South Pasadena’s football season is over

The South Pasadena High School football season is definitely over.
Tigers athletic director Greg Luna said on Saturday that Rio Hondo League principals determined CIF-SS rules were broken before Friday’s 21-3 victory against La Canada in a third-place showdown. The Tigers had to forfeit the victory.
“Administrators clearly thought they have enough supporting evidence for the league to warrant the decision,” Luna said. “We respect that decision. There are other implications still on our end.”
The Tigers also declined to submit an at-large entry playoff berth. With a 7-3 on-the-field record, they may have been one of the favorites to receive the Central Division’s lone spot.

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South Pasadena administrator statement

South Pasadena will not be in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs despite finishing in third place in the Rio Hondo League and earning an automatic bid.
League officials ruled the Tigers out because of an unspecified rules violation. Tigers coach Martin Konrad was not at Friday’s 21-3 victory over La Canada. Apparently players from neither team knew about the ruling.
Here is a statement from principal Janet Anderson and athletic director Greg Luna:

Dear Tiger Football Families,
First of all, we would like to thank you for your unwavering support this season. What a remarkable season it has been with tonight’s game a beautiful jewel in the season’s crown. It is with very heavy hearts that we share with you what your sons have likely already shared. After their bus ride back home from La Canada, their coaches and the two of us met with the team. We acknowledged and celebrated their accomplishments and their joy. That made it all the harder to share with them that rather than continue into the CIF playoffs as the third place team, their season has come to an end.
Yesterday, we became aware that our school was accused of a violation of CIF regulations. We are continuing our investigation into the allegation. La Canada played tonight’s game under protest. Had they won, the protest would likely have been moot. With us winning the game, the Rio Hondo League leadership determined that SPHS would forfeit the game and La Canada would take the third place spot.
Tonight, we told the players that they did things correctly; the violations are not tied to their behavior. We also shared that since it is an ongoing investigation, there are details we will not be sharing at this time. Due to the time sensitive nature of playoff seeding, we do not expect there to be a change in this ruling. We are sending you information as quickly and as thoroughly as we can tonight, however brief it necessarily is.
Please help our players process this disappointment by highlighting the many stellar points experienced throughout this season.
We thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Janet Anderson, Principal
Greg Luna, Athletic Director

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Saturday Rewind: Muir wins Tussle with PHS; South Pas beats La Canada, then voted out of playoffs; Maranatha improves to 10-0

Muir quarterback Chase Keough (3) celebrates as he rings the bell as they defeat Pasadena 24-17 during the 68th annual Turkey Tussle prep football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Muir quarterback Chase Keough (3) celebrates as he rings the bell as they defeat Pasadena 24-17 during the 68th annual Turkey Tussle prep football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

What a night! First Muir continued its dominance in the Turkey Tussle with a 24-17 win over Pasadena, but the real news was that South Pasadena, after beating La Canada, was voted out of the playoffs by the Rio Hondo League for a possible rule violation. Not to be overshadowed, Maranatha scored a big win over Whittier Christian to finish 10-0 in the regular season.
Below is this week’s run down:

PASADENA — Sixteen and counting.
The Muir High School football team got all it could handle from rival Pasadena in the 68th Turkey Tussle, but in the end the Mustangs were back in their customary spot ringing the victory bell at one end of the Rose Bowl following a 24-17 win on Friday night.
Freshman running back Jonathan Stephens plowed into the end zone from 5 yards out to break a 17-17 tie with 1:37 to play. Muir’s defense then stopped Pasadena on downs to end the game.
“I just told my coaches that this is one of the greatest feelings in the world,” Stephens said. “To come out here and play on a field that not many people get the opportunity to play on and win a big game for the team, it just feels great.”

