Softball Semifinals: La Salle’s Forillo, Shuster lead Lancers to 3-1 win over enthusiastic San Gabriel Mission; South Hills ends La Caada’s season, 3-1.


SOUTH HILLS 3, South Hills 3, LA CAADA 1

“I’ve got a message for Miguel. Tell him he’s got a free weekend now that La Caada’s out because I read his little thing that La Caada was going to keep him busy. So I hope he enjoys his time.”
South Hills coach Scott Fisch

“I can’t tell you how happy I am right now. I’m overjoyed. I’m just so ecstatic and so happy.”
South Hills sophomore Sydney La Follette

“You let this team hang around and they’re going to pay with their bats. (Lauren) O’Leary did a phenomenal job. They just played better and beat us.”La Caada coach K.C. Mathews


“They had a great year and they’re well coached. They are riding a big high with two big wins against two big schools. They played with a lot of heart and made it a close game. I congratulate them because they gave us everything we wanted, and more. They came out here with a lot of school spirit. I was really impressed by that. They’re a class act.” –La Salle coach Rich Diaz

“We’ve only just begun.” –San Gabriel Mission coach Jaime Preciado

San Gabriel Mission coach Jaime Preciado can walk with his head high, and the boisterous Pioneer faithful will agree. Here they are below, cheering San Gabriel Mission after an incredible season.

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Softball: Private vs. Public All-Star rosters and dates set

Monday, June 7 at Live Oak Park. Private 4-6 p.m.; Public 6-8 p.m.
GAME: Tuesday, June 8 at Live Oak Park. Home run derby 4:30 p.m.; Game 6 p.m.

Bob Ellingsworth (Temple City) and staff

Brittanie Garcia, Alhambra
Jacky Hilton, San Gabriel
Megan Martin, La Canada
Laura Wilson, San Marino
Baily Neilson, San Marino
Catherine Barth, San Marino
Jillian Rubin, San Marino
Erika James, Marshall
MacKenzie Johnson, South Pasadena
Courtney Dunlap, South Pasadena
Shelby Gogreve, South Pasadena
Emily McQuaid, Arcadia
Sam Miller, Arcadia
Danielle Rodriguez, Temple City
Lenae Sanchez, Temple City
Haylie Ellingsworth, Temple City
Desiree Milosavlijevic, Monrovia
Brooke Cowell, Monrovia

Rich Diaz (La Salle) and staff; Jaime Preciado (San Gabriel Mission) and staff.

Meghan Luera, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Emily Brown, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Haley Mojica, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Megan Latta, Pasadena Poly
Hannah Dunham, Pasadena Poly
Megan Magdaleno, San Gabriel Mission
Marissa Sanchez, San Gabriel Mission
Charly Rae Gutierrez, San Gabriel Mission
Allie Forillo, La Salle
Samantha Krost, La Salle
Lauren Sanchez, Alverno
Alyssa Avila, Alverno
Jessica Capra, Alverno
Anneliese Luck, Mayfield Senior School
Julia Klein, Mayfield Senior School
Julie Monohan, Mayfield Senior School
Sara Kert, Maranatha
Natalie Moreno, Maranatha

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Baseball: Maranatha stymied by errors, miscues in loss


NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Maranatha committed three errors and Dylan Covey was hit hard in the Minutemen’s 9-3 loss to Campbell Hall in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs Friday afternoon. Covey gave up six earned runs and seven hits in the final high school baseball game of his career. Campbell Hall’s Logan Markley connected on a 1-1 pitch in the first inning for a three-run home run to give the Vikings an early 3-0 lead. “That first home run happened early and we failed to put it behind us,” Maranatha’s Danny Beckwith said. “There were a lot of things that didn’t go our way.” Maranatha’s Matt Chavez conncted for a two-run home run in the fifth to pull the Minutemen within 4-2. But the Vikings exploded for four runs in the fifth. A defensive miscue and an error led to those runs. Maranatha coach Brian DeHaan said there was a lack of intensity that’s not expected from a team with seven seniors. “We didn’t come out with the intensity that’s required in playoff baseball,” he said. “We put up two and they answered right back. We made a couple of mistakes, and in playoff baseball it comes down to who executes in key situations.” The difference for Campbell Hall was getting ahead early. “(Covey’s) a future big league pitcher, but I don’t think he was at his best today,” Campbell Hall coach Juan Velazquez said. “When we got ahead we knew he was going to be out of his comfort zone. The important thing was it ended up going our way early.”

