The San Marino High School varsity girls’ volleyball team showed flashes of its potential against visiting Flintridge Prep but wasn’t consistent enough as the Rebels came away with a four-set victory, 25-19, 21-25, 10-25, 14-25, in a nonleague match on Monday.
“Well, I have to take into consideration that we’re a young team in terms of leadership,” said SMHS head coach Joseph Rios. “We’re growing still, and hiccups are still going to happen. It’s one of those years where we have to iron out the wrinkles and roll with the punches.
“We didn’t lose a lot of pieces but we lost pieces of leadership. As far as I’m concerned about this year, we’re just looking for the next leader.”
The Titans (6-10 overall record) served well and took advantage of the Rebels’ mistakes in the first game but couldn’t make it two in a row as Flintridge Prep battled for a 25-21 win in Game 2.
San Marino seemed determined to take the third set by scoring five of the first seven points. However, that lead was short-lived as Flintridge Prep (12-3 overall) went on a 17-2 run to build a big lead.
The visiting squad won the third game and carried its momentum into the fourth to take the match.
Erin Hill led San Marino with 14 kills, Leela Anvekar recorded five blocks, Kira Glasse had two aces and Caitlin Nguyen finished with 16 digs.
The Titans went on to host La Cañada in a Rio Hondo League match on Tuesday and will host rival South Pasadena today at 6:30 p.m.
Rios feels confident his young group can bounce back and make a run for one of the league’s postseason berths.
“I feel pretty good about it,” said Rios, who guided last year’s team to its first Rio Hondo League championship in decades. “Last year, our best time was during the second half of league. Now that we know our opponents, we should be able to play better. Also, we played on the road most of the time, so that should give us an edge.”
The San Marino High School varsity girls’ tennis program is usually known for what it has accomplished in the postseason. The Titans have captured 12 CIF Southern Section Championships and numerous Rio Hondo League titles in the school’s history.
Two matches into the season, the Titans are already making headlines and being recognized by CIF by defeating Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates, 11-7, at home last week. The Panthers have won 15 CIF titles since 1991.
“I’m very happy for the seniors,” said SMHS head coach Melwin Pereira, who doesn’t recall a victory over Peninsula with the girls’ team. “It’s about improving, and they definitely are.” Continue reading “San Marino Off to Stellar Start With Big Win”
For head coach Robert Zirovich, it was difficult to gauge the potential of this year’s varsity boys’ water polo team with a young roster and two losses to open the regular season.
The Titans fell to Alta Loma High School of Rancho Cucamonga, 13-11, and followed that with a 10-8 defeat against Glendale Hoover, which is ranked No. 5 in CIF Southern Section Division 5. Continue reading “Titans Win Silver Division of Ayala Tournament”
The San Marino High School varsity football team defense did all it could keep its nonleague game against visiting El Monte within reach, but five-star recruit Davon Booth made enough big plays to help the Lions escape with 20-7 win over the Titans last Friday.
San Marino’s defense shone in the team’s home opener with three turnovers. Unfortunately for first-year head coach Justin Mesa, the offense cashed in on only one of them during the third quarter. An interception by Niko Mavridis put the Titans (0-3 overall record) in good position to score. On the fourth play of the drive, senior quarterback Connor Short connected with Neven Yarahmadi for a 13-yard touchdown with 4:02 remaining in the third. The extra point gave San Marino a 7-6 lead, its first of the season. Continue reading “Booth Too Much for San Marino in 20-7 Defeat”
San Marino High School announced the hiring of its new varsity baseball coach last week. Adam Millan will take over the program and succeeds Mike Hobbie, who finished with a 22-19-1 record the past two seasons prior to retiring from teaching and coaching.
“I’m excited for the opportunity,” said Millan, who will also be an on-call substitute teacher at SMHS. “It was a no-brainer for me to take this job. San Marino baseball has a great history and has been known for its coaches. I look at this as a challenge, and I want to raise the bar and contribute to the legacy.” Continue reading “SMHS Hires Millan as New Baseball Coach”
The San Marino High School varsity football team suffered a second consecutive loss last Friday as the Titans fell to host Covina Northview, 42-7, in a nonleague game last Friday.
The last time San Marino opened the season with two defeats was in 2016. The Titans managed to overcome the tough start and qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
First-year head coach Justin Mesa remains optimistic about his group despite being outscored 84-10 the past two weeks.
“I think we have been improving,” he said. “We’re improving on a weekly basis. Obviously, some of the results aren’t what we wanted and some of the performances aren’t what we wanted. We got of a lot of young guys that are playing varsity for the first time. Continue reading “San Marino Shows Improvement in Loss at Northview”
The odds were against the San Marino varsity football team when it faced Covina Charter Oak in the CIF Southern Section Central Division championship game in 2015, and it was no different for the Titans in their season opener on the road last Friday.
San Marino jumped out to an early lead but ultimately fell to an inspired Chargers squad, 42-3, in a nonleague contest.
Charter Oak, which was placed six divisions above SMHS, was without legendary head coach Lou Farrar for the first time in more than five decades. His son Dom took over the program after being diagnosed with cancer. Farrar was also battling complications from an infection. Continue reading “San Marino Falls to Charter Oak in Opener, 42-3”
A new era of San Marino High School football is officially set to begin this Friday, Aug. 23, at Covina Charter Oak, with a hard emphasis on new.
Justin Mesa was hired to take over the program four months ago following the retirement of legendary head coach Mike Hobbie and only two of 15 2018 All-Rio Hondo League players returned this season.
“It was quite a transition for the kids and me, especially the seniors,” Mesa said. “They had grown up with certain coaches, and then came a big change for them.” Continue reading “Mesa’s Titans Ready to Defend Rio Hondo League Title”
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”