– Aram Tolegian
LA CANADA — The match up of South Pasadena High School and La Cañada in both schools’ final regular-season Rio Hondo League football game saw two teams whose seasons had run in parallel lines.
But Friday’s league finale that would determine third place saw the Tigers and the host Spartans part ways as South Pasadena came out on top 21-3, which in theory earned the Tigers the league’s final guaranteed ticket to the CIF-SS Central Division playoffs … until it didn’t.
The Tigers (7-4, 3-2) were forced to play the game without head coach Martin Konrad due to an unspecified administrative issue, but in spite of that, when the final whistle blew, it appeared they were going to the postseason for the first time since 2003.
However, soon after the game, La Cañada first-year coach Ramsey Lambert announced to his team that because of unspecified CIF issues, the league had voted to ban South Pasadena from the postseason, which meant that, despite the loss, it would be La Cañada advancing to the postseason.
“I’m not exactly sure what it was, but we get a second chance,” Lambert said. “I’m not sure who reported what, but the league made a decision and we’ll find out more details sometime over the weekend, I’m sure.”

– Nathan Cambridge
WHITTIER — For the first time in 31 years the Maranatha High School football team completed a perfect 10-0 regular season and will head into the CIF Southern Section Northwest Division.
The Minutemen easily defeated host Whittier Christian 69-34 at Whittier College to head into the playoffs next Friday as the top seed in the division.
Leading the way for the Minutemen was senior running back Caleb Devine with three touchdowns and 182 yards on 12 carries. He scored on runs of 65, 30 and 1 yard.
Whittier Christian freshman quarterback Quinn Commons threw for a game-high 227 yards on 31 attempts, completing 20 passes, while senior tight end Noah Evans caught nine passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

– John Sherrard

Pasadena Poly completed an undefeated season with a 56-14 victory over rival Flintridge Prep on Friday night at South Pasadena High.
The Panthers (10-0, 3-0) wasted no time, scoring 21 points in the first half. Running back Griffin Carter had three of his four touchdowns before halftime.

1. St. Francis (10-0) def. Salesian, 46-15 (Thursday)
2. Monrovia (9-1) def. Blair, 55-0
3. Muir (6-4) def. Pasadena, 24-17
4. Maranatha (10-0) def. Whittier Christian, 69-34
5. San Marino (8-2) def. Temple City, 74-20
6. Pasadena Poly (10-0) def. Flintridge Prep, 56-14
7. La Canada (6-4) lost to South Pasadena, 21-3
8. Pasadena (4-6) lost to Muir, 24-17
9. South Pasadena (7-3) def. La Canada, 21-3
10. Rio Hondo Prep (4-5), idle
El Monte 40, Gabrielino 23
Rosemead 52, Mountain View 14
Sierra Vista 41, Duarte 40
Montebello 28, Alhambra 21
Schurr 56, Keppel 0
Crescenta Valley 61, Arcadia 30
St. Genevieve 53, Bosco Tech 0
Cathedral 71, La Salle 28

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Tennis quarterfinals set

Monday’s quarterfinals
All matches at 2 p.m. unless noted
Division 3
No. 4 Pasadena Poly at Long Beach Poly
Division 4
No. 1 Riverside Poly at Chino Hills
Rowland at Serrano
Division 5
Magnolia at No. 3 Maranatha

Friday’s second round
Division 1
No. 3 Mira Costa 12, San Marino 6
Division 2
No. 1 Valencia 10, Arcadia 8
Division 3
Long Beach Poly 11, Walnut 7
No. 4 Pasadena Poly 15, Rio Mesa 3
Division 4
No. 1 Riverside Poly 18, Rosemead 0
Chino Hills 13, Westminster La Quinta 5
Rowland 12, Keppel 6
No. 3 Garden Grove 12, Alhambra 6
Bishop Montgomery 12, Flintridge Sacred Heart 6
Los Osos 12, Wilson 6
No. 2 South Torrance 14, San Gabriel 4
Division 5
Thacher 14, Sierra Vista 4
No. 3 Maranatha 12, Montclair 6

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Duarte, St. Paul earn volleyball seeds

