Star-Jibber: Spring football is in full swing, ready to talk?


Discuss anything and everything you want, ESPECIALLY high school football =)

Next week is the final week of the regular season in baseball, and the start of spring football for many. Which schools do you want to hear from first? I keep hearing about La Salle, so I think I might get to them. I’ve talked to some others but what interest you most about spring football? Before I jump into this and we start our long campaign to the fall with the spring top 10 and ranking of the top returning players, what else do you want me to ask or report back on?

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Star-Jibber: Hey baseball fans, start thinking All-Area


I know I said I would post this Sunday morning but screw it .. I see no action in the softball thread so I’ll let you baseball nuts go at it … This is going to be hard because, in my eyes, so many are deserving. Bryce Rutherford for player of the year? Who would be the other pitcher? Who ARE the other pitchers? San Marino’s Andrew Sloan? As of yet I have not seen Maranatha’s Dylan Covey or Monrovia’s Richard Kilbury who made his first start on Friday since forever. I’m really high on La Caada’s Jeff Oechsel. Who will fill out the rest of our first team? What about coach of the year? San Marino’s Mack Paciorek is looking pretty good right now. What about Alhambra’s Steve Gewecke? Arcadia’s Nick Lemas? Go ahead and fill in the blanks, and make your arguments. No doubt this will be tough…

Player of the Year: ?
Coach of the Year: ?

First team
Pitcher: (2); Catcher: (1); Infielders: (4); Outfielder: (3); Utility: (1)

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Star-Jibber: Time to chime in on All-Area softball


Selecting the First-team all-area and Player of The Year is always a tough call. As the season’s end approaches I’m throwing this out there. Who will fill out the rest of our first team? What about coach of the year? Flintridge Sacred Heart? Mayfield? La Salle? Go ahead and fill in the blanks, and make your arguments. Note: Baseball thread comes Sunday morning.

Player of the year: ?
Coach of the Year: ?

First team
Pitcher: (2); Catcher: (1); Infielders: (4); Outfielder: (3); Utility: (1)

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Proud Parent: What happened to everyone gets to play?

This letter was sent to an editor at a newspaper somewhere else in the country. The letter was posted on a popular Website frequented by sports journalists that has generated countless comments and page views. At the bottom of the letter I posted a few comments from the sportswriters.


Sent in this week…guess the “8th Place” ribbon makers like this stuff or “Participation” trophy makers…

Because there is nothing between playing on a team and doing drugs. Don’t kids have video games to fall back on lady?

To the Editor:

It’s another year of spring sports season with all the extra expense that come with that such as extra gas to and from the school for practice and games.

I have no problem with that what so ever especially in today’s society where alcohol and drugs seem to be at our kid’s fingertips.

I feel if you try to keep them active in something positive that they enjoy and can focus on, it will help keep them steered in the right direction, hopefully.

What is aggravating is game after game to go watch them sit on the bench when they have put as much time into it as everyone else on the team. No one is so good they shouldn’t sit on the bench.

No wonder today’s society is in such a mess. I feel there is no reason every kid that goes out for a sport should get to play an equal amount of time.

My definition of winning is not on the scoreboard but that you have kept kids interested in something so they do not head down the wrong path.

I now see how kids easily give up on trying something when they just get benched. They end up with too much spare time, which can be a negative thing. I do not see any of our county schools producing professional athletes, they may have missed a few that were on the bench. You cannot improve on things if you do not play.

About 70% of my property tax dollars go to the school. We have taken that money and built a lot of things built around sports programs such as a field house, a soccer field, baseball diamonds and a locker room building. It would be nice if I only had to pay tax for what my kid used that would just be a very small section of the bench in the dugout. This is great as long as every kid gets an equal opportunity.

I don’t think there should be cuts in sports, what happened to everyone gets to play, they are kids. I do not know anyone getting taxed in this county that their career is a professional athlete. I do not know who the “Star Athletes” were twenty years ago in high school. Society has created some unethical standards for our youth over the years and we now are paying for it. They say “Get kids involved” which drives them to keep they’re grades up to participate in that activity. This is valuable lesson and will provide them many opportunities in life however then they park them on the bench to kick them down.

