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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La Salle Athletic Director to Step Down in June

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson La Salle Athletic Director Anthony Harris (left), pictured with boys’ basketball coach Mike Lynch and former Lancer Christian Oyie-Little, announced he will be leaving La Salle in June after seven years.
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La Salle Athletic Director Anthony Harris (left), pictured with boys’ basketball coach Mike Lynch and former Lancer Christian Oyie-Little, announced he will be leaving La Salle in June after seven years.

After seven years at the helm of La Salle High School sports, Anthony Harris recently announced he will be resigning from the position of athletic director in June.
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Flintridge Prep Downs Pacifica to Win First CIF Title

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Flintridge Prep captains Lindsey Uteda and Caitlin Fong celebrate the program’s first CIF Southern Section championship.
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Flintridge Prep captains Lindsey Uteda and Caitlin Fong celebrate the program’s first CIF Southern Section championship.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ soccer players weren’t themselves for the first 40 minutes of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship at Downey Warren last Saturday.
“Obviously,” said Flintridge Prep junior Helen Schaefer. “Just look at the environment. There were nerves on our side, but we got over it.”
It truly was a tale of two halves for the Rebels as they shed any championship jitters in the final 40 minutes and scored two goals to defeat No. 1-seeded Pacifica Garden Grove, 3-1. Head coach Esteban Chavez delivered the program’s first CIF-SS plaque in the school’s 85-year history
“It’s not about me,” Chavez said. “I didn’t want this group to get this close and not get it done.”

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Rebels Denied 2nd CIF Title in 3 Years

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Kaitlyn Chen scored a team-high 19 points but was denied a CIF championship by Beverly Hills in a 50-46 loss.
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Kaitlyn Chen scored a team-high 19 points but was denied a CIF championship by Beverly Hills in a 50-46 loss.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team witnessed firsthand the biggest reason for Beverly Hills’ success, and there wasn’t much the Rebels could do to overcome it.
The reason was sophomore Chantal Moawad, a 6-foot, 2-inch center who was relentless under the rim and scored eight of the No. 2-seeded Normans’ final 10 points to lift her team over the Rebels, 50-46, in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A championship at Colony High School in Ontario last Saturday.
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Former Westridge Athlete Wins Olympic Silver

Photo courtesy USA Bobsled Former Westridge athlete Lauren Gibbs won a silver medal in the bobsled event at the Winter Olympics last week.
Photo courtesy USA Bobsled Former Westridge athlete Lauren Gibbs won a silver medal in the bobsled event at the Winter Olympics last week.

When Westridge School graduate Lauren Gibbs told her parents in 2010 she was thinking of leaving her sales manager position and six-figure salary to try out for the United States women’s bobsled team, her parents laughed.
“We all did,” her mother, Akila, said by phone from South Korea. “Even she said that it would make a great cocktail story.”
Four years later, Gibbs, 33, has much more than a cocktail story. She has a silver medal.
She teamed up with decorated Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor and took second last week in the women’s bobsled event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The American duo finished .07 seconds behind gold medalists Mariana Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz of Germany, who won the four-run race with a time of 3 minutes, 22.45 seconds.
“Sharing an Olympic medal with Elana is pretty special,” Gibbs told NBC. “This is her third and my first, so it’s unreal. She’s a legend in this sport, and I’m just honored to be part of her journey.”
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Bogan Steps Down as Maranatha Coach

Photo courtesy David Thomas Steve Bogan resigned as Maranatha High School head football coach last week. He guided the Minutemen to a 27-17-1 record in four seasons.
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Steve Bogan resigned as Maranatha High School head football coach last week. He guided the Minutemen to a 27-17-1 record in four seasons.

Steve Bogan resigned as Maranatha High School head football coach after four seasons, the school announced last Friday.
The longtime coach guided the Minutemen to a 27-17-1 record in four years and will continue to teach through the semester.
“These past four years have been huge,” Bogan said. “They’ve been great. This is a great place with a great mission. I have taught two classes and will continue to teach. It’s just that a 33-mile drive started to wear on me. I started to think that I had to get closer to home. It’s just a long drive.
“Maranatha is a huge love deep in my heart. If you live in the Pasadena area with a child, then you need to consider this school. I have nothing negative to say about Maranatha. It’s been a great four years, and Athletic Directors Sammy Skinner and Eddie Arnett are good friends and mentors.”
The commute and commitment to the program took a toll on Bogan, who lives in Walnut.
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La Salle Falls to Sierra Canyon in Division 3 Final

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson The La Salle High School varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section runner-up after falling to Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth in four sets. The team, which posed with its fans, includes Stephanie Stiver (front row, from left), Chloe Howell, Abby McKiernan, Natalie Gohrick, Claire Forrest and Victoria Ashkinos. Back: Assistant coaches Angel Ramirez and Stephen Bernabe, Sophia Anderson, Sofia Sanchez, Tamia Cephus, Alessandra Perez, Elizabeth Harrity, Vanessa Ramirez, Devon Nardoni, Natalie Gohrick, Carly Kejmar and head coach Tiare Tuitama.
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The La Salle High School varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section runner-up after falling to Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth in four sets. The team, which posed with its fans, includes Stephanie Stiver (front row, from left), Chloe Howell, Abby McKiernan, Natalie Gohrick, Claire Forrest and Victoria Ashkinos. Back: Assistant coaches Angel Ramirez and Stephen Bernabe, Sophia Anderson, Sofia Sanchez, Tamia Cephus, Alessandra Perez, Elizabeth Harrity, Vanessa Ramirez, Devon Nardoni, Natalie Gohrick, Carly Kejmar and head coach Tiare Tuitama.

The La Salle High School varsity girls’ volleyball team advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship match against a familiar foe in Chatsworth Sierra Canyon. The Lancers had swept their opponent earlier in the season and hoped for the same outcome, but an inspired Trailblazers team avoided history repeating itself by defeating No. 1-seeded La Salle in four sets, 25-21, 25-16, 18-25, 25-17, at Cerritos College in Norwalk last Saturday.
“It was the same,” said La Salle head coach Tiare Tuitama, who guided the program to CIF-SS titles in 2012 and 2013. “I think our lineup was a little bit of the same. We did watch film on them, and it wasn’t anything that they had change. It was just kind of who brought it today. You got to show up on the day that it counts.”
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