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”

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”

San Marino’s Postseason Run Ends in Quarterfinals

San Marino High School varsity girls’ tennis coach Melwin Pereira knew what he needed from his team against host Thousand Oaks Westlake in a CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal match on Monday.
“I knew where my points were going to come from,” Pereira said. “We already knew [Westlake’s] singles are strong. They’re very similar to La Cañada with three strong singles. We needed our doubles to get those points.” Continue reading “San Marino’s Postseason Run Ends in Quarterfinals”

San Marino Wins League Title, Hosts Playoff Game

The San Marino High School varsity football team defeated Monrovia, 34-21, for the Rio Hondo League championship last Friday. Head coach Mike Hobbie picked up his second win over the Wildcats since taking over the program in 2011, as well as his second Rio Hondo League title.
The San Marino High School varsity football team defeated Monrovia, 34-21, for the Rio Hondo League championship last Friday. Head coach Mike Hobbie picked up his second win over the Wildcats since taking over the program in 2011, as well as his second Rio Hondo League title.

The San Marino High School varsity football captured its first Rio Hondo League championship in three years by defeating Rio Hondo League rival host Monrovia, 34-21, last Friday.
SMHS head coach Mike Hobbie bested the Wildcats for the second time since taking over the program in 2011. He also brought home the league crown for a second time, a feat he last achieved in 2015 when the Titans won the CIF Southern Section Central Division championship.
“It feels great,” Hobbie said. “It felt really good to beat Monrovia. Our kids really wanted to win and played extremely hard. They were extremely physical and at the top of their game.” Continue reading “San Marino Wins League Title, Hosts Playoff Game”

Titans Remain Perfect in League, Off to Best Start in 12 Years

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Hanna Wang has been a standout setter for San Marino this season.

The San Marino High School varsity girls’ volleyball team rallied from a two-game deficit and edged defending Rio Hondo League champion La Cañada in five sets, 19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-7, at the LCHS Hotchkin Family Gymnasium last Thursday.
With the win, the Titans (15-5 overall record) took sole possession of first place with a perfect 4-0 record in the Rio Hondo League standings.
“I would attribute it to their work ethic,” said SMHS head coach Joseph Rios. “As far as attendance goes, this is the best attendance I’ve had at practice. These girls are showing up and doing the work. Also, I think it’s just chemistry. Things are a lot better with the girls and they’re a lot friendlier. They stay positive.”
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San Marino Scores Big Win Over League Rival

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The Titans defeated Rio Hondo League rival La Cañada last week and won the First Serve Tennis Tournament on Saturday. The winning squad includes head coach Melwin Pereira (front row, from left) Camdyn Wu, Rakel Ang, Katie Kirkendall and Kayla Chen. Middle: Anna Moller, Alyssa Luff and Elaine Wu. Back: Caitlin Mguyen and Grace Carter.

With only one player who consistently plays tournaments and is ranked in her age group, San Marino varsity girls’ tennis coach Melwin Pereira was unsure if his team could compete with the Rio Hondo League this season.
“Just look at La Cañada,” Pereira said. “They have two freshmen who are four stars. You can’t compare this season. I don’t have those players. My freshmen don’t play in tournaments and are unranked.”
The team’s chemistry and resiliency made up for its lack of experience last Thursday as San Marino defeated Rio Hondo League rival La Cañada on the road, 11-7.
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San Marino Ready to Surprise League Opponents

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Taylor Suetsugu is one of the more experienced players on the roster, which includes two freshmen and two sophomores.

The San Marino High School program graduated 10 of its 12 players from last year’s roster, making this season a difficult one to predict for everyone, even head coach Robert Zirovich.
Despite not knowing what to expect, Zirovich is enjoying a group that includes two freshmen and two sophomores.
“The exciting thing is I don’t know what this group’s potential is yet,” said Zirovich, who is in his fourth season with the Titans. “I know it’s big, but the question is how fast are we going to learn and improve? We lost 10 of 12 players from last year. That’s a big deal, but we’re completely reworking things and I’m very excited.”
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