Softball: La Salle all but wrapped up CRL championship

Click here for a photo gallery of Thursday’s Mary Star-La Salle game shot by Star-News staff photographer Sarah Reingewirtz

La Salle broke a tie in the sixth by scoring three runs en route to a 6-3 win over Mary Star of the Sea on Thursday afternoon in Camino Real League play at Latter-day Saints Church. The second-ranked Lancers (16-5, 5-0) all but wrapped up the Camino Real League title with the victory. The Stars (10-7, 3-2) will likely finish second. Mary Star took a 1-0 lead in the second when Emily Demers doubled to score April Javier. La Salle took a 3-1 lead in the third after Allie Forillo’s hit went through the legs of Stars third baseman Elizabeth Gomez. Forillo’s double scored Melissa Miller to tie the game at 1. Katie Tripoli’s RBI triple scored Forillo to give the Lancers a 2-1 lead. Maddie Herlache helped her own cause when on the first pitch had a base hit that also went through the legs of Gomez, scoring Tripoli for the 3-1 lead. Gomez didn’t make the same mistake a third time. Sterling Shuster’s grounder to third recorded the third out. Herlache pitched went the distance to record the win. Mary Star added another run in the fifth and sixth to tie the game, 3-3, but that’s as close as they would get. La Salle capitalized in the sixth with bases loaded. Miller’s single to right scored Shuster and Victoria Baltazar to give the Lancers a 5-3 lead. With runners on third and second, Kathryn Haderlein’s sacrifice bunt scored Meaghan Allen to make it, 6-3. There was a scary moment in the seventh with one out and one on for Mary Star. Kristen Legaspi-Valdez attempted to steal third. She was tagged out and hurt her neck. She lay on the ground motionless and was tense. There was a 25-minute delay as paramedics were called to the scene. She was taken to a nearby hospital for X-Rays. La Salle coach Michael Harper said she was going to be OK and was taken for precautionary reasons.

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BREAKING NEWS: Monrovia fires Raphael Camacho

Monrovia athletic director Randy Bell confirmed the school has fired girls basketball coach Raphael Camacho. “There was some small issues but mainly it was some personality issues,” Bell said when reached by telephone. “(It was) just not a good match. The guy can coach but after a couple years it was evident it wasn’t working. Secondly, there was some program management issues on his part; just the development of the program.” Camacho was informed of the school’s decision the week leading up to spring break. “He was surprised but certainly handled himself really well. He understood where we were coming from and was very respectful, and I anticipated that from him. But, yes, it surprised him.” Camacho led the Wildcats to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs in his first season and most recently led Monrovia to a Rio Hondo League championship and a semifinal run in the playoffs before losing to eventual CIF-SS and CIF State champion Foothill. Monrovia loses four talented seniors in Jasmine Gordon, Maryum Jenkins, Vanessa Hernandez and Ashley Quionez. The Wildcats return talented freshman Gina Henderson who dropped 38 points against Foothill.

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BREAKING NEWS: S. Pasadena’s Rob Hertel resigns

South Pasadena athletic director Ralph Punaro confirmed Tigers baseball coach Rob Hertel has resigned. Hertel was at the helm for two seasons, and at season’s end will complete his third year. He was a walk-on coach. “(Hertel) resigned a couple of days ago,” Punaro said. “He’s still coaching and will coach until the end of the season. We’re sorry that it’s happening. Is it a surprise? Somewhat? He made it public to the players last week.” More details to come.

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Baseball: La Caada goes from first to fourth in RHL

Temple City coach Barry Bacon called it.

“Someone is going to be fourth real fast,” he said last week after the Rams’ 4-3 win over La Caada.

And if you look at the Rio Hondo League standings you’ll see that Monrovia has taken control with a 7-2 league record, followed by San Marino (7-3); Temple City (7-3); and now the Spartans (6-3). I’ve been getting some heat for supposedly calling this year’s Rio Hondo League the strongest and deepest. By no stretch did your favorite sportswriter ever say that. I posed the question and it’s obvious you have given an emphatic answer. But you can’t argue there’s excitement in this league race as we spearhead to the playoffs. Sure, I wasn’t anywhere near the SGV when Temple City had Tucker and La Caada had Stoner and Monrovia had McKiernan. But I’m here now and what I’m seeing is excitement no matter how you want to compare this year’s RHL teams to the past. We should stop living in the past and look forward to what we have right now, and that’s an exciting league. The bigger question now is, what game on Friday is bigger: Monrovia at La Caada or Temple City at San Marino? Where should I go?

