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Girls Tennis Pairings: Maranatha, Arcadia, Alhambra receive top four seeds

By Stephen Ramirez
There were no surprises when the CIF-Southern Section released its girls tennis playoff pairings Monday.
Maranatha, Arcadia and Alhambra all received top four seeds as expected.
The trio will now begin the march to The Claremont Club, which begins Tuesday with wild-card rounds. The first round is scheduled for Wednesday, with the quarterfinals and semifinals slated for Nov. 9 and 11, respectively. The finals will be Nov. 13 at The Claremont Club.
Maranatha, which won the Division 5 title, is again the favorite in that division after receiving the No. 1 seed. The Minutemen, who are 13-3 and went 9-0 in winning the Olympic League, host either Heritage or Beaumont, who meet in the wild-card round, in the first round on Wednesday. They were the No. 3 seed last year and beat No. 4 Thacher in the final, 11-7.
Also in Division 5, Whittier Christian (11-5), arguably the top team from the Whittier area, is at Vista del Lago. The Heralds finished second to the Minutemen in the Olympic League.
Arcadia, which lost in the second round last season, is the No. 2 seed in Division 2. The Apaches, who are 17-0, will also host a wild-card winner, facing either La Reina or St. Joesph, of Santa Maria. Arcadia went 12-0 in winning the Pacific League.
Also in Division 2, Glendora, which finished second in the Palomares League, hosts San Luis Obispo.
Alhambra, which won the Almont League, is No. 4 in Division 4. The Moors, who are 14-1, face either St. Joseph, of Lakewood, or Bolsa Grande in the first round.
Other first-round matchups in Division 4 feature St. Lucy’s at Valle Vista champ Wilson, of Hacienda Heights; California at Arroyo and La Quinta, of Westminster, at Rowland. Del Rio League champ La Serna will host either Chaminade or Torrance.
Traditional area power San Marino, which won the Rio Hondo League, will host Xavier Prep in Division 1. La Canada is at Northwood, also in Division. I. South Pasadena, which was third in the Rio Hondo League, is at Dos Pueblos in a Division 1 wild-card match. The winner advances to No. 2 Corona del Mar.
Division 3 features Walnut, which is hosting Pacifica, of Garden Grove, and Mayfield, which is at Oakwood.
There are some area matchups in the wild-card round. Charter Oak hosts Pasadena Poly in Division 3, with Schurr at Bishop Amat; San Dimas at Marshall and La Salle at Rosemead in Division 4.


La Canada at Northwood
Xavier Prep at San Marino
San Luis Obispo at Glendora
Camarillo at Ayala
La Reina-St. Joseph’s winner at No. 2 Arcadia
Pacifica/GG at Walnut
Mayfield at Oakwood
La Quinta/W at Rowland
California at Arroyo
San Dimas-Marshall at Flint. Sacred Heart
St. Joseph-Bolsa Grande at No. 4 Alhambra
St. Lucy’s at HH Wilson
Chaminade-Torrance at La Serna
Heritage Chr-Beaumont at No. 1 Maranatha
Edgewood-Montclair at Gladstone
Whittier Christian at Vista del Lago

South Pasadena at Dos Pueblos – at No. 2 Corona del Mar
South Hills at Simi Valley – at Laguna Beach
Pasadena Poly at Charter Oak — at No. 4 Yucaipa
Schurr at Bishop Amat — at No. 1 South Torrance
San Dimas at Marshall — at Flintridge Sacred Heart
Santa Fe at J.W. North — at Notre Dame/Riverside
La Salle at Rosemead — at Garden Grove
Highland at Keppel — at Bishop Montgomery
Edgewood at Montclair — at Gladstone
Arroyo Valley at La Puente — at Foothill Tech
Duarte at Fairmont Prep — at No. 4 Maganolia
Shadow Hills at Azusa — Rim of the World

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Saturday Rewind: What the heck happened to Monrovia? Muir also loses; San Marino, Maranatha enjoy blow-out wins

