San Marino Remains Confident Following Historic Season

⬛  High School Girls’ Volleyball

Caitlin Nguyen
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Caitlin Nguyen is one of the defensive specialists returning this season. She solidified the backline during San Marino’s historic campaign.

The CIF Southern Section has not released its preseason polls yet but it did list the teams to watch in each division on Monday.
San Marino, the reigning Rio Hondo League champion, is one of the programs listed in Division 4 along with rival South Pasadena, which drew a mixed reaction from head coach Joseph Rios. Continue reading “San Marino Remains Confident Following Historic Season”

Local Swimmer Earns Two All-American Honors

Tristan Lin
Tristan Lin

The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association recently released its list of All-American high school athletes and it included a San Marino High School graduate.
Tristan Lin made the list and recorded among the top 100 high school swimming times in two categories. The Titan received NISCA All-American honors in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke.
“In his four years on the varsity team, Tristan was extremely dedicated and really determined,” said SMHS boys’ swimming coach Casey Holcomb. “I know that from freshman year, he had his sights on the school record for the breaststroke. Continue reading “Local Swimmer Earns Two All-American Honors”

Azinge Fulfills Dream by Becoming a Hoya

San Marino High School graduate Chuma Azinge
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San Marino High School graduate Chuma Azinge recently signed to play
basketball at Georgetown. He will join the team as a walk-on freshman.

Former San Marino High School basketball standout Chuma Azinge was once referred to as a “late bloomer” by head coach Mihail Papadopulos, who was always eager to watch the guard play through the years.
“I think he was just scratching the surface at San Marino,” Papadopulos said. “If you saw him now, he’s really put together and looks great after years of training.”
The hard work and decision to attend Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut as a postgraduate paid off for the former Titan, as he is now training as a member of the Georgetown men’s basketball team.
“It is surreal,” Azinge said. “It’s been a school I thought of since elementary school. For this to be happening is just crazy.” Continue reading “Azinge Fulfills Dream by Becoming a Hoya”

Goldsmith Ready to Build on Memorable Season

Dillon Goldsmith
Dillon Goldsmith

The 2017 San Marino High School varsity boys’ water polo team was a memorable squad that won 24 games and reached the CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinals. Then-senior Dillon Goldsmith was one of the leaders of the group and the lone Titan to make the All-Rio Hondo League first team.
That success carried over into the collegiate level for Goldsmith, who helped the Cal Lutheran men’s water polo team reach the postseason for the first time since 2014.
“Obviously, it was a great first year,” said Goldsmith, who graduated from SMHS in 2018. Continue reading “Goldsmith Ready to Build on Memorable Season”

Local Baseball Athlete Drafted by Miami Marlins

Joey Steele
Joey Steele

Former San Marino resident Joey Steele had a historic season with the University of San Francisco’s baseball team in his final year and a Major League Baseball team took notice.
Steele, who graduated from St. Francis High School in 2014, tied the program’s season record in saves and was recently selected in the 30th round in the MLB First-Year Players Draft by the Miami Marlins. The former Golden Knight was the 891st overall pick and one of two Dons to be taken in the draft. Teammate Jonathan Allen was selected in the 32nd round by the Chicago White Sox. Continue reading “Local Baseball Athlete Drafted by Miami Marlins”

Former San Marino Great Walks Away From Wrestling Mat

Zander Wick
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Former San Marino High School standout Zander Wick announced his collegiate wrestling career has come to an end. He finished 31-13 in three years at Wisconsin.

San Marino High School alumnus Zander Wick announced the end of his collegiate wrestling career last Friday after suffering multiple injuries.
“It’s been a bit since my last surgery and feel like I should let everyone know that my collegiate wrestling career is over,” Wick wrote on Twitter. “It was a hard decision to make, but I feel like it was the right one. Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way.”
Wick posted a record of 31-13 with the Badgers since 2016. His last two seasons were cut short because of injuries. The former Titan had surgery to repair a microfracture and the hip labrum on his right side in April.
Wick, along with his twin brother Evan, was one of San Marino’s most decorated athletes. The 2016 graduate was a seven-time All-American and CIF State champion, claimed three CIF Southern Section Masters Meet titles, and won four CIF-SS individual crowns and four Rio Hondo League championships.

