Poly fencing started their season bright eyed and bushy tailed at 5:30 a.m. as they packed up and prepared for their first competition at the College of the Desert last Saturday. The team did very well, even going beyond team goals and expectations in only the first event of the season. Coach Laura Holmgren notes, “the fencers impressed the coaching staff with individual improvement; virtually every bout featured some textbook, beautiful touches and personal improvement. Whether it was the execution of a gorgeous disengage parry riposte by Carrie Hashimoto or a lightning-fast beat attack by Theo Fernandez, everyone scored at least a few 'perfect' touches, regardless of final bout outcome. This improvement bodes well for the future as the relatively young team gains more competitive experience.” Annette Lee ’19 finished with Poly’s highest result, placing sixth overall. This is a strong start for the team and gives them momentum as they travel to Gryphon Fencing Studio for a USFA E and Under Foil open event this Saturday.
The Poly girls tennis team has shown their strength and experience early in the season, having graduated only one senior last year. Tuesday they hosted Milken Community High School and handedly beat them 16-2. This win was just days after another dominant victory over Maranatha the previous Friday, defeating the Minutemen 15-3. The Panthers will go into Prep League play with a record of 3-1. Their one loss was against the reigning CIF-SS Division 3 champions, Temple City High School. Poly looks to extend their winning streak as they host the Tigers from Westridge School at Caltech at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. Visit the Athletic Calendar for details and to see their full schedule.
Poly's girls golf team returned to the course this week, playing back-to-back matches against La Salle High School on Tuesday and faced Westridge in their first league match on Wednesday. The girls are returning after a very successful season last year. Having graduated two key seniors, the team had large shoes to fill. This week, they started strong beating both opponents soundly with scores of 268-311 versus La Salle and 262-318 versus Westridge. Returning senior Lauren Park led the way having the lowest score in both matches. Park and the five returning players are taking the momentum from last season into this season and carry along with them strong first-year players Madeleine Kwei ’21 and Chloe Cho ‘19.
Poly girls volleyball started league play Tuesday evening traveling to Mayfield Senior to face the Cubs. In a very exciting five set match, the Panthers defeated the Cubs 25-16, 19-25, 16-25, 25-15, 16-14. Click here for more details on the match.
This past weekend, the Panther Club hosted the annual Fall Tailgate highlighting games in girls volleyball, boys water polo, and football. The day started with the girls Varsity volleyball team hosting the 28th annual Poly Invitational Tournament. The girls earned a first-place spot in their pool, earning them a spot in the playoff run. The Panthers faced last year’s tournament champions, the Saints from St. Anthony, in the semi-finals. This year, the Panthers rewrote the story, beating the Saints in straight sets, after which they faced San Marino High School in the finals. Poly played San Marino two weeks ago at San Marino, where they won a very tight, five-set match. This time, the Panthers dug deep after a long, hot day and took care of business quickly, beating the Titans in straight sets in a best-of-three set match, taking home the title of tournament champions.
Boys water polo took to the Poly Aquatic Center and hosted the Golden Knights from St. Francis. Poly was off to a quick start, outscoring St. Francis 5-1 in the first quarter with very little let up throughout all four quarters. It was a team effort with goals coming from seven different players. The effort was led, however, by seniors Nick Wuthrich, tallying up five points, and Bradley Goedde and Joe Masters, adding three more points apiece. The final tally was Panthers 15, Golden Knights 7.
Poly football showed a strong effort as well on Babcock Field, hosting the Roadrunners from Ecole Mission Secondary School from British Columbia, Canada. It was a one-sided match-up with the Panthers handedly defeating the Roadrunners, shutting them out 55-0 and closing out the tailgate with a dominating win. This week the Panthers hit the road to face the Eagles from Brentwood. Check out the Athletic Calendar for a full schedule of this week’s events.
Even before the classrooms are set and the hallways are filled with student chatter, Poly’s sports teams are already hitting the gym, the field, the trails, and the pool. Today, girls volleyball team opens up the fall season with their game against San Marino High School. The Varsity will travel to the home of the Titans this afternoon to start the fall season with a 3:30 p.m. game time in the main gym. JV will follow at 4:30 p.m. The frosh/soph team will play concurrently with the Varsity team at 3:30 p.m. in San Marino’s side gym. If you cannot make it to the game, you can follow along on Twitter as the scores will be posted throughout the match. Go Panthers!
