Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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NCAA round 1 starts today (!!)

Just looky at all these great games today:


I’ll be at Cal vs. Fresno State and Virginia vs. Marist. I’m praying for good, close games.

Anyone else going to other reginal games is more than welcome to post a game report or three.

WNIT results so far, plus schedule

Round 1 Games
Friday, March 20

St. John’s 83, Harvard 60
James Madison 61, American 59
Georgetown 73, Winthrop 45
Murray State 67, Arkansas-Little Rock 65

Round 2 Games
Saturday, March 21

UT Arlington at Oklahoma State, 3 p.m. ET
UC Riverside at Creighton, 8 p.m. ET
West Virginia at St. Bonaventure, 1 p.m. ET
Florida Gulf Coast at South Florida, 7 p.m. ET
Portland State at Oregon State, 10 p.m. ET

Sunday, March 22

Syracuse at Bowling Green, 2 p.m. ET
Dayton at Indiana, 2 p.m. ET
Kentucky at Wisconsin, 2 p.m. ET
St. John’s at Hartford, 4 p.m. ET
James Madison at Richmond, 4 p.m. ET
Georgetown at Wake Forest, 5 p.m. ET
Murray State at Mississippi, 5 p.m. ET

Monday, March 23

Boston University at Boston College, 7 p.m. ET
Butler at Marquette, 8 p.m. ET
UT Arlington-Oklahoma State winner at Arkansas, 8 p.m. ET
UC Riverside-Creighton winner at Kansas, 8 p.m. ET

Tuesday, March 24

LA Tech at Illinois State, 8 p.m. ET
Wednesday, March 25
Nebraska at New Mexico, 9 p.m. ET

I bet we won’t see Louisiana Tech in the WNIT next year.

Brea Olinda 68, Carondelet 45

Brea won the California state Division II championship this evening. As was the case last Saturday, the Wildcats were sparked by senior guard Jonae Ervin.

Steve Fryer of OCvarsity.com said Ervin seems to run faster with the ball than without:

Jonae Ervin of Brea might run faster while dribbling the ball than without the ball. There was a play in the fourth quarter on which she got the rebound on the defensive end, and then just started dribbling downcourt. It was like watching a sprinter just pull away in the 100 meter dash. She just put so much distance between everyone behind her in about two seconds.

Link: http://ocvarsity.freedomblogging.com/2009/03/20/quick-analysis-of-breas-state-championship/38201/

Sylvia Fowles makin’ bank in Russia

Insight into Fowles’ personality:

“But I like being by myself. I draw. I didn’t think I would enjoy being by myself this much.”


Fowles never won a national championship with the Lady Tigers — her college career ended with her hurling her mouthpiece in the stands in frustration after LSU fell to archrival Tennessee in the final seconds of the national semifinal in 2008 — but every season she was there the team went to the Final Four.


At the Beijing Olympics, Fowles’ radiant personality — she has a penchant for hugging friends and well-wishers — along with her excellent play made her a striking figure. Back in Baton Rouge, when the opening ceremonies were being aired at a favorite haunt of the LSU athletic community near campus, a cheer went up when “Big Syl” was shown soaking in the spectacle half-a-world away.

Big Syl is also making about $700,000. Not freakin bad.

Link: http://blog.nola.com/lsusports/2009/03/former_lsu_lady_tigers_standou.html

Draft day lunch with Candace Parker

I guess they’re not having the WNBA draft the day after the NCAA finals anymore. Wonder why.

But CP is going to host a lunch for fans on draft day, Thursday, April 9 in Los Angeles. Here’s the email I got earlier tonight:

Join 2008 #1 draft pick, Rookie of the Year and MVP Candace Parker at ESPN Zone as she watches the Los Angeles Sparks pick their newest members of the team during the 2009 WNBA Draft on ESPN. Enjoy lunch, mingle with Candace Parker and hear from head coach Michael Cooper and General Manager Penny Toler as they give you an exclusive behind the scenes talk (via webcam) after each pick.

1011 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Thursday, April 9
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

All MVPs attending with a REFERRAL will receive an autograph coupon to Opening Night post-game team autograph session

BUY season tickets at the event and receive a signed Lisa Leslie photo!

Pay $20 now or $30 at the door. Entry fee includes lunch and a donation to Tickets for Kids for Opening Night.

