……All baseball all the time……

Note: I’m off today but I’ve post-dated these threads to publish even though I’m nowhere near the Pasadena area. Have at it and knock yourselves out.

Time for you to give a crack at the preseason top 10 polls. State your case for the best team to earn a spot in the front page next week when our softball preview runs. Who is the area’s best team? Best pitcher, etc..

……All softball all the time……

Note: I’m off today but I’ve post-dated these threads to publish even though I’m nowhere near the Pasadena area. Have at it and knock yourselves out.

Time for you to give a crack at the preseason top 10 polls. State your case for the best team to earn a spot in the front page next week when our softball preview runs. Who is the area’s best team? Best pitcher, etc..

Sunday Tribbin: League not as important

This is your old pal Fred J sneaking in on Miguel because frankly, it’s a lazy day so I thought I would share our Just Tribbin with you. BTW, what’s happening with basketball in Pasadena? Only two boys teams (RHP, La Salle) left in the second week? No Pasadena? No La Canada? No Renaissance Academy? Muir just average? That’s not how I remember it. Hope you have something left for the all-star game, the Trib could have its best team ever.

A few weeks back I mentioned that CIF’s new basketball playoff structure, merging enrollment with competitive value, waters-down the importance of league play. Eric Sondheimer touched on it today in the L.A. Times, there could be three to four section champions from the same league, making you wonder if they need league’s anymore. You might as well just play a schedule, have more tournaments and do everything by enrollment. The Sierra League is looking the strongest around here with Chino Hills, Glendora, Ayala, and Damien alive in three separate divisions. By some miracle should the Sierra wind up with three CIF champions, how would you feel about it? Damien is a prime example. I’m fine with the fact that a fourth-place team can get an at-large, but to win a championship you should have to go through the teams that beat you in league to do it. Don’t get me wrong, I hope they all with section titles, but the system doesn’t sit right.

Melendez: Blair can’t understand snub

MIGUEL MELENDEZ COLUMN

There will be times when we don’t get what we want.

We can throw tantrums and tell everyone who will listen about how unjustly we were treated, but in the end we have to live with the end result and hope it doesn’t happen again.

When mistakes are made we hope those responsible will offer an apology. It won’t rectify the situation, but at the very least provides closure.

That’s what Blair High School boys basketball coach Gamal Smalley wants from the CIF-Southern Section after learning last week the at-large selection committee left the Vikings out of the playoffs.

Twelve teams were given at-large berths in Division IV-A. Eleven of them finished with sub.-500 records. Blair, which had a winning record of 13-10, finished fourth in the Rio Hondo League at 4-6.

The tournament seeding committee utilizes the following in its selection process for at-large berths: head-to-head competition of teams under consideration; overall strength of the league in which the team participates; overall won/loss record; league finish and strength at end of the season (whether team has lost its last three games or won its last three games, et al).

Some of the teams that earned at-large berths include Santa Ynez (11-14, 3-9); Morro Bay (12-14, 4-8); Valley Christian (13-13, 3-7); Rim of the World (8-16, 2-5) and Notre Dame (9-18, 1-13).

Blair played none of the 12 at-large teams, so head-to-head competition is thrown out.

Blair’s Rio Hondo League had four teams with records above .500. The top three teams finished 19-7, 18-7 and 16-9. By comparison, Santa Ynez and Morro Bay had only one team in its league finish with a .500 record or better.

In league finishes, Notre Dame was seventh with a 1-13 record; Rim of the World fourth; Santa Ynez sixth and Morro Bay fifth.

Strength at end of the season? Blair lost four of its last nine games; Santa Ynez lost eight of its last nine; Notre Dame lost 15 of its last 17 and Rim of the World lost nine of its last 13.

Smalley certainly makes a good argument as to why the Vikings should have been given an at-large berth.

Is it possible the selection committee made a mistake?

Yes.

Is it likely it will admit the mistake and give Blair a sense of closure?

