Friday Night Aftermath: San Gabriel shocks Maranatha with stunning 9-0 win; Monrovia, Arcadia, St. Francis win as excpted; Pasadena, Muir shock California, Santa Fe; Rio Hondo Prep drops 61.

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CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND RESULTS

Alhambra 20, La Puente 14
Monrovia 24, Pomona 7
San Gabriel 9, Maranatha 0
Pasadena 57, California 43
Arcadia 39, Bonita 13
Muir 39, Santa Fe 7
St. Francis 45, Paramount 28
Rio Hondo Prep 61, Hamilton 0
Bosco Tech at Nordhoff, 7:30 p.m. —

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CIF Championship: La Salle, St. Lucy’s meet at 7 tonight.

Our Keith Lair will be live from Cypress tonight to cover all the action in the Division 3AA championship match. Check out the paper Saturday for all the coverage.

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

St. Lucy’s Priory High School swept La Salle in a nonleague volleyball match on Sept. 23.

When the teams meet again tonight, that relatively easy 25-20, 25-18. 25-15 Regents victory will be far from the thoughts of that warm September evening on the Pasadena campus.

“There will be a big difference,” La Salle coach Tiare Tuitama said. “We’re playing a lot better since the last time we played St. Lucy’s, but the big thing is that we have more confidence and have mentally changed.”

A lot more is at stake than a shake of the hands. It will be played in front of hundreds of fans at Cypress College at 7 p.m. The winner will receive a CIF-Southern Section championship trophy and a guaranteed berth in the CIF State playoffs.

“It will absolutely be a different game,” St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas said. “Our girls know that. They are not even thinking about that game.”

Based on that match three months ago, it would hardly seem likely that the two teams would be playing for the Division 3AA championship. When they played in September, the Regents were coming off the division title. La Salle was still, surprisingly, smarting from that three-game semifinal loss to St. Lucy’s last year. Plus, they were still adjusting to Tuitama, who has been with the program since July.

“We were still thinking about that semifinal match from last year,” Tuitama said. “We did not have our rotations down yet either.”

Even though St. Lucy’s swept, Douglas said he saw something in the Lancers.

“You could see it in them,” he recalled. “They just hadn’t clicked.”

Two weeks and four matches later, Tuitama said she began seeing the results. It happened at the Hilltop tournament in Chula Vista, which the Lancers won.

“We just began to play mentally the right way,” she said. “They always had it in them physically, but not mentally.”

La Salle then won the Marlborough tournament the following weekend, and went 8-1 the rest of the season, going undefeated to win the Del Rey League title and losing only six games, including a 3-0 nonleague loss to Notre Dame Academy down the stretch.

“We’ve had a surge of confidence,” Tuitama said. “We’ll be ready this time.”

St. Lucy’s has not lost a five-game match in a month and went 8-2 to win the Sierra League title.

“I’ve told the girls it’s about creating a legacy,” Douglas said. “They can win championships and play very good volleyball.”

Both coaches admit they are very similar. The are both tall with powerful middle blockers. They each have go-to players, but can rely on nearly any player on the floor.

“The key will be defense,” Douglas said. “Whoever plays great defense will prevail.”

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Thursday Final: San Marino’s comeback falls short, 31-21

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer

GLENDORA – Badly in need of a knockout punch to get rid of pesky San Marino, the San Dimas High School football team turned to fullback Domonic Jollevet.

He did not disappoint.

Jollevet broke away for a 77-yard touchdown run with just under three minutes to play to turn a three-point San Dimas lead into a 31-21 victory over the Titans in the first round of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs at Citrus College on Thursday night.

“I was very nervous when they cut the lead to three,” said Jollevet, who rushed for 216 yards and two scores. “What I decided to do was run hard, and I saw the hole, saw the goal posts and I said `screw the cutback, I’m gonna take it this way.’

“I told everyone on the team that if you put the team on your back, I’ll put the team on my back and hopefully we’ll pull out with this win and keep going.”

The win improved San Dimas to 9-2. The Saints are the division’s No. 3 seed and will face the winner of the Valley Christian-Azusa game, which will be played tonight at Citrus College. San Marino finished 7-4.

Not many fans outside the prestigious 91108 zip code expected the Titans to push San Dimas to the brink. But the Titans got big performances from quarterback Matt Wofford (214 yards passing) and running back Kwame Do, who ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns.

San Dimas twice had double-digit leads, but San Marino wouldn’t go away. After Dillon Corona hit a 24-yard field goal to put San Dimas up 24-14 late in the third quarter, the Titans made their final surge.

Wofford drove his team 80 yards in just under seven minutes and Do finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 24-21 with 3:36 left.

San Marino didn’t attempt an onside kick, instead kicking short and deciding to play defense with two timeouts remaining. But Jollevet took his 14th carry of the night straight up the middle and into the end zone to seal the win.

“They are a good football team,” Saints coach Bill Zernickow of San Marino. “So it wasn’t a surprise so much as it was us not executing and turning the ball over two times in the end zone. Believe it or not, I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss.”

