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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Football: Don’t hold your breath on coaching vacancy

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Temple City High School athletic director John Van DeVeere said the school wanted to announce its next football coach last Friday, but cautioned a decision might not be made until this week. Just got off the phone with Temple City High principal Mary Jo King and said an announcement will come “hopefully by next week.” King added: “We’re trying to see if we have a teaching position with a coaching position. Ideally we’d like to have a coach on campus.” The hurdle right now is finding a teaching position. It’s protocol that any teaching openings be flown within the district first. As for the growing frustration among the Temple City faithful …. “We just tell them to try to be patient,” King said. “We’re trying to find the best coach we can have.” Multiple sources confirmed Whittier Christian defensive coordinator Pete Karavedas and Pasadena coach Mike McFarland are the two finalists for the position, but a twist came when Karavedas withdrew his name from the running. Here’s a message Aram Tolegian wants to get across to the big wigs at Temple City Unified:

Seriously, how hard is it to hire a football coach? When are schools going to understand that the football (coach) is the most important position on campus? And the football program means EVERYTHING to the school. You have a good football program and I guarantee you’ve got a good everything else. It’s kind of like what obesity is to health problems, but in a good way. Trust me. So an administration and/or school board HAS TO make this hire the most important thing around. No teaching position? OK, cut one of the 10 asst. principals every school has but doesn’t need. What? Do I need to run for school board and show people how it’s done? This has nothing to do with AD John Van De Veere (he’s actually a football guy with his hands tied) and everything to do with the administration/school board. Word is that Karavedas got tired of waiting on a school that’s dragging its feet. So does this make McFarland the man? Either guy seems like a great choice, so hopefully the school doesn’t lose out on McFarland, too.

The Mayor of the blog, Goldenarm, isn’t happy with the seemingly drawn out process:

The proud tradition of TC football has been toileted, and Van De Veere gets no free pass from me – he is one of the few who should have known better – AND DONE MORE. True, the admin may pull rank and power on him now, but during the Backus dismissal he was front and center and happy to lead the charge. Big mistake.

If Karavedes saw the writing on the wall and declined to continue for the reasons you state…that really sucks. The Ram kids, TC parents, boosters and supporters deserve much better than they are getting from TCUSD and the high school administrators. As a direct result of their actions and inaction, it will take years for TC football to recover.

I am sorry to say the news just keeps getting worse and the ineptness more blatant. For long time Ram fans, it seems like a dark, surreal dream that just won’t go away.

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Baseball: Covey dazzles scouts in Maranatha’s 3-0 win

PASADENA – It’s always a treat whenever Maranatha High School’s Dylan Covey is on the mound.

There were well over two dozen scouts hovering behind home plate to watch the Major League prospect and, as usual, he didn’t disappoint.

Covey struck out 14 and Danny Beckwith fanned the side in the seventh to combine for a no-hitter in leading the Minutemen to a 3-0 nonleague victory over Pasadena Poly on a chilly Wednesday night at Jackie Robinson Field.

Covey, who topped out at 95 miles per hour, made 98 pitches and walked four. The walks gave Pasadena Poly (12-4) a chance to manufacture some runs after making little contact, if at all, but to no avail. The Panthers left six runners stranded and couldn’t capitalize on three Maranatha (14-8) errors.

“He’s the best we’ve seen,” Pasadena Poly coach Wayne Ellis said.

“We never threatened. The kid is a step above anything we’ve seen. He made a good-hitting team look bad.”

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Shannon Brooks shining on international stage

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Just over a year ago, Shannon Brooks wasn’t sure where her newfound success would lead her.

The former Monrovia High softball and soccer standout had just signed a national letter of intent to play soccer at North Dakota State University and became the first in her family to attend college.

She was excited for the opportunity that would pay for her college education while at the same time releasing her mother from the stress of having to figure out how to pay for it all.

Not long after, Brooks was one of 10 who beat out 100 players to earn a spot in the Guatemala U-20 national team.

Fast forward a year later, and Brooks finds herself among one of the top talents in the Guatemalan women’s national soccer team after leading them to an undefeated group-play finish to earn a spot in this summer’s Puerto Rico Games and next year’s Women’s Gold Cup at The Home Depot Center.

Brooks – born in the U.S. but eligible because her mother, Susana, was born in Guatemala – spent two weeks in Guatemala and flew back to Dakota just a few days ago. She anchored the defensive back line and gave up only one goal in group play. She assisted in four of Guatemala’s seven goals.

Brooks, who led the Monrovia girls soccer team to two Rio Hondo League titles and was a power hitter on the softball team, will finish the semester this week with a 3.0 GPA and soon will fly back to Guatemala for more training. With Guatemala’s success, other teams have shown interest in playing international friendlies. Among them are Argentina and Mexico in May.

It’s all been a surreal experience for Brooks.

“The experience has been awesome,” said Brooks, who earned first-team All-Area honors in soccer and softball her senior year. “All the hard work paid off since I was a kid. Where I’m at right now, living my dream, the dream that I always dreamed about.”

Brooks has come a long way from when she and her mother had to sleep in their car at a park in Monrovia when the family fell on hard times. The little girl who at 5 years old dreamed about playing soccer at the highest level is living proof that hard work never goes unnoticed.

“I never thought it’d come this quickly,” Brooks said. “Every second I’m on the field I get so emotional and so happy and thankful that I get to be playing and doing something I love to do every day.”

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Baseball: La Caada’s Shoemake leads way in 4-2 win

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

LA CAADA – To say the La Caada High School baseball team is playing better with the return of Brendon Shoemake would be an understatement.

He didn’t pitch for four weeks because of a bruised bicep muscle in his right throwing arm, but his return to the mound also means one thing – the Spartans’ return to the win column.

Shoemake went the distance, struck out six and allowed two runs on five hits to lead La Caada to a 4-2 Rio Hondo League victory over Temple City on Tuesday.

La Caada (11-6, 5-4) extended its winning streak to five games and three in a row in league, all wins for Shoemake (4-0).

“He’s made a big difference,” La Caada coach Dennis Ballard said. “He’s built our confidence when he’s on the mound. We look to him to get the outs, and that’s what he did today.”

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