Who knows?
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CIF Postgame: Bulldogs leashed!!! Long Beach Poly defense decisive; La Salle and Rio Hondo Prep still alive in basketball; Monrovia, St. Francis, La Caada, Pasadena Poly and Rosemead survive in soccer

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By Miguel A. Melendez
Staff Writer

LONG BEACH — Who knew they didn’t stand a chance?

Pasadena High School’s boys basketball team turned the ball over numerous times in the first quarter. Then it shot itself in the foot in the second.

Long Beach Poly’s stingy defense blanked the Bulldogs in the first quarter, leading the Jackrabbits to a 51-43 win Friday night in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II-A playoffs.

Pasadena (22-6) appeared dazed and confused in the first quarter and its offense never got into rhythm despite many good looks at the hoop.

And just when it appeared the Bulldogs were gaining momentum in the second quarter, Pasadena’s Darius Johnson drew a technical foul for taunting the home student section after nailing a 3-pointer and pulling Pasadena to within 25-12 with 2:32 left in the first half.

Bulldogs coaches Tim Tucker and Marcus Ford were visibly upset with the drawing of the technical, since it swung the momentum back to the Jackrabbits (23-5).

“Well I don’t know if that’s a technical,” said Tucker, who completed his 13th year at the helm. “He puts up a 3 for knocking down a 3 and, like he said, he’s been doing that all year. All of a sudden you go on the road and in CIF and it’s a technical foul.

“That was a big 3, and although they missed the free throws, they got the ball back and took away our celebration and big moment and put us back down again.”

Pasadena didn’t help itself by turning the ball over 11 times in the first half, many of them resulting in easy buckets for Long Beach Poly.

The Bulldogs were stymied midway through the first quarter, where they came away empty on eight consecutive possessions. It was then, with less than a minute left in the first quarter, that it appeared Pasadena might actually go scoreless in the first quarter. And it did.

Joe Henson, the 6-foot-9 senior headed to San Jose State, was sent to the line with 18.4 seconds left and a chance to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. But he missed both free throws and the Jackrabbits ended on a 9-0 run.

Signs of frustration set in early for Pasadena. When Tyler Barber vigorously attempted to go inside he was called for a traveling violation. Out of frustration, Barber threw the ball against the wall, and though the Poly coaching staff protested to the referees that they should call a technical foul, they didn’t.

But frustration got the better part of Johnson, a senior captain who finished with five points. When he picked up his fifth foul with 47.3 seconds left in the game, he walked out of the gym momentarily. And when the final buzzer came, Johnson grabbed a chair and threw it out onto the court, much to the dismay of Tucker, who demanded that Johnson retrieve the chair and place it back where it was.

Long Beach Poly led by as many as 20 points. The Jackrabbits were led by junior guard Shelton Boykin, who finished with 11 points.

Pasadena got to within 10 points, but by then there was less than 40 seconds left.

“All season long our defense has been a staple,” Long Beach Poly coach Sharrief Metoyer said.

This was Pasadena’s third consecutive second-round exit. They won a CIF title in 2007.

Henson couldn’t shake loose from the smaller and slower Julian Camper in the post. Camper pestered him inside with his heavy frame and Henson finished with 10 points. George Toyama finished with a game-high 18 points.

“You can’t come out and be cold in the first quarter,” Tucker said. “They’re too good for that. We threw the ball away too much and we gave them easy baskets, and if you take away the easy baskets it’s a hell of a game.

“We made a good run in the end. If we had one more quarter we might have gotten them, but the first quarter comes back to haunt you.”

