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NOTEBOOK / GARY KLEIN : Officials Are Investigating Brawl at Mt. San Antonio-Pasadena Game

Mission Conference officials and administrators from Pasadena and Mt. San Antonio colleges are investigating the bench-clearing brawl that erupted at the conclusion of the Mission Conference football game between the schools on Saturday.

The fight broke out after Pasadena won the Northern Division game, 31-29, when running back Darick Holmes, who played last season at Mt. SAC, scored on a five-yard run on the final play.

Players from both teams, and also some spectators, were involved in the melee that followed.

Reports from Mt. SAC Coach Bill Fisk, Pasadena Coach Dennis Gossard and other school personnel attending the game have been filed with the presidents of the colleges.

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“Normally, we like to see if they (the schools) can settle the issues before we get involved,” said Don MacKenzie, commissioner of the Northern Division. “But in this incident we are going to require that a report be made to the conference. And we’ll decide what, if any, action will be taken.

“From what I understand, the tape of the game ended with the last play. In the future, we’ll tell our tape operators to continue the action until such time that the teams are leaving the field.

“The concern is that this doesn’t happen again.”

Fisk said problems began during warm-ups.

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“One of the coaches from PCC brought his kids right down to where we were doing drills and there was chanting and taunting,” Fisk said. “I went to the officials and said: ‘Look, there’s bad blood between these teams. Make sure you call everything.’

“It should have been addressed right then.”

It’s been nice: Larry Tisdale is missing the San Gabriel Valley already.

Tisdale, the football coach at Etiwanda High in the Inland Empire, is lamenting the fact that his school will leave the Baseline League following its current one-season stay.

Etiwanda, the defending Division V champion, will return to a reformatted Hacienda League next season with other Chaffey District schools, including a new school in Rancho Cucamonga.

Tisdale said he would prefer to compete against Glendora, Damien, Claremont and the other Baseline League teams, rather than return to a league in which his team has won 21 consecutive league games.

Tisdale said he scheduled preseason games against Fontana and Canyon Springs this season to prepare his players for the Division IV Baseline League.

“We feel like we’re competing at this level and we want to continue,” said Tisdale, whose team enters Friday night’s game against Glendora 3-4 overall and 2-2 in league play. “We feel like we have a good program here, and when you have that kind of program you like playing up to that level.

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“We feel like we’re really stepping backwards.”

Record pace: Irene Arguelles, a former standout volleyball player at Edgewood High, has moved into second place on the NCAA all-time assist list.

Arguelles, a senior setter at Regis University in Colorado, has 6,421 career assists. She is expected to break the record of 6,596 this weekend at the Air Force Academy Invitational tournament.

Arguelles has led Regis, ranked 10th in NCAA Division II, to a 22-6 record and its fourth consecutive Colorado Athletic Conference championship.

Add record pace: Mt. SAC quarterback Anthony Calvillo is only 98 yards away from becoming the school’s all-time leading passer.

Calvillo completed 18 of 39 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns during the Mounties’ 31-29 loss to Pasadena on Saturday. He now has 3,777 yards, 98 behind record-holder Mike Hohenese.

Streak busters: The Azusa Pacific and La Verne football teams each saw streaks come to an end on Saturday.

Azusa Pacific ended a four-game losing streak with a 22-15 victory over Menlo.

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La Verne’s four-game winning streak was ended when the Leopards lost to San Diego, 38-37.

Call to arms: Registration and sign-ups for the newly formed Hacienda Heights Little League baseball program for children age 6 to 15 will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sat. Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kwis Elementary School in Hacienda Heights.

Information: (818) 336-5592.


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