League Championship Teams

La Salle Boys’ Soccer
Photo courtesy Anthony Harris
The La Salle High School varsity boys’ soccer team recently captured the Del Rey League title with a 9-1 record. The Lancers (12-11-1 overall) clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 playoff berth and fell to La Cañada, 2-1, in the first round. The Del Rey League championship squad includes (kneeling, from left) Nicholas Reynolds, Jason Helgeson, Corbin Jones, Adrian Puga, Fernando Urteaga, Stephen Burkhart, Alec Berberian, Eric Rivero and Ryan Alvarez. Standing: Curtis Antonides, Nick Zuniga, Neil Angsanto, Luis Serrano, Miles Gelinas, assistant coach Art Karamyan, Michael Gibbs, head coach Edgar Manvelyan, Ryan Sparks, Nicholas Wilson, Julian Prins, Vincent Zuniga and Christopher Dinkel.
Westridge Girls’ Water Polo
The Westridge varsity girls’ water polo recently shared the Prep League championship with Polytechnic with an 11-1 record. The Tigers clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff berth and fell to Downey Warren in the first round. The squad includes (front row, from left) Sammy Chean-Udell and Serena Lewin. Middle: Grace Collins, Marissa Aivizas, Aleen Babikian and Amanda Tse. Back: Mara Raygor, Georgia Bogle, Kira O’Donell, Ava Whist, Brenna Bowlen and Sophia Rubbo.

Polytechnic Erases Deficit to Win 2nd CIF Championship

The Polytechnic varsity girls’ water polo team is no stranger to adversity. The squad opened the season ranked last out of 33 teams in CIF-Southern Section Division 5 and clawed its way to the No. 1 seed in the postseason.
That resiliency was on full display in the CIF-SS Division 5 championship match Saturday with the Panthers overcoming an early three-goal deficit to defeat No. 3-seeded Xavier Prep of Palm Desert, 10-5, at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Saturday. Continue reading “Polytechnic Erases Deficit to Win 2nd CIF Championship”

Poly Downs Rival Flintridge Prep

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ soccer team did just about everything right against Polytechnic last Saturday. The Rebels fought for every loose ball and controlled the match, showing why their one of the best teams in the Prep League.

Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK
Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK
Cayla McFarlane celebrates Polytechnic’s first goal with Jessica Lopez, Sophie Schleifer, Regan Gray and Nellie Breen. The Panthers shut out rival Flintridge Prep, 2-0, in a league match on Saturday.
Photo by Oscar Areliz | OUTLOOK
Photo by Oscar Areliz | OUTLOOK
Helen Schaefer was one of Flintridge Prep’s top performers against the Panthers on Saturday. She has 22 assists in 20 matches this season.

“They’re organized, they’re well coached, they play a good brand of soccer and are dangerous at all times,” said Panthers head coach Patrick Gray. “At a moment’s notice, they can attack.”
The Panthers showed they, too, are capable of attacking quickly, taking advantage of two counter attacks to defeat the Rebels, 2-0, in a league match at Babcock Field.

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Polytechnic, Flintridge Prep, Westridge Win League Games

The Polytechnic varsity girls’ basketball team held visiting Mayfield Senior’s offense at bay to come away with a 34-26 victory in a Prep League game last Friday.

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Sarah Johnson scored 12 points and recorded seven steals in the Panthers’ 34-26 victory over Mayfield Senior last Friday.

