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.” Continue reading “San Marino Ready to Surprise League Opponents”
San Marino High School softball standout Sierra DuNah was one of 14 athletes to earn the CIF Southern Section Champions for Character award.
“We are so proud of her,” said SMHS Athletic Director David Irie. “I actually had her in class this summer and know her as a student. She’s the kind of kid you want to have in your school. She is hardworking and dedicated, which is everything you want in a student.”
Athletes, coaches administrators, officials, athletic trainers and media members who demonstrate “six pillars of character” —trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship — will be honored at The Grand in Long Beach.
Former San Marino Athletic Director Nicholas Sale nominated DuNah and will be attending the ceremony. Continue reading “San Marino’s DuNah Awarded CIF-SS Champions for Character”
San Marino resident Andy Bernstein was recently announced as one of the two Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients this year in recognition of his career as a prolific Los Angeles-area sports photographer.
According to an NBA news release, Bernstein will be honored during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies Sept. 6-8 in Springfield, Massachusetts, alongside fellow recipient Doris Burke, an ESPN basketball analyst. Continue reading “Local Sports Photographer to Be Honored in Basketball Hall of Fame”
San Marino High School varsity football coach Mike Hobbie wasn’t satisfied with his team’s performance despite building a five-point lead at the half against visiting Calabasas Viewpoint last Friday, and gathered his players in the locker room to ask a simple question.
“He came in very calm, which we weren’t expecting,” said senior quarterback Blake Cabot. “He asked, ‘Do you want to win?’ We said yes, and he told us that if we wanted to win, we need to [execute the game plan] or else we’d lose. I think that motivated all of us. We’re not losing this game, and we got our act together.”
The motivated Titans responded with a dominant second half, running away with a 41-12 victory over the Patriots in a nonleague contest. Continue reading “San Marino Downs Viewpoint, Extends Win Streak”
San Marino High School varsity boys’ water polo coach Robert Zirovich lost key players to transfer and graduation, including Rio Hondo League MVP Alessio Brunochelli, but the third-year coach is starting the season with more optimism than ever.
“We lost Aaron Wilson, who transferred to [La Verne] Damien, and Alessio to graduation,” Zirovich said. “On paper, we have less talent, but in terms of what we’re doing in the pool, we’re just playing more of a team game than we were last year. Our defense in particular has taken a step forward in the right direction.”
Returning players such as Charles Wong, Jacob Yee, Blake Castleman and Dillon Goldsmith showed a dedication to the program during the offseason, and now the Titans are off to a 5-1 start to the season. Continue reading “San Marino’s Chemistry Key to Winning League”
In his third year at the helm, San Marino High School cross-country coach Angus Leung is starting to notice something he had not seen with his program.
“This team is big,” said Leung. “We have nearly 60 runners this year compared last year’s 40.”
The increase in numbers gives the Titans a lot more than depth. Having more athletes only gives San Marino more potential this season, and the runners noticed that after their first race last weekend.
“A lot of them didn’t know what they were capable of until after Friday,” said Leung, whose teams competed in the Rosemead Invitational last week. “The course was a little longer than 3 miles. They now know what they’re capable of and they were more committed. I could see it. The season is still early, and it was a good start. They are not where I want them to be right now, but so far so good.” Continue reading “San Marino Shows Potential After Season Opener”
The San Marino High School varsity football team showed what it is capable of at Hacienda Heights Los Altos last Friday with two scores in the first quarter. However, the Titans also displayed their inexperience with key mistakes down the stretch, allowing the Conquerors to come away with a 42-28 victory in the teams’ season opener.
“A few mistakes,” said SMHS head coach Mike Hobbie. “That’s it. A few mistakes turned into a lot of mistakes. They gave us a hard time. We’re very inexperienced, especially on the offensive line. Once they stopped doing what we practiced and started doing something else, we fell apart. That killed us. It killed our running game.”
San Marino will look to bounce back in a nonleague game against Dominguez High School at Compton College this Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Continue reading “San Marino Falls to Los Altos in Season Opener”
With nine consecutive Rio Hondo League championships, the San Marino High School varsity girls’ tennis program is among the best in the entire CIF Southern Section.
The Titans have produced some of the best singles players in the area in that time, but that won’t be the narrative this year. Head coach Melwin Pereira and his squad began the season in unfamiliar territory. Continue reading “Titans Must Double Up This Season to Succeed”
The San Marino High School athletics department has gone through several changes the past decade, and the district has decided it’s time for another alteration.
The position of athletic director will now be overseen by assistant principal Eric Bergmann and Nick Sale, who was promoted to the position of coordinator of athletics.
“I think it began with the idea that we had to shore up our budget,” said Bergmann, who oversees activities, athletics, attendance and discipline as vice principal. “The district was looking at ways to save money, so the position of full-time athletic director was changed again.
“We went through the interview process and didn’t land on one solid candidate, so the district came to Nick and me. They said, ‘We could go back to the drawing board and reopen the position, or we can take a look at you two and splitting the responsibilities.’ We felt like, given the fact that Nick has done a good job here, it was the best way to go.” Continue reading “Bergmann, Sale Team Up to Improve SMHS Athletics”