Softball: San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game set for Tuesday at Mt. SAC; Public vs. Private All-Star set for Thursday at Temple City’s Live Oak Park.

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY ALL-STAR GAME
TUESDAY, Mt. SAC, 6:30 P.M.

North coach: Randy Medina (Monrovia) and Ken Carlson (Bonita)
North Roster
Arroyo-Paige Medina
Azusa-Veronica Ramirez
Bonita-Courtney Gano, Breanna Sandoval, Kate O’Malley
Charter Oak-Cassie Andrews, Jennifer Gonzales
Duarte-Auryanna Erhardt, Vanessa Medrano
Gabrielino-Breanna Delgadillo
Glendora-Caryle Argyle, Audrie Becerra
La Canada-Lauren O’Leary, Anna Edwards
Monrovia, Kelly Williams, Schae Simpson
Northview-Mercedes Menchaca, Jazmin Chavez
San Dimas-Aleena Avalos, Sara Moore, Courtney Hine
Sierra Vista-Monica Gomez
Temple City-Jessica Loicano

South coach: Jesse Mendez (Bishop Amat)
South Roster
Bishop Amat-Natalie Sanchez, Jackie Carlin, Alma Cortez, Katie Cunningham
Diamond Bar-Stephany La Rosa
Los Altos-Julia Mendoza
Mark Keppel-Cecily Ramirez
Rowland-Mercedes Cundiff
Montebello-Jacquelin Lopez
Nogales-Deanna Alfaro
Rosemead-Lily Marie Jimenez
Schurr-Megan Coronado
South El Monte-Salina Gonzales
South Hills-Samantha Nieves, Vanessa Molina, Keira Portell
Walnut-Justine Chavira
West Covina-Alyssa Gutierrez, Dakota Monarrez
Wilson-Amanda Salazar

PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE ALL-STAR SOFTBALL GAME
AT LIVE OAK PARK, TEMPLE CITY
PRACTICE:
Today (Private 4-6 p.m.; Public 6-8 p.m.)
GAME: Thursday, June 9 (Home run derby 4:30 p.m., game to follow)

PUBLIC ALL-STAR ROSTER
Coach:
KC Mathews and staff, La Caada
Anna Edwards, La Caada
Lauren O’Leary, La Caada
Megan Siepler, La Caada
Shirley Drange, La Caada
Kayla McCue, La Caada
Schae Simpson, Monrovia
Kelly Williams, Monrovia
Emmy Orozco, Monrovia
Jessica Loicano, Temple City
Jessica Doi, Temple City
Brittani Hirose, Keppel
Cecily Ramirez, Keppel
Amanda Raucho, Keppel
Angelica Pena, Keppel
Natalie Gutierrez, Alhambra
Vanessa Medrano, Duarte
Leeza Urrutia, Duarte
Auryanna Erhardt, Duarte

PRIVATE ALL-STAR ROSTER
Coaches: Julie Jaime, Flintridge Prep; Jennifer Moulden, Mayfield
Steph Tercero, Pasadena Poly
Allana Pires, Flitridge Sacred Heart
Mackenzie Lyng, Flintridge Sacred Heart
Paige Conti, Flintridge Sacred Heart
Sterling Shuster, La Salle
Charley Parker, Rio Hondo Prep
Hayley Murphy, Rio Hondo Prep
Kalli Bray, Rio Hondo Prep
Hannah Martin, Rio Hondo Prep
Lauren Amenta, Mayfield
Katie Clancy, Mayfield
Kaitlin Fitzpatrick, Mayfield
Denise Van der goot, Flintridge Prep
Abbey Deckop, Flintridge Prep
Kelly Wang, Flintridge Prep
Amanda Garcia, San Gabriel Mission
Miranda Tijerina, San Gabriel Mission
Kaitie Czuchaj, Maranatha

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Baseball: Temple City’s Julian Jarrard earns MVP honors, helps Red team to 3-1 win in 16th annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game at Moor Field.

