Morikawa’s Success Continues in Pro Competition

Collin Morikawa
Collin Morikawa

La Cañada High School graduate Collin Morikawa closed out his four-year collegiate career at Cal as one of the program’s all-time best golfers.
He became the second Bear to win the Pac-12 Player of the Year honor after claiming the individual conference title. The former Spartan was also named a Division I PING first-team All-American, becoming the first four-time All-American golfer in the program’s history. Morikawa tied for sixth place in the NCAA Championships and helped his team finish 10th at Blessings Golf Club in Arkansas. He was third in the nation with a 68.65 stroke average, ranked as the No. 3 collegiate golfer by Golfstat and a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. Continue reading “Morikawa’s Success Continues in Pro Competition”

New Fall Playoff Divisions Affect Local Programs

La Cañada High School varsity football team
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
The La Cañada High School varsity football team was placed in Division 14, the lowest in CIF.

The CIF Southern Section recently released its new playoff divisions for football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ water polo and girls’ tennis, affecting several local programs.
CIF uses a formula to develop a ranking that is based on regular season record, strength of schedule and playoff performances the past two seasons. The La Cañada High School varsity football program has struggled to win games the last few seasons, placing the team in Division 14, which includes 70 squads. St. Francis was moved down to Division 3 this year. Continue reading “New Fall Playoff Divisions Affect Local Programs”

Mayfield Senior Standout Running Toward Her Goals

Audrey Suarez
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Mayfield Senior runner Audrey Suarez had a memorable year and became the first Cub to win a CIF State championship.

The CIF State Track and Field Championships at the end of May are usually the conclusion of the spring season for runners after a grueling month that includes league races, CIF Southern Section finals and the Masters Meet.
For Audrey Suarez, it didn’t end until June 16. Continue reading “Mayfield Senior Standout Running Toward Her Goals”

Local Tennis Standout to Play for Prestigious College Program

Ian Freer
Ian Freer

Ian Freer concluded his final year at St. Francis the best way he possibly could. The Golden Knight defeated Tyler Pham of Newport Beach Corona del Mar, 6-2, 6-3, to win the CIF Southern Section Individual Singles Championship, and he looks to gain more accolades over the next four years as he begins playing tennis for Claremont McKenna College in the fall.
“It was definitely special for me,” said Freer. “It was big because tennis is such an individual sport. I’ve played tournaments my whole life, but what made this special was having the support of all my friends, family and St. Francis community.”
Members of the St. Francis community reached out to Freer prior to his accomplishment, including alumni and SFHS President Father Tony Marti, who traveled to Seal Beach to watch the tennis standout play. Continue reading “Local Tennis Standout to Play for Prestigious College Program”

Goldsmith Ready to Build on Memorable Season

Dillon Goldsmith
Dillon Goldsmith

The 2017 San Marino High School varsity boys’ water polo team was a memorable squad that won 24 games and reached the CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinals. Then-senior Dillon Goldsmith was one of the leaders of the group and the lone Titan to make the All-Rio Hondo League first team.
That success carried over into the collegiate level for Goldsmith, who helped the Cal Lutheran men’s water polo team reach the postseason for the first time since 2014.
“Obviously, it was a great first year,” said Goldsmith, who graduated from SMHS in 2018. Continue reading “Goldsmith Ready to Build on Memorable Season”

Four Softball Players Considered For All-State

Vivian Wheeler
Polytechnic’s Vivian Wheeler is nominated for All-State honors.

Softball athletes from Polytechnic, Maranatha High School, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Westridge were among those nominated by Cal-Hi Sports for All-State honors.
Cal-Hi Sports, an online publication that covers major high school athletics in California, recognizes athletes by releasing an All-State list at the end of the season. Continue reading “Four Softball Players Considered For All-State”

Local Baseball Athlete Drafted by Miami Marlins

Joey Steele
Joey Steele

Former San Marino resident Joey Steele had a historic season with the University of San Francisco’s baseball team in his final year and a Major League Baseball team took notice.
Steele, who graduated from St. Francis High School in 2014, tied the program’s season record in saves and was recently selected in the 30th round in the MLB First-Year Players Draft by the Miami Marlins. The former Golden Knight was the 891st overall pick and one of two Dons to be taken in the draft. Teammate Jonathan Allen was selected in the 32nd round by the Chicago White Sox. Continue reading “Local Baseball Athlete Drafted by Miami Marlins”

Local Sports Columnist Honored by Pro Football Hall of Fame

Sam Farmer and Andrew Luck
Photo courtesy Tim Casey
Longtime Los Angeles Times writer Sam Farmer (right), who graduated from La Cañada High School in 1984 and is pictured above with quarterback Andrew Luck, will receive the prestigious Dick McCann Award for his coverage of the NFL.

Sam Farmer has interviewed plenty of Hall of Famers throughout his 25-year career covering the National Football League, and now the longtime Los Angeles Times writer will be honored by those distinguished coaches and players as the recipient of the 2019 Dick McCann Award.
The Professional Football Writers Association selected the La Cañada High School alumnus as the 51st McCann Award honoree. The award is given to a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to professional football through coverage. Continue reading “Local Sports Columnist Honored by Pro Football Hall of Fame”

Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Honors

Ryan Graves
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Ryan Graves, who was named the Rio Hondo League’s most valuable player, made the All-CIF Division 3 first team.

Baseball, softball and boys’ volleyball players from La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy were recognized by the CIF Southern Section as it released the All-League lists last Friday.
Two members of the LCHS varsity baseball team were among those listed by CIF. Senior ace Ryan Graves, who will be playing at San Jose State in the fall, and standout Connor Buchanan, who committed to USC, made the All-CIF-SS Division 3 first-team.
Graves, the Rio Hondo League’s most valuable player, finished the season with an 8-3 record and an earned run average of 1.89. He struck out 64 hitters in 70 1/3 innings of work and was just as good in the batter’s box, hitting .424 and driving in 16 runs.
Buchanan was a leader on the mound and on offense. He posted an ERA of 0.76 and fanned 60 batters in 46 1/3 innings. He won three games and recorded five saves for the Spartans. Buchanan also hit .299, scored a team-high 33 runs, 24 RBI and belted eight home runs. Continue reading “Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Honors”

Former San Marino Great Walks Away From Wrestling Mat

Zander Wick
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Former San Marino High School standout Zander Wick announced his collegiate wrestling career has come to an end. He finished 31-13 in three years at Wisconsin.

San Marino High School alumnus Zander Wick announced the end of his collegiate wrestling career last Friday after suffering multiple injuries.
“It’s been a bit since my last surgery and feel like I should let everyone know that my collegiate wrestling career is over,” Wick wrote on Twitter. “It was a hard decision to make, but I feel like it was the right one. Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way.”
Wick posted a record of 31-13 with the Badgers since 2016. His last two seasons were cut short because of injuries. The former Titan had surgery to repair a microfracture and the hip labrum on his right side in April.
Wick, along with his twin brother Evan, was one of San Marino’s most decorated athletes. The 2016 graduate was a seven-time All-American and CIF State champion, claimed three CIF Southern Section Masters Meet titles, and won four CIF-SS individual crowns and four Rio Hondo League championships.