Boys Hoops: La Verne Lutheran and Pasadena advance to second round in Rose City Classic

In Pasadena’s prestigious Rose City Classic knockout tournament, Star-News No. 1 Pasadena defeated Arroyo Valley 80-52 in the first round while the Tribune No. 1, La Verne Lutheran, ripped Sylmar 94-58. That sets up Wednesday’s quarterfinal showdowns, with a possible dream matchup of Lutheran and PHS looming on Friday.
Wednesday’s quarterfinal games
Corona Roosevelt vs. La Verne Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.
Pasadena vs. Leuzinger, 8 p.m.
Friday’s semifinals
Roosevelt-Lutheran winner vs. Pasadena-Leuzinger winner, 8 p.m.

Rose City Bottom half of bracket
Tonight’s first round

Etiwanda vs. Cleveland, 3:30 p.m.
Canyon Springs vs. Chino Hills, 5 p.m.
Washington Prep vs. Cajon, 6:30 p.m.
Price vs. Birmingham, 8 p.m.

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Covina Running back Gevontray Ainsworth keeps family football legacy going strong

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Football success is nothing new for the Ainsworth family. It’s just that usually it takes place at Monrovia or Duarte high schools. Not Covina. All that changed this season, thanks to the latest Ainsworth to don football pads and entertain the Valley with his gridiron exploits. Gevontray Ainsworth, the son of former Duarte standout quarterback Greg Ainsworth, has made quite a name for himself as the leading rusher at Covina (11-1), which will host Monrovia (8-3) on Friday in a game that may feel a little weird for the Ainsworth family and Monrovia fans with an historical perspective on what that family has meant to their school’s football tradition.
Kickoff for the CIF Mid-Valley Division semifinals showdown is at 7 p.m. at Covina District Field.

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Former San Marino coach Mike Mooney due in court on felony charges of grand theft and embezzlement

Former San Marino High School football coach Mike Mooney is due in court on Dec. 15 to be arraigned on a felony charge of grand theft by embezzlement, officials said Monday. The former San Marino High School assistant principal and football coach – who was placed on administrative leave half way through the 2010 season – declined to comment on Monday. The felony complaint was filed on Nov. 22, and according to the complaint, with the alleged embezzlement occurring during a two-year period from October 2008 to October 2010.

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