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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