Baseball: Welcome to the Top 10 party, Pasadena

BASEBALL TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Miguel Melendez

1. Arcadia (9-0)
Correction: Apaches unbeatable

2. Maranatha (7-1)
Any challengers out there?

3. Temple City (7-2)
Solid win over Monrovia

4. St. Francis (10-1)
Off to 4-0 start in league

5. Monrovia (7-3)
Routed SPas, Blair

6. Alhambra (5-4)
Moors 3-0 in Almont League

7. La Caada (8-1)
Still reeling from loss to M-Town

8. Pasadena (6-3-1)
Nice win over Crescenta Valley

9. San Marino (6-5)
Lost four out of last five

10. La Salle (6-4)
Have lost last three games

BASEBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS

CLICK HERE FOR ALMONT LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR ALPHA LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR CAMINO REAL LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR DEL REY LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR DELPHIC LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR MISSION LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR MONTVIEW LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR PACIFIC LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR PREP LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR RIO HONDO LEAGUE

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Softball: La Caada moves up to No. 1 in latest poll

SOFTBALL TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Keith Lair

1. La Caada (6-1)
Undefeated in Rio Hondo League

2. Flintridge SH (8-2)
Both losses by no-hitter

3. La Salle (9-4)
Split Temple City doubleheader

4. Maranatha (7-4)
Will play La Salle on Thursday

5. Temple City (6-5)
Can’t afford too many more L’s

6. Keppel (10-3)
Won three in a row

7. Arcadia (3-4)
Three consecutive victories

8. South Pasadena (4-5)
Lost Savannah tourney pair

9. Ramona Convent (6-0)
Beat two Prep League teams

10. Monrovia (6-4)
Knocked off Temple City

SOFTBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS

CLICK HERE FOR ALMONT LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR ALPHA LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR CAMINO REAL LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR MISSION LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR MONTVIEW LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR PACIFIC LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR PREP LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR RIO HONDO LEAGUE

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Who would be interested Twitter updates via my cell?

Say I told you I could send score/play-by-play updates on Twitter from marquee games that I cover, would you be interested and check them out on my Twitter page? For example, if Maranatha and Arcadia finally decided to play a baseball game, would you guys be interested in inning-by-inning scores and would you follow it on Twitter? I enabled my phone just a few moments ago and I was able to send updates. Let me know …


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Softball: Brooks homers, leads Monrovia to victory

By Keith Lair
Staff Writer

TEMPLE CITY – One of the greatest thrills on the athletic field has to be scoring a game- changing goal in a big soccer game.

Monrovia High School soccer standout Shannon Brooks can now go one better. She hit her third career home run, and it sparked the Wildcats to a 4-2 victory over host Temple City in a Rio Hondo League game Monday afternoon.

“I’m actually amazed,” the senior said of the hit. “Did I actually do it? My heart and soul is for soccer. Softball is just for fun, and to hit something like that is more rewarding than scoring a goal.”

Brooks, who is batting .680 (17-for-25) this season, led off the top of the sixth inning with a home run on a 1-0 pitch that put a dent in the right-field scoreboard. It only tied the game at 2, but it was the difference.

“I think it got us going,” she said. “The girls work really hard, and to be down by one and to have one of their leaders hit something to help them back is rewarding.

“It’s kind of funny; I choked up (on the bat), and I never choked up before until this year. My batting was horrible before now. Now, I’m very confident, but I’m surprised, too.”
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Melendez: Kudos to Temple City, PHS

Note: This column published last week. I wanted to throw it on here and give you a chance to share your opinion, too.

MIGUEL MELENDEZ COLUMN

This column appeared on Page 3B of the Star-News sports section on Friday, March 26

I’m a firm believer of giving credit where credit is due.

It was in this space not too long ago when I was critical of the handling and lack of transparency in the firing of Randy Backus as football coach at Temple City High School.

There was also the seemingly nonchalant attitude for hiring a football coach at Pasadena High after Kevin Mills resigned in November.

Was I harsh?

Yes.

