Baseball: Temple City withstands pressure, wins 3-2

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Temple City found a way to withstand Monrovia’s string of chances to record a 3-2 Rio Hondo League victory at Monrovia High. Temple City (11-6-1, 7-1) didn’t succumb to pressure when Monrovia (13-2, 6-1) loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs. It didn’t matter that Wildcats opened the inning with two consecutive singles from Jairo Jiore and Robert Nakamura, followed by Adrian Velasco’s RBI single up the middle to cut the lead to 3-2. Temple City’s Calvin Copping threw a wild pitch to advance the runners and then walked Justin De La Nuez to load the bases, seemingly giving Monrovia the opportunity it had been waiting for. But a fielder’s choice to home saved a run, and Justin Smith ran down Nakamura on a squeeze before Copping struck out the next batter to end the threat. Temple City’s Brandon Pultz hit a home run to center to break a scoreless tie, and Monrovia’s Aaron Murphree connected on a 1-0 count for a home run to center to tie it. Temple City’s Julian Jarrard allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out five to pickup his fourth win. Copping got all three batters in the seventh to ground out to record his first save. He scored in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie and Alec Vigil’s RBI single scored Dusty Sanderson to make it 3-1. Temple City catcher Jonah Jarrard made made it known that running on him wasn’t an option. He picked off Monrovia’s Nick Bueno at third in the first and then Velasco in the second. Jonah did it again in the fifth when he got Bueno at third, this after he doubled down the third-base line.

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Wilson’s “Asian Sensation” Michael Wong looks to give Star-News All-Stars George Toyama and Timmy Wong a run in Saturday’s Tribune/Star-News Basketball Classic.

Boys and Girls Basketball All-Star Game
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 Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Think the Star-News All-Star team has the only Asian sensation in Saturday’s Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic? Think again. Wilson High School’s Michael Wong was turning heads again Tuesday night at Damien High School when the Tribune team held its second practice in preparation for Saturday’s 6 p.m. showdown, also at Damien.

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Baseball: Arcadia-Burbank, CV-PHS get rained out


Above: Burbank coach Bob Hart and his staff and Arcadia coach Nick Lemas discuss whether to continue playing because of rain …

BURBANK — It took me longer getting to and from Burbank than the game itself, though I gotta give the umps some credit for at least making it worth my while. The game went on despite persistent rain. It lasted only one inning with Burbank’s McCauley Taylor throwing 15 pitches and Arcadia’s KJ Edson throwing 11. The game was delayed for 15 minutes, but really that turned into 43 minutes, but not before the umpires decided to let Taylor warm up, then delay the game another 10 minutes before finally putting an end to the circus. The Burbank supporters clearly weren’t happy that the game went on at all, what with Taylor having little grip on the baseball — he walked the first batter on four pitches. The game might be rescheduled for Thursday at Burbank, but rain is in the forecast the next three days. “I’d rather get it played this week,” Arcadia coach Nick Lemas said. If the game is not played Thursday, it’s likely they’ll then meet Monday. “I don’t see how we can’t get it played now,” Lemas added. “It looks like it’s slowing down.” Not five minutes passed when it started raining hard again, and I think that was the problem to begin with, the rain was inconsistent; it sprinkled, it poured, it stopped, then it came down hard again. This wasn’t the only game to be postponed because of rain. Just across campus, the Burbank-Arcadia softball game also was called. Pasadena’s home game against Crescenta Valley was called hours before its 3:30 start. The Duarte-Azusa softball game was postponed, too, and I understand that some practices didn’t happen either. We’re supposed to see rain Wednesday, and what this will do to the Rio Hondo Leauge baseball showdown between Temple City and Monrovia still is unclear. And, yes, I hate the rain.

Below: With Pasadena’s game called before it even started, Bulldogs coach Mike Parisi made the drive to watch, err, wait and see if this game had a chance.

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Football: Mike Mooney makes a grand return to coaching

As Aram Tolegian confirmed, Mike Mooney is back and takes the reigns at San Marino High after D.R. Moreland decided to step down to further his education. Mooney’s no stranger to the West, so I ask you this: Does this make Mooney the biggest name in the West San Gabriel Valley?

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer

San Marino High School announced assistant principal Mike Mooney as its new football coach on Monday, ending weeks of speculation that Mooney would replace D.R. Moreland, who resigned in late March to further his education.

San Marino gave Mooney his first head coaching position in 1996. Mooney left San Marino after the 1998 season to become head coach at his alma mater Temple City where he guided the Rams to four Rio Hondo League titles during a successful eight-year run.

