Baseball: Arcadia flies in 2-0 win over Pasadena

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

PASADENA – Usually, the Arcadia High School baseball team relies on the big bat, but that’s not the case this season.

The Apaches have to find imaginative ways to manufacture runs, and on Tuesday, a sacrifice bunt became a sacrifice fly, and the Apaches scored their only other run on another sacrifice fly en route to a 2-0 victory over host Pasadena.

“There’s pressure to win games because we don’t score any runs,” Arcadia coach Nick Lemas said. “It would be nice to get a base hit to score some runs.”

It was the Apaches’ 25th consecutive Pacific League victory. The Bulldogs, though, didn’t make Arcadia’s eighth league win this season easy by any means.

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BREAKING NEWS: Monrovia’s Derrick Johnson pleads not guilty to six counts, including attempted murder.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

A Monrovia High School senior and standout football player pleaded not guilty Monday in Fontana Court to charges of attempted murder, attempted robbery, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.

Derrick Johnson, 18, of Monrovia, was arrested Wednesday following a botched robbery and shooting in Fontana.

He entered his plea at an in-custody arraignment and is being held in lieu of $1.425 million bail, court officials said.

Johnson is due back in court May 3, for a preliminary hearing, officials said. He is being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. A court official said Johnson has not been assigned a public defender.

School officials, family members and others who know Johnson refused to speak about the arrest Monday.

Monrovia Unified School District superintendent Linda Wagner and Monrovia High principal Darvin Jackson did not return calls seeking comment. Monrovia athletic director Randy Bell and Monrovia football coach Ryan Maddox declined to comment.

Terry Brown, Johnson’s sister, also declined to comment Monday.

Johnson starred at linebacker for the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia Wildcats. During the 2010 season, the All-CIF selection recorded 110 tackles and had three sacks. He was named Rio Hondo League Linebacker of the Year. Johnson was also named to this newspaper’s All-San Gabriel Valley Team, which combines football players from both the east and west sides of the San Gabriel Valley.

Police said the shooting took place Wednesday after two teens, one of which is alleged to be Johnson, pointed a revolver at two brothers in the 14200 block of Baseline Avenue.

Fontana police Sgt. Billy Green said the brothers, aged 22 and 16, were waiting for their parents to finish work cleaning a nearby pre-school.

The brothers were approached by the gunmen and asked if they wanted to buy some marijuana, Green said.

When the brothers declined, one of the suspects produced a handgun and demanded money. The brothers said they didn’t have any money, and ran away.

Shots were fired and the 22-year-old was hit twice, once in the left side of his body and once in his buttocks, Green said.

Following the incident, the shooters fled on foot. Johnson and a 17-year-old accomplice, who was not identified by police, were apprehended a short time later at a nearby housing development, Green said.

The arrests occurred at a housing complex in the 14000 block of Bancroft Court in Fontana, slightly more than a mile from the shooting location, Green said.

Green was not sure whether police discovered a handgun, or how much, if any, marijuana was recovered.

Staff Writers Aram Tolegian and J.D. Velasco contributed to this story.

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Basketball: Eighth Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic is a clean sweep for the Tribune

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8th ANNUAL TRIBUNE/STAR-NEWS
ALL-STAR GAME
Boys:
Tribune 98, Star-News 87, Star-News leads series, 5-3.
Girls: Tribune 80, Star-News 69, Star-News leads series, 5-3.

For the first time in the eight year history of the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic, the Tribune team brought out the brooms, sweeping the Star-News in the boys and girls games at Damien High School. The Tribune girls also won the 3-point contest, led by Bonita’s Madison Zylstra. The Tribune’s Bruce English (below) won the dunk contest, gonig airborne and throwing a one-handed dunk on his final attempt. Maranatha’s Mian Dingle was selected the Star-News player of the game and Pasadena Poly’s Daniel Wohl was the boys Star-News player of the game. The Tribune girls won 80-69 and the boys won 98-87.

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Basektball: Poly duo will be friendly foes in college.

EIGHTH ANNUAL ALL-STAR
BASKETBALL CLASSIC
When:
Saturday, April 23
Where: Damien High School
Girl’s game: 4:00 p.m.
Boy’s game: 6:00 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $5 students/children

LAST YEAR…
Girls game: Star-News 72, Tribune 67
Boys game: Tribune 118, Star-News 111, OT

SERIES RECORD
Boys Star-News leads series, 5-2
Girls Star-News leads series, 5-2

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

The trash talking started a few months ago. It’s gone back and forth since.

With the high school basketball season long past them, Pasadena Poly seniors Daniel Wohl and Hunter Merryman can’t help starting the rivalry as opposing foes on college teams that play in the same conference.

Wohl, a 6-foot-5 wing guard, will play at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Merryman, a 6-6 forward, will play at Middlebury College in Vermont.

So, why all the talk?

