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Prappas Earns Earl Bruce Award

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.

Michael Prappas

Named for a former San Marino High School football player who never in his career defeated Temple City, the Earl Bruce Award is given annually to the player who has the best performance in the annual game against the Rams. “Annual” until the pandemic, that is. A former Titan, Earl Bruce passed away in 2009 after a bout with cancer.
“Something that stuck with my brother for all of his 55 years was the fact that he never beat Temple City,” Earl’s brother, Steve, said shortly after Earl’s death. “We would tease him that Temple City hadn’t just beaten them, but humiliated them. San Marino lost to Temple City 55-0 one year. Temple City had an undefeated perfect season winning the AAA CIF championship that year. For years and years when our family and friends would come together over the holidays, without exception, we would bring up the Temple City football team and we were guaranteed to get Earl to tear up.”
It reached a new level when Steve and friends saved a few of the ashes from Earl’s memorial service at sea and tossed a few of them — where else — on the 50-yard line of Hitchcock Stadium at Temple City High School.
“As kids and even later as adults, we would play ‘last hit’ and I wanted Earl to have the ‘last hit’ on Temple City,” Steve Bruce said.

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 mitchlehman@sanmarinotribune.com.

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