San Dimas helped the Titans stay in the game by twice turning the ball over deep in San Marino territory. In the first half, San Dimas had a pass intercepted in the end zone to kill a drive and in the second half the Saints fumbled the ball into zone to end another. Both plays resulted in touchbacks for San Marino.

“We’re going to do a lot of drills next week to improve that,” Zernickow said. “It’s very uncharacteristic of what we’ve been doing. I can’t remember the last time when we fumbled balls into the end zone and stuff like that.”

San Dimas darted to a 14-0 lead and looked like it may cruise into the second round.

Jake Payton’s 9-yard touchdown started the scoring on San Dimas’ first possession. After getting the ball back, quarterback Shawn Kennedy concluded San Dimas’ second possession by hitting Devante Brown on a 19-yard touchdown pass.

San Marino methodically drove down field and answered with a 2-yard run by Do. The Titans defense held San Dimas on its ensuing possession and the score was soon tied after a 3-yard touchdown by Do.

Jollevet gave San Dimas the lead back for good by taking the third play of the second half 58 yards for a TD and a 21-14 advantage.”Domonic did a great job for us,” Zernickow said. “I think we had 24 plays in the first half for two scores, so we have to get better than that.”

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Mid-Valley Division Predictions: No real surprises here, Covina over San Dimas in championship game.

Ok, maybe there are some surprises on this bracket prediction with me picking Maranatha to reach the semifinals where I have the Minutemen losing to San Dimas again. I also think Burroughs will run over Los Altos led by Zander Anding. I don’t see how Azusa and Arroyo with a questionable league schedule (much like Monrovia) could make a deep playoff run not having been tested in their run up to the playoffs. Good luck to all and let’s hope it’s a playoff year without major injuries.

Mid-Valley Division Predictions
Top Half

South El Monte (7-3) at #1 Covina (9-1)
Alhambra (8-2) at La Puente (9-1)
El Monte (7-3) at Whittier Christian (6-4)
Pomona (6-4) at #4 Monrovia (7-3)
Bottom half
San Marino (7-3) at #3 San Dimas (8-2), Thursday at Citrus
Cerritos Valley Christian (4-6) at Azusa (7-3)
Maranatha (8-2) at San Gabriel (6-4)
Sierra Vista (6-4) at #2 Arroyo (9-1)
Second Round Winners
Covina over South El Monte
Alhambra over La Puente
Whittier Christian over El Monte
Monrovia over Pomona
San Dimas over San Marino
Cerritos Valley Christian over Azusa
Maranatha over San Gabriel
Arroyo over Sierra Vista
Quarterfinal winners
Covina over Alhambra
Monrovia over Whittier Christian
San Dimas over Cerritos Valley Chr.
Maranatha over Arroyo
Semifinal winners
Covina over Monrovia
San Dimas over Maranatha
Championship
Covina over San Dimas

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Southeast Division Predictions: Diamond Ranch over Arcadia in championship game. Let the hating begin.

It’s time for teams, coaches (especially some coaches) and players to not be so sensitive and/or take these predictions so personal. Predictions from sportswriters are just as good (bad?) as the local weather woman giving us her 10-day forecast, and look at the Pac-12 basketball media writers who predicted UCLA to win the Pac-12 championship. The Bruins right now couldn’t win the Alpha League title the way they’re playing right now, losing so far to (who?) Loyola Marymount and, not kidding, Middle Tennessee University. Motivation? Perhaps, but if you need my predictions or any sportswriters’ predictions to fuel your motivation, well, I don’t know what to tell ya. But here is the Southeast Division bracket I filled out on our PrepXtra Live show. For the most part Aram and I agreed on picks throughout except for Arcadia and Diamond Ranch reaching the finals. However, here’s hoping an area team (Arcadia) does in fact reach the finals.

Southeast Division Predictions
Top Half

Norwalk (3-7) at #1 West Covina (9-1)
Pasadena (5-5) at California (7-3)
Bonita (6-4) at Arcadia (8-2)
Crescenta Valley (6-4) at #4 La Mirada (6-4)
Bottom Half
Los Altos (7-3) at #3 Burbank Burroughs (6-4)
La Serna (7-3) at Mayfair (7-3)
Bellflower (7-3) at Diamond Ranch (5-5)
Muir (6-4) at #2 Santa Fe (6-4)

Second Round winners
West Covina over Norwalk
Pasadena over California
Arcadia over Bonita
La Mirada over Crescenta Valley
Burroughs over Los Altos
Mayfair over La Serna
Diamond Ranch over Bellflower
Santa Fe over Muir
Quarterfinal Winners
West Covina over Pasadena
Arcadia over La Mirada
Mayfair over Burroughs
Diamond Ranch over Santa Fe
Semifinal Winners
Arcadia over West Covina
Diamond Ranch over Mayfair
Championsip
Diamond Ranch over Arcadia

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Football: News and notes about Arcadia, St. Francis.

Arcadia quarterback Myles Carr is the epitome of efficiency. The senior standout made an impression as a junior when he completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,872 yards and 26 touchdowns with four interceptions.

