Tim Godley resigns as Maranatha boys hoops coach after five seasons …

Tim Godley has resigned as Maranatha boys basketball coach, the school said via press release on Monday afternoon.

Godley was 93-49 in five seasons and his 2011 team won the Olympic League.

I count it as pure joy to have been in this position and look forward to the next chapter ahead,” Godley said in the press release. “I plan on continuing to teach at Maranatha for the foreseeable future.”

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Keppel falls to North, again

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
RIVERSIDE – Keppel High School girls basketball coach Joe Kikuchi searched inside and out of his lineup and playlist to find a way to defeat J.W. North of Riverside.
But the Huskies had all of the inside and outside answers. They went inside in the first half and then to the outside in the second half to defeat the Aztecs for the second time in less than 10 days, 55-43 in a CIF State Southern California regional Division II second-round game on Saturday night in a packed North gym in Riverside.
“We really thought we were going to be able to stop it and we couldn’t,” Kikuchi said of the Huskies’ inside game. “And then they got us from the outside. It was (last week) all over again.”
North, which defeated Keppel in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA semifinals last week in Alhambra, led by as many as 15 points in the first half. The Huskies, 22-6, went inside to Priscilla Brooks in the first half to build that lead.
Brooks had eight points and, more critically, eight rebounds, six off the offensive glass, in the first half. She finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds, 10 of them offensive.
“It was just hard,” said Keppel senior Alyson Lock, who had 20 points and 15 rebounds. “I am proud of our team. It was a good fight. We all had a great team effort.”
When the much smaller Aztecs, 26-6, finally figured out how to stop her inside play, the Huskies went outside to shooters Simone De Coud and Kamille Diaz.
“It was not our best game,” Kikuchi said. “From my eight seniors, I have nothing but praises. We played hard, but things did not go our way.”
The way the Huskies were playing, it did not appear Keppel had a chance to rally at all. Neither team could make a basket to start the second half, Keppel going 0-for-5 and North 0-for-9. The Aztecs found their rhythm first, going on a mini six-point run to cut the lead to 36-31. But with 11 seconds in the quarter, De Coud, who had all nine of her points in the second half, made a layup and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but the Huskies got the rebound and quickly sent it out to Diaz, who nailed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in the quarter to take the North lead back to 12 points.
“We got too lax.” North coach Leonard De Coud said. “We should have cleared them away in the first half and we didn’t.”
The Aztecs did come back, led by pressure defense, Keppel went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 44-42 on a Tammi Matsukiyo backdoor basket with 4:39 to play off a Lock pass.
“They were amazing to even make that run in that environment,” Kikuchi said. “Our defense did it.”
Brooks was fouled and made one of two foul shots and Samantha Lee, whose only points were two second quarter 3-pointers, missed a 21-footer.
“They were face-guarding me and I really couldn’t get away from them,” 3-pointer shooter Lee said. “It was pretty tough, but we still worked hard to get back our points. We were thinking we can do this. We’re still in it.”
Diaz, who had 14 points, scored on a layup and Lock hit one of two foul shots to cut the lead to 47-43 with 2:44 left, the final Keppel points of the season. Both teams then missed 3-point attempts. De Coud missed a 3-pointer, but she was fouled on the follow-through by Lesley Tan, the guard’s fifth foul. De Coud made all three shots for a 50-43 lead with 1:37 left, the final dagger in Keppel’s rally.
“I said, ‘Do you want to go home?’ ” De Coud told his team. “We just took our time and we had to stay aggressive. Keppel is a really good team. They are undersized in every aspect of the game and they play hard.”
Keppel turned the ball over the next four times down the floor, trying to rush off shots. It is the second consecutive year that Keppel has lost in the CIF-SS semifinals and second round of the CIF State tournament.

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San Gabriel Academy in semifinals

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Junior guard Christopher Sanchez hit two foul shots in the game’s final minute to help San Gabriel Academy to a 63-59 victory over host Mission Prep on Saturday night and send the Eagles to a berth in the CIF State Southern California Regional Division V semifinals.
The Eagles had the ball and led by three points when the Royals fouled the Eagles with 43 seconds to play. San Gabriel Academy, 23-9, made both shots and the Royals missed on their field-goal attempt. They fouled Sanchez, who made two foul shots for a five-point lead with 11 seconds to play. Mission Prep, which lost in the CIF-SS Division 5AA title game, hit a 3-pointer and then fouled Sanchez, again, who made two more free throws with 2 seconds to play.
Josh Ajayi had 20 points and and 12 rebounds and Arnas Dautartas 19 points for the Eagles, who play at No. 2 seed Buckley on Tuesday.

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The Poly Trolley makes its final stop on Saturday for the Southern California Regional championship … Follow me on Twitter for score updates @aramtolegian

A week after suffering its toughest loss of the season, the Pasadena Poly High School girls soccer team has a chance to end the season in style.

The Panthers will again be playing for championship hardware. This time, the CIF State Division 3 Southern California Regional championship against Oaks Christian at 10:30 a.m. at Warren High in Downey.

“It’s a real honor to be playing at this point,” Poly coach Pat Gray said. “Not many teams get the opportunity to play in two finals, let alone one. It’s the dream of most teams to play in a final or a championship of some kind, and we have the opportunity to play in two of them.

“Once we made it to the regional finals, it felt like a real honor for us to still be playing soccer when not to many high school teams are still playing right now in Southern California.”

Poly enters Saturday’s game at 22-2-1. The Panthers blasted University Prep in the first round of the state playoffs on Tuesday, then dispatched of St. Bonaventure on Thursday with a 2-1 win.