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Baseball: San Marino at it again, defeats La Caada, 8-4

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY OF WEDNESDAY’S SAN MARINO-LA CAADA GAME SHOT BY STAR-NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER KEITH BIRMINGHAM

The memo went out but apparently the San Marino High School baseball team never received it. In a matter of days, the surging Titans went from a darkhorse team to a major player in the Rio Hondo League, and their 8-4 win over La Caada on Wednesday accentuated that statement. San Marino (13-6, 7-3) extended its winning streak to six games, including key victories over Temple City, Monrovia and now the baffled Spartans (14-6, 6-3). Trevor Dority pitched six innings to record the win and Chris Warren pitched a strong seventh to record the save for the Titans. It wasn’t the best of days for La Caada standout Eric Smith who not only took the loss but was also tossed from the game. He entered the sixth with a 2-1 lead. San Marino’s bats, however, came to life and scored five runs to take a 6-2. The Spartans mounted a comeback in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs to pull to within, 6-4, after Bryan Collins and Brendon Shoemake scored on a fielder’s choice and on Jeff Oechsel’s RBI single. Facing a full count — with two outs and Oechsel at first and Ian Donnelly at second — Smith struck out swinging on Warren’s fastball. Smith’s emotions got the better part of him as he threw his bat into the dugout, prompting the home plate umpire to throw him out, too. As a result, Smith will not play in Friday’s showdown against San Marino. “That was the hardest part of that,” La Caada coach Dennis Ballard said, “that he can’t play Friday.” Dylan Bensinger singled to right center to drive home Steven Wright and tie the game, 2-2 in the sixth. Kevin Gute then singled down the first base line to drive home Michael Thompson and give the Titans a 3-2 lead it would not relinquish. Bensinger was caught in a pickle heading home. He was tagged by Smith at home but Smith dropped the ball, prompting Bensinger to touch home plate. The umpire initially ruled him safe, but the call was reversed after a lengthy meeting with the second base umpire. Nevertheless, Chris Warren drew a walk to load the bases and Gute scored after Tarik El-abour was hit by a pitch. Jonathan Merhaut’s single up the middle scored Thomas Lopez and Warren to make it, 6-2. “We went into the sixth with the best closer in the league with Eric Smith and (San Marino) beat him up,” Ballard said. “They did a nice job.” That the Titans’ got their runs against a standout player like Smith was pleasant, to say the least. “We were fortunate to have some success against (Smith), and he’s been dominant this year so it does feel good,” Paciorek said. “It allows us to realize we can go out there against a guy with some good velocity and still put the ball in play and battle.”

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Texas officials cancel high school sporting events because of Swine Flu Outbreak

BREAKING NEWS

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas officials postponed all public high school athletic and academic competitions on Wednesday until May 11 because of the swine flu outbreak.

The move suspends the baseball and softball seasons and eliminates the regional track championships that were to start Friday, said Charles Breithaupt, executive director of the University Interscholastic League. He said league officials acted on the recommendation of public health officials.

“The health and safety of our student activity participants is of the utmost importance,” Breithaupt said. “Taking every possible precaution to prevent the further spreading of this disease is an important contribution to the welfare of our great state, and altering the schedule of our events is a way to keep our participants safe.”

School officials say 53,000 students are out of school due to concern over the virus, and dozens of schools were closed to be sanitized.

The state golf and tennis championships are scheduled to begin May 11.

The state track meet, one of the largest high school track and field competitions in the country, has been extended from its normal two days to three and is scheduled for May 12-14.

All UIL academic competitions, including a state meet that was to begin May 7, were also postponed and will be rescheduled later.

With 16 confirmed cases of swine flue in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry announced a disaster declaration Wednesday for the entire state. The declaration will allow officials to begin emergency protective measures and seek reimbursement from the federal government.

The CIF-SS office has sent out a memo to all member schools to take precautions during the Swine Flu alert: “We’re not requiring anything,” said Thomas Simmons, CIF-SS director of communications. “We just sent out a memo for the schools to take precautions, giving some information on what to do to stay healthy.”

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Baseball: Rio Hondo League taking over Top 10 poll

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

1. Arcadia (16-3)
Apaches taking control of PL

2. La Caada (14-2)
Loss to Temple City hurt

3. Monrovia (11-6-1)
Wasn’t expecting a rout by SM

4. Temple City (12-7)
Rams know how to win big, too

5. San Marino (12-6)
Titans standing strong in wins

6. Alhambra (12-7)
Big series vs. Schurr next week

7. St. Francis (15-9)
Back-to-back games with Cubs

8. Maranatha (15-4-1)
Minutemen on winning streak

9. Pasadena (12-8-1)
Hanging on to fourth spot

10. Bosco Tech (13-4)
6-0 loss to Cathedral, ouch!

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Softball: Temple City moves up a few notches in Top 10

STAR-NEWS TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Keith Lair

1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (13-2)
Showdown at Alemany on Thurs.

2. La Salle (14-5)
Split doubleheader with S. Pas

3. Keppel (14-3)
Sweeping through Almont League

4. Maranatha (13-6)
Won seven of last nine games

5. Temple City (13-7)
Big win over La Caada

6. La Caada (9-6)
Must regroup for final push

7. Rio Hondo Prep (9-6)
On six-game winning streak

8. Ramona Convent (9-1)
Rebounded from tough 1-0 loss

9. Alhambra (10-7)
Still in Almont League hunt

10. Mayfield (11-7)
Three league games remaining

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Baseball: Strongest and deepest RHL season ever?

