Rio Hondo league loses football appeal to avoid Central, will now face East San Gabriel Valley’s best

The Rio Hondo and Monrovia, who won three Mid-Valley championships over the past five years, will join the best public schools in the San Gabriel Valley after losing its appeal today to avoid the Central Division in football, which includes the likes of Charter Oak, Glendora, West Covina, Bonita and South Hills, who hail from the Palomares and Sierra Leagues, and will be part of the division starting in the fall. There was a time while winning their Mid-Valley titles that Monrovia fans thought they were better than them all, including Bishop Amat in the Pac-5. Well, now they get their chance to prove it on the field.

IS MONROVIA’S FOOTBALL DYNASTY OVER?: Some of the luster was already off the Monrovia High School football program when the CIF-Southern Section proposed that the Wildcats, along with the Rio Hondo League, be moved to the Central Division.

Monrovia had just come off a season in which it was walloped by St. Francis in the area’s biggest nonleague game of the season and later lost in the semifinals of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs despite a being prohibitive favorite to win its fourth consecutive division title.

Then came word that head coach Ryan Maddox, who had guided the program to one of the most successful runs in area history, resigned to focus on other career goals. Maddox’s departure led to a longer-than-expected job search that saw some very high-profile local coaches say “thanks but no thanks” to being the next head coach.

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  • Mean Joe Green

    Fred, I don’t think too many people thought Monrovia was better than Bishop Amat. The argument that I have always made is that it would be like comparing Muhammad Ali to Sugar Ray Leonard. Two different weight classes and two different sets of competition. Denying the greatness of Leonard because he never played Ali is insane. Personally, I like the idea of Monrovia moving up, because if we lose to those big boys, no one would be surprised. However, the true embarrassment would be if the “Kings” of the East Valley get smacked by a smaller division school. Ali beating Leonard would not be a shock, but imagine if Leonard KOs Ali. Now that’s something to write about.

    • FredJ

      Monrovia has had as many D-1 signees as anyone in the SGV, would hardly call them a small division school.

      • Mean Joe Green

        By smaller school I meant student enrollment. Monrovia is the smaller of all of the powerhouses in the Valley. Most of these schools have twice the enrollment and thus twice the pool of potential athletes. Diamond Bar (3314), West Covina (2827), Glendora (2741), Charter Oak (2124) and Monrovia (1718). Smaller private schools that have no girls have and equal amount of males as some of the larger schools. Smalls schools like Monrovia and Muir need to be given their props for winning despite small numbers. To have as many D-1 signees as anyone in the SGV is a huge accomplishment considering.

        • Valley Athletics

          For schools like charter oak and Monrovia . Number of enrolled students doesn’t mean anything . Kids from nearby areas are going there for football .schools like walnut and diamond bar have good size enrollment but most students are Asian and the pool of athletes is smaller .

          • Mean Joe Green

            Valley, what athletes are going to Monrovia from nearby schools? I can only count one skill player this year who is not a Monrovia native or did not go to Monrovia Unified his whole life. Kurt Scoby and Cravon Gillespie represent the exception and not the rule of Monrovia athletics.

          • Valley Athletics

            Some kids are duarte kids from what I’ve heard . Still the number of athletes who live there are much more than in walnut , temple city, diamond bar .

          • Not Since 1995

            Monrovia has tough enough kids to compete. A lot of there talent played there first few years for the Kilpatrick Mustangs before transferring to big green.

          • sir lancelot

            Hahahahahhahahahahaha

          • Nomoredrama

            Really? Come on now…..

          • Mean Joe Green

            Gotcha.

        • MoreKetchup

          West Covina is down to around 2400, so those numbers are pretty old.

    • Steve Ramirez

      That’s kind of what the Cal State Fullerton baseball program accomplished since 1979…a budget-strapped small D-I school competing and at times, beating the BCS-type teams…Personally, I don’t think Monrovia will match up well. It didn’t matchup well before when it played these type of games during the nonleague season, losing more than it won. But who knows? We could be wrong. That’s why games are played on a field, not paper.

      • New York

        Putting together an amazing baseball team in north Orange County isn’t that difficult.

