Los Angeles Preps: Nick Bueno

LA South: Football All-CIF teams

January, 28, 2011
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The following is a list of players and coaches who garnered top honors on All-CIF teams, sorted by division:

MID VALLEY DIVISION

Offensive player of the year: QB Nick Bueno, Monrovia
Defensive player of the year: LB Derrick Johnson, Monrovia
Coach of the year: Ryan Maddox, Monrovia

NORTHERN DIVISION

Defensive player of the year: DL J.R. Tavai, Mira Costa

NORTHWEST DIVISION

Defensive player of the year: Eric Capachione, South Torrance

SOUTHEAST DIVISION

Offensive player of the year: HB Chris Solomon, West Covina
Defensive player of the year: LB Maurice Dupleasis, West Covina
Coach of the year: Mike Maggiore, West Covina

WESTERN DIVISION

Offensive player of the year: WR George Farmer, Serra
Defensive player of the year: S Marqise Lee, Serra
Coach of the year: Scott Altenberg, Serra

For a list of all the All-CIF-Southern Section football teams, click this link.

LA South: Five things from the weekend

December, 14, 2010
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1. DeAnthony Thomas will forever remember his final high school game. "Black Mamba" made sure of it, scoring two touchdowns and recording two interceptions Saturday at his future college stadium, the Coliseum. Mamba wept, smiled, laughed and exhaled following Crenshaw's 45-7 win against Carson, securing the school's second straight City Section Division I championship. Coach Robert Garrett was even bold enough to say, "I'm at a loss for words right now, but back to back is back to back. So back to back to back to back, how about that?"

2. On the same note, you had to feel for Carson's Myles Johnson, the tailback who before the game proclaimed that only Carson could beat Carson. His words turned into reality Saturday, with the Marine League champion Colts committing nine turnovers. Johnson fumbled near the red zone following a long reception when both teams were still scoreless in the first quarter. Out of obvious frustration, Johnson initially did not line up when coach Elijah Asante summoned the team's captains for the postgame medal presentation. He was the only one still wearing a helmet.

3. Lost in Monrovia's Mid-Valley Division championship win was the superb play of Nick Bueno, the Wildcats' 5-foot-10 dual-threat quarterback. The senior -- nicknamed "Muy Bueno," or "Very Good" -- threw three touchdown passes and was equally effective with his legs. "So many people focus on (Bueno) just running the football," coach Ryan Maddox said. "Sometimes that's the case because we get up a lot (of points) and we just run." Bueno finished the season with more than 1,800 passing yards, 1,500 rushing yards and 37 total touchdowns.

4. Arguably the most exciting game of the weekend took place at Walnut High on Friday night. West Covina emerged with the Southeast Division championship thanks to a last-minute 80-yard drive, but Hacienda League rival Bonita played well enough to leave with the hardware. The two teams figure to make next year's Hacienda race a good one.

5. Western Division champ Gardena Serra is going bowling again. The Cavaliers will play Folsom in the Division II state bowl game Saturday at the Home Depot Center.

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