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.

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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

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La Canada’s Tom Hofman wins No. 600 as Sparty drops La Salle … Round 1 goes to Arcadia … Apaches girls hoops downs Burbank …

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La Canada’s Tom Hofman wins 600th gameLa Canada legend Tom Hofman won his 600th game as the Spartans beat La Salle on Friday.

Arcadia 50, Burbank 40This was a biggie as far as the Pacific League girls hoops race goes. The Apaches built a 13-point lead in the fourth, then held off a mild Burbank rally.

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Memorial service for former San Marino baseball coach Mickey McNamee moved to San Marino High …

Saturday’s memorial service for former San Marino baseball coach Mickey McNamee will now take place at San Marino High IN THE AUDITORIUM at 2 p.m.

Those wishing to send a note or letter for a memory book in McNamee’s honor are encouraged to do by sending it to:

Donna Mann
8525 Ravendale Road
San Gabriel, CA 91775

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Legendary former San Marino baseball coach Mickey McNamee passes away …

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Former San Marino baseball coach Mickey McNamee, who had a career that spanned 44 years and won five CIF championships, passed away on Friday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 74.

McNamee coached and taught at San Marino beginning in the 1960s. He resigned in 2007 after a wildly successful career that peaked in the 1990s when the Titans won CIF championships in 1990, 1992 and 1995 to go along with six consecutive Rio Hondo League championships.

“He kept the game fun and coached the game the way it was really supposed to be coached,” said current San Marino baseball coach Mack Paciorek, who played for McNamee along with two of his brothers. “I’ve been already hearing from alumni who talk about how they incorporate things they picked up from him and teach their own kids. And remember, these guys aren’t baseball coaches, they are big-time businessmen and they still take what they learned from him and use it.

“There’s a constant memory of him and you have to attribute it to how he coached the game.”

McNamee coached four CIF Players of the Year. The most notable player he coached was Jim Gott, who pitched in the majors for 14 seasons. McNamee’s teams won 14 league championships.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 11 at 2 p.m. at San Marino Congregational Church.

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Keppel edges La Canada to punch ticket into Saturday’s LC Tournament final against St. Francis …

Keppel 51, La Canada 48 — Grant Arthur’s threebee hit off the rim at the buzzer and Keppel held on to advance to Saturday’s tournament championship. Justin Saisho was huge down the stretch for the Aztecs. He hit a big 3-pointer to give Keppel at 49-47 lead after La Canada had just gone ahead 48-46 with just over a minute to play. Then, Saisho hit two big free throws down the stretch to keep it a three-point lead.

St. Francis 50, Bonita 26 — The Knights got 19 points from Kyle Leufroy and used a devastating third quarter to turn a 17-12 lead at halftime into a rout by the time the fourth quarter started.

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