BOYS BASKETBALL: Friday night mayhem

Four area teams remain in the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs. Who will win?

Here’s Friday night’s schedule.

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CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
Boys basketball
Division III-AA
Quarterfinals

Santa Clara at La Canada, 7:30 p.m.

Division III-A
Semifinals

West Valley vs. Renaissance Academy at Blair, 7:30 p.m.

Division V-AA
Semifinals
Pacific Hills vs. Marshall at Muir, 7:30 p.m.
La Verne Lutheran vs. Maranatha at Occidental College, 7:30 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Pasadena falls out of playoffs

The Bulldogs have trouble scoring in 55-49 loss to Arroyo Valley.
Perhaps the telling story came at the free-throw line, where Pasadena was just 7-for-18.

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Above: Pasadena’s Joseph Henson has is surrounded in the Bulldogs’ 55-49 loss to Arroyo Valley.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Division II-AA
Second Round

Arroyo Valley 55, Pasadena 49

Division III-AA
First Round

La Canada 68, Morro Bay 48

Division III-A
Quarterfinals

Renaissance Academy 70, Riverside Notre Dame 48

Division V-AA
Quarterfinals

Maranatha 47, Tarbut V’ Torah 42
Marshall 54, Woodcrest Christian 50

BOYS SOCCER: La Canada gets past Marshall

Yusef Akbarut’s header off a corner kick by Ravi Sahai gives La Canada a 3-2 win over Marshall in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division V playoffs. The Spartans will play at Mountain View on Thursday.

This was a match that could have gone either way.

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Above: La Canada celebrates in the background while a Marshall player reacts to a 3-2 loss to the Spartans.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
BOYS SOCCER
Division I
Second Round

Newbury Park 2, St. Francis 0

Division V
Second Round

La Canada 3, Marshall 2
Oaks Christian 4, Blair 0

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FOOTBALL: Ok kiddies, here’s your football post

One of the topics recently has been on whether or not the CIF-Southern Section should separate public and private schools in the playoffs.
Although it might make the playing field a little more level come playoff time, I’m not in favor of segregation when it comes to publics and privates.
What happens to games like Muir and Oaks Christian and Arcadia and St. Francis? Will those schools still play each other?
About 11 years ago, I was working in Dallas and was amazed by the fact that the publics schools were branched off from the parochial schools. And, in most cases, the public schools were way stronger.
Then again, that’s the same state where many years back I saw my first 8-man football game and the fans and parents backed their pickup trucks right up to the field to watch the game, gun racks and all, so maybe there’s no comparison between California and Texas football. :)

WRESTLING: San Marino’s Harwich advances to Masters

San Marino High School sophomore Ben Harwich advanced to this week’s Masters wrestling tournament after beating Oxnard senior Josh Manuel 10-6 to take third place at the CIF-Southern Section Northern sectional.
At state for Harwich is a potential spot in upcomping California state tournament. Harwich is the first San Marino wrestler to qualify for the Masters in quite some time.

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Above: San Marino’s Ben Harwich, right, in action at the CIF-SS Northern sectional. (Courtesy photo).
Five area grapplers will compete at Carter High School in Rialto. The top placers will advance to next week’s state championships in Bakersfield.

Here’s the list of the locals:

Alhambra – Abel Avila (135 pounds), sophomore, Division VI, third place.
Monrovia – Jordan Zepeda (140 pounds), senior, Division III, third place.
Rosemead – Justin Fregoso (125 pounds), senior, Division IV, third place.
Rosemead – Adrian Marquez (130 pounds), Division IV, first place.
San Marino – Ben Harwich (189 pounds), sophomore, Division III, third place.

Question: Who will advance to state?

WEDNESDAY’S CIF PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Question: Who will advance out of Wednesday’s action?

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
Girls Basketball

Division I-A
Second Round

Muir at Cerritos, 7:30 p.m.

Division II-AA
Second Round

Blair at Santa Monica, 7:30 p.m.

Division II-A
Quarterfinals

No. 2 seeded Cajon at Keppel, 7:30 p.m.

Division IV-A
Quarterfinals

Azusa at Flintridge Prep, 7:30 p.m.

Division V-AA
Quarterfinals

Holy Martyrs at Maranatha, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer
Division II
Second Round

Anaheim Canyon at Arcadia, 3 p.m. (If Arcadia wins, it’ll play at Redlands or Walnut)

Division III
Second Round

Santa Monica at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m. (If Poly wins, it’ll host Diamond Ranch or travel to San Luis Obispo)

Division IV
Second Round

Patriot at La Salle, 3 p.m. (If La Salle wins, it’ll host La Serna or Oxnard Pacifica)

Division V
Second Round

Maranatha at Torrance, 3 p.m. (If Maranatha wins, it’ll host Oak Park or Bell Gardens)

Division VI
Second Round

Ontario Christian at Alverno, 3 p.m. (If Alverno wins, it’ll travel to Viewpoint or Cate)

TUESDAY’S CIF PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Question: Who will move on?

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
Boys Basketball

Division II-AA
Second Round

Arroyo Valley at Pasadena, 7:30 p.m.

Division III-AA
Second Round

La Canada at Morro Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Division III-A
Quarterfinals
Renaissance Academy at Riverside Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

Division V-AA

Quarterfinals
Maranatha at Tarbut V Torah, 7:30 p.m.
Woodcrest Christian at Marshall, 7:30 p.m.

SOCCER
Division I
Second Round
Newbury Park at St. Francis, 3 p.m. (If St. Francis advances, they would play at Servite or San Clemente)

Division V
Second Round

Marshall at La Canada, 3 p.m. (If La Canada advances, it would play at Azusa or Mountian View) (If Marshall advances, it would host Azusa or play at Mountain View)
Oaks Christian at Blair, 3 p.m. (If Blair advances, it would host Sierra Vista or San Jacinto)

GIRLS SOCCER: La Salle stuns La Canada

The La Salle girls soccer team refuses to give up its crown as defending CIF Division IV champions.

Notes: Moorpark wore down Pasadena, winning in overtime.

Question: Is Soccer the one sport where an official can clearly have an effect in the outcome?

How about Arcadia going up to the wind tunnel and beating Highland. The Apaches took a 2-0 lead. Highland came back to tie it at 2-2, but Arcadia put up four goals in the second half to win going away. A major improvement from the tough loss to wild-card Cerritos a year ago.

Pasadena Poly goes on the road and collects a big win.

Alverno collects an impressive victory over Duarte.

And what happened to Maranatha? The team that hasn’t suffered a loss so far, but is the master of the tie, put up nine goals against Yucca Valley.
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