Basketball: Tribune/Star-News senior all-star practices set, girls start Tuesday and boys start Wednesday.

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

Note: If your coach/AD has not given you notification and you’re on this list, please email me at miguel.melendez@sgvn.com

BOYS PRACTICE TIMES: Wednesday 7-8:30 p.m. and Thursday 7-8:30 p.m. at La Caada HS. Email coach Tom Hofman at thofman@yahoo.com

GIRLS PRACTICE TIMES: Tuesday 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Pasadena Poly. Email coach Hon Trieu at trieu77@yahoo.com

CLICK HERE FOR THE TRIBUNE ALL-STAR ROSTERS

Congratulations to the 16 seniors from each team on the list!

2011 PASADENA STAR-NEWS ALL-STARS
BOYS ROSTER

Coach: Tom Hofman, La Caada
Center: Kenyatta Smith, Flintridge Prep
Forward: Matt Faber, La Caada
Forward: Nick Holden, Pasadena
Forward: Stephen Van Spronsen, Maranatha
Forward: Daniel Wohl, Pasadena Poly
Forward: Hunter Merryman, Pasadena Poly
Forward: Justin Young, Keppel
Forward: Kishon Sanders, La Salle
Guard: Jared Norsworthy, Flintridge Prep
Guard: Mike McGlashan, La Caada
Guard: Dario CiVon, La Caada
Guard: Justin Knowles, Muir
Guard: Austin Daniels, Pasadena
Guard: Josh Chamberlain, Maranatha
Guard: Kiran Koneru, Arcadia
Guard: Jay Henderson, Monrovia
Guard: Ceandre Cade, Blair

GIRLS ROSTER

Coach: Hon Trieu, Keppel
Forward: Hannah Martin, Rio Hondo Prep
Forward: Mian Dingle, Maranatha
Forward: Ashley Cook, Monrovia
Forward: Itos Aikhionbare, La Salle
Guard: Charley Parker, Rio Hondo Prep
Guard: Bryttne Nakamura, Keppel
Guard: Brittani Hirose, Keppel
Guard: Ahsia Owens, Muir
Guard: Kaila Turner, Maranatha
Guard: Vanessa Romero, Flintridge Sacred Heart
Guard: Kelsey Lee, South Pasadena
Guard: Dejanae Gibson, Blair
Guard: Kristine Hossepian, La Caada
Guard: Remi Kohno, San Marino
Guard: Julianna Okamoto, Arcadia
Guard: Jade Richard-Craven, Pasadena Poly

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

From a few years ago…

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Baseball: Bishop Amat blows out La Salle in 5 innings.

Here’s the box score. It pretty much tells the story, but I’ll write one anyway. Just an FYI, the story will not appear in the paper because of space issues. Think of it as a blog exclusive.

By Miguel A. Melendez Staff Writer

PASADENA — It was over before it ever began.

Well, almost.

Bishop Amat pounded La Salle with four home runs and a 14-run lead in just three innings, completing the Del Rey Leauge series sweep with a 14-1 win in five innings Friday afternoon at La Salle.

La Salle (10-6, 5-3) will have to wait until next season for a chance to earn its first ever win over Bishop Amat (14-2, 8-0) in league history. That La Salle was going to have to wait until then was made very clear from the beginning.

Bishop Amat loaded the bases in the first and Jay Anderson jumped on the first pitch for a grand slam to start the offensive explosion. Fellow senior Rio Ruiz connected for a two-run double in the second and followed it up with a three-run home run in the third to make it a rout. Ryan Serrato and Bernardo Zavala also homered for Bishop Amat.

La salle coach Harry Agajanian was clearly upset with La Salle’s inability to get up for a game despite taking Bishop Amat to nine innings before losing 3-2 earlier this week.

“It was miserable,” he said. “It was disgusting and I’m embarrassed for our team and I’m embarrassed for myself and the school on our performance today.”

Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto said that the field dimensions paved the way for home runs.

“Maybe a couple of them hit the gap, but a few of them are definitely caught (at Bishop Amat),” he said. “It’s one of those games you hope you never get to at this park when you deal with those kind of parameters.”

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Boys Basketball All-Area: McGlashan’s just plain cool.

PASADENA STAR-NEWS
2011 ALL-AREA TEAM

Player of the Year: Mike McGlashan, La Caada, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Tom Hofman, La Caada, 25th season.

FIRST TEAM
Center: Kenyatta Smith, Flintridge Prep, Sr.
Forward/Guard: Daniel Wohl, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Guard: Josh Chamberlain, Maranatha, Sr.
Guard: Austin Daniels, Pasadena, Sr.
Guard: Jelani Mitchell, Muir, So.

SECOND TEAM
Forward; Hunter Merryman, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Forward: Matt Faber, La Caada, Sr.
Guard: Jared Norsworthy, Flintridge Prep, Sr.
Guard: Jeremy Major, Maranatha, So.
Guard: Matthew Santos, Bosco Tech, Jr.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

The body of evidence points to Mike McGlashan reaching the local pantheon of high school basketball.

