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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La Salle Cruises Past Rancho Mirage to Capture CIF Title

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La Salle head coach Ian Castillo hoists the school’s first CIF Southern Section girls’ water polo championship.

As the La Salle College Preparatory varsity girls’ water polo team rode a bus on its way to the program’s first-ever CIF Southern Section championship game, head coach Ian Castillo reminded his squad of the game plan against No. 2-seeded Rancho Mirage. Continue reading “La Salle Cruises Past Rancho Mirage to Capture CIF Title”

Flintridge Prep Suffers 2nd Straight CIF Finals Loss

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The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ water polo team fell to Huntington Beach Marina, 6-4, in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 championship match last Saturday. The squad includes Elise Desjarlais (front row, from left), Lauren Bennett, Natalie Kaplanyan, Paige Nixon, Makena Walklett and Lu Patterson. Middle: Mona Patterson, Emily Battaglia, Kerianne Bourdu, Gracie McKiernen, Veronica Habashy, Liana Morrissey, Alexandra Thein, Isabel Simons and Sienna Arrobio. Back: Headmaster Peter Bachmann, assistant coach Edin Memisevic, head coach Andrew Phillips and Athletic Director Sean Beattie.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ water polo team edged No. 4-seeded Marina of Huntington Beach in the majority of statistics but struggled to get the ball into the back of the net last Saturday, as the Rebels fell to the Vikings, 6-4, in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 championship game at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Suffers 2nd Straight CIF Finals Loss”

Church Service to Celebrate Famed PHS, PCC Coach Terzian

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George Terzian guided the Pasadena High School boys’ basketball team to four CIF Southern Section championship game appearances and two titles. He was 383-110 in 17 seasons.

The life of renowned basketball coach George Terzian will be celebrated in a special service at Lake Avenue Church this Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. He died in his home on Dec. 15 at age 83 after a reported battle with lung cancer.
Terzian is a local legend after guiding Pasadena High School to CIF Southern Section championships in 1977 and 1978 and two other finals appearances. In his 17 years with the Bulldogs, he accumulated an overall record of 383-110 and was a major influence on his players, most notably Los Angeles Lakers standout Michael Cooper.
“George treated players like they were part of a family,” Cooper told the Outlook in 2014. “Many of us needed that role model at that stage of our lives.”
Cooper went on to play at Pasadena City College and then transferred to the University of New Mexico before being drafted by the Lakers in 1978. Continue reading “Church Service to Celebrate Famed PHS, PCC Coach Terzian”

Shelton at Home With Los Angeles Rams

Photo courtesy Los Angeles Rams Coleman Shelton (center with ball), a Pasadena native, was signed by the Los Angeles Rams six days prior to the team’s season opener.
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Coleman Shelton (center with ball), a Pasadena native, was signed by the Los Angeles Rams six days prior to the team’s season opener.

Coleman Shelton had visited the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum numerous times throughout his life, most notably as a member of the Washington Huskies football team. The Pasadena native mostly set foot on the stadium’s real grass as a rival taking on USC, but that changed last September. Continue reading “Shelton at Home With Los Angeles Rams”