Baseball: Poly grad Rasmussen is Bruins’ Sunday best

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By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

Rob Rasmussen has had an education.

Oh, he knew it was possible he would be able to achieve academic excellence by attending UCLA. But his real education has come on the pitcher’s mound.

The left-handed junior from Pasadena Poly has become the Sunday pitcher for the Bruins. That means he gets the final say in the Bruins’ three-game series.

He was perfect in the role until Sunday when 17th-ranked Arizona State got to him in the fourth inning of the Wildcats’ 6-4 victory.

Rasmussen is 6-1 in his Sunday starts with a 2.85 ERA. The Bruins are ranked fifth in the nation.

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Baseball: Gabrielino pitching sensation Angel Acosta is the nation’s strikeout leader among sophomores

Gabrielino’s Angel Acosta is proving more and more that he’s a man among boys. The sophomore pitcher dazzled fans with yet another brilliant performance Friday, tossing a no-hitter and striking out 17 to lead the Eagles to a 7-1 Mission Valley League victory over El Monte. Acosta (6-4, 2.00 ERA) became the first pitcher in school history to pitch a no-hitter, posting a new single-game strikeout record and single-season record for most strikeouts. According to MaxPreps, Acosta is the nation’s strikeout leader among sophomores. The 17 strikeouts puts him at 100 this season, surpassing Calvin Chambers’ record of 98 set last season. El Monte will host the Eagles on Friday. It was just a few weeks ago when Acosta, who also leads the team in batting with a .467 average, pitched seven scoreless innings in relief, struck out 14, and went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs to help Gabrielino storm back from a 15-1 deficit to beat St. Anthony 21-17 in 11 innings.

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Star-Jibber: What’s on deck with base/softball?

COACHES/ATHLETIC DIRECTORS/PARENTS: My phone locked on me Sunday afternoon. I’ve spent 10 hours trying to figure out a way to unlock it without losing all my contacts, but to no avail. I had to reboot my phone and in the process lost just about every single contact I saved. I kindly ask that you take some time and text me your name, that way I’ll save your contact. For example: “Barry Bacon” or “Mack Paciorek” … etc …

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All-Star Classic: Star-News girls battle to the finish; Star-News boys streak is snapped in overtime loss.

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SEVENTH ANNUAL TRIBUNE/STAR-NEWS ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Saturday, April 24, Damien High School
Girls game:
Star-News 72, Tribune 67
Boys game: Tribune 118, Star-News 111, OT

SERIES RECORD
Boys Star-News leads series, 5-2
Girls Star-News leads series, 5-2

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Hard work, dedication pay off for St. Francis’ Jordan

SEVENTH ANNUAL TRIBUNE/STAR-NEWS ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Saturday, April 24, Damien High School
Girls game:
4 p.m.
Boys game: 6 p.m.

SERIES RECORD
Boys Star-News leads series, 5-1
Girls: Star-News leads series, 4-2

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

What makes St. Francis High School’s Tommy Jordan a respected athlete goes beyond points and assists.

It’s his work ethic and relentless effort to be a better teammate that separates him from the rest. Whether that means practicing late into the night shooting 500 free throws or dissecting film and watching games every chance he gets, Jordan doesn’t let a minute pass him by without playing or thinking about basketball.

It was a tough year for the Knights (12-16, 4-10), who finished sixth in the tough, eight-team Mission League. Still, St. Francis earned an at-large berth in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs, where the Knights beat Gabrielino, 74-66, in the first round and gave Bishop Amat a good challenge before losing, 77-61.

Despite playing for a sub-.500 team his senior year, Jordan’s hard work paid off, and many noticed: He was selected first-team All-Mission League and first- team All-CIF.

He’ll get a chance to showcase his skills once again when he takes part in Saturday’s Tribune/Star-News All-Star Basketball Classic at Damien High School.

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It’s time for the Star-News streak to end

“There’s extra motivation because I want the (Star- News’ four-game win) streak to end. I know we can play with those guys and maybe even beat them. I don’t think it’s talent. I just think over in Pasadena they just think we’re softer. It’s really mental.” Tribune and Diamond Bar boys hoops standout Kacy Barlow on the outcome of Saturday’s All-Star game at Damien High School, girls game at 4 p.m., boys at 6.

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Sources: Temple City football job down to two finalists

Temple City High School is expected to fill the football coaching vacancy by Friday. According to multiple sources, Pasadena coach Mike McFarland and Whittier Christian defensive coordinator Peter Karavedes are the two finalists for the job vacated when Anthony White resigned to take the same position at Buena Park High. Temple City, which received 19 applications for the position, will hire its third coach in three years. Though the school hopes to make a decision come Friday, Temple City athletic director John VanDeVeere said it could extend into next week.

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Best friends Tia Chen and Amanda Hua now teammates

SEVENTH ANNUAL TRIBUNE/STAR-NEWS ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Saturday, April 24, Damien High School
Girls game:
4 p.m.
Boys game: 6 p.m.

SERIES RECORD
Boys Star-News leads series, 5-1
Girls: Star-News leads series, 4-2

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

It started with an innocent self-invitation to a birthday party, but little did La Caada High School’s Tia Chen know that doing so would also mean making good friends with the birthday girl, Alhambra’s Amanda Hua.

They briefly met once, had mutual friends, but about the only thing they shared in common at the time was that they both played basketball. Chen said it only felt like she invited herself because of the way she found out about the party – not through a traditional birthday card or even word of mouth, but through a mass message sent on instant messenger.

Since then, Chen and Hua have become really good friends and now find themselves almost inseparable.

Little did they know that five years later they’d be playing on the same team in Saturday’s Tribune/ Star-News All-Star Basketball Classic at Damien High School.

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