There’s a system and the kids have to learn it and they’ve got to learn it with no hesitations so they can play fast and free.”

Pasadena improved to 12-8 overall and 7-1 in league. Muir, which could have used a win on Friday to avoid falling further behind in the standings, fell to 12-8 and 4-3.

It was apparent early that Muir’s lack of offense was going to be a big problem for the Mustangs’ chances. But good defense of its own helped Muir stay close until Bulldogs swing man Tyrek Adams fueled a spurt early in the fourth quarter to help his team pull away.

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La Canada, Monrovia soccer teams play scoreless tie


MONROVIA — The Monrovia High School boys soccer team was trying to make a key adjustment to its defensive lineup. La Canada was trying to shut out the Wildcats for the first time.

Both succeeded in Wednesday’s key Rio Hondo League game, which ended in a scoreless tie. Monrovia remained undefeated (15-0-3, 2-0-1) and La Canada (6-6-3, 1-1-1) remained right there with the Wildcats in the league title race.

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First-place South Pas follows La Canada win with rout of Temple City …

Proving last Friday’s win over La Canada was no fluke, the South Pasadena High School boys basketball team set its sights on taking full control of the Rio Hondo League on Wednesday night.

Standing in the way was visiting Temple City, which entered the night tied atop the league with the Tigers, but it didn’t take very long to see who the clear class of the league is for now.

South Pasadena bolted to a early double-figure lead and never looked back in a 77-69 win. The Tigers are now alone in first place and served notice they’ll be a force to reckon with the rest of winter.

“That’s what we’re capable of,” South Pasadena coach David Lutzeier said. “When we play our best game, I really think we’re unstoppable offensively. We consider ourselves the front runner in the league.

“We really think we’re the best team in this league and we don’t feel like we’re upsetting anybody. We know what we’re capable of.”

Lutzeier and the Tigers might know it, but it probably took the past two games for everyone else to believe it. South Pasadena improved to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in league. Temple City fell to 11-8 and 2-1 in league.

The Rams never really had a chance given South Pasadena’s hot start. Joey Toyama hit four 3-pointers in the first half and the Tigers eventually led by over 20 points in the second quarter. Toyama finished with a game-high 25 points.

After falling in such a big first-half hole, Temple City slowly chipped away at the lead and with South Pasadena cooling off just a bit in the third quarter, the Rams were able to twice cut the lead to 10 points.

But South Pasadena found offense each time to repel the threat. Leading 61-51 to start the fourth quarter, Christian Lee hit a 3-pointer for the Tigers on their first possession of the final period. Greg Luck, who had 19 points, later added another 3-pointer and the lead ballooned back out to 15.

“We had a horrible start,” Temple City coach Eric Chin said. “They hit a couple of big shots and it was just a big deficit to come back from. They’re a very good team. Very well-coached. It’s just hard to come back from that.”

Lutzeier emptied out his bench late in the fourth quarter, which allowed the score to get cosmetically more appealing for Rams fans. The two teams meet again at Temple City on Feb. 6.

“I really thought we’d come out a little bit hungover from that (La Canada) win,” Lutzeier said of his team. “I’m proud of the way they stepped up. They surprised me.”

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Wednesday Recap: Temple City girls soccer coach Joe Franco leads Rams to four straight years of 10-plus wins.

Girls soccer
Temple City 1, South Pasadena 0 –Genesis Cruz scored the winning goal with an assist from Kristen Chen for the Rams (10-5-2, 2-1) in a Rio Hondo League win. Goalies Madison Lum and Summer Hofstad recorded their second shutout of the season for Temple City. Coach Joe Franco has led Temple City to four straight years of 10-plus wins.
Westridge 3, Azusa 1 — Makala Thomas, Charlotte Stephens and Ella Rushing each scored for the Tigers (4-5, 1-5) in a nonleague win.

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