Boys Basketball: Rio Hondo Prep falls in semifinals

Above: Rio Hondo Prep’s Charles Quintero deals with the tough loss to Valley Torah in the Division 6AA semifinals Monday night.


By Nathan Cambridge, Staff Writer

EL MONTE – Rio Hondo Prep gave the top-seeded Valley Torah boys basketball team all it could handle Monday night until the Kares’ offense collapsed.

The second-half offensive woes resulted in the Wolfpack’s 44-30 victory over the Kares in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6AA semifinals at Arroyo High.

“I thought we played really hard,” Rio Hondo Prep coach Ken Drain said. “We played the kind of game I wanted to. We just didn’t shoot well enough to win the game. We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket.”

The teams were deadlocked 26-26 at halftime before the Wolfpack (22-4) outscored Rio Hondo Prep 18-4 in the second half.

All four of the Kares’ points came in the third quarter while the Wolfpack managed just five of their own as Rio Hondo escaped trailing by one, 31-30, after three quarters.

Valley Torah then blanked the Kares the rest of the way, winning the final quarter 13-0.

“That’s what we pride ourselves on is being the best defensive team, and I think we proved that tonight,” Valley Torah coach Robert Icart said.

Thirteenth-seeded Rio Hondo Prep (10-16) had 12 field goal attempts blocked by Valley Torah center Aaron Liberman. The senior, listed at 6-foot-9, gave the center a significant size advantage he used to dominate at the rim and on the boards at both ends.

“(Liberman) has a great work ethic,” Icart said. “He really wanted it tonight.”

The Wolfpack’s big man had seven first-quarter blocks, including three of the first four Kares field goal tries, on the way to 10 in the first half. Liberman had two more blocks in the fourth quarter, including one from behind the rim after the Kares’ Alex Tayco who looked sure to score after a steal left him an open path to the basket.

“(Liberman) was making a huge difference,” Drain said. “We couldn’t get him in foul trouble so we tried to switch it and get him away from the basket, but he recovered really fast and it was really hard to score.”

Liberman also scored 11 points, with the final two coming on an emphatic two-handed dunk from the left baseline in the fourth quarter that drew a technical foul for hanging on the rim.

Emblematic of Rio Hondo’s second-half struggles, the Kares’ Jake Holguin missed both of the resulting free throws. In the final quarter, Rio Hondo Prep was 0 of 5 from the free throw line.

The Kares were led in scoring by sophomore Ryan Wiley, who finished with eight points – all in the first half. Three Kares scored six points as Dave Drain and Christian Torrico both made two first-half 3s.

Jake Holguin scored four of his six points in the third quarter, accounting for all his team’s second-half points. The sophomore’s coast-to-coast drive for a layup with 3:15 left in the quarter turned out to be Rio Hondo Prep’s final points of the night.

“We came into the playoffs a 7-15 team, so any win was good for us, and we played really well,” Drain said of the Kares’ run to the semifinals.

Schedule for Championship Week …

Nice and spread out …

Boys basketball
Division 3AA
At Anaheim Convention Center
La Canada vs. Price, 4:45 p.m.
Division 5AA
At Mater Dei HS
Muir vs. Flintridge Prep, 6 p.m.

Girls basketball
Division 6AA
At Anaheim Convention Center
Mesa Grande Academy vs. Rio Hondo Prep, 3 p.m.
Division 5A
At Mater Dei HS
Pasadena Poly vs. Chadwick, 2 p.m.

Boys hoops semis: Muir, Flintridge Prep win, will meet in next Saturday’s finals. La Canada wins by 1 in closing seconds … GIVE ME YOUR FINAL SCORES …

Muir won another close game to punch its championship game ticket.

Boys basketball
Friday’s scores
Division 3AA
La Canada 61, Palm Springs 60
Division 4A
Buckley 56, Maranatha 53
Division 5AA
Muir 66, Santa Clara of Oxnard 62
Flintridge Prep beats Mission Prep (NEED FINAL)

Girls Hoops quarterfinals: Pasadena Poly punches ticket back into semis, Keppel still dancing, Duarte’s dream season comes to an end, Muir loses at Serra …

Girls Hoops
Tonight’s quarterfinals
All games at 7 p.m.
Division 2A

Keppel 44, Mayfair 36
Division 3AA
Serra at Muir
Division 4A
Cerritos Valley Christian 54, Duarte 45
St. Anthony at La Salle
Division 5AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart at St. Bernard
Division 5A
Pasadena Poly 61, Linfield Christian 42
Division 6AA
Mesa Grande at Mayfield
Lone Pine 58, AGBU Pasadena 54
Rio Hondo Prep 50, California Lutheran 39

Boys Soccer: La Canada plays old-fashioned survive and advance, beats Whittier Christian in PKs; St. Francis advances with 2-0 victory over Ventura

CIF-SS playoffs
Boys Soccer second round results
Division 1

St. Francis 2, Ventura 0
Division 5
La Canada 2, Whittier Christian 2; La Canada advances on PKs, 5-4
Victor Valley 3, Monrovia 1
Division 6
Marshall def. Coast Union in penalty shootout (that’s all I have).
Division 7
West Shores at Bosco Tech, 3 p.m.

