La Salle Falls to Sierra Canyon in Division 3 Final

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson The La Salle High School varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section runner-up after falling to Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth in four sets. The team, which posed with its fans, includes Stephanie Stiver (front row, from left), Chloe Howell, Abby McKiernan, Natalie Gohrick, Claire Forrest and Victoria Ashkinos. Back: Assistant coaches Angel Ramirez and Stephen Bernabe, Sophia Anderson, Sofia Sanchez, Tamia Cephus, Alessandra Perez, Elizabeth Harrity, Vanessa Ramirez, Devon Nardoni, Natalie Gohrick, Carly Kejmar and head coach Tiare Tuitama.
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The La Salle High School varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section runner-up after falling to Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth in four sets. The team, which posed with its fans, includes Stephanie Stiver (front row, from left), Chloe Howell, Abby McKiernan, Natalie Gohrick, Claire Forrest and Victoria Ashkinos. Back: Assistant coaches Angel Ramirez and Stephen Bernabe, Sophia Anderson, Sofia Sanchez, Tamia Cephus, Alessandra Perez, Elizabeth Harrity, Vanessa Ramirez, Devon Nardoni, Natalie Gohrick, Carly Kejmar and head coach Tiare Tuitama.

The La Salle High School varsity girls’ volleyball team advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship match against a familiar foe in Chatsworth Sierra Canyon. The Lancers had swept their opponent earlier in the season and hoped for the same outcome, but an inspired Trailblazers team avoided history repeating itself by defeating No. 1-seeded La Salle in four sets, 25-21, 25-16, 18-25, 25-17, at Cerritos College in Norwalk last Saturday.
“It was the same,” said La Salle head coach Tiare Tuitama, who guided the program to CIF-SS titles in 2012 and 2013. “I think our lineup was a little bit of the same. We did watch film on them, and it wasn’t anything that they had change. It was just kind of who brought it today. You got to show up on the day that it counts.”
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Mayfield, Flintridge Prep Win Prep League Championships

Photo courtesy Eric Sun The Mayfield Senior cross-country team had five runners place among the top eight to win the Prep League championship at Pierce College last week. The talented group, guided by head coach Eric Sun, includes Cameron Gomez (from left), McKenna Smith, Emma Linde, Sidney Hendricks, Maggie Kiechler, Emma Cadena and Audrey Suarez.
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The Mayfield Senior cross-country team had five runners place among the top eight to win the Prep League championship at Pierce College last week. The talented group, guided by head coach Eric Sun, includes Cameron Gomez (from left), McKenna Smith, Emma Linde, Sidney Hendricks, Maggie Kiechler, Emma Cadena and Audrey Suarez.
Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ cross-country team won the Prep League crown for the 26th time in the past 27 years. The squad, ranked No. 1 in CIF State Division 5, includes Ethan Moutes (from left), Carson Hasbrouck, Bennett Oakes, Evan Pattinelli, Seb Evans and Grady Morrissey.
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The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ cross-country team won the Prep League crown for the 26th time in the past 27 years. The squad, ranked No. 1 in CIF State Division 5, includes Ethan Moutes (from left), Carson Hasbrouck, Bennett Oakes, Evan Pattinelli, Seb Evans and Grady Morrissey.

In a battle of No. 1 teams, it was the Mayfield Senior cross-country squad that came out on top with five runners placing among the top eight to defeat Flintridge Prep, 22-43, in the Prep League Finals at Pierce College on Saturday.
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La Salle Hangs On to Defeat Muir, 21-20

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Justin Lockhart caught two touchdown in the Lancers’ 21-20 victory at Muir last Friday.

By Robert Haleblian

The La Salle High School varsity football team’s overall record is back at .500 after defeating host John Muir High, 21-20, in a nonleague nail-biter last Friday.
Riding high off of stellar performances from freshman quarterback C.J. Montes, La Salle’s offense was firing on all cylinders. The young standout threw three touchdowns and finished just shy of 200 yards passing to help the Lancers improve to 2-2 on the season.
“[Montes] is special,” said LSHS head coach Russell Gordon. “He’s smart [and] he’s a great student. I believe everything starts in the classroom, and then it comes out to the field. He represents our school very, very proudly.” Continue reading “La Salle Hangs On to Defeat Muir, 21-20”

Perrantes Leads St. Francis to Victory in Season Opener

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson St. Francis junior quarterback Darius Perrantes threw for 322 yards, six touchdowns and an interception in his debut last week, leading St. Francis to a 48-21 win over Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach.

By Charlie Foy

During the second half, the St. Francis High School student section loudly sang “Sweet Caroline,” A fitting song because Golden Knights football never seemed so good as the varsity team cruised to a 48-21 victory over visiting Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach last week.
In the first half, new quarterback Darius Perrantes, a junior transfer from Encino Crespi, initially started off slow but everything started to click after his first touchdown. Near the end of the first quarter, senior Greg Dulcich broke away from the Mira Costa corner, and Perrantes completed a 38-yard touchdown pass, and there was no looking back for the St. Francis offense.
The Mustangs (0-1 overall) quickly responded with a touchdown pass of their own, and it seemed as if both teams were evenly matched.
On the ensuing drive, Perrantes completed another touchdown pass to Dulcich and later connected with Isaac Cordova for a 64-yard touchdown.
The Mustangs didn’t give up and kept the game within reach after a touchdown midway through the second quarter, cutting St. Francis lead to 21-14 at the half. Continue reading “Perrantes Leads St. Francis to Victory in Season Opener”

Former Polytechnic Golfer Competing in Professional Tour

Victoria Morgan

Victoria Morgan has never had it easy in her golf career. At Polytechnic, the Pasadena native fought for a spot on the varsity boys’ golf team because the school did not have a girls’ program at the time. The former Panther prevailed and was named captain and the team’s most valuable player as a senior in 2012.
Morgan continued to play collegiately at USC as a walk-on and battled to keep her spot on a talented squad. She helped the Trojans reach the NCAA Championships semifinals last spring as a senior and was selected to the All-Pac-12 first team and earned a WGCA All-American honorable mention.
The struggle continues for the former Panther, who will be competing in her ninth Symetra Tour tournament today in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Morgan is fighting for the opportunity to join the LPGA Tour. Continue reading “Former Polytechnic Golfer Competing in Professional Tour”

Vincent Takes Over Maranatha Volleyball Programs

The following was written by Charlie Foy, special to the Outlook.