Williams and Middlebury play in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, and each reached the NCAA Division III Final Four this season.

Wohl had bragging rights after Williams won the first meeting, 69-64. Merryman got some payback when Middlebury won 63-54 in the NESCAC championship game.

Wohl contends the series is even. Merryman argued beating Williams in the conference tournament title game carries more weight and gives Middlebury the upper hand.

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Baseball Rankings: Arcadia’s KJ Edson doing his job, but a little more run support would make things easier.

STAR-NEWS TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Miguel A. Melendez

1. Arcadia (14-3)
Big win over Crescenta Valley

2. La Salle (11-6)
6-3 in Del Rey League

3. Alhambra (12-3)
Easy street from here on out

4. Pasadena (12-5-1)
Bulldogs back in action

5. Pasadena Poly (11-2-1)
Big win over Monrovia

6. Monrovia (8-8-1)
Visits Temple City on Friday

7. Temple City (10-6)
Winner of last two

8. St. Francis (8-10)
Bell Gardens, La Salle next

9. Flintridge Prep (9-5)

Home-and-home vs. Poly

10. Duarte (7-7)
Lost twice to La Puente

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Softball Rankings: Keppel making noise in Almont Lg.

STAR-NEWS TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Keith Lair

1. La Caada (12-3)
Beat San Marino, Temple City

2. Duarte (14-1)
Hasn’t lost since opener

3. Keppel (10-5)
6-4 win over Alhambra

4. San Marino (9-5)

Time to step up

5. Flintridge Prep (7-2)
5-0 in competitive league

6. Monrovia (11-7-1)
Plays La Caada today

7. Maranatha (8-5-1)
In Las Vegas tournament

8. Ramona Convent (8-4)
Two big games this week

9. Temple City (9-8)
Four consecutive losses

10. Alhambra (8-8)
In four-way tie for league lead

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Baseball: Burroughs cancels remainder of the season amid turmoil; Pasadena and Arcadia earn forfeit wins.

The Burroughs High School administration has canceled the remainder of the baseball season, according to the Burbank Leader newspaper. In the report, a baseball player who spoke on condition of anonymity said the disciplinary action stemmed from an incident a few weeks ago where a large number of players were served alcohol by a Burroughs assistant coach. The player declined to name the assistant coach.

The school released a statement Tuesday that during a trip to Arizona, “an adult coach purchased beer and made it available to students while in their hotel rooms. Eleven team members admitted to drinking beer during this incident. Seven team members admitted to being aware of the beer but not participating in the drinking.”

The newspaper reported that other Pacific League baseball coaches and administrators got word from Burroughs about the cancelation. Pasadena coach Mike Parisi confirmed the news. Burroughs was scheduled to visit Arcadia on Friday. Instead, the Apaches will earn a forfeit win on their schedule. Arcadia beat Burroughs 4-2 in the first meeting on March 22. Pasadena, which lost the first meeting, 3-1, was scheduled to play host to Burroughs on April 29.

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Football: Nick Bueno’s future still up in the air.

Monrovia quarterback Nick Bueno is leaning towards playing football and baseball at Cal Lutheran but he still is considering his options.

Bueno, the Star-News Player of the Year, said he e-mailed Cal Lutheran football coach Ben McEnroe on Sunday to say he was playing for the Kingsmen next season. However, an e-mail from Colorado State on Monday night — along with renewed interest from Northern Arizona — could potentially change the course.

Bueno, who passed for 1,828 yards and rushed for 1,513 yards for a combined 37 touchdowns and led the Wildcats to their first CIF-SS championship in 10 tries, had considered focusing on playing baseball at Cal State Northridge as early as three weeks ago. But while playing at the Passing Down SoCal Elite 7-on-7 Tournament in Newport Beach over the weekend, Bueno’s desire for playing college football intensified.

In an e-mail to Bueno, Cal Lutheran coach Ben McEnroe wrote stating they’d like him “to play cornerback and return specialist with potential to run some wildcat packages” adding that “we’re open to having you play slot or quarterback, but it’s my feeling we can get you on the field sooner at cornerback.”

Cal Lutheran is a Division III school, meaning athletes are not bound to the school through a letter intent like, say, a Division I athlete. McEnroe stressed that issue in a Ventura County Star report.

“Part of the challenge is a kid can love us and we can love them, but if he doesn’t get enough money, it’s not going to happen,” McEnroe told the Ventura County Star. “We have to recruit around six to eight guys to get one.”

When asked if things could change if Colorado State allowed him to play football and baseball, Bueno, who batted .440 with 24 stolen bases and was voted Rio Hondo League co-MVP and a first-team All-CIF as a junior, said it could.

“There’s a chance,” he said. “I’d like to hear that first from them that I can play both sports.”

So …

“To say he’s going to Cal Lutheran would be jumping the gun, I would say,” Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox said.

Stay tuned…

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