Arcadia, Crescenta Valley halted in 8th (rain) with score tied 4-4, is it a tie or do they resume? …

Arcadia and Crescenta Valley’s key Pacific League showdown was halted in the 8th inning due to rain on Friday night with the score tied 4-4.

The question now is whether the two teams will be allowed to resume the game or if it will go down in the record books as a tie. The decision could be key to the league championship race as both teams entered Friday tied with Pasadena for first place.

Pasadena beat Muir earlier Friday and would hold a half-game lead with six to play if Arcadia-CV is ruled a tie. It will be up to the Pacific League to determine whether a game can end in a tie or be resumed.

Aram’s Take:
The vibe here is that this will be a tie.

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Maranatha on the verge of becoming an athletic powerhouse …


Pasadena is there for the taking. I know it. You know it. Maranatha High School knows it. And more importantly, the school is doing something about it.

Pasadena is well known as an athletics hotbed. It’s also no secret that its public school system, especially in terms of athletics, is a bit of a wreck. Coaches are woefully underpaid and the amount of turnover is staggering in terms of coaches and athletes is staggering.

Who better to take advantage of this than Maranatha?

And why not? There’s currently a pipeline of Pasadena football talent extending to the San Fernando Valley and beyond where schools like Alemany, Crespi and Oaks Christian are being bankrolled by our local talent.

What if those kids looking for an alternative to Pasadena public schools decided to stay close to home and pursue their athletic dreams locally? Maranatha, with its growing list of top-notch coaches, is doing whatever it can to make itself look like the top option.

It simply can’t be on accident that in the last year Maranatha has hired Mr. Basketball in Pasadena, Tim Tucker, to head its boys hoops program. And now four-time CIF champion Steve Bogan has been brought in to coach the football team.

It doesn’t stop there. In the girls basketball program, there’s a marquee name on the coaching staff like Tye’sha Fluker, who starred at Muir before attending Tennessee and playing with four teams in the WNBA. Think she can teach the younger generation a thing or two?

The baseball program has former Temple City standout pitcher Ryan Tucker, who had a brief career recently in Major League Baseball with the Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers, on staff as pitching coach.

Again, none of these things are happening on accident. The collection of coaches being assembled on campus at Maranatha isn’t by mistake. It’s almost as if Maranatha has realized what so many schools fail to understand — the best way to build a thriving high school is through athletics. Especially for a private school.

And the best way to build a great athletics program is to first start by hiring the best coaches around. Many of Maranatha’s athletic programs are already successful. The football team won a league championship last fall. The boys basketball came close to tying powerful Village Christian for the league title. The girls basketball team won league. The baseball team is currently tied for first.

Simply winning league championships won’t be enough. Bogan will be expected to do that and then follow it with postseason success. It won’t be easy because building a football program is the longest job a coach can have. But Bogan is starting with a good foundation and should some of that Pasadena talent come trickling in, things may get real good, real fast.

Tucker is already well on his way. Maranatha had several transfers into the program last year and there figures to be another good haul this season. The girls basketball team just saw standout Channon Fluker, formerly of Muir, earn Star-News Player of the Year honors.

The ball is already rolling at Maranatha. The city is there for the taking. The coaches are in place to take it both in terms of getting talent in and knowing what to do with it when they’ve got it.

We will never know what goes on behind closed doors at Maranatha, but we don’t need to hear the conversation when the actions are right under our noses. Maranatha is making its move. It’s bidding to become a Pasadena sports powerhouse. And if you’re good here, you’re good anywhere.

In a city where so many other schools are content to sit back and let it happen, who’s really going to bet against the Minutemen?

