Former Star-News POY Trevon Harmon going Dancin’

Former Star-News boys basketball Player of the Year Trevon Harmon scored six points in helping Cleveland State upset No. 16 Butler, 57-54, to win the Horizon League Tournament championship last week. The Vikings make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1986 when they reached the Sweet 16 that year. Harmon scored the opening basket for Cleveland State off an assist by Cedrick Jackson who finished with a game-high 19 points.

I never met the kid and I only knew about him because Fred Robledo and Andrew Campa told me about him. He had offers from Oregon State and Arizona State but after each of those schools made coaching changes, Harmon opted for a year at Pasadena City College. He transferred to Cleveland State where he was forced to sit out a year because of NCAA transfer guidelines. It’s always nice to see a kid one covered go on to, as they say, the Big Show.

Cleveland State is the 13th seed and will play fourth-seed Wake Forest in the Midwest Regional.

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Prediction: Memphis to win 2009 NCAA Championship

For those not in the know, I’m a huge UCLA fan. I’m more of a basketball fan than I am of football, though watching my boy Todd Golper suit up in Blue & Gold next season might change that.

Despite the Bruin’ Hatin’ I pegged my beloved Bruins to reach the Final Four for the fourth straight season.

Outrageous? Yes.

Out of the question? No.

So much for writing any great, err, decent articles, what with a TV sitting right in front of me….Yes, the life of a sportswriter sometimes has its rewards. OK, always…

My Final Four: Louisville, Memphis, UCLA, Oklahoma
Fred’s Final Four: Louisville, UConn, Duke, North Carolina

FIRST ROUND WINNERS
Midwest Region — Louisville, Ohio State, Utah, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Kansas, Boston College, Michigan State

West Region — Connecticut, BYU, Purdue, Washington, Marquette, Missouri, Maryland, Memphis

East Region — Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State, Florida, Xavier, UCLA, Villanova, Texas, Duke

South Region — North Carolina, LSU, Illinois, Gonzaga, Arizona State, Syracuse, Michigan, Oklahoma

SWEET 16
Midwest Region — Louisville, Wake Forest, Kansas, Michigan State
West Region — Connecticut, Washington, Missouri, Memphis
East Region — Pittsburgh, Xavier, UCLA, Duke
South Region — North Carolina, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Oklahoma

ELITE EIGHT
Midwest Region — Louisville, Kansas
West Region — Connecticut, Memphis
East Region — Pittsburgh, UCLA
South Region — North Carolina, Oklahoma

FINAL FOUR
Louisville (Midwest) vs. Memphis (West)
UCLA (East) vs. Oklahoma (South)

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Memphis 89, Oklahoma 78

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Baseball: Arcadia is all too familiar with Burroughs


Tuesday’s game at Burroughs will be no walk in the park for Lemas and the Apaches

Nick Lemas has been Arcadia’s baseball coach three seasons now, and every time the Apaches have faced Burroughs, well, lets just say he remembers each meeting.

Take last season, for example.

The Apaches (5-0) lost to Burroughs, 3-2, in the first game and needed extra innings to beat the Indians the second time.

While most teams start league play on Friday, the Apaches, who won this past weekend’s Arcadia Elks Tournament, dive into Pacific League action Tuesday against — you guessed it — Burroughs at 6 p.m.

Arcadia has known about the schedule, so playing Burroughs so early doesn’t come as a surprise. The Indians are 3-2 so far, but Lemas knows by experience they’re dangerous.

“We’re not only jumping right into league but we’re facing one of the better teams in league,” he said. “It’s tough to look at a team’s record and determine how tough they are, but I’ve seen them play this year so we’re expecting a quality team.”

Wish I could be there.

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Softball: Got lost on my way to San Marino’s field

Lets get one thing clear. When my editors said I knew the area well they assumed I knew where every high school was located in the WSGV. Well, that’s usually the case but not for every school. See, I know the area well (specifically Pasadena) because I spent a lot of my free time here when I wasn’t working as a reporter at the Orange County Register. My ex-gf lived in Rosemead, so I know Rosemead Blvd. and Mission Road pretty well; I spent plenty of days eating out in Pasadena with the ex; and after my traveling days I would spend many nights in old town living the good ‘ol single life.

Now that I’m here to stay I’m making it a habit to remember where its best to park when I’m on certain assignments. For example, I know that if I want to cover South Pasadena soccer I need to not park on Fremont since there’s more parking and better access on that other street that separates the school and the football field/gym.

Today, I headed to San Marino to check out the Titans. They beat Alhambra, 9-5, and I’ll have a story in Tuesday’s paper. But the point of this thread is that it took me a while to find the softball field. I finally did and fortunately the game started at 3:30, not 3:15…If there are any other softball/baseball fields that are tricky to find and you have tips on how to get there and where to park, shoot them my way via comment. By the way, beautiful field at San Marino. The parents there were great, too.

