BRAVEHEART: If you haven’t jumped on the Braves Bandwagon, this is your chance to root for neighborhood kids on a dream run

With all due respect to Damien, Bishop Amat, and La Verne Lutheran, Baldwin Park is the feel-good story of the 2010 boys basketball playoffs. For one, they’re the only area public school left in CIF playoffs that are designed to benefit the rich private and public school powerhouses, which is why the best teams in the Southern Section are spread over so many divisions, making sure the best programs have the easiest roads to the finals, which is the best way for CIF to fill up its seats at the big venues and make its money. It’s awful, but that’s the way it is, which is why what Baldwin Park is doing is such a breath of fresh air. And look how they did it, squeezing out a 54-53 win over Eastside followed by another clutch 88-87 overtime victory on the road at Villa Park for their first playoff victories since 1984. Yes, 26 years! My goodness, now they get Keppel in the quarters at home on Tuesday, and though Keppel is extremely quick and talented, they’re not physically over-powering. The Braves have a shot, they really do. Keppel historically is a great home team with incredible fans, and they will bring it. Hopefully the city of Baldwin Park shows up on Tuesday, they will need every student, alumni, teacher and fan of the town to rock the house and make the Aztecs as uncomfortable as possible. The Braves (24-4) are 8-1 at home and four out of five of Keppel’s (23-5) losses have come on the road. If the Braves win, they could have the ridiculous task of having to face Pasadena in the semifinals, but enjoy this first. There might not be another season like this in Braveheart Country for years, so if you’re going to attend just one game, this is it.

Baldwin Park’s record-setting season
All these are bests in school hisotry

3 – Tournament Wins
24 – Most Wins in a Season
101 – Most points scored in a game
1,979 – Most points in a season
70.0 – Highest scoring average in a season.

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  • MKHS from the 80′s

    Go Keppel!

  • Nobody Cares

    This is why schools like Baldwin Park get no pub. This has been up all day and the only post is from a Keppel fan. Way to represent Baldwin Park. I know there are Title 1 computers floating around that you guys can sign on and show some love for the team.

  • ayye

    I dont even go to BP but ima go watch the game tomorowand support our local team. =]

  • A BP Teacher

    Nobody Cares could you prove yourself to be more ignorant and prejudice? I mean really, instead of focusing on the positive like the success of the program, put down the city and point out that many of the residents are economically disadvantaged! I hope you feel better about yourself now!

    On the other hand, Braves know that the students, staff, faculty, and community are all behind you! Shock the world!!!

  • Trojan Man

    FIGHT ON BP !

    BEAT THE AZTECS !

    TM

  • Im just saying

    Good luck BP. I too have no ties to Baldwin Park but I plan to be in attendence. Congrats on you season so far,

  • pgarcia

    To the BP Braves keep up the great work!!! What a fantastic season. Great jog BP!!

  • JEDWARD 1N2

    GO BRAVES,…. SHOW THE VALLEY WHAT BRAVE SPIRIT IS ALL ABOUT..DO IT FOR YOUR SCHOOL,CITY AND EX-COACHES WHO GAVE A LOT OF THEIR TIME AND ENERGY FOR A YEAR LIKE THIS…GO BRAVES BELIEVE IN THE SPIRIT OF 84.THERE WAS A GREAT CELEBRATION THAT FRIDAY NIGHT ON CENTER COURT AT BRAVES GYM AFTER THE VICTORY OF AQUINTAS HIGH WHO WAS FAVORED TO WIN BUT THE GUTTY BRAVES PREVAILED…GO BRAVES!!!!

  • former coach

    Once again boys I can’t tell you how proud of you I am! We knew when you guys enrolled as freshmen and then proceeded to win every game that you could be special. You guys have chosen to take the road of keeping your grades up, working hard and staying away from distractions. Like we talked about if you do that the sky would be the limit. Coach Hart you have done a wonderful job with these kids and deserve all the accolades that are coming your way. Win or lose tonight, you guys have made the school, city and community proud. Good Luck!

  • BRAVETOWN

    GOOD JOB BRAVES, WAY TO GO AND REPRESENT YOUR SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY. COACH HART YOU HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB KEEPING THESE KIDS FOCUSED AND ON THE RIGHT TRACK. WHAT A GREAT RUN U GUYS ARE ON AND BY NO MEANS DO NOT LET IT STOP TONIGHT. THE BRAVES GYM WILL BE JAM PACKED TONIGHT. GOOD LUCK TONIGHT TO U GUYS AND THE SOCCER TEAM TRAVELING TO DESERT HOT SPRINGS..