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By Nathan Cambridge, Correspondent

ALHAMBRA – Sunday’s 16th annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star baseball game at Moor Field featured stellar defense, but superior pitching and hitting by the Red team led to a 3-1 victory.

Bonita’s Robert Mier, playing for the Red team, won the game’s Most Valuable Hitter Award. The second baseman, who will play at Mt. SAC next year, hit a run-scoring double in the seventh inning to put his team ahead for good, 2-1.

“It’s neat,” Mier said. “You get to play with guys you played against all year. It’s different but it is still competitive baseball.

“I was just happy to help and contribute to my team’s win.”

The Red team’s Julian Jarrard, representing Temple City High, won the Most Valuable Player award.

Jarrard singled in the second inning and doubled over the center fielder’s head in the fourth to drive in the game’s first run.

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BREAKING NEWS: Pasadena Poly routs Oxford Academy 10-0 in CIF-Southern Section Division 6 title game to win school’s first baseball title.

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By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

RIVERSIDE — Pasadena Poly coach Wayne Ellis had only one thought in mind as he traveled down memory lane during Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 6 championship game against Oxford Academy.

A coaching career spanning 24 years and 400-plus victories circled him back where it twice had gone wrong, only this time his ease was put to rest early.

Jordan Kutzer flirted with a no-hit bid and Jonah Campbell’s two-run triple in the sixth was the final nail in the coffin as the Panthers cruised to a 10-0 win to bring home the school’s first ever baseball title in front of a pro-Poly crowd at UC Riverside.

Pasadena Poly (25-2-1) dethroned two-time defending champion Oxford Academy (26-3), a team still reeling from the loss of star first baseman Doug Uselton, who died in December along with his father Steven after the car they were driving in was struck by a suspected drunk driver.

Oxford Academy pitcher Steve Criss said even with a big deficit against Poly, Uselton would have fought until the end, which is what the top-seeded Patriots did.

Ellis, who has guided the Panthers to the playoffs in 23 of his 24 seasons and a state-record 16 consecutive (Prep) league titles, drew inspiration from playoff experience and reflected.

“I was thinking throughout the years about the players I’ve had and how successful they’ve been and never quite had this feeling that my kids have now,” said Ellis, who guided the Panthers to the 1992 and 1989 finals. “But most of all, I didn’t want these kids to have that hurt feeling of losing.”

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Football: This truly is really sad to report. Pasadena’s Austin Lacy, a young man filled with sheer determination, passes away at a Maryland hospital on Friday.

The week leading up to the 2010 Turkey Tussle we were looking for stories to include in our special magazine edition. One story that I was excited to report about was that of Austin Lacy, a senior transfer from Bishop Amat who returned to his roots in Pasadena to play for the Bulldogs after undergoing open heart surgery. I had the opportunity to interview Lacy and came away very impressed with this young man’s sheer determination and sincere demeanor. He was a delight to interview, to say the least, the kind of athlete that gave you really great quotes, which is rare when interviewing high school athletes in any sport. I was more impressed with Lacy’s determination to look at life in a positive outlook than his determination to become the player he used to be. He exhibited signs of the kind of man who would excel at anything he put his mind into. He didn’t want anything to hold him back, and he fought for the chance to prove he could accomplish a goal he set out to do, such as taking on an engineering major at either Arizona State or Georgia Tech. He had a bright wide-eyed smile, was personalbe, friendly, kind, respectful and full of life. It’s sometimes a wonder why someone with so much potential and life could leave this Earth so early in life. I’ll always remember his fun demeanor and I’ll always remember his will to power through anything that life threw at him. May he rest in peace.Miguel Melendez

By Thomas Himes, Staff Writer

A standout football player and senior at Pasadena High School died Friday after a yearlong battle with a rare illness that baffled his doctors.

Austin Lacy fought the illness until the very end, surviving cardiac arrest twice over the past several days.

But at 11:12 a.m. Friday, in a Maryland hospital, his family members told doctors to disconnect the life support system that had kept air flowing to his lungs since Tuesday, said his mother, Karen Rogers.

“We had to make the decision,” Rogers said. “We didn’t want him to suffer anymore.”