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Softball: Siepler leads La Caada to 5-0 win; La Salle’s Forillo is nearly perfect in 1-0 win over Carpinteria; Sanchez, Holguin lead Mission to 2-1 win over Nordhoff.



WHITTIER CHRISTIAN 1, SAN MARINO 0 — Whittier Christian pitcher Courtney McGee continued her playoff dominance on Thursday. McGee threw her second postseason no-hitter in three games, lifting the host Heralds to a 1-0 victory over San Marino in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinals. McGee faced 22 San Marino batters, one above the minimum. Catherine Barth, who reached on an error in the second inning, was the Titans’ lone base runner. San Marino pitcher Michelle Floyd also turned in an impressive complete game effort, scattering five hits and recording 10 strikeouts.

LA CAADA 5, SAVANNA 0 — Megan Siepler hit a two-run home run and a two-run double to lead the Spartans to a convincing 5-0 win over Savanna of Anaheim in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs Thursday afternoon. La Caada (25-4) advances to Tuesday’s semifinals against perennial power South Hills, a 10-3 winner over Cerritos Valley Christian. It was another dominating pitching performance by the Lauren O’Leary and Lauren Cox. O’Leary, a junior, pitched four strong innings, allowed just two hits with no walks. She struck out the side in the third and finished with five strikeouts. Cox, a sophomore, pitched the last three innings and didn’t yield a hit or walk. She struck out four and faced only the minimum batters.

SAN GABRIEL MISSION 2, NORDHOFF 1 — Marissa Sanchez hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to over come a 1-0 deficit and San Gabriel Mission won 2-1 over visiting Nordhoff in their Division 6 quarterfinal softball game Thursday afternoon. Nicole Holguin pitched a complete game and is now 11-1. They play La Salle in the semifinals. The two teams played scrimmage which was closely contested, but eventually won by the Lancers.

LA SALLE 1, CARPINTERIA 0 — Allie Forillo struck out the first 14 of 15 batters she faced. The only ball hit in the first five innings was a comebacker to the pitcher to lead the Lancers to the win. The No. 2 seeded team in the tournament advances to Tuesday’s semifinals against San Gabriel Mission.


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San Gabriel Valley All-Star Baseball game on Sunday, June 6 at Alhambra’s Moor Field … Good list of players.

The annual San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star baseball game is on Sunday, June 6 at Alhambra High School’s Moor Field instead of Mt. San Antonio College, where the game has been in recent years. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. Alhambra coach Steve Gewecke and Nogales’ John Romano run the event, and have released the rosters …

Blue Team
Head Coach:
Nick Lemas (Arcadia), Assistants, Brad Blackmore (Monrovia), Dave Moore (Monrovia), Joe Laski (Gabrielino)
Infielders: Brian Tuttle (Bonita) SS, Erik Lewis (Damien) 2B, Evan Heighley (Bonita) 1B, Robert Nakamura (Monrovia) 2B, Mike Maldonado (Montebello) 1B, Garrett Tuck (Arcadia) SS/1BJonathan Larson (Arcadia) 2B/1B
Outfielders: Bobby Oatman (Damien) LF, Joseph Eusebio (Amat) LF, Greg Saldate (Alhambra) RF, Justin De La Nuez (Monrovia) CF, Anthony Ramos (Bonita) LF, Jonathan Tom (Arcadia) LF/CF
Pitchers: Paul Paez (Amat), Brandon McNitt (Amat), Dylan Covey (Marantha), Jonathan Beltran (Alhambra), Aaron Murphree (Monrovia), Derek Penilla (San Dimas), Danny Beckwith (Marantha), Ruben Chavira (Walnut)
Catchers: Jerry McClanahan (Amat), George Ortega (Damien), Keith Clapp (Gabrelino). Chris Alas (Alhambra)