Titans Fall to Woodcrest Christian in Quarterfinals

Photos courtesy Eric Danielson San Marino outfielder Jessica Van Fossan had the second most putouts on the team. She scored two runs in the Titans’ playoff win over Sierra Vista.
Photos courtesy Eric Danielson
San Marino outfielder Jessica Van Fossan had the second most putouts on the team. She scored two runs in the Titans’ playoff win over Sierra Vista.

The San Marino High School varsity softball team’s stellar postseason run came to an end last week as the Titans were edged by host Riverside Woodcrest Christian, 4-2, in a CIF Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinal last week.
The Titans jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning but the Royals fought back with a run in the second and added three more in the third frame.
Four runs turned out to be enough for junior pitcher Paige Markley, who settled down following a rough start and held San Marino’s offense at bay through the rest of the contest. The ace allowed two runs on six hits, walked two and struck out four in a complete game.
SMHS ace Claire Streeter was also solid in the circle, surrendering four runs on nine hits and striking out 11 in six innings of work. Continue reading “Titans Fall to Woodcrest Christian in Quarterfinals”

San Marino Cruises Into 2nd Round of Playoffs

Jessica Van Fossan scored two runs in San Marino’s 22-0 rout over Saddleback Valley Christian last week.
Jessica Van Fossan scored two runs in San Marino’s 22-0 rout over Saddleback Valley Christian last week.

The San Marino High School varsity softball team carried over its winning ways from the regular season into the postseason, most recently defeating host United Christian Academy of Rancho Cucamonga, 13-1, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs last week.
The Titans scored early and broke out in the bottom of the third with nine runs to build an 11-0 lead. The umpire called the game after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Macy Mooney led San Marino’s offense with four runs batted in, and Erin Hill was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and one run. Kinu Takasugi was 2-for-3 with three runs, Charis Chung was 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run, Justene Huang singled twice, scored three runs and drove in a run, Sierra DuNah doubled, scored and had two RBIs, Kate Brunner drove in a run and scored, Jessica Van Fossan singled and scored, and Alyssa Beck and Peyton Diaz each scored a run. Bella Escobar, Mooney and Van Fossan each stole a base. Continue reading “San Marino Cruises Into 2nd Round of Playoffs”

San Marino Girls Win League Title; Boys Finish 2nd

San Marino standout Tristan Lin won the 100-yard butterfly and breaststroke events.
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San Marino standout Tristan Lin won the 100-yard butterfly and breaststroke events.

San Marino High School was well represented in the Rio Hondo League Swimming Championships with the boys’ and girls’ teams fighting for first place down to the final race last Friday at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.
The girls’ team tallied 442 points and finished just behind La Cañada (459 points), but the Titans clinched at least a share of the of the league crown by winning all league meets prior to the finals. Head coach Mark Barr guided San Marino to its third league title in the past four years. Continue reading “San Marino Girls Win League Title; Boys Finish 2nd”

Titans Back in Postseason Race With Win Streak

Photos courtesy Eric Danielson Calvin Ryan earned a win in the Titans’ 6-3 upset victory over first-place La Cañada last Wednesday.
Photos courtesy Eric Danielson
Calvin Ryan earned a win in the Titans’ 6-3 upset victory over first-place La Cañada last Wednesday.

The San Marino High School varsity baseball team extended its winning streak to four games, most recently defeating visiting Monrovia, 2-1, in a Rio Hondo League contest last Friday.
Two runs were enough for pitcher Noah Herrera, who tossed five innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits and three walks and struck out five. Kade Wentz relieved his teammate and allowed only one hit and walked one and struck out three in two innings of work to pick up the save.
Dihlan Anvekar was 1-for-2 with a run batted in, and Jazz de Perio and Tommy Long each scored a run. Beau Hobbie had an RBI, Wentz hit a double and Sean Richardson collected two singles and stole a base.
The Titans (5-7 overall record, 4-3 in league), who moved from fourth place to third last week with three league wins, hosted Brea Olinda in a nonleague game on Tuesday, April 2. San Marino will take a small break and return to action on Wednesday, April 10, against visiting South Pasadena at 3:30 p.m. Continue reading “Titans Back in Postseason Race With Win Streak”