Pasadena’s Flores named to U.S. training camp team

Pasadena native Dennis Flores is one of 28 players that have been called up to the U.S. National soccer team’s January training camp.
The midfielder played one year at Pasadena High School, his freshman year. He played for numerous clubs, closing out his amateur career with Pasadena coach Cherif Zein’s club squad. He signed and played with Club Leon of the Mexican League.
Flores, 21, is among 12 players eligible to play on the under-23 squad. The players begin camp Monday at StubHub Center. The U.S. plays games against Chile on Jan. 28 and Panama on Feb. 8.

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Muir names Sims football coach

Antyone Sims has been named the Muir High School football coach, pending school board approval.

Sims was an assistant coach in charger of quarterbacks for the Mustangs last season. He previously served as an offensive and defensive coordinator at Muir and was the Duarte offensive coordinator. He graduated from Muir in 1998.

He replaces John Hardy Jr., who coached the Mustangs for three years. He was 25-11, reaching the CIF-SS semifinals in 2013. Last season Muir went 6-5 and lost to Cathedral, 36-22, in the first round of the playoffs.

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Westridge water polo off to 14-1 start

The surprise of the girls water polo season has been Westridge High School.

The Tigers of Pasadena lead the Prep League with a 4-0 record. But more impressively is that they are 14-1 and on a six-game winning streak.

“The girls are making history for the first time at Westridge,” first-year coach Robert Echeverria said. “The girls are learning to play together. We’ve been lucky so far.”

Consider the previous fortunes of the Tigers. They were fifth in league play last year, yet still earned a CIF-SS Division 6 wild-card berth. They have not won a league title since 2005.

For more: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/sports/20150108/girls-water-polo-notebook-westridge-the-surprise-team-of-the-season

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Muir beats Crescenta Valley on Jeremy Hayes’ jumper with 3 seconds left … Pasadena stunned by Hoover …

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Jeremy Hayes puts up game-winning shot to beat CV.

PHOTOS

It didn’t happen exactly how his coach drew it up, but Muir High School forward Jeremy Hayes will take the bottom-line result.

Hayes banked in a jumper in traffic from in front of the Muir bench with three seconds left on the clock Wednesday to give the host Mustangs a 46-44 win over defending co-Pacific League champion Crescenta Valley.

“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” Hayes said of his game-winner. “I always think they’re going in. It’s an excellent win. We talked about it all week and we knew how valuable it was for this first (league) game to get this win.”

Wednesday’s game was Muir’s league opener. The Mustangs finished third in league last year while rival Pasadena and Crescenta Valley shared the title. Muir improved to 9-5 overall while the Falcons fell to 9-5 overall and 0-1 in league.

The entire second was a white-knuckle affair with neither team ever holding a lead larger than two possessions. Hayes tied the game at 42-42 with 1:40 left on a short banker inside. He then used another short banker on Muir’s next possession to give his team the lead 44-42.

Crescenta Valley got fouled on its next possession and Atrin Ovanessian calmly hit both free throws to tie the game at 44-44 with 36 seconds left. While Ovanessian was at the line, Mustangs head coach Simaine Stewart could be heard repeating “I get the last shot” in front of his bench.

“It wasn’t confidence to win, it wasn’t confidence that we weren’t going to lose in regulation,” Stewart said. “We wanted to have the ball last. We’re at home. We feel like these rims are a little bit more friendly to us than they are to them.

“We wanted the opportunity to have the last shot and give them very little time. The goal was to run something to the other side and then to come back to him (Hayes). Actually, the drive was supposed to go to the middle. He went baseline. Obviously, it was luck. We’ll take it.”

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Boys and Girls hoops Top 10s and scoring leaders …

BOYS BASKETBALL

1. Keppel (10-4)
Overwhelming Almont favorites
2. La Canada (9-4)
Ready to repeat in RHL
3. Maranatha (3-5)
Full strength at right time
4. St. Francis (9-5)
Still a quality product
5. Muir (8-5)
New faces, good results
6. Pasadena (4-6)
Salty record vs. good opponents
7. Renaissance Academy (8-6)
Quality resume so far
8. La Salle (6-7)
Playing good foes
9. Temple City (8-6)
Dangerous on right night
10. Gabrielino (8-4)
On a roll at right time

Top 10 Scoring
Avg Points Per Game

Tyler Dorsey, Maranatha, 26.5
Marquise Mosley, Renaissance, 23.2
Jermey Hayes, Muir, 19.2
Ali Elhawary, Temple City, 17.5
Richard Hollinger, Temple City, 13.9
Kade Cheung, Arcadia, 13.1
Victor Tsogt, Rio Hondo Prep, 13.1
Javal Burnom, La Salle, 12.6
Kosta Jankovic, Renaissance, 12.0
Rene Santos, Renaissance, 10.7

