Ajon Efferson back with the Bulldogs …

One of the interesting tidbits to come out of the Block Party at Maranatha this week is the return of standout guard Ajon Efferson to Pasadena.

Efferson left the Bulldogs early last school year to attend Serra. He has since rejoined Pasadena and was playing for the Bulldogs in yesterday’s action.

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Floyd tops All-Area softball team

Michelle Floyd’s incredible numbers during her career as the ace of the San Marino High School softball team won’t soon be forgotten.

The record books prove as much.

Floyd capped off her four-year varsity career with a bang this spring. She struck out 299 batters in 160.2 innings pitched. She was also a force at the plate, hitting .429 to go along with 20 RBIs.

For those reasons, Floyd is the Star-News Softball Player of the Year.

“I’ve always wanted to get it, but I never got it until this year,” Floyd said of the award. “Just seeing the players who got it the past few years, I want to be up there with them. This is extremely exciting.”

Floyd’s numbers this season are just a microcosm of the staggering stats she put up during her career. Floyd ranks ninth all-time on the CIF-Southern Section’s career strikeouts list with 1,136.

Floyd fired seven no-hitters this season. She had 12 shutouts. Not bad for the once lanky freshman who was filled with potential bad had her doubters.

“Coming in freshman year, nobody knew what to expect,” Floyd said. “I love pressure. Part of the reason I’m a pitcher is because I love the pressure and attention that goes with it.

By the time I was a sophomore and junior, I showed that I was here and I wasn’t going anywhere.”

Floyd, now 6-foot-3, parlayed her prep career into a scholarship to play at Arizona where she will begin playing later this summer.

Even with an ace like Floyd, San Marino found itself caught up in a head-scratching race for the Rio Hondo League championship.

The Titans were swept by eventual league champ Temple City, but turned around and swept perennial power La Canada in what Floyd considered the highlight of the season.

The entire process was a growing experience.

“Being in the circle was my second home,” Floyd said. “I really developed a sense of self and confidence in the circle. I never really played to get somewhere. I played just to have a lot of fun.”

Coach of the Year: BOB ELLINGSWORTH, Temple City

After finishing dead last in the Rio Hondo League a year ago, there were many doubters around the Temple City softball diamond.

Rams head coach Bob Ellingsworth was not one of them. Ellingsworth told his team early in the season that he felt they could win the league title.

Of course, that would mean a major form reversal and holding their own against perennial power La Canada, pitching-rich San Marino and up-and-coming Monrovia.

It wasn’t picture perfect, but the Rams got the job done … for the most part.

Temple City swept San Marino and ace Michelle Floyd. The Rams won one out of three vs. La Canada and did the same against Monrovia.

But when the smoke settled, Temple City had done just enough to win the Rio Hondo by a game. Proving it was no fluke, when the playoffs came the Rams won their first-round game, something no other league team did.

In fact, Temple City was one of precious few teams in the area to make it out of the first round. Not bad for a club that won just six games a year prior.

Ellingsworth’s players made a major attitude adjustment and proved their coach prophetic. For those reasons, Ellingsworth is the Coach of the Year.


Anjelica Amezquita, Jr., Pitcher, Maranatha
Amezquita posted a 9-3 record in the circle and helped lead the Minutemen to the Olympic League title, which also won her league MVP honors. Amezquita also took care of business at the plate by hitting .505 and smacking 11 home runs to go with 35 RBIs. She also scored 42 runs.

Dee Dee Logan, Fr., Pitcher, Pasadena Poly
Logan’s debut season was a special one and a sign of things to come. She earned MVP Pitcher in the Prep League after going 9-2 with a 2.15 ERA. At the plate, Logan was also a force, hitting .525 with four home runs. With Logan’s help, the Tigers tied for the league title.

Alexis Parker, Jr., Rio Hondo Prep, Catcher
Parker, also an All-Area basketball player, was a major reason why the Kares won the Prep League championship. She hit a whopping .479, belted four home runs and drove in 30 runs. She also scored 25 runs. Parker closed the season on a 12-game hitting streak.

Haylie Roach, Sr., Temple City, Infield
Roach was a major reason why Temple City emerged on top in a contentious Rio Hondo League race this season. Roach hit .389 and scored 21 runs as the spark plug of the Rams’ offense. She also stole 10 bases. Roach had 10 multi-hit games this season and had .993 fielding percentage.

