La Cañada Wins 2nd Game, Defeats Glendale

La Cañada’s gritty defense allowed only 86 yards of total offense last Saturday.
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La Cañada’s gritty defense allowed only 86 yards of total offense last Saturday.

The La Cañada High School varsity football team continued its winning ways and picked up a second consecutive victory by defeating visiting Glendale, 33-3, last Saturday.
The Spartans are 2-0 for the first time since 2014, the same year they last clinched a CIF Southern Section playoff berth. Continue reading “La Cañada Wins 2nd Game, Defeats Glendale”

SMHS Hires Millan as New Baseball Coach

Adam Millan
Adam Millan

San Marino High School announced the hiring of its new varsity baseball coach last week. Adam Millan will take over the program and succeeds Mike Hobbie, who finished with a 22-19-1 record the past two seasons prior to retiring from teaching and coaching.
“I’m excited for the opportunity,” said Millan, who will also be an on-call substitute teacher at SMHS. “It was a no-brainer for me to take this job. San Marino baseball has a great history and has been known for its coaches. I look at this as a challenge, and I want to raise the bar and contribute to the legacy.” Continue reading “SMHS Hires Millan as New Baseball Coach”

San Marino Shows Improvement in Loss at Northview

Connor Short
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Coach Justin Mesa said Connor Short improved in the Titans’ 42-7 at Northview.
Kourosh Hassibi
Kourosh Hassibi brings down Covina Northview quarterback James Jimenez.

The San Marino High School varsity football team suffered a second consecutive loss last Friday as the Titans fell to host Covina Northview, 42-7, in a nonleague game last Friday.
The last time San Marino opened the season with two defeats was in 2016. The Titans managed to overcome the tough start and qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
First-year head coach Justin Mesa remains optimistic about his group despite being outscored 84-10 the past two weeks.
“I think we have been improving,” he said. “We’re improving on a weekly basis. Obviously, some of the results aren’t what we wanted and some of the performances aren’t what we wanted. We got of a lot of young guys that are playing varsity for the first time. Continue reading “San Marino Shows Improvement in Loss at Northview”

Spartans Hope to Make Another Surprising Run

Sophia and Roxanna Razavi, Annabelle Kevakian and Natalie Son will be returning this season after helping the Spartans win the CIF-SS Division 2 title last year.
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Sophia and Roxanna Razavi, Annabelle Kevakian and Natalie Son will be returning this season after helping the Spartans win the CIF-SS Division 2 title last year.

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ tennis team went on a surprising CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship run last season, bringing home the program’s first plaque since 1977.
The success placed the Spartans in Division 1, making it even more difficult for them to repeat as champions. However, longtime head coach Will Moravec is hopeful of surprising the division with a balanced group of experienced players and young talent. Continue reading “Spartans Hope to Make Another Surprising Run”

La Cañada Rallies Past Wilson, 17-14

LC junior wide receiver Justin Zoltzman caught a touchdown and helped the Spartans score 14 unanswered points to defeat Hacienda Heights Wilson, 17-14, last Thursday.
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LC junior wide receiver Justin Zoltzman caught a touchdown and helped the Spartans score 14 unanswered points to defeat Hacienda Heights Wilson, 17-14, last Thursday.

The La Cañada High School varsity football team overcame an 11-point deficit and edged host Hacienda Heights Wilson, 17-14, last Thursday.
The Spartans won their first season opener since 2016, which was Ryan Zerbel’s second and final year coaching the program. Continue reading “La Cañada Rallies Past Wilson, 17-14”

Spartans Look to Bounce Back in League

Sophomore Maya White is the future of the program and expected to make big contributions this season.
Sophomore Maya White is the future of the program and expected to make big contributions this season.