Mooney was back at San Marino for the 2007 school year after accepting his current assistant principal position. He served as offensive coordinator for Moreland for the past two seasons.

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Wrestling: James Magaa featured on MaxPreps.com

In the winter we profiled James Magaa in a story that published in the Star-News. He’s a Monrovia wrestler who’s inspired many through his story. Magaa is blind, but he hasn’t let it deter him, and in fact, he’s an integral part of the Wildcats’ team. Magaa was featured on Fox Sports’ High School Spotlight and most recently was honored the Cullen Fitzgibbons Award for being the most inspirational wrestler in the state. MaxPreps currently features Magaa on its front page.

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&#038;brand=foxsports&#038;from=sp&#038;vid=c2708284-0ed9-495b-844c-8e6ec5ab76f1" target="_new" title="Blind Wrestler is Inspiration">Video: Blind Wrestler is Inspiration</a>

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Baseball: Arcadia, PHS could share lead in league after Friday night’s showdown, gotta take care of business, though, with Burbank, CV on Tuesday.


This is how Arcadia ended its season last year. Will it end like this again? The road won’t be easy …

Pasadena and Arcadia can’t look too far ahead to their highly anticipated game Friday night at Arcadia High. Arcadia (13-3, 5-0) visits Burbank (9-8, 2-2) in the first of two meetings while Crescenta Valley (11-5, 3-2) visits Pasadena (10-7, 4-1). Both games are slated for 3:30 p.m. It was just last season when the Bulldogs considered finishing in the top-4 as a successful season. Things have considerably changed under second-year coach Mike Parisi. Pasadena very well could vie for the league championship, and his players know it. “If we want to contend for a league title we’re going to have to step up against two of the best teams in the Pacific League,” Parisi said. “I know we’re going to be prepared.” The Bulldogs are not deterred by the fact they’re coming off an 0-4 performance in the Northview Tournament and that their last league contest — a 17-1 win over Muir — was 11 days ago. “We learned a lot from that Northview Tournament,” Parisi said. “When we got to play the East San Gabriel Valley teams I found out what players can handle pressure situations and what players can’t. This upcoming schedule doesn’t favor us by any means.” Arcadia’s upcoming schedule may also be a bump on the road. The Apaches, who have played 13 of their 16 games this season at home, play six of their last eight games remaining on the road. Arcadia is 2-1 on the road with wins over Temple City (6-1) and Hoover (10-2) and a loss to Alhambra (5-4).

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Baseball: Tuck, Larson, Edson lead Arcadia to 3-1 win

NOTE: COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED ON THIS THREAD.

ARCADIA — Jonathan Larson connected on a 1-2 pitch for a two-run triple, giving Garrett Tuck all the runs he would need to lead the Apaches to a solid 3-1 Pacific League victory Friday night in front of a standing-room only crowd at Arcadia High.

Tuck pitched six innings, stuck out seven and allowed one unearned run on four hits, and it was his sacrifice fly in the third inning that gave Arcadia (13-3, 5-0) a 1-0 lead.

“He was waiting for this,” Arcadia coach Nick Lemas said. “There was a different look in his eye. He came focused and hit his spots.”

KJ Edson picked up his first save of the season when he struck out the first batter he faced. He struck out the third batter and got the last out on a grounder. Tuck didn’t have to search far for motivation.

“They beat us in football and they beat us in basketball,” he said. “We just said wait until baseball, and we were able to do that tonight.”

It seemed as if the Apaches would cruise to the victory and Tuck would record the shutout, but Crescenta Valley (11-5, 3-2) wouldn’t go down without a fight in the seventh.

The Falcons loaded the bases after Kyle Pomeroy got to third after two consecutive Arcadia errors. Tyler Pollak reached first base after a strikeout, wild pitch and Edward Lee singled to center to represent the tying run.

“I knew if I got in trouble they’d get my back,” Tuck said. “Jon’s been hitting real well and that hit was big, and KJ did his thing.”

Edson showed he was in midseason form after getting Crescenta Valley’s Cole Currie to strikeout to record the first out. Elliott Surrey reached first on another Apache error, allowing Pomeroy to score the Falcons’ lone run.

BOX SCORE
Arcadia 3, Crescenta Valley 1

Crescenta Valley 000 000 1 – 1 4 3
Arcadia 001 002 X – 4 8 4

Troy Mulcahey and Troy Prasertsit; Garrett Tuck, KJ Edson (7) and Chris Lucas.