Mary Rose Magnolia, Sr., Duarte, Infield
Magnolia was one of the most feared hitters around this season. She hit a whopping .554 to go along with five home runs, 15 RBIs and 26 runs. She also spanked nine doubles and two triples. Magnolia also stole 14 bases. Duarte won the Montview League and finished 18-5 overall.

Amy Zeronian, Sr., Marshall, Infield
Zeronian simply couldn’t be kept off base as evidenced by stellar .594 batting average. She also added 31 runs scored and 12 RBIs. Zeronian’s power numbers were also solid with six home runs, five doubles and three triples. Zeronian also stole 15 bases for the Eagles.

Caroline Knop, Jr., La Salle, Infield
Knop continued her tear as one of the area’s top athletes by shining on the softball field. The standout volleyball and basketball player hit .430, scored 25 runs and drove in 16 runs. Knop finished with 11 multi-hit games as the Lancers won 13 games.

Elise McCarthy, Jr., Monrovia, Outfield
McCarth was nearly impossible to get out as evidenced by her .556 batting average. She led the Wildcats in runs scored with 20. She also had eight RBIs. Once on the base paths, McCarthy was relentless, stealing 15 bags. McCarth had 13 multi-hit games this season.

Olivia Leyva, Jr., La Canada, Outfield
Leyva was one of the better bats around after hitting .405 to go along with six home runs, 30 RBIs and 28 runs scored. Leyva was also a perfect 6-for-6 on her stolen base attempts. Leyva had six games in which she drove in three or more runs. She also had nine multi-hit games for the Spartans.

Kelly Jacobs, Sr., Flintridge Sacred Heart, Outfield
Jacobs was one of several Tologs to put up huge offensive seasons. The senior outfielder hit .346 to go along with 14 runs batted in, and 18 runs scored. Jacobs had 10 multi-hit games and was also a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts. She only struck out eight times all season.

Sumner Hanula, Sr., Flintridge Sacred Heart, Utility
Was an across-the-board force at the plate. The senior put up a .529 batting average to go along with 33 RBIs and 28 runs scored. Hanula also stroked seven doubles, four triples and three home runs. Hanula had 13 multi-hit games and also managed to go 12-for-12 on stolen base attempts.


P — Elisa Ponce, Temple City, Jr.
P — Adrienne Guerra, Monrovia, Jr.
C — Elysha McCallister, Maranatha, Sr.
INF — Cassandra Baca, South Pasadena, So.
INF — Katy Lee, La Canada, Jr.
INF — Madison Loomis, Rio Hondo Prep, Jr.
INF — Brooke Mann, Monrovia, So.
OF — Sara Kubo, Temple City, So.
OF — Beverlee Valerio, La Salle, Jr.
OF — Ileana Vilor, Alverno, Sr.
UTIL — Kenzie Grimes, Arcadia, Jr.

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Vose, Nguyen lead All-Area swim team

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The breaststroke wake-up calls came early in their high school swimming careers.
La Canada High School’s Brandon Nguyen got the call four years ago, during his freshman season. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s Kirsten Vose answered last season, her sophomore year.

Both had impressive seasons in the stroke this year and earned Star-News Swimmer of the Year honors as a result.

Nguyen dropped two seconds off his time this year, going under 57 seconds for the first time, and he finished seventh in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 finals.

Breaking the school record in the breast as a freshman completely changed my perspective of swimming,” the recently graduated senior said. “It kept pushing me for more. The 100 breast set the standard for me.”

Vose, a sophomore, won her first CIF-SS Division 1 title, going 1:02.57 in the event.

“It was quite exciting to win the breast,” she said. “It was really a big challenge with all of the other people in the meet. I have raced them in club and I know how fast they are and I know how big of a challenge it is.

“It was a dream of mine to win.”

It wasn’t quite all a dream season for Nguyen. He originally accepted a nomination to swim for Navy, but his application was rejected because of a peanut allergy. He said he will take the next school year off and train, hoping to land a scholarship at another school starting with the 2014-15 season.
“It’s best for me,” he said. “I won’t burn out.”

The highlight may have been winning the Rio Hondo League title in a personal best time of 56.96. He swam a 57.02 in the CIF finals.

“That 56 was a shock to me,” he said. “I definitely enjoyed four years of high school swimming, starting from the bottom to the top.”

Nguyen had the area’s fastest time in the 200 individual medley, going 1:51.35 to finish sixth in CIF. He swam the second leg for the 200 medley relay team, which finished eighth, and the anchor leg for the 400 freestyle relay team, which finished 15th.”

