Baseball: Top 10 rankings shuffle, again


Remind me never to get on Barry Bacon’s bad side …

I must apologize for my pathetic attempt at breaking down the area teams when the rankings were released last week.

Or not.

See, with All-Area packages due by last week’s end that left little time to closely look at the league-openers last week. On top of that, I’m taking Thursday, Friday and Monday off so there won’t be any action on the blog while I’m gone. Hope yall can be have yourselves.

In the meantime, here is the new top 10. I’ll be heading to Monrovia tomorrow afternoon to check out the Wildcats who host red-hot Temple City at 3:30 p.m. St. Francis is off to a good start and so is La Salle. I’ve yet to see Kilbury pitch for Monrovia, Rutherford for the Apaches or Dylan Covey for Maranatha. They play at Brentwood as we speak. Your suggestions for games to be covered Thursday/Friday while I’m gone are welcomed.

STAR-NEWS TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Miguel A. Melendez

1. Arcadia (8-0)
Will anyone beat Apaches? Yes

2. Maranatha (5-1)
Covey & Co. breezing through

3. Temple City (5-1)
Impressive over San Marino

4. Monrovia (5-2)
Better than expected. Right, LC?

5. St. Francis (8-1)
2-0 in Mission League action

6. San Marino (5-4)
Titans will compete this season

7. La Caada (6-1)
Rude awakening by Monrovia

8. La Salle (6-2)
Open league on right note

9. South Pasadena (4-2)
Tigers will be tested this week

10. Alhambra (3-3)
Solid win over Bell Gardens. Nice

BASEBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS

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Softball: New rankings released, surprise surprise

STAR-NEWS TOP 10 SOFTBALL RANKINGS
Compiled by Keith Lair

1. La Salle (8-2)
Plays top area teams this week

2. La Caada (6-1)
Gets South Pasadena this week

3. Maranatha (5-2)
Knocked off Monrovia

4. Flintridge S.H. (5-2)
Will play La Salle today

5. Temple City (4-2)
Lost pair over weekend

6. South Pasadena (3-2)
Time to get tested

7. Keppel (5-2)
Five consecutive wins

8. Arcadia (2-4)
Two consecutive victories

9. Monrovia (4-3)
Lost three of last four

10. Ramona Convent (4-0)
Three wins by shutout

SOFTBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS

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BREAKING NEWS: Temple City hires Anthony White

UPDATED 6:46 P.M.

Temple City High School made an offer to Anthony White on Friday and he accepted the head football coaching position after a 25-minute meeting Monday afternoon, according to reliable sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because White’s hiring needs final approval by the Temple City Unified School Board at a Wednesday night meeting.

According to sources, White met with Karen Reed, assistant superintendent of personnel, at the Temple City Unified School District offices Monday. White will finish the year teaching at Rosemead High until June. He’s expected to meet the team Thursday and start the offseason program Monday.

White has a B.S. in political science and organizational communication and a master’s degree in multi-cultural education from National University, according to documents obtained by the Star-News. White also was the president of the Associated Student Body at the University of Utah.

White was an integral part of the Rosemead coaching staff this past season when the Panthers won the Mission Valley League title and reached the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship game. He coached a total of three seasons at Rosemead and had coaching stints at Hacienda Heights Wilson and Pasadena City College last year. He graduated from Utah and played every game at strong safety for the Utes.

“He’ll bring a hard work ethic,” Rosemead coach Matt Koffler said. “He’ll bring a lot of energy, he’ll bring a lot of experience and he’ll bring what he learned from Utah.

“He did a great job for me. and I know he’ll solidify a nice staff. He’ll work hard to keep Temple City going.”

White, 27, graduated from Rosemead High and won the Wendy’s National High School Heisman his senior year. He’ll have his hands full with spring football seemingly around the corner.

“That’s big,” Koffler said. “If you can relate to the players and get get every ounce of football out of them. (White’s) full of energy and that’s what you need. Temple City got a really good guy.”

Temple City High School officials could not be reached for comment.

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Basketball: Illegal uniforms cost team in playoff loss


Above: The black ring under the armpit was a violation of uniform policy.

Above: An example of the jersey rules from the NFHS.org website

From Rivals

Teams have lost basketball games at the charity stripe. They’ve lost because a referee wearing black and white stripes made a bad call.

Losing partly because of a stripe on their uniforms is a little rarer.

But that’s what happened before the opening tipoff Friday at the Illinois 3A state semifinal basketball game in Peoria, where referees assessed a technical foul on North Lawndale College Prep because stripes on the sides of its uniform violated a National Federation of State High School Associations rule.

Champaign Centennial’s Jeff Johnson sank one of two free throws, giving the Chargers a 1-0 lead before the opening tip. Centennial also was awarded the ball to start the game. When the final buzzer had sounded, Centennial had won by one point, 66-65.

The rule states that the torso of the jersey must be a solid color and that side stripes must center vertically below the armpit and be no more than four inches wide. North Lawndale’s uniform featured black stripes that curled around the armpits into the torso.
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Top 10′s, players/games of the week, etc…

Here’s your chance to have your say on where we should be this week, and by “we” I mean me. Keith Lair has been relegated to the desk helping tirelessly put together the All-Area packages to be released this week. In the meantime, nominate the best baseball/softball games this week to be covered, and while you’re at it nominate your athlete of the week (male/female). The top 10′s should look a little different this week, too.

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