There’s nothing quite like winning an Emmy during a global pandemic. Though Anthony Molina, a La Crescenta resident, feels honored and is thankful to his colleagues, family and, of course, the academy, tweeting out his acceptance speech instead of gracing a stage to warm applause was, well, a little weird, he joked. “It was a pretty surreal moment to top off what has been a crazy, strange year,” said Molina, who, after much pacing at his home office during the online ceremony, realized he had won outstanding editor for an animated program, which was also the first time in Emmy history the category existed. “It is kind of funny to say that my very first Emmy was through a tweet.” Molina, who has worked at Disney for a decade, won at the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards for an episode from “Disney Mickey Mouse” — a series that incorporates vintage animation and humor into contemporary settings — called “Carried Away,” which featured the final recording by the late Russi Taylor, a longtime Glendale resident who voiced Minnie Mouse for 30 years.
Collin Morikawa officially cemented himself as one of the top professional golfers in the world last Sunday by claiming the PGA Championship, the first major title of his career. The La Cañada Flintridge native finished 13-under par to earn his third PGA Tour victory since turning pro in July 2019. Benefits from a PGA Championship include total prize money of $1.98 million, lifetime exemption into the tournament and five-year exemptions into the Masters, U.S. Open, The Open and PGA Tour. “It’s amazing. It’s been a life goal, obviously, as a little kid to kind of watch everyone grow up, all these professionals,” Morikawa told CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz after the win. “And this is what I always wanted to do.” Morikawa, who graduated from La Cañada High School in 2015, shot up to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings and is currently fifth in the official world golf ranking behind Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. At 23 years, six months and three days, he became the third-youngest player since World War II to win the tournament behind legend Jack Nicklaus and McIlroy.
Robert Russell “Buzz” Burner was born in Elko, Nevada, on Oct. 24, 1944, the 11th of 13 children born to Rose Hutchinson Burner and Carroll Harry Burner, from pioneering families in the area. He joined his Lord and Savior on June 27, 2020. Buzz grew up in Elko, winning a basketball scholarship to the College of Idaho. His life was filled with athletics: lifeguard, basketball, baseball, football, track, swimming, water polo, golf, skiing and many other sports in high school and college. After graduation, his first teaching position was at Truckee HS, in Truckee, CA. From there he and wife Debi moved to La Cañada where he spent 38 years teaching business, driver’s ed., physical education and coaching at La Cañada HS. In 1972 he met Barbara Gregg at Mammoth. They married on 8/8/80 and moved to Newbury Park. There Buzz and Barbara established the Burner Real Estate Team. Along with real estate, Buzz continued to teach and was active in officiating water polo and swimming in Ventura County. In their spare time Buzz and Barbara could be found at many a wedding and Bar Mitzvah dazzling with their grace on the dance floor. They also became certified SCUBA divers, diving all over the world, from the Galapagos to Indonesia. They were avid skiers at their condo in Mammoth or in Whistler or New Zealand. Golfing and travelling filled up their spare time, as did walking the beaches in Coronado and Maui. Buzz was active in the MLS, and especially in activities at Church on the Way, where he headed up golfing fundraisers for The King’s University. Buzz also enjoyed his time in Alaska fishing with Vince, Joe and brother Ted as well as fishing every year at Sheep Creek Reservoir on the Owyhee Indian Reservation with brothers and relatives. He is survived by his daughter Kendall “Packy” Burner, two grandchildren — Brett and Blythe — two brothers, many nieces, nephews and cousins, plus the myriad of friends he made in the Conejo Valley, in La Cañada, and throughout the world. Any memorials send to Crosstown Church, P.O. Box 2121, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358.
The La Cañada High School 9-12 PTSA is excited to welcome back families, students, teachers and staff to the 2020-21 school year. The first day of distance learning will be Monday, Aug. 17. “Although school will look and feel quite different in the coming weeks, PTSA looks forward to continuing to support and strengthen the LCHS community despite the unique situation we all find ourselves in,” incoming PTSA President Kelly Davis said. With a new year comes the Spartan order form, where parents are encouraged to purchase their PTSA membership, directory and spirit wear, sponsor Home Tour, donate and volunteer. Visit lchsptsa.org to show support.
