Quarterback Club Awards 2021 Players

First published in the Dec. 11 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The Glendale Quarterback Club recently handed out its awards for the 2021 football season, honoring high school and community college students for their achievements in the sport and as students.
The awards and their accompanying scholarships were presented at the club’s final meeting of the year on Nov. 16 at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. Coaches were invited to present awards to their players.
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St. Francis, La Salle, Maranatha, Polytechnic, Flintridge Prep Compete

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

St. Francis High School’s varsity cross-country team competed in the CIF-SS Division IV State championships and placed 12th of 25 teams at Fresno’s Woodward Park on Saturday.
Golden Knights junior Hayden Owen (16:13) and sophomore Luke Metcalf (16:20) placed 19th and 26th, respectively, while junior Noe Barraza (76th, 17:09) and senior Tim Parisi (78th, 17:11) finished together. Juniors Edyn Cepeliek (17:30) and Lucas Pichardo (17:47) and freshman Auge Martin (20:44) placed 97th, 115th and 170th for St. Francis.
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La Cañada, St. Francis, Flintridge Prep Compete at Mt. SAC

First published in the Nov. 25 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity girls’ cross-country team finished as runner-up in the CIF-SS Division IV championships at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut last Saturday.
As one of the top seven finishers, the Spartans qualified for the CIF state finals at Fresno’s Woodward Park this Saturday, Nov. 27.
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St. Francis Falls to Long Beach Poly in Final

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The St. Francis High School football team’s memorable postseason run did not have the fairy-tale ending it hoped for with powerhouse Long Beach Poly cruising past the Golden Knights, 38-7, in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship game at Jim Bonds Stadium last Saturday.
Playing the role of Goliath, the No. 1-seeded Jackrabbits controlled the game from the start with a dominant ground game and up-tempo offense to claim their 20th CIF crown.
Long Beach Poly ran for a total 385 yards and was led by junior running back Devin Samples, who garnered 219 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries.
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Spartan Girls Take 2nd Place in State Meet

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School girls’ cross-country team took advantage of a picture-perfect race day — cool temperatures and blue skies — to take second place in Division 4 at the CIF State Cross-Country Championships this past Saturday on the 5,000-meter course at Fresno’s Woodward Park.
In one of the closest three-way battles in meet history, the Spartans scored 131 points, nine behind winner JSerra of San Juan Capistrano (122 points), and tied with San Diego’s Sage Creek. LCHS won the tiebreaker when their sixth runner (each team has seven runners) finished ahead of Sage Creek’s sixth. (In cross-country, a team’s first five runners score, with their finish places added and low score prevailing.)
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St. Francis Falls to Long Beach Poly in Final

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The St. Francis High School football team’s memorable postseason run did not have the fairy-tale ending it hoped for with powerhouse Long Beach Poly cruising past the Golden Knights, 38-7, in the CIF Southern Section Division IV championship game at Jim Bonds Stadium last Saturday.
Playing the role of Goliath, the No. 1-seeded Jackrabbits controlled the game from the start with a dominant ground game and up-tempo offense to claim their 20th CIF crown.
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St. Francis Wins Playoff Opener; Flintridge Prep Falls

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

St. Francis High School’s varsity football team advanced to the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinals in dominating fashion with a 47-20 blowout victory — its highest scoring outing of the season — against visiting Irvine last Friday.
Senior Max Garrison carried 13 times for team-highs in rushing yards (227) and touchdowns (four). He also had two receptions for 23 yards.
“[Garrison] had an injury midseason and it never kept him out of the games, but he wasn’t himself,” head coach Dean Herrington said. “He’s back to 100% and he’s looking fantastic right now.”
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St. Francis Shares League Crown

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

A stellar performance from Max Garrison propelled the St. Francis football team to a 44-32 victory over host Encino Crespi on Friday and a share of the Angelus League championship.
The senior running back rushed for 262 yards and four touchdowns on four carries to help St. Francis win its final regular season game and finish 2-1 in league play (7-2 overall). Loyola High of Los Angeles also finished 2-1.
The Golden Knights trailed Crespi 19-14 in the first quarter but settled down in the second and went into the half with a 21-19 lead.
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Golden Knights Lose Defensive Struggle to Loyola

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun. By Jonathan Williams
Special to the Outlook Valley Sun.

In a low-scoring affair, points come at a price. It turns out St. Francis cashed in their senior discount on the wrong night.
Loyola spoiled Senior Night at St. Francis with a 6-3 nonleague victory at Jim Bonds Stadium.
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In Memory of Late Coach, Golden Knights Win in OT, 32-25

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

There was seemingly no better way to honor the winningest coach in St. Francis history, Jim Bonds, who died from complications of multiple myeloma last year, than with a 32-25 overtime victory against visiting Steele Canyon of Spring Valley in a nonleague game last Friday.
St. Francis and its varsity football team honored the Bonds family with a video tribute and pregame prayer. Bonds was celebrated again at halftime, along with the 2021 St. Francis Hall of Fame inductees.
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