San Marino Shines at Mt. SAC Meet of Champions

Photo courtesy Casey Holcomb
The San Marino High School varsity boys’ swimming team won the Mt. SAC Meet of Champions banner with 585 points, which was more than enough to defeat second-place La Verne Damien (545 points). The squad includes (from left) head coach Casey Holcomb, Patrick Tulaphorn, Kyle Wong, Preston Wong, Taylor Hughes, Darren Wong, Jeff Chan, Tristan Lin, Kyle Day, John Van and Kevin Chen. Not pictured: Adrian Huang, Maxwell Lin and Kurtis Tsai.

The San Marino High School varsity swim teams have dominated their Rio Hondo League opponents this season, and the Titans proved their stellar performances are no fluke with a remarkable showing at the Mt. San Antonio College Meet of Champions in Walnut last weekend.
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SMHS Student Sees His Calling in Peer Mentoring

It was the eve of spring break for San Marino students, but that isn’t why Jamie Kreindler was so excited last Friday.

San Marino High School senior and peer mentor Jamie Kreindler (right) embraces friend and classmate Jason Liang at last week’s Special Olympics.
San Marino High School senior and peer mentor Jamie Kreindler (right) embraces friend and classmate Jason Liang at last week’s Special Olympics.

Kreindler, 18, was getting ready to cheer on his friends who were about to perform in the San Gabriel Valley Spring School Games for Special Olympics Southern California, which are held annually at the San Marino High School track and football field. The graduating senior has spent two years as a peer mentor for SMHS’ special education students. Continue reading “SMHS Student Sees His Calling in Peer Mentoring”

Basketball Standout Earns All-CIF Recognition

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team recently concluded its greatest season since 1978 with an unprecedented postseason run that ended in the Division 4AA quarterfinals, a feat that didn’t go unnoticed by the CIF-Southern Section.
The All-CIF awards were announced on Monday and named senior Jadyn Torres to the Division 4AA first team after leading the Titans in scoring and rebounding. Continue reading “Basketball Standout Earns All-CIF Recognition”

San Marino Splits League Games

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Owen Koch scored eight points in the Titans’ 62-41 loss at La Cañada last Friday. He also netted eight points in San Marino’s 64-54 win over South Pas.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Owen Koch scored eight points in the Titans’ 62-41 loss at La Cañada last Friday. He also netted eight points in San Marino’s 64-54 win over South Pas.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team suffered its second Rio Hondo League loss of the season last Friday, falling to host La Cañada, 62-41.
Jadyn Torres hit a turnaround jumper midway through the first quarter to give San Marino a 5-3 lead over the home squad, but Spartan guard Justin Kouyoumdjian iced the Titans’ offense by drilling four consecutive shots from beyond the arc, giving La Cañada a 10-point cushion late in the first quarter. Continue reading “San Marino Splits League Games”

Titans Blank Rams, 2-0

The San Marino High School varsity girls’ soccer team blanked visiting Temple City, 2-0, in the teams’ Rio Hondo League opener last week.
Corinne Wagner put the Titans on the board in the first half with a free kick from 25 yards out. Forward Puja Balaji extended San Marino’s lead by putting away a free kick from Wagner in the second half.
The Titans outshot the Rams, 10-6, and goalkeeper Emily Boutin recorded four saves to record San Marino’s sixth shutout of the season.
San Marino (7-4 overall record, 1-0 in league) will host La Cañada in a league match this Friday, Jan. 20, at 3:30 p.m.

San Marino Splits Rio Hondo League Games

The San Marino High School varsity girls’ basketball team bounced back from its Rio Hondo League opening loss by clobbering visiting Pasadena Blair, 60-6, last Friday.
Joyce Liang scored a game-high 15 points to help San Marino score its first league win of the season, and junior Cheyenne Trac added nine points, four assists and three steals. Audrey Lin finished with eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, Kyli Bonavich had eight points and seven rebounds, Zoee Li totaled five points, nine rebounds and four steals, Sabella Singh also had five points to go with three steals, Kathleen Liu netted five points and recorded four assists, Tina McDaniel finished with four points, four rebounds and two steals, Evelyn Tran contributed one point and three rebounds, and Nikki Wong grabbed five rebounds and recorded two assists.
The Titans (10-9 overall record, 1-1 in league) traveled to South Pasadena on Wednesday and will hit the road this Friday, Jan. 20, to take on La Cañada at 5:30 p.m.

Temple City 61
San Marino 56

The Titans were unable to keep up with Temple City in their Rio Hondo League opener last week, falling to the Rams in overtime, 61-56.
San Marino led by three points at the half, 26-13, but the Rams fought back to tie the game in the final two quarters and force an overtime period. The home squad ultimately pulled away for the win.
Kathleen Liu was the Titans’ top performer with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Liu was also a perfect seven-for-seven from the free throw line, and Kyli Bonavich and Hanna Wang added 11 points each. Joyce Liang chipped in seven points, five rebounds and three steals, Audrey Bain finished with six points, Nikki Wong had three points, six rebounds and four assists, Sabella Singh totaled three points and four rebounds, and Cheyenne Trac contributed a point. Singh, Bonavich, Liang and Bain each blocked one shot.
The visiting squad was solid beyond the arc, hitting nine of 24 three-pointers. Bonavich hit all three of her three-point shot attempts, and Wang also drilled three from beyond the arc. Liang made two of four three-point shots, and Liu also drilled three-pointer.

San Marino Edges Temple City in League Opener

It wasn’t easy for the San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team during its nonleague portion of the season, but it was by design. Head coach Mihail Papadopulos wanted to challenge his squad as much as he could going into Rio Hondo League play, a move that certainly paid off for the battle-tested Titans as they edged host Temple City, 70-69, in the teams’ league opener last week.
It was San Marino’s first victory over Temple City since 2012, and it also snapped a four-game losing streak. Continue reading “San Marino Edges Temple City in League Opener”