The underlying cause of Lacy’s death was a rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

The aggressive disease is most common among industrial workers who inhaled asbestos – a mineral used in building material that was outlawed in the late 1970s.

Word of Lacy’s death spread through the student body at Pasadena High School within hours.

Lacy’s teammate, Armon Easley, was one of a number of students who took to social networking sites to express his condolences.

“He was a leader. He was somebody to look up to,” Easley said.

“When I was on the field and down, he would always encourage me to play harder and make up for it on the next play,” said Easley who played linebacker alongside Lacy.

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CHAMPIONSHIP: Anna Edwards hits solo HR in the third and Lauren O’Leary strikes out eight as La Caada beats Beaumont 1-0 to win CIF-SS Division 5 championship.

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ANOTHER VIEW

Beaumont falls in softball, 1-0 (RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE)

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

IRVINE — The night couldn’t have been more fitting, from Anna Edwards’ solo home run for the game’s only run to Lauren O’Leary’s final delivery for a strikeout looking — it epitomized which shoulders the La Caada High School softball team was riding on to get them this far.

A celebration four years in the making needed all of an hour and 31 minutes, culminating with Catherine Horner flipping off her catcher’s mask and jumping into O’Leary’s shoulders, making official the Spartans’ 1-0 win over Beaumont to capture the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship Friday night at Deanna Manning Stadium.

La Caada (26-3) punctuated a stellar season with the hoist of a CIF championship plaque for the first time since winning it all in 1995. A loss to South Hills in last year’s semifinals fueled the Spartans’ drive, but it was a winning attitude from the five seniors who planted a winning attitude as freshmen four years ago.

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CHAMPIONSHIP: Moment of truth as No. 1 La Caada takes on No. 2 Beaumont for CIF-SS Division 5 title.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
DIVISION 5 CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 1 La Caada vs. No. 2 Beaumont
Deanna Manning Stadium, Irvine, 5:15 p.m.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

The top-seeded La Caada High School softball team will venture into uncharted territory at 5:15 today when it takes on No. 2 seed Beaumont in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship game at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.

La Caada captured its lone softball championship in 1995 under coach Tom Parker. That this is the current Spartans’ first trip to the title game doesn’t faze coach KC Mathews, who’s in his fourth season at the helm.

The Spartans (25-3) advanced to the semifinals last season and were ousted by South Hills, which has since moved up to Division 3 and is coming off a semifinal rout of Bishop Amat to punch its ticket to tonight’s final against top seed Oaks Christian.

La Caada faced tougher competition on its schedule this season, and, coupled with last year’s deep run, the Spartans could see it pay off as they handle the finals with a subtle but focused approach.

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Football: Monrovia’s Ellis McCarthy selected to take part in “The Opening” presented by Nike Football, July 5-9.

I got an e-mail from Nike early Wednesday afternoon, but I’m just getting a chance now to post this as Monrovia’s Ellis McCarthy earns another pretty cool honor. The 6-foot-5 defensive end was announced to the preliminary roster for “The Opening” presented by Nike Football. McCarthy, the Star-News Defensive Player of the Year, is one of the top 12 athletes to participate. Designed to give student-athletes the ultimate football training experience, “The Opening” represents five days of dynamic training, coaching and competition for 150 of the country’s most elite high school football players.

According to the e-mail, McCarthy was selected through his on-field performance and will learn from several of Nike’s world-class football athletes, coaches and trainers who will arm the athletes with the knowledge to develop their speed, explosiveness and position skills. Congrats, Ellis!

Below are the following players are among the standouts who received an invitation to compete at “The Opening”:

Position, Player, Hometown
WR Bralon Addison (Houston, Texas)
LB Kwon Alexander (Oxford, Ala.)
DB Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.)
DB T.J. Davis (Tallahassee, Fla.)
DL Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
LB Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.)
DB Marcus Maye (Melbourne, Fla.)
DL Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif.)
DB Wayne Morgan (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
WR Darius Powe (Long Beach, Calif.)
OL Jordan Simmons (Inglewood, Calif.)
RB Trey Williams (Houston, Texas)
LB Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
TE Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif.)

