ROSE CITY CLASSIC at Maranatha; Quarterfinals set


Maranatha Rose City Classic Quarterfinal schedule set

Championship quarterfinals:
Chino Hills vs. Dorsey, 8 p.m., Wednesday
Westlake vs. Price, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Alemany vs. Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 6:30 p.m., Thursday
Oak Park vs. Maranatha, 8 p.m., Thursday
Consolation quarterfinals:
Highland vs. Pasadena, 3:30 p.m., Wednesday
St. Francis vs. Canyon Springs, 5 p.m., Wednesday
Renaissance Academy vs. Cajon, 3:30 p.m., Thursday
Leuzinger vs. St. Anthony, 5 p.m. Thursday

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All-Rio Hondo League water polo

MVP: Vincent Sicat, Temple City, senior
First team
Will Renken (G), South Pasadena, senior
Leo Neat, La Canada, senior
Matt Olson, La Canada, senior
Alessio Brunochelli, San Marino, sophomore
Eric Thvedt, San Marino, senior
Ryan Rodriguez, South Pasadena, junior
Micah Chong, Temple City, senior
Henry Rodgriguez, Temple City, junior
Second team
Matt Lee (G), San Marino, senior
Reed Buck, La Canada, senior
Charlie DePew, La Canada, senior
Wyatt Lowe, La Canada, sophomore
Daniel Platt, San Marino, senior
Panagiotis Giannoulias, Temple City, junior
Andrew Shi, Temple City, senior
Brian Soong, Temple City, senior
Honorable mention
Reed Fundter, La Canada, freshman
Felix Park, La Canada, senior
Jacob Miravet, Monrovia, junior
Gregory Titizian, Monrovia, senior
Robert Augustynksi, San Marino
Bilal Eligabalway, San Marino, junior
Spencer Gurley, South Pasadena, sophomore
Dudley Myer, South Pasadena, sophomore
Sideeq Mora, Temple City, junior
Ryan Pallett, Temple City, senior

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All-Prep League water polo

Most Valuable Player: Diego Delgado, Flintridge Prep, senior
First team
Harrison Cates, Brentwood, senior
Ben Chappel (G), Chadwick, senior
Omar Dairi, Pasadena Poly, senior
Diego Delgado, Flintridge Prep, senior
Alex Hirsch-Marin (G), Flintridge Prep, senior
Sean King, Flintridge Prep, junior
Shane Patterson, Brentwood, freshman
Zach Speroni, Chadwick, junior
Sam Wheeler, Sophomore Chadwick, sophomore
Second team
Kasen Barraclough, Flintridge Prep, freshman
Adam Benezra, Brentwood, junior
Henry Brooks (G), Pasadena Poly, senior
Kurtis Bingemann, Chadwick, senior
Phillip Hui-Bon-Hua, Chadwick, sophomore
Tyler Makhani, Brentwood, junior
Alexander Maletis, Flintridge Prep, junior
Hunter Xue, La Salle, sophomore
Justin Zumel, La Salle, senior

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All-Prep League football

MVP: Griffin Carter, Pasadena Poly, senior
Offensive player of the year: Parker Mathews, Pasadena Poly, senior
Defensive player of the year: Nick McConnell, Pasadena Poly, senior
First team
Domenico Chic, Rio Hondo Prep, junior
Griffin Carter, Pasadena Poly, senior
Aaron Gibson, Firebaugh, senior
Parker Mathews, Pasadena Poly, senior
Eric Mosher, Rio Hondo Prep, senior
Derek Okuno, Flintridge Prep, senior
Gio Perez, Rio Hondo Prep, senior
DeAndre Pettway, Firebaugh, senior
Vince Porter, Pasadena Poly, senior
Cameron Wen, Flintridge Prep, senior
Max Beller, Pasadena Poly, senior
Justin Chang, Rio Hondo Prep, junior
Jackson Codiga, Flintridge Prep, senior
Mike Cuda, Rio Hondo Prep, junior
Dylan Hanel, Pasadena Poly, senior
Alex Hernandez, Flintridge Prep, senior
Nick McConnell, Pasadena Poly, senior
Jack Moore, Pasadena Poly, senior
Matthew Van Citters, Pasadena Poly, junior
Eric Villa-Gomez, Firebaugh, senior
Second team
Henry Cafferata, Pasadena Poly, senior
Josh Hernandez, Rio Hondo Prep, senior
Alison Magat, Firebaugh, senior
Andrew Tsangeos, Flintridge Prep, junior
Elliot Witter, Flintridge Prep, senior
Caleb Huang, Rio Hondo Prep, senior
Kyle Horton, Rio Hondo Prep, junior
Joe Edwards, Pasadena Poly, junior
Marvell Carruthers, Firebaugh, senior
Jack Queen, Pasadena Poly, junior
Brady Carter, Pasadena Poly, sophomore