Space is limited to the first 150 MVPS!

If you want to go, you send an email to: rsvp@la-sparks.com

I don’t know if I’m going yet. I’d like to, but I don’t know if I can handle the sight of a nine months pregnant CP. I’ll see.

California rankings going into tomorrow’s state championship games

Maxpreps says it’s Brea, Mater Dei, Cajon, St. Mary’s and Poly:


Somebody called Cal-Hi Sports says it’s Brea, St. Mary’s, Mater Dei, Poly and Sacred Heart Cathedral:


I guess we’ll see tomorrow.

Perfect graduation rate schools

Pretty damned impressive:

Fourteen women’s basketball teams in the NCAA tournament have perfect graduation rates.

That list includes the tournament’s top seed, Connecticut, according to a report released Monday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

Of the other No. 1 seeds, Duke has a 90 percent graduation rate, Oklahoma is at 69 percent and Maryland is at 67 percent.

The other schools with 100 percent graduation rates are DePaul, Evansville, Florida, Lehigh, Marist, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Sacred Heart, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt and Villanova.

Link: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncw/ncaatourney09/news/story?id=3990040

WBCA JC/CC awards announced

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association has announced that Ned Mircetic of Ventura College is their 2009 National Junior College/Community College Coach of the Year. Mircetic, who just coached his 19th year at Ventura, has taken his teams to 12 state Elite Eight games, appeared in nine consecutive Final Four contests, made seven straight championship game appearances and captured five state titles.

In an interview with me last fall for a story on junior colleges that I was writing, Mircetic said he loves his job.

“My job coaching women’s basketball is the best job in the state of California,” he said.

Mircetic is known for his off-court warmth, and he maintains relationships with many of his former players – several of whom are coaches themselves now. But in practices and during games, Mircetic is intense.

“I’ve been around long enough so that (potential recruits) know what to expect from me,” he said.

I met Mircetic over a year ago when I took my basketball kids to check him out. I would trust any kid of mine with him.

Mircetic will be honored at a luncheon April 6 in St. Louis during the Final Four tourament.

Link: http://www.wbca.org/Releases/JCCCCOYPR2009.html

The WBCA also named their All-American team and Honorable Mention Team:


Fantastic couple of lists.

Uncool things to do: fire someone with no reason given

Longtime St. Mary’s Academy (Inglewood, CA) Coach Bo Corona was fired yesterday. He not only didn’t see it coming, he was shocked:


I’ve always thought that if you’re going to fire someone, especially with no warning, that you owe them an explanation. That whole “going in a different direction” line is so tired.

What to do if you think your daughter’s coach has violated one or more rules

Some comments here recently have indicated that some parents think the coach or coaches of their daughter’s basketball team have committed rule violations. So I’ve done a little research.

This section of the California Interscholastic Federation website serves as a resource in determining if a violation has indeed occurred:


The CIF is broken down into 10 regions, and each has a local office. I called both the City Section and Southern Section offices this morning to ask what the proper procedure is for a parent wishing to file a complaint.

A spokeswoman for the City Section office said all complaints are welcome, but only those that are signed with the writer’s legitimate name, address and phone number will warrant an investigation. She also said that the confidentiality of the letter writers will be protected in the event of an investigation. A spokeswoman for the Southern Section office said the same policies held true there. Written correspondence should be sent to:

(City Section)

Trent Cornelius, Commissioner, girl’s basketball
1545 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90017

(Southern Section)

Sharon Hodge, Commissioner, girl’s basketball
10932 Pine Street
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-2428

List of all 10 section offices:


I encourage those who feel they have a legitimate complaint to step up and say something. Don’t just complain about it on a message board or a blog. If you really feel your daughter is being cheated, you must speak out on her behalf. She’s a kid; she needs you to help her.

I believe that too many people feel like they could “never” make a difference by speaking out. But the more I’ve lived the more I’ve seen that 1. it’s amazing what you get if you just ask and 2. if you speak out and be persistent, you get places.

Finally, last night I changed my profile to include an email address where you can reach me with comments or questions. I’ve never claimed to know everything, but I’m great at finding out what I don’t know.

Don’t be nasty like some of my ninth-grade students: hoopism@yahoo.com

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