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Baseball: Pasadena Poly’s Kutzer in tune with his game.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
CHAMPIONSHIP
DIVISION 6
Saturday, UC Riverside, 3:30 p.m.
No. 1 Oxford Academy vs. Pasadena Poly

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

Jordan Kutzer remembers the spotlight shining bright on him even as a kid.

With all eyes fixed on him and the crowd anticipating possibly a masterful performance, Kutzer put it all on the line.

This was no baseball game, though. There was no ball, glove or cleats.

The crowd watching from a distance was formally dressed – tuxedos and all.

The Pasadena Poly senior was an eighth-grader preparing to play Johann Sebastian Bach’s Rondo a Capriccio, a 12-page piano piece in G major. The only pressure he felt was proving to himself that preparation, thought and poise can overcome sweat and jitters.

“Learning music and having to play in front of people definitely helped me understand that being prepared and composed was relatable to pitching,” Kutzer said, “because you’re out there putting it all on the line, representing all the work that you’ve done.”

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Softball: Beaumont in search of some respect heading into CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title game.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
CHAMPIONSHIP
DIVISION 5
Friday, Deanna Manning Stadium, 5:15 p.m.
No. 1 La Canada vs. Beaumont

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

BEAUMONT – Softball teams from the Rio Hondo and Mountain Pass leagues seem to be taking the Rodney Dangerfield approach.

Respect from outside of their respective leagues is still missing.

That’s how Mountain Pass League champion Beaumont High School looks at it.

“We’ve been trying to prove ourselves all year long,” Beaumont coach Jim Tickemyer said. “People were saying that Beaumont hasn’t played much outside of its league, but the Mountain Pass League was pretty tough this year.”

Tickemyer said his team faced quality pitching in nearly every league game.

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Softball: Public vs. Private All-Star Game set for June 9

Players, if your name is on this list all you have to do is show up to practice Monday at Live Oak Park in Temple City at the time stated below. Congrats!

PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE ALL-STAR SOFTBALL GAME
AT LIVE OAK PARK, TEMPLE CITY
PRACTICE:
Monday, June 6 (Private 4-6 p.m.; Public 6-8 p.m.)
GAME: Thursday, June 9 (Home run derby 4:30 p.m., game to follow)

PUBLIC ALL-STAR ROSTER
Coach:
KC Mathews and staff, La Caada
Anna Edwards, La Caada
Lauren O’Leary, La Caada
Megan Siepler, La Caada
Shirley Drange, La Caada
Kayla McCue, La Caada
Schae Simpson, Monrovia
Kelly Williams, Monrovia
Emmy Orozco, Monrovia
Jessica Loicano, Temple City
Brittani Hirose, Keppel
Cecily Ramirez, Keppel
Amanda Raucho, Keppel
Angelica Pena, Keppel
Natalie Gutierrez, Alhambra
Vanessa Medrano, Duarte
Leeza Urrutia, Duarte
Auryanna Erhardt, Duarte

PRIVATE ALL-STAR ROSTER
Coaches:
Julie Jaime, Flintridge Prep; Jennifer Moulden, Mayfield
Steph Tercero, Pasadena Poly
Allana Pires, Flitridge Sacred Heart
Mackenzie Lyng, Flintridge Sacred Heart
Paige Conti, Flintridge Sacred Heart
Sterling Shuster, La Salle
Charley Parker, Rio Hondo Prep
Hayley Murphy, Rio Hondo Prep
Kalli Bray, Rio Hondo Prep
Hannah Martin, Rio Hondo Prep
Lauren Amenta, Mayfield
Katie Clancy, Mayfield
Kaitlin Fitzpatrick, Mayfield
Denise Van der goot, Flintridge Prep
Abbey Deckop, Flintridge Prep
Kelly Wang, Flintridge Prep
Amanda Garcia, San Gabriel Mission
Miranda Tijerina, San Gabriel Mission
Kaitie Czuchaj, Maranatha

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