San Marino National Little League softball players Mackenzie Taylor and Tylie Pellant received the Courtney A. Miller Spirit Award on the final day of competition.
San Marino High School’s girls’ and boys’ swim teams wrapped up solid seasons at the Rio Hondo League finals that were held at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.After going undefeated in dual meets for the sixth consecutive year, the girls’ team finished in second place at the league meet behind La Cañada.
They looked nothing like the dozen men who moments earlier had finished engaging in 36 minutes of the most fervent, inspired basketball that has been seen in these parts for quite some time.Instead, the San Marino High School boys’ basketball team was drained — physically and emotionally — after losing a heartbreaking CIF Division 4AA second-round playoff game to Elsinore, 74-72 in overtime, on Saturday night.The game will long be remembered, chiefly for the effort expended by the outmanned, outsized Titans. But also due to the fact that San Marino held several double-digit leads during the contest and even held a five-point advantage during the four-minute overtime period.
The Titans showed the Rio Hondo League that they clearly belong in the championship conversation, but South Pasadena had the last word Friday night in a game that was so thrilling it could have justified the CIF’s decision to hold the sport at all. The Titans return home tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. where the squad will celebrate their seniors before playing another crucial game.
Photo courtesy Scott DavesHarry Wendling, San Marino High School’s senior kicker, surfs an impromptu wave provided by his Titan teammates moments after converting a 37-yard field goal to defeat rival South Pasadena on the final play of last Friday night’s Rio Hondo League contest. San Marino’s furious rally in the final minute gave the Titans a 22-20 win and 10th straight over the Tigers in the 66th renewal of the storied rivalry. Last Friday night at 9:45 p.m., a young man wearing a royal blue football jersey with the words San Marino emblazoned across the chest atop an oversized number 19 trotted onto the field at Titan Stadium.He had accepted the task of kicking a football through an odd-shaped apparatus that most would recognize as a goal post at the east end of the facility in an effort to win a game over the town’s foe in a rivalry that stretches back to the Eisenhower administration.Anyone seeking the identity of the young man would be hard-pressed as neither his name nor number appeared on the roster provided in the official game program sold at the venue.They know it now, especially those from South Pasadena who watched the annual contest. And just in case they didn’t, players, fans and cheerleaders provided a reminder that rang into the chilly, damp night.“Harry!” “Harry!” “Harry!”He has a last name, too, and for the record it’s Wendling. But he will forever be known as the boy who kicked a field goal as time expired to…
After 416 days since its last contest, the San Marino High School boys’ basketball program finally was able to re-take the indoor court last Saturday afternoon and, basically, looked like they never left.
Though its regular season was canceled due to the pandemic, the San Marino High School volleyball team acknowledged its three seniors. Printed below are statements from each member of the senior trio:
Photo by Mitch Lehman / TRIBUNE It may have taken place seven months after its intended date, but San Marino and Arcadia High schools faced off last week in their traditional season-opening girls’ tennis match. The Apaches defeated the Lady Titans by a final score of 13-5 in the non-league matchup between two teams who are regularly among the best in the entire state. San Marino’s doubles combinations of Selina Wu & Valerie Kuo, Elaine Wu & Anna Moller and Isabelle Kang & Katie Lui were able to score against Arcadia, with Selina Wu & Kuo and Elaine Wu & Moller winning two of their three matches. Kang & Lui were victorious in one match while taking a second to tiebreaker, accounting for the Lady Titans’ points.Selene Yung, Camdyn Wu and Mandy Rivera battled hard in singles play, but the Apaches prevailed.San Marino has an extended break in the schedule and doesn’t take to the court again until Tuesday, April 13, when the squad travels to La Cañada. The Lady Titans’ final remaining home match takes place on Tuesday, April 27, when South Pasadena visits at 3:30 p.m. Isabelle Kang blasts a return during San Marino tennis action against Arcadia. Though the Lady Titans fell short, Kang and doubles partner Katie Lui played well.
Los Angeles County never advanced to a tier that would allow for indoor assembly during the abbreviated and recently completed high school girls’ volleyball season. But San Marino High School head coach Angel Ramirez is thankful that there is a vibrant outdoor version of the sport which allowed for at least a modicum of participation.David Irie, the school’s director of athletics, helped assemble what was known as the San Gabriel Valley Grass Volleyball League, allowing for the Titans to experience some bumping, setting and spiking, even though schools were closed during the pandemic. Marlene KetelaarHeidi DoergesGabriela Salim “I am really thankful that we had a something available where we could develop some team chemistry and try out some rotations,” said Ramirez. “After seeing our talent, I thought we had the potential to do some pretty good things. We have been working really hard since August and had a lot of anticipation.”The Titans will graduate three seniors — Erin Hill, Kira Glasse and Leela Anvekar — who were sophomores on the 2018-19 school year squad that won SMHS’ first Rio Hondo League championship in 28 years, but Ramirez likes what he will have coming back in the fall.Marlene Ketelaar, who will be entering her senior year in August, is an experienced setter and will have hitting options in classmates Conner Sund and Gabriela Salim. Junior Amanda Redding has shown potential at middle blocker and libero Heidi Doerges has a toolbox of skills.San Marino won its final tournament game of the season…
One of the possible benefits of a spring cross-country season is the weather. With the final meets of the season taking place in late March due to the pandemic rather than early November as is typical, participants were hoping for a warm sunny day for the Rio Hondo League cross country finals last Thursday afternoon at Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park.San Marino head coach Angus Leung might consider a permanent change to the chilly climes as his Titans recorded their best results in a half-decade, finishing second in the girls’ race and third in the boys’ race.Individually, San Marino senior Peyton Talt finished fourth overall in the girls’ race with a time of 20:12 over the three-mile course. Sophomore Thai Villaluna paced the boys, breaking the tape in 17:45 to end up in ninth place.Following Talt were junior Anya Tang (21:20, 10th place), senior Avery Page (24:03, 21st), senior Lily Tong (25:30, 25th), sophomore Megan Linden (31:15, 31st) and sophomore Emma Page (31:34, 32nd).Leung was especially impressed with the performances of Linden and Page, who were making their first appearances in the league finals.“Megan and Avery volunteered to run for us so we would have enough participants to score in the meet,” said Leung. “I give them a lot of credit.”Leung also praised Talt, a senior captain, who organized socially distanced, players-only practice sessions to stay in shape during quarantine.