Citing the “enormous impact” Michele Kipke’s research work has had for more than three decades, USC recently bestowed its prestigious Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship on the local leader. Kipke, a La Cañada Flintridge native and La Cañada High School graduate who is serving this year as president of the South Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education, said in an interview that it was “an incredible honor” to receive the award. She is a professor of pediatrics and preventative medicine at Keck School of Medicine and also serves as vice chair of research with the pediatrics department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Part of what’s very special about that is being recognized by your peers that you’re really making a difference and that your work is impactful and significant and is changing the field, whatever that is,” Kipke said. “As a researcher, you really want to know your work is making a difference. I definitely want to know that my work is making a difference in the lives of children and families.”
As coronavirus cases increased throughout the nation in March, officials took widespread action to close schools, and students here and elsewhere missed out on important, enjoyable life events.
Carly Petersen was ready to go to snowshoeing in Idaho with her classmates, but Westridge School in Pasadena canceled the trip due to the pandemic.
“At the time, I was mostly just upset because I was supposed to go on a school trip,” said Petersen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who will be a junior at La Cañada High School after transferring from Westridge. “I was so focused on what I was missing out on instead of what was to come.”
Her friend Ryan Purdy also went through a rough period as a member of the St. Francis High School varsity boys’ basketball team. The Golden Knights punched their ticket to Sacramento to play in the CIF State Division II championship but never got the opportunity to compete. The biggest game in the history of the program was canceled by the state’s governing board for high school athletics.
“We were all packed up and ready to leave at lunchtime,” he said. “CIF made the announcement at 9:30 a.m. We were shocked, and it was a very sad thing for us.” Continue reading “For Those Who Can’t Shop, These Youths Deliver”
The California Interscholastic Federation released its much-anticipated revised high school athletics calendar for the 2020-21 year, announcing a two-season format scheduled to begin in December.
CIF State, the governing body for prep sports in California, announced its schedule for section playoffs and state tournaments on Monday morning. Soon after, the Southern Section, the largest section in the state with 566 member schools, released a calendar that gives student-athletes an opportunity to play “90% to 100%” of a normal season, according to CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod.
“The reason for [the two-season format] was to help with the overlap of sports and trying to have some separation between two seasons to allow for dual-sport athletes, for coaches that coach more than one sport and for maximizing the utilization of school facilities,” Wigod said in a press conference on Monday. Continue reading “High School Sports Delayed Until December in CIF’s New Calendar”
Collin Morikawa wasn’t the only La Cañada High School alum to make headlines on Sunday.
David Lipsky took a significant step toward competing on the PGA Tour by winning the TPC San Antonio Challenge at the Canyons. The 2006 LCHS graduate finished 25-under par, four shots above Taylor Pendrith, to earn his first victory on the Korn Ferry Tour.
“Honestly, it’s been such an amazing week,” he said. “All parts of my game were clicking.”
A PGA Tour card for next season is the ultimate goal for Lipsky, who had never won a tournament in the United States as a pro. He won the Omega European Masters in 2014 and claimed the Alfred Dunhill Championship, which is played in South Africa, two years ago. Continue reading “Ex-LCHS Golfer Lipsky Savors a Texas Triumph”
On Friday, June 12, 2020, Thomas Saliamonas (known by all who loved him as Tommy) passed away at the young age of 18.
Tommy was born on March 16, 2002, at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, to Stephanie Lynn Wiley and Vitautas John Saliamonas.
Tommy was a kind, compassionate, “always rooting for the underdog” person. He had an undeniable sense of adventure and enjoyed snowboarding, skateboarding, hiking, biking and spending time with friends. He had a true gift of making people feel important, loved and included. He would do anything to make people smile and was quick to strike up a conversation.
Family was so important to Tommy; he was especially close to his four grandparents and would spend hours listening to their childhood stories, helping them out around the house, and most importantly spending quality time together. Continue reading “Obituary- Thomas Saliamonas”
Kat Chew and Taylor Roszkos, both of whom graduated from La Cañada High School in 2009, recently debuted their first children’s book, “The Thing King.”
“The picture book follows a neighborly bird as he undertakes the challenge of cheering up a king who, despite having nearly every gizmo and gadget imaginable, finds himself unhappy,” according to a promotional statement. “With a Dr. Seuss-like rhythm and engaging illustrations that make children – and parents – laugh out loud, ‘The Thing King’ reminds readers that having everything doesn’t always lead to happiness.” Continue reading “LCHS Graduates Debut Children’s Book”