The exclamation to a stellar career came when the senior point guard led La Caada to a CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA championship when nobody had the Spartans getting past the second round.

The road there was the most rigorous in any of Tom Hofman’s 25 seasons as La Caada head coach, he said, and in their quest to raise a CIF championship banner, the Spartans (30-4 overall, 10-0 Rio Hondo League) debunked the theory that a public high school can’t win with homegrown talent.

At the forefront of it all was McGlashan, who averaged 17.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and two steals. There was a cool elegance to McGlashan’s game, which had no weakness. The spot-up shooting specialist was most dangerous slicing past defenders and attacking the basket. He was a stone-cold defender who fed on fast breaks. If nothing else, McGlashan’s superb leadership coupled with proficient ball handling made him one of the premiere guards in the Southern Section.

The standout was voted the Rio Hondo League’s MVP and the Division 3AA Player of the Year.

The trifecta, however, is now complete, as McGlashan is the Pasadena Star-News Player of the Year.

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Softball: Former South Pasadena standout Cassie Gogreve hits a walk-off grand slam to beat Ohio State.

Watch after Gogreve rounds home, that’s when coaches dumped a cooler of water on her and the team sings the fight song. If you’re wondering, Cassie’s sister and also a former South Pasadena standout Shelby Gogreve (wearing #00 with a long pony tail) is the Hoosiers’ third baseman. Indiana last season won a total of 12 games, but so far they are 24-15 and are tied for second in the Big Ten. They split with No. 3-ranked Michigan last week and swept Penn State and Ohio State. Click here to read the game recap on the school’s website.

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Girls Basketball All-Area: Pasadena Poly’s Michelle Miller has etched her name in Southern California lore.

PASADENA STAR-NEWS
2011 ALL-AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL
Player of the Year:
Michelle Miller, Junior, Guard, Pasadena Poly
Coach of the Year: Hon Trieu, Keppel

FIRST TEAM
Guard: Gina Henderson, Junior, Monrovia
Guard: Ahsia Owens, Senior, Muir
Guard/Forward: Imari Brown, Sophomore, Duarte
Forward:Alyson Lock, Sophomore, Keppel
Center: Mian Dingle, Senior, Maranatha

SECOND TEAM
Guard: Julianna Okamoto, Senior, Arcadia
Guard: Jade Richard-Craven, Senior, Pasadena Poly
Guard: Vanessa Romero, Senior, Flintridge Sacred Heart
Forward: Itos Aikenbare, Senior, La Salle
Forward: Charley Parker, Senior, Rio Hondo Prep

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

When it’s all said and done, Pasadena Poly’s Michelle Miller could be one of the best to ever play basketball in the CIF-Southern Section’s storied history.

Consider:

Miller led the Panthers to a CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA championship this season. She was voted CIF-SS Division 5AA Player of the Year and finished her junior season as the state’s scoring leader by averaging 33 points along with 13 rebounds, 2.9 steals, 2.1 assists and 1.9 blocked shots.

With seemingly every goal accomplished, what’s left to conquer on the court?

Funny you should ask.

Miller is on pace to finish second all-time in the Southern Section for most points in a career behind Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller (3,446). Michelle Miller already etched her name in Southern Section lore when this season she became No. 5 on the list of players with most points in a season (990) and passed the likes of another legend, three-time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic champion Lisa Leslie.

“To even be mentioned in the same sentence as Cheryl Miller is an incredible honor,” she said.

“I think that it would be an incredible culmination of my years of dedication and practice to reach the top of the CIF-SS scoring list.”

She has a 5.0 GPA (yes, 5.0) and has her sights set on playing at USC, with hopes of earning a guaranteed spot into medical school through USC’s B.A./M.D. program. Harvard and Princeton round out the top three schools she’s considering.

Miller’s a three-sport star who spends more time acknowledging her coaches, trainers and teammates instead of the God-given ability that’s allowed her to seemingly dominate every facet of her life.

For her prowess, remaining humble through it all and leading the Panthers to their second CIF basketball championship, Miller is the Pasadena Star-News Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.

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Baseball: Did La Salle’s Michael Pedote get robbed of a triple? You be the judge if he touched second base, or not as the umpire ruled Tuesday afternoon vs. Amat.

There were some bizarre plays, from the home plate umpire forgetting the count twice and then when La Salle’s Michael Pedote ruled out at second, negating his triple to deep center after the umpire ruled he did not touch second base.

“Umpire says he missed the base, and that’s his call,” La Salle coach Harry Agajanian. “He was in position so I couldn’t argue with him. I saw some dirt on top of the base, but that could have been from a previous play.”

And here’s the beauty of technology, it’s everywhere these days, including that play in a video below. Make the call.