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All-Rio Hondo League football team

All-Rio Hondo League football
Player of the year:
J.P. Shohfi, San Marino, junior
Offensive player of the year: Carson Glazier, San Marino, junior
Defensive player of the year: Anthony Marquez, Monrovia, junior
Lineman of the year: Cole Mace, San Marino, senior
First team
QB: Asaph Zamora, Monrovia, junior
RB: Jordan Nathan, Monrovia, senior
RB: Tenny McFarland, San Marino, senior
RB: Matt Ayala, South Pasadena, senior
OL: Charlie Weiss, La Canada junior
OL: Jason Daly, Monrovia, senior
OL: Christian Walton, Monrovia, senior
OL: Wyatt Gabig, San Marino, senior
OL: Kyle Marrujo, South Pasadena, senior
TE: Todd Murray, La Canada, senior
WR: Octavius Spencer, Monrovia, senior
WR: Chip Crowley, San Marino, senior
PK: Blake Cusick, Monrovia, senior
DL: Trent Bauer, La Canada, senior
DL: Ty’Sean Brown, Monrovia, junior
DL: Tino Maese, San Marino, junior
DL: Max Luck, South Pasadena, junior
DL: Glen Piao, Temple City, senior
LB: Sebastian McKimson, Blair, senior
LB: Zach Zepeda, Monrovia, junior
LB: Matt Miller, San Marino, senior
DB: Andrew Sarceda, La Canada, junior
DB: Octavius Spencer, Monrovia, senior
DB: Mark Wicke, San Marino, junior
DB: Ernesto Jauregui, South Pasadena, senior
P: Blake Cusick, Monrovia, senior

Second team
QB: Rico Salcido, Temple City, senior
RB: Alton Phillips, South Pasadena, senior
RB: Kyle Kinley, Blair, senior
RB: Lawrence Spicer, Monrovia, junior
OL: Eduardo Sanchez, Blair, senior
OL: Max Abugazalah, San Marino, junior
OL: Jeremy Escandon, South Pasadena, senior
OL: Anthony Bakshi, South Pasadena, junior
OL: Eric Garcia, Temple City, senior
TE: Aaron Arriola, Temple City, senior
WR: Aiden Santino, San Marino, junior
WR: Max Luck, South Pasadena, junior
PK: Mikey Selsor, La Canada, junior
DL: Derrick Richardson, Blair, senior
DL: Terrence Douglas, Blair, junior
DL: David Vardanian, La Canada, sophomore
DL: Bernardo Dubon, Monrovia, senior
DL: Jeremy Escandon, South Pasadena, senior
LB: Cal McFadden, La Canada, senior
LB: Matt Ayala, South Pasadena, senior
LB: Jeremy Gabler, South Pasadena, junior
DB: Sam Brown, La Canada, senior
DB: Seth Raines, Monrovia, senior
DB: Patrick Crowley, San Marino, junior
DB: Jalen Ross, South Pasadena, sophomore
P: Mikey Selsor, La Canada, junior

Honorable mention
RB: Anthony Connell, La Canada, senior
RB: Ryan Breneman, La Canada, junior
RB: Brad Chi, Temple City, senior
FB/LB: Christian Carter, South Pasadena, junior
OL: Justin Crutchfield, Monrovia, junior
OL: Cesar Gutierrez, Monrovia, sophomore
OL: Miguel De Leon, Temple City, senior
C/DT: John Scott, South Pasadena, senior
WR/RB: Nick Pirzada, San Marino, junior
WR: Noah Young, Blair, junior
WR: Kahlil Bradley, Monrovia, senior
WR: Chris Rabine, Temple City, senior
WR/CB: Emiliano Sornoso, South Pasadena, junior
LB/TE: Max Reible, Blair, junior
DE: Jackson Diaz, San Marino, junior
DE/TE: Matt Ary, San Marino, junior
DB: Kris Woods, Blair, sophomore
FS: Jace Harrick, La Canada, sophomore
DB: Aubrey Mosley, Monrovia, junior

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Cantwell powers past Maranatha in Rose City Classic semis

Faced with a double-digit deficit on the road in the second half, the Cantwell-Sacred Heart boys basketball stayed calm and went inside.