BOYS BASKETBALL RESULTS

DIVISION I-AA
Long Beach Poly 51, Pasadena 43
Mater Dei 85, Upland 52
Rancho Verde 72, Long Beach Jordan 63
Etiwanda 78, Dana Hills 69
Lynwood 70, Los Alamitos 69 (OT)
Dominguez 86, Hesperia 48
Redlands 86, Colony 73
King 71, Long Beach Wilson 64

DIVISION I-A
Capistrano Valley 78, Murrieta Valley 61
Chino Hills 67, El Toro 54
Ventura 74, Los Osos 73
Paloma Valley 56, Cajon 51
Perris 66, Corona Centennial 65
Santa Monica 58,Chaparral 56
West Valley 55, Alhambra 51
Tesoro 63, Lancaster 46

DIVISION III-AA
Anaheim Canyon 61, Savanna 45
Hart 72, Granite Hills 56
Palm Springs 49, La Caada 37
Nogales 73, West Torrance 70
Santa Margarita 72, South Hills 63
North Torrance 79, Western 64
Arroyo Grande 49, Woodbridge 40
St. John Bosco 49, Campbell Hall 46

DIVISION IV-AA
Bishop Montgomery 67, St. Francis 59
Atascadero 69, Tustin 63
Northview 80, Citrus Hill 57
Inglewood 76, JSerra 60
Ocean View 87, Ontario Christian 53
San Luis Obispo 43, Bishop Amat 40
Compton Centennial 68, Lompoc 38
Gardena Serra 93, South El Monte 64

DIVISION IV-A
Orange Lutheran 80, Montclair Prep 46
Chaminade 60, Lawndale 48
Oaks Christian 82, Banning 49
La Salle 55, Laguna Beach 42
Crespi 58, Salesian 30
Santa Clara 59, Cerritos Valley Christian 43
Cathedral 70, Workman 50
Price 76, Fillmore 59

DIVISION V-AA
Pacific Hills 80, Lancaster Desert Christian 38
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 71, Flintridge Prep 69
St. Monica 45, Riverside Notre Dame 43
Woodcrest Christian 79, Desert 71
Verbum Dei 59, St. Paul 58
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 64, Village Christian 61
Downey Calvary Chapel 64, St. Anthony 32
Morningside 70, Linfield Christian 46

DIVISION V-A
Sierra Canyon 49, St. Margarets 46
Aquinas 47, Bell-Jeff 31
Buckley 71, Pilibos 45
Brethren Christian 45, Pasadena Poly 21
Faith Baptist 50, Arrowhead Christian 49
La Verne Lutheran 79, Bloomington Christian 51

DIVISION VI-AA
Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian 79, Maricopa 40
Rio Hondo Prep 44, Rolling Hills Prep 38
Laguna Blanca 50, Los Angeles Adventist 44
Pacifica Christian 55, California Lutheran 40
Capistrano Valley Christian 51, Santa Clarita Christian 36
Eastside Christian 61, North County Christian 58

DIVISION VI-A
Marywood-Palm Valley 45, Baker Valley 33
Padre Pio 56, Waverly 36
Lee Vining 74, Lake Arrowhead Christian 64
Antelope Valley Christian 64, Bethel Baptist 42
Immanuel Christian 63, New Harvest Christian 47
Hope Centre 84, Mesrobian 20
Vistamar 65, Acaciawood 29

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Girls Postgame: La Caada victorious in basketball, soccer and water polo; Flintridge Sacred Heart blanks Beckman; South Pasadena beats Pasadena in H20Polo!

By Miguel A. Melendez
Staff Writer

LA CAADA FLINTRIDGE — Fans of the visiting Corona del Mar High School girls basketball team held signs with encouraging phrases through the first quarter.

By the time the second quarter came around, the signs were barely useful to fan themselves some air.

What seemingly looked like a competitive first-round game quickly turned into a La Caada clinic, as the Spartans ran past Corona del mar, 57-31, on Thursday night in the CIF-Southern Section Division IV-AA playoffs.

La Caada will play the Whittier Christian-El Monte winner in Saturday’s second-round game.

The Spartans (21-4) did a superb job of suffocating the Sea Kings (18-10) with a swarming defense, and it didn’t help that Corona del Mar went on a woeful 1 for 14 shooting in the second quarter either.

