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First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

The San Marino High School girls’ varsity tennis team took a giant step toward its 13th consecutive Rio Hondo League championship last Tuesday by collecting an 11-7 victory at rival La Cañada.
Sophomore Olivia Center won all three of her sets in singles play and the doubles team of senior Elaine Wu and junior Selena Wu also swept their three opponents to lay the foundation for victory as the visiting Titans improved to 4-0 in Rio Hondo League play (6-1 overall).

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

They have been best friends since kindergarten and the association between Kade Wentz and Wheeler Smith shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, their friendship is probably growing stronger, with the challenges brought forth by the pandemic and now the return of their football careers.
After graduating from San Marino High School in 2019, Smith and Wentz enrolled in Pasadena City College and immediately announced their shared intention to play football for the Lancers.
Back then, Smith, a wide receiver, started six of the team’s 10 games and along the way even caught a 25-yard touchdown pass.

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Partnership for Awareness, with the support of San Marino High School, will host a virtual parent educational event about adolescent substance use on Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. 
Administrator Lorena Vasquez and psychotherapist Nancy Hernandez from the substance use prevention and treatment program in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will speak about this major public health concern.

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Performing with aplomb and enthusiasm on both sides of the line of scrimmage, San Marino High School’s varsity football team brushed aside unpleasant memories of last week’s league-opening loss to Pasadena Polytechnic and throttled visiting Temple City, 52-0, to wrap up the SMHS Homecoming festivities.
The Titans scored touchdowns on all eight of their possessions, racked up 22 first downs and rarely allowed the Rams to cross midfield in improving to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the Rio Hondo League.

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Well, it took Pasadena’s Polytechnic School exactly one game to wear out its welcome into the Rio Hondo League.
After officially joining the league two years ago as a football-only admit, the Panthers earned a victory in their debut, defeating San Marino 27-19 on Friday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd at South Pasadena High School, Poly’s home field.
The Titans’ record fell to 2-3 overall (0-1 in league). Winless Temple City will make the short trip this Friday evening to serve as San Marino’s Homecoming opponent.
Poly opened the scoring when senior Alex Xie worked his way into the San Marino secondary and grabbed a fourth-down pass from quarterback and classmate Colin Mathews. Sam Howell, also a senior, was true with the extra point to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead.

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

San Marino High School’s varsity boys’ water polo team opened the Bull Run Tournament with a tough task at hand — its opponent was top-seeded Chino Hills.
The Titans fell behind 6-4 at the half but rallied in the third quarter behind two goals each from Sebastian Moggio and Howard Huang along with goals from Jonathan Hernandez and Daniel Chen to tie it up going into the fourth quarter.
San Marino and Chino Hills traded goals in the fourth quarter and, with a minute left, the Titans were down by a single goal. Coach Robert Zirovich called a timeout and the Titans attempted a proverbial “Hail Mary,” but ultimately fell to Chino Hills 15-12 despite additional goals from Moggio and Huang.

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Though San Marino High School tennis coach Melwin Pereira is too bright and experienced to look beyond any foe, it’s a safe bet that even he would acknowledge that the 2021 season will come down to the two matches against La Cañada to determine who wins the Rio Hondo League championship.
Pereira and San Marino have won the last 12, and the squad hopes to make it a baker’s dozen by the end of the month. San Marino traveled to La Cañada on this week; the result being decided after the Tribune’s deadline. Tennis aficionados have the opportunity to watch the regular-season rematch on Thursday, Oct. 21, when the Titans host the Spartans at 3:30 p.m.

First published in the Sept. 30 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Barring a postponement or cancellation — and these days both are more possible than previously thought — a few things are bound to happen when Pasadena Polytechnic and San Marino meet on the gridiron tomorrow night at South Pasadena High School.
The Panthers will have a Rio Hondo League contest under their belts, with one of the teams emerging 3-2 and the other 2-3.

First published in the Sept. 30 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

As students assembled Monday for a group photo, San Marino High School Principal Jason Kurtenbach noted the wide array of activities that were trumpeted across their T-shirts, polos and sweatshirts.
Fifteen seniors recently became semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship program — the 67th in its rich history. However, this slice of the student body will likely never be emblazoned on a garment of clothing.
Kurtenbach and Assistant Principal Carlos Kassam-Clay didn’t join the group photo to allow the students to enjoy their moment in the spotlight..
“This isn’t about us,” Kurtenbach said. “We’ve had our time to shine. It’s about them — their hard work, their remarkable investment of time.”