FOOTBALL: What are some of the matchups you’d really like to see?

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This is an extra post from a week ago since we’ve been having so many problems both posting and receiving responses.

Is there any team in this area that could give Oaks Christian a run for its money like Muir did last season? Are there any teams that could give Mater Dei a game like West Covina was hoping to do on the East side? Which team would you like to see from the West side take on the likes of Bishop Amat?

Also, feel free to E-mail suggestions for future posts.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Bell rings for a win

Pasadena star leads way in Classic

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Above: Pasadena’s Keion Bell soars over three players to cap his victory in the slam-dunk contest during the fifth annual San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Pasadena Star-News All-Star Classic at Azusa Pacific’s Felix Event Center.

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Above: Pasadena’s Keion Bell (3) drives to the basket as Glendora’s Dominic Tiger-Cortes looks on during the second half of the Fifth Annual San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Pasadena Star-News Area All-Star Classic. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

My Thoughts: The best moment of all, in my opinion, came in the slam-dunk contest. Pasadena’s Keion Bell produced on his earlier promise to steal the show with four perfect 10′s. First, he dunked over Pasadena teammate Tyron Crockom, who was sitting in a chair to reach the finals.
In the finals, he performed a dunk I saw him do in practice (over slightly shorter people). This time, however, he donned a Batman cape and put it down, much to the delight of the large crowd on hand at the beautiful Felix Event Center.
The battle between Bell and Glendora’s Dominic Tiger-Cortes was all that. The two stars went head-to-head and showed why they’re the best in their respective areas. Tiger-Cortes led the game in scoring with 35 points, but Bell scored at will, pouring in a team-high 29 to lead the Star-News team.
Tiger-Cortes was lights-out in the 3-point contest, sinking seemingly every attempt he tossed up. I can’t recall any makes hitting the rim.
Overall, it was a great game with lots of twists and turns.

3-Point and slam-dunk Contests

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Tribune girls triumphant

Bishop Amat’s Kristen McCarthy leads way with 18 points

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Above: Flintridge Prep Courtney Robinson (14) fights for the rebound in the first half during the Fifth Annual San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Pasadena Star-News Area All-Star Classic at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Event Center. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)

Thoughts: The Tribune had a definite size advantage in this game and the combination of McCarthy, Bishop Amat’s Ashleigh Adams, Covina’s Ashley Adams and Diamond Bar’s Dayna Lee couldn’t be stopped. Blair’s Stephanie Defrance and Alhambra’s Tiffany Chu provided the scoring for the Star-News, mainly in the second half, while Maranatha’s Natasha Herring did her best against the taller Tribune players in the paint.

Bottom line: The turnout was outstanding and I want to say thanks to David Jensen for taking the time to coach the team, the players for participating, and all the fans that came out. It was a great night.

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SOFTBALL: La Caada wins ugly one

Spartans and South Pasadena combine for six errors

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Above: La Canada’s Devon Zerebko scores past the tag of South Pasadena’s catcher Katrina Skogsbergh in the second inning of the Spartans’ 7-3 win over the Tigers at La Canada High School. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

My Comments: Both teams showed signs of being able to smack the ball, but there were too many mistakes in the field for a big game (there could’ve been a couple more errors chalked on, but they were ruled hits). The bottom line, if it can get past San Marino, La Canada will set up a big showdown with Temple City on Friday.
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BASKETBALL: Slam-Dunk and 3-point entries named

The Star-News will be well represented on Saturday during the fifth annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic.

Girls Star-News 3-point contestants
Tiffany Chu, Alhambra
Chrishawn Frierson, Muir
Jennifer Duong, Temple City

Boys Star-News 3-point contestants
DeJuan Chambers, Blair
John Harewood, Pasadena Poly
Phillip Brown, Monrovia

Boys Slam-Dunk contestants
Keion Bell, Pasadena
Marcus Harvey, Pasadena
Dorian Hampton, Marshall

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What do You think?

I had a conversation with former Star-News and current Tribune prep editor Fred Robledo Thursday. The conversation got going when I mentioned I was covering Flintridge Prep’s boys volleyball match against three-time defending CIF-SS Division V champion Viewpoint (a match that turned out to be an outstanding one). He scoffed at the fact the we’ve been covering volleyball this season. I mentioned to him that, in some cases, boys volleyball in this area, has actually outdrawn baseball and softball in terms of attendance.

Here’s what Fred wrote over on his side of town.
“I was talking with Star-News prep editor Scott Galetti, who is convinced that boys volleyball is just as popular on the West side of the Valley as baseball and softball. He says there are more fans at volleyball games in the Star-News area, but I think there are more fans as a whole in baseball and softball. That’s what sports guys do, we disagree. How about on the Tribune side of town? Should I be giving boys volleyball, track and swimming the same coverage we give baseball and softball during the season? We’ve already started covering track now that the big meets are here, and I usually wait until we get closer to CIF before I start dialing in on volleyball and swimming. What are your thoughts?

I’ve stated from Day 1, much to the dismay of New York, that I feel it’s important to give every sport as much coverage, especially if it’s warranted. And, as in the case of the other sports, we cover the top games.
Now I never said I was convinced that boys volleyball is as popular as baseball and softball, I just conveyed that the crowds at the big matches that I’ve attended have been bigger at times. Case in point, a couple of weeks ago when Crescenta Valley and Arcadia had their big night-time doubleheader with baseball and volleyball at the same time, the crowd in the gym at the volleyball match was larger than the baseball crowd, which large to say the least.
Yes, there wasn’t a seat to be had at the baseball game and there were people lining each side in the outfield. But the stands inside are larger than the small stands at a baseball field.
I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, last season, before they put in the stadium seats, San Marino had a big baseball game with Temple City. The crowd was decent, but I ventured over to the gym to take a quick peak at what was going on in San Marino’s boys volleyball match with South Pasadena and the crowd was larger than any basketball game I’ve seen there.
And, let’s face it, baseball generally outdraws softball, although the bloggers will tell you otherwise.
What are your thoughts?

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