Boys Basketball: La Caada dispatches Inglewood, headed to next week’s CIF State Southern California Regional championship game at USC’s Galen Center.

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By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

LA CAADA FLINTRIDGE – Mike McGlashan drove to the hoop. Instead of continuing to the basket on his way up, he stopped and took a fadeaway shot that banked in.
The next time down the court, the La Caada High School senior drove and took a scoop shot. It went in.

Those two baskets put the Spartans in front for the final time as they defeated visiting Inglewood 60-50 to advance to the CIF State boys basketball Southern California Regional final for the first time.

The Spartans, the top seed in Division III and the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA champion, will play La Verne Lutheran for the title next Saturday at USC’s Galen Center.

“After a season like this, how can it not fall?” McGlashan said of those shots. “Everything was falling. I just knew I had to get to the basket.”

The baskets ended a tight, well-executed game that featured 11 lead changes. McGlashan scored all six of his 20 points in a key fourth-quarter run.

La Caada trailed 46-45 when he drove to the basket and banked in a 4-footer to tie the score with 4:24 to play.

He then made a fadeaway jumper for a 49-47 lead, Jamie Harper missed from 21 feet and McGlashan made the scoop shot.

“I didn’t expect them to go in and each one went in,” Matt Faber said. “It was, `Thank you, Mikey.’ ”

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Girls Soccer: Tologs can’t keep up with Oaks Christian.

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By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

DOWNEY – Alexandra Courtnall inherited her speed from her father Russ, who played in the NHL for 15 years, including his final two with the Kings. His daughter used her speed to lead Oaks Christian past top-seeded Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 3-1 in Saturday’s CIF State Division III Southern California Regional soccer championship at Warren High.

Courtnall first sprinted by Tologs defender Natalie Zeenni to score three minutes into the game, and then got past defender Alexa Montgomery for a goal 15 minutes later to lead the Lions to victory in the region’s lone girls game featuring CIF-Southern Section teams.

“I did not know she was that good,” Zeenni said. “We were completely caught off-guard, which explains the first goal. It is definitely our fault. She is an amazing player.”

Courtnall, who’ll play at UCLA next year and is a member of the Canadian national junior team, took a long diagonal pass from Mandi Duncan three minutes into the game. Zeenni tried grabbing her jersey to slow her down, and Courtnall beat her to the ball for a relatively easy goal.

“I was completely shocked,” Courtnall said. “I did not think we were going to go up that quickly in the game. I heard they were an amazing team, and we were prepared for anything.”

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CIF State Playoffs: La Caada boys win in dramatic fashion, Flintridge Sacred Heart girls soccer also advances; Flintridge Prep boys and Pasadena Poly girls lose in second round of Southern California Regionals.

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CIF STATE
SOCAL REGIONAL
SECOND ROUND
BOYS BASKETBALL
DIVISION 3

La Caada 43, Crespi 42
DIVISION 5
St. Bernard 68, Flintridge Prep 54

GIRLS BASKETBALL
DIVISION 5

Central Valley Christian 67, Pasadena Poly 52

GIRLS SOCCER
DIVISION 3

Flintridge Sacred Heart 3, St. Margaret’s 0

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Baseball: Arcadia takes risk, wins anyway and will visit San Dimas at 6:45 tonight for Elks Tournament title.

ELKS TOURNAMENT
CHAMPIONSHIP
Arcadia (2-1) at San Dimas (3-0), 6:45 p.m.

The game seemingly in hand, Arcadia baseball coach Nick Lemas made the decision to give a few of his pitchers a chance to show their stuff.

It’s an instinct most coaches follow, but one that nearly came back to bite the Apaches, whose four-run lead and chance of a shutout dissipated in the bottom of the sixth inning against Temple City in Tuesday’s semifinals of the Elks Tournament.

“It’s a tough decision sometimes because you have the natural instinct to want to finish a team,” Lemas said. “On the other side, it’s early in the year and you want to see what other guys can do, and it can end up costing you the game.”

Junior pitcher Erik Trask pitched five scoreless innings, gave up one hit and struck out seven before giving way to relievers Trevor Gleason, Nick Sergi and Darren Kerfoot, who closed the game to give the Apaches (2-1) a 4-3 win.

“You try to make good decisions,” Lemas said. “We were lucky we were able to get a couple pitchers, see what they could do in certain situations and still come away with the win.”

As a result, Arcadia moves on to the tournament final against host San Dimas (3-0) tonight at 6:30.

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Girls Basketball: Poly’s Richard-Craven is football tough

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

PASADENA — A football player made the difference in a CIF State girls basketball playoff game Tuesday night.

Jade Richard-Craven played on the special teams and in the secondary for the Pasadena Poly football team. Tuesday at Poly, that football conditioning was evident in a 63-33 victory over Vincent Memorial of Calexico in a CIF State Division 5 Southern California Regional first-round game.

She had a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds and got the CIF-Southern Section champion Panthers going when Michelle Miller couldn’t seem to buy a basket.

“She’s strong and mentally tough,” Poly coach Kim Weber said. “It’s tough to have to play with all those guys. What she does doesn’t show up in the stats.”

Richard-Craven made 9 of 15 shots, nearly all from the 15-foot range. Miller, who’s averaging 33.3 points per game, scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-27 shooting.

“Michelle’s on is 46 points,” Richard-Craven said. “Her off is still 20, 25, so we’re going to be fine.

