Poly, Mayfield, St. Francis Athletes Shine in Finals

Athletes from Polytechnic, Mayfield Senior, St. Francis, Maranatha and Flintridge Sacred Heart competed in the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Finals at El Camino College in Torrance last weekend.
Xian Shively concluded his career at Poly on a high note by winning the Division 4 crown in the 3,200-meter run. The senior standout finished in 9 minutes, 17.27 seconds and will move on to this Saturday’s Masters Meet at El Camino College.

Photo courtesy John Babcock Xian Shively won the CIF-SS Division 4 title for the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9 minutes, 17.27 seconds.
Photo courtesy John Babcock
Xian Shively won the CIF-SS Division 4 title for the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9 minutes, 17.27 seconds.

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Local Athletes Shine in Prelims, Qualify for Finals

Photo courtesy Polytechnic Polytechnic had three standout divers competing in the CIF-SS Division 3 finals. Tom Amsbry (left) won the Division 3 boys’ crown, Krystal Irwin (center) won the girls’ diving championship and Ben Smith placed second.
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Polytechnic had three standout divers competing in the CIF-SS Division 3 finals. Tom Amsbry (left) won the Division 3 boys’ crown, Krystal Irwin (center) won the girls’ diving championship and Ben Smith placed second.

Athletes from Polytechnic, Mayfield Senior, Maranatha High School, Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Francis turned in solid performances in the CIF Southern Section preliminaries last week and qualified for the championship finals.
Three Panthers will move on to this weekend’s Division 4 finals. Xian Shively placed second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9 minutes, 39.81 seconds and fourth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:18.80 to qualify.
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Local Athlete Signed by NFL Team

Coleman Shelton
Coleman Shelton

Pasadena native Coleman Shelton signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
The 6-4, 299-pound lineman former University of Washington lineman went undrafted after seven rounds but quickly received an offer from the 49ers.
“It’s a good feeling,” Shelton said in a phone interview. “It’s exciting to move on to the next chapter and I’m ready to go to the NFL. I feel confident. [Washington head coach Chris Peterson] and his crew got me ready for the next level.”
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La Salle Basketball Star Earns Prestigious Award

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson La Salle senior basketball standout Julia Macabuhay was named the John R. Wooden CIF-SS Division III Player of the Year.
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La Salle senior basketball standout Julia Macabuhay was named the John R. Wooden CIF-SS Division III Player of the Year.

The accolades keep on coming for La Salle High School senior Julia Macabuhay. Weeks after being named the Santa Fe League’s top player and earning a spot on the All-CIF Southern Section Division 3A first team, the girls’ basketball star was given the John R. Wooden Award CIF-SS Division III Player of the Year award.
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La Salle Athletic Director to Step Down in June

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson La Salle Athletic Director Anthony Harris (left), pictured with boys’ basketball coach Mike Lynch and former Lancer Christian Oyie-Little, announced he will be leaving La Salle in June after seven years.
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La Salle Athletic Director Anthony Harris (left), pictured with boys’ basketball coach Mike Lynch and former Lancer Christian Oyie-Little, announced he will be leaving La Salle in June after seven years.

After seven years at the helm of La Salle High School sports, Anthony Harris recently announced he will be resigning from the position of athletic director in June.
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Flintridge Prep Downs Pacifica to Win First CIF Title

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Flintridge Prep captains Lindsey Uteda and Caitlin Fong celebrate the program’s first CIF Southern Section championship.
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Flintridge Prep captains Lindsey Uteda and Caitlin Fong celebrate the program’s first CIF Southern Section championship.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ soccer players weren’t themselves for the first 40 minutes of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship at Downey Warren last Saturday.
“Obviously,” said Flintridge Prep junior Helen Schaefer. “Just look at the environment. There were nerves on our side, but we got over it.”
It truly was a tale of two halves for the Rebels as they shed any championship jitters in the final 40 minutes and scored two goals to defeat No. 1-seeded Pacifica Garden Grove, 3-1. Head coach Esteban Chavez delivered the program’s first CIF-SS plaque in the school’s 85-year history
“It’s not about me,” Chavez said. “I didn’t want this group to get this close and not get it done.”

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Rebels Denied 2nd CIF Title in 3 Years

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Kaitlyn Chen scored a team-high 19 points but was denied a CIF championship by Beverly Hills in a 50-46 loss.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Kaitlyn Chen scored a team-high 19 points but was denied a CIF championship by Beverly Hills in a 50-46 loss.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team witnessed firsthand the biggest reason for Beverly Hills’ success, and there wasn’t much the Rebels could do to overcome it.
The reason was sophomore Chantal Moawad, a 6-foot, 2-inch center who was relentless under the rim and scored eight of the No. 2-seeded Normans’ final 10 points to lift her team over the Rebels, 50-46, in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A championship at Colony High School in Ontario last Saturday.
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Former Westridge Athlete Wins Olympic Silver

Photo courtesy USA Bobsled Former Westridge athlete Lauren Gibbs won a silver medal in the bobsled event at the Winter Olympics last week.
Photo courtesy USA Bobsled Former Westridge athlete Lauren Gibbs won a silver medal in the bobsled event at the Winter Olympics last week.

When Westridge School graduate Lauren Gibbs told her parents in 2010 she was thinking of leaving her sales manager position and six-figure salary to try out for the United States women’s bobsled team, her parents laughed.
“We all did,” her mother, Akila, said by phone from South Korea. “Even she said that it would make a great cocktail story.”
Four years later, Gibbs, 33, has much more than a cocktail story. She has a silver medal.
She teamed up with decorated Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor and took second last week in the women’s bobsled event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The American duo finished .07 seconds behind gold medalists Mariana Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz of Germany, who won the four-run race with a time of 3 minutes, 22.45 seconds.
“Sharing an Olympic medal with Elana is pretty special,” Gibbs told NBC. “This is her third and my first, so it’s unreal. She’s a legend in this sport, and I’m just honored to be part of her journey.”
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