That’s when La Caada blew the lid open and finished the quarter on a 12-1 run.

The back door passes were there all night for the Spartans, and the Sea Kings didn’t seem to want to adjust.

Tia Chen arguably had one of her best performances for the Spartans, nearly recording a quadruple-double. She scored 14 points, had 10 steals, grabbed nine rebounds and dished eight assists.

Teammate Courtney McCutchan was not that far off from a triple-double, scoring seven points, grabbing seven rebounds and five assists.

“Tia did a great job in the first half and distributed the ball well,” La Caada coach Tamar Hill said.

There were, however, some moments when the Spartans didn’t exactly look like a top tier team.

La Caada turned the ball over three consecutive times with under five minutes left in the second quarter.

Fortunately for the Spartans, Corona del Mar did not capitalize.

“At that point it looked like neither team wanted the ball,” Hill said. “Both teams were tired and worn out but we gathered ourselves.”

So what does La Caada take from this blowout?

“We need to make sure that we’re making good decisions especially when we’re getting tired,” Hill said. “Hopefully we can get rid of the sloppiness so we’re prepared against better teams.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES

DIVISION I-A
J.W. North (Big VIII 4) at Alhambra (Almont 2)

DIVISION II-A
Westlake (Marmonte at-large) at Keppel (Almont 1)

DIVISION III-A
Charter Oak (Miramonte at-large) at Rosemead (Mission Valley 1)

DIVISION IV-AA
South Pasadena (Rio Hondo 3) at Citrus Hill (Mountain Pass 3)
La Caada 57, Corona del Mar 31

DIVISION IV-A
Flintridge Sacred Heart (Mission at-large) at 29 Palms (De Anza 1)
Maranatha (Alpha at large) at Notre Dame Academy (Sunshine 2)
Duarte (Montview 4) at Harvard-Westlake (Mission 2)
San Marino (Rio Hondo at-large) at Rosamond (High Desert 1)
Blair (Rio Hondo at large) at Workman (Montview 2)

DIVISION V-AA
Flintridge Prep (Prep 3) at Woodcrest Christian (Big Sky 2)
Westridge (Prep 4) at Fairmont Prep (San Joaquin 2)
Western Christian (Christian 3) at La Salle (Camino Real 1)
Marshall (Delphic 3) at Calvary Murrieta (Big Sky 1)

DIVISION V-A
Animo Leadership (Harbor 3) at Pasadena Poly (Prep 2)

DIVISION VI-AA
Rio Hondo Prep (Prep at-large) at San Fernando Valley Academy (Omega 1)

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Amid the grieving, a rare act of sportsmanship

The Associated Press

The coach never considered any other option.

It didn’t matter that his DeKalb, Ill., High School basketball team had ridden a bus two and a half hours to get to Milwaukee, then waited another hour past game time to play. Didn’t matter that the game was close, or that this was a chance to beat a big city team.

Something else was on Dave Rohlman’s mind when he asked for a volunteer to shoot two free throws awarded his team on a technical foul in the second quarter. His senior captain raised his hand, ready to go to the line as he had many times before.

Only this time it was different.

“You realize you’re going to miss them, don’t you?” Rohlman said.

Darius McNeal nodded his head. He understood what had to be done.

It was a Saturday night in February, and the Barbs were playing a non-conference game on the road against Milwaukee Madison. It was the third meeting between the two schools, who were developing a friendly rivalry that spanned two states.

The teams planned to get together after the game and share some pizzas and soda. But the game itself almost never took place.

Hours earlier, the mother of Milwaukee Madison senior captain Johntel Franklin died at a local hospital. Carlitha Franklin had been in remission after a five-year fight with cervical cancer, but she began to hemorrhage that morning while Johntel was taking his college ACT exam.

Her son and several of his teammates were at the hospital late that afternoon when the decision was made to turn off the life-support system. Carlitha Franklin was just 39.

