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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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”

Polytechnic Football Scores Big With Hillsides

Photo courtesy Jennifer Godwin-Minto Poly Head of School John Bracker said football coach Chris Schmoke, pictured above talking to senior John Genske, is a good mentor to all of his athletes and students.
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Poly Head of School John Bracker said football coach Chris Schmoke, pictured above talking to senior John Genske, is a good mentor to all of his athletes and students.

Hillsides has partnerships with various schools in the Pasadena area, most notably Polytechnic. The union between the foster care organization and Poly began nearly 40 years ago and remains strong to this day.
Hillsides Tutor Coordinator Ian Lee praised Poly students for taking the time to tutor their clients, but working with an agency “dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy,” he felt more could be done.
“I’m pretty sure I was the first one brave enough to ask, ‘Would you be open to hosting athletic clinics?’” Lee said. “We never really made a strong connection with an athletic student body group.”
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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”

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.

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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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