Boys Hoops quaterfinals: Huge night with several area teams going head-to-head for semifinal berths

The Westside is busy tonight and here is how we’re going to handle it. Keith Lair is covering what we feel is the biggest game of the night, Bosco Tech at Muir (which feels kind of strange, normally this is PHS hoops time of year, but times are changing). Tyler Drohen, one of our best up-and-coming correspondents, will be at La Canada and Nathan “have you seen him in those commercials” Cambridge will cover the Blair-Flintridge Prep special. Aram Tolegian will be busy working the phones to bring you results of Buckley at La Salle, Ontario Christian at Maranatha, Poly at Renaissance and RH Prep at Agbu so that we can have something written on all teams in Wednesday’s paper. Aram also will update scores on this thread tonight. Good luck all.

Boys Hoops pregame advance: After a disastrous travel situation last Friday night before winning its second-round playoff game on a last-second shot, the Muir High School boys basketball team will be very happy to be in its home gym tonight as the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs continue. The Mustangs had to scramble to secure travel arrangements for their game last Friday at Western Christian in Ontario and made it to the gym a minute before tip-off and 11 minutes before the game would have been a forfeit.

Boys Hoops
Tuesday’s quarterfinals, 7 p.m.Division 3AA

Bishop Montgomery at La Canada
Division 4A
Buckley at La Salle
Ontario Christian at Maranatha
Division 5AA
Blair at Flintridge Prep
Don Bosco Tech at Muir
Division 5A
Pasadena Poly at Renaissance Academy
Division 6AA
Rio Hondo Prep at AGBU Pasadena

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Miguel is on vacation, your back-up plan is here

Your prep editor is on vacation this week, but don’t blame him, all of us have to take at set amount of vacation or furlough by the end of March, and it was Miguel’s turn. So, I will do my best to keep up with my blog and this one for the rest of the week, so bare with me. Aram also will help out when he can posting scores and providing updates, so wake-up, it’s Monday morning and I’m ready to go … Really quick, if the FSHA girls soccer team doesn’t win CIF, I’m going to be extremely disappointed, because I think they’re the best team in Southern California, and that was based on what I saw last year … Hey, would love to watch a Maranatha-La Salle boys hoops semifinal, the Minutemen showed me a lot of heart in Friday’s win over Covina. Will have plenty more later…..Let’s start with your playoff schedule…

Hoops note: I forgot how many small schools advance each year, and there are some good ones, Blair at Flint Prep, RH Prep at AGBU, Pasadena Poly at Renaissance and Don Bosco Tech at Muir … BTW, don’t hate us if we can’t cover all of them, we will do the best we can. Aram will be in the office taking calls for games we can’t cover, our way of covering the most that we can with a short staff.
Boys Hoops
Tuesday’s quarterfinals, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA

Bishop Montgomery at La Canada
Division 4A
Buckley at La Salle
Ontario Christian at Maranatha
Division 5AA
Blair at Flintridge Prep
Don Bosco Tech at Muir
Division 5A
Pasadena Poly at Renaissance Academy
Division 6AA
Rio Hondo Prep at AGBU Pasadena

Girls soccer Note: Like I said, FSHA is something special, though I still think the Arcadia teams earlier this decade were just as good if not better, you know the ones with Brittany Klein and Co.. In any case, I’m covering Alverno at San Dimas tomorrow, and Keith Lair will be at Sierra Vista at San Marino.
Girls Soccer
Tuesday’s second round
All games at 3 p.m.

Division 1
Flintridge Sacred Heart at Aliso Niguel
Division 3
Cypress at Flintridge Prep
Division 6
Beaumont at South Pasadena
Sierra Vista at San Marino
Alverno at San Dimas
La Canada at Tahquitz
Division 7
ST. Genevieve at Marshall

Girls hoops note: Would love to see Muir win and face Diamond Ranch from our area on Saturday, provided the Ranch wins also. Keppel, what can you say, they’re always in the mix, and as usual, a handful of small area Pasadena schools are alive in the lower divisions.
Girls Hoops
Wednesday’s quarterfinals
All games at 7 p.m.
Division 2A

Mayfair at Keppel
Division 3AA
Serra at Muir
Division 4A
Duarte at Cerritos Valley Christian
St. Anthony at La Salle
Division 5AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart at St. Bernard
Division 5A
Pasadena Poly at Lifield Christian
Division 6AA
Mesa Grande at Mayfield
AGBU Pasadena at Lone Pine
Rio Hondo Prep at California Lutheran

Boys soccer note: Kind of surprised there are only a handful left this early in the second round. St. Francis is usually always the best, but La Canada from what I hear is the best this year. Lucky for them Mountain View was knocked out of the tournament. In any case, expect the Spartans to go deep, deep in the postseason.
Boys Soccer
Wednesday’s second round
all games at 3 p.m.

Division 1
St. Francis at Ventura
Division 5
Whittier Christian at La Canada
Victor Valley at Monrovia
Division 7
West Shores at Bosco Tech

Note: How silly is it that two San Gabriel Valley based teams have to go to Irvine to play a semifinal at 5 p.m.? They should call CIF and say thanks, but no thanks, we’ll do it right here at PCC where we can play in front of big home crowds, right? Well, I tried anyway. FYI, sorry South Pas, this St. Lucy’s team is gonna roll…
Girls Water Polo
Wednesday’s semifinals
Division 3

St. Lucy’s vs. South Pasadena at William Woollett Aquatic Center, Irvine, 5 p.m.