Boys hoops quarterfinals: Muir gets uplifting win at home, La Canada stuns Bishop Montgomery in 2OT, Maranatha’s dream run still going …

By Keith Lair
The Muir High School boys basketball team figured out how to knock out pesky Bosco Tech, 58-54, in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA quarterfinals Tuesday night. All the Mustangs had to do was work the ball inside to Jelani Mitchell. Trailing 52-47 with 4:30 to play, the Mustangs outscored the Tigers 11-2 down the stretch. (To continue click thread)

Muir celebrates narrow win over Bosco Tech.

La Canada survives in double overtime: La Canada High School needed two overtimes to close out visiting Bishop Montgomery, 72-68, in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA boys basketball quarterfinal on Tuesday night.

Flint Prep crushes Blair: The top-seeded Flintridge Prep boys basketball team used a dominant second quarter to defeat visiting and ninth- seeded Blair, 79-57, in their CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA quarterfinal Tuesday night in the Crawford Family Gymnasium.

Hoops Roundup: Maranatha, Pasadena Poly and Rio Hondo Prep all advances; La Salle goes down.

Boys Hoops
Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Division 3AA

La Canada 72, Bishop Montgomery 68, 2 OT
Division 4A
Buckley 64, La Salle 57, OT
Maranatha 67, Ontario Christian 49
Division 5AA
Flintridge Prep 79, Blair 57
Muir 58, Bosco Tech 54
Division 5A
Pasadena Poly 55, Renaissance Academy 51
Division 6AA
Rio Hondo Prep 76, AGBU Pasadena 73

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Girls Soccer: FSHA survives penalty kick thriller; San Marino wins; Alverno goes down

Thursday’s quarterfinals set
Division 1
Flintridge Sacred Heart at Tesoro, 3 p.m.
Division 3
Flintridge Prep at Ayala, 3 p.m.
Division 4
Ramona Convent at Don Lugo, 3 p.m.
Division 6
South Pasadena at St. Margaret’s, 3 p.m.
Ocean View at San Marino, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Citrus Valley at Marshall, 3 p.m.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The better the opponent, the more Maribel Duran feels she rises to the occasion. Just from her body language and the way she was fighting defenders on fifty-fifty balls, the junior wasn’t going to leave anything for chance, delivering a dominating performance with a hat-trick against fourth-seed Alverno in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 girls soccer playoffs on Thursday. Not only did Maribel Duran score three goals, her freshman sister Daisy Duran scored the other, leading the Saints to a 4-1 victory and into the quarterfinals on Thursday, where the Saints (18-2-2) will be on the road against the Tahquitz-La Canada winner. (To continue reading click thread)

Girls Soccer
Tuesday’s second round results

Division 1
Flintridge Sacred Heart 0, Aliso Niguel 0, FSHA advances on Pks, 4-3
Division 3
Flintridge Prep 2, Cypress 1
Division 4
Ramona Convent 2, Santa Monica 1
Division 6
South Pasadena 1, Beaumont 0
San Marino 1, Sierra Vista 0
San Dimas 4, Alverno 0
Tahquitz 1, La Canada 1, Tahquitz advances on PKs, 4-3
Division 7
Marshall 2, St. Genevieve 1

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Maranatha hires Pete Karavedas as new football coach

By Aram Tolegian
Staff Writer

Maranatha High School named Whittier Christian defensive coordinator Pete Karavedas as its next head varsity football coach on Tuesday afternoon.

Karavedas spent the past four seasons at Whittier Christian, the last three as defensive coordinator, where he was part of a very successful run, that culminated with the Heralds finish last season 12-2 and reach the championship game of the Mid-Valley Division.

He replaces Joel Murphy, who resigned in January after compiling a 47-16 record in five seasons at the school.

“What I’m looking to do is take everything I’ve learned at Whittier Christian and bring it to Maranatha,” Karavedas said. “My goal has always been to become a head coach and when this opportunity came up, my eyes got wide because I knew it would be a good place to begin my career.”

Karavedas, 26, inherits a program on the rise thanks to the return of quarterback Andrew Elffers, who was dazzling as a sophomore and figures to become one of the top quarterback recruits on the West Coast over the next two seasons.

Elfers threw for 3,328 yards and 37 touchdowns as Maranatha finished 8-4 and reached the second round of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs.

“As a new head coach, it’s nice to be able to walk into a situation where you have the No. 1 sophomore quarterback in Southern California,” Karavedas said. “I got to coach against him last season, so I know. He passed for 330 yards against us. We’re going to build our offense around him for the next two years.”

Karavedas was a finalist for the Temple City job last season before pulling out toward the end of the process to remain at Whittier Christian.

Maranatha had contact earlier this month with South Hills coach Steve Bogan about the position before Bogan opted to remain at South Hills.

Aram’s take: Like it! Coach K was definitely ready for a head job and it looks like he’s stepping into a great situation for himself and the school, given his experience at a Christian school.