“She was young and they were real close,” said Milwaukee coach Aaron Womack Jr., who was at the hospital. “He was very distraught and it happened so suddenly he didn’t have time to grieve.”

Womack was going to cancel the game, but Franklin told him he wanted the team to play. And play they did, even though the game started late and Milwaukee Madison dressed only eight players.

Early in the second quarter, Womack saw someone out of the corner of his eye. It was Franklin, who came there directly from the hospital to root his teammates on.
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BHoops Postgame: Alhambra shocks Roosevelt in OT, 63-58!!! Pasadena advances, Temple City ousted!

By Miguel A. Melendez
Staff Writer

ALHAMBRA — Nobody said it was impossible, but the improbable just didn’t seem likely, especially after first-half dominance by the visiting Roosevelt High School boys basketball team.

But then came the re-emergence of Alhambra, its stingy defense in the third quarter a staple of Moors coach Joe Petralia’s philosophy that defense wins games.

A second-half adjustment is all Alhambra needed to storm back from a 14-point deficit, highlighted by Nelson Chan’s 3-pointer plus the foul with 13.3 seconds left.

Chan sank the free throw to send the game into overtime, and Aeric Allen’s layup to start the extra period gave Alhambra a lead it would never relinquish en route to a 63-58 victory Wednesday night in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs.

Alhambra (18-9) will play the West Valley-Rancho Cucamonga winner in Friday’s second round.

Javier Lomeli drove in the lane and converted a layup to give the Mustangs (16-11) a 52-48 lead with 38.8 seconds left. Lomeli was fouled in the act of shooting and was sent to the line, giving Roosevelt a chance to extend its lead.

Lomeli missed the free throw, however, giving Alhambra possession with less than 35 seconds left.

All signs pointed to a Moors loss, especially after Allen’s 3-point attempt rimmed out, as did Jean Almieda’s putback.

Terrence Drisdom grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. He missed the one-and-one, and Allen’s rebound gave Alhambra possession again with 21 seconds left.

Enter Chan.

With 13.3 seconds left, Chan calmly pulled up near the top of the arc and sank a high-arching 3-pointer that sent the home crowd and coaching staff into a frenzy.
Allen, who finished with a game-high 28 points, was fouled behind the 3-point line and sealed the win for the Moors by sinking all three free throws with 1:10 left in overtime.

This game was won, however, in the third quarter.
Alhambra looked nothing in the third like it did at the start of the game. The Moors were poised and determined to drive inside, something they clearly lacked in the first half.

More importantly, Roosevelt scored as many points as it committed turnovers (six), and the Moors finished with an 11-6 run.

“We felt like we made a couple of errors that were correctable,” Petralia said.

The momentum had swung Alhambra’s way by the beginning of the fourth, and the game ended with the student section rushing the court in jubilation. The celebration later continued in the Alhambra locker room, where the team chanted Chan’s name. He finished with 13 points.

How the Mustangs’ 14-point lead at the half dissipated is something Roosevelt coach Romone Neal did not want to answer.

“Don’t remind me,” said Neal before explaining the second-half debacle. “We stopped rebounding, we stopped going to the basket and we stopped playing defense. (Alhambra) started making a little run and we couldn’t hold them down the stretch.”
The Mustangs attacked the weak side and relied on cut-back passes that resulted in easy layups in the first half.

“The kids kept their composure,” Petralia said. “They’re used to being down early, and this team doesn’t give up.”

TONIGHT’S RESULTS

DIVISION I-AA
Mater Dei 75, San Clemente 48
Upland 53, Silverado 49
Etiwanda 78, Lakewood 37
Dana Hills 66, Santa Ana 53
Lynwood 73, Palmdale 60
Hesperia 69, Corona Santiago 63
Long Beach Poly 59, Montebello 36
Pasadena 72, Vista Murrieta 63

DIVISION I-A
Alhambra, 63, Roosevelt 58, OT
Capistrano Valley 57, Crescenta Valley 55
El Toro 46, La Quinta 34
Los Osos 66, California 43
Tesoro 66, Great Oak 40

