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.
There was no stopping Tyler Dorsey this season.
When the Maranatha High School boys basketball team needed a big rally, like the Minutemen did in an Olympic League game against Village Christian, there was Dorsey. When other players were not quite hitting, there was Dorsey, like when he dropped in a season-high 52 points against Chaminade in the CIF State Division IV Southern California regional quarterfinals.
On Friday, he was named California’s Gatorade boys basketball player of the year.
“It’s truly a blessing,” Dorsey said of the honor. “I feel like all the work I put in to be one of the best players in California is amazing. I did not know if I was going to get it or not. It means a lot.”
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Baseball Pasadena Poly 17, Chadwick 4 — Dylan Hanel went 2 for 3 with four RBIs and a triple and Griffin Carter, Morgan Dickerson, Bing Banta, Bryan Gleason, Joe Edwards, and Matt Van Citters each had two RBIs to lead the Panthers (5-2) to their first Prep League victory of the season. Softball Flintridge-Sacred Heart 8, Westridge 1 — Freshman Alli Lombardo pitched three innings striking out five and went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Olivia Fitzpatrick went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a triple to lead the Tologs (4-4) to the nonleague win. Boys volleyball San Marino 3, Pasadena Poly 0 — Adam Stanford-Moore had five kills, Dean Behary had four blocks and Will McConnell had 18 assists for the Panthers (4-5) but it was not enough in a 25-12, 25-21, 25-7 nonleague loss. Girls swimming Pasadena Poly 121, Sierra Canyon 36 — The team of Rachel Min, Gabby Maarse, Heather Grotzinger and Susannah Laster led the Panthers (4-0) to win the 400 free relay. Grotzinger also won the 100 breast stroke. Boys swimming Pasadena Poly 128, Sierra Canyon 32 — Dean Johnson won the 200 freestyle and the team of Thomas Brooks, Luke Scheidemantle, Henry Brooks and Johnson won the 400 free relay to lead the Panthers (3-1) to the nonleague victory. Boys tennis Arcadia 17, Keppel 1 — Gary Zhu and Neal Goyal swept in singles and the teams of Henry Zhang and Kevin Yang and Brian Kim and Stanley Lim swept in doubles to lead the Apaches (9-0, 5-0) to the nonleague victory.
Twenty-four San Gabriel Valley and Whittier-area baseball teams helped raise $9,000 to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles through a preseason tournament. They presented the money, and signed baseball for fellow youth this week. Participating in the hospital visit was:
Brett Harper, Cameron Henderson, Ruben Martinez, Alex Stamos, Daniel Saldivar (La Salle), Frankie Garriola, Nio Lopez, Sumner Smith (Pasadena), Brent Hirokawa (Bosco Tech), Daniel Alvarez, Alex Gonzalez (California), Spenser Rouse, Matt McGeach, Nick Monares, Austin Salvador (Loyola), Michael Luna (Arcadia), Jonathan Ramos (Hoover), Chandler Robbins (Burbank), Chris Clarke (Newbury Park), David Barta (Village Christian), Josh Speakes (Temple City). Attending coaches are Harry Agajanian, Ernesto Martin, John Valerio (La Salle), Mike Parisi and Chris Rucker (Pasadena) and Mike Cordero (Loyola).
Player of the year Kelly Dopke, Arcadia Coach of the year Ryen Piszyk, Arcadia
Michaella Cappello, Arcadia
Campbell Dopke, Arcadia
Megan Acosta, Arcadia
Eden Hardy, Arcadia Grace Keller, Crescenta Valley
Natalia Victoria, Crescenta Valley
Sabrina Sessarego, Crescenta Valley
Kira Bochard, Burbank
Ryan Verhoeven, Burbank
Kristen Masuzumi, Burroughs
Jordan Miller, Hoover
Allison Hung, Arcadia
Isabella Dou, Arcadia
Erica Sawires, Arcadia Lauren Cota, Crescenta Valley
Courtney Iannello, Crescenta Valley
Adrianne Sarukhanyan, Burbank
Brianna Castillo, Burroughs
Remi Miller, Hoover
Crystal Rivera, Glendale Talar Boshgezenyan, Pasadena
Jazlyn Rodriguez, Muir