TUESDAY PLAYOFF ACTION: Pasadena falls to Loyola … Flintridge Prep rolls on

Tuesday

Boys Basketball

CIF-SS Playoffs

Division 1AA
Loyola 80, Pasadena 56
No repeat as a CIF-SS champion for Bulldogs. PHS coach Tim Tucker ejected late in fourth after picking up two technical fouls.

Division 2AA

Villa Park 68, Keppel 63
Aztecs play tough, but lose

Division 3A

Oak Park 64, St. Francis 42

Division 5AA

Flintridge Prep 77, Santa Clara 47
Robert Cartwright had 26 for hot Rebels
Division 5A

San Gabriel Academy 89, Desert Christian Academy 59
On to semifinals for the Academy

Division 6

Rio Hondo Prep 71, Lone Pine 49
Ryan Wiley scores 30 for top seed Kares

GIRLS SOCCER

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS

SECOND ROUND

Division 3

Granite Hills 3, Arcadia 0
Cold and windy trip to Apple Valley
Diamond Bar 1, Flintridge Prep 0
Rebels lose after throw-in
Pasadena Poly 3 Crescenta Valley 0
Sarah Mendenhall scores rwice; St. Joseph’s of Lakewood up next
Oaks Christian 7, Mayfield 1
Tough day for the Cubs

Division 5

San Marino 2, Bloomington 1
Titans rally from 1-0 deficit

Temescal Canyon 1, South Pasadena 0, OT
Temescal scores on disputed first OT golden goal penalty kick

Division 7

Marshall 7, Tarbut V’Torah 2
Will play Thursday at Muir

Gabrielino 3, Alverno 0
Eagles still unbeaten

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HEAT CHECK: La Canada, South Pas, Keppel and Arcadia all roll … CALL YOUR SCORES/RESULTS in to (626) 544-0992 …

GIRLS BASKETBALL
All games at 7 p.m.
DIVISION 1AA
First round

Arcadia 85, Summit 52
DIVISION 2AA
First round

Keppel 82, Yucaipa 27
San Gabriel at Mira Costa
DIVISION 3AA
Second round

Diamond Ranch 50, Rosemead 33
DIVISION 3A
Second round

South Pasadena 61, Ocean View 37
La Canada 60, El Monte 29 — Spartans heat up from outside, and D’d up pretty well too, to have El Monte put away at halftime.
DIVISION 4AA
Second round

Windward at La Salle
DIVISION 4A
Second round

Westridge at Cantwell/Sacred Heart
DIVISION 5AA
Second round

Flintridge Prep at Desert Christian
DIVISION 5A
First round

AGBU vs. Academy of Academic Excellence at James Woody Center
DIVISION 6
Second round

Rio Hondo Prep 44, Price 30

GIRLS WATER POLO
Second round
DIVISION 4

Los Altos 12, South Pasadena 10
DIVISION 6
Culver City 10, Pasadena Poly 8

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PLAYOFFS: Pasadena blows 16-point lead, but edges Downey, Muir loses by 1, Keppel rolls … POST YOUR SCORES and/or CALL them in to (626) 544-0992


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BASKETBALL
DIVISION 1AA
First round
Pasadena 71, Downey 68 — Downey missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer that hit backboard, front of the rim and bounce off. Pasadena blew a 16-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but got nine points from Andre Spight to edge the Vikings. Pasadena gets Loyola next.
DIVISION 1A
First round
Santa Monica 75, Alhambra 32
Keppel 73, Santa Ana 46 — Spencer Briglio had 22 points, including four 3-pointers for the Aztecs.
DIVISION 3AA
Second round
Temescal Canyon 67, Temple City 61
DIVISION 3A
Second round<
St. Francis 61, San Dimas 38
DIVISION 4A
Second round
La Verne Lutheran 54, Muir 53
Crespi 66, Maranatha 61
DIVISION 4A
Second round

No. 15 Marshall at No. 1 Pacific Hills
No. 6 Renaissance Academy at No. 7 Campbell Hall
DIVISION 5AA
Second round

No. 5 Brethren Christian at No. 12 Pasadena Poly
No. 2 Flintridge Prep at Desert Christian
DIVISION 5A
Second round

Coast Union at No. 3 San Gabriel Academy
No. 2 Shalhevet at No. 14 AGBU
DIVISION
Second round

No. 16 San Fernando Valley Academy at No. 1 Rio Hondo Prep

SOCCER
First round
All games 5 p.m. unless noted

DIVISION 1
Palos Verdes 6, St. Francis 0
DIVISION 4
Duarte at No. 4 Cathedral
DIVISION 5
Marshall 2, La Canada 1
Monrovia 1, Mountain View 1, Monrovia 4-3 PKs
Tahquitz 1, South Pasadena 0
DIVISION 6
Flintridge Prep at Firebaugh, 3:15 p.m.
Ontario Christian beats Pas Poly
Environmental Charter at Maranatha

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Muir rolls past Heritage Christian in first round … La Verne Lutheran up next on Friday …

Muir High School’s boys basketball team left nothing to chance at the start of Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA playoff game against visiting Heritage Christian.