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Baseball: La Salle’s first win over Bishop Amat elusive

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By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

With a masterful pitching duel on full display, perhaps it was fitting that La Salle and Bishop Amat needed extra innings to decide who would be in the driver’s seat in the Del Rey League. Brandon Castaeda hit a hard line drive over the shortstop and into the center gap that scored Adam Alcantara to give Bishop Amat a gritty 3-2 win in nine innings in front of a standing-room only crowd Tuesday afternoon.

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Sneak peek to Frontline’s investigation on high school football and its new intensity. Airs tonight at 6 on PBS.

High school football players’ size, speed and strength have increased dramatically in the past 10 years. In “Football High,” FRONTLINE investigates the new intensity of the sport and if enough is being done to protect the kids — who suffer an est. 60,000 concussions each year. On air and online Tuesday night at 6 on PBS. Worth for every high school football coach and player to watch.

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Baseball: La Salle suffers first Del Rey League loss to Bishop Amat after ruling says postponed game is final.

It’s going to be a busy week for La Salle (10-3, 5-0), which visits Bishop Amat (11-2, 5-0) at 3:15 today in a Del Rey League showdown.

On Friday, Bishop Amat visits La Salle, and the first game between the teams this season that was suspended because of rain likely won’t resume, La Salle coach Harry Agajanian said.

“It’s supposed to start at 3:15 but we got word from the umpire assigner that they are not going to allow us to play that,” he said. “That’s what my (athletic director) said. In that case, it’ll end up an 8-4 ballgame called in the sixth.”

Agajanian said he’ll know today whether Bishop Amat got the same word. If so, that would hand the Lancers their first league loss of the season. The unofficial result on March 23 had Bishop Amat leading 9-4 in the bottom of the seventh with one out. Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto and Agajanian agreed before the game that if the game was interrupted because of rain they would resume play at the next La Salle home game.

“At that time we wanted to continue,” Agajanian said. “(Bishop Amat’s) pitcher was still comfortable but the umpire made the call. They’re looking out in the interest of safety.”

Here is the official ruling from the umpire assigner, per Harry Agajanian via e-mail:

Please refer to rule 4 section 2, Art. 3 and subsection b. …”If the game is called when the teams have not had an equal number of completed turns at bat, the score shall be the same as it was at the end of the last completed inning:” This is the National Federation of State High Schools Associations, i.e., the rules we play by. This situation is also covered in the Federation Case Book p. 40. See “Called Game” 4.3.1 Situation A and 4.3.1 Situation B Ruling.

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Baseball: Pasadena’s Parisi is a bearer of good news

Mike Parisi couldn’t help shooting off a text message to update a reporter about his team’s recent comeback.

It’s not unusual for the Pasadena baseball coach to send weekly – and sometimes, daily – updates, but what made this particular text unusual was the circumstance in which Parisi found himself that afternoon on April 6.

Parisi was on his way to Huntington Memorial Hospital with his fianc Kimberly Kelly Rino, who was about to give birth.

“I’m in the hospital,” the text message started, “daughter going to be born soon.”

Then the comeback.

“Pasadena scores (two runs) in the bottom of the (seventh) to win it over North Torrance,” it said. “(Pasadena pitcher William) Yost goes 5-0, win (number) 11 as a team. (Assistant coach Jordan) Larson wins his first.”

When asked why he’d go to great lengths during one of the most important times of his life, Parisi didn’t hesitate.

“I’m a gamer,” he said. “Love my kids in my program.”

Not long after, Parisi sent another text message, this time to longtime friend and Colorado Rockies star Troy Tulowitzki.

“I’m buddies with Troy,” Parisi said. “I had sent him a text message and told him, `You need to hit a home run for her.”‘

About an hour before game time, Parisi said Tulowitzki replied: “I’m going deep for her.”

He did. Tulowitzki’s two-run home run in the fourth inning helped the Rockies beat the Dodgers, 7-5.

A home run for Zo Michela Parisi, born weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces to a beaming Parisi, who is a father for the first time.

“She’s adorable,” he said. “We’re having a lot of fun.”

Back on the diamond, Pasadena completed an eight-game swing in a two-week span where the Bulldogs went 5-2-1. The stretch included a third-place finish in the Babe Herman Tournament after scoring two runs in the seventh inning to beat North Torrance, 5-3.

It was quite an eventful week for Parisi, who is welcoming a week off before Pasadena (12-5-1, 4-1 in the Pacific League) resumes league play a week from today at home against Crescenta Valley.

Parisi said the focus will center around a good week of practice and inter-squad scrimmages.

“We just have to stay busy, not having too much time off,” he said. “Any time off can hurt any team, but if we have good practices and good scrimmages hopefully it won’t affect us, but we’ll see.”

Even without a league game this week, expect Parisi and some of his players to venture into Glendale on Friday when Arcadia (11-3, 4-0) takes on Crescenta Valley (12-4, 4-0) at Stengel Field in a Pacific League showdown. Arcadia is the two-time defending league champion after going undefeated in league last season for the first time in history.

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