Spartans Ready to Take on Biggest Challenge

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Alex Mykalo (second from right) recently placed 2nd in the West Coast Classic.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ wrestling team has had a busy winter season, placing second in the Gabrielino Duals as a team and having most of its athletes place in the West Coast Classic at Rosemead High.
Head coach Justin Luthey has guided his squad to a 12-1 record, which includes Rio Hondo League victories over Glendale Hoover and Pasadena Marshall, and his group is ready for its biggest challenge yet. The Spartans will host San Marino today, a matchup that should determine this year’s league champion. Continue reading “Spartans Ready to Take on Biggest Challenge”

Church Service to Celebrate Famed PHS, PCC Coach Terzian

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George Terzian guided the Pasadena High School boys’ basketball team to four CIF Southern Section championship game appearances and two titles. He was 383-110 in 17 seasons.

The life of renowned basketball coach George Terzian will be celebrated in a special service at Lake Avenue Church this Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. He died in his home on Dec. 15 at age 83 after a reported battle with lung cancer.
Terzian is a local legend after guiding Pasadena High School to CIF Southern Section championships in 1977 and 1978 and two other finals appearances. In his 17 years with the Bulldogs, he accumulated an overall record of 383-110 and was a major influence on his players, most notably Los Angeles Lakers standout Michael Cooper.
“George treated players like they were part of a family,” Cooper told the Outlook in 2014. “Many of us needed that role model at that stage of our lives.”
Cooper went on to play at Pasadena City College and then transferred to the University of New Mexico before being drafted by the Lakers in 1978. Continue reading “Church Service to Celebrate Famed PHS, PCC Coach Terzian”

Titans Split League Games, Remain Hopeful of Winning Title

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Trond Grizzell is one of San Marino’s top outside shooters this season.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team finished 1-2 last week, splitting its first two Rio Hondo League games and then suffering a 65-59 nonleague loss against visiting La Habra Whittier Christian on Saturday.
The Titans have a solid overall record of 12-6, but SMHS head coach Mihail Papadopulos knows his squad needs to continue to work to reach its potential.
“I love my team,” he said. “They’re really good guys and there’s a genuine love and brotherhood in the locker room. I know they’re going to show up and get better. We haven’t peaked yet, and it will stem from our defense. Once we clean things up defensively, we’ll be better. A lot of it is just trust. We just need to make the right play.” Continue reading “Titans Split League Games, Remain Hopeful of Winning Title”

Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in a showcase at St. Francis. The Spartans enter Rio Hondo League play with a 6-10 record.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in the Slam Jam Showcase at St. Francis High School last Saturday.
The Spartans led 40-38 going into the final quarter. However, the Eagles came alive and held La Cañada to only nine points in the final eight minutes, allowing Oak Park to pull away for the victory. Continue reading “Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener”

Shelton at Home With Los Angeles Rams

Photo courtesy Los Angeles Rams Coleman Shelton (center with ball), a Pasadena native, was signed by the Los Angeles Rams six days prior to the team’s season opener.
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Coleman Shelton (center with ball), a Pasadena native, was signed by the Los Angeles Rams six days prior to the team’s season opener.

Coleman Shelton had visited the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum numerous times throughout his life, most notably as a member of the Washington Huskies football team. The Pasadena native mostly set foot on the stadium’s real grass as a rival taking on USC, but that changed last September. Continue reading “Shelton at Home With Los Angeles Rams”

Pasadena Poly Football Set to Join Rio Hondo League

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The Pasadena Poly varsity football team will be competing in the Rio Hondo League in the 2020 season. Panthers head coach Chris Schmoke (above) is 3-2 against RHL squads since taking over in 2013.

The 2020 high school football season is already looking interesting with the Rio Hondo League adding Pasadena Poly. Continue reading “Pasadena Poly Football Set to Join Rio Hondo League”

Announcer White Adds to Rose Bowl Tradition

Rose Bowl public address announcer Chuck White will be calling his 20th game when Oregon faces Wisconsin on Jan. 1.
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Rose Bowl public address announcer Chuck White will be calling his 20th game when Oregon faces Wisconsin on Jan. 1.

The experience of the Rose Bowl Game is a memorable one that includes Southern California weather, the San Gabriel Mountains in the background, a battle between two of college football’s best teams and one voice to guide the 94,000-plus fans in attendance. Continue reading “Announcer White Adds to Rose Bowl Tradition”

Local Quarterback Committed to Play at Alabama

Bryce Young
Bryce Young

After leading Santa Ana Mater Dei to a memorable 12-1 season, Pasadena resident Bryce Young was to have signed a national letter of intent as early as Wednesday to play football for head coach Nick Saban at the University of Alabama.
Young was recently named the Gatorade California Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Monarch to win the award.
The announcement of the signing was set to occur during the Outlook’s press deadline. Continue reading “Local Quarterback Committed to Play at Alabama”

Biggest Athletic Moment in LCHS History?

La Cañada High School’s 1979 football team finished with a 12-0-2 record and captured the only CIF Southern Section football championship in the school’s 57-year history. The team included Eric Avril (front row, from left), Tom Guthner, Chris MacMillan, Dan Gonzales, Maury DeBont, Greg Scilley, Terry Bortnick, Jeff Scott, Pat Tenney, Ron Lobo, Jim Curry and Mike Canales. Second row: David Charles, Mark Archer, Doug Ratliff, Dave Weinman, Scott Jones, Tom Taylor, Ward Christensen, Eric Hestenes, Rod Kubly, Frank Mendicina, Bob Wren, Mike Caps, Rob Hause, David Frazier, Jeff Wren and Kevin Lafferty. Third row: John Coate, Kent Rankin, Mike Tierney, Mike Dansby, Mhaer Alahydoian, Steve Boss, Marty Smith, Chris Myers, Bob Sparks, Chris Day, Doug Werner, Sean Callahan, Frank Tucker, Ned Menninger, Steve Leavins and Jon Ventress. Back row: Brad Baxter, Eric Neuenschwander, John Paton, Ken Green, Dan Feehan, Andy Kejmar, Eric Muehle, Barry Clarkson, Brad Herrling, Brian Hauenstein, John Rogers, Bill Farr, Charlie Benton, Craig Falkenstein and Scott Loomis. Head coach: Marty McWhinney. Assistants: Nic Larez, Don Schaafsma, Jim Samaduroff and John Chavez. Not pictured: Greg Amescua, Chris Chandless, Greg Eller, Tim Hicks, Mark Kuh, Mike Looney, Frank Paton, Jeff Partridge, Dave Poletti, Andy Roy, Dan Saatzer, Frank Sandelman, Kevin Sutton and Jedd Zaun.

In its 57-year history, the La Cañada High School athletic department has claimed a total of 29 CIF Southern Section team championships, including memorable playoff runs from legendary coaches such as Tom Hofman, Larry Naeve and Brock Turner. Continue reading “Biggest Athletic Moment in LCHS History?”