Titans Fall to Woodcrest Christian in Quarterfinals

Photos courtesy Eric Danielson San Marino outfielder Jessica Van Fossan had the second most putouts on the team. She scored two runs in the Titans’ playoff win over Sierra Vista.
Photos courtesy Eric Danielson
San Marino outfielder Jessica Van Fossan had the second most putouts on the team. She scored two runs in the Titans’ playoff win over Sierra Vista.

The San Marino High School varsity softball team’s stellar postseason run came to an end last week as the Titans were edged by host Riverside Woodcrest Christian, 4-2, in a CIF Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinal last week.
The Titans jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning but the Royals fought back with a run in the second and added three more in the third frame.
Four runs turned out to be enough for junior pitcher Paige Markley, who settled down following a rough start and held San Marino’s offense at bay through the rest of the contest. The ace allowed two runs on six hits, walked two and struck out four in a complete game.
SMHS ace Claire Streeter was also solid in the circle, surrendering four runs on nine hits and striking out 11 in six innings of work. Continue reading “Titans Fall to Woodcrest Christian in Quarterfinals”

Cheerleaders’ Coach Renews Her Hometown Spirit

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK San Marino High School cheerleading coach Elizabeth Angiuli puts her squad through stunt practices, with an eye on beginning stunt competitions next spring.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
San Marino High School cheerleading coach Elizabeth Angiuli puts her squad through stunt practices, with an eye on beginning stunt competitions next spring.

An unexpected return to cheerleading was the ticket that brought Elizabeth Angiuli back to her hometown, San Marino.
Angiuli — who graduated from San Marino High School in 2009 as Elizabeth Haralambos — returned to town in 2014 as the coach of the Titans’ cheerleading team, a familiar setting for her after she spent three years with the team as a high schooler. Here to stay, she aims to take the team to less reassuring surroundings moving forward. Continue reading “Cheerleaders’ Coach Renews Her Hometown Spirit”

Lin Qualifies for State; Girls Place 14th in Standings

Photo courtesy Mark Barr The San Marino High School varsity girls’ swimming team concluded the season by placing 14th in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships last weekend. The squad, which won the Rio Hondo League title, includes Emily Lee (front row, from left), Claire Chiu and Blake Pak. Back: Assistant coach Ashlee Bowen, Siouxsie Lennox, Ellie Chen, Dora Chang, Sabrina Wang, Kali Villaluna, Sophia Yao and head coach Mark Barr. Not pictured: Grace Emamaullee.
Photo courtesy Mark Barr
The San Marino High School varsity girls’ swimming team concluded the season by placing 14th in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships last weekend. The squad, which won the Rio Hondo League title, includes Emily Lee (front row, from left), Claire Chiu and Blake Pak. Back: Assistant coach Ashlee Bowen, Siouxsie Lennox, Ellie Chen, Dora Chang, Sabrina Wang, Kali Villaluna, Sophia Yao and head coach Mark Barr. Not pictured: Grace Emamaullee.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ swimming team shone in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships at the Riverside Aquatics Complex last Saturday, tying Murrieta Valley for sixth place with 145 points.
Rio Hondo League rival La Cañada took home the crown with 336 points.
Tristan Lin led the Titans by winning the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1 minute, 48.72 seconds, qualifying him for state competition.
Lin was also part of the 200 medley relay team that placed sixth and qualified for state with a time of 1:35.82. The group also included Maxwell Lin, Justin Chan and Kurtis Tsai. The quartet also competed in the 400 freestyle relay and finished in 3:10.21 for eighth place. Continue reading “Lin Qualifies for State; Girls Place 14th in Standings”

San Marino Cruises Into 2nd Round of Playoffs

Jessica Van Fossan scored two runs in San Marino’s 22-0 rout over Saddleback Valley Christian last week.
Jessica Van Fossan scored two runs in San Marino’s 22-0 rout over Saddleback Valley Christian last week.

