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Titans In Pads Long Before August 1st As Squad Marks Earliest Start to Season In School History
Seniors Tommy Long, Kade Wentz, Wheeler Smith, Jake Leftwich and Sean Richardson manage smiles during Wednesday morning’s practice session. Photos by Scott Daves

It seemed as though smoke from the July 4th fireworks show was still lingering in Lacy Park when members of San Marino High School’s football team were called in for the first practice of the season on Monday, July 23, the earliest in school history. It was just two decades ago when then-Coach Bill Maloney refused to even hold a scrimmage before Labor Day, so many of his gridders were out of town…or state…or country, for that matter. This Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., members of all three teams will participate in the annual Blue & White Game in Titan Stadium. Admission is free, the public is welcome and lunch is available form a local food truck for the nominal fee of $8.

The Titans will head to Arcadia on Friday, Aug.10 for a 5:00 p.m. scrimmage against the Apaches. San Marino opens the regular season on Friday, Aug. 17 when Pasadena High School comes calling for a 7:00 p.m. affair. And somewhere on the prairies of Montana, a streak of pain just shot across Bill Maloney’s neck, and he doesn’t know why. 


Now in his 25th year at The Tribune, Mitch Lehman is Editor and Sports Editor in addition to being the public address announcer for ten sports programs at San Marino High School. Mitch is one of only a handful in the community to receive the ‘Very Special Person Award’ from the San Marino PTA at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony, was acknowledged as a 'Terrific Titan' by the San Marino High School PTSA, was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of San Marino and received a National Honorary Merit Badge in Journalism from the Boy Scouts of America. He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in the past three years, Mitch has won seven awards and is a thirteen-time finalist in the California News Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. In 2015, the press box at Titan Stadium was re-named 'Lehman's Loft' in his honor. You can reach Mitch at

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