BOYS BASKETBALL: The final four

La Canada faces perhaps its biggest challenge of the season on Tuesday when the Spartans travel to Harvard-Westlake to take on defending champion Campbell Hall in the CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA semifinals.

Your thoughts?

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Above: La Canada coach Tom Hofman leads his team into the CIF-SS Division III-AA semifinals against Campbell Hall.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
BOYS BASKETBALL
Division III-AA
Semifinals

La Canada vs. Campbell Hall at Harvard-Westlake HS, 7:30 p.m.

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BASEBALL: It’s finally time to play ball!!!

Baseball season begins with the talent-laden Elks tournament.

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Friday, Feb. 29 Games
Arcadia vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 3:15 p.m.
Pasadena Poly at Temple City, 3:15 p.m.
Gabrielino at Monrovia, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte at South Pasadena, 3:15 p.m.
Duarte at Pasadena, 3:15 p.m.
Mountain View at La Salle, 3:15 p.m.
Paraclete at San Gabriel, 3:15 p.m.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at St. Francis, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Win and wait

Maranatha High School’s girls basketball is in the CIF-Southern Section Division V-AA championship game and will take on defending champion and league rival Whittier Christian at the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State.
The Question is, when?
Our friends at the CIF-Southern Section office love to keep you guessing.

Here’s the latest memo from the CIF:
“In order to properly schedule all Southern Section championship events (boys and basketball; boys and girls soccer; girls water polo) the finals schedule for the 2008 Boys and Girls Basketball Championships will appear on the website after 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 27, 2008. Please check back at that time. Thank you.”

Since upper division basketball, and soccer will be playing semifinal rounds on Tuesday, this mainly affects basketball teams which solidified spots in the title game on Saturday, including Maranatha.
The Minutemen know who they play, but not when. So Annie Miller has to enter the week under the belief that her team is playing on Friday, and if it gets an extra day to prepare, sobeit.
These lower level games should be already set since those are the games that generally bring the smallest crowds. The more people that know about when a game is, the more people that can make plans.

I understand why the CIF does this, it still doesn’t help teams preparing, or their fans in planning.
Rather than a big event the respective schools should be celebrating, it’s more like a surprise party.

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