Carr, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior, is on pace to better those numbers across the board and make a strong case for postseason honors. He’s completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,888 yards for 25 touchdowns and three interceptions. He’ll lead the Apaches (8-2) against Southeast Division runner-up Bonita (6-4) on Friday at 7.

Paramount loaded with size

St. Francis (8-2) is no stranger to teams in the San Gabriel Valley League, but perhaps for the first time will face a team from that league with considerable size when the Knights visit Paramount (6-4) in the Western Division playoffs.

Paramount has an offensive line that features Thomas Puefuna (6-5, 340), George Aliimatafitafi (6-3, 350), Chris Borrayo (6-4, 290) and Wes Edwards (6-2, 315).

With considerable size up front, it’s no wonder the Pirates run the ball by committee, producing 2,330 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Paramount finished 1-4 in nonleague play, and that includes a loss to Monrovia at home. The Wildcats trailed 23-7 at the half and 23-13 heading into the fourth quarter in that game before mounting a comeback.

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CIF H2O Polo: Pasadena Poly, La Caada set for semis.

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

The Pasadena Poly water polo team learned about patience in its overtime victory over Palm Springs in the CIF-Southern Section Division5 quarterfinals.

That was a good thing because the Panthers will need a lot of patience and a big defensive effort in their semifinal game today. Third-seeded Poly will face Hoover at 6 p.m. at Mt. SAC, with the winner facing either top seed Bonita or fourth seed La Serna on Saturday in Irvine.

“That (win) did help in the sense that it built confidence in working together as a team,” Poly coach Ryan Katsuyama said.

The Panthers’ defense will need that confidence in trying to stop Hoover’s Hakop Kaplanyan. The senior holds the CIF-SS record for most goals scored in one season.

“We can’t stop him, but we can try to contain him,” Katsuyama said. “That is our best chance to win the game. He is capable of scoring from any place, so if our defense falls apart, we’ll be in trouble.”

Poly goalkeeper Colin Woolway has 63 saves this season. The most goals he has given up in one game has been 12, in a Prep League loss to Webb. He held Hoover and Kaplanyan to eight goals in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs last year.

The Panthers, 25-2, are playing a Pacific League team for the second consecutive year in the semifinals. They beat Crescenta Valley last season en route to their first CIF-SS championship game appearance.

The Tornadoes, 17-6, knocked off No. 2 seed Palm Desert in the quarterfinals on Saturday. They finished second in league to Glendale, which fell to La Serna in the quarterfinals. Bonita will play La Serna immediately after the Poly-Hoover game at Mt. SAC.

La Canada vs. Laguna Beach at Irvine High, 3:30 p.m.

The fourth-seeded Spartans will play the Breakers for the second time this season in a Division 3 matchup. Earlier this season, Laguna Beach scored a 14-13 overtime victory.

Junior Alden Geller and senior Trevor Rozskos led the Spartans, 22-6, to a 9-7 quarterfinal win over Aliso Niguel at Pasadena City College on Saturday. Laguna Beach is 20-5.

The winner will play the Palos Verdes-Damien winner on Saturday.

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CIF Volleyball: La Salle plays role of spoiler, punches ticket to this weekend’s finals with sweep over South Torrance; Pasadena Poly meets Chadwick in finals.

LA SALLE 3, SOUTH TORRANCE 0: La Salle ruined the grand opening of South Torrance’s new gym with an upset 25-16, 25-17, 25-23 win over top-seed South Torrance on Tuesday night in front of an electric crowd in the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA semifinals. La Salle (29-5) contained South’s offense with an impressive passing game and good size up front. South might have been thrown off by La Salle’s late arrival after the Lancers got stuck in heavy rush-hour traffic. La Salle arrived at 6:40 p.m., just 20 minutes before the scheduled start time. South had done its routine warmup, but had to take an unexpected break. “Bottom line is that we didn’t play great and they did,” South Torrance coach Robert Kutsch said. South had trouble slowing down LaSalle’s attack. Haley DeSales led La Salle with 10 kills. Katrina Palffy added nine kills and Riley Spriesterbach had seven kills and two aces. Diamond Ridley-Pierce had six kills and seven blocks, including a stretch of five straight points to help break open Game 1. La Salle used a 10-4 run in Game 2 to break open another tight set. Then La Salle rallied from a 21-18 deficit in Game 3 to close it out. — Tony Ciniglio, Torrance Daily Breeze Staff Writer

PASADENA POLY 3, SANTA MONICA 0: The Pasadena Poly volleyball team has some unfinished business. The Panthers reached the CIF-Southern Section championship game last year. Well, they’re back. Poly easily knocked out Santa Monica in just over an hour in Wednesday’s Division 3AA semifinals. “We weren’t expecting it,” senior outside hitter Alexis Genske said of making the finals again. “We were definitely hoping for it and I think we worked hard enough to earn it. We’re excited.” The second-seeded Panthers, who trailed only in the first game, scored a 25-18, 25-13, 25-16 victory to set up a rematch with Prep League champion Chadwick. The teams split their league matches with home victories and will meet for a third time this weekend at Cypress College. — Keith Lair, Star-News Staff Writer

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