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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St. Francis Wins, 45-20

First published in the Sept. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

St. Francis High School’s varsity football team crushed visiting Los Altos of Hacienda Heights, 45-20, in a nonleague game last Friday, Sept. 24. The Golden Knights (3-1 overall record) earned their second straight win on the back of junior quarterback Jack Jacobs and senior Max Garrison.
Jacobs was outstanding, completing 13 of 15 for 165 yards. He also had six carries and one passing touchdown. Garrison also had a terrific game with three touchdowns and a team-high 13 carries for 150 yards in addition to one reception for four yards.
Senior Myles Shannon recorded a team-high 63 yards on three receptions while sophomore Preston Jernegan added 24 yards on three receptions. Seniors Daniel Hara and Mayze Bryant each had two receptions for 29 and five yards, respectively, while seniors Alejandro Ramirez (one touchdown) and Dylan Bell added one reception for 35 and five yards, respectively.
Sophomore John Calmette and had two carries for 27 yards and freshman John Sanders had one for 12 yards with a touchdown.

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”

St. Francis Falls to Damien

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The St. Francis High School varsity football team suffered its first setback of the season last Friday at the hands of visiting La Verne Damien, which jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 42-17 victory.
The Golden Knights (1-1 overall) struggled to contain the Spartan offense, which garnered 400 yards and was led by quarterback Dylan Gutierrez, who completed eight of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
One week removed from a memorable 362-yard performance against Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach, St. Francis senior running back Max Garrison was held to 26 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries. He also caught four passes for a team-high 40 yards.
Junior quarterback Jack Jacobs completed 18 of 28 passes for 120 yards and rushed for 37 yards and a score. Andrew Howard finished with four receptions for 29 yards and Preston Jernegan had two catches for 20 yards.
Jernegan led the Golden Knights’ defense with 14 tackles and teammates Diego Jimenez and Duncan Sprengel each contributed four.

Garrison Lifts Golden Knights Over Mira Costa

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

St. Francis High School running back Max Garrison showed great promise as a junior, rushing for 782 yards in six contests during the abbreviated COVID-19 season. One game into his senior campaign and Garrison is already halfway to that same mark, exploding for 362 yards on the ground and six touchdowns in the Golden Knights’ season-opening 44-35 victory over Manhattan Beach Mira Costa in a nonleague game on Friday. Continue reading “Garrison Lifts Golden Knights Over Mira Costa”

LCHS Football to Open Season Friday; no Public Admitted

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Boys’ Football: La Canada vs. South Pasadena

It’s finally happening. La Cañada High School football is back this Friday with the Spartans hosting South Pasadena in a Rio Hondo League game at 7 p.m.
“It’s so exciting,” said Carrie Saks, who added it has been a “crazy first year” as LCHS athletic director.
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FSHA, St. Francis Cross-Country Teams Are Running Again

Photo courtesy FSHA Athletics
The Flintridge Sacred Heart varsity girls’ cross-country team opened the fall sports season at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Feb. 13. Izzy Mozillo won the three-mile race with a time of 21 minutes, 51.5 seconds.

The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and St. Francis High School cross-country teams participated in Mission League dual meets last Saturday, marking the official beginning to the much-delayed fall season.
Other schools will certainly follow suit after Los Angeles County gave the green light for schools to host inter-team competitions for cross-country, swimming, tennis, and track and field as long as students and coaches adhere to health and safety guidelines.
The Tologs traveled to Sherman Oaks to face Notre Dame High School and fell to the Knights, 24-31. Izzy Mozillo of FSHA led all runners in the three-mile course with a time of 21 minutes, 51.5 seconds. Teammate Annie Ramirez finished fifth with a time of 23:49.9 and Emily Wong wasn’t far behind to place sixth with a time of 24:47.1. Eva Lopez finished in 25:13.2 to place ninth, Morgan Birkett was 10th with a time of 25:23.3, Bridget Byrne crossed the finish line in 26:50.6 to place 11th, Josie Perkins was 12th with a time of 27:38.4, Abigail Blea finished in 27:44.1 for 13th place and Campbell Buffington placed 16th with a time of 29:36.8.
d off [during the winter surge of COVID-19 cases]. There’s always that nervousness in the first race, but once the girls ran, they just had a good time. It was really nice to see them run.”
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Dulcich Catching On at UCLA

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UCLA head coach Chip Kelly surprised Glendale resident Greg Dulcich, (above) on March 26, 2020 – his 20th birthday – when he acknowledged the tight end’s hard work by offering him a scholarship.

‘‘And Greg Dulcich continues to make big plays!”
The familiar voice of Josh Lewin, play-by-play announcer for the UCLA football team, made that declaration on the warm Sunday morning of Nov. 15 as the Bruins squared off with Cal in the Rose Bowl and the tight end hauled in a 44-yard reception against the Bears.
Though a college football game being played on a Sunday morning on the West Coast was a rarity, one consistent theme of Lewin’s narrative was Dulcich’s playmaking. The observation was repeated over and over as the season progressed, so much so that the Glendale resident and St. Francis High School graduate ended the campaign by being named to the Associated Press 2020 All-Pacific-12 Conference second team.
Dulcich enjoyed a breakout campaign this past fall, hauling in 26 passes for team highs of 517 yards and five touchdowns. He turned in 167- and 126-yard-per-game performances, while no other tight end in the conference eclipsed 108 yards in a single game. His average of 73.9 receiving yards a game was tops in the Pac-12 at the position – pretty impressive for the redshirt sophomore who totaled eight receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown in his first two seasons combined.

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St. Francis Investigates Racist Comments During Virtual Mass

St. Francis High School officials said they continue to investigate hate-filled, racist posts that were anonymously sent during the school’s livestreamed Mass last Thursday, noting that the administration is “heartbroken and embarrassed” and committed to identifying those responsible.
The school is engaged in addressing racism-related issues and raising awareness among all its constituents, officials added, though they said SFHS students are not believed to be responsible for the comments.
Staff, students and community members expressed dismay when, during the school’s worship, a stream of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic comments flooded the online chat function and were visible to participants in the virtual Mass.
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For Those Who Can’t Shop, These Youths Deliver

Photos courtesy Shannon Petersen
Ryan Purdy, an LCF resident and senior at St. Francis, was inspired by neighboring youth leaders and helped start the Six Feet Supplies
La Cañada branch.

As coronavirus cases increased throughout the nation in March, officials took widespread action to close schools, and students here and elsewhere missed out on important, enjoyable life events.
Carly Petersen was ready to go to snowshoeing in Idaho with her classmates, but Westridge School in Pasadena canceled the trip due to the pandemic.
“At the time, I was mostly just upset because I was supposed to go on a school trip,” said Petersen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who will be a junior at La Cañada High School after transferring from Westridge. “I was so focused on what I was missing out on instead of what was to come.”
Her friend Ryan Purdy also went through a rough period as a member of the St. Francis High School varsity boys’ basketball team. The Golden Knights punched their ticket to Sacramento to play in the CIF State Division II championship but never got the opportunity to compete. The biggest game in the history of the program was canceled by the state’s governing board for high school athletics.
“We were all packed up and ready to leave at lunchtime,” he said. “CIF made the announcement at 9:30 a.m. We were shocked, and it was a very sad thing for us.”
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