“All the other starters need to pick up the slack, score when we can and get rebounds.”

Early in the game, it was the 5-foot-7, 140-pound senior who seemed to get the Panthers going. With Poly trailing 5-4, she hit back-to-back jumpers and Poly (27-2) found its rhythm. The Panthers had missed eight consecutive shots before Richard-Craven’s two makes.

Miller scored four consecutive layups, all but one off turnovers under the basket, and the Panthers outscored the Scots 14-0 to close out the second quarter.

Courtney Foster’s 18-footer to start the third quarter made it 31-11.

Richard-Craven had 10 points at the half and scored eight more in the third quarter. Poly led 45-16 midway through the quarter.

“Training with the boys, I physically had to push hard in training myself,” she said. “Playing with the girl is relatively easier. I’m not getting winded on the court.”

It was likely her final home game and there were no seats remaining in the gym.

“She played like it was her very last game,” Weber said. “She played so well. Defensively, she had been so amazing for us.”

The Panthers, the sixth seed, will play at Visalia’s Central Valley Christian on Thursday. The No. 3 Cavaliers defeated Redlands Adventist on Tuesday.

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CIF State Playoffs: Flintridge Prep boys, Pasadena Poly girls advance to Thursday’s second round; Muir, Maranatha boys basketball teams fall on road.

CIF STATE PLAYOFFS
SOCAL REGIONAL
FIRST ROUND
BOYS BASKETBALL
DIVISION III

La Canada, bye
DIVISION IV
LACES 60, Muir 52
Central Valley Christian 79, Maranatha 72
DIVISION V
Flintridge Prep 98, Tranquility 30

GIRLS BASKETBALL
DIVISION II

Palisades Charter 67, Keppel 57
DIVISION IV
Duarte at Oaks Christian, 7 p.m.
DIVISION V
Horizon 80, Rio Hondo Prep 36
Pasadena Poly 63, Vincent Memorial 33

GIRLS SOCCER
CIF SOCAL REGIONALS
DIVISION III
FIRST ROUND

Flnitridge Sacred Heart 6, Horizon Christian Academy 1

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Baseball: Elks Tournament semifinals today at 3:15 p.m.

With CIF State playoffs dominating today we won’t get a chance to go out today, but here’s hoping you guys post scores here along with what games you think should be covered later this week and into next week.

ELKS TOURNAMENT
TODAY’S SCHEDULE
SEMIFINALS

San Dimas (2-0) at Monrovia (2-0), 3:15 p.m.
Arcadia (1-1) at Temple City (2-0), 3:15 p.m.
Arcadia advanced pool play, allowing least runs

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Football: Patience pays dividends for Muir’s Holmes Jr.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

PASADENA – Karl Holmes Jr. called an audible.

It wasn’t part of the plan, but the senior wide receiver from Muir High School listened to his coaches when they advised him to wait before signing a national letter of intent in early February to Sacramento State, which wanted him to grayshirt.

Holmes took their advice. He waited and grew nervous after a friend also waited, only to have his offer pulled off the table because he waited too long.

Not long after, Muir offensive coordinator Antyone Sims called Holmes with some news.

“Coach Sims called me and said get your transcripts and send them to ASU,” Holmes recalled. “I was shocked. That’s Pac-12. I knew I could compete, but at the Pac-12 level, that sounds crazy.”

Crazy indeed, but only for those who missed out on a 6-foot-3 speedy wideout whom Sims said Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson dubbed a “diamond in the rough.”

Sims also said Erickson and his coaching staff got wind of Holmes while watching his highlight film on YouTube. Communication began, and Holmes was invited on a recruiting trip, which he took last week with his mother, Wanda Martin.

He landed in Tempe on Thursday. By Friday, Holmes had an offer.

“I’m just thankful they saw it on YouTube,” Martin said. “This was just God opening another door for him.”

Holmes celebrated with an announcement Monday afternoon at the school’s library flanked by family, coaches, teammates and school administrators.

Holmes almost didn’t make it to Arizona State. He pondered hard about signing with Sacramento State, grayshirting and attending Pasadena City College.


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BHoops: Crowning achievement for Flintridge Prep.

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By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

SANTA ANA – Whatever halftime speech Flintridge Prep boys basketball coach Garrett Ohara gave, he should type it, print it, bottle it and sell it.

It was exactly what the Rebels needed as they withstood Muir’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer to preserve a 47-44 win in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA championship game Saturday night at Mater Dei High School.

Flintridge Prep (23-6), in winning its first CIF-SS crown, avenged its 2004 defeat at the hands of Verbum Dei in the Division IV-AA title game. Muir (18-11) was making its first finals appearance since 1996, when it beat Bishop Montgomery for the Division III-AA championship.

Muir had the ball with 2.4 seconds left Saturday, and inbounded the ball from its sideline. Senior Justin Knoweles dribbled behind the 3-point line and got off a shot that would have tied the game at the buzzer, but he missed the rim, sending Flintridge Prep into a frenzy.

“I was just like, `Please, please, please don’t go in,’ ” said Robert Cartwright, a freshman guard who finished with seven points, four rebounds and three steals.

Flintridge Prep’s Kory Hamane got off a shot with less than 10 seconds remaining to try to extend the lead, but it bounced off the front of the rim.

Kenyatta Smith tapped the ball into the hands of Knoweles, who dribbled it up the Muir sideline before calling a timeout.

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