9th ANNUAL STAR-NEWS/TRIBUNE ALL-STAR GAME
Saturday, April 28 at Damien High
Girls game, 4 p.m.; Boys game, 6 p.m.
Boys: Tribune 98, Star-News 87, Star-News leads series, 5-3.
Girls: Tribune 80, Star-News 69, Star-News leads series, 5-3.
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COACH: Tim Tucker, Pasadena
Blake Hamilton, Pasadena, Sr.
John Haywood, Pasadena, Sr.
Dion Nelson, Muir, Sr.
Jessy Cantinol, Renaissance Academy, Sr.
Vince De Guzman, Renaissance Academy, Sr.
Ali Jabalameli, South Pasadena, Sr.
Javon Shields, South Pasadena, Sr.
Darrell Dansby, La Canada, Sr.
Taylor Lagace, Arcadia, Sr.
Robby Haines, Arcadia, Sr.
Jeffrey Radzwill, Arcadia, Sr.
PJ Dunn, Maranatha, Sr.
Garren Llorens, Maranatha, Sr.
Jeff Briegel, La Salle, Sr.
Jordan Hill, La Salle, Sr.
COACHES: Hon Trieu, Keppel and Kim Weber, Pasadena Poly
Shaela Flynn, Muir, Sr.
Tahniya Sweatt, Muir, Sr.
Brandi Dubose, Muir, Sr.
Michelle Miller, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Gina Henderson, Monrovia, Sr.
Domynyque Johnson, Monrovia, Sr.
Kaela Barnes, Monrovia, Sr.
Kelsey Nakamura, South Pasadena, Sr.
Sydney Zarate, La Canada, Sr.
Kristin Leung, San Marino, Sr.
Megan Rutherford, Pasadena, Senior
Sandra Gao, Keppel, Sr.
Lana Haddad, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Sr.
Carrie Morris, Mayfield, Sr.
Devanie Davis, Rio Hondo Prep, Sr.
By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
The rosters are set for next week’s 9th annual Star-News/Tribune All-Star Basketball Game at Damien High.
Pasadena High School’s Tim Tucker will coach the boys and Keppel’s Hon Trieu will team up with Pasadena Poly’s Kim Weber to coach the girls. Tucker and Trieu will look for some redemption going into next week. Tucker two years ago lost and Trieu last season lost along with the boys, marking the first time in the history of the event that the Star-News teams were swpet. The Star-News boys and girls lead the all-time serires, 5-3. There will be a 3-point contest at halftime of both games. The girls game is expected to tip off at 5 and the boys at 6:30.
Tucker and Trieu were selected Star-News coaches of the year. Tucker led Pasadena to its fifth CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA championship while Trieu led Keppel to the semifinals of the Division 2A playoffs.
It was only two years ago when Tucker, taking part in his fourth all-star event, lost in the waning minutes.
“I still remember that game and I remember how they had seemed to practice more than we did that year,” Tucker recalled. “That was my first time losing in that game I believe. This year we’ll come in with a little bit more passion.”
Trieu, in his second season at the helm, still has a hard time thinking back at when the Star-News, 80-69.
“Why you gotta remind me of that,” quipped Trieu. “To win would be nice. You don’t want to be coach of the year and then lose in the all-star game.”
The boys team will feauture one of the premiere shooting guards in the area in Pasadena’s Blake Hamilton. The 6-foot-5 standout currently is on a recruiting trip to Hawaii. Arizona State and New Mexico State also have come into the picture. Fellow senior John Haywood, one of the more athletic guards in the area, is also on the team. Muir’s Dion Nelson and Renaissance Academy’s Vince De Guzman should give the Star-News a formidable backcourt. Renaissance Academy’s Jessy Cantino, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound power forward, will provide some serious post presence.
The boys will practice on Tuesday and Thursday of next week at Pasadena High from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Trieu this season requested to have Weber join his staff. The two are longtime friends who have never coached together. They met while playing on the basketball teams at Occidental College where they graduated in 1996 with their Bachelor’s and Master’s. Weber on board also gives her one last chance to coach the area’s all-time leading scorer in Michelle Miller, the three-time Star-News Player of the Year who recently was named by ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports as the CIF State Division V Player of the Year.
“She coached Michelle Miller and her insight on Michelle will definitely help me,” Trieu said. “Weber is the perfect coach to do so. And I’ve never coached with her so this would be a great opportunity.”
Miller will cap her decorated high school career in the all-star game and leaves a storied legacy at Pasadena Poly and in the San Gabriel Valley. Miller, a point guard headed to Princeton, averaged 32.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks last season.She finished second (3,331) in the CIF-Southern Section for most points in a career behind Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller (3,446), who set the record at Riverside Poly from 1978 to 1982. Her addition to the roster gives the Star-News the best scorer in the entire San Gabriel Valley.
Miller will have a strong supporting cast, led by Muir’s trio inShaela Flynn,Tahniya Sweatt andBrandi Dubose. Flintridge Sacred Heart’sLana Haddad will provide some height and stout rebounding ability while Monrovia’s Gina Henderson, the Rio Hondo League most valuable player and first-team All-CIF selection, gives the Star-News a strong 1-2 scoring punch alongside Miller.
The girls first practice is Wednesday at Pasadena Poly from 6 to 7:30 p.m.