SOFTBALL: Early schedules

Friday, February 29
San Gabriel at San Marino
Monrovcia vs. La Salle at Sierra Madre Villa LDS
Alta Loma at Arcadia
Blair at Westridge
Mayfield at Ramona Convent
Alhambra at Pasadena

Saturday, March 1
Brea-Olinda Tournament

South Pasadena vs. Sunny Hills, 1 p.m.
Duarte Freeway Tournament
Monrovia vs. Marshall, 10 a.m.
Crescenta Valley vs. La Canada, 10 a.m.
Etiwanda vs. Duarte, noon
Alverno vs. Gladstone, noon
Flintridge Sacred Heart vs. Whittier, 2 p.m.
Covina vs. Pasadena Poly, 2 p.m.
La Salle vs. Baldwin Park, 4 p.m.
Azusa vs. Maranatha, 4 p.m.

Monday, March 3
Duarte Freeway Tournament

Monrovia vs. Maranatha, 3 p.m.
Alverno vs. Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Etiwanda vs. La Salle, 5 p.m.
Flintridge Sacred Heart vs. La Canada, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4
Duarte Freeway Tournament

Azusa vs. Marshall, 3 p.m.
Crescenta Valley vs. Flintridge Sacred Heart, 3 p.m.
Alverno vs. Covina, 5 p.m.
Pasadena Poly vs. Gladstone, 5 p.m.
Baldwin Park vs. Duarte, 7 p.m.
Whittier vs. La Canada, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5
Duarte Freeway Tournament

Maranatha vs. Marshall, 3 p.m.
La Salle vs. Duarte, 5 p.m.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: The little school that did

Yes, this is a sort of Tribune and Inland Valley Bulletin school, but La Verne Lutheran proved me wrong.
The Trojans defeated Pacific Hills 57-56 to win the CIF-SS Division V-AA title.
It’s kind of fitting that Jordan Sally hit the game-winning layup late in the game.
Sally was a novalty in prep sports as he was an in-season transfer from Bishop Amat. What makes it even more interesting is he went from a Catholic school to a Lutheran school. But since the CIF approved it, who am I to say anything but congratulations to them?

I’m posting this here because there’s a possibility that La Verne Lutheran could face none other than Renaissance Academy in the state playoffs next week. That would be an interesting matchup to say the least.

Question: Who would win?

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Above: La Verne Lutheran celebrates victory over Pacific Hills. (Photo from the Inland Valley Bulletin)

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BASEBALL: Moors have high hopes

Alhambra earns area’s No. 1 preseason ranking

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Above: Alhambra’s Noe Ramirez. (Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

STAR-NEWS TOP 10
1. Alhambra (22-5)
2. Monrovia (24-6)
3. Arcadia (15-11)
4. Temple City (20-8)
5. San Marino (15-7)
6. Gabrielino (19-7)
7. Maranatha (15-11-1)
8. La Canada (10-11)
9. South Pasadena (8-14)
10. Pasadena Poly (24-2)

Others to watch
St. Francis, La Salle.
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TO BE OR NOT TO BE HOME

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In the politically-correct world that we live in, I’d thought I’d share a thought on what seems to be the politically-correct CIF playoffs.
The system is the way it is, but does anyone else ever find it amusing that teams that earn top-four seeds have to, more times than not, go on the road to face a lesser opponent in the second, quarterfinal and perhaps even the semifinals?
What does being a No. 1 seed get you? Sometimes a first-round bye, but mostly a cupcake in the first round.
Isn’t it about time that teams with better records get rewarded throughout the playoffs?
For example; Muir, a No. 2 seed in the Division I-A girls basketball playoffs, traveled to Cerritos and Riverside King before facing Mira Costa in the semifinals at Pasadena High School.
In other words, the Mustangs got to play one game on their home floor the entire playoffs. Even better, had Mira Costa gotten upset by Canyon Springs, the Mustangs would have had to travel again.
In girls soccer, Maranatha had to go on the road to play against Torrance, a team with a lesser record. On a field that looked like a tornado ripped through leaving little grass and mostly mud, and with intense coastal winds, the Minutemen got blown out of the postseason.
Some sports, it doesn’t matter who the home team is, but I think it’s time to reward the top teams and give the teams with either the best record or the best league finish, the home game.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Rise and shine, it’s finals time

Minutemen to play in early bird special

The CIF-Southern Section Division V-AA championship game between Maranatha and Whittier Christian will beging at 9:30 a.m. at Long Beach State University’s Walter Pyramid.
Whittier Christian won both Alpha League matchups this season, 41-34 and 37-24.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for students with I.D. and $5 for children. Parking at The Pyramid is $5.

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SOFTBALL: Ready to make her pitch

South Pasadena’s Parada helps make Tigers No. 1

Here is the 2008 softball preview courtesy of Keith Lair.

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Above: South Pasadena’s Nichole Parada. (Staff Photo by Walt Mancini)

STAR-NEWS TOP 10
1. South Pasadena (16-11)
2. Alverno (23-6)
3. Temple City (17-12)
4. Monrovia (21-4-1)
5. Arcadia (21-6)
6. Keppel (11-8)
7. Maranatha (9-13)
8. Pasadena Poly (12-10)
9. Marshall (11-14)
10. Flintridge Sacred Heart (9-11)

Others to watch
La Salle
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