Red Team
Head Coach:
Kevin Smith (South Hills), Assistants, Barry Bacon (TC), Rich Remkus (Gladstone), Jacob Barendregt (Baldwin Park)
Infielders: Brandon Cage (Glendora) 3B, Jake Shirley (South Hills) 3B, Christian Ibarra (South Hills) SS, Alan Gonzales 1B, Adrian Carillo (Pasadena) 2B, Dusty Sanderson (TC) 2B, Tom Remkus (Gladstone) 1B, Charlie Baxter (Pas. Poly) SS.
Outfield: DJ Wallace (Charter Oak) RF, Jeff Crowe (Diamond Bar) RF, Chester Pak (Diamond Bar) CF, Chris Holden (Charter Oak) LF, Branden Pultz (TC) RF, Louis Torres (Sierra Vista) LF, Efren Aguilera (Baldwin Park) CF
Pitchers: Adam Plutko (Glendora), Jacob Smigelski (Glendora), Dakota Behr (South Hills), Brian Hill (La Salle), Eddie Pedroza (Northview), Justin Smith (TC), Christian Huerta (Sierra Vista)
Catchers: Joe Winterburn (Glendora), Cody Doyle (South Hills), Arman Valenzuela (Northvew)

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Baseball: Maranatha carries West San Gabriel Valley on its back when CIF-SS quarterfinals resume Friday.


Maranatha at Campbell Hall, 3:15 p.m.

MARANATHA 5, HESPERIA 1: Danny Beckwith went the distance and Erik Johnson hit a two-run double in the fifth inning to propel the Maranatha High School baseball team to a 5-1 victory over Hesperia in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs Tuesday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

PALOMA VALLEY 9, ALHAMBRA 0: For the fifth straight season, the Moors were ousted in Division 2. “We didn’t do any of the things we’ve done that’s made us successful,” Alhambra coach Steve Gewecke said. “It was a hard one to watch, and why we didn’t do any of the things we do well, I don’t know.” Alhambra (23-5) can take solace in that for the sixth straight season the Moors won the Almont League title. “We had a nice season,” Gewecke said. “You can’t let one game define what you’ve done this year. It was sad tonight, but you get to school on time the next day and finish off your academic year on a good note.”

SONORA 4, MONROVIA 0: Sonora scored in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings, and three of those runs came with two outs against the Wildcats (22-4) in Division 4. “We didn’t have many opportunities,” Monrovia co-coach Brad Blackmore said. “If the (Sonora pitcher) wasn’t good or we wasted opportunities I’d have a different feeling, but he was pitching great.”

HERITAGE 3, GABRIELINO 2, 8 INN.: Heritage scored in the sixth on a squeeze play, and what should have been a routine double play to end the eighth resulted in a run and the end of the Eagles’ (17-10) Division5 playoff run.

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Football: Beloved Muir High coach, Jim Brownfield, dies.

Above: Olympic gold medalist Inger Miller shown here with former Muir track coach Jim Brownfield.

This story was originally published Tuesday, May 24 in the Star-News news section on A1

By Miguel A. Melendez Staff Writer

PASADENA — Jim Brownfield, who coached John Muir High School to national prominence in the 1980s and 90s, died Monday. He was 81.

The two-time national coach of the year spent 16 years at Muir — from 1980-1996 — compiling a 191-14-1 record, 22 league titles and six CIF championships.

Under Brownfield, Muir won two CIF-Southern Section football titles in 1985 and 1986. He led the girls Mustangs track team to four CIF-SS track tiles and two CIF State tiles in 1985 and 1989.

Brownfield was a teacher and coach for more than 40 years in Southern California, including as head football coach at Loyola Marymount and as an assistant coach at USC under College Football Hall of Fame coach John McKay.

He was enshrined into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998.

“It’s a sad thing to see a guy like that go,” said Muir football coach Ken Howard. “He was my mentor. I was never on his staff, but when I got the head coaching job he came to me and from that day on it was an instant connection.”

Brownfield earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education at Cal State L.A.

As head football coach at Muir, he went 84-14-1 in eight seasons. He also led the girls track team to 13 Pacific League titles and a 91-0 record in 12 seasons.

In his two seasons as the Mustangs girls cross-country coach, Brownfield led them to league titles in 1988 and 1989 with an unblemished 16-0 record.

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