Star-News boys All-Stars coach Tim Tucker is tired of east side arrogance …

Last year’s results of the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic haven’t sat well with many on the Pasadena-side of the San Gabriel Valley.

Both the Tribune girls and boys teams posted easy wins to sweep the games and will be looking for more on Friday when the rivalry for the Valley’s top senior basketball talent is renewed. Tip off for the girls game is at 5:30 p.m. The boys game will follow at 7:30. Both are at Damien High.

There will be a 3-point shooting contest at halftime of both games.

The Tribune leads the all-time boys series 6-5 and is favored to add to the lead thanks to players like the Damien tandem of Jeremy Hemsley and Malik Fitts. As loaded as the Tribune looks, Star-News boys coach Tim Tucker of Maranatha isn’t buying that his team is going to get run out of the building.

“It’s kind of funny to me, the arrogance of the east side and what they think,” Tucker said. “It’s not like they’ve blown us out. Every time we’ve played them the last couple years, half our team hasn’t shown up. I think, for the west side, we have to start taking the game more serious. I think they take it more serious than we do.

“I think that also has to do with the home-court advantage. Our fans don’t want to drive out there. But we’re coming to win. Simple and plain. I’m tired of the talk and the arrogance on that side, like they’re Kentucky and we’re Pasadena City College or something.”

Although Tucker won’t have the area’s top player in Tyler Dorsey, who will be playing in the Jordan Brand All-Star Game in New York this weekend, he will have a strong complement of standouts capable of bringing back a win.

Renaissance Academy guard Marquise Mosley is the best player in the Valley nobody has ever heard of. There’s good size with 6-foot-10 Cantwell center Gligorije Rakocevic and 6-foot-5 Duarte post player Josh Dorsey.

But as good as the Star-News is at certain positions, the game still comes down to Hemsley, Fitts and Damien teammate Micah Robinson playing their final prep game on their home court. Then throw in other area standouts like Glendora’s AJ Birgonia and Los Altos’ Christian Espinoza, and it’s easy to see why that the Tribune has no holes.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who are good shooters, good 3-point shooters, drivers/slashers and definitely we’ve got some good dunkers,” said Tribune head coach Jeff Lucas of Los Altos. “Almost everybody on this team can shoot the ball. They all can put the ball on the floor. It should be a good game, obviously.”

The last time Star-News girls coach Joe Kikuchi of Keppel participated in the game was two years ago and his team came up on the short end of the scoreboard. It was a win the Tribune girls team used to help take what’s now a 6-5 series lead.

Kikuchi returns with a powerful roster led by Maranatha’s Channon Fluker, Keppel point guard Lauren Saiki and South Pasadena forward Lexie Scholtz. The goal has been very simple in practice for the Star-News and that’s quite simply to win and get some respect for their side of town.

“No. 1, I always want to win and these girls always want to win,” Kikuchi said. “I really wasn’t happy about losing last time. The thing I wasn’t happy with is that we were so small and we would have to use our speed and defense to make up for our lack of height. But with the rules of not being able to press, we really couldn’t maintain anything and just wore down because they were bigger.”

The Tribune is coached by South Hills’ Tiffany Liang and led by the Huskies’ Brittany Wang. The Tribune is guard heavy, so getting into a shootout rather than a slug fest may prove beneficial to their chances.

“They’re very unselfish players,” Liang said of her team. “We want them to not be afraid to shoot the ball when they’re open.”

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Wednesday Recap: DeeDee Logan, Alex Clark, Maddie Magee and Kayley McCord each had three hits to lead Pasadena Poly softball to victory

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Softball
Pasadena Poly 14, Rio Hondo Prep 2 — DeeDee Logan pitched a complete game, striking out five and had three hits for the Panthers ( 6-2, 4-0) in a Prep League win. Alex Clark, Maddie Magee and Kayley McCord each had three hits for Pasadena Poly.
Girls swimming
Pasadena 95, Burroughs 74 — Michaela Salinas won the 200 freestyle (2 minutes, 5.41 seconds) and the 500 freestyle (5:32.48) and Mia Hepner won the 200 IM (2:23.05) and the 100 freestyle (58.33) to lead the Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1) to the Pacific League win. For Pasadena, Shannon Brierty claimed the 50 freestyle (27.51), Madeleine Lepesant took first in the 100 butterfly (1:02.91) and Isabelle Lepesant won the 100 backstroke (1:08.59). The Bulldogs also won the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Boys swimming
Burroughs 90, Pasadena 80 — Ashford Mine won the 200 freestyle (2:03.82) and Chance Woods won the 50 freestyle (22.88) in a Pacific League loss.

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Classic logoTribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When:
Friday, Damien High School
Time: Girls game, 5:30 p.m.; boys 7:30
Series record: Tribune boys lead 6-5; Star-News girls lead 6-5.
Last year: Tribune boys won 89-81; Tribune girls won 85-60.