The Mustangs jumped all over the Warriors early and to the tune of seven different Muir players scoring in the first. When the quarter was over, Muir was comfortably ahead and never looked back for a 89-64 win.

“I’m happy with the start,” Mustangs coach Simaine Stewart said. “The middle of the game, no. In the middle of the game I think we kind of got back on our heels and got complacent.”

Who could blame the Mustangs for getting complacent? Muir flirted with a 20-point lead so early in the game that the only drama left came when Heritage Christian made mild runs that the Mustangs answered with defense, which lead to turnovers, which lead to easy transition baskets.

“They know, one and done,” Stewart said of his team. “And for my seniors, they want to continue to play. We talk about getting deep into the playoffs and getting our opportunity, because the deeper you get, you don’t know what that ball will do.”

Muir improved to 17-12 and will play on the road against La Verne Lutheran on Friday night. Heritage Christian finished 11-15.

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Boys basketball playoffs

1AA
Friday

Downey (San Gabriel Valley 2) at No. 10 seed Pasadena (Pacific 1)
1A
Friday

Alhambra (Almont at-large) at No. 2 seed Santa Monica (Ocean 1)
2AA
Friday

Santa Ana (Golden West at-large) at No. 15 seed Keppel (Almont 1)
3AA
Wednesday

Lakeside (Sunbelt at-large) at No. 12 seed La Canada (Rio Hondo 2)
El Dorado (Century 2) at No. 11 seed Gabrielino (Mission Valley 2)
West Valley (Mountain Pass at-large) at No. 7 seed Temple City (Rio Hondo 1)
3A
Wednesday

South Pasadena (Rio Hondo at-large) at No. 12 seed Cabrillo (Los Padres 1)
No. 7 seed St. Francis (Mission at-large) at Lompoc (Los Padres 3)
Monrovia (Rio Hondo at-large) at No. 2 seed Oak Park (Tri-Valley 1)
4A
Wednesday

San Marino (Rio Hondo 3) at No. 11 seed Oaks Christian (Tri-Valley 2)
Heritage Christian (Olympic 3) at No. 13 seed Muir (Pacific 3)
Costa Mesa (Orange Coast at-large) at No. 10 seed Maranatha (Olympic 2)
No. 16 seed La Salle (Del Rey 3) at St. Geneveieve (Santa Fe 3)
5A
Wednesday

No. 15 seed Marshall (Delphc 3) at Riverside Notre Dame (Mountain Pass 3)
Crean Lutheran (Academy at-large) at No. 6 seed Renaissance Academy (Harbor 2)
5AA
Wednesday

No. 12 seed Pasadena Poly (Prep 3) at Academy for Academic Excellence (Agape 2)
Avalon (San Joaquin at-large) at No. 2 seed Flintridge Prep (Prep 1)
5A
Wednesday

Laguna Blanca (Condor 4) at No. 3 seed San Gabriel Academy (Westside 1)
No. 4 AGBU (Westside 3) at Cate (Condor 1)
6
Wednesday

Canoga Park AGBU (Westside at-large) at No. 1 seed Rio Hondo Prep (Prep 2)
No. 13 seed Lake Arrowhead Christian (Majestic 3) at St. Monica Academy (International 3)
Southwestern Academy (Westside 4) at No. 2 seed Trinity Classic Academy (Heritage 2)

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Girls basketball playoffs

Girls basketball
All games at 7 p.m.
1AA
Saturday
Summit (Sunkist 2) at Arcadia (Pacific 1)
2AA
Saturday

Yucaipa (Citrus Belt at-large) at No. 1 seed Keppel (Almont 1)
San Gabriel (Almont 3) at No. 10 Mira Costa (Bay 1)
3AAA
Thursday

Nogales (Valle Vista at-large) at Rosemead (Mission Valley 1)
Pasadena (Pacific at-large) at No. 4 seed Laguna Hills (South Coast 2)
3AA
Thursday

Monrovia (Rio Hondo at-large) at No. 9 seed San Jacinto (Mountain Pass 1)
3A
Gabrielino (Mission Valley at-large) at Ganesha (Montview 3)
Saturday
Covina-Ocean View winner at No.5 seed South Pasadena (Rio Hondo 2)
Northview-No. 14 seed El Monte winner at No. 3 seed La Canada (Rio Hondo 1)
4AA
Thursday

La Salle (Del Rey at-large) at Heritage Christian (Olympic 1)
No. 9 seed Rosary (Trinity at-large) at Pasadena Poly (Prep 1)
Notre Dame (Mission at-large) at Duarte (Montview 2)
San Marino (Rio Hondo at-large) at No.2 seed Jserra (Trinity 2)
4A
Thursday