Maranatha High School recently filled two voids with the hiring of Nina Vincent, an experienced coach who isn’t afraid to take over the varsity girls’ and boys’ volleyball programs this year.

Nina Vincent
Nina Vincent

Volleyball has been a major part of Vincent’s life. She grew up in upstate New York playing the sport in the backyard with family. Her older siblings became role models, and she imitated their every move. They played right-handed, and despite being a lefty, Vincent taught herself to play like her older siblings.
Vincent quickly became a star on her high school team and was noticed by Manhattan College, which gave her a full scholarship.
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Local Baseball Players Recognized by Cal-Hi Sports

Photo courtesy Polytechnic Polytechnic graduate Matthew Queen was one of three local baseball players to earn a spot on one of Cal-Hi Sports’ All-State teams. Marco Martinez of Maranatha and Ethan Patrick of La Salle were also recognized.
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Polytechnic graduate Matthew Queen was one of three local baseball players to earn a spot on one of Cal-Hi Sports’ All-State teams. Marco Martinez of Maranatha and Ethan Patrick of La Salle were also recognized.

Baseball players from Polytechnic, Maranatha High School and La Salle earned Cal-Hi Sports All-State recognition recently.
Matthew Queen, Marco Martinez and Ethan Patrick each made one of the All-State teams selected by Cal-Hi Sports, an online publication that covers the top teams and athletes in California.
Queen, who earned a spot on the All-CIF Southern Section Division 6 first team, made the second team as a multipurpose player in the small schools division. He led the Panthers with .517 and drove in 18 runs, and was just as stellar on the mound with a 6-1 record, 1.22 ERA and 39 strikeouts. Queen was essential to Poly’s bounce-back season in which the team recaptured the Prep League championship.
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Pasadena’s Friedman Helps Build Dodgers into World Series Contenders

Andrew Friedman
Photo courtesy Jon SooHoo / Dodgers Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who resides in Pasadena, has helped change baseball culture in Los Angeles since joining the organization in October 2014. The Dodgers boast the league’s best record as they seek their first World Series appearance since 1988.

The Dodgers have ruled the Los Angeles sports scene for the past several years, but the
beloved team is now the talk of Major League Baseball, and for good reason.
“The Dodgers are absolutely amazing,” ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian said on television after L.A. defeated the White Sox last Thursday. Los Angeles had notched its 31st win in the last 35 games, a feat that had not been accomplished since the 1977 Kansas City Royals. “They lead the league in ERA, they lead the league with 10 shutouts and they’re second in the league in runs scored.”
As of Tuesday, the Dodgers also have a major-league-best 69 victories and a double-digit lead in the National League West, which they have won the past four seasons.
“I think it has to do with the number of different guys who have had their fingerprints on the success of the team to date,” said Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who resides in Pasadena. “We’ve had a few guys who have been consistently way above average, and a number of other guys who have chipped in to give us length in the lineup and rotation.” Continue reading “Pasadena’s Friedman Helps Build Dodgers into World Series Contenders”

Former Maranatha Star Making His Mark at APU

By Robert Haleblian

Photo courtesy Azusa Pacific University Sports Information
Former Maranatha standout and Pasadena native Andrew Elffers led the Azusa Pacific University football team to its first Division II playoff berth last year. He is a dual-threat quarterback and has rushed for 736 yards and 13 touchdowns the past three seasons with the Cougars.

In the quarterback-rich nature of Southern California football, it is easy to get lost in the mix. With Josh Rosen at UCLA and Sam Darnold at USC, the scene is at an all-time high. In a time where big names and big schools dominate headlines, Pasadena’s own Andrew Elffers is making a name for himself in a less traditional way.
“A huge reason for why I chose APU [was that] I just felt something different about the school,” said Elffers. “The main thing that attracted me to APU was that it was a faith based institution. When I was [deciding] between the Division I offers or going to APU, a Division II school, I knew APU was going to be the best school for me to develop my character as a man, a man of integrity, and as a hard worker [who] cares for others more than [myself].” Continue reading “Former Maranatha Star Making His Mark at APU”

Local Teams Affected by CIF’s New Fall Playoff Divisions

The CIF Southern Section recently updated its football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ water polo and girls’ tennis playoff divisions, and teams from Flintridge Prep, Polytechnic, Maranatha, La Salle and Mayfield senior were affected by the new placements.
The local football programs didn’t see much change. Polytechnic remained in Division 10 and Maranatha will stay in Division 9 this season. The St. Francis football team also enters the upcoming season with no changes and will compete in Division 3 as the fourth highest-rated team with 411.21 points. La Salle, which plays against the Golden Knights in the Angelus League, was bumped up and will now compete in Division 8 after going 7-5 last season.
Three local girls’ volleyball programs will be competing in different divisions this fall. Westridge was moved up to Division 3 after an impressive campaign last year. The Tigers won the Prep League championship and reached the CIF-SS Division 4 semifinals.
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