This is one of my favorite times of the year, covering high school basketball and soccer, and finally I’ll get a chance to get out and start covering it. Keith Lair will cover the La Caada New Year’s Ball Girls Basketball Tournament and he’ll start with quite the showdown at 2:30 p.m. today when Arcadia (5-1) and La Salle (8-1) open pool play. The Apaches have three players who average double figures in scoring, led by Julianna Okamoto, who averages 16.2 points, and Joy Kang, who is averaging 14.2 points, seven rebounds, five steals and two assists.
On the boys side, I’ll cover the 7:30 showdown pitting Muir (4-2) against La Salle (7-3). The Lancers’ Kishon Sanders is a rebounding machine, averaging nearly 10 boards per game. Muir’s Deshawn Hayes is a highlight reel on virtually every play. If you get a chance, you want to catch this kid in action. He’s got hops, speed and has a sweet mid-range jump shot. Muir also is ranked No. 2 in the CIF-SS Division 5AA top 10 coaches’ poll. With a lot of talent and good division placement, these Mustangs could make a deep run.
La Salle/Temple City
At La Salle High
St. Paul vs. Keppel, 3 p.m.
Hoover vs. St. Francis, 4:30 p.m.
AGBU vs. Maranatha, 6 p.m.
Muir at La Salle, 7:30 p.m.
At Temple City High
Franklin at Temple City, 3 p.m.
Arcadia vs. Montebello, 4:30 p.m.
Crescenta Valley vs. Gabrielino, 6 p.m.
Marshall vs. La Caada, 7:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals, Tuesday; Semifinals, Wednesday; Championship, Thursday, at La Salle, 7:30 p.m.
La Caada New Year’s
At La Caada High
Arcadia vs. La Salle, 2:30 p.m.
Montclair Prep vs. Flintridge Sacred Heart, 4 p.m.
La Caada vs. Burbank, 5:30 p.m.
Hart vs. Moorpark, 7 p.m.
Arcadia vs. Montclair Prep, 2:30 p.m.
La Salle vs. Flintridge Sacred Heart, 4 p.m.
La Caada vs. Moorpark, 5:30 p.m.
Burbank vs. Hart, 7 p.m.
Burbank vs. Moorpark, 2:30 p.m.
Montclair Prep vs. La Salle, 4 p.m.
La Caada vs. Hart, 5:30 p.m.
Flintridge Sacred Heart vs. Arcadia, 7 p.m.
7th place game, 2:30 p.m.
5th place game, 4 p.m.
3rd place game, 5:30 p.m.
Championship, 7 p.m.