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

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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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