Last Saturday, Bishop Amat handed Poly only its second loss of the season with a 4-2 setback in the Southern Section Division 2 championship game. Oaks Christian is a two-time defending state champion, but lost to Poly last week, 4-2, in the semifinals of the Southern Section playoffs.

In that game, Poly standout Sarah Mendenhall injured her right knee and is out for the season. But during warmups, Oaks Christian defender Abbey King, who is actually a friend of Mendenhall, suffered a knee injury and has not played since. She’s not expected to play today, either.

Noel Askins, Becca Hanel and Kayla Valencia have picked up the slack offensively for the Panthers, who have stayed as explosive as ever offensively despite not having Mendenhall.

The difficult task for Poly today is bucking the old cliche about how beating the same team twice in the same season. The Panthers had little trouble with Oaks Christian, thanks to a dominant second half in which the Lions had precious few scoring chances.

“I’ve heard that cliche, but as I was telling the girls, the games have to be played and it doesn’t really matter who’s across from us,” Gray said. “I thought the first time that we played Oaks Christian, they were an outstanding team and they’ll be an outstanding team tomorrow.”

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BASEBALL: Monrovia 8, Temple City 4 … Wildcats win Arcadia Elks Tournament … No doubt about Who’s No. 1 (for) now

PHOTO GALLERY of M-Town’s win over TC

By Keith Lair
Staff Writer

TEMPLE CITY — Monrovia and Temple City high schools intentionally place each other on opposite sides of the bracket when they co-host the season-opening Arcadia Elks baseball tournament.

“You want league to be the it,” Temple City coach Barry Bacon said. “To face them in a nonleague contest is not the desire in the tournament. Ultimately we try to avoid them here.”

But sometimes, there is no choice. It happened for the second time in 14 years on Thursday afternoon. Monrovia scored five runs in the first inning and defeated Temple City, 8-4, for the tournament championship on the Rams’ home field.

“Both sides would rather not do it,” Monrovia coach Brad Blackmore said. “When get to this point, it would not be the right thing to say you’re not going to do it.”

The teams will meet again in three weeks when the games really count, in Rio Hondo League action. They will also play back-to-back regular-season ending games.

“Who better than to play your rivals in the final?” said Monrovia center fielder Chris Burkholder, who recently signed a letter of intent to play for Dartmouth. “You have to jump on them and show them what what you’ve got.”

On a very cold Thursday, the Wildcats were able to size up the Rams with a powerful first inning offense. Seven of the first eight batters got on base and Monrovia scored five runs.

“It’s early, but you have to love the way we are swinging the bats,” Blackmore said. “For us, we have some offensive capabilities.”

Eric Cox sent Jake LeGrand’s first pitch to deep right field for a double. After a ground out, Joe Mata doubled down the left-field line and sophomore Jason Daly sent a 0-1 pitch over the left-field fence, the ball clearing the 355-foot sign.

“It felt good to come out and give it to them,” Daly said. “Having a step on them looks good.”

The Wildcats then drew a pair of walks and a Burkholder single to load the bases and Jacob Arfman singled to center field. When Tony Valencia could not come up with the ball, the Wildcats got another run across.

The Wildcats got only three more hits for the remainder of the game.

“The coach in me wonders why we had a slumber for two or three innings,” Blackmore said. “But that’s baseball.”

Monrovia, 4-0, did take advantage of five more Temple City errors.

“I told the kids that we’re a young team facing a good veteran team and the good veterans came out swinging the bats early,” Bacon said. “Maybe this loss was good for us.”

The Rams scored on two wild pitches and a passed ball.

Bobby Hubble got Temple City, 3-1, going by getting three hits and scoring twice. He had a double and triple.

“We saw their best pitcher,” Hubble said. “Maybe we can beat him during league.”

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EVERYBODY CHEER!!! Keppel downs Monroe, San Gabriel Academy rolls on. Both Flintridge Prep boys and girls and Rio Hondo Prep boys and girls lose …

The rematch with JW North is on: Alyson Lock had 22 points and Keppel rallied from a slow start to eliminate Monroe. The Aztecs got two big 3-pointers by Samantha Lee down the stretch to hold off the Vikings. Keppel will play at JW North in Saturday’s second round.

Boys State Playoffs

Division 5

San Gabriel Academy 51, Rolling Hills Prep 35
Village Chr. 60, Flintridge Prep 51
Foothill Chr. 65, Rio Hondo Prep 61

Girls State Playoffs

Division 2

Keppel 49, Monroe 44

Division 5

Village Chr. 51, Rio Hondo Prep 48
Immanuel 53, Flintridge Prep 46

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Temple City stuns No. 1 Alhambra, 3-2 … Rams rally for 3 runs in 6th inning to break up no-hitter … TC vs. Monrovia in Thursday’s final …

Temple City (3-0) advanced to the championship game of the Elks Tournament with a stunning 3-2 win over Star-News No. 1 Alhambra (2-1) on Tuesday.

The Rams rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to break up a no-hitter. Temple City will face Monrovia in Thursday’s Elks TOurnament championship game.

Aram’s take: Wowza. Not used to seeing Alhambra blow games like that. Huge win for the Rams, who were throttled by graduation but have plenty of talent in the Bacon Ball system.

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Pasadena Poly girls soccer State playoff game moved to 3 p.m. on Tuesday …

Pasadena Poly’s girls soccer State playoff game vs. University Prep will kickoff at 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

State playoffs are all initially slated for 4 p.m. start times, but we’re playing with God’s light at Poly, not Edison’s.

Aram’s take:
Adjust your Pilates start time accordingly. Word. See you there … I may go to Whole Foods just to get ready.

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