PASADENA – If there is a rubber match between the Pacific Hills and Maranatha high school boys basketball teams, it could be for all the marbles come March. The visiting Bruins, ranked No. 2 in this week’s CIF-SS Division V-AA poll, knocked off the top-ranked Minutemen 57-44 on Thursday to claim a share of the Delphic League title with Maranatha. It was a reversal of sorts. On Jan. 23, Maranatha was No. 2 when it knocked off the then top-ranked Bruins 54-49 at Pilibos High School. Thursday’s setback was the Minutemen’s (17-8, 7-1) first loss in eight games and it probably will cost them the top seed when the Division V-AA pairings are announced on Sunday. But the way Minutemen coach Doug Ravasdy explains it, if the Bruins (17-8, 7-1) are on opposite sides of the draw, there is only one place they can meet. “Hopefully this sets up for a showdown in the championship game,” Ravasady said. “I think we’re clearly the two best teams. We just have to get there.” It was turning into another barn-burner entering the fourth quarter tied, 31-31. It was also tied at half and the Minutemen led most of the way, although they never had more than a five-point lead. But the Bruins opened the fourth quarter scoring the first six points and turned it into a 19-3 run to take a commanding 50-34 lead. Then it turned into a free-throw contest in the final three minutes and the Minutemen didn’t make their second field goal of the quarter until there was less than a minute remaining. The Minutemen connected on 5 of 15 free throws in the final period, but the Bruins lived at the line in the fourth, making 14 of 21 at the stripe. “A team like (Pacific Hills) is all about runs,” Ravasady said. “If you don’t control their runs and answer their runs, you have no chance to beat a team like that. “We have to learn how to make our easy shots and control our runs. We missed about six to eight layups and you’re not going to beat a championship team missing that many easy baskets.” The Bruins’ Joshua Wade finished with a game-high 21 points and 6-foot-7 center Alex Osborne finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Minutemen didn’t have any players in double figures as Derrick Sims and Josh Ivory finished with eight points apiece. Mark Elffers had five points, and Joseph Roland, Brandon Brown and Jeff Jepsen had four points each. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“It’s working with the environment to produce a quality course.” Beginning from the No. 1 tee box to the No. 4 green, golfers will find an elevation drop of more than 600 feet. It’s a reason why Director of Golf Scott Wilson says, “Vellano is not a walkable course.” Bermudagrass is implemented on the fairways and roughs and nearing the end of dormancy. Cushing said Vellano will not overseed and quipped, “people need to know that brown is a color, too.” A combination of A-1 and A-4 bentgrass – comparable to Augusta National – is on the greens. Crushed walnut shells are used in place of bark or wood chips beneath the wide array of oak trees. And even when oaks needed to be cut down, the remains were made into benches found throughout the property. Among the more notable holes, Nos. 8 and 9 hold special significance. After the city showed concern toward potential slides on the par-3, No. 8 fairway, construction superintendent Dario Olivares and his staff went to work. To guard against potential slides, Olivares and staff redirected “thousands and thousands of tons” of dirt, then placed a liner some 10 to 15 feet below the surface. They laid drainage pipes on top of the liner, then moved the replaced dirt back for grading. At No. 9, the hole features a bridge that crosses a 100-feet deep ravine. To build the 70-ton bridge, a crane had to be dismantled and reconfigured on-site. It took two months to complete the crane’s reconfiguration. When workers were ready to secure the bridge, they found it lost 13 tons of water weight due to last summer’s heat. For information, its Web site is www.experiencevellano.com. UNFORGETTABLES RETURN One of the area’s more honored charity functions is set for March 5 with the sixth annual Unforgettables Charity Golf Classic, played at Redlands Country Club. Champions Tour veterans Dave Stockton of Redlands, Mark Johnson of Helendale, former UC Riverside golfer Gary McCord and former Riverside resident Don Pooley will participate. According to founder Tim Evans, the charity helps to confront and conquer the economic consequences and the danger factor that contributes to childhood death. Before tournament planning got underway for this year’s event, it received a $25,000 head start from McCord, who donated his prize from the ESPN-produced People vs. the Pros contest last year. The 128-member field is sold out, but to place your name on a waiting list, contact 1-800-254-GOLF (4653). Mark Reinhiller covers local golf for the Sun. His column appears on Wednesday. He can be reached at email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Course superintendent Paul Cushing likes to say that he and his staff have completed a masterpiece and they would be right. Even on an overcast day, panoramic views exist of the Inland Empire and beyond. From the No. 1 tee box, one easily could see Mt. San Jacinto – some 80 miles to the east. “We’ve provided a niche that hasn’t existed in quite some time,” Cushing said. “Most of the other private country clubs in the area are established. This course allows people to grow with the course.” Norman and staff broke ground on the 600-acre site that rests west of the 74 freeway in early 2004, and by October, 13 holes were graded. But that fall, inclement weather – that would turn into more than 40 inches of rainfall into 2005 – washed away those holes. After rebuilding the holes, rain again destroyed their work and brought the course back to square one. The course officially opens to members Feb. 28, with members and guests set for April 1. When that time arrives, golfers will find a course where elevation – and a rural, open setting – awaits. That wasn’t an oversight in its development. “Norman’s very much a minimalist,” Cushing said. “He wants to take what the property offers and make the most of what exists. He’s not the kind of designer who is going to move a tree because he can. CHINO HILLS – Tucked deep inside the heart of Chino Hills lies one of Southern California’s newest golf courses. After a series of delays, the long-awaited Greg Norman-designed Vellano Country Club made its debut Tuesday with its first official round of golf for staff members and media. The 6,925-yard, 18-hole layout is the first private course to be developed east of Los Angeles and west of the Coachella Valley in more than 40 years.
