LCHS Track Battles Opponents on Three Fronts

Photo courtesy Diana Hernandez
Corey Cheung placed sixth in the rising stars division’s 100-meter race and set a personal record with 11.74 seconds at South Pasadena last Saturday.

La Cañada High School’s boys’ and girls’ track teams did triple-duty this past week, sweeping a home quad meet against San Marino, Temple City and Blair last Wednesday; traveling to South Pasadena High School for the Tiger Invitational on Friday; and sending four athletes to the elite-level Arcadia High School Invitational on Saturday night. Continue reading “LCHS Track Battles Opponents on Three Fronts”

Spartans Pick Up League Win

The La Cañada varsity girls’ softball team collected a big win on Tuesday by defeating host San Marino, 14-4, in a Rio Hondo League contest.

The Spartans (6-6 overall record) improved to 3-4 in league play and now trail the Titans (5-4 in league) by one game for third place in the standings. Temple City is at the top with an 8-0 record and Monrovia is clinging on to second place with a 4-3 record. 

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Spartans’ Record-Setting Night in 35-0 Win Over San Marino

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La Cañada High School tailback Brian Staron heads downfield for a long gain as quarterback Ivan Ostry (left) looks on. The two seniors provided a solid 1-2 offensive punch, combining for 220 rushing yards to power the Spartans to a 35-0 win over San Marino.

Spartan Stadium hosted the 56th renewal of the Rio Hondo League football rivalry between La Cañada High School and San Marino last Friday evening. It proved to be a game that the visiting Titans will want to forget.
The Spartans dominated the contest en route to a 35-0 victory, which was the most lopsided La Cañada win in the history of the series. (It surpassed a 35-7 LCHS victory back on Oct. 24, 1980.)
While the game took nearly three hours to finish, all one really needed to know about the contest is it was determined in the first three series’ of downs. Starting at their own 40-yard line, the Spartans needed just four plays to find paydirt, courtesy of a highlight-reel, 35-yard run by quarterback Ivan Ostry. The senior entered the end zone untouched for the two-point conversion, to give La Cañada an 8-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
San Marino marched downfield on the ensuing drive but on fourth down, senior Abraham Jhee stepped in front of a pass thrown by Titan quarterback Niko Mavridis and returned the interception to La Cañada’s 48-yard line.
Ostry needed only three plays this time, breaking tackles attempted by nearly every white-clad Titan defender on the field before high-stepping into the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown run.
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Billie Youngblood-Knolle

October 25, 1923-December 13, 2020

Billie Youngblood-Knolle

Often described as a force of nature, Billie Youngblood-Knolle, a trailblazing woman of her era, who achieved success in many arenas, died peacefully in her sleep on December 13, 2020. She was 97. A San Marino resident for 60 years, she was born to William and Lucille Kolb, on October 25, 1923 in Ontario, Canada while they were there on extended business. Billie moved to her childhood home, Appleton, Wisconsin while still an infant.

A life-long learner, Billie graduated from Appleton High School in 1941. She first attended Lawrence University, pledging Kappa Alpha Theta. Transferring to the University of Minnesota her sophomore year, Billie majored in English and Fine Arts with a minor in Journalism. She graduated Cum Laude in December 1944 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in which she remained active, serving for many years on the PBK Southern California Counselor Board.

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Local Businessman Assists Single Parents During Pandemic

Mark Holdsworth

When the COVID-19 crisis hit and the “Safer at Home” order was delivered, a local businessman immediately recognized a need. Not for himself, mind you, but for those whom he predicted would be most challenged given the circumstances.
“In our view, single parents truly represent the most vulnerable,” said Mark Holdsworth, founder of the Holdsworth Group, a provider of capital and advisory services to family offices and high net-worth individuals, public and private companies, and boards of directors located in Pasadena. “We are also determined to assist those in the food and beverage and hospitality industries, because these were the first and hardest hit. Many of these people might not get their jobs back as some of their employers have shut down for good.” Continue reading “Local Businessman Assists Single Parents During Pandemic”

Harold James Hunter, Jr.

Harold James Hunter, Jr.
Feb. 14, 1933-April 24, 2020

Harold James Hunter, Jr., born Feb. 14, 1933, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2020.
Harold, known to those close to him as “Hal,” was raised in San Marino-South Pasadena. Hal enjoyed school and participated modestly in football and track, graduating high school in 1951. He attended Stanford and was affiliated with Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, graduating in 1955. He was commissioned in the Naval service for two years and returned to study law at Stanford in 1957. Hal married his high school sweetheart, Sally Logan, in July 1957. Sally taught primary school while Hal attended law school. Continue reading “Harold James Hunter, Jr.”

Outlook Newspaper Group Purchases Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun

Charlie Plowman

LOS ANGELES – Outlook Newspapers, owned by Charlie Plowman, has agreed to purchase three community news titles, the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun. California Times, the previous owner of the titles, recently announced that the three papers were being closed due to the challenging business environment and unforeseen economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the publications are part of the Outlook Newspapers group, with the La Cañada publications being combined and renamed the La Cañada Outlook Valley Sun. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to have acquired three iconic newspapers with deep roots and historic legacies in their respective communities,” Plowman said. “I heard the outpouring from local residents, as to how much they love these publications, and want to support them.

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Crisis Inspires Creativity for Two SMHS Grads

San Marino High School alumnae Serena Wang and Britney Yip collaborated on an app that allows for instant access to the latest information on COVID-19.

Back in her San Marino home due to COVID-19, Serena Wang was tired of sitting around doing the proverbial “nothing” once her online classes were over for the day.
A 2017 graduate of San Marino High School and junior at Johns Hopkins University, Wang responded to a challenge, literally, to assist during the pandemic. Her father, a healthcare worker, was struggling in the early days of the crisis to find sufficient personal protection equipment and Wang wanted to get moving. Continue reading “Crisis Inspires Creativity for Two SMHS Grads”