3B: Jonathan Larson (A). 2B: Kyle Pomeroy (CV). SO: Mulcahey (CV) 13; Tuck (Arc) 7. W: Tuck (4-2). L: Mulcahey (2-2). Sv: Edson (1)

Records: Crescenta Valley 11-5, 3-2; Arcadia 13-3, 5-0

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Basketball: Star-News rosters set for All-Star Classic

Just a little taste from the Star-News dominating last year’s Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic…

BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-STAR GAME
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

NOTE: The boys basketball team practices next Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Pasadena High while the girls team practices Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Muir High. Nearly every player has been contacted and is participating, but a couple on each side have been difficult to reach. If you see your name and have not been contacted, you can email me at miguel.melendez@sgvn.com. Thanks!

STAR-NEWS BOYS SQUAD
Coach Tim Tucker, Pasadena

Matt Nolan, La Salle
Josh Anderson, La Salle
George Toyama, Pasadena
Chris Bridges, Pasadena
Tyler Barber, Pasadena
Timmy Wong, Keppel
Sam Thim, Keppel
Jeff Grigg, La Canada
Omar Rady, La Canada
Tommy Jordan, St. Francis
Kevin Kohler, South Pasadena
Adream Hayes, Muir
Gil Tacita, Rennaisance Academy
Edmund Chow, Flintridge Prep
Zach Aquino, Temple City

STAR-NEWS GIRLS SQUAD
Coach Gary Johnson, Muir

Taylor Gomez, Muir
Daysha Thomas, Muir
Jermani Daniels, Muir
Courtney McCutchan, La Canada
Tia Chen, La Canada
Shannon Denney, La Canada
Vera Machado, Alhambra
Benny Sierra, Alhambra
Amanda Hua, Alhambra
Catherine Ngai, Arcadia
Megan Musashi, Flintridge Prep
Kimi Takaoka, La Salle
Evelyn Ramirez, Rosemead
Julia Brown, Pasadena Poly
Sarah Johnson, Monrovia

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Maranatha will hold fundraiser to help Mastan family


Courtesy of jessiefund.com

WHAT: H-O-R-S-E for Hope, a fundraiser to benefit the Mastan family.
WHEN: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Maranatha High (169 S. Saint John, Pasadena, CA)

What started out as a simple game of H-O-R-S-E to benefit Jessie Mastan’s family evolved into something much bigger.

Mastan, a Maranatha High School freshman who was part of the program’s swim team, passed away March 22 after a series of complications stemming from when she was diagnosed at the age of 12 with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

In her honor, Maranatha will host H-O-R-S-E for Hope, a fundraiser to help Mastan’s family pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance, 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday.

The event features a 96-player bracket with the winner earning $300 worth of gift certificates. The entry fee is $25, and those who donate an additional $25 will receive a free letter in every H-O-R-S-E game. There also will be a barbecue, bake sale and raffle, with all proceeds going to the Mastan family. Those wishing to take part in the tournament can contact Kevin Coats at 818-402-1653 or e-mail him at kevin.coats@aggreko.com.

Mastan’s older brother, Josh, is a senior who was part of Maranatha’s CIF-Southern Section Division IV championship-winning team from last year. He and his parents, Dave and Cathleen, are expected to attend.

Jessie, who grew up playing soccer and running track, underwent 11 rounds of chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant when she was diagnosed. Jessie later had her left pelvic bone removed.

“Doctors told her she was never going to walk again because nobody ever had after that,” said Jessie’s uncle, James Mastan.

Six months later, Mastan started walking again.

“Based on that,” James added, “they told the family they were never going to tell a child they would never walk again.”

Jessie seemingly beat cancer and went into remission last year. She became a symbol of hope, and fittingly was one of two kids featured on the City of Hope’s float in this year’s Rose Parade. It wasn’t long before the cancer resurfaced and Mastan again underwent chemo.

At the beginning of March, Jessie experienced headaches. She was taken to the hospital where she was kept overnight, and because of a compromising immune system, an extremely rare form of mold grew in her lungs. It traveled through her blood streams, causing headaches and later a massive stroke to the brain. She underwent brain surgery, fell into a coma and never fully recovered. She had some periods of consciousness, and at one point squeezed her father’s hand and communicated by blinking. She was taken off life support after nearly two weeks.

Mastan, who had a charitable fund set up in her name at www.jessiefund.com, was very well liked by teammates and classmates alike. Her uncle James said she had “probably in the neighborhood of 1,500 to 2,000 people attend her service.”

miguel.melendez@sgvn.com

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