Maranatha, La Salle Victorious

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Isiah Johnson scored four touchdowns to help Maranatha defeat Sun Valley Village Christian, 42-35, in the Pasadena team’s final game of the season last week. The Minutemen, guided by former NFL star LaVar Arrington, finished with an overall record of 3-0.

Isaiah Johnson showed he can do it all and led the Maranatha High School football team to a 42-35 victory over visiting Sun Valley Village Christian last Thursday.
The sophomore tallied four touchdowns, including a 4-yard run into the end zone that allowed the Minutemen to recapture the lead with 5:32 remaining in the final quarter. On the ensuing play, Johnson faked a run to the left and threw a short pass to Cardell Mayfield for a two-point conversion to give Maranatha a seven-point lead late in the game.
Last week’s contest was the final one this season for Maranatha. Head coach LaVar Arrington guided his squad to a perfect 3-0 record with victories over Northridge Heritage Christian and La Habra Whittier Christian in the first two weeks.
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Poly Narrowly Falls, 8-7, in Rose Bowl

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Poly running back Sam Howell evades Rio Hondo Prep defensive back Jonathan Guerrero during Poly’s 8-7 loss. Howell finished with Poly’s lone touchdown of the game.

By Austin Green
The Outlook

There is leaving it all out on the field, and then there is what the Polytechnic and Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep football teams did at the Rose Bowl last Friday evening. The grand old mecca of college football has hosted countless games of all types in its century of existence, but none quite like what the two longtime Prep League rivals had in store in both schools’ first time playing at the historic stadium.
In their lone game of the 2020-21 academic year, Poly fell to Rio Hondo by a score of 8-7 when the Panthers’ field goal attempt with time running out was blocked.
Poly led for nearly the entire second half before Rio Hondo scored on its final drive of the game with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Kares head coach Mark Carson opted to go for a two-point conversion, and his gamble paid off when fullback Ryan McCulloch bulldozed his way into the end zone to give Rio Hondo the lead and, eventually, the win.
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Pasadena Southwest Little League Roundup

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Majors Division
Nationals 7, Orioles 5 – The Nationals scored all seven of their runs in a decisive fourth inning. Nico Wilson and Will Thorell led the Nationals with two hits apiece. Demond Cassidy threw two strong innings for the Nationals, allowing two runs and striking out three. Matthew Caceres earned the save in the final inning. Ben Sandman led the Orioles with two scoreless innings on the mound with one strikeout. Landon Baylon recorded an RBI with a first inning double for the O’s.
Dodgers 5, Blue Jays 2 – It was a real pitching duel through two scoreless innings with the Blue Jays’ Nathan “Momo” Cai and the Dodgers’ Connor McKinney both holding their opponents in check. Finally, in the third inning, the Dodgers Luke Phillips drove in two runs. Connor McKinney and Matthew Favella added back-to-back triples to make the score 5-0. The Blue Jays got onto the board with the help of back-to-back doubles from Cai and Cayden Doan but in the end, it was not enough to complete the comeback. Continue reading “Pasadena Southwest Little League Roundup”

Pasadena Southwest Little League Season Opens To Smiles, Relief

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Pasadena Southwest Little League president George Hasbun, who also serves as the Triple-A Cubs manager, talks to his team before their Opening Day game against the Giants at Allendale Park.

By Austin Green
The Outlook

Opening Day at Pasadena Southwest Little League could not have taken place on a more beautiful spring Saturday. Birds chirped along to the sound of a light breeze through the trees at Allendale Park, the sun was out, the air was clear and the temperature read 75 degrees on the dot.
Stan Gray Field was once again filled with the usual voices of children and adults in the midst of a full day’s slate of youth baseball games. Kids ran around to get their final warmups in before their respective games, or made a beeline to the nearby playground after. Coaches yelled instruction and encouragement. Parents settled into the stands and chatted to each other.
All around the diamond, the sights and sounds were brilliantly normal. Which, in the age of COVID-19, is exactly what made them so extraordinary.
“It’s as close as we’ve felt to normal in a year, so it’s been great,” said Chris Murphy, a PSWLL parent.
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Maranatha Kicks Off Season With Win

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Miles Romero helped the Maranatha High School boys’ soccer team defeat host Ontario Christian, 3-1, in their season opener last week. Maranatha will travel to take on St. Francis this Friday at 5 p.m.