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East Side sweeps Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic

Glendora's Thomas Rico (#5) with the Tribune All-Stars gets tied up by the Pasadena Star-News All-Stars in the Boys Basketball All-Star Classic at Damien High School in La Verne on Friday April 11, 2014. (Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Glendora’s Thomas Rico (#5) with the Tribune All-Stars gets tied up by the Pasadena Star-News All-Stars in the Boys Basketball All-Star Classic at Damien High School in La Verne on Friday April 11, 2014.
(Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Which side of the San Gabriel Valley is the best basketball played?
For one night, it appears its the east side that reigns surpreme after sweeping the boys and girls games Friday night in the 11th Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic at Damien High School.
The Tribune All-Stars, getting 20 points from Walnut’s Rob Harrelson and 19 from Glendora’s Thomas Rico, rallied to beat their Star-News counterparts, 89-81.
In the girls game, Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley capped arguably one of the top area high school careers by scoring 18 points in leading the Tribune to a 85-60 victory.
Wheatley and Rico were their team’s game MVPs. The Star-News MVPs were Muir’s Dejon Williams, who had 12 points in the boys game, and the Mustangs’ Chy’annea Hodges, who had 11.
The Tribune now leads the boys’ series, 6-5, with the Tribune trimming the Star-News’ lead in the girls series to 6-5.
“This was great,” Rico said. “They were saying we’re undersized, so it’s great to come out and get the win.”
The Star-News, which rallied back from a 21-point deficit to tie the score at halftime, 44-44, looked like it might split the doubleheader when Alhambra’ Miles Ford (13 points) hit a 3-pointer and Keppel’s Adam Thompson converted a fast-break layup for a 70-66 lead. But then Rico, one of the area’s best 3-point shooters, got hot, scoring the next 12 points on three 3-pointers and a 3-point play for a 78-72 lead with 3:23 left.
The Star-News cut it to 87-81 with less than a minute left, but missed back-to-back 3-pointers with 30 seconds to play.
“I just wanted to make sure we got the win,” Rico said. “It got close, and I was able to take over and get us the win.”
The first half of the boys game was two halves in one before the teams settled for a 44-44 deadlock.
The Tribune, which got 13 first-half points from Harrelson, opened with a 34-13 blitz. Harrelson; Damien’s Cade Cunniff, who was a late replacement, and Glendora’s Thomas Rico each hit 3-pointers during the run.
But the Star-News team rallied back with runs of 11-0 and 20-8 to tie it at 44 at halftime.

Bonita's Nikki Wheatley (#10) with the Tribune All-Stars makes a shot as they play the Pasadena Star-News All-Stars in the Girls Basketball All-Star Classic at Damien High School in La Verne on Friday April 11, 2014. (Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley (#10) with the Tribune All-Stars makes a shot as they play the Pasadena Star-News All-Stars in the Girls Basketball All-Star Classic at Damien High School in La Verne on Friday April 11, 2014. (Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

In the girls game, the Tribune All-Stars put it away early in the second half after opening with an 18-3 surge for a 56-30 lead with about 10 minutes to play. Wheatley, who also had six steals, scored 10 in the second half to put the finishing touches on her high school career, which includes being a four-time All-Area player.
“It feels good to finish with all these amazing girls,” Wheatley said. “It was really fun, and to play with these amazing players was a great way to end my high school career.”
Bishop Amat’s Paulina Santana and Dagmar Ramirez had 15 and nine points, respectively, for the Tribune

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IMPORTANT: If you’re a player or parent trying to find out about practice times, please contact Aram Tolegian at

Boys: 8 p.m.
Girls: 6 p.m.


Coaches: Ray O’Brien and Jeff Stephens, St. Francis

BOYS TEAM PRACTICE TIMES ARE: Mon, Apr. 7 and Wed. Apr. 9 at St. Francis HS, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Ajon Efferson, Pasadena
Rayjon Moore, Pasadena
Steve Herve, Renaissance
Marty Gaizuaskas, Renaissance
Josh Ayaji, San Gabriel Academy
Dejon Williams, Muir
Evan Crawford, St. Francis
Noah Willerford, St. Francis
Musa Daama, Maranatha
Nick Springer, Maranatha
Goren Lee, Temple City
Adam Thompson, Keppel
Robert Cartwright, Flint. Prep
Justus Tucker, Monrovia
Will Genske, Pasadena Poly