I understand when you commit to coaching that you obligate a lot of free time but no one makes anyone take that position. When you do, it should be for the right reasons. Positive role model and boost the kids self esteem, which will help make them productive citizens in the future. They can’t get that sitting on the bench over and over.

Life is so short and times are so tough for our kids to stay on the right path, I would think when they have kids trying to be involved in something, the athletic department would do everything in their power to keep them involved. These kids are “Our Future,” and when you watch the news it seems there are more slipping through the cracks than into a professional athletic career.

Proud Parent of my child for not giving up



spikechiquet: “no one” remembers the high school stars in 20 years. Yup, I’m sure no one remembers a high school aged Mikey Jordan or that good kid with a fast ball named Clemens. I heard Texas might sign him. Let’s not keep score…heck, let’s not report the scores in the paper. Heck, let’s get rid of the sports section since if my kid can’t be in it…there’s no reason for it to be there. Ooops, sorry, that might happen someday. I should shut up now.

CA_journo: So having “everybody play” now will just set them up for failure later in life. What are these parents going to say when their kid eventually figures out that not everyone gets to be an astronaut or all-star baseball player later in life? Will they write letters to CEOs saying that their kids applied just as hard as the people that got the jobs?

WaylonJennings: I played baseball in high school, and was a career backup. My only reaction to that? “If you get better, you’ll play.” I played with those guys since we were like 7 years old. We knew who the best players were. The hierarchy established itself pretty early. I was still invested completely, and when we lost in the state tournament, I cried on the way home on the bus just like everyone else. I didn’t think, “If only I’d been out there …”

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Volleyball: Playoff action tonight features SG at TC

In boys volleyball, Temple City hosts San Gabriel today in the second round in the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs. San Marino hosts Cathedral and Gabrielino plays at Windward. Temple City defeated Rancho Alamitos in five sets, 25-13, 27-25, 20-25, 25-27, 15-13 to advance. San Gabriel also needed five sets to oust La Salle in the first round last week, 17-25, 25-16, 27-25, 23-25, 15-13. Gabrielino won in straight sets in the first round while San Marino needed an extra set to defeat Viewpoint, the Liberty League champion. In Division V, Flintridge Prep will be at Hillcrest Christian. Both teams won in straights to advance. All matches begin at 7 p.m. tonight.

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Swimming: Masters Meet tonight at 5 at Belmont Plaza

2009 CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet Swimming and Diving Championships
Where: Belmont Plaza, Long Beach
Diving warm-up: 10:30 AM, competition at noon
Swimming warm-up: 3:45 PM, competition at 5 PM

Click here for heat sheets and instant Masters Meet results

Several area swimmers could make a big splash when the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet Swimming and Diving Championships begin today at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach. The diving competition starts at noon and the swimming event begins at 5. Pasadena Poly’s Andrew Saeta, fresh off a record-setting effort in the 200 free at last week’s CIF finals, is seeded first while Arcadia’s Karol Markowski is fifth. Saeta also is seeded fifth in the 100 backstroke. In the girls’ 200 free, San Marino’s Emily Adamczyk and Berklie Oscarson are the top two seeds, respectively. Adamczyk is fourth in the 100 breaststroke and Maranatha’s Isabella Schamber is 15th, respectively. San Marino’s Scott Farley is seeded second in the 200 free behind Yucaipa’s Trevor Hoyt. Maranatha’s Jonathan Masehi-Lano also is in the event. Farley won the 200 individual medley at finals in a school-record 1:50.33 and won by more than two seconds. He also won the 500 free ahead of Arcadia’s Karol Markowski. Farley is seeded fifth in the 500 free and La Salle’s Andrew Barmann is 15th. The La Caada boys 400 freestyle relay team is seeded second behind Capistrano Valley. La Caada, relying on two water polo players, won the event in 3 minutes, 6.44 seconds thanks to John Renfro, Connor Rothe, Alex Campbell and Chris Myers. Temple City’s Nicole Hau is seeded 11th in the 100 butterfly and South Pasadena’s Stephanie Ah-quah is 22nd. Crescenta Valley’s Yumi So is the top seed. Pasadena Poly’s Cosima Lenz and Felicitas Lenz are seeded seventh and eighth, respectively, in diving. La Caada’s John Geyer is seeded fifth behind four competitors, all of whom compete in Division I. Geyer holds the Masters Meet record set last year. La Caada’s Katy Campbell is fourth in the 500 freestyle. Westridge’s Taylor Hotvet is seeded 16th in the 200 Freestyle and 15th in the 500 Freestyle, and teammate Elyssa Pedote is seeded 14th in the 100 Butterfly and 16th in the 100 Backstroke.