After a tough season with injuries and missing the playoffs, the La Cañada High School varsity girls’ volleyball team is well on its way back to being one of the most competitive programs in the area.
The Spartans (4-2 overall record) won four of six matches at the Lakewood Molten Classic and displayed a bond that will only help the team in the future.
“That is important for me,” said first-year head coach Laura Browder. “We had dinner after practice recently and had a good time. It’s a big priority for me to create an environment where girls look forward to practice and want to play with each other. We’re playing games with each other in between matches. I’m just super proud of the girls and how we started the season. Unlike boys, girls have to bond first before they can compete. Boys tend to bond through competition.” Continue reading “Spartans Look to Bounce Back in League”

San Marino Falls to Charter Oak in Opener, 42-3

Connor Short showcased his ability to throw and run against Charter Oak.
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Connor Short showcased his ability to throw and run against Charter Oak.

The odds were against the San Marino varsity football team when it faced Covina Charter Oak in the CIF Southern Section Central Division championship game in 2015, and it was no different for the Titans in their season opener on the road last Friday.
San Marino jumped out to an early lead but ultimately fell to an inspired Chargers squad, 42-3, in a nonleague contest.
Charter Oak, which was placed six divisions above SMHS, was without legendary head coach Lou Farrar for the first time in more than five decades. His son Dom took over the program after being diagnosed with cancer. Farrar was also battling complications from an infection. Continue reading “San Marino Falls to Charter Oak in Opener, 42-3”

Rebels Have What It Takes to Win Big, Coach Says

Flintridge Prep football team
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Flintridge Prep head coach Russell White has high expectations for his squad this season. With 14 seniors on the roster and two returning All-CIF wide receivers, the Rebels are looking to get over the hump and go far in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The Flintridge Prep varsity football team has clinched a CIF Southern Section playoff berth every season since it began competing in eight-man football three years ago.
The Rebels have consistently been one of the most competitive programs since 2016 but haven’t been able to get past the powerhouse programs such as Faith Baptist of Canoga Park, Mojave and Carpinteria Cate. Continue reading “Rebels Have What It Takes to Win Big, Coach Says”

Mesa’s Titans Ready to Defend Rio Hondo League Title

2019 San Marino High School varsity football team,
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The 2019 San Marino High School varsity football team, guided by first-year head coach Justin Mesa, includes James Aguilera, Valentin Arambula, Jay Bell, Marcus Buenabenta, Seth Canul, Jeffrey Conzonire, Cole Cribbs, William Daves, Nicholas Derrick, Jordan Evans, Nathan Fajardo, Liam Fakhourian, Sam Feffer, Samuel Fu, Cole Giles, Brendan Gill, Trond Grizzell, Sean Han, Kouroush Hassibi, Jackson Herren, Andrew Hornburger, Timothy Irie, Andrew Karapetyan, Matthew Karapetyan, Chris Leung, Brendan Long, Seth Matzumoto, Niko Mavridis, Michael Prappas, Johnny Qiu, Ryan Quach, Cameron Richardson, Connor Short, Nick Singhal, Andrew Sutherland, Glover Talt, Alex Uriarte, Henry Vitan, Brandon Wu, Neven Yarahmadi, Yohannes Zerihun and Ryan Zhang.

A new era of San Marino High School football is officially set to begin this Friday, Aug. 23, at Covina Charter Oak, with a hard emphasis on new.
Justin Mesa was hired to take over the program four months ago following the retirement of legendary head coach Mike Hobbie and only two of 15 2018 All-Rio Hondo League players returned this season.
“It was quite a transition for the kids and me, especially the seniors,” Mesa said. “They had grown up with certain coaches, and then came a big change for them.” Continue reading “Mesa’s Titans Ready to Defend Rio Hondo League Title”

Local Standout Pitcher Has a Memorable Summer

Ben Grable
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Ben Grable competed in numerous tournaments and showcases this summer, becoming one of the top baseball recruits in the area.

Flintridge Prep ace Ben Grable had a memorable junior season with an earned run average of 2.30 and 45 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.
The Rebel pitcher was just as good in the batter’s box with an average of .475, 35 runs batted in, seven doubles and six home runs, earning him a spot on Cal-Hi Sports small schools first team infield in its All-State list. Continue reading “Local Standout Pitcher Has a Memorable Summer”