San Marino is led by first-year coach Hilda Valencia. She previously coached at Lincoln High. We’ll both learn since its our first season working here in the WSGV.

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Football: Temple City down to three finalists

Temple City brought back two of the three finalists for a second interview last week and they will interview the third finalist for a second time later today. Once the school makes a decision they will recommend its selection to the Temple City Unified School Board. Temple City is expected to make an announcement sometime next week. I’ve heard two of the three names but until I can confirm I won’t post them. But the fact Temple City has really got things moving is a good sign. I would call Pasadena to get the latest over on its end and hiring progress, but I wonder if that would be a waste of time …

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Baseball: How the Top 10 fared last week …

This is how the Star-News preseason Top 10 poll looked last week. If we run a poll this week, things will change. Here’s how they ranked and what they did last week. Who belongs? Who doesn’t?

1. Arcadia (5-0) — Won the Arcadia Elks Tournament by beating Gabrielino, Western Christian, Monrovia, San Gabriel and Temple City by a combined 47-2.

2. Alhambra (2-3) — Inconsistency seems to be the word that best describes the Moors’ season thus far. They lost to South Pasadena; beat Duarte; lost to La Salle; beat Mountain View; and lost to Monrovia.

3. Monrovia (3-2) — Got off to a good start with two wins before falling short against Arcadia. They lost to Walnut and beat Alhambra, 2-1.

4. Maranatha (4-1) — Give the Minutemen credit. They opened the season against an L.A. City Section powerhouse. Sure, they lost but they went on to win four in a row and scoring 39 runs against solid teams in the Southern California Invitational. I can see Maranatha moving up in the rankings pretty soon.

5. St. Francis (3-1) — Lost a close one to Temple City in the season-opener but beat Pas Poly, Sierra Vista and South Pasadena.

6. Temple City (4-1) — Some of you said the Rams would get blown out by Arcadia. Uh, no. The Rams held their ground against the Apaches in the Elks Tournament finale. I should know. I was there.

7. Gabrielino (2-3) — How do you get shutout in the first three games of the season by a combined 36-0?!?!? Thanks for visiting, Eagles…

8. San Marino (4-1) — Look for the Titans to move up especially after hanging in there against Walnut in the season-opener.

9. South Pasadena (3-2) — With so much talk about how good Pasadena supposedly is this year, the Tigers probably recorded a solid 1-0 win over the Bulldogs.

10. La Canada (5-0) — Did anybody have the Spartans pegged to be unbeaten thus far? I didn’t think so. Now, lets hope the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department catches the punk who broke into the La Canada locker rooms. Oh, Spartans make a significant jump come next top 10 rankings.

Obviously, I can’t be everywhere. If your team played significantly well and think your team deserves some ink, shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment. Don’t be afraid to suggest a game of the week. Talk to yall peanut lovers later …

BASEBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS

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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

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Softball: Should we expect any movement in top 10?

I’ve covered one softball game so that entitles me to at least talk about any possible movement in the new top 10 rankings that will be released either this or next week. OK, here is how the top 10 rankings started last week and how each team fared. For the record, staff writer Keith Lair ranks softball but I’ll let you guys go at it until he finalizes something soon. Have at it, chkyrslf …

1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (2-2) — Huge wins vs. Alverno (11-1) and Pasadena Poly (9-1) but close losses to La Salle (3-2) and Maranatha (1-2).

2. La Canada (3-1) — I saw the Spartans against Pasadena Poly. No doubt La Canada has talent but enough to move up to be No. 1? Well, not quite. FSHA and the Spartans both lost to La Salle, so does that make the Lancers the new No. 1 team? La Salle beat La Canada, 6-4, to finish third in the Duarte Freeway Tournament.

3. La Salle (4-1) — The Lancers’ lone loss is to Monrovia, 8-0. So much for my theory above.

4. Temple City (1-0) — Really? Just one game played so far? That would be a 10-0 win over Arroyo.

5. Arcadia (0-2) — A 10-1 loss to Northview and 2-1 loss to Wilson sums up the season. The Apaches open Pacific League play Tuesday at Burroughs.

6. South Pasadena (2-2) — The Tigers lost to Crescenta Valley 5-0. That’s actually a pretty good score considering CV’s prowess, no? Other loss is to South Hills. Wins over Covina and Schurr.

7. Keppel (3-2) — Lost to Lawndale and Marymount. Wins over Pasadena, St. Anthony and a 23-0 win over this school called LACES.

8. Alverno (0-4) — The scores look so bad I don’t want to tell you guys that the Jaguars lost by a combined 52-14. Alverno scored 11 runs in a 16-11 loss to Baldwin Park.

