GIRLS HOOPS: Keppel’s run ends as JW North rallies past Aztecs in second half …

JW North 68, Keppel 59 — Keppel blew a 16-point lead as JW North rallied to knock off the Aztecs and punch their ticket to Friday’s Division 2AA championship game. It marked the third straight season that Keppel’s run has ended in the semifinals. The Aztecs appear to be a good bet to make the state playoffs, though. So, there’s that. FULL STORY

Keith Birmingham’s PHOTO GALLERY of JW North-Keppel

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GIRLS SOCCER: Pasadena Poly, Marshall punch tickets to championship game …

Pasadena Poly 3, Oaks Christian 1 — Gacenda, Wardlaw and Hanel score goals as Panthers break 1-1 tie at halftime with two second-half goals for the win. Poly will play Amat either Friday or Saturday for the D-3 title.

Marshall 2, Gabrielino 0 — Eagles on their way to D-7 title game on Friday or Saturday vs. Arroyo. Marshall scored twice in the second half and as usual the Eagles’ defense was outstanding.

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Keppel girls hoops semifinals game MOVED TO WEDNESDAY …

Keppel’s girls basketball semifinals game against JW North has been moved to Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Keppel High.

Both JW North’s girls and boys basketball teams are in the semifinals and the school requested to not play both games on the same day. After some urging from CIF, Keppel obliged and moved the game.

However, the winner of the game will have just ONE DAY off before playing in Friday’s championship at Anaheim Arena at 5:15 p.m.

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The Tolegian 10 for BASEBALL is out

Follow me on Twitter @aramtolegian for scoring updates throughout the season.

Drink it in. And as usual, feel free to tell me where I went wrong. Looks like we have a dynamite cast of teams this season and a couple of them appear headed toward huge springs.

1. Alhambra — Best pitcher, enough hitting back and the wisdom of Guru Gewecke.
2. Monrovia — Not one, but two legit starters. Mata should be stellar.
3. Arcadia — Pitching is a question, but talent abounds. X-factor will be Joey Harmon.
4. La Salle — No more Derby, but Wallis threw 54 inn. and young hitters have upside.
5. Pasadena Poly — Exceptional talent in Orndorff, but top two pitchers graduated.
6. St. Francis — Nice talent and optimism abounds with Milam at the helm.
7. San Marino — 6-4, 205-lb ace in Bain, but Titans have to hit better. Surprise team.
8. Temple City — Decimated by graduation, but Bacon Ball has been known to reload.
9. Pasadena — Top pitcher and top two hitters are back, but after that it’s dicey.
10. Maranatha — Won 13 games in ’12, but lost 18 starts to graduation.

Coaches: Be sure to text/tweet me your scores as much as possible and I will get them posted.

Baseball Preview: A full baseball preview of the Top 10 teams will run in Tuesday’s paper with more information for each team.

Follow me on Twitter @aramtolegian for scoring updates throughout the season.

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Former San Gabriel coach Jude Oliva named offensive coordinator at Maranatha …

Former San Gabriel head coach Jude Oliva, who resigned last December after three seasons at the school, has joined head coach Pete Karavedas’ staff at Maranatha as offensive coordinator.

Oliva was 17-17 in three seasons at San Gabriel and led the Matadors to the Almont League title in 2011 and a berth in the Mid-Valley Division championship game.

Oliva was named Star-News Coach of the Year after the 2011 season. He was angling for a teaching position at San Gabriel, which never came about and was forced to seek better employment opportunities. Oliva does not currently have a teaching position at Maranatha.

Aram’s take: There were rumors that Oliva would be joining Rick Zepeda’s staff at St. Paul or even headed to Bell Gardens, but him landing at Maranatha is a coup for Karavedas, who is a defensive guy and now just boosted his staff’s offensive expertise. Obviously, Oliva is qualified to be a head coach just about anywhere. Being the Star-News Coach of the Year is a nice thing to have on a resume. So you have to wonder just how much of a long-term thing this will be. If Oliva gets a teaching gig, then he just may be with Karavedas for a while.

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WEDNESDAY PLAYOFFS: Keppel girls hoops rolls … La Canada rallies past Santa Margarita … South Pasadena falls to SLO … Arcadia routed

CIF-SS Playoffs

Wednesday’s quarterfinals

Division 1AA

Troy 59, Arcadia 18

Division 2AA

Keppel 69, Santa Fe 15

Division 3A

San Luis Obispo 46, South Pasadena 42
La Canada 53, Santa Margarita 47 — Spartans rallied from 12 points down at halftime. Courtney Chen led Spartans with 19.

Division 5AA

Flintridge Prep 44, Desert Chr. 41

Division 6

Rio Hondo Prep 66, Lancaster Christian 24

Boys soccer

Wednesday’s second round

Marshall 1, Pomona 0 — Eagles will play Godinez on Friday in quarters.
Crossroads 1, Monrovia 0

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BASEBALL IS BACK!!!! Arcadia Elks Tournament should be a good one … Alhambra, Monrovia, Temple City headline the field …

It’s Mata Time for M-Town this season

IMPORTANT: Our opening baseball Top 10/preview will run in Friday’s paper.

Friday, Mar. 1

Monrovia vs. Montebello @Monrovia, 3:15 p.m.
Beverly Hills vs. Temple City @Temple City, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra Vista vs. Alhambra @Alhambra, 3:15 p.m.
Pasadena vs. South Pasadena @South Pasadena, 3:15 p.m.
Bell Jeff vs. South Gate @South Gate, 3:15 p.m.
St. Francis vs. La Salle @La Salle, 3:15 p.m.
Bell Gardens vs. Pasadena Poly @Pasadena Poly, 3:15 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 2

All games 11 a.m.

Bell Jeff at Beverly Hills
St. Francis at Monrovia
South Gate at Temple City
La Salle at Bell Gardens
Pasadena Poly at Montebello
Pasadena at Alhambra
South Pasadena at Sierra Vista

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