The San Marino High School varsity softball team carried over its winning ways from the regular season into the postseason, most recently defeating host United Christian Academy of Rancho Cucamonga, 13-1, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs last week.
The Titans scored early and broke out in the bottom of the third with nine runs to build an 11-0 lead. The umpire called the game after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Macy Mooney led San Marino’s offense with four runs batted in, and Erin Hill was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and one run. Kinu Takasugi was 2-for-3 with three runs, Charis Chung was 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run, Justene Huang singled twice, scored three runs and drove in a run, Sierra DuNah doubled, scored and had two RBIs, Kate Brunner drove in a run and scored, Jessica Van Fossan singled and scored, and Alyssa Beck and Peyton Diaz each scored a run. Bella Escobar, Mooney and Van Fossan each stole a base. Continue reading “San Marino Cruises Into 2nd Round of Playoffs”

For PTSA Leader, SMHS Commencement Brings a Finality

Emily Boutin will soon pick up her diploma from San Marino High School, following in the footsteps of her mother, Ann, a member of the class of 1979.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Emily Boutin will soon pick up her diploma from San Marino High School, following in the footsteps of her mother, Ann, a member of the class of 1979.

For Ann Boutin, the impending graduation of daughter Emily represents a full-circle journey 40 years in the making.
Boutin, this year’s San Marino High School PTSA president, was in her daughter’s shoes four decades ago, approaching graduation along with the rest of SMHS’ class of 1979. At the helm of PTSA, she now gets to watch her fourth and youngest child walk the stage this year.
“I think I’ve been at the high school way more than four years,” quipped Emily Boutin, who was preceded at SMHS by two older siblings; the eldest attended a private school. “I feel like I’m ending it on a good note.”
Ann Boutin, who went on to study home economics at UC Davis after graduating from SMHS before earning her law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in 1987, returned to the area and lived briefly in Pasadena, where she practiced estate law. After marrying, she and her husband moved to their current home in San Marino to start their family, at which point Boutin put work aside to be a full-time mom. Continue reading “For PTSA Leader, SMHS Commencement Brings a Finality”

San Marino Girls Win League Title; Boys Finish 2nd

San Marino standout Tristan Lin won the 100-yard butterfly and breaststroke events.
Photos by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK
San Marino standout Tristan Lin won the 100-yard butterfly and breaststroke events.

San Marino High School was well represented in the Rio Hondo League Swimming Championships with the boys’ and girls’ teams fighting for first place down to the final race last Friday at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.
The girls’ team tallied 442 points and finished just behind La Cañada (459 points), but the Titans clinched at least a share of the of the league crown by winning all league meets prior to the finals. Head coach Mark Barr guided San Marino to its third league title in the past four years. Continue reading “San Marino Girls Win League Title; Boys Finish 2nd”

Rotary Art Contest Is a Study in Student Creativity

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Southwestern Academy student Rain Liang (holding certificate), flanked by Rotary Club of San Marino members Grace Yang, Fang Ho and Mike Driebe, was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Artist in the club’s student art competition.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Southwestern Academy student Rain Liang (holding certificate), flanked by Rotary Club of San Marino members Grace Yang, Fang Ho and Mike Driebe, was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Artist in the club’s student art competition.

Rotary Club of San Marino members were treated to a taste of local culture last week as several artists from schools in town exhibited their work for the organization’s annual art competition.
Students from San Marino High School, Southwestern Academy, Huntington Middle School, Carver and Valentine elementary schools and Sts. Felicitas and Perpetua School all placed in this year’s competition, and had their works showcased along the walkway into San Marino Community Church, where the Rotary Club holds its weekly meetings. Continue reading “Rotary Art Contest Is a Study in Student Creativity”

Titans Take Their New Football Coach From College Ranks

Justin Mesa
Justin Mesa

San Marino High School’s search for a new football coach came to an end recently as Principal Issaic Gates announced the hiring of Justin Mesa.
Mesa accepted the position on Wednesday, April 17, ending a nearly three-month hunt for the successor to former head coach Mike Hobbie, who resigned from the position and announced his retirement on Jan. 23.
“Coach Mesa is a rare find as a high school coach, with his knowledge of the Xs and Os and having learned it at the highest levels of college football,” Gates said. “His relationship skills with recruiting kids and his experiences in coaching high school football makes him refined, and I think we’re lucky in San Marino that he wants to be the coach here.” Continue reading “Titans Take Their New Football Coach From College Ranks”