Baseball: Arcadia flexes muscles, wins 8-0 to go 9-0


The view from atop the Pacific League standings keep getting better and better for the Arcadia High School baseball team. If nothing else, the Apaches flexed their muscles and proved why they’re the defending league champions with a convincing 8-0 win over Pasadena on Friday afternoon.
Arcadia (17-3, 9-0) is a more balanced team this season, but there’s no doubt that seniors Garrett Tuck and Jonathan Larson are the Apaches’ bread and butter. Tuck scattered three hits across five innings to pick up his sixth win of the season. Larson went 3 for 3 and scored a run in the sixth after drawing a walk. He laid down a beauty of a bunt down the third-base line for a single on the first pitch in the fourth with two outs, catching Pasadena (12-10, 5-4) completely off guard. Larson’s bunt single scored Erik Trask from third, who reached first on an error. In fact, the Bulldogs were marred by three errors, two of which came in the sixth on a single play that scored Jonathan Tom and Larson to make it 8-0.

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Softball: San Marino avoids series sweep, beats LC, 2-0

San Marino freshman pitcher Michelle Floyd went the distance, struck out eight and allowed only three hits to lead the Titans to a 2-0 win over La Caada on Friday afternoon in Rio Hondo League play. The Titans’ runs came in the third inning on a throwing error. La Caada pitcher Lauren O’Leary took the loss. The Spartans’ Lauren Cox came on in the fourth and struck out 10.

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Girls Hoops: Pasadena’s Mayberry steps down as coach

Pasadena High School announced that Ray Mayberry has announced his resignation as girls basketball coach to focus more on his career and family. Mayberry was involved with the program for 15 years, compiling over 200 victories and six playoff appearances. In 2006, Mayberry led the team to the CIF-Southern Section divisional semifinals appearance where the Bulldogs lost to eventual champion, Hart. The search to find a replacement begins Monday, and those interested in the position can contact Pasadena High School’s main office at 626-396-5880.

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Baseball: Monrovia’s Tao is a constant, pillar of strength

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

Wayne Tao takes 16 pills a day for Lupus, Tourette’s Syndrome and Painful Neuropathy.
He can take 16 more, but no medicine in the world can subdue his pain like watching the Monrovia High School baseball team take the field. It’s where he finds peace and serenity like no place else.

For the last 17 years, Tao’s been a constant; a pillar of strength and support, and the epitome of true loyalty. He’s more than just a scorekeeper — he’s an integral member of the team. Rain or shine, he’s there home and away. Just take a look. Tao’s sitting in his usual spot, next to the Monrovia dugout. His loyalty, however, is not limited to baseball.

For the last 14 years, Tao’s roamed the Monrovia football sidelines keeping stats; a job that used to be a three-person crew Tao now does by himself.

They say perception is reality, and if that’s the case then Tao’s living the dream. He gets to watch baseball and football, two sports he learned to love after he came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old.

Tao’s reality, however, hasn’t always been the perceptive dream.

His tiring life has been marred by painful experiences scattered over a 35-year life span, a treacherous road that’s led to countless hospital visits literally living a painful life.

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