Gillespie leads Monrovia to third in the 4×100 relay (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)
CLOVIS – Cravon Gillespie was the forgotten competitor.
The Monrovia High School senior was not expected to be one of the favorites as the fastest runner in the state. Gillespie nearly caught champion Curtis Godin of Mater Dei in the 100-meter championship race at the CIF State Track and Field finals on Saturday night before 9,123 people at Clovis’ Buchannan High.
“That was incredible,” Monrovia coach Mike Knowles said. “He did an incredible job. All his hard work paid off. He ran a perfect race.”
Saturday night he became very well known. He nearly chased down Godin to finish second in his biggest race of his life.
See story and how other did, with photos and video at http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/sports/20140607/monrovias-cravon-gillespie-finishes-second-in-state
(The late Dick Salter in 2011 surrounded by (from top left) Damien coach Mark Paredes, Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar, son and Upland coach Tim Salter, and Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty.)
Former Arcadia High School football coach Dick Salter passed away at his Covina home surrounded by his family on Friday. He was 87.
Salter was head coach at Arcadia from 1970-89. In that time he led the Apaches football program to CIF championship game appearances in 1977 and ’78. Prior to Arcadia, he also had a long stint as head coach at Cathedral. Salter later won CIF championships as an assistant coach at Bishop Amat and Upland.
Salter is survived by his sons Tim and Tom, and daughters Linda, Karen and Kathie. Tim Salter is currently the head coach at Upland while Tom Salter recently was an assistant coach at Amat and is now athletic director at Culver City. Salter’s daughter Kathie is the principal at Charter Oak and married to Bishop Amat girls basketball coach Richard Wiard.
Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Salter was a familiar face at Bishop Amat football games in recent years. He also was close friends with Charter Oak football coach Lou Farrar, who used to visit Salter weekly and go over Chargers game films.
“He was a very good friend,” Farrar said Friday night. “It’s been six or eight years that I’ve been visiting him and going over video of our football games. You have to understand, Dick Salter didn’t miss anything. He was still very sharp. He was just a great friend.”
Among the greats Salter coached at Arcadia were NFL Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews and his brother Clay, and former NFL kicker Mike Lansford. Salter served as athletic director at Arcadia from 1974-92. He played both baseball and football at the University of Oregon and Arcadia named its football field Salter Stadium in his honor.
Pasadena Poly seniors Zach Bern and David Orndorff helped the Panthers to the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 semifinals and earned Prep League MVP honors.
Kyle Beerman, Senior Pasadena Poly
Zach Bern, Senior Pasadena Poly
Michael Bowman, Senior Pasadena Poly
Hamilton Evans, Sophomore Flintridge Prep
Isaac Holguin, Senior Rio Hondo Prep
Brenden McKiernan, Senior Flintridge Prep
David Orndorff, Senior Pasadena Poly
Cole Pilar, Sophomore Flintridge Prep
Cole Rademacker, Senior Flintridge Prep
John Bolinger, Senior Rio Hondo PrepGriffin Carter, Junior Pasadena Poly
Daniel Enzminger, Senior Flintridge Prep
Nathan Lee, Junior Pasadena Poly
Gabe Shriver, Junior Rio Hondo Prep
Zach Stiver, Senior Rio Hondo Prep
Michael Weinstein, Senior Flintridge Prep
Singles MVP: Henry La Soya, Junior Pasadena Poly
Doubles MVP: Sachin Puri, Sr. and Andrew Trojan, Jr. Pasadena Poly
Cartier Juan, Sophomore Flintridge Prep
Henry La Soya, Junior Pasadena Poly
Sachin Puri, Sr. – Andrew Trojan, Jr. Pasadena Poly
Jack Fleming, Freshman Pasadena Poly
Matthew Johnson, Senior Pasadena Poly
Nikhil Adarkar, Fr. and Austin Gee, So. Pasadena Poly
William Dixon, Sr. and Michael Cassut, Sr. Flintridge Prep
Andrew Ruys de Perez, Sr. and Timothy Matthiessen, Jr. Pasadena Poly
Flintridge Prep sophomore Dante Fregoso and Chadwick junior Connor Lucier were chosen co_prel League MVPs.
The Rebels won the league title.
Dante Fregoso, Sophomore Flintridge Prep
Cody Hiroto, Senior Rio Hondo Prep
Adam Stanford-Moore, Junior Pasadena Poly
Trip Westmoreland, Senior Flintridge Prep
Dennis Grover, Senior Pasadena Poly
Kyle Law, Senior Flintridge Prep
Anthony Pena, Sophomore Rio Hondo Prep
Zach Picker, Junior Flintridge Prep
Andrew Schubert, Junior Rio Hondo Prep
Arthur Valverde, Sophomore Rio Hondo Prep
Rio Hondo Prep’s Alexis Parker and Pasadena Poly’s DeeDee Logan were selected the Prep League most valuable players.
Parker, a senior catcher, was chosen MVP and Logan, a junior, was selected as most valuable pitcher. The teams shared the league title.
Reyna Alvarado, Senior Rio Hondo Prep
Alex Clark, Junior Pasadena Poly
Becca Hanel, Junior Pasadena Poly
DeeDee Logan, Junior Pasadena Poly
Madison Loomis, Senior Rio Hondo Prep
Therese Oshiro, Freshman Flintridge Prep
Jacqueline Pai, Senior Westridge
Alexis Parker, Senior Rio Hondo Prep
Kylie Snyder, Senior Mayfield
Maple Chew, Junior Mayfield
Miranda Diaz, Sophomore Westridge
Natalie Edwards, Senior Pasadena Poly
Stephanie Esquivel, Junior Rio Hondo Prep
Samantha Martin, Senior Rio Hondo Prep
Imani Mitchell, Senior Mayfield
Drew Montgomery, Senior Flintridge Prep
Nicole Probert, Senior Westridge
Natalie Treister, Senior Pasadena Poly
La Salle High School senior Renaissance Forster will take her volleyball skills to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
She was offered an athletic scholarship at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., but chose the academic scholarship a Army. The middle blocker plans on trying to compete for a spot on the team as a walk-on.
Forster, an honor student, said she will study medicine.
Fellow La Salle student Elizabeth Lynch will also attend Army. She was on the cheerleading squad.
Thursday’s first-round games
Division 2 La Mirada 4, Pasadena 2 Division 4 San Marino 10, Keppel 0
Alhambra 3, Fontana 2
Century 2, Monrovia 0 Division 6 Flintridge Prep 4, New Community Jewish 0
Pasadena Poly 3, Fillmore 1
Sierra Canyon 8, Rio Hondo Prep 4 Friday’s first-round games
Division 3 Redondo 1, La Salle 0 Division 5 Citrus Hill 6, Rosemead 0
Paraclete 2, Maranatha 1 Division 7 St. Monica Academy 6, Desert Chapel 1
Tuesday’s second-round games
Games at 3:15 p.m. unless noted Division 4 Oaks Christian at San Marino
Alhambra at Laguna Beach Division 6 Flintridge Prep at Malibu
Pasadena Poly vs. Providence at Foy Park, 3 p.m. Division 7 St. Monica Academy at Coast Union Quarterfinals: Friday