That much I told Temple City athletic director John Van De Veere, Temple City Principal Mary Jo Fosselman-King as well as Pasadena High Principal Derek Evans.

I grilled Van De Veere.

I grilled Fosselman-King.

I grilled Evans.

At the end of each interview, I wanted each of them to know where I was coming from.

I know the questions may have been tough and I understand it’s your job to look out for the school’s best interest and follow guidelines, but I hope you understand it’s my job as a reporter to ask you these questions.

Some coaches and readers privately have said to me I’m one of the more controversial reporters to write in these pages.

Clearly, I disagree.
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……I’m BAAAAAaAAaAaaaccckkkkk……….


Above: The future Mrs. Melendez. She’s the only one that would ever get me to do that.

First, an apology. I was so busy making sure I covered my bases on the blog and having an auto-reply e-mail during my absence that I forgot to change the greeting on my cell phone and at the office explaining my absence. My sincerest apology to those who called/texted me while I was away. I will do my best to get back to you.

Five days away from the blog, checking e-mails and writing paved the way to finally catch up on every episode of HBO’s “Entourage.” I rediscovered my love for Emmanuelle Chriqui (pictured above), had a great time at a surprise dinner for my best friend in Orange County, hung out and went out with my friends, and last, but certainly not least, got to spend time with the Nurse. We watched “I Love You, Man” (hilarious!) and “12 Rounds” (good suspense), shared plenty of lunches, dinners, ice cream, and even though it was a bit chilly we took a walk to the grocery story Sunday. We (and by “we” I mean she) even helped me clean my house. We started in the second floor with the bathroom and my bedroom and then the kitchen and dining room downstairs. Yes, I know, she’s an amazing girl.

So what did I miss in the world of preps sports? What’s on tab this week? I’m back at the office now but let me settle in and we’ll get things rolling again. For the record, I missed yall. Even you chkyrslf and I’mjusayin.

I saw this hilarious clip yesterday and I just had to share it with you guys…

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BREAKING NEWS: How do I say goodbye?

It’s time to say goodbye. But before you reach for a box of Kleenex or, more like, jump up and down with joy I must tell you my goodbye won’t be for long. See, beginning Thursday I will be off for five days. I’ll reclaim my seat at the office come Tuesday. Between now and then the blog will practically shut down, unless your old pal Freddy J. Robledo decides to chime in once in a while. I won’t expect to maintain the 5,000 hits a day while I’m gone but that’s OK. We’ll get things back in order soon. Keith Lair will be gone, too, but he’ll return Monday and have two stories ready to go in Tuesday’s paper. If you see my column in Friday’s paper it’s only because I cranked it out during my regular shift Wednesday. In the meantime, I’ll spend time with the Nurse (I know she’s reading), finish furnishing the new townhouse and execute the workout regiment. I lost nine pounds last week, if anybody’s keeping track =) No Cabo. No San Diego. No. San Francisco. South Pasadena will do just fine. Keep it clean on the blog. Over and out.

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Basketball: You’re an All-Star! Get your game on!

I’m ready to watch Nicol Biesek, Maryum Jenkins and Brittany Henderson ball up the Trib girls. Not sure what’s been going on the previous years but we’ve got skillz this year. Yes, that’s skillZ with a Z. Trib yuppies, it’s time to bring the title back where it belongs, in the West! As for the boys, we know the Star-News tears it up every year. No need to step on the Trib when they’re already on the ground. That would just be rude.

The roster for the sixth annual Star-News/Tribune All-Star Game have been finalized. Here are some quick facts about the game:

6th Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When: Saturday, April 4
Where: Azusa Pacific University
Girl’s game: 5:30pm
Boy’s game: 7:30pm
Admission: $8 adults, $5 students/children

Girls 3-point contest at halftime, boys Slam Dunk contest in-between games and boys 3-point contest (halftime).