It’s not everybody’s best team but that doesn’t mean this season’s Rio Hondo League isn’t the strongest and deepest.

That’s what Monrovia High School baseball co-head coach Brad Blackmore said when asked to discuss the parity this season.

“It’s good for the league overall,” he said. “Personally, I’d rather be 8-0 and three or four games on top, I’m not going to lie to you.

“This is as strong and deep I’ve seen as a whole. It’s not everybody’s best team but it’s evenly matched, and you can throw South Pasadena in there, too.”

La Caada (14-2, 6-2) and the Wildcats (11-6-1, 6-2) are tied for first while San Marino (12-6, 6-3) and Temple City (12-7, 6-3) are tied for second, respectively.

South Pasadena’s (6-12, 2-7) record doesn’t look competitive on paper but they’ve put a scare on its counterparts.

“They haven’t had a lot of wins but they’ve played everyone tough,” Blackmore added. “We should be battle-tested for the playoffs.”

What’s stranger are the scenarios that can play out. A bad week from Monrovia can easily mean going from a first-place tie to dropping fourth and possibly outside looking in come playoffs.

“That’s the thing,” Blackmore said, “you’re up one game on one or two teams but a loss here and there and suddenly you can drop to fourth because it’s so close; somebody is going to be fourth real quick.”

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Football: Eagle Rock/Glendale staff heads to Temple City

There was much talk last season about the Eagle Rock coaching staff leaving for Glendale to help coach Rafik Thorossian. The tide has turned to this side of town as Temple City newbie Anthony White has hired three former Eagle Rock/Glendale coaches to join his rapidly growing coaching staff at Temple City High. Jerry Chou will be the Rams’ defensive coordinator. He was previously the head coach at Eagle Rock and led the Eagles to two CIty Section championships in 2005 and 2006. Michael McKay will be the offensive coordinator, and he too served in the same capacity while at Eagle Rock. If you remember Jude Oliva was offered and accepted the offensive coordinator position at Temple City, but later had a change of heart and returned to San Gabriel. Now, here’s the kicker (you ready?) … Thorossian has joined the Temple City staff as well. He’ll be coaching the running backs. That means White has three former head coaches on his staff. White’s not messing around here. He means business and these additions are true evidence of that. Glendale went 1-9 two seasons ago. When Thorossian brough Chou and McKay on board the Nitros went 6-4 and missed the playoffs by a coin flip. White took some time to talk about how his staff came about and what we can expect from the Rams offense this upcoming season.

From The Sidelines: You must be some charmer because in a matter of a month you now have a high-quality staff that are not just veteran coaches but proven winners. Is that just the way you operate in general, realizing it’s always best to surround yourself by smart people to become successful?

Anthony White: Well one of the things is I’m a history teacher. JFK wasn’t the smartest man on earth. (Winston) Churchill and Rockefeller (either) but what they did was surround themselves by the brightest people that cared as much as them. That’s what I’m trying to do; being as positive and productive as possible.

FTS: Nobody can question that you’ve not only been positive but also very productive. Playing at Utah must have prepared you for all this since your coach had such a superb coaching staff, too.

White: Kyle Whittingham and Urban Meyer were big influences. Whittingham (Utah), Mike Stanford (UNLV), Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Gary Anderson (Utah State) and Meyer (Florida) were all coaches on staff my senior year at Utah, and I learned from that, too.

FTS: How did this all happen, Chou, McKay and Thorossian coming to Temple City?

White: Well, I know (offensive line coach) Tony Sumida. He was my coach at Rosemead High, and he knew them. I had not met them personally but knew what they had done at Glendale. I reached out to them and they came on board. You always hear about free agents out there who can improve your staff and that’s what we wanted to do here at Temple City.

FTS: So now that you pretty much have your staff in place, what kind of offense will you be running?

White: We return a stout offensive line and we return one of the best running backs in the San Gabriel Valley (in Max Ruckle). We want to run the ball but be balanced as well. You don’t have to throw 50 yards to be a passing team, just throw short passes to move the chains. We want to run the ball, eat some clock and be smart.

FTS: Is it too early to tell who will replace Morgan Hatch at quarterback?

White: Still too early. But one of the great things about McKay is that he was a quarterback at Tulane University. With McKay we’ll be smart about throwing high percentage passes.

FTS: Is it safe to say the offense will be running through Ruckle?

White: It’s safe to say the offense is going to run through our offensive line and Max Ruckle will be huge of what we do at Temple City. We have about 25 players that didn’t play last year or the year before and they’re coming back for their senior year, so that’s exciting. The number that I had when we had our first meeting was 84 players. That’s up to 96 now. The first offensive and defensive practice was yesterday and we finished with 57 kids not counting the kids in track, volleyball and baseball.

For the record, Temple City’s schedule is the same as next year, except instead of playing San Gabriel the Rams take on Arcadia in Week 3. It’s being dubbed the “Brawl for the Mall.”

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