Burbank beat Monrovia 38-20 during Monrovia's Friday night opening game at Monrovia High School on August 28, 2015.(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Burbank beat Monrovia 38-20 during Monrovia’s Friday night opening game at Monrovia High School on August 28, 2015.(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

MONROVIA >> Any thought of this being a down season for the Burbank High School football team was put to rest Friday.
Darnell Williams rushed for 109 yards and Jake Kelley ran for two touchdowns as the Bulldogs shocked host Monrovia 38-20 in the teams’ season opener.
Guy Gibbs threw for 70 yards and two touchdown and Nicolas Warren had 61 yards rushing and a score for Burbank, which opened the season with a win for the eighth consecutive year.
Asaph Zamora threw for 176 yards and a touchdown for Monrovia, which began the season ranked No. 7 in the CIF-SS Central Division. Burbank is unranked in the Southeast Division.
Burbank’s Darnell Williams: “I love winning. This team is a blessing. Everyone said we were going to lose this game by 14. We said, ‘No, we’re better than that.’”
Monrovia coach Chris Stevens: We had a fast start and then we just couldn’t get anything going offensively. It was hard to move the sticks tonight and when you play an opponent like Burbank, you have to be able to move the ball, and we just didn’t tonight.”
— Stephen Ramirez

ROSEMEAD >> Northview High came out firing on all cylinders offensively in its football season opener Friday night. The Vikings needed every score to withstand a valiant comeback by Rosemead.
In the end, Northview’s vaunted rushing attack was too much for the host Panthers as the Vikings came away with a 37-24 victory in the non-league game.
Elijah Grijalva rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 11 times carries. Andres Hooper ran 14 times for 115 yards and quarterback Steven Comstock completed the rushing attack by rushing eight times for 29 yards and two scores.
Not to be outdone, Rosemead quarterback Steven Nava was the definition of a gunslinger. Nava was 30 for 49 for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Darien Camacho caught 14 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan Parham caught nine passes for 116 yards.
— Guillermo Tovar

Jeremiah Jones rushed for 167 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown and the Pasadena High School defense buckled down for a season-opening 20-0 nonleague victory over South El Monte on Friday night.
The Eagles were held to 89 yards total offense, 64 rushing, and did not penetrate inside the Pasadena 38-yard line.
Bulldogs quarterback Haden Zepeda rushed for a 1-yard TD run and completed 3 of 5 passes for 74 yards, including a 27-yard TD pass to Blake Jenkins.
1. St. Francis, idle
2. San Marino def. Arroyo, 49-10
3. Monrovia lost to Burbank, 38-20
4. Muir lost to Salesian, 34-14
5. Maranatha def. St. Monica, 44-0
6. La Salle def. El Camino Real, 37-14
7. Arcadia lost to Bell Gardens, 42-37
8. Rosemead lost to Northview, 37-24
9. South Pasadena, idle
10. La Canada def Verbum Dei, 33-6
Western 26, Alhambra 0
Diamond Bar 44, Duarte 13
Ganesha 41, Keppel 7
Southlands Chr. 44, Marshall 26
Montclair 36, San Gabriel 0
Pasadena Poly 42, Bosco Tech 6
Pasadena 20, South El Monte 0
Clairemont 41, Gabrielino 17

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Arcadia’s Tenny Chong, La Canada’s Dane Bell win titles at CIF-SS D2 swim championships

 Arcadia's Tenny Chong wins the 50 yard freestyle during the CIF division 2 swimming finals in the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Arcadia’s Tenny Chong wins the 50 yard freestyle during the CIF division 2 swimming finals in the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