When you have two 6-foot-11 post players, you can do those sorts of things to weather any storm. The Cardinals did just that and rallied past host Maranatha for a 56-51 win on Friday night in the semifinals of the Rose City Classic.

“We have the two big kids, who have tons of experience at the varsity level, but everyone is up from junior varsity or new to the program, so this all new for them,” Cantwell head coach George Zedan said. “We’re super excited and happy with the kids’ effort.

“Obviously, Maranatha is a great team and they’re missing their two bigs. It probably would have been a different story had they had them. But we’ll take the win and we’re super thrilled.”

Cantwell improved to 3-0 and will play Price in Saturday’s championship game. Maranatha fell to 2-1 and will play Chino Hills in Saturday’s third-place game.

Despite not having 6-10 forward Trevor Stanback (illness) and 6-9 center Odera Nwobi (CIF sit-out period), the Minutemen had their chances.

Trailing 54-51, Maranatha had the ball back and missed three shots in the closing seconds before winning a loose ball out of bounds for one final shot following one of the misses. With five seconds left, the Minutemen had trouble in-bounding the ball and a desperate pass to center court was intercepted by Cantwell’s Antonio Cortez, who got fouled and iced the win with two free throws.

“It came down to bigs and their bigs showed up when they had to,” Maranatha head coach Tim Tucker said. “I knew we had to have a bigger lead than we had. I’m proud of my guys. We fought. I think we missed a lot of free throws, too. It was just a great game by both teams.”

Maranatha got hot from outside midway through the third quarter and a two-point lead at halftime for the Minutemen swelled to 42-29. Cantwell used an 11-0 run that spanned the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth to get things close again.

Down the stretch, the Cardinals found the much easier offense by using their height advantage while Maranatha often struggled just to get shots off. Oregon St.-bound center Gligorije Rakocevic led the Cantwell with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Maranatha super recruit Tyler Dorsey led all scorers with 21 points.

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Tucker wins 400th game as basketball coach


When Tim Tucker completed his Pasadena High School, Wyoming and then Westmont playing careers, the last thing he expected was to be a high school basketball coach.
“When I got into this game, I did not think that I would be this long in high school ball,” Tucker said. “I though I was going to be John Wooden or something like that and coaching UCLA. God had a different plan. Its just been a great career.”
On Thursday night, the 54-year-old reached a major milestone, his 400th career victory. Maranatha High School defeated visiting Oak Park, 60-53, in the quarterfinals of the 11th annual Rose City Roundball Classic.
“I am just excited,” he said. “I think back and 400 is just as exciting as the first time.”
After the game, Tucker was greeted by his high school coach, George Terzian, along with his longtime Pasadena assistant and current Buldog coach, Tony Brooks. Maranatha presented Tucker with an autographed basketball and had specially designed T-shirts depicting his 400 victories.
The Minutemen will play Cantwell-Sacred Heart in Friday’s semifinals at 8 p.m. In the other semifinal, Price faces Chino Hills at 6:30 p.m.

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La Salle boys basketball after Christmas Tournament is a doozy

LaSalle’s 32-team post-Christmas tournament is loaded with talent. Here’s the schedule starting the day after Christmas at four different locations.

