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.

Nonleague

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 …

STATE PLAYOFFS

BOYS

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.

GIRLS

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 …

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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

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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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Maranatha, South Pas cruise into second round with easy wins …

Division 3A

South Pasadena 81, Rubidoux 18 — Thanks for coming. The Tigers led 26-1 after the first quarter and the game was played with a running clock for the entire second half. South Pas gets Gabrielino in a “locals-only” second round matchup on Saturday night.

Division 4A

Maranatha 76, Academy of Academic Excellence — Thanks for coming. The Minutemen led 27-2 after the first quarter and the game was played with a running clock in the fourth quarter. Channon Fluker had 16 points and Victoria Chang added 15 for Maranatha, which will host Crossroads in Saturday’s second round.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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