Mayfield (Prep 4) at Crossroads (Delphic 1)
Maranatha (Olympic at-large at No. 5 seed Whitney (Academy 1)
Excelsior Charter (Agape 3) at No. 11 seed Westridge (Prep 3)
Marshall (Delphic 4) at No. 7 seed Fairmont Prep (San Joaquin 1)
5AA
Thursday

CAMS (Warrior 2) at Flintridge Prep (Prep 2)
5A
Wild card
Thursday

No. 12 Sage Hill (Academy at-large) at No. 13 AGBU (Westside 3)
6
Thursday

St. Monca Acadeny (International 3) at Capistrano Valley Christian (San Joaquin 3)
No. 4 seed Rio Hondo Prep at Concordia/Sylmar (Omega 3)

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Girls water polo pairings

Division 4
Tuesday’s wild card

San Marino (Rio Hondo 4) at Mission Viejo (Sea View 4)
Thursday’s first round
Temple City (Rio Hondo 2) at No. 4 seed La Serna (Del Rio 1)
Capistrano Valley-La Habra winner at South Pasadena (Rio Hondo 1)
Division 5
Tuesday wild card

Pasadena (Pacific 4) at Nipomo (Los Padres 3)
Division 6<
Tuesday's wild card

El Segundo (Ocean 3) at Mayfield (Prep 3)
La Salle (Prep 4) at La Quinta (Desert Valley 2)
Thursday’s first round
Rancho Alamitos-Palm Springs at No. 2 seed Pasadena Poly (Prep 1)

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More athletes sign letters of intent

The hoopla of national signing day has come and gone, but high school athletes are still signing national letters of intent.
Maranatha quarterback Andrew Elffers took pen to paper on Friday afternoon in a ceremony in the gymnasium. He signed with NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific.
“I know I have a great chance to play at APU for a long time,” he said. “It’s so exciting.”
Elffers, who tore his meniscus this past season, waited until Friday to sign because his father was out of town.
He turned down offers from Division I schools, including UNLV, Idaho and Sacramento State.
“Of all the schools that I went to that made me offers, APU stepped out the most,” he said. “I could tell there was something different there.”
The west San Gabriel Valley, already a girls soccer hot bed, had three other girls make commitments: Pasadena Poly’s Katie Wardlaw and Julia Blanco and Westridge’s Allie Schiffman.
Wardlaw, who turned down Division I offers, will play for Division III Williams. Blanco will play at Division III Claremont and Schiffman at Washington University in St. Louis. La Salle’s Cassidy Rey will be at Division I Denver.
The signing period for softball and swimming began last November, but athletes are still signing letters. La Salle catcher Stefanie Ferri chose Fordham, Alhambra pitcher Tori Simpler picked Indiana Tech and Flintridge Sacred Heart softball player Jill Jacobs chose Loyola Marymount. Pasadena swimmer Victoria Lepesant signed with Princeton.
Pasadena resident Coleman Shelton, who played football at Loyola, committed to play at Washington on Wednesday. He is a 6-foot-41/2, 285-pound offensive tackle.

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La Canada, South Pasadena soccer teams tie

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
SOUTH PASADENA — The La Canada and South Pasadena high school boys soccer teams had multiple opportunities to win the Rio Hondo League title on Thursday afternoon.
In the end, the teams had to settle on a pair of ties. A scoreless one in the Rio Hondo League finale and as co-league champions.
South Pasadena players celebrated as if it had not happen in a long time; it had been 16 years.
“It feels amazing,” senior defender Charles Slocum said. “For four years we’ve been getting destroyed by La Canada. This feels like a win to me.”
It is the Spartans’ fourth consecutive league crown.
“It’s bittersweet,” La Canada’s Filip Franke said. “That’s all it is.”
The teams will share the league title, but South Pasadena (14-1-3, 7-0-3) will enter the CIF-Southern Section playoffs as the league’s No. 1 seed by virtue of its 2-1 victory over the Spartans [BODY](18-3-2, 8-1-1)[/BODY] two weeks ago. The pairings will be announced Sunday.
The Tigers outshot the Spartans, 9-5, and had a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks.
La Canada was missing its all-time leading scorer, Armand Bagramyan. The senior, who signed with UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, received two yellow cards against San Marino.
It forced coach Alex Harrison to shuffle his lineup.
“We were a little bit out of character in spots that we are used to,” he said. “If we can play without Armand, throw out a guy scores 42 goals. it will be a little easier when we get him back.”
But once the Spartans settled down, they almost scored. Franke took a pass from Armaan Zare and got goalkeeper Chris Mejia to fall down chasing the ball. His shot went wide.
“I thought I had it, but all you can do is only laugh it off,” he said.
The Tigers were without top scorer Heven Gomez, who injured his ankle in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Blair.
But the Tigers had opportunities.
Corey Keenan’s first-half shot was saved when goalkeeper Graham Labran-Boyd quick-kicked the ball. Clem Witherall nearly scored off a Zack Dunn corner kick when Labran-Boyd fell down.

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