First Round Games
Friday December 26, 2014
East Region (La Salle High School)

4:00pm – Eisenhower vs San Marcos
5:30pm – Desert Pines vs Long Beach Millikan
7:00pm – Eagle Rock vs De La Salle
8:30pm – Lakeside vs La Salle

North Region (Village Christian High School)
4:00pm – Trinity Classical vs Renaissance Academy
5:30pm – Stockdale vs West Ranch
7:00pm – Granada Hills vs Highland
8:30pm – Providence vs Village Christian

South Region (Price High School)
4:00pm – St Bernard vs South Pasadena
5:30pm – Venice vs Bishop Montgomery
7:00pm – St Monica vs Palisades
8:30pm – Bernstein vs Price

West Region (Campbell Hall High School)
4:00pm – Legacy vs Notre Dame
5:30pm – Malibu vs Calabasas
7:00pm – Bell‐Jeff vs El Camino Real
8:30pm – Chatsworth vs Campbell Hall

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Friday Night Final: Pasadena Poly is the last team standing; St. Francis, Monrovia, Maranatha, San Marino eliminated

Charter Oak surrounded San Marino on Friday.  (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Charter Oak surrounded San Marino on Friday.
(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

SAN MARINO — Charter Oak High School’s football team found itself in the shootout most expected on Friday night against San Marino. And in the end, the Chargers were the ones who didn’t run out of ammo.
Zion Echols rushed for 302 yards and five touchdowns as the Chargers withstood two rallies by host San Marino to post a 49-31 win and punch their ticket into next week’s CIF-Southern Section Central Division semifinals.
“Tonight, the team that throws the ball a lot ran for 302 yards from one running back,” Charter Oak head coach Lou Farrar said. “We’ve got a lot of gutsy kids who are playing their hearts out right now and our coaching staff are doing a great job.”
Charter Oak improved to 8-4 and will host Colony in next week’s semifinals. San Marino finished 9-3.

– Aram Tolegian

WHITTIER — La Serna High School may have finished second in the Del Rio League and wasn’t considered one of the favorites for the CIF-SS Southeast Division football championship, but the Lancers, who won it last season, believe the title is theirs until someone takes it away from them.
They continued to live by that motto on Friday.
Enrique Pacheco threw for 112 yards and two scores, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter, and La Serna advanced to the division semifinals for the fifth consecutive season with a 38-35 victory over top seed St. Francis at California High School.
Anthony Garcia rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown and Ruben Rios had 77 and a score for the Lancers, who improved to 10-2 and will travel to Crescenta Valley for next week’s semifinals.
Miles Bryant, in place of injured Jeremiah Martin, threw for 267 yards and four touchdowns, and Dylan Crawford had five receptions for 136 yards for St. Francis, which finished 11-1.

– Stephen Ramirez
HACIENDA HEIGHTS — Redemption or revenge, whatever you want to call it, it was sweet for Los Altos on Friday night.
The Conquerors avenged a last-second loss to Monrovia (10-2) earlier in the season with a resounding 45-35 victory, ending the Wildcats’ season and propelling themselves into the CIF-SS Central Division semifinals.
Los Altos (7-5) dominated the game on the ground, behind a great night in the young career of sophomore running back Tyler Nevens, who rushed for 290 yards and five touchdowns.
“Tyler (Nevens) has had the greatest sophomore season this school has ever seen,” said Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola. “With the likes of Jimmy Jastrab, Sean Forge, Binky Benton, all of those guys.”

– Richard Hernandez
SOUTH PASADENA — The Pasadena Poly Panthers are one step closer to reaching their goal of playing in the Northwest Division championship game. They advanced to the semifinals Friday night by defeating visiting Linfield Christian 20-11 at South Pasadena High.
After a scoreless first quarter, Pasadena Poly (12-0) got on the scoreboard just before the end of the first half.

– Guillermo Tovar
REDLANDS — Bradley Mowbray usually does a lot of his damage for Arrowhead Christian Academy on offense.
On Friday night, he added defense to the equation.
The senior quarter back threw for one touchdown, ran for one more and had three interceptions in the end zone to squash Maranatha drives as the Eagles advanced the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division semifinals with a 43-28 victory over the Minutemen at Citrus Valley High School.

– Bill Norris, Daily Bulletin
There is no two-minute warning in high school, but Sierra Canyon High School took that time element to heart in its CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley quarterfinal matchup against Rosemead at Granada Hills High on Friday night.
The Trailblazers took the lead for the first time with just less than two minutes to play in the first half, and rolled to a 33-12 victory over the Panthers.
The Mission Valley League champion Panthers (7-5) built a 12-0 lead through the first 14 minutes of the game. The second-seeded ‘Blazers scored less than a minute after Jesus Renteria kicked a 42-yard field goal to make 12-6 and then went up 13-12 just before the half.

– Staff Report

Pasadena Poly at Nipomo, 7:30 p.m.

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