Vose won the Mission League title in the breast with a 1:02.82 swim. She also won the league’s 200 IM crown and finished sixth in the CIF finals, going 2:05.63. Her fastest time of the season was in the CIF prelims, when she went 2:03.47.

She swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay team, which featured a stirring performance from teammate Kate Herrill to give the Tologs the CIF-SS title.

“In CIF the most exciting race was the medley relay,” she said. “It was so close. We knew it would be hard, but we were hoping for the best.”

She also swam the anchor leg for the 200 free relay team, which finished fourth.

Vose and her teammate’s performance helped the Tologs to fourth overall, the best finish by a Mission League team.

“It was definitely fun with all of my teammates,” Vose said.


Boys Coach of the Year: ART LOPEZ, La Canada
La Canada won the Rio Hondo League crown and then tried improving in the ultra-competitive CIF-SS Division 1 finals. The Spartans finished a respectable 10th. They had four entries in the championship finals and five entries in the consolation finals. It is the third year the league has competed in Division 1.

Girls Coach of the Year: STEVE BERGEN, Flintridge Sacred Heart
It’s hard to make an impact in the CIF-SS Division 1 finals with only a handful of swimmers. Bergen manipulated his Flintridge Sacred Heart team to find a way. The Tologs came through with two wins and six finishes in the top nine and a seventh-place overall finish.


Dane Bell, So., La Canada
The distance swimmer placed 13th in the CIF-SS Division 1 500 freestyle in an area-leading time of 4:33.57 He won the Rio Hondo League 200 free title in 1:46.32. He did not swim in the 200 free in CIF. He swam the third leg on the 400 free relay team, which finished 15th in CIF.

Justin Chiu, Jr., Keppel
The Aztecs stepped up to Division 2 and Chui did not win CIF-SS titles like he did in 2012 in Division 3. He finished third in the 100 breaststroke in an area-best time of 55.61 and he was fifth in the 100 butterfly in 51.01, the second-fastest time in the area.

Peter Loakes, Jr., La Canada
The junior won Rio Hondo League titles in both the 50 and 100 freestyles. He dropped his 50 free time to 21.44 in the CIF-SS Division 1 finals. He swam a best 47.20 in the 100 in league and was 20th in CIF. He swam the anchor leg of the 200 medley relay, which placed eighth in the CIF finals.

Javier Lopez, So. San Marino
The sophomore finished ninth in the CIF-SS Division 1 100 butterfly and helped the Titans to ninth in the 200 medley relay. He broke 50 seconds for the first time this season in the Rio Hondo League finals, going 49.45. He was 18th in CIF in the 200 individual medley in 1:54.64.

Ryan Yue, Sr., Keppel
He anchored the distance events for the Aztecs, placing eighth in the CIF-SS Division 2 500 freestyle in 4:41.77 and ninth in the 200 free finals. He swam a 1:44.09 in the prelims. He also swam the opening leg of the 200 medley relay team, which finished seventh and the second leg of the 12th-place 400 free relay team.

Kate Herrill, Fr., Flintridge Sacred Heart
The most stirring race of the freshman’s season was in the 200 medley relay. She rallied the Tologs to a Division 1 victory with a 22.82 anchor-leg split. She finished fourth in the division’s 50 free race in 23.66 and then fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.81.

Kailyn Koh, Sr., San Marino
The senior established sprint records in winning Rio Hondo League titles. She finished seventh in the Division 1 100 free in an area-best time of 51.29 and eighth in the 50 free. She swam a 23.63 in league, her fastest time of the postseason.

Victoria Lepesant, Sr., Pasadena
The senior had the area’s fastest time in the 500 freestyle, swimming a 5:00.11 in the Pacific League finals. She finished ninth in the CIF-SS Division 2 finals in the event. In the 200 free, she swam a 1:51.87 in league, the area’s No. 2 time, and was eighth in CIF.

Samantha Torrez, Sr., La Salle
Torrez helped the Lancers to a CIF-SS Division 4 title in 2012 with a pair of victories, but La Salle moved up a division and Torrez took a pair of thirds. She swam a 56.91 in the 100 butterfly and a 59.79 in the 100 backstroke. She took another third in the 200 medley relay.

Yida Wang, So., Keppel
The sophomore adjusted very easily to the Aztecs’ move up in CIF-SS divisions. She placed sixth in the Division 2 backstroke in 59.02, the area’s fastest time in the event this season. She was also sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:08.54 and swam the opening leg for the 200 medley team, which finished ninth.