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Football: Southern California Fiesta Bowl set for July 11

2009 Southern California Fiesta Bowl
When: Saturday, July 11th, 7 p.m.
Where: Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA
Tickets: Adults: $8; 6-17 yrs: $5; Under 6 Free

For the nearest location on where to purchase your pre-sale tickets:
L.A. Country Tickets please call (323) 973-9900.
For Inland Empire Tickets please call Ontario Testing Center (909) 937-3955 or
visit 402 S. Milliken Ave. Suite E2, Ontario Ca. 91761

Area athletes participating: Matt Schilz (Maranatha); Tra Sumler (Rosemead); Reuben Thomas (Muir); Myles Campbell (Muir); Marcos Villalobos (San Gabriel); J’Quan Hamilton (Pasadena); Chris Flores (Rosemead); Matt Calver (Monrovia); Josh Ouellette (Temple City); Tim Starr (Duarte); Tyree Mills (Muir); Marcus Graves (Muir); Todd Golper (Arcadia); Cesar Chavez (Rosemead); Alex Bobadilla (San Gabriel); Brian Gonzalez (Alhambra).


ANDREW J. CAMPA: All-Star Games lack communication

Click here for L.A. County roster

Click here for Inland Empire roster

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BASEBALL PLAYOFF BRACKETS RELEASED: CIF does the right thing, grants La Caada at-large berth; San Marino, Temple City hit the road in Div. IV; Arcadia, Monrovia, Pas Poly at home Thursday; Alhambra, Maranatha, Gabrielino at home Friday in opening round

Well, will you look at that. La Caada petitioned for an at-large berth and they got it. The Spartans, who finished fourth in the competitive Rio Hondo League this season, will hit the road tomorrow and face a tough South Torrance team.


Don’t look now, but it looks like I’m covering Maranatha baseball on Friday. Anybody going to roll out the red carpet for yours truly? We covered Gabrielino last Thursday and we also sent a reporter to cover Alhambra’s final game of the regular season. The pieces are falling in place and I’ll get my first taste of Maranatha baseball on Friday. Since it’s a Friday I’m kinda hoping it’s a 7 p.m. start. I know I’ve said we usually hate covering 7 p.m. games, but that only applies during the week; our deadlines extend on the weekends. Anyway, I’m hoping my buddy Amused Reader makes an appearance. I could use a good laugh.

Below is the schedule for the rest of the week. I’ll coordinate coverage and figure out who we cover Tuesday and Thursday. For now, I’ll leave you my wild card and first round predictions. Don’t be afraid to leave yours, too.

(All games 3:15 p.m.)