Tuesday’s first-round games
All matches at 7 p.m. unless noted
Division 1AA
La Salle at Los Alamitos
Palos Verdes at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Division 1A
No. 3 Chino Hills, bye
St. Lucy’s at El Toro
Division 2AA
West Torrance at South Pasadena
Paramount at Pasadena Poly
Whittier Christian at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel
Westridge at No. 4 Brea, 6 p.m.
Maranatha at No. 3 Laguna Beach
Monrovia at Esperanza, 5 p.m.
Mission College Prep at Mayfield, 6 p.m.
Costa Mesa at La Canada
Division 2A
Oak Hills at La Habra
Walnut at Palm Springs
Apple Valley at Arcadia
Diamond Ranch at Viewpoint
Burbank Burroughs at Glendora
Bonita at Los Altos
Division 3AA
El Rancho at No. 1 Sage Hill
Norwalk at La Serna
Santa Fe at Elsinore
Pioneer at Santa Monica
El Seguno at La Mirada
Crean Lutheran at California
Division 3A
El Monte at Wilson
Montebello at Santa Ynez, 5 p.m.
Lompoc at Gabrielino
Fairmont Prep at San Gabriel
South El Monte at Bell Gardens
Morro Bay at San Dimas, 5 p.m.
Covina at Webb
Rosemead at No. 2 Templeton
Division 4AA
Pomona Catholic at No. 4 Garden Grove
Colony at No. 3 St. Paul
Division 4A
Azusa at Bassett
Ramona Convent at Gladstone
Pomona vs. San Gabriel Mission at Ramona Convent
Boron at La Puente
No. 2 Duarte, bye
Division 5AA
Palm Valley at San Gabriel Valley Academy, 5 p.m.
Division 5A
Waverly at Einstein Academy
Southwestern Academy at Immanuel Christian

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Thursday Final: The Knight is Golden as St. Francis finishes off first undefeated regular season with rout of Salesian

St. Francis head coach Jim Bonds gets the water bucket after beating Salesian 46-15 to finish the regular season 10-0. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News)

St. Francis head coach Jim Bonds gets the water bucket after beating Salesian 46-15 to finish the regular season 10-0. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News)

LA CANADA — There was a certainty sense of pageantry and excitement in the air Thursday night at St. Francis High as the Golden Knights finally had their chance to take its shot for its first unbeaten football season in 50 years.
St. Francis took care of business, breaking away for a 46-15 Angelus League victory over Salesian to wrap an unbeaten league title in forceful fashion and accomplish a feat that was 50 years in the making.
Head coach Jim Bonds was doused in a celebratory shower as the players rang the victory bell loud enough to wake up the La Canada community.
Perfection never tasted so sweet.
“This meant a whole bunch to us. We’re going to be the team talked about around the block instead of that team from 1964,” said St. Francis receiver John Carroll, who had two touchdown catches. “ Being 10-0, that’s a special feeling. We haven’t done that year in a long, long time.”
– Tony Ciniglio

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Second round of tennis playoffs

All matches at 2 p.m. unless noted
Friday’s second round
Division 1
San Marino at No. 3 Mira Costa
Division 2
Arcadia at No. 1 Valencia, 1 p.m.
Division 3
Long Beach Poly at Walnut
Rio Mesa vs. No. 4 Pasadena Poly
Division 4
Rosemead at No. 1 Riverside Poly
Westminster La Quinta at Chino Hills
Keppel at Rowland 16
Alhambra at No. 3 Garden Grove
Flintridge Sacred Heart at Bishop Montgomery
Los Osos at Wilson
No. 2 South Torrance at San Gabriel
Division 5
Thacher at Sierra Vista
No. 3 Maranatha at Montclair

