Boys Soccer Pairings: St. Francis draws Upland in Division 1 playoff opener; Big game Thursday with Baldwin Park-Monrovia in Division 5.

BOYS SOCCER
TUESDAY
WILD CARD
DIVISION 4

Duarte at Bishop Montgomery
Los Altos at Pasadena
DIVISION 5
Garden Grove at South Pasadena
DIVISION 6
Flintridge Prep at Yucca Valley
San Jacinto at Marshall

THURSDAY
FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 1

St. Francis at Upland
DIVISION 4
North Torrance at La Salle
DIVISION 5
Baldwin Park at Monrovia
Paso Robles at Maranatha
Winner WC E at La Canada
DIVISION 6
Pasadena Poly at Brentwood
DIVISION 7
Riverside Prep at Bosco Tech

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Girls Soccer Pairings: FSHA hits the road in Division 1.

GIRLS SOCCER
FRIDAY
WEDNESDAY
WILD CARD
DIVISION 3

Mayfield at Barstow
DIVISION 7
Hillchrest Christian at Alhambra
Kern Valley at Rosemead
Gabrielino at Wildwood

FRIDAY
FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 1

Flintridge Sacred Heart at Capistrano Valley
DIVISION 2
Pasadena at Long Beach Wilson
San Marcos at Arcadia
DIVISION 3
Chino Hills at Flintridge Prep
Lancaster at Pasadena Poly
DIVISION 6
La Canada at Crean Lutheran
Santiago/GG at South Pasadena
Temple City at St. Margaret’s
San Gabriel Mission at San Marino

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FULL STORY: Muir forfeits 20 games, will miss playoffs.

By Miguel A. Melendez Staff Writer

What was considered one of the most remarkable stories of the year ended numbinbly cold for the Muir High School boys basketball team.

Muir was forced to forfeit 20 games because the school failed to prove a valid change of address for a key player, thus eliminating the Mustangs from the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs.

The forfeits also means Muir (4-22, 3-11) no longer is the Pacific League champion. It was an impressive season for the Mustangs who appeared to have dethroned nine-time defending champion and rival Pasadena. The Bulldogs’ reign continues, if only on paper.

At the heart of the issue was whether Muir had evidence to prove that Andre Frazier, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, had a valid change of address upon his transfer last year from Fairfax. He initially went to Bell-Jeff, transfered to University in Los Angeles and then to Fairfax before coming to Muir.

Frazier missed two key league games last week against Crescenta Valley and Pasadena after concerns were reaised over his eligibility. For precautionary reasons, Muir sat him out while it investigated. Muir officials made steps to establish its position that Frazier — who averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game — did in fact make a valid change of address. Among other things, Muir provided documentation to the CIF-Southern Section office and sent truancy officers to Frazier’s current and previous residence to verify.

Dr. Charles Park, an assistant principal in charge of activities, was in communication with the Southern Section’s office, which finally informed Muir late in the week that not enough evidence was provided. By late Saturday afternoon, Muir came to its decision that it would forfiet nearly its entire season.

“After being alerted by CIF, Muir administration investigated and determined that a player on the boys basketball team was not eligible to play because a valid change of residence could not be sufficiently established,” said Muir principal Sherryl Orange in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, Muir decided to forfeit the games.”

“We’re shocked,” Muir coach Gamal Smalley said. “I know our administration worked really hard to make sure they could provide everything that CIF was asking for, and I thought they came close.”

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Basketball: Statement from Muir coach Gamal Smalley

My story on Muir’s forfeit is being edited right now. As soon as it’s done I’ll post the detailed piece here. I spoke with Muir coach Gamal Smalley for about an hour, but I’m posting a statement he sent me earlier in the day. This is it in its entirety. Check back for the story later and in Monday’s Star-News.

I learned earlier in the week that our season was in jeopardy because of some administrative technicalities with regards to transfer papers on one of our student athletes. Though I was suffering from a week long fever, minor surgery, and a complete feeling of helplessness, trying to sleep at night was impossible since the sound of my heart beat felt like crashing symbols.By Friday’s game it was pretty clear that our entire team was affected by the troubling news, though we kept it to ourselves and gave it our best.

I share the hurt and disappointment with my student athletes and families who worked so hard to make this season such a memorable beacon of light for John Muir High Basketball. Our student body and alumni gave us tremendous support and we made such great strides this season with a 24-2 record, one of the best in school history. I will be forever grateful for the support and extremely proud of our team. This set back is deeply felt by our seniors who worked so hard to make the most out of their final season after last year’s climb to the CIF Championship game.