P.S., see you all on Tuesday, will have more….

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Girls Basketball: Flintridge Sacred Heart advances to next week’s quarterfinals; Post your scores here.

Here’s what you’ll see in Sunday’s paper:
Coverage of Workman-Flintridge Sacred Heart; 29 Palms-La Salle; and St. Anthony’s at South Pasadena. Be a pal, post your scores!

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
SECOND ROUND SCORES
DIVISION 1A
Arcadia at Edison
DIVISION 2A
Cypress at San Gabriel
Keppel at Sunny Hills
DIVISION 3AA
Sonora 47, Pasadena 30
Muir at Righetti
DIVISOIN 3A
Monrovia at Antelope Valley
DIVISION 4AA
Yorba Linda 56, Maranatha 49
La Canada at Bishop Montgomery
DIVISION 4A
Duarte 60, Estancia 48
29 Palms at La Salle
St. Anthony 66, South Pasadena 45
DIVISION 5AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart 77, Workman 50
DIVISION 5A
North City Christian at Pasadena Poly, 4 p.m.
DIVISION 6AA
Calvary Chapel at Mayfield
AGBU/Pasadena 55, Hesperia Christian 54
Temecula Prep at Rio Hondo Prep

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BHoops: Maranatha wins in a thriller, 54-52; La Salle shocks Paraclete, 66-44; Pasadena loses in second round to Upland, 56-51; I’ll post scores as they come in.

CLICK HERE FOR THE MARANATHA GAME STORY BY FRED J. ROBLEDO

MARANATHA FANS: MAKE SURE TO BUY SATURDAY’S PAPER, YOU’LL LOVE THE PHOTO THAT GOES ALONG WITH THE STORY. OUR KEITH BIRMINGHAM SHOT IT. A TRUE PRO.

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY FROM FRIDAY’S COVINA-MARANATHA GAME

Here’s what you’ll see in Saturday’s paper:
Coverage of Maranatha at Covina; Northview at St. Francis; Pasadena at Upland; and Paraclete at La Salle. Be a pal, post your scores! If you have my cell number, feel free to text me your final score.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
SECOND ROUND SCORES
DIVISION 1AA

Upland 56, Pasadena 51
DIVISION 2A
Segerstrom 53, Keppel 51
DIVISION 3AA
La Canada 48, Pacific Hills 38
DIVISION 4AA
Orange Lutheran 83, Gabrielino 45
Northview 66, St. Francis 54
DIVISION 4A
La Salle 61, Paraclete 44
Maranatha 54, Covina 52
DIVISION 5AA
Flintridge Prep 75, Whitney 46
Blair 73, Crossroads 65
Muir 55, Western Christian 54
Bosco Tech 55, Fairmont Prep 54
DIVISION 5A
Renaissance Academy 56, Mary Star 40
Pasadena Poly 64, Saddleback Valley Christian 61
DIVISION 6AA
AGBU/Pasadena 65, Pacific Christian 61
Rio Hondo Prep 70, Rolling Hills Prep 49

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Girls Basketball: Monrovia turns up the heat, dispatches La Mirada 55-32; Arcadia beats Santa Fe to advance; La Caada shocks St. Lucy’s; Post your scores here.

Click here for a photo gallery from Thursday’s Monrovia-La Mirada game

Click here to read the La Caada-St. Lucy’s story.

Click here for a photo gallery from Thursday’s La Caada-St. Lucy’s game

By Miguel A. Melendez Staff Writer

MONROVIA — It’s not often teams can flip a switch and shift into third gear.

But that’s exactly what the Monrovia High School girls basketball team did, taking off in the second quarter and never looking back for a 55-32 win over La Mirada in the opening round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs Thursday night.

La Mirada (9-15) seemingly looked to be in complete control after opening the first quarter on an impressive 10-2 run.

Monrovia (17-6) by then had had enough, building its own 11-2 run to turn the tables on the talented but still young Matadores.

Monrovia will be on the road Saturday against the Notre Dame-Antelope Valley winner in the second round. Click on thread to continue reading.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND
THURSDAY’S SCORES
DIVISION 1A

Arcadia 58, Santa Fe 49
DIVISION 2A
San Gabriel 44, Culver City 41
Keppel 53, Whittier Christian 42
DIVISION 3AA
Pasadena 45, Godinez 24
Peninsula 59, Rosemead 19
Muir 52, Arlington 46
DIVISION 3A
Monrovia 55, La Mirada 32
DIVISION 4AA
Paso Robles 42, Flintridge Prep 32
Maranatha 59, Gabrielino 32
La Caada 52, St. Lucy’s 40
DIVISION 4A
Burroughs 72, Blair 65
La Salle 42, Notre Dame Academy 37
Duarte 64, El Segundo 41
San Marino 58, Santa Ynez 49, OT
South Pasadena 78, Costa Mesa 38
DIVISION 5AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart 57, Alverno 32
DIVISION 5A
Pasadena Poly, bye
DIVISION 6AA
Mayfield 68, San Jacinto Valley Academy 47
AGBU/Pasadena 64, Newbury Park Adventist 39
Rio Hondo Prep 43, Capistrano Valley Christian 18


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