Coach: Tamar Hill, La Canada

Courtney Chen, La Canada
Caroline Knop, La Salle
Teresa Wang, Gabrielino
Aundrea Issakhanian, La Canada
Alyssa Miller, La Canada
Vivian Tran, Gabrielino
Christina Huynh, Arcadia
Kaitlyn Olah, Polytechnic
Alexis Parker, Rio Hondo Prep
Tierra Adams, Muir
Chy’annea Hodges, Muir
Claire Fitzgerald, La Salle
Hope Peron, Maranatha
Kyrstin Nakamura, Keppel
Gabriella Chan, Temple City

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Monrovia blanks Alhambra to win Arcadia Elks Tournament … San Marino done in by Oak Hills ace Solomon Bates …

Arcadia Elks Championship

Monrovia 2, Alhambra 0 — Brian McConnell threw a one-hitter as Monrovia blanked a Marco Briones-less Moors team.


Oak Hills 5, San Marinp 0 — In a battle of aces, Oak Hills’ Solomon Bates got the better of San Marino’s Jeff Bain. Bates also went 3-4 at the plate to with his 11 Ks and six shutout innings.

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St. Francis (boys), La Canada (girls), South Pas (girls) all win on the road … Keppel (girls) lose a close one … Pas Poly (girls) cruise at home …



Division 3

St. Francis 67, Kearny 62 — The Knights never trailed in the second half, but when things got hairy toward the end, Evan Crawford hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute to play to extend a four-point lead to seven.

The Knights improved to 20-12 and will play at Santa Margarita on Saturday night.

St. Francis standout Kyle Leufroy finished with 17 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter.


Division 1

Mission Hills 54, Keppel 50 — The Aztecs saw their season come to a close despite hanging tough on the road against Mission Hills.

Keppel lead by by two with just over two minutes to play, but foul trouble added up and the Aztecs couldn’t hold off the host Grizzlies.

Kelli Kamida led Keppel with 18 points and Sophia Song added nine. Keppel, which lost two games in the open division during the Southern Section playoffs, finished 25-4.

Division 3

South Pasadena 74, Sierra 69 — The Tigers got 28 points from Sophia Hathaway and double-digit performances from Lexie Scholtz, Kristen Kafkaloff and Elise Takahama to advance over host Sierra of Tollhouse.

South Pasadena improved to 21-6 and will play either Lakeside or Hoover in Saturday’s second round.

Clinging to a two-point lead in the final minute, Kafkaloff hit three free throws to keep Sierra, which never led in the second half, at bay.

La Canada 52, Eagle Rock 49 — Sarah Borland buried a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to bury Eagle Rock and send the Spartans onto the second round where they will play at top-seeded Santa Barbara on Saturday night.

Division 5

Pasadena Poly 71, Liberty Charter 26 — The Panthers opened a big early lead and never looked back. How big? Try 38-0. Nuff said.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: La Canada and St. Francis win to force neighborly matchup in semis … Efferson scores 35 as PHS rolls on …


Division 2AA

Pasadena 70, Eisenhower 60 — Ajon Efferson scores 28 of his 35 in the second half. Bulldogs back at home on Friday in the quarters.

Division 3A

La Canada 57. Pioneer 53 — Sparty trails most of the game and rallies late to force semis showdown with St. Francis.

St. Francis 55, Gladstone 43 — The Knights fended off numerous rallies by Gladstone to forced semis showdown with La Canada.

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Pasadena, La Canada, St. Francis advance … Maranatha, Keppel lose in OT … Temple City ousted


Boys Basketball Playoff Results from Friday

Division 1A
First round

AB Miller 62, Keppel 57 OT

Division 2AA
First Round

Pasadena 77, Ontario 58 — Ajon Efferson scored 20 of his game-high 33 points in the second half and the Dogs shook off a shaky first half to rout the Jaguars. PHS hosts Eisenhower in Tuesday’s second round.

Division 2A
First round

Whittier 62, Temple City 52

Division 3A
Second round

La Canada 87, Lompoc 51 — The Spartans made 21 3-pointers and were led by Koko Kurdoghlian’s 23 points. Grant Arthur had 15. Sparts visits Pioneer in Tuesday’s quarters.
St. Francis 69, San Dimas 45 — Still cruising toward a showdown with neighbor La Canada in the semis.

Division 4AA
Second round

Harvard-Westlake 98, Maranatha 96 OT

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