However I didn’t sign up to be the Muir Coach through good times only.This is a very sad and challenging time but I am here to help my seniors navigate through their college and career destinations.We can’t dwell on where we are now, who made initial complaints and why. We must turn our eyes to the future.I know Administration is making changes to assure safe guards so that nothing will ever fall through the cracks like this again. As for the underclassmen in our program, if you think we worked hard this year you haven’t seen anything yet. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves to make our program strong as ever. There is an old saying, that you can’t keep a good man down, well you can if he stays down. That’s not me, that’s not Muir, and we will rise from this.

Why, you ask? Cause that’s what we do!

Stangs 4Life!

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Boys Basketball: Here’s your first-round schedule

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
FRIDAY
DIVISION 1AA

Alhambra at Palmdale
DIVISION 2AA
Thousand Oaks at Keppel

WEDNESDAY
DIVISION 3AAA

Magnolia at Pasadena
DIVISION 3AA
Rosemead at Torrance
La Canada bye
Los Altos at Gabrielino
Yorba Linda at Temple City
DIVISION 3A
San Dimas at South Pasadena
St. Francis at Mountain View
DIVISION 4AA
Bosco Tech at Workman
La Salle at Windward
Maranatha at 29 Palms
Blair at L.A. Price
La Verne Lutheran at Marshall
DIVISION 4A
San Marino at Buckley
DIVISION 5AA
Cate at San Gabriel Academy
Santa Clara at Flintridge Prep
DIVISION 5A
Rio Hondo Prep at Boron
CSDR at AGBU/Pasadena
DIVISION 6
St. Monica at Renaissace Academy

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Girls Basketball: Here’s your first-round schedule

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
SATURDAY
DIVISION 1AA

Arcadia at Brea Olinda
DIVISION 2AA
Coachella Valley at Keppel
DIVISION 2A
San Gabriel at Serrano
DIVISION 5A
AGBU/Pasadena at Academy Excellence

THURSDAY
DIVISION 3AAA

Pasadena at West Torrance
DIVISION 3AA
West Valley at Rosemead
Ramona at Monrovia
Barstow at South Pasadena
DIVISION 3A
La Canada bye
DIVISION 4AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart at Muir
El Segundo at Pasadena Poly
San Marino at Duarte
DIVISION 4A
Mayfield at Marlborough
La Salle at Riverside Prep
DIVISION 5AA
Flintridge Prep at St. Genevieve
San Gabriel Mission at Villanova Prep
DIVISION 6
Rio Hondo Prep at Shallhevet

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BREAKING NEWS: Muir’s season over after team forfeits 20 games and will miss the playoffs …

The Muir High School boys basketball team’s postseason is over before it even got started. You can forget about the Mustangs’ Pacific League title, too.

Due to not being able to prove a valid change of residence for one of its players, Muir has forfeited 20 games and will be ineligible for postseason competition.

The Mustangs finished the regular season at 24-2 overall and 13-1 in the Pacific League, and in the process halted rival Pasadena’s nine-year run as league champions.

Prior to Sunday’s CIF-Southern Section playoff pairings announcements, the Pacific League resubmitted its order of finish to reflect Muir’s forfeitures.

More to come …

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Rivalry: Pasadena dominates Muir, 71-53, to wrap up season finale. Video highlights and reaction from Pasadena’s Tim Tucker and Muir’s Gamal Smalley.

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By Miguel A. Melendez Staff Writer

PASADENA — Too much has been made of the fact the Pasadena High School boys basketball team was dethroned as nine-time Pacific League champions this year.

That it came at the hands of crosstown rival Muir only amplified the so-called concern over the state of the Bulldogs’ program.

But Pasadena wanted it to be known whose town this still belongs to, and why the Bulldogs are considered the area’s prominent basketball school.

Pasadena delivered its message in emphatic fashion, closing out the regular season with a dominating 71-53 win to close out the regular season in front of a standing-room only crowd Thursday night.

There was no denying who wanted this win more, and Pasadena (19-7, 12-2) clearly sent a message by stifiling Muir (23-2, 12-1) with its staple defense. The offense would soon follow, as the Bulldogs shot 10 of 15 in the first quarter alone. That kind of momentum allowed Pasadena to increase its lead to as many as 21 in the third quarter, and soon Muir began feeling the effects of a hungry Bulldogs team that was seeking vengeance after losing the first meeting, 64-61.

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