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.
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.

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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St. Francis Looks Ahead After Maranatha Tournament

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

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson St. Francis head basketball coach Todd Wolfson guided the Golden Knights to an unprecedented 62-53 win over Corona Centennial in a summer tourney.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
St. Francis head basketball coach Todd Wolfson guided the Golden Knights to an unprecedented 62-53 win over Corona Centennial in a summer tourney.

St. Francis is a small school compared to most, and in basketball, the Golden Knights are typically underdogs against big schools; however, that didn’t stop them from an impressive showing at Maranatha High’s Summer Block Party.
Corona Centennial has more than 3,000 students, making the St. Francis student body seem like pebbles in a rock pile. Recently, the teams went head to head, and the Golden Knights pulled away with a 62-53 victory.
Head coach Todd Wolfson reflected on the win: “We had four or five guys step up. We played team basketball. They represented the school and did some good things in all facets of the game. It was a great team victory.”
This year, St. Francis loses star guard Joey Walsh, but that didn’t stop the Golden Knights from beating the Huskies. In the game, rising sophomore Andre Henry scored 29, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out six assists.
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Former Maranatha Star Drafted by Atlanta Hawks

Photo courtesy Eric Evans After a stellar sophomore campaign at the Oregon, Tyler Dorsey was drafted in the second round (41st overall pick) by the Atlanta Hawks.
Photo courtesy Eric Evans
After a stellar sophomore campaign at the Oregon, Tyler Dorsey was drafted in the second round (41st overall pick) by the Atlanta Hawks.

Tyler Dorsey has excelled at nearly every level of competitive basketball he’s participated in, winning a CIF-Southern Section championship with Maranatha High School in 2015 and helping Oregon make an unprecedented run to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament this past spring.
The Pasadena native will now have an opportunity to make a name for himself in the NBA after being drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks last week.
“I’m excited, and I’m blessed to be in this position,” said Dorsey, who was the 41st pick of the draft. “I’m happy the Atlanta Hawks believe in me and chose me because all I need is one opportunity. To get drafted is a dream come true.”
Dorsey didn’t celebrate and rest on his laurels. The former Maranatha standout was working out in the Minutemen’s gym the next morning.
“I’m all about putting in work,” Dorsey said. “I’m ready to put in that work and get ready for summer league.”
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Polytechnic Edges Rival Flintridge Prep, 4-3

The Polytechnic varsity softball team rallied from a two-run deficit and defeated visiting rival Flintridge Prep, 4-3, in a Prep League game last week.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Panthers got an RBI sacrifice fly from Maddie Magee and a run-scoring single from Megan Kelleher to tie the game. Poly recaptured the lead in the sixth when Ella Cornwell blasted a single to score Ali Ulin.
Pitcher Brennah Bronk retired three Rebels in the top of the seventh to pick up the win and help Poly improve to 4-0 in league. She allowed four hits, three runs and struck out seven. Continue reading “Polytechnic Edges Rival Flintridge Prep, 4-3”