Throngs of bustling children arrived at Pasadena’s Police Activities League on a recent Friday after school, but then quickly dispersed, their backpacks lined up in an orderly fashion.
In order to play, they know, the homework has to be done first. It’s a rule any household might have trouble enforcing, but PAL’s police officers and youth advisers make the reward worth the wait. Carrying out a program that has been around for 24 years, they even manage it without eliciting any grumbling.
The kids are required to spend at least 30 minutes in the homework room, with the college-student youth advisers at the ready to help break down math problems or offer an essay prompt. But the advisers, 10 in all, are also there to talk about the day and listen to the kids. Continue reading “Kids Find PAL an After-School Friend to Count On”
After reflecting on the most recent season and his career, Garrett Ohara decided to resign as Flintridge Prep athletic director and boys’ basketball coach.
Ohara said he met with Headmaster Peter Bachmann last Monday to let him know of his decision. The longtime coach will continue his duties as athletic director until the end of the school year. Sean Beattie will transition into the role during the summer.
“I just thought, ‘Is Flintridge Prep where I will end up?’” Ohara said. “‘Is it forever my vocation?’ I’m getting older, and after 20 years here coaching and working as A.D., I think I’m losing the passion and fire I had. I don’t want to shortchange the kids. It’s demanding doing both, and I’ve been very appreciative of what I’ve had here at Prep. It’s just time to step away and allow someone else to take these positions.” Continue reading “Ohara to Step Down as Flintridge Prep A.D., Coach”
The La Salle varsity baseball team edged visiting Montebello Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 1-0, in a Del Rey League contest last Friday.
The game’s low score is reflective of it being a battle of pitchers. Sophomore Casey Spencer turned in a stellar performance for the Lancers recording eight strikeouts and surrendering only three hits.
Cardinals senior pitcher Mikie Gill faced 22 batters and recorded five strikeouts and gave up five hits.
The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning from La Salle junior Mark Daley, who got on base by way of a double that went in between the second- and third-base gap. Daley was able to slide into third following a sacrifice fly from Blake Hardy. After a long pitch count, junior Matt Oliden hit the ball right at the second basemen who bobbled it and gave Daley enough time to score. Continue reading “La Salle, Poly Pick Up League Wins”
Like many children in the foster care system, Tencha Nieves grew up in a lot of different places. She tries to remember them all, but having been in the system since she was 2, it’s hard. There was her grandma’s home, she recalls, then her aunt’s, but four children were a lot and that’s when the siblings were separated. Sometimes Nieves lived with her twin and another brother, but sometimes not. There were individual homes and there were group homes. There was the time when she thought everything was going OK with her foster guardian, but she came home from a barbecue and was told to pack her bag. That one still hurts. But all in all, Nieves, 22, who graduated from Pasadena High School, still has a positive outlook. Continue reading “Hathaway-Sycamores Helps Foster Youth Bloom Into Adulthood”
The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ golf team looks to capitalize on newfound momentum after a 3-0 start with victories over Temple City and Los Angeles Milken.
The Rebels rallied behind senior captains Ben Sacks and Preston Ho with their consistent play. In the team’s home opener at Altadena Golf Course, Sacks finished with a score of 36 for even par and Ho recorded a 43. Continue reading “Rebels Win Three Straight”
The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy varsity girls’ soccer team fell short of capturing its second CIF Southern Section title in the program’s history, falling to visiting Oak Hills of Hesperia, 1-0, in the Division 3 championship at St. Francis High School last Saturday. The lone goal of the match came in the 21st minute when freshman Kolo Suliafu held off a defender and chipped the ball into the back of the net after receiving a long pass from her sister, Tupou. The Bulldogs (22-2-2 overall record) backed off their attack in the second half and switched to a 4-4-2 formation after opening with a 4-3-3. Continue reading “Flintridge Sacred Heart Edged in Final”
The La Salle varsity girls’ soccer team had to defeat visiting St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano twice to claim the CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship at Kohorst Field last Saturday. The Lancers edged the Tartans, 4-2, in a penalty kick shootout following a 2-2 tie in regulation and overtime to claim the program’s third CIF plaque in school history. “It feels so amazing,” said sophomore Celine Akroush. “We’ve worked so hard throughout the season. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we got it. We made it, and we won twice, not once, because of the ref.” Continue reading “Lancers Edge Tartans in PKs”
The Westridge varsity girls’ soccer team did everything it could to win a CIF Southern Section title. The Tigers controlled the ball, generated more scoring opportunities than and completely shut down Los Amigos of Fountain Valley at Garden Grove High School last Friday. However, they couldn’t get that final touch to get the ball into the back of the net in regulation or overtime, allowing the Lobos to defeat Westridge, 4-1, in the Division 5 championship. “I just feel like we couldn’t put it in the back of the net,” said Westridge head coach Tulio Marroquin. “It was going to be a game of long balls, and we knew that coming into it. It was going to be a physical match. Credit to them, they knew what to do and did it well. We had every chance from every angle and just couldn’t find the back of the net.” Continue reading “Westridge Denied in Shootout, 4-1”
By most accounts, Bonnie Morrison was on track to live a pretty normal middle-class life in Pasadena. By middle age, she was married and had raised a family, gone back to school, finished her degrees and worked briefly in her field before trying to further her education even more. But a series of events interrupted that trajectory. She and her husband divorced, and Morrison, who had never paid bills before, suddenly struggled to make rent and keep up with details like insurance. She fought back depression. Then, her car collided with a Mack truck in a no-fault accident. She survived the crash but suffered an untreated head injury that heightened her depression and left her feeling isolated and incapacitated. Continue reading “Friends In Deed Hits the Streets to Fight Homelessness”