Pasadena Games in steady hands

High school track and field programs tossed around the Pasadena Games like it was a hot potato.

But since Pasadena City College regained control of the meet in 2012, everything seems to be back on an upswing.

“Now we have to turn people away,” Pasadena track and field coach Armand Crespo said. “It’s big. I think we revived it and pumped life into it.”

The 72nd annual meet will be Friday and Saturday. Colleges and open athletes will compete Friday and high schools will compete on Saturday. Friday’s meet will be mostly for community college athletes, with a smattering of NCAA athletes seeking qualifying marks. Fifty high schools are scheduled to compete in Saturday’s high school meet.

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Shooting has helped Keppel to state title game

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ALHAMBRA >> Defense may win games, but without the ability to score, playing solid defense is moot.
The Keppel High School girls basketball teams have consistently been able to do both well. The Aztecs have an incredibly quick and killer pressure defense and have had a lot of offensive spark at the same time. It is one reason they are consistently considered one of the top programs in Southern California and why they are playing in their first CIF State championship game on Saturday.

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Monrovia’s big seventh-inning rally beats Temple City

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TEMPLE CITY >> No lead, apparently how big, is safe in the Rio Hondo League this baseball season.
Monrovia High School proved that point on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats scored six times in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Temple City, 8-6.

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Temple City rallies to beat San Marino in Rio Hondo opener

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SAN MARINO >> Zech Jarrard was peering onto the San Marino High School baseball field with a Yogi Berra-like grin.
The Temple City center fielder did not bring up Berra’s famous line, “It’s not over until it’s over.” But he was definitely believing, and smiling, about it.
The junior drove in the winning run with a squeeze bunt in the seventh inning to help the visiting Rams to a 4-1 victory over San Marino in a Rio Hondo League opener Friday afternoon.

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Keppel advances to state title game

The Mark Keppel High School girls basketball team is finally going to the big dance.
The Aztecs defeated Redondo Union, 48-44, on Saturday morning at The Walter Pyramid on the campus of Cal State Long Beach to advance to next Saturday’s CIF State Division II championship game at Haas Pavilion at Cal.
Keppel led, 46-44, with 9.8 seconds left. The Sea Hawks called timeout, but the tenacious Keppel defense stole the ball and scored to seal the victory.
Keppel will play Archbishop Mitty, which defeated Dublin 63-49.

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