St. Francis (Mission 4) at Buena (Channel 2) — St. Francis wins
Temple City (Rio Hondo 3) at Sonora (Freeway 3) — Temple City wins
La Caada (Rio Hondo, at-large) at South Torrance (Pioneer 3) — LC wins
Gladstone (Montview 4) at Don Bosco Tech (Camino Real 3) — Bosco wins
Flintridge Prep (Prep 3) at Kern Valley (High Desert 3) — Kern Valley wins


Wild Card “E” winner (Loyola/Santa Barbara) at Arcadia (Pacific 1) — Arcadia wins
San Marino (Rio Hondo 2) at St. Bonaventure (Tri-Valley 1) — San Marino wins
Barstow (Desert Sky 2) at Monrovia (Rio Hondo 1) — Monrovia wins
Rio Hondo Prep (Prep 2) at Santa Paula (Frontier 2) — Santa Paula wins
Wild Card “G” winner (Grace Brethren/Sierra Canyon) at Pasadena Poly (Prep 1) — Pas Poly wins


Wild Card “G” winner (Gahr/Rancho Alamitos) at Alhambra (Almont 1) — Alhambra wins
Wild Card “D” winner (Azusa/Citrus Hill) at Maranatha (Alpha 1) — Maranatha wins
Lompoc Cabrillo (Los Padres 3) at Gabrielino (Mission Valley 1) — Gabrielino wins

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SOFTBALL PLAYOFF BRACKETS RELEASED: La Salle, Maranatha earn top two seeds in Division VI; Flintridge Sacred Heart, Mayfield and South Pasadena will host Wild Card games Tuesday. Lets get it on!

Keith Lair is off today because he’ll have to work Saturday when he covers CIF Track & Field Finals. Here is the schedule for the playoffs. The predictions are mine but don’t be afraid to leave your own predictions, too. Later in the day I’ll know exactly which teams we’ll be covering Tuesday and Thursday. For now, tell us how far you think your team will go in the playoffs.

(All games 3:15 p.m.)

Arcadia (Pacific 4) at Charter Oak (Miramonte 3) — Arcadia wins
Arroyo Grande (Pac 7 4) vs. Flintridge Sacred Heart (Mission 3) at Glendale Sports Complex — Flintridge Sacred Heart wins
Paraclete (Olympic, at-large) vs. Mayfield (Prep 2) at Brookside — Mayfield wins
Hamilton (Big Sky, at-large) at South Pasadena (Rio Hondo 3) — South Pas wins
Flintridge Prep (Prep 4) at Woodcrest Christian (Big Sky 3) — Flintridge Prep wins
Alhambra (Almont, at-large) at Granite Hills (Desert Sky 2) — Alhambra wins


Wild Card “C” winner (Paraclete/Mayfield) at La Canada (Rio Hondo 1) — LC wins regardless
Keppel (Almont 2) at South Hills (San Antonio 1) — South Hills wins
Temple City (Rio Hondo 2) at Whittier Christian (Olympic 2) — Temple City wins
Heritage (Mountain Pass 2) at Rio Hondo Prep (Prep 1) — Rio Hondo Prep wins
Wild Card “A” winner at La Salle (Camino Real 1) — La Salle wins
Alverno (Horizon 2) at Campbell Hall (Alpha 2) — Campbell Hall wins
Capistrano Valley Christian (Academy 2) at Ramona Convent (Sunshine 2) — Ramona wins
Wild Card “D” winner at San Gabriel Mission (Horizon 1) — SG Mission wins
Wild Card “E” winner at Maranatha (Alpha 1) — Maranatha wins

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Football: To join or not to join? That is the question

I know, I know … “What does this have to do with high school sports?” (Ugh!) I’m posing this question to my buddies who like to talk everything football, and that includes, of course, the mayor (Goldenarm) who is among the many and many who stay true to this blog year round (thanks for visiting, our numbers are staying up!) Yours truly was invited to join the 900-plus members of the Football Writers Association of America for the 2009 college football season. Benefits of joining includes having a voice in the FWAA awards programs, nominating and voting on the association’s All-America Team and its prestigious awards including the Outland Trophy (Nation’s Best Interior Lineman) and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (National Defensive Player of the Year). I know our assistant sports editor Art Wilson votes for the Heisman Trophy and our managing editor Steve Hunt is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. So, what do you think?

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