San Marino Showing Signs of Good Chemistry

After a memorable playoff run two years ago, San Marino High School head basketball coach Mihail Papadopulos and his program suddenly had high expectations to live up to last season.
The Titans managed to qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs despite a 4-6 record in Rio Hondo League play and won a first-round game before falling to No. 4-seeded San Luis Obispo. Continue reading “San Marino Showing Signs of Good Chemistry”

Hobbie, Wicke, Barra Earn Highest League Honors

The Rio Hondo League recently announced its All-league selections, which includes 23 San Marino High School athletes.
The league recognized 15 members of the SMHS varsity football team that won its first Rio Hondo League title since 2015.

Photo by Raymond Quan / OUTLOOK Beau Hobbie was named the Rio Hondo League’s most valuable football player after rushing for 1,521 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Photo by Raymond Quan / OUTLOOK
Beau Hobbie was named the Rio Hondo League’s most valuable football player after rushing for 1,521 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Running back Beau Hobbie was named the league’s most valuable player after rushing for 1,521 yards and 26 touchdowns. He set a new career rushing record at San Marino with a total of 3,517 yards, averaging an impressive 8 yards per carry.
Senior linebacker Chris Wicke was named the league’s most valuable player on defense with a team-high 75 tackles.
Offensive lineman Tommy Long, wide receiver Sean Richardson and quarterback Kade Wentz made the first team offense, and Darrin Li, Carson Giles and Jacob Leftwich were second-team selections.
Defensive lineman Ethan Lainez, linebacker Seth Matzumoto and defensive back Keaton Heimerl are first-teamers, and Charles Daves, Neven Yarahmadi and Wheeler Smith made the second team defense.
Offensive lineman Joey Brunner earned an honorable mention.
Head coach Mike Hobbie guided San Marino to a 9-2-1 record, including a 4-0 record in Rio Hondo League play. The Titans edged Santa Ana Segerstrom, 21-20, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 9 playoffs but then fell to North Torrance, 33-28, in the quarterfinals.

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Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Madison Kaufman made the All-Rio Hondo League second team along with teammate Hanna Wang.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Madison Kaufman made the All-Rio Hondo League second team along with teammate Hanna Wang.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Sophomore Erin Hill is one of five SMHS volleyball players to be recognized by the Rio Hondo League.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Sophomore Erin Hill is one of five SMHS volleyball players to be recognized by the Rio Hondo League.

Another San Marino standout to earn one of the league’s highest honors was senior Keila Barra, who was named most valuable player in girls’ volleyball.
Sophomore Erin Hill earned a spot on the first team, Madison Kaufman and Hanna Wang made the second team, and Leela Anvekar received an honorable mention.
Head coach Joseph Rios guided the Titans to their most memorable season in decades. San Marino finished the 2018 campaign with a 25-6 record and claimed its first Rio Hondo League championship since 1990. The Titans reached the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinals and fell to No. 1-seeded Quartz Hill of Lancaster in four sets, 17-25, 20-25, 25-17, 23-25.

 

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Outlook photo Senior Charleston Wong was the lone water polo athlete to make the All-Rio Hondo League first team.
Outlook photo
Senior Charleston Wong was the lone water polo athlete to make the All-Rio Hondo League first team.

Three members of the San Marino High School varsity boys’ water polo team were recognized by the Rio Hondo League.
Charleston Wong earned a spot on the first team, Taylor Suetsugu made the second squad and Elijah Carlton received an honorable mention.
Head coach Robert Zirovich guided a young San Marino team to an 8-19 record, including a 2-6 record in Rio Hondo League play. The Titans finished fourth in the league standings.

Schools Foundation Sets Scholarship Honoring Mar

Photo courtesy Mar family Patricia and Harry Mar have established a scholarship in honor of their daughter Leslie, who died in July. The scholarship will benefit local students.
Photo courtesy Mar family
Patricia and Harry Mar have established a scholarship in honor of their
daughter Leslie, who died in July. The scholarship will benefit local students.

Harry and Patricia Mar have announced that the Leslie Noelle LienJun Mar Memorial Scholarship has been established and will be managed by the San Marino Schools Foundation.
“We are blessed and moved by the tremendous outpouring of support and love from those who knew our daughter,” said Harry Mar, father of Leslie. Continue reading “Schools Foundation Sets Scholarship Honoring Mar”

High School Haven for Stressed-Out Students to Open Soon

Photo courtesy Laura Ives The Titan Student Center at San Marino High School will soon open up to students in need of stress relief or mental health and wellness services.
Photo courtesy Laura Ives
The Titan Student Center at San Marino High School will soon open up to students in need of stress relief or mental health and wellness services.

The Titan Student Center is here.
The new arm of San Marino High School, slated to be the home base for the anticipated districtwide student wellness initiative, was opened this week for a VIP showing to officials and community members. The center will formally open for students once procedures and protocols are established. Continue reading “High School Haven for Stressed-Out Students to Open Soon”

WWII Veteran’s Tales Enthrall Rotary Club

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK San Marino resident Bruce Campbell offered a colorful reminiscence of his tour of duty in Italy with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. See additional photos, page 6.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
San Marino resident Bruce Campbell offered a colorful reminiscence of his tour of duty in Italy with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. See additional photos, page 6.

Speaking in a clear bass voice and using frankness rather than drama to add flair to his stories, local resident Bruce Campbell captivated the Rotary Club of San Marino recently as he recalled his time serving in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II.
That candid delivery made the wry 94-year-old an effective jokester who even made a quip about walking up to the club’s podium (“This will take a minute, don’t worry”). He knew how to read the room, too, days ahead of the annual Trojans-Bruins football matchup. Continue reading “WWII Veteran’s Tales Enthrall Rotary Club”

Design Review Ponders Ways to Clarify Process

The city Design Review Committee may have another tool to help its work with local residents applying to make aesthetic and structural changes to their homes in San Marino.
One idea that emerged from the committee’s joint meeting with the City Council last week was to not only track the dates when applications are continued or denied, but also the reasons why the committee was uncomfortable moving forward with plans. The committee members said this could help them determine when applicants are taking the process seriously enough to work with them to get the project done. Continue reading “Design Review Ponders Ways to Clarify Process”

City Extends Ban on Tree Removals for Up to a Year

The City Council has voted to extend its moratorium on tree removals, making it a yearlong ban until the council approves a new ordinance that lays out the rules for removals.
At its meeting last week, the council also formed a subcommittee to handle emergency removal permits, which are among the few ways a tree can be removed in the meantime. Dr. Steven Huang, the vice mayor, and Councilwoman Gretchen Shepherd Romey will evaluate emergency applications. Continue reading “City Extends Ban on Tree Removals for Up to a Year”

Mistakes Plague Titans in Quarterfinals Defeat

The San Marino High School varsity football team is used to playing bigger, more athletic players, and head coach Mike Hobbie knew his team was going to need much more than effort and heart against North Torrance in a CIF Southern Section Division 9 quarterfinal last Friday.
“You have to play very well when you’re playing good athletes,” he said. “You can’t just play. You got to play well.” Continue reading “Mistakes Plague Titans in Quarterfinals Defeat”