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”

Former Maranatha Star Leads Oregon to NCAA Final Four

Photo courtesy Eric Evans Pasadena native Tyler Dorsey, a former star at Maranatha High School, has been nicknamed “Mr. March” after leading the Oregon Ducks to their first Final Four appearance in 78 years following a 74-60 victory over No. 1-seeded Kansas.
Photo courtesy Eric Evans
Pasadena native Tyler Dorsey, a former star at Maranatha High School, has been nicknamed “Mr. March” after leading the Oregon Ducks to their first Final Four appearance in 78 years following a 74-60 victory over No. 1-seeded Kansas.

Last year, Tyler Dorsey began making a name for himself by helping the University of Oregon men’s basketball team advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, averaging 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in his first 36 games. Continue reading “Former Maranatha Star Leads Oregon to NCAA Final Four”

Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Honors

The CIF Southern Section released its All-CIF winter selections last week, recognizing athletes from Polytechnic, Flintridge Prep, Maranatha, La Salle and Westridge.

Poly senior Colleen Woo took home the highest honor in being named the girls’ water polo Division 5 Player of the Year. Woo was the most well-rounded Panther, scoring 95 goals, recording 67 assists and 116 steals in 29 matches. Freshman Talie Wilmans, who led Poly with 104 goals and 164 points, made the first team, as well as Natalie Clark, who was one of Poly’s top defensive players.

Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK
Senior Colleen Woo was named the CIF-SS Division 5 Player of the Year after helping the Poly girls’ water polo team win the CIF championship.

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League Championship Teams

La Salle Boys’ Soccer
Photo courtesy Anthony Harris
The La Salle High School varsity boys’ soccer team recently captured the Del Rey League title with a 9-1 record. The Lancers (12-11-1 overall) clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 playoff berth and fell to La Cañada, 2-1, in the first round. The Del Rey League championship squad includes (kneeling, from left) Nicholas Reynolds, Jason Helgeson, Corbin Jones, Adrian Puga, Fernando Urteaga, Stephen Burkhart, Alec Berberian, Eric Rivero and Ryan Alvarez. Standing: Curtis Antonides, Nick Zuniga, Neil Angsanto, Luis Serrano, Miles Gelinas, assistant coach Art Karamyan, Michael Gibbs, head coach Edgar Manvelyan, Ryan Sparks, Nicholas Wilson, Julian Prins, Vincent Zuniga and Christopher Dinkel.
Westridge Girls’ Water Polo
The Westridge varsity girls’ water polo recently shared the Prep League championship with Polytechnic with an 11-1 record. The Tigers clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff berth and fell to Downey Warren in the first round. The squad includes (front row, from left) Sammy Chean-Udell and Serena Lewin. Middle: Grace Collins, Marissa Aivizas, Aleen Babikian and Amanda Tse. Back: Mara Raygor, Georgia Bogle, Kira O’Donell, Ava Whist, Brenna Bowlen and Sophia Rubbo.

Polytechnic Erases Deficit to Win 2nd CIF Championship

The Polytechnic varsity girls’ water polo team is no stranger to adversity. The squad opened the season ranked last out of 33 teams in CIF-Southern Section Division 5 and clawed its way to the No. 1 seed in the postseason.
That resiliency was on full display in the CIF-SS Division 5 championship match Saturday with the Panthers overcoming an early three-goal deficit to defeat No. 3-seeded Xavier Prep of Palm Desert, 10-5, at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Saturday. Continue reading “Polytechnic Erases Deficit to Win 2nd CIF Championship”