La Cañada Boys, Girls Win League Championships

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams dominated the Rio Hondo League finals at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center last Friday.
The Spartans won at every level, and the varsity boys tallied 486 points to edge second-place San Marino for a second consecutive season.
The girls finished with 459 points, which was enough to defeat the Titans (442 points) and claim the league title for a second straight year. Continue reading “La Cañada Boys, Girls Win League Championships”

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.
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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”

San Marino Looks to Win 1st League Title Since 2004

Photo courtesy SMHS Athletics The San Marino High School varsity boys’ golf team is on a mission to end its 14-year drought and win the Rio League title this season. The squad includes Aaron Im (front row, from left), Adrian Chiu, Alec Cabalinan, Ryan Ko, Taylor Suetsugu, Leo Ke and Jia Hu. Back: Head coach Matt Jiggins, Elvin Syiau, Thomas Agajanian, Dawson Yang, Andrew Cronk, Tony Chen and Alex Chuang.
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The San Marino High School varsity boys’ golf team is on a mission to end its 14-year drought and win the Rio League title this season. The squad includes Aaron Im (front row, from left), Adrian Chiu, Alec Cabalinan, Ryan Ko, Taylor Suetsugu, Leo Ke and Jia Hu. Back: Head coach Matt Jiggins, Elvin Syiau, Thomas Agajanian, Dawson Yang, Andrew Cronk, Tony Chen and Alex Chuang.

The Rio Hondo League has been dominated by one program for more than a decade and the San Marino High School varsity boys’ golf team is determined to put an end to that.
The Titans have shown potential during the preseason with a mixture of young talent and seasoned golfers.
“It’s actually a really young team, which is exciting,” said SMHS head coach Matt Jiggins. “We have three freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors making up our top six.” Continue reading “San Marino Looks to Win 1st League Title Since 2004”

Titans Shut Out in Rio Hondo League Opener

Sean Richardson singled and stole a base for San Marino in the Titans’ 5-0 loss against La Cañada last Friday.
Sean Richardson singled and stole a base for San Marino in the Titans’ 5-0 loss against La Cañada last Friday.

The San Marino High School varsity baseball team dropped its first Rio Hondo League game of the season last Friday, falling to visiting La Cañada, 5-0.
The Spartans got on the board in the fifth inning and added three more runs in the top of the seventh to build a five-run advantage.
The Titans (1-5 overall record, 0-1 in league) were held to only two hits in the contest. Sean Richardson and Grant Spitzer each singled for SMHS and stole a base. Continue reading “Titans Shut Out in Rio Hondo League Opener”

Titans Win Four CIF Individual Titles, Place Second in Southern Division

Photo courtesy San Marino Athletics The San Marino High School varsity boys’ wrestling team placed second in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division Wrestling Championships last Saturday. Koa Ruiz, Luka Wick, Kurt Trumbull, Caleb Trumbull, Beau Perez, Raul Jimenez, Josh Trumbull and Devyn Che qualified for the Masters Meet.
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The San Marino High School varsity boys’ wrestling team placed second in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division Wrestling Championships last Saturday. Koa Ruiz, Luka Wick, Kurt Trumbull, Caleb Trumbull, Beau Perez, Raul Jimenez, Josh Trumbull and Devyn Che qualified for the Masters Meet.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ wrestling team recently proved it is no longer in rebuilding mode after claiming its first Rio Hondo League crown since 2016, and the program reestablished itself as one of the best in the CIF Southern Section last weekend by placing second in the Southern Division Wrestling Championships at Brea Olinda High School.
Eight Titans placed among the top five and qualified for this weekend’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Cerritos College in Norwalk. San Marino tallied 212 points to take home the runner-up plaque. Villa Park finished with 256.5 points to win the Southern Division championship. Continue reading “Titans Win Four CIF Individual Titles, Place Second in Southern Division”

San Marino Rebounds at Blair; Holds On to 3rd Place in Standings

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team remained in the hunt for a CIF Southern Section playoff berth by defeating host Pasadena Blair, 69-32, in a Rio Hondo League contest last Friday.
The Titans (13-9 overall record, 3-2 in league) found success against the Vikings’ zone defense, scoring 19 points in the first quarter to build a double-digit lead early. San Marino kept its foot on the pedal and led comfortably, 52-24, through three quarters of play. Continue reading “San Marino Rebounds at Blair; Holds On to 3rd Place in Standings”

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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Hofman Reaches 700 Victories

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La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman records his 700th career victory on Friday, Jan. 19. A ceremony following the Spartans’ 82-55 victory over rival South Pasadena celebrated the coach’s milestone. Hofman is the 17th coach to reach 700 victories in California, according to Cal-Hi Sports.

The legend of La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman continues to grow after he guided the Spartans to an 82-55 Rio Hondo League victory over visiting South Pasadena on Friday, Jan. 19.
The win was No. 700 for Hofman, placing him among the 17 winningest coaches in California, according to Cal-Hi Sports. He is eighth on the list of active boys’ basketball coaches in the state.
“It’s a great honor to be [on the list],” said Hofman, whose record in 32 years as a head coach is 701-212 as of this week’s Outlook press deadline. “If you look at the coaches up there, they’re the best in California. To be in the same list as them is a great honor.”

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