RIVERSIDE >> Sonora High School’s Taylor Ault and Arcadia’s Tenny Chong were two of the area’s top swimmers throughout this season and both lived up to the billing on Saturday.
Ault won the 200-yard and 500 freestyles and Chong the 50 free to highlight the area’s efforts at the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 swimming championships at Riverside City College.
La Canada’s Dane Bell and Sonora’s Simon Lamar were the other area winners, sharing the 500 free with a time of 4:29.63.
Ault used a late surge to win the 200 free, finishing in 1 minute, 46.07 seconds. Ayala’s Kenisha Liu (1:47), who led most of the race, was second.
“I’m a back-half swimmer,” Ault said. “It’s usually one of my strengths. I was just hoping I could keep going, and was happy I did.”
Ault was dominant in the 500, easily winning with a time of 4:43.46.
“It’s really good (to win CIF),” Ault said. “I won last year, and I had better times this year, so it feels really good.”
Chong was happy to win the 50 free for another reason.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Chong said. “When I was little, I always wanted to be like my brother, because he always won CIF. He’s like my role model and I’m glad I could match him.”
Chong, the top qualifier in the 50, led from start to finish with a time of 20.87. He was also fourth in the 100 backstroke (51.20).
“When I dove in (for the 50), I had my doubts,” Wong said. “After the turn, when I streamlined, I saw the guy on my right, and he was in front of my, but I’m really good the last 15 yards. It felt good.”
Bell was also fourth in the 200 free (1:41.44)
The Glendora girls team, which finished second to Crean Lutheran of Irvine in the team competition, has solid efforts from Catherine Sanchez, who was second in the 100 fly (0:54.51) and third in the 200 free (1:50.04); Jackie Basham, who was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.09), and Alexis Margett (54.73) and Gisel Olvera (56.35), who were third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 fly.
Other top performances by locals were South Pasadena’s Garrett Tse, who was fourth in the 200 individual medley (1:52.21); Damien’s Richie Campbell, who was fourth in the 50 free (21.31) and San Marino’s Javier Lopez, who was second in the 100 fly (49.85).
The Glendora girls also finished second in the 200 medley (1:46.12) and 200 free (1:36.92) relays.

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Baseball: Alhambra beats Schurr, 8-2

Alhambra defeats Schurr 8-2 at Schurr High School in Montebello on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Alhambra defeats Schurr 8-2 at Schurr High School in Montebello on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez

MONTEBELLO — This week has the feeling of an elimination bracket for the Alhambra and Schurr high school baseball teams, who each began the week one game behind Almont leader Montebello and couldn’t afford to take a step backward.
Alhambra, at least for now, doesn’t have that concern.
Nick Giambalvo had three RBIs and the Moors kept pace in the race for the league title with an 8-2 victory over the host Spartans.
James Giambalvo also had two hits and allowed just one earned run on the mound for Alhambra, which improved to 11-5 overall and 6-2 in league play. Michael Corona had three hits and a RBI for Schurr, which slipped to 13-6-1 and 5-3. The two teams meet again at Alhambra’s Moor Field on Thursday.

Alhambra’s Nick Giambalvo: “We’re just going to have to come at Schurr (again) on Thursday and then really come at Montebello (next week). Our bats are coming alive now and we’re starting to become one as a team. (This win) means a lot. We have a lot to accomplish. We are going to keep trying and do our job.”

Schurr’s Michael Corona: “We just said to ourselves, ‘Hey, come on, we’re a good team, we can stay in it. Just fight.’ We did. Some hits were right at people and we’re outs and some where hits, but we all had good at-bats.”

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CIF State Basketball Pairings: Keppel girls seeded No. 1; Maranatha boys No. 2

Here is the CIF State basketball pairings released by the CIF State office today. The first round is scheduled for Wedneday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday. The regional semifinals are slated for March 17, with the regional finals on March 21 at either The Pyramid in Long Beach or Colony High School in Ontario. The state finals are scheduled for March 27-28 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

10 Gardena (21-9) at 7 La Mirada (26-5)
12 El Cajon Valhalla (22-9) at 5 Sonora (28-4)
14 L.A. Franklin (13-16) at 3 Cantwell (15-13)
15 Selma (22-7) at 2 Damien (24-5)
15 Carlsbad Pacific Ridge (22-6) at 2 Maranatha (22-6)

16 Hart (23-7) at 1 Mark Keppel (22-7)
9 South Hills (23-7) at 8 Tulare Mission Oak (28-5)
10 South Gate Legacy (26-9) at 7 South Pasadena (23-2)
13 St. Paul (19-14) at 4 Los Angeles View Park (26-4)
12 Douglas (17-17) at 5 Flintridge Prep (24-2)

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