DIVISION II-A
Loara 87, Hemet 64
Summit 74, Keppel 38
Mayfair 64, Camarillo 39
Jurupa Valley 59, Cypress 42
Damien 59, Baldwin Park 49
La Habra 61, Dos Pueblos 56

DIVISION III-AA
Anaheim Canyon 69, Culver City 51
Savanna 65, Norco 64
Palm Springs 44, Elsinore 35
La Canada 68, Santa Maria 41
Santa Margarita 47, Arlington 39
Western 59, Beckman 56
North Torrance 102, Moorpark 56
Woodbridge 46, Garden Grove 44
Campbell Hall 72, Antelope Valley 59

DIVISION III-A
Diamond Ranch 74, Magnolia 38
Fullerton 54, Rosamond 38
Palm Desert 57, Sierra Vista 49
Foothill 61, Oak Park 34
Twentynine Palms 70, Mountain View 42
Brea Olinda 59, Barstow 58
Harvard-Westlake 88, Gabrielino 45
Garden Grove Pacifica 66, Temple City 60
Bonita 51, Corona del Mar 38
Charter Oak 62, Segerstrom 55
Irvine 70, Westminster La Quinta 66 (OT)
Sonora 59, El Modena 52

DIVISION IV-AA
Tustin 46, Pioneer 25
Northview 74, Ridgecrest Burroughs 46
JSerra 57, Rosemead 49
Inglewood 69, Bosco Tech 16
Ontario Christian 59, Yucca Valley 55
Compton Centennial 68, Gladstone 41
South El Monte 56, Covina 37

DIVISION IV-A
Orange Lutheran 85, Rim of the World 37
Montclair Prep 66, Big Bear 56
Oaks Christian 75, Morro Bay 62
Banning 51, Fairmont Prep 43
Laguna Beach 56, El Segundo 43
Crespi 72, Nordhoff 35
Cathedral 75, Whitney 39
La Salle 79, Bishop 52
Price 73, Whittier Christian 45

DIVISION V-AA
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 71, Calvary Murrieta 62
St. Monica 51, Milken 46
Woodcrest Christian 69, Paraclete 55
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 78, Excelsior Education Center 34
St. Anthony 64, Academy for Academic Excellence 53
Flintridge Prep 71, Providence 41

DIVISION V-A
Yeshiva 78, La Sierra Academy 70
St. Margarets 54, Avalon 39
Aquinas 74, San Gabriel Academy 61
Pilibos 41, Thacher 38
Brethren Christian 52, Saddleback Valley Christian 36
La Verne Lutheran 84, Anza Hamilton 49
Pasadena Poly 66, Sherman Indian 30

DIVISION VI-AA
Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian 67. Lucerne Valley 26
Rolling Hills Prep 66, Le Lycee 40
Rio Hondo Prep 73, California Military 52
Laguna Blanca 60, Orangewood Academy 57
Hesperia Christian 57, Desert Chapel 31
Santa Clarita Christian 72, Twin Pines 53
Capistrano Valley Christian 78, West Shores 24
Eastside Christian 64, San Fernando Valley Academy 59
Wildomar Cornerstone Christian 52, Westview 46
Tarbut V’Torah 82, Noli Indian 44

Girls Soccer: South Pasadena comes up short

SOUTH PASADENA – It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

The emotions rising higher with each connected pass and the feeling of triumph ever so close with each push up front.

Seemingly – after riding a high wave of momentum in the second half – it would be only a matter of time until the South Pasadena High School girls soccer team scored the goal that eluded them in regulation time.

But the overtime period didn’t prove to be the Tigers’ moment either as they later watched North Torrance celebrate a 4-3 win on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in a wild-card match of the CIF-Southern Section Division V playoffs Tuesday afternoon.

Though South Pasadena (11-9-4) gave up a goal in the 10th minute, the Tigers were a determined bunch in the latter part of the first half.


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