GIRLS BASKETBALL

1. Keppel (9-5)
Battle-tested and ready
2. South Pasadena (10-1)
Off to excellent start
3. Arcadia (11-2)
Living up to the hype
4. Maranatha (10-8)
Already played 18 games
5. La Canada (9-5)
Still a force in RHL
6. Gabrielino (11-2)
Favorites in the MVL
7. Flintridge Prep (9-1)
Putting up gobs of points
8. La Salle (7-9)
Holding own so far
9. San Gabriel (9-6)
Can they scare Keppel?
10. Temple City (5-7)
RHL looks loaded again

Top 10 Scoring
Avg. Points Per Game

Channon Fluker, Maranatha, 26.6
Kiki Yang, Pas Poly, 22.8
Megan Vilar, Mayfield, 20.3
Stephanie Esquivel, Rio Hondo Prep, 19.7
Julia Macabuhay, La Salle, 19.4
Lexie Scholtz, South Pasadena, 17.9
Tala Ismail, Flintridge Prep, 15.8
Caira Benton, Arcadia, 15.7
Sophia Hathaway, South Pasadena, 13.3
Elise Takahama, South Pasadena, 12.7

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Monday’s Los Tacos results

Flintridge Sacred Heart Los Tacos tournament
At Glendale Sports Complex
Monday’s scores
Flintridge Sacred Heart 3, Burroughs 0
West Ranch def. Flintridge Prep
Alemany 5, Maranatha 0
Oxnard 2, Royal 1
Oxnard 1, Flintridge Sacred Heart 0
West Ranch 1, Maranatha 1 (West Ranch wins on PKs)
Alemany 3, Flintridge Prep 0
Royal vs. Burroughs
Tuesday’s games
Flintridge Sacred Heart vs. Royal, 10 a.m.
Flintridge Prep vs. Maranatha, 10 a.m.
West Ranch vs. Alemany, 11:30 a.m.
Burroughs vs. Oxnard, 11:30 a.m.
Third-place game, 2:30 p.m.
Fifth-place game, 2:30 p.m.
Seventh-place game, 3:45 p.m.
Championship, 3:45 p.m.

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St. Francis plays for SGV Classic title

Ayala and St. Francis play for the championship tonight

San Gabriel Valley Classic
Monday’s scores
At Monrovia HS
Consolation bracket
San Marino 52, Arcadia 39
Gabrielino def. Monrovia
Championship bracket
Ayala 56, La Canada 41
St. Francis 57, Temple City 43
At Keppel HS
Consolation bracket
Valley Christian 76 Animo South 31
Franklin def. West Adams Prep
At Temple City HS
Fifth-place semifinals
Keppel 70, Sylmar 51
Sun Valley Poly 75, Upland 69

Tuesday’s games
At Monrovia HS
Seventh place, Upland vs. Sylmar, 1:30 p.m.
Consolation final, San Marino vs. Gabrielino, 3 p.m.
Fifth place, Sun Valley Poly vs. Keppel, 4:30 p.m.
Third place, La Canada vs. Temple City, 6 p.m.
Championship, Ayala vs. St. Francis, 7:30 p.m.
At Temple City HS
15th place, Animo South vs. West Adams Prep, 1:30 p.m.
13th place, Franklin vs. Valley Christian, 3 p.m.
11th place, Monrovia vs. Arcadia, 4:30 p.m.

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New Year’s Ball finals set

Hart and Canyon meet in he La Canada girls basketball tournament finale:

Pool play
Monday’s scores
Lancaster 72, Immaculate Heart 59
Canyon 55, Thousand Oaks 32
La Canada 46, Royal 45
Hart 77 Flintridge Sacred Heart 51
Tuesday’s games
Seventh place, Royal vs. Immaculate Heart, 2:30 p.m.
Fifth place, Lancaster vs. Flintridge Sacred Heart, 4 p.m.
Third place, Thousand Oaks vs. La Canada, 5:30 p.m.
Championship, Canyon vs. Hart, 7 p.m.

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La Canada boys soccer tourney heads to final day

The La Canada boys soccer tournament heads to its final day of round-robin play.
Here are the standings with Monday’s scores and Tuesday’s games

Pool A: Claremont 7, Millikan 7, La Canada 6, La Salle 6,Lynwood 6
Pool B: Chaffey 6, El Monte 3, Flintridge Prep 0, Glendale -1, Maranatha -1

Monday’s scores
Lynwood 2, Glendale 0
Claremont 12, Maranatha 0
Chaffey 3, La Canada 1
La Salle 1, Flintridge Prep 0
Millikan 5, El Monte 0
Tuesday’s games
Millikan vs. Flintridge Prep, 1:30 p.m.
La Salle vs. Glendale, 3 p.m.
Lynwood vs. El Monte, 4:30 p.m.
La Canada vs. Maranatha, 6 p.m.
Claremont vs. Chaffey, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s final: 1:30 p.m.

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