First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
The fans were back, the cheerleaders were cheering and the band had returned to Spartan Stadium for La Cañada High School’s football season opener hosting Glendale. It was time for fall football, and La Cañada was ready to go.
The Spartans’ offense had one of the most prolific nights in the school’s 59-year history as they opened the Coach Dave Avramovich era with a resounding 58-21 non-league victory over the visiting Nitros last Thursday night.
The scoring explosion was the best in 41 years and the school’s second-highest ever, ranking just behind Coach Marty McWhinney’s Spartans in their 59-13 victory over Duarte on Oct. 31, 1980. Continue reading “Cheung Leads Spartans’ Offensive Explosion in Coach’s Debut”
Dave Avramovich is looking for himself, to use a phrase.
More than a decade after taking on the duties of the San Marino Area director — which would later evolve into the Greater Pasadena area — for the nondenominational Christian-based nonprofit Young Life, Avramovich became the regional director for the Greater Los Angeles area on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Among his many responsibilities in his new job are finding his replacement.
“I’ll be looking for the next ‘me,’” he said in a telephone interview, “so that’s kind of a crazy deal.”
Despite taking on the greater role, Avramovich, who has and will continue to call Pasadena his home, said he plans on staying local.
Avramovich moved to Southern California in 2003 by way of Seattle, and was coaching in La Cañada Flintridge when Young Life’s director took note of his connection with his players. Avramovich also was studying at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena at the time.
By January 2007, Avramovich took on his San Marino duties with Young Life, a youth group which aims to help kids grow through both faith- and community-based events and programs.
“The people are great, so it didn’t take long,” he said, when asked about acclimating to his then-new community. “Because I was coaching baseball and football right away, I got to quickly know a lot of parents.”
Which puts Young Life on the same page as those parents, explained Avramovich, himself a father. He points out research suggesting that kids and teenagers often only have minutes’ worth of meaningful interaction with adults each day, on average.
“Kids are desperate for relationships with adults,” he said. “They just don’t have them. If we can have a meaningful interaction, if we can listen for three or four minutes a day, we’re doubling that.
“They feel a lot of pressure to be great,” Avramovich added, speaking of San Marino’s children. “Kids are kids. They need their playtime. They need their unstructured time. I just hope when they’re with us, they don’t feel pressured and can just relax and have a good time.” Continue reading “Avramovich Makes Upward Jump in Young Life”