        Monrovia’s results the past 5 years give no indication that we will do well in the new division. Someone would have to look back further to our preseason matchups in the late 1990′s and then look to see that our new assistant coaches have a similar mentality to our assistant coaches back then. At that point, an insightful person would suspect that our brand of football will return to a bit more aggressive and hard-hitting. That type of football allows our small school to compete through creating fumble and turnover opportunities, as well as big plays on special teams. That’s what it took in the past and that is what it will take again.

        • Steve Ramirez

          Today, yes…but back in the early 70s, with no scholarship limits and the monster that was USC a half-hour way, not so much…But in that time, Fullerton has gone from a DII program to one of the top baseball programs in the country, and arguably the top program on the West Coast. Yes, it’s come back to the pack in recent years…but it was always nice going to the College World Series and seeing Fullerton in a sea of BCS sharks, Texas, Miami, USC, LSU…Personally, I don’t think the Rio Hondo to the Central is a fair fit..This is not the Mornovia team from three years ago, or even two years ago. They got lucky last year picking up Scoby to give them a chance in the Mid-Valley and there is no one close to what he gave them on the team this year, at least no one known. They’ll have to re-invent themselves a bit to even compete for a title. They did it once before, so we’ll see.

      • 4peat

        steve..you need to come the practices..then talk.. Our New coach..is workin these BOYS out more then maddox..has ever done WITH HIS TEAMS… our QB,RB,WR..WELL GET IT DONE

        • lol

          4peat? are you kidding? Your little Monrovia Jr. Midget team lost last year = no repeat, 3peat, or 4 peat. Step away from the koolaid.

          • 4peat

            sorry my last year tag..its coo tho..we got more peats..then you..

          • sir lancelot

            You can’t carry over jr all American wins I guess you can if your in 8 man football. And why should Steve waist his time? Didn’t your best QB transfer???

          • CatAlum

            We have a new QB coming in from Texas that will be the top QB in the valley and one of the best in the Southern Section. And he is only going to be a Jr. so we will have him for 2 years.

          • 4peat

            Kn!! the kid that walk away from a deal offered@ Amat is still here.. Kameron johnson..M town

  • New York

    Fred you are such an instigator. Suggesting that Monrovia wanted to “escape” the Central is laughable. We are not talking about the big-boy IE teams…

    The major thing that will continue holding Monrovia back will be 4 1/2 weeks off going into the playoffs.

    The real “escape” is Charter Oak, Glendora and South Hills no longer having to play in the Inland/West Whatever. I suppose suggesting that Charter Oak needed to escape would hurt your interview sources…

    • FredJ

      They did want to “escape” the Central, otherwise they would not have appealed.

      • New York

        So did Monrovia appeal, or did the Rio Hondo League appeal? Did Charter Oak and Glendora appeal getting moved into an easier division, or did those schools welcome the relief? You could write about that…I am sticking to my belief that you will knock Monrovia any chance you get.

    • 4peat

      Monrovias..AD of football felt that way..the boys didnt care.. they are gettin ready for anybody..they welcome it the change..

  • observantcat

    Monrovia tried to do what was best for the other schools in our league possibly avoiding a train wreck come playoff time. Monrovia can hold its own in this division which will be its test going forward. We have the athletes to compete on that level and the coaching staff seems to understand our strengths so we will be ready for battle. Everyone made of Trey Sidney leaving the Duarte Hawkes and going to play freshman football over at Bishop Amat and now he is the talk of the school in terms of athleticism, well all of his friends that he grew up with have a great deal of athleticism and will be competing just as tough in the Central Div. This move is really a compliment for the Monrovia Faithful and should be seen as an accomplishment not a punishment to all of the players and staff at MHS. We should see a lot of ink on the Tribune side of the newspapers in the next few years.

    • Mean Joe Green

      Here Here

    • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

      Mo-town will be just fine. You are correct take this as a compliment. I am sure the likes of San dimas will take it as now we have a chance to win another jr all American championship. Good luck this coming year.