    GO BRAVES !!!!

  • Tech Support

    Won’t be able to make the game tonight but good luck to both teams. Both of which are examples of neighborhood teams who play smart and hard to go along with the talent they have. No matter who wins this game I’ll be pulling for them in the semis.

  • kurmugin

    Nice work, Fred, on behalf of Baldwin Park. Still know zip about them, though. Are they all 6-10 with a lot of hop? Are they draining threes from all over the court? Who are they? Did note your dig at private and parochial schools. Didn’t know they politiced for divisional and/or league placements. Should have. Explains why Amat is Pac5 for football and Div 3 for basketball and Div 4 for soccer, etc. Wondered why Damien is Div 2 for BB and Amat is Div 3. They all ought to be at least Div 2 for all sports or in their own divisions. Of course that would, as you said, cut the BO and their take from the gate if they were all lumped together and had to play each other in tourneys instead of all over the place against less endowed public schools.

  • Aaron

    This is what I do know, they like to score a lot points. They have an 11-player deep rotation. They full-court press from tip-off.

  • The Rev. Ernest R. Flores

    As the captain of the 1984 BPHS Boys Basketball team, let me congratulate this year’s Braves team for doing such a remarkable job setting a new school record for wins in a season and for winning two playoff games. I am so proud of you and of your accomplishments.

    By now you know that it was our record in 1984 that you just broke. We were 21-4, Back-To-Back Montview League Champs, and we won two playoff games that year, beating the #2 seed Aquinas at home on Feb. 21, 1984. We lost on the road in the quarterfinal game against eventual champion LA Lutheran back that year. Let me encourage this year’s team to go for it tonight! Win it all! You are doing what has never been done before at BPHS. Make it happen. We are all so proud of you. The Rev. Ernest R. Flores

  • Joe Amat

    kurmugin,

    if you’ve been following-we might know more about BP than any other team. They run, press, shoot 3′s, and beat a Villa Park team that was much bigger.

    But we know you don’t listen-because you’re beating the same dead horse that’s been asked/answered dozens of times. In basketball individual SCHOOLS are placed in divisions based on enrollment. THEN schools are moved UP or DOWN, based on #of playoff wins over the last 4 seasons. For that reason, if you look closely, some schools are in different divisions for boys AND girls. That’s the best we have. Put them where they belong according to numbers and if they do well – move them up. What more can you ask?

    In other sports, schools enter the playoffs by LEAGUE. So you are stuck going where your league goes. Then the CIF moves LEAGUES up or down based on success of the ENTIRE LEAGUE – not just one team. Here’s the “politicking” that went on when Amat was moved out of the Serra League (Mater Dei, Servite, etc) in 2006 after Bishop Amat WON LEAGUE that final season! You think they ASKED to move down after WINNING league?!? The OC schools wanted to play OC schools and Loyola and Amat weren’t invited to the party. OLu and JSerra were added, The League was placed in the Orange County Area and taken out of the Parochial Area – so they are protected.

    Amat was placed in he next most local Parochial league and adjusts accordingly. In the Camino Del Rey Association they are smart enough to realize that schools should be able to move around by sport. So the Camino Real and the Del Rey leagues adjust members by sport – thus creating different divisions for different sports… as it should be by the way. You also need to take into account there are a different number of divisions in each sport to divide up the same number of schools.

    So maybe you should bookmark this next time you jump on your public vs private argument/choose to move down argument. While you’re at it – take a look at the private schools that AREN’T doing so well and it’s about 2:1 in favor of the have nots. Like I wrote before. St Bernards, St Anthony, St Monica, Bosco Tech, Cantwell, Mary Star, St Francis, St Paul, St Genevieve and Salesian have all had horrible sub-10 win seasons recently – and no one is feeling sorry for them. One time national power Verbum dei won 6 games this year….or a Daniel Murphy, Pater Noster, or Pius X that closes altogether.

    It’s not a function of public or private… it’s a function of coaching and commitment to build a quality program. Those who can do -= those who can’t … complain about those that did. You, kurmigin, fall in the latter.