The Cubs (2-10 overall, 0-3 in league) were limited to only three points in the second and six in the third, allowing the Panthers to pull away for the win.
Sarah Johnson led Poly with 12 points and seven steals, and Kristin Toyota added 11 points. Juliana Lai netted eight points, Jennifer Lu contributed two points and Alexis Pappachan contributed one point.
Katie Tupy led Mayfield with seven points and four rebounds, and Trinity Gomez added six points, four assists and three steals. Jessica Zovak netted four points, Malayna Domingo had three points, Marguerite Irie finished with two points and six rebounds, and Amanda Mar and Jack Baggott contributed two points each.
Poly (11-2 overall, 4-1 in league) will host Lynwood Firebaugh in a Prep League game this Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2:30 p.m. Continue reading “Polytechnic, Flintridge Prep, Westridge Win League Games”

Maranatha Wins League Game; Flintridge Prep, St. Francis Fall

The Maranatha High School varsity boys’ basketball team clobbered visiting Whittier Christian of La Habra, 58-33, in the teams’ Olympic League opener last week.

Photo courtesy David Thomas
Photo courtesy David Thomas
Jessie Elrod scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Maranatha’s 58-33 victory over La Habra Whittier Christian.

Senior Jessie Elrod led the Minutemen with 16 points, nine rebounds and two steals, and Chris Austin added 10 rebounds and three rebounds. Terrance Lang totaled six points and five rebounds, Josh Kim finished with six points and three rebounds, Sean Espinosa chipped in five points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals, Khamron Cantrell scored five points, Wes Clarkson netted three points and grabbed three rebounds, Skyye DeCatur had two points and two assists, Brad Lee and Mason Swinnie contributed two points each, and Tevan Khudatyan finished with a point and four assists.
The Minutemen (7-7 overall record, 1-0 in league) will host Cerritos Valley Christian in a league contest this Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. Continue reading “Maranatha Wins League Game; Flintridge Prep, St. Francis Fall”

Pasadena Native Lining Up for College Football Playoff

When pressed to recall a moment that stands out regarding Pasadena native Coleman Shelton, University of Washington offensive line coach Chris Strausser wasn’t able to come up with one.

Photo courtesy Mason Kelley | University of Washington Athletics
Photo courtesy Mason Kelley | University of Washington Athletics
Pasadena native Coleman Shelton took over as center and is a leader of the University of Washington football team. He helped the Huskies capture their first Pac-12 Conference championship since 2000 and earn a berth in the College Football Playoff.

“I don’t really have a story like that to share,” said Strausser, who is also the associate head coach. “[Shelton is] focused and competitive. That’s just how he is on a day-to-day basis. I’ve never had one day where I wished Coleman would have gone harder.” Continue reading “Pasadena Native Lining Up for College Football Playoff”

Baseball Field Restored at Jackie Robinson’s Alma Mater

Photo by Nick Ostiller / Outlook At the dedication ceremony for the renovated John Muir High School baseball field, named after Jackie Robinson, are (from left) Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Rich Webster, board member of the Helen and Will Webster Foundation; Brad Ratliff, president of the Tournament of Roses; Bill Flinn, executive director of the Tournament of Roses; and Patrick Conyers,  executive director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation.
Photo by Nick Ostiller / Outlook
At the dedication ceremony for the renovated John Muir High School baseball field, named after Jackie Robinson, are (from left) Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Rich Webster, board member of the Helen and Will Webster Foundation; Brad Ratliff, president of the Tournament of Roses; Bill Flinn, executive director of the Tournament of Roses; and Patrick Conyers, executive director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation.

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

These are the poignant words of Jackie Robinson, one of the most significant pioneers in the history of a country founded by them. Before he became the first African-American to play major-league baseball, persevering through prejudice to pave the way for countless others in every walk of life, Robinson grew up right here on these Pasadena streets. Continue reading “Baseball Field Restored at Jackie Robinson’s Alma Mater”

A Hoop of Hope Brightens Lives at Homeless Facility

On a recent afternoon at Door of Hope’s transitional apartment complex, several children who have been left homeless as a result of domestic violence emerged from their living quarters and stepped outside into the fresh air. Many reside here with their mothers and usually don’t venture beyond the building’s walls for security reasons. On this day, though, a surprise awaited them in the facility’s side yard. Continue reading “A Hoop of Hope Brightens Lives at Homeless Facility”