    • sir lancelot

      Come on there is no trey Sidney at Mo-town. The only thing they have in common is that they are friends

      • observantcat

        Well Sir Lancelot, The kids on Monrovia’s squad could just as well play at Amat and make a similar impact, ask your couches who tried to convince some of these guys to come along with Sydney over to Amat. Aram told you that He would be your Savior and all of you laughed and though that Aram was some kind of fool to think what he was saying was ever going to come to fruition. But I wish Amat well and I wish Sydney becomes your best receiver ever.

        • sir lancelot

          That’s where you are wrong. You see they might have been athletic enough as Sydney back when he was in junior all American but what separates him from his friends now is that he has out shined them by choosing bishop Amat. He has been exposed to high caliber of coaching, the mentality these kids have over there at Amat is by far one of the best out there, they run a college style of practice. I’m not saying Monrovia does not have athletes but do they gel together like the kids at Amat?? I highly doubt that.

          • observantcat

            It’s amazing how much you all of a sudden know about this kid, His parents did a magnificent job of getting him the proper training as a child so that he could be the best started even before JAA, so he’s at Amat that didn’t bring scouts over to see him, he could have gotten those same looks had he attended Baldwin Park lol, We mentioned that he was going to be a great player before he even stepped onto a high school field and I remember some of the comments from some of your fans doubting that he would even make a difference and now that is clearly not the case. Khalil Bradley has made some very good strides in terms of the Wide receiver position over at Monrovia and his competition are the guys on the Track and field team that are going to be headed to State in the 400M relay which three of them are still underclassmen and are playing receiver or Db’s this upcoming season. So Yes Tre is Great but these guy’s are not to far behind.

          • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

            Come on guys cant we all just get along??? Monrovia and Bishop are in two different classes. They will more than likely never play unless Monrovia jumps up 150 divisions, so just let it go.

          • sir lancelot

            To much name dropping. What I find funny without naming kids names, this holds truth. If I stand corrected a hand full of kids transferred to Monrovia because they knew they wouldn’t start at Amat. You know that is true. And from what I here you have another 2 that might be making their way that way for the same reason.

          • observantcat

            Just stating facts, No name dropping these kids are from Monrovia and everyone in the area already knows about them. It’s just impressive to see kids that you may not have thought would make your team come to Monrovia with great work ethic and getting around other like athletes and improve their game to another level.

          • sir lancelot

            At Amat everyone makes the team. Now as far as starting thats a different story. Kids transferred from Amat cuz they knew they wouldn’t start. At Amat the best play, no questions asked. You got that right great work ethic, something Amat is well known for, will give you 100% at all times. What I find very sad is the parents jumped ship to soon. , if your son is as good as they say they are why not let them compete, and earn the spot. What kind of message are they sending their kid??e Mo-town is able to compete

          • 4peat

            yeah..like kameron johnson..lol

        • Valley Athletics

          All those players play on TNT 7on7 team . The only player on that team you hear anyone talking about is sidney .he is in another level .

          • 4peat

            If you made one hand cacthes..i would talk about you two..lol

          • Valley Athletics

            And if you scored 12 tds in 3 games like sidney did .

          • 4peat

            as i sure you know! one man! cant can win it all
            .its take a hole team..but im happy for his D1 offers..but here @ Monrovia We Have team all the time

  • 626

    Can’t wait for those TC/Glendora and La Canada/Charter Oak match ups…

    • New York

      Nice to see some folks have a sense of humor.

  • FredJ

    OK, so I’m trying to stir the pot, just getting you all ready for football season

    • New York

      You do your job well.

  • Duarte_Road

    Loving this debate! Grew up in Monrovia, played All-America youth football for the Arcadia Indians (Monrovia didn’t have a team back then in the sixties) and played varsity Amat football for three seasons in the early seventies and won a CIF patch for the jacket for the ’71 season.. Arcadia and Monrovia high school football were both very good back then — trust me. To this day I always have respect for all high school football in SoCal and I watch online and the Fox coverage every Friday night during the season. I haven’t lived in California since the seventies but all my youth was in SGV. Great luck to all the boys (and their families) who play the greatest game of them all — football. Go Lancers.

  • 4peat

    every year..@ thiz time you talk bad about monrovia..but none these shcools.. are around in dec..fred your a m town hater..you never speak good about us only use your power to thow dirt,