Garrett Chin, Jr., La Canada
Carlo Sivilotti, Jr., Flintridge Prep
Daniel To, Sr. San Marino
Samuel To, Jr., San Marino
Matt Varraveto, So., La Canada

Katie Altmayer, Jr., Flintridge Sacred Heart
Samantha Campbell, Jr., La Canada
Siyao Li, Sr., Keppel
Tiffany Warmuth, Sr., San Marino
Madison Witt, So., Flintridge Prep

Alec Brierty, Sr., Pasadena
Marco Flores, Jr., Flintridge Prep
Victor Ginelli, Jr.. Maranatha
Victor Lau. Jr., Keppel
Dennis Lee, Sr., Temple City
Paul Gouw, Jr., La Salle
Brett Mirly, Sr., La Salle
Benjamin On, Sr., Keppel
Nathan Tsai, Sr., San Marino
Jamison Vaught, Sr., Maranatha

Emily Balog, Sr., Flintridge Sacred Heart
Courtney Chan, Sr., Keppel
Laura Chun, So., Arcadia
Liza Echeverria, Jr., South Pasadena
Eliza Koh, So., San Marino
Annika Lenz, Sr., Pasadena Poly
Jennifer Langen, Jr., Flintridge Prep
Alisha Mah, Jr., Keppel
Jacqueline Torrez, Fr., La Salle
Samantha Zavala, Jr., South Pasadena

(Compiled from league, CIF finals)
50 free: Peter Loakes, Jr., La Canada: 21.44
100 free: Peter Loakes, Jr., La Canada: 47.20
200 free: Ryan Yue, Jr., Keppel: 1:44.09
500 free: Dane Bell, So., La Canada: 4:33.57
100 back: Daniel To, Sr., San Marino: 50.96
100 breast: Justin Chiu, Jr., Keppel: 55.61
100 butterfly: Javier Lopez, So., San Marino: 49.45
200 IM: Brandon Nguyen, Sr., La Canada: 1:51.35
(Compiled from league, CIF finals)
50 free: Kate Herrill, Fr., Flintridge Sacred Heart: 23.66
100 free: Kailyn Koh, Sr., San Marino: 51.29
200 free: Tiffany Warmuth, Sr., San Marino: 1:51.50
500 free: Victoria Lepesant, Sr. Pasadena: 5:00.11
100 back: Yida Wang, So., Keppel: 59.02
100 breast: Kirsten Vose, So., Flintridge Sacred Heart: 1:02.57
100 butterfly: Katie Altmayer, Jr., Flintridge Sacred Heart: 56.63
200 IM: Kirsten Vose, So., Flintridge Sacred Heart: 2:03.47

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Maranatha basketball tournament to begin Monday

They’re calling it the Summer Block Party.
Maranatha will hold a six-day basketball tournament that will feature 15 teams, many considered among the upper echelon in high school circles.
The tournament starts Monday with games being played through June 22, all at Maranatha.

Here’s a schedule:
Monday June 17
Brentwood vs. St. Francis, 3:30 p.m.
Campbell Hall vs. La Salle, 6:30 p.m.
Loyola vs. West Ranch, 5 p.m.
Calabasas vs. Pasadena, 8 p.m.
Tuesday June 18
Alemany vs. Fairfax, 3:30 p.m.
St. John Bosco vs. Cantwell/Sacred Heart, 5 p.m.
Price vs. Chino Hills, 6:30 p.m.
The Spirit vs. Maranatha, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19
Brentwood-St. Francis loser vs. Campbell Hall-La Salle loser, 3 p.m.
Loyola-West Ranch loser vs. Calabasas-Pasadena loser, 5 p.m.
Brentwood-St. Francis winner vs. Campbell Hall-La Salle winner, 6:30 p.m.
Loyola-West Ranch winner vs. Calabasas-Pasadena winner, 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 20
Price-Chino Hills loser vs. The Spirit-Maranatha loser, 3 p.m.
Alemany-Fairfax loser vs. St. John Bosco-Cantwell/Sacred Heart loser, 5 p.m.
Alemany-Fairfax winner vs. St. John Bosco-Cantwell/Sacred Heart winner, 6:30 p.m.
Price-Chino Hills winner vs. The Spirit-Maranatha winner, 8 p.m.
Friday June 21
Games at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.
Champonship semifinals at 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
Saturday June 22
Games at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.
Third-place game at 6:30 p.m., championship game at 8 p.m.

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