Thursday’s first round
Division 4
Alhambra 16, Summit 2
Wednesday’s first round
Division 1
at San Clemente 14, South Pasadena 4
at San Marino 17, Mater Dei 1
at No. 2 University 16, La Canada 2
Division 2
at Arcadia 11, Mission Viejo 7
at La Reina 11, Ayala 7
Temecula Valley 13, at South Hills 5
at Hart 13, Glendora 5
Division 3
at No. 1 Redlands 17, West Covina 1
at Lompoc Cabrillo 10, Westridge 8
at Walnut 14, Paramount 4
at No. 4 Pasadena Poly 12, Orcutt Academy 6
at Yucaipa 16, Chino 2
Division 4
at Rosemead 14, Ridgecrest Burroughs 4
Chino Hills 15, at Riverside Notre Dame 3
at Westminster La Quinta 13, La Serna 5
at Rowland 16, J.W. North 2
at Keppel 5, Lancaster 3
at No. 4 West Torrance 4, Whittier 4
at No. 3 Garden Grove 15, El Monte 3
Alhambra at Summit Thursday
at Flintridge Sacred Heart 11, St. Lucy’s 7
Wilson 11, at California 7
San Gabriel 11, Quartz Hill 7
at No. 2 South Torrance 15, Arroyo 3
Division 5
at Sierra Vista 10, Westminster 8
at No. 3 Maranatha 14, Beaumont 4
Tuesday’s wild-card scores
Division 1
at La Canada 12, San Marcos 6
Division 2
at Ayala 13, Estancia 5
at Glendora 11, Santa Maria St. Joseph 7
Division 3
at West Covina 10, Lakewood 8
Division 4
at La Serna 6, St. Monica 2
Whittier 11, at Lakewood St. Joseph 7
at El Monte 16, Antelope Valley 2
at St. Lucy’s 17, Ontario Christian 1
at North Torrance 13, Covina 5
at Wilson def Ramona Convent, forfeit
San Gabriel 11, at Arlington 7
Arroyo 13, at Woodcrest Christian 5
Division 5
Santa Paula 12, at Whittier Christian 6
at Fairmont Prep 11, Azusa 7
Beaumont 13, at Gladstone 5
at Foothill Tech 10, Pomona 0
Don Lugo 16, at La Puente 2

Quarterfinals: Monday

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Poly, Maranatha seeded in tennis playoffs

Two-time reigning CIF-Southern Section girls tennis champion San Marino goes into the playoffs unseeded, but Pasadena Poly and Maranatha both earned seeds on Monday.
The Panthers are seeded fourth in Division 3 and the Minutemen third in Division 5. San Marino has made the move from Division 2, where it won the last two titles, to Division 1.
A look at San Gabriel Valley-area matches:
Tuesday’s wild-card
Division 1
San Marcos at La Canada
Division 2
Estancia at Ayala
Santa Maria St. Joseph at Glendora
Division 3
Lakewood at West Covina
Division 4
St. Monica at La Serna
Whittier at Lakewood St. Joseph
Antelope Valley at El Monte
Ontario Christian vs. St. Lucy’s at Damien
Covina at North Torrance
Ramona Convent at Wilson
San Gabriel at Arlington
Arroyo at Woodcrest Christian
Division 5
Santa Paula at Whittier Christian
Azusa at Fairmont Prep
Beaumont at Gladstone
Pomona at Foothill Tech
Don Lugo at La Puente

Wednesday’s first round
Division 1
Mater Dei at San Marino
South Pasadena at San Clemente
San Marcos/La Canada winner at No. 2 seed University
Division 2
Mission Viejo at Arcadia
Estancia/Ayala winner at La Reina
Temecula Valley at South Hills
Santa Maria St. Joseph/Glendora winner at Hart
Division 3
Lakewood/West Covina winner at No. 1 Redlands
Westridge at Lompoc Cabrillo
Paramount at Walnut
Orcutt Academy/Milken Community at No. 4 Pasadena Poly
Chino at Yucaipa
Division 4
Ridgecrest Burroughs/Grand Terrace winner at Rosemead
Chino Hills at Riverside Notre Dame
St. Monica/La Serna winner at Westminster La Quinta
Rancho Alamitos/J.W. North winner at Rowland
Lancaster at Keppel
Whittier/Lakewood St. Joseph winner at No. 4 West Torrance
Antelope Valley/El Monte winner at No. 3 Garden Grove
Alhambra at Summit
Ontario Christian/St. Lucy’s winner at Flintridge Sacred Heart
Covina/North Torrance winner at Bishop Montgomery
Ramona Convent/Wilson winner at California
San Gabriel/Arlington winner at No. 2 South Torrance
Arroyo/Woodcrest Christian winner at k
Division 5
Santa Paula/Whittier Christian winner at No. 1 Orange
Azusa/Fairmont Prep winner at Garey
Shadown Hills/Westminster winner at Sierra Vista
Beaumont/Gladstone winner at No. 3 Maranatha
Pomona/Foothill Tech winner at Yucca Valley
Don Lugo/La Puente winner at Webb

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