Maranatha Defeats Top Seed to Win CIF Championship

Photo courtesy Tom McGuinness The Maranatha High School varsity girls’ tennis team rejoices after defeating Woodcrest Christian and receiving its first CIF-SS championship since 2014.
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The Maranatha High School varsity girls’ tennis team rejoices after defeating Woodcrest Christian and receiving its first CIF-SS championship since 2014.

It was a feeling déjà vu for Maranatha High School girls’ tennis coach Arthur Hsieh, who could not help but have the Minutemen’s 2014 championship run in the back of his mind.
“There were so many parallels,” Hsieh said. “That year was the last time we beat Mayfield Senior, and we beat them this year. The playoff scheduling was similar and the scoring was very close to those in 2014.” Continue reading “Maranatha Defeats Top Seed to Win CIF Championship”

Polytechnic Falls to No. 1 Seed in Championship

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson The Polytechnic varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section Division 4 runners-up after falling to No. 1 seed Quartz Hill in three sets. The young, talented Panthers include (from left) Ella Mao, Ella Kenny, Kate Salembier, Maggie Jameson, Julia Queen, Deborah Hong, Olive O’Beirne, Kayla Chu, Laila Ward, Lauren Kidman and head coach Katrina Damasco. Not pictured: Zoey Mao and Alex Pappachan.
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The Polytechnic varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section Division 4 runners-up after falling to No. 1 seed Quartz Hill in three sets. The young, talented Panthers include (from left) Ella Mao, Ella Kenny, Kate Salembier, Maggie Jameson, Julia Queen, Deborah Hong, Olive O’Beirne, Kayla Chu, Laila Ward, Lauren Kidman and head coach Katrina Damasco. Not pictured: Zoey Mao and Alex Pappachan.

A young Polytechnic varsity girls’ volleyball team made a surprising run in the postseason, knocking down the No. 2 and 3 seeds on its way to the program’s first CIF Southern Section championship match in seven years.
The Panthers fought toe-to-toe with No. 1-seeded Quartz Hill of Lancaster, showing the host squad how it reached the title match, but a hardened Rebels squad came through with big plays to defeat Poly in three sets, 30-28, 25-23, 25-16, last Saturday. Continue reading “Polytechnic Falls to No. 1 Seed in Championship”

St. Francis Edges Saugus, 17-13

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Darius Perrantes completed 10 of 26 passes for 152 yards in the Golden Knights’ 17-13 victory over Saugus.

The St. Francis varsity football team came away with a 17-13 victory in a back-and-forth affair against visiting Saugus last Friday.
The Golden Knights (2-2 overall record) found themselves trailing 7-0 in the first quarter following two turnovers, including a controversial fumble recovery that was ruled a lateral by the officiating crew.
Senior quarterback Darius Perrantes, who completed 10 of 26 for 152 yards, was held scoreless until the 10:27 mark in the second quarter when kicker Jake Smith put the home squad on the board with a 38-yard field goal.
St. Francis got into a rhythm offensively and took a 10-7 lead following a 2-yard touchdown run from Max Garrison with 4:04 remaining in the second quarter.
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Minutemen Win Big in Homecoming Game, 62-0

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Isaac Fields caught four touchdown passes and helped Maranatha clobber visiting Maywood CES of Los Angeles, 62-0, last Friday.

The Maranatha High School varsity football team turned in a flawless performance in its homecoming game and cruised to a 62-0 victory over Maywood CES of Los Angeles last Friday.
The Minutemen (3-2 overall record) had plenty of highlights, the biggest one coming from wide receiver Isaac Fields. The junior caught a screen pass and scored from 23 yards out by hurdling over a defender and stiff-arming another two en route to the end zone. Fields finished with four scores in the contest, including a 97-yard touchdown reception with only 2 seconds remaining in the first half.
Junior quarterback Enrique Garza had an efficient game, completing eight of nine passes for 300 yards and seven touchdowns. Zack McClendon was one of his favorite targets with three receiving touchdowns.
On defense, Zachary Hall forced a fumble and senior Ethan Zhou recovered the football. Junior Jacob Moreno was solid on special teams with 104 return yards and a touchdown on a punt return in the first half.
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Poly, Mayfield, St. Francis Athletes Shine in Finals

Athletes from Polytechnic, Mayfield Senior, St. Francis, Maranatha and Flintridge Sacred Heart competed in the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Finals at El Camino College in Torrance last weekend.
Xian Shively concluded his career at Poly on a high note by winning the Division 4 crown in the 3,200-meter run. The senior standout finished in 9 minutes, 17.27 seconds and will move on to this Saturday’s Masters Meet at El Camino College.

Photo courtesy John Babcock Xian Shively won the CIF-SS Division 4 title for the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9 minutes, 17.27 seconds.
Photo courtesy John Babcock
Xian Shively won the CIF-SS Division 4 title for the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9 minutes, 17.27 seconds.

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Local Athletes Shine in Prelims, Qualify for Finals

Photo courtesy Polytechnic Polytechnic had three standout divers competing in the CIF-SS Division 3 finals. Tom Amsbry (left) won the Division 3 boys’ crown, Krystal Irwin (center) won the girls’ diving championship and Ben Smith placed second.
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Polytechnic had three standout divers competing in the CIF-SS Division 3 finals. Tom Amsbry (left) won the Division 3 boys’ crown, Krystal Irwin (center) won the girls’ diving championship and Ben Smith placed second.

Athletes from Polytechnic, Mayfield Senior, Maranatha High School, Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Francis turned in solid performances in the CIF Southern Section preliminaries last week and qualified for the championship finals.
Three Panthers will move on to this weekend’s Division 4 finals. Xian Shively placed second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9 minutes, 39.81 seconds and fourth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:18.80 to qualify.
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Local Athlete Signed by NFL Team

Coleman Shelton
Coleman Shelton

Pasadena native Coleman Shelton signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
The 6-4, 299-pound lineman former University of Washington lineman went undrafted after seven rounds but quickly received an offer from the 49ers.
“It’s a good feeling,” Shelton said in a phone interview. “It’s exciting to move on to the next chapter and I’m ready to go to the NFL. I feel confident. [Washington head coach Chris Peterson] and his crew got me ready for the next level.”
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La Salle Basketball Star Earns Prestigious Award

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson La Salle senior basketball standout Julia Macabuhay was named the John R. Wooden CIF-SS Division III Player of the Year.
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La Salle senior basketball standout Julia Macabuhay was named the John R. Wooden CIF-SS Division III Player of the Year.

The accolades keep on coming for La Salle High School senior Julia Macabuhay. Weeks after being named the Santa Fe League’s top player and earning a spot on the All-CIF Southern Section Division 3A first team, the girls’ basketball star was given the John R. Wooden Award CIF-SS Division III Player of the Year award.
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