9. Pasadena Poly (1-3) — Hmmm..Panthers secured a 10-6 win over Baldwin Park in the season opener but lost 4-1 to South Hills, 8-0 to La Canada and 9-0 to Flintridge Sacred Heart. At least they had a tough sked….

10. Flintridge Prep (1-3) — Lone win is a 5-2 decision over Santa Clarita Christian. Two losses to Louisville and Ramona Convent.

SOFTBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS

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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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Baseball: Temple City holds its ground vs. Arcadia

By Mario Aguirre
Correspondent

TEMPLE CITY – The Arcadia High School baseball team put together another impressive pitching performance, complemented by a solid defense, to defeat Temple City 5-1 in Saturday’s Arcadia Elks Tournament championship game.

The Apaches won their fifth consecutive game to start the preseason. They continued to dominate defensively and allowed only their second run in five tournament games.

Arcadia also demonstrated its full offensive arsenal by scoring off a double, stolen base and home run and capitalizing on a costly Temple City mishap to score two more runs.

“We just didn’t make a couple plays we needed to make,” Rams coach Barry Bacon said. “I told the kids if we play better defense it gives us a better shot in this game.”

The Rams had the bases loaded in the sixth inning but got nothing out of it.

“We’ve been very solid defensively,” Arcadia coach Nick Lemas said. “Our pitching and our defensive, we could compete with anyone when it comes to that. And then hitting, we definitely have guys who can get it done.

“So we’re a solid club in all three facets of the game.”
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(UPDATED) BREAKING NEWS: St. Francis defeats Cathedral Catholic, 4-2, to win first CIF Southern California Division II Regional Championship!!!!

By Miguel A. Melendez
Staff Writer

DOWNEY – Cathedral Catholic’s Josh Cintas sat near midfield with his arms crossed over his knees.

He was looking down and his eyes were closed. He clearly looked dejected and had four reasons to be.

Two steps away, David Rios and Kian Chachi of the St. Francis boys soccer team jumped around as they waited for play to resume.

Cathedral Catholic didn’t need to wait for the final buzzer to go off.

This game, by all accounts, was all but over.

The second-seeded Golden Knights scored two goals in the first 10 minutes to cap a magical playoff run with a 4-2 win over the Dons to win the CIF Southern California Division II regional championship Saturday night at Warren.

St. Francis (18-6-5) got the fast start that eluded it throughout the CIF playoffs.

Eric Verso scored his 26th goal of the season and assisted on another. He gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game and send the St. Francis faithful into a frenzy.

“He’s been fantastic,” St. Francis coach Glen Appels said. “The first goal was a great ball from (G.P. Gonzalez) but Brent (McCreary) let it go through and Verso, he’s so good in front of the goal, sent a left-footed (shot) in the side netting.

“Three guys there to make it happen. What a great way to start.”

Jake LaPorte gave St. Francis a cushion in the 10th minute when Verso’s initial shot glanced off a defender. LaPorte found the ball and scored.

“Unbelievable,” Appels said of the quick goals. “I told the guys if you told me we’d score four goals in a half I would have lost my house on that bet.”

The game was a physical one. The referee issued two red cards and three yellows, all to Cathedral Catholic (19-7-4), which was the CIF-San Diego Section Division III champion.

Dylan Stafford was issued the first red card in the 40th minute after a scuffle with several St. Francis players. The Dons struggled to muster any offense and it became even more difficult playing a man down the entire second half. And with less than a minute remaining, the Dons’ Thomas Justice was red-carded, too.

Frustration clearly had settled in.
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Baseball: La Caada’s equipment stolen late last night

By Miguel A. Melendez
Staff Writer

LA CAADA – Through much of the day, the La Caada High School baseball team scrambled to find equipment.

Bats. Gloves. Cleats. Old uniforms. Anything that could be used for Friday’s game against L.A. Baptist was acceptable.

The Spartans’ mood was not hindered by the fact that their baseball equipment was stolen the night before, and it didn’t show after a 6-4 win propelled La Caada to the Southern California Invitational championship game.

The Spartans (4-0) still don’t know who they will play at 11 a.m. today. The site has also not yet been determined.

The La Caada baseball team arrived Friday morning and found out someone broke into their locker room. Golf and wrestling equipment also was stolen.

The locks were jammed open when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrived to investigate.

Several players on the team were excused from their second- and third-period classes to go home and to a sporting goods store to get any equipment they could find.

More disturbing, the Spartans had some of their brand- new uniforms stolen too, so the team had to wear uniforms that belonged to the JV team 15 years ago.

La Caada coach Dennis Ballard said six other schools were also hit within the last week.

Nevertheless, the old uniforms may have brought the Spartans some good luck.

“We just might have to wear them as long as we win,” Ballard said.
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