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


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.

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

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

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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