The Maranatha High School boys’ varsity soccer team came out on top in its season opener last week with a 3-1 victory over host Ontario Christian.
The Minutemen did not disappoint the small but faithful fan base who cheered wildly as Maranatha struck first in the opening minutes of play. Senior Matthew Morales beat a pair of defenders and crossed the ball to junior Chris Abramian at the back post, who collected the ball and neatly played it past the Knights goalkeeper into the net.
Ontario responded later in the first half and found the equalizer minutes before the break, but the Minutemen regrouped and came out firing in the second half.
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High School Football Kicks Off; Rose Bowl Hosts Prep Games

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Tobey Schmidt propelled the Maranatha High varsity football team to a 46-7 victory over visiting La Habra Whittier Christian last Friday. The junior quarterback threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two scores.

The Southern California sports scene was abuzz the last two weeks, and it wasn’t so much the Lakers dominating the Western Conference nor the Dodgers solid start to spring training. It was the official return of high school football, and what a return it was, especially for Maranatha High School.
The Minutemen, coached by former NFL standout LaVar Arrington, opened their season at home with a 46-7 rout over Olympic League opponent La Habra Whittier Christian last Friday.
Tobey Schmidt, who transferred from high school sports powerhouse Mater Dei of Santa Ana, turned in a stellar debut performance. The junior quarterback completed 28 of 37 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for two scores. All four of his passing touchdowns were to speedy sophomore receiver Derek Ganter Jr.
Maranatha (1-0 overall record) will host Heritage Christian of Northridge in a league contest on Friday, March 26, at 2:30 p.m. The Warriors (1-1 overall) are coming off a 24-19 victory over Sun Valley Village Christian.

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Local High School Sports Teams Return to Action

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Poly held its first official high school athletics event last week, hosting Flintridge Prep in an outdoor volleyball match played on grass. The Panthers’ water polo teams also played matches against the Wolves in the pool.

It’s been a long journey for administrators, coaches and athletes, but high school sports are officially back in Pasadena.
Cross-country teams began running after being given the green light by state and county officials, and some schools have set up volleyball nets outdoors to give players an opportunity to play while adhering to health orders.
Mayfield Senior held its first sporting event in 358 days last Thursday, hosting San Marino High School and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy to outdoor volleyball matches. The sight of volleyball players competing outdoors while wearing masks was strange, but Cubs Athletic Director Steve Bergen was just glad to give the athletes a chance to play, even if it is a shortened season with no playoffs or championships.
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FSHA, St. Francis Cross-Country Teams Are Running Again

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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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Rally Calls for Sports Restart

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Local residents who participated in a Pasadena “Let Them Play” rally included (from left) Caleb Buchanan, Milo Orona, Luke Cronthall, Santi Goldthwait, Ryan Liddy, Erika Foy, Aly Pernecky, Catherine Giddings, Makena Giddings, Kayla Giddings and Grace Garrity.

Car horns blared and balloons bobbled in a light breeze on Friday, January 15 when several dozen young athletes, their coaches and parents participated in a statewide “Let Them Play, California,” rally, which urged state officials to allow for youth sports to begin immediately.
Locally, the event was organized by Aly Pernecky, Erika Foy and Angela Buchanan and held at Blair High School at the corner of Glenarm St. and Marengo Ave.
“Public health is about everyone,” said Foy. “The public policy to manage the pandemic should not burden one group over the other. Our kids are carrying the burden more than they should and their developmental process is being deeply affected by the shutdowns with no school or sports. It is important our public officials listen to the community it is representing and to those who are living with the consequences of these policy decisions.”

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Poly, Flintridge Prep, Maranatha, La Salle Athletes Earn All-CIF

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Stanford-bound Talie Wilmans made the All-CIF Division 4 first team after helping the Panthers reach the quarterfinals.

The CIF Southern Section released its All-CIF soccer and girls’ water polo lists last week and they included athletes from Polytechnic, Flintridge Prep, Maranatha High School and La Salle College Preparatory.
Two members of the Poly boys’ soccer team were recognized after a memorable season. Aaron Tyler and Josh Calichman helped the Panthers (13-4-3 overall record) reach the Division 6 semifinals and made the All-CIF team. Poly recorded playoff victories over Temple City, Santa Monica Crossroads and Palmdale Aerospace Academy.
Girls’ water polo standout Talie Wilmans of Poly also earned All-CIF honors in Division 4. The Stanford-bound senior led the Panthers to a CIF-SS quarterfinals appearance.
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