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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