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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Providence Captures First Championship in 37 Years

First published in the Nov. 27 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Twenty-two years as head coach of the Providence High School cross-country program, Michelle Boucher is still evolving, tinkering with the program to bring out the best in her athletes.
“We’ve been trying to change the culture of the program to be more serious about running and have a more serious attitude. No more excuses,” she said.
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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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Wolves Fall to Chadwick, 37-31

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

After a hard-fought battle which ended with Flintridge Prep’s varsity 8-man football team losing to Palos Verdes Chadwick, 37-31, the seniors hugged and cried with their families and friends on the gridiron they have called home for the past four years.
The Wolves ended the regular season with a 4-3 overall record and 1-2 in the 8-man Prep League. Despite the loss, they earned a berth in the CIF-SS Division 1 8-man playoffs at unbeaten Thacher School (7-0) in Ojai.
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Flintridge Prep Girls Capture League Championship

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

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ cross-country team narrowly defeated Palos Verdes Chadwick to win the Prep League finals at Pierce College on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Flintridge Prep and Poly’s varsity boys’ cross-country teams placed third and fourth, respectively.

GIRLS’ MEET
Flintridge Prep’s top five runners matched Chadwick’s to tie the race at 50 points apiece, setting up senior Veronica Habashy (21st place, 21:55) — Prep’s sixth-place finisher — to beat Chadwick’s Marielle Alden by 10 seconds and bring home the championship for the Wolves.
“I would always choose a competition like [Saturday’s] where it’s a nail-bitter and every moment counts and every runner needs to be engaged and focused,” said Jill Henry, Flintridge Prep’s girls’ head coach. “This is what you live for as an athlete, to be a part of competitions like this and we’re glad it shook out in our direction but it was just fun to be in a contest that was that close.”
The Wolves had three top 10 placements — senior Nicole Mirzaian (fifth place, 20:12), junior Anya Rose (seventh, 20:28) and sophomore Hailey Wilson (eighth, 20:30).
“For the first mile and a half, [Rose] was running behind two Chadwick runners who were shoulder to shoulder,” Henry said. “Not only did she get in front of them, but she broke up their pack. Really by making the move to pass them on a downhill, she broke them up and then more of our runners got in front of them. Her move … really set our team up to break up their five runners much more efficiently than we could have otherwise.”
It is critical to break up packs in cross-country to spread the point values across the board instead of one team clustering together to score.
Sophomore Julia Bonk (13th place, 21:08), senior Rosalinda Chen (17th, 21:27) and Audrey Jung (32nd, 23:34) rounded out Prep’s seven total finishers.

BOYS’ MEET
Flintridge Prep and Polytechnic finished third and fourth, respectively, in the boys’ meet behind first-place Providence Burbank and second-place Chadwick.
Flintridge Prep accumulated 64 points and combined for a 1:27:29 time between its top five runners, while Poly scored 80 points with a combined 1:28:25 time.
The Wolves ended the race with two top 10 finishers — senior Dominick Schraeder (sixth place, 16:38) and junior Bryan Taniguchi (10th, 17:25). Meanwhile, Kevin Martinez (11th, 17:29) averaged 5:50 per mile.
Rounding out Prep’s runners were sophomores Evan Guyer (17th, 17:50), Nicolas Stanton (20th, 18:05), Ryan Ginn (24th, 18:27) and Max Goodman (27th, 19:20).

LCHS Takes to the Hills at Mt. SAC Invitational

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Canada High School cross-country team joined more than 400 high schools and almost 9,000 competitors at last weekend’s Mt. SAC Invitational, which ranks as the second-largest invitational in the United States. Held at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, the three-mile course’s three long climbs — “the switchbacks,” “poop out hill,” and Reservoir Hill — have been fixtures of the Southern California cross-country experience for seven decades of high school runners .
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Flintridge Prep Defeats Milken, 29-15

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Sophomore Noah Willingham rushed for three touchdowns to lead Flintridge Prep’s varsity football team to a 29-14 victory over Milken School of Los Angeles last week.
Christian Baydaline caught a touchdown pass from junior Jack Jones for the Wolves, who held a 29-point halftime lead.
Meanwhile, senior linebacker Nick Gonzalez was one of the top defensive players for Coach Russell White’s team.
A turnover as well as an onside kick recovery played key roles in Milken’s two second-half touchdowns.
Flintridge Prep, which has a 1-0 record in the Prep 8-Man League (4-1 overall), will play this Friday at Windward in Los Angeles at 3 p.m.

Flintridge Prep Falls to Pasadena Poly in League

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

Polytechnic’s varsity girls’ volleyball team took care of business and swept host Flintridge Prep, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-15, in a league match on Monday.
Poly’s Emily Wen recorded a match-high 21 kills as Flintridge Prep had no answer for her powerful attack. She also had seven assists, four digs, one block and one ace, helping her team move its record to 7-1 in league play (12-2 overall).
“[Wen] is very consistent, and I think that’s what we can rely on her for,” said Katrina Damasco-Dicipulo, Poly’s head coach. “She comes in almost every game and gives it her best, and Emily is … a leader by example on the court. That’s why we love her and turn to her in most of our matches.”
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St. Francis, Flintridge Prep in Action

First published in the Sept. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

It was an big blowout win for St. Francis, as it defeated host Muir, 42-6, in a nonleague game on last Friday. In the winning effort, the Golden Knights had several standout performances.
Junior quarterback Jake Jacobs had 14 completions for 218 yards and added 94 rushing yards on five carries for a team-leading 312 total yards and two touchdowns.
Senior Max Garrison, senior Dylan Bell, sophomore John Calmette and sophomore Preston Jernegan each recorded one touchdown. Continue reading “St. Francis, Flintridge Prep in Action”