SERIES RECORD
Boys: Star-News leads series, 4-1
Girls: Tribune leads series, 3-2

BOYS STAR-NEWS ROSTER
Selected by Miguel Melendez

Coach: Rich Hollinger & Staff, Temple City High
Team: Travis Flye (Pasadena); Joseph Henson (Pasadena); Darius Johnson (Pasadena); James Chen (Temple City); Andy Scauzillo (Temple City); Chris Smith (Monrovia); Aeric Allen (Alhambra); Haitham Ali (Alhambra); Djon Ellams (South Pasadena); Brandon Bonar (Marshall); Riley Heaton (La Canada); Deon Geary (Blair); Katorio Walker (Blair); Malik Speed (St. Francis); Drew Assinesi (La Salle); Paul King (Muir).

GIRLS STAR-NEWS ROSTER
Selected by Miguel Melendez

Coach: Gary Johnson & Staff (Muir High)
Team: Brittany Henderson (Muir); Paige Robinson (Muir); Jasmine Gordon (Monrovia); Maryum Jenkins (Monrovia); Vanessa Hernandez (Monrovia); Ashley Quiones (Monrovia); Janise Ho (Keppel); Tiffany Rubin (Keppel); Nicol Biesek (South Pasadena); Kara Yoshihara (South Pasadena); Lora Bendedetti (La Caada); Kim Tsou (La Caada); Katie Tripoli (La Salle); Jasmine Jenkins (La Salle); Tiffany Horton (La Salle).

CLICK HERE FOR THE TRIBUNE ROSTER

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Girls Basketball: Pierre, Weber earn All-Area Honors

Star-News All-Area team compiled by Keith Lair
Player/Coach of the Year stories written by Miguel Melendez

Player of the Year: Eliza Pierre (Muir) Sr.
Coach of the Year: Kim Weber (Pasadena Poly)

FIRST TEAM
F Jasmine Gordon (Monrovia) Sr.
F Janise Ho (Keppel) Sr.
C Brittany Henderson (Muir) Sr.
G Nicol Bisek (South Pasadena) Sr.
G Michelle Miller (Pasadena Poly) Fr.

SECOND TEAM
C Courtney McCutchan (La Canada) Jr.
G Maryum Jenkins (Monrovia) Sr.
G Michelle Lo (Keppel) Jr.
G Megan Musashi (Flintridge Prep) Jr.
G Paige Robinson (Muir) Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION
F Tiffany Horton (Rio Hondo Prep) Sr.
F Kelly Pray (Pasadena Poly) Sr.
F Evelyn Ramirez (Rosemead) Jr.
C Katie Tripoli (La Salle) Sr.
G Vanessa Hernandez (Monrovia) Sr.
G Tia Chen (La Canada) Jr.
G Mian Dingle (Maranatha) So.
G Charie Flynn (Blair) Jr.
G Gina Henderson (Monrovia) Fr.
G Jasmine Jenkins (La Salle) Sr.

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Boys Basketball: Temple City sweeps All-Area honors

Star-News All-Area teams compiled by Miguel Melendez

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: James Chen, Temple City, Sr.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Rich Hollinger, Temple City, 17th season

FIRST TEAM
G Aeric Allen (Alhambra) Sr.
F Clarke Anderson (La Canada) Sr.
F Travis Flye (Pasadena) Sr.
C Joe Henson (Pasadena) Sr.
G Matt Nolan (La Salle) Jr.

SECOND TEAM
F Deaon Geary (Blair) Sr.
F Chris Smith (Monrovia) Sr.
F Chris Bullock (Monrovia) Jr.
C Kenyatta Smith (Flintridge Prep) So.
G George Toyama (Pasadena) Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION
F Brandon Bonar (Marshall) Sr.
F Tim Esguerra (Rio Hondo Prep) Sr.
F Jeff Grigg (La Canada) Jr.
F Andy Scauzillo (Temple City) Sr.
F Katorio Walker (Blair) Sr.
C Djon Ellams (South Pasadena) Sr.
G Kelly Assinesi (La Salle) So.
G Paul King (Muir) Sr.
G Kiran Koneru (Arcadia) So.
G Malik Speed (St. Francis) Sr.

CLICK THREAD TO READ PLAYER/COACH OF THE YEAR STORIES
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