Star-News All-Area boys soccer team

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BEN CUEVAS, Marshall, Senior, Forward
The goal for the recently completed soccer season was not necessarily to score goals. The goal was to win games.
“The focus was to win,” Marshall High School’s Ben Cuevas said. “It was about being around the team and not just one player.”
The senior forward did not have eye-popping statistics this season. But he helped the Eagles to eye-popping results, and that earned him Player of the Year honors.
Many overlooked Monrovia as a serious threat to overthrow La Canada as the Rio Hondo League champion. But Wildcats coach Mike Williams was confident his team could contend for the title.
“We played these tough preleague games to get ready,” Williams said early in the season.
JAKE ANDERSON, St. Francis, Sophomore, Midfielder
AUSTIN GARTSIDE, La Canada, Senior, Defender
HEVEN GOMEZ, South Pasadena, Senior, Forward
JOSE HEREDIA, Maranatha, Junior, Forward
BRENDAN HILDRETH, Pasadena, Sophomore, Forward
JOSE MADEROS, Duarte, Senior, Forward
IAN McKNIGHT, Pasadena Poly, Senior, Defender
ALEX PALMA, Marshall, Junior, Forward
MICHAEL QUINTERO, Marshall, Senior, Goalkeeper
ANTONIO ROSAS, Monrovia, Senior, Forward
CONNOR SAMS, Monrovia, Senior, Defender
Angel Cortes, Arcadia, Senior, Midfielder
Zack Dunn, South Pasadena, Senior, Midfielder
Filip Franke, La Canada, Senior, Forward
Ali Kamal, Pasadena Poly, Senior, Forward
Graham Labran-Boyd, La Canada, Senior, Goalkeeper
Alfredo Maciel, Monrovia, Junior, Midfielder
Max Medley, Monrovia, Senior, Goalkeeper
Michael Mikirya, Marshall, Senior, Midfielder
Cole Rademacher, Flintridge Prep, Senior, Forward
Frankie Viega, St. Francis, Senior, Forward
Armaan Zare, La Canada, Senior, Midfielder

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Star-News All-Area girls soccer team

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NOEL ASKINS, Pasadena Poly, Senior, Forward
The goals kept adding up. So did the attention.
But it never seemed to bother Pasadena Poly forward Noel Askins. Despite facing double teams for most of the season, the USC-bound forward, had her best numbers in her high school career.
She had 33 goals and 16 assists and earned Star-News layer of the Year honors.
RAFA MORAN, Gabrielino
It was a season for the Gabrielino High School record books.
Until March 8, the Eagles had surprisingly never had a CIF-Southern Section team championship in any sport. They have won individual titles.
The Gabrielino girls soccer team’s title was the school’s first team title in its 21 years.
KATY COATS, Maranatha, Freshman, Forward
MEGAN DECKER, La Canada, Junior, Forward
EVAN GANCEDO, Pasadena Poly, Senior, Midfielder
DANI GARCIA, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Senior, Goalkeeper
JAQUELINE JAQUEZ, Marshall, Senior, Defender
CHELSEA JOHNSON, Flintridge Prep, Senior, Defender
OLIVIA LEYVA, La Canada, Senior, Defender
RACHEL NATSUME, Gabrielino, Senior, Defender
VICTORIA SAVARE, Gabrielino, Junior, Forward
MEGAN STEINBERGER, Arcadia, Senior, Forward
HAYLEY THOMPSON, San Marino, Senior, Midfielder
Sloan Askins, Pasadena Poly, Sophomore, Defender
Kelly Brady, South Pasadena, Senior, Forward
Kaitlyn Corrall, La Canada, Sophomore, goalkeeper
Katrina Davis, La Canada, Senior, Defender
Kelly Dopke, Arcadia, Junior, Defender
Tatum French, Sophomore, Maranatha, Goalkeeper
Izel Gutierrez, Gabrielino, Freshman, Forward
Ellie Hannan, San Marino, Senior, Goalkeeper
Roxana Hernandez, Marshall, Senior, Midfielder
Christina Holguin, Alhambra, Senior, Goalkeeper
Vienna Rousset, Arcadia, Forward, Senior

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Maranatha on the verge of becoming an athletic powerhouse …


Pasadena is there for the taking. I know it. You know it. Maranatha High School knows it. And more importantly, the school is doing something about it.

Pasadena is well known as an athletics hotbed. It’s also no secret that its public school system, especially in terms of athletics, is a bit of a wreck. Coaches are woefully underpaid and the amount of turnover is staggering in terms of coaches and athletes is staggering.

Who better to take advantage of this than Maranatha?

And why not? There’s currently a pipeline of Pasadena football talent extending to the San Fernando Valley and beyond where schools like Alemany, Crespi and Oaks Christian are being bankrolled by our local talent.

What if those kids looking for an alternative to Pasadena public schools decided to stay close to home and pursue their athletic dreams locally? Maranatha, with its growing list of top-notch coaches, is doing whatever it can to make itself look like the top option.

It simply can’t be on accident that in the last year Maranatha has hired Mr. Basketball in Pasadena, Tim Tucker, to head its boys hoops program. And now four-time CIF champion Steve Bogan has been brought in to coach the football team.

It doesn’t stop there. In the girls basketball program, there’s a marquee name on the coaching staff like Tye’sha Fluker, who starred at Muir before attending Tennessee and playing with four teams in the WNBA. Think she can teach the younger generation a thing or two?

The baseball program has former Temple City standout pitcher Ryan Tucker, who had a brief career recently in Major League Baseball with the Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers, on staff as pitching coach.

Again, none of these things are happening on accident. The collection of coaches being assembled on campus at Maranatha isn’t by mistake. It’s almost as if Maranatha has realized what so many schools fail to understand — the best way to build a thriving high school is through athletics. Especially for a private school.

And the best way to build a great athletics program is to first start by hiring the best coaches around. Many of Maranatha’s athletic programs are already successful. The football team won a league championship last fall. The boys basketball came close to tying powerful Village Christian for the league title. The girls basketball team won league. The baseball team is currently tied for first.

Simply winning league championships won’t be enough. Bogan will be expected to do that and then follow it with postseason success. It won’t be easy because building a football program is the longest job a coach can have. But Bogan is starting with a good foundation and should some of that Pasadena talent come trickling in, things may get real good, real fast.

Tucker is already well on his way. Maranatha had several transfers into the program last year and there figures to be another good haul this season. The girls basketball team just saw standout Channon Fluker, formerly of Muir, earn Star-News Player of the Year honors.

The ball is already rolling at Maranatha. The city is there for the taking. The coaches are in place to take it both in terms of getting talent in and knowing what to do with it when they’ve got it.

We will never know what goes on behind closed doors at Maranatha, but we don’t need to hear the conversation when the actions are right under our noses. Maranatha is making its move. It’s bidding to become a Pasadena sports powerhouse. And if you’re good here, you’re good anywhere.

In a city where so many other schools are content to sit back and let it happen, who’s really going to bet against the Minutemen?

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