Manchester City 2 Bristol City 1: Late Aguero header earns EFL Cup semi-final advantage Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:47 1/10/18 Getty Images Manchester City had to come from behind to beat Bristol City in the EFL Cup, Sergio Aguero heading in last-gasp decider. Sergio Aguero scored a stoppage-time winner as Manchester City beat Bristol City 2-1 in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Tuesday.Pre-match talk had focused on the quadruple chances of Pep Guardiola’s men, but they had to come from behind at the Etihad Stadium despite the Catalan naming a strong side, Aguero coming off the bench to settle it.Bristol City – who dumped Manchester United out in the last round – refused to be cowed and Lee Johnson’s high-flying Championship team matched the runaway Premier League leaders in an enthralling first half, with the visitors going into the interval ahead courtesy of Bobby Reid’s penalty. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Manchester City’s centre-back pairing were both at fault, Eliaquim Mangala losing possession and John Stones mistiming a tackle in the box on Reid, who picked himself up to convert from the spot.After a lax first period the hosts were much brighter and got back on terms 10 minutes into the second half, Kevin De Bruyne beating Frank Fielding with a powerful shot after playing a one-two with Raheem Sterling.Fielding made a string of saves to keep the sides level but the goalkeeper could not stop Aguero flicking home Bernardo Silva’s cross in injury time to give his side a slender advantage, although the Robins will take heart from their display ahead of hosting the second leg in two weeks’ time.90. GOOOAAAAL | @aguerosergiokun SCORES!!! #cityvbcfc #mancity 2-1 pic.twitter.com/WsRX8Bhy3W — Manchester City (@ManCity) January 9, 2018 City unsurprisingly began on the front foot as Ilkay Gundogan hit an effort wide and Bernardo Silva’s deflected shot looped over, but Bristol City did not look overawed.Johnson’s men called Claudio Bravo into action for the first time after 15 minutes, Joe Bryan firing at goal after a driving run but finding the goalkeeper equal to his strike.Fielding blocked Leroy Sane’s cross and then had to tip over a whipped De Bruyne curler as the underdogs gave the ball away deep in their own half.Marlon Pack rifled a drive at Bravo after 32 minutes as the visitors continued to pose a threat.And after Bailey Wright was perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty when he appeared to drag down Stones, the second-tier side won a spot-kick of their own.Stones dived in on Reid after Mangala gave the ball away to Josh Brownhill, the fouled forward tucking away confidently from 12 yards.Goal time for @bobbyreid93 ! ( @jmp_uk ) #MCYvBRC pic.twitter.com/e5YtVI0Kcw — Bristol City FC (@bcfctweets) January 9, 2018 Manchester City almost equalised immediately only for Aden Flint to make a miraculous headed clearance from Sterling’s goalbound lob.Fielding rushed out to deny Sterling five minutes after the break, but the he could do little about the equalising goal.Bravo started an attack that Bristol City never got close to stopping, captain De Bruyne slamming in an unstoppable finish after swapping passes with Sterling.OHHHHH, KEVIN DE BRUYNE! #cityvbcfc #mancity pic.twitter.com/0irinB6USX — Manchester City (@ManCity) January 9, 2018 Sterling, playing as a central striker with Aguero named among the substitutes, turned De Bruyne’s cross at Fielding before Guardiola sent for the Argentina international with 20 minutes remaining.Aguero scored twice in quick succession as his side came from 1-0 down at the break to beat Burnley in the FA Cup on Saturday and he saw to it that the champions-elect repeated the trick.Silva’s cross was perfectly floated for Aguero to flick a header past Fielding and complete the turnaround at the death. Key Opta facts:- Manchester City have reached the final of the League Cup on three of the previous four occasions when winning the semi-final first leg, with the exception being against Manchester United in 2009-10.- The Citizens are unbeaten in their last 32 games in domestic competition (W26 D6), with their last loss coming against Arsenal in the FA Cup in April 2017.- The last team from a lower division to lose a League Cup semi-final first leg against Premier League opposition, and still qualify for the final, was Birmingham City v Ipswich Town in 2000-01 (4-2 on aggregate).- Bristol City have scored more goals than any other team in the League Cup in 2017-18, with 12 of their 17 coming against Premier League opposition.- Three of Sergio Aguero’s five goals in the League Cup have been scored in semi-finals (also against West Ham in January 2014 and Everton in January 2016). read more