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First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. It might come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with the peculiarities of high school team tennis that the thrilling finish to a match is more of an exception than the rule.The point that eventually secures victory for one team and spells defeat for the other often takes place during an otherwise nondescript match on a far-off court. Frequently, the athletes themselves are not aware of the importance of an individual match until an elaborate reporting process has taken place and a forensic examination of the scores reveals the time of victory — or defeat — for one team or the other.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Members of San Marino High School’s girls’ varsity tennis team finished in four of the top six positions at last week’s Rio Hondo League individual championships, which were held at Temple City’s Live Oak Park — Giselle Gandakusuma (third place, singles); Elaine Wu (second place, doubles); Valerie Kuo (third place, doubles); Olivia Center (first place, singles); Tianmei Wang (third place, doubles) and Selina Wu (second place, doubles). The Titans concluded the regular season with an 11-1 overall record and 8-0 in winning the Rio Hondo League team championship. San Marino is currently competing in the CIF Division 1 playoffs

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Lightning struck San Marino High School’s varsity football team last Friday night for the second time in a week, and in the future neither bolt will spark many positive memories.Instead, when summoning up memories of the 2021 season, players, coaches, family members and close friends may recall of one of the most painful yet exhilarating two-game spans in decades as the Titans were nipped at the wire for the second consecutive week.

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Perhaps nobody who headed west for Friday night’s rivalry football game should have expected a different outcome, considering that the majority of the classic horror movie “Halloween” was filmed in South Pasadena.San Marino fans probably watched the final minutes of the annual battle for the Crowley Cup through gapes in their fingers as the host Tigers pulled off an ending for the ages, scoring a game-winning touchdown with just over a minute remaining to defeat San Marino, 24-21, and break a 10-game losing streak to the Titans.

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. The San Marino High School boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams visited Pasadena’s Hahamongna Park to take part in the Rio Hondo League’s second joint meet of the season and came away with with results that were similar to the first.That one was held in the friendly confines and flat contours of Lacy Park while this required competitors to tackle the relatively mountainous terrain in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.The SMHS boys’ varsity squad finished in third place behind winners South Pasadena and runner-up La Cañada yet comfortably ahead of Temple City and Monrovia, which finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Senior Michael Prappas caught three passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns to lead San Marino to a 52-0 Homecoming win over Temple City on Oct. 8, earning the Earl Bruce Award for his efforts.“Michael is playing at another level,” head coach Ray Torres said of Prappas after the game. “He has a mental toughness and he will not stop.”Prappas also was credited with six tackles in the game.

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. San Marino High School girls’ tennis coach Melwin Pereira feared La Cañada’s potent lineup, which is sprinkled with four blue-chip tournament players, ahead of last Thursday’s showdown between the Rio Hondo League’s two best teams.But Pereira has plenty of big guns of his own and the Titans hit the mark on Senior Night, duplicating an 11-7 win that took place earlier in the season to wrap up yet another league championship.

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Due to its additional workload and the the added responsibility of completing college applications, high school football players sometimes skip their junior season. Often they never return, figuring that the burden of returning to “football shape” is too great.Choosing the antithetical approach is San Marino High School senior Jayden Hollomand. A mainstay in the Titans’ basketball program, Hollomand surprised many in the school this past July when he showed up at football practices for the first time since originally setting foot on the campus in the fall of 2018.

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. The final score of San Marino High School’s varsity football game against Monrovia that was played last Friday night will be remembered for a long time — and even if it slips the mind, a Google search will suffice for quick recall.And though the undefeated Wildcats (8-0 overall, 3-0 in Rio Hondo League) soundly defeated the host Titans, 63-13, here’s hoping that some of the lasting memories will transcend the mere numbers that ended up on the scoreboard at the end of the chilly night that saw San Marino’s record fall to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in league.

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. The San Marino High School girls’ varsity tennis team prepped for tomorrow afternoon’s showdown with Rio Hondo League rival La Cañada by defeating Palos Verdes Peninsula High School last Wednesday by a final score of 10-8.Sophomore Olivia Center and freshman Tianmei Wang each went 3-0 in singles play while the doubles team of senior Elaine Wu and junior Selena Wu also swept their three opponents.