STAR-NEWS’ MOSLEY WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE: It’s possible that the most dangerous player in Friday’s Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic will also be the smallest.
Renaissance Academy point guard Marquise Mosley has far exceeded whatever limitations his height put on him. And on Friday night, Mosley likely holds the key as to whether the Star-News team can beat the Tribune.
The 12th annual Classic at Damien High School begins with the girls game at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30.
“He’s a great basketball player,” Star-News head coach Tim Tucker of Maranatha said. “He’s deceptive, has speed and his IQ for the game is incredible. After practice the other day, I told him he’s got to be a little more aggressive with what he does because he’s going to be a big key to us having a chance to win this game.”

TRIBUNE GIRLS COACH TIFFANY LIANG WANTS HER TEAM TO SHOOT: After holding the first practice for the Tribune girls all-star team, coach Tiffany Liang of South Hills came away thinking one of her team’s biggest strengths could be its biggest weakness.
Loaded with guards, the Tribune team saw many of its best players declining to shoot during its scrimmage in favor of passing the ball to teammates. Liang wants the opposite to happen on Friday.
“Our girls are kinda too nice, they don’t want to shoot the ball,” Liang said. “They’re very unselfish players. I think one of our coaches told them ‘We want to shoot the ball before we turn it over.’”
The Tribune roster is very guard heavy. Post players are a bit thin, which may prove costly against the taller Star-News.
When asked if any players stood out in the opening practice, Liang was quick to point to Rowland guard Emily Mesa, who helped the Raiders win 16 games this winter.

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Tuesday Recap: AJ Jimenez was the winning pitcher and Fernando Rosales had 3 RBIs for Arcadia Baseball win

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Baseball
Arcadia 9, Glendale 2 — AJ Jimenez was the winning pitcher, and Fernando Rosales had three RBIs and a triple for the Apaches (10-5-1, 4-1) in a Pacific League win. For Arcadia, Patrick Campbell had a double and John Woo had a triple.
Alhambra 14, Keppel 2 — James Giambalvo improved to 5-0, striking out five, and went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a run scored to lead the Moors (10-4, 5-1) to the Almont League victory. Nick Giambalvo went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, three triples and three runs scored and Diego Sanchez went 2 for 3 with two RBIs for Alhambra.
Softball
Maranatha 11, Village Christian 1 — Michelle Lieng threw a complete game, striking out five, and Karen Lieng went 3 for 4 with two home runs, six RBIs and a double for the Minutemen (10-4, 1-0) in an Olympic League victory.
Pasadena Poly 8, Flintridge Prep 7 — Therese Oshiro struck out eight, and Natalie Dale went 4 for 4 with three RBIs, a triple and two runs scored for the Rebels (5-5, 2-2) in a Prep League loss against the Panthers (5-2, 3-0). Taylor Yoshida went 2 for 4 with a stolen base for Flintridge Prep.
Arcadia 3, Glendale 2 — Erin Gaspar was the winning pitcher and Madeleine Tse had the game-winning RBI to lead the Apaches (8-3, 4-1) to the Pacific League victory.
Boys golf
Pasadena Poly 208, Flintridge Prep 213 — Christian Henderson shot a 3-over 35 to earn medalist honors and led the Panthers (5-4, 3-0) to the Prep League victory against the Rebels (10-4, 1-2) at Brookside Golf Course No. 2. Flintridge Prep’s Jonah Sacks and Kartik Tandon and Pasadena Poly’s Manny Medrano shot a 41. Both Daniel Zhu (Poly) and Brendan Barton (FP) shot a 42.
Boys tennis
Arcadia 16, Glendale 2 — Nicholas Figueira swept in singles and the team of Cibi Pari and Ken Nakamine swept in doubles to lead the Apaches (13-0, 8-0) to the Pacific League victory.
Maranatha 17, Whittier Christian 1 — The Minutemen (9-3, 4-0) won nine of nine double sets against the Heralds. The winning doubles teams were Bryan Lin and Kelvin Ye, Nathan Shin and Drew Sierra and Joel Wunderly and Ethan Chee.
Boys swimming
Pasadena 92, Schurr 78 — Chance Woods won the 50 freestyle (22.77) and the 100 freestyle (51.87) and Ian Iverson Villanueva won the 500 freestyle (5:04.61) and the 100 backstroke (1:09.13) to lead the Bulldogs (5-2) to the nonleague win. The Bulldogs also claimed the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Girls swimming
Pasadena 92, Schurr 75 — Mia Hepner won the 200 freestyle (2:01.68) and the 200 IM (2:29.60), Shannon Brierty won the 50 freestyle (26.91) and the 100 freestyle (59.71), and Isabelle Lepesant won the 100 butterfly (1:01.96) and the 100 backstroke (1:07.43) for the Bulldogs (6-1) in a nonleague victory. Michaela Salinas won the 500 freestyle (5:20.18) for Pasadena. The Bulldogs also won the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

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Monday Recap: Arcadia Boys tennis remains undefeated after defeating South Pasadena 17-1

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Boys tennis
Arcadia 17, South Pasadena 1 — The team of Brian Kim and Stanley Lim swept in doubles and Charles Deng swept in singles to lead the Apaches (12-0) to the nonleague victory.

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