Muir ousted by Valley Christian … Flintridge Prep falls … Maranatha cruises … St. Francis survives …

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First round
WEDNESDAY
DIVISION 3A
Cabrillo 86, Monrovia 81
La Canada 59, Glenn 39
St. Francis 63, Yucca Valley 59 OT
DIVISION 4AA
Maranatha 64, San Marino 31
Valley Christian 60, Muir 48
Bosco Tech at Laguna Beach
La Salle vs. Pacific Hills at Providence HS, 6 p.m.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 74, Flintridge Prep 49
DIVISION 5AA
Desert at Pasadena Poly
DIVISION 5A
Lucerne Valley vs. Renaissance Academy at Loma Alta Park, 7:30 p.m.

La Canada names Ramsey Lambert new football coach

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La Canada High School announced 31-year-old Ramsey Lambert as its next varsity football head coach on Wednesday. Lambert replaces James Sims, who won seven games in two seasons at the school.

“I’m excited and it’s a great opportunity to come in and hopefully turn some things around and keep that program going in the right direction,” Lambert said. “I hope we can bring some excitement to the community and a new brand of football that the community and school can be proud of.”

Lambert was most recently the offensive coordinator at Oak Hills in Hesperia, which is where he’s from. La Canada will be Lambert’s first head coach job.

La Canada hasn’t had a winning record since going 6-5 in 2006 under longtime coach Rich Wheeler. Since Wheeler stepped down after the 2008 season, the Spartans have had two head coaches.

Last season, La Canada finished 5-6, was third in the Rio Hondo League and made the Mid-Valley Division playoffs but was routed by Paraclete in the first round.

Lambert has said he’s researched about the last seven years of performance by the program and is hoping to build on last season’s progress.

“The people there in that community are really strung out on success,” Lamber said. “They want to see their kids do well. They want to see their kids do well not only in the class room but in every aspect no matter what extra-curricular activities they join.

“We’ll try to tap into that and see if we can excite some of the alumni about the program as well.”

Lambert in the process of putting together his staff and has already offered to retain assistant coach Jason Sarceda from last year’s staff. Lambert will teach on campus.

La Canada claims outright Rio Hondo League title by routing Temple City … Maranatha loses close one to Village Chr. for Olympic title …

La Canada 63, Temple City 48 – The outright Rio Hondo League championship is La Canada’s after the Spartans officially dethroned Temple City on Tuesday. TC led 30-29 at halftime, but La Canada put the clamps on the Rams in the second half. Coach Tom Hofman wins his 22nd league title at LC.

Village Christian 47, Maranatha 45 — The Minutemen saw two possessions in the final seconds end without getting off a shot in a tough loss to Villiage Chr. that was for the Olympic League championship.

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San Gabriel Academy gets Cooked up by Renaissance …

Renaissance 47, San Gabriel Academy 41 — Renaissance head coach Sid Cooke had something for Marus LoVett and San Gabriel Academy. The Cats clamped LoVett, who didn’t score his first point until midway thru the second quarter. Meanwhile, Marquise Mosely got busy from threeland and the Cats used a 10-0 run down the stretch for the upset.

FYI, having seen the top teams around, there’s really no splitting SG Acad, Renaissance, Pasadena and St. Francis.

Pasadena, La Canada score huge wins on Friday …

Pasadena 78, Muir 58 — The Bulldogs got 28 points from Ajon Efferson, who answered with three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter after Muir cut it to 54-45 with seven minutes, to rout the Mustangs. PHS also got 20 from Rayjon Moore. Muir’s Dejon Williams was held to 11 and the Mustangs were led by Chris Ballew’s 20.

La Canada 68, Temple City 62 — The Spartans rallied in the fourth quarter after trailing most of the game. This game will go a long way toward determining the Rio Hondo League championship and as of now the Spartans appear on their way back to the top.

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Muir’s Dejon Williams scores 44 as Mustangs edge Burroughs … set up showdown with PHS …

Muir 71, Burroughs 69 — The Stangs just upped the stakes of Friday’s rivalry game with PHS by stunning Burroughs. Dejon Williams scored 44 points to help Muir pull it off. Muir still has some work to do in the league standings, but if it can beat PHS, too, this could be one heckuva a week.

Keppel 50, Schurr 24 — The Aztecs got 24 from Adam Thompson, 11 of which came in the first quarter, and remained unbeaten in the Almont League. So much for Schurr being a threat to Keppel.

Aram’s predix for Rio Hondo League boys and girls hoops races … Follow me for score updates at @aramtolegian

The boys and girls Rio Hondo League hoops season tips off tonight with an interesting slate. South Pas vs. La Canada in both boys and girls is gonna go a long ways toward determining the league champ. That’s my take, anyway. Here are the not-so-fearless predictions … why? Because this blog is booooorrrrrrrrinnnnnggggg. Thanks for reading!

Boys Predictions

1. La Canada — Sparty can get their shots, can they knock ‘em down?
2. South Pas — The win at Glendora stands out. But was it their peak?
3. Temple City — “TC by 2″ – Mike Tomasulo circa 1990.
4. Monrovia — Long-term, Goldstein turns this program around.
5. San Marino — Yeah, I’m not buying the record.
6. Blair — Back in the day … this isn’t back in the day.

Boys Schedule for Wednesday
All games at 7 p.m.

South Pasadena at La Canada
San Marino at Monrovia
Blair at Temple City

Girls Predictions

1. La Canada — It’s the system, stupid.
2. South Pasadena — Proved last year they can bang with LC.
3. Temple City — Decent, but appears to be a bit behind top two.
4. San Marino — Have to think Titans are better than record.
5. Monrovia — Would have better chance if they played defense.
6. Blair — Uh, yeah, they’ve played five games.

Girls schedule for Wednesday
All games at 5 p.m.

South Pasadena at La Canada
San Marino at Monrovia
Blair at Temple City