Poly is happy to announce that Mack Paciorek will be joining the spring coaching staff as the Panthers' new baseball coach. Paciorek was named the San Gabriel Valley Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading the San Marino High School Titans to their first league title in nearly two decades. He has also coached at Danville in the Central Illinois Collegiate League and was a summer instructor at the IMG Academy. He grew up locally playing for San Marino High School and was named California All State. He continued his career as shortstop at Iowa State University, where he was named All Big-12 and was then drafted to the Detroit Tigers. He joins the Panthers in the spring, and Poly baseball is excited to have him!
The new school year is right around the corner, and Poly’s campus is already buzzing. The fall sports season has started: Boys and girls cross country have been practicing since the conclusion of the summer programs. Poly’s football team also returned to campus last week for their annual football camp, during which they make their home in the gym for three days and two nights. This week, the other fall teams reunite in the gyms, on the course, in the pool, and on the court. Fall sports will be in full swing by the time school starts. Click here for more information on the start of fall practices.
Poly athletics is still a couple weeks away from interscholastic competition but that didn’t stop the Dance Team and Mascots from bringing home the first awards of the year. The team traveled to UC Santa Barbara for the annual USA Spirit Camp, and once again they earned the highest awards, coming home with superior ratings for all evaluations, the Hardest Working Team award, as well as the coveted Unity Award, which are voted on by the other teams at the camp.
Henry Bryant and Maya Cook were chosen by camp staff as recipients of the Pay It Forward Award, recognizing their kind, helpful, and positive spirit, especially in their interactions with other teams. Mercedes Dobbs rounded out the awards by being recognized by the camp staff with the Dance Technique award.
This fall, Poly Athletics will roll out Volt to the student-athletes. Volt is a training program that provides student-athletes with strength and conditioning workouts that will be run and managed by on-campus strength and conditioning coach Sheldon Williams in collaboration with each team's coach. The goal is to build a workout program specifically designed for each team's needs, keeping in mind that many of our student-athletes are multisport athletes. The student-athletes are able to access the Volt program through an application on their phone that allows them to preview the workout, input the weights used, stay on task by counting down the proper rest time between reps and sets, and gives them the ability to check off each rep once completed. By allowing the student-athlete to track each workout, the coaches are then able to look at the progression they have made over time. The Athletic Department is excited about implementing this new tool for its teams and hopes that it will not only promote performance during competitions, but also promote and encourage an overall healthier lifestyle for the student-athletes.
This past spring, Poly welcomed new badminton coach Alistair Casey to the program. Casey showed many years of coaching experience on the San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club team, as well as at the 2016 Olympic games. He started the season with great anticipation and excitement, and the Panthers shared the same sentiment. He took Poly’s 26-student roster and finished the spring with some tough-fought victories against league powerhouses and made school history by taking two individuals and a doubles team to the CIF finals for the first time. In August, Coach Casey will take his coaching prowess back to the international stage, where he will coach and manage the USA Badminton team in the World Championships held in his home country of Scotland. Good luck to Coach Casey and the USA Badminton team!
As summer school is approaching its last week, many of Poly’s fall sports enter their CIF-mandated three week break called “dead week. The CIF summertime rule requires a three-week period of no practice and no training between the end of the school year and the start of the fall. During the dead period, only supervised weightlifting is permitted; no running or other type of conditioning is allowed. Poly’s football team started their first week of the dead period this week; girls volleyball starts theirs Monday. Boys and girls cross country opted for a dead period in the beginning of the summer, allowing for fall practices to start on Monday, July 24.
After serving as head of the Panther Club for three years, Poly parent Pat Amsbry has passed the torch to fellow parents Kim D’Amico and Denise Mathews, who will serve as co-chairs. Both have been an active part of the Poly community for many years. Kim’s involvement started when she was a Poly student, attending from pre-K through 8th grade. She is now a Poly parent whose oldest child graduated in 2015; her youngest is a rising sophomore. Denise's oldest son was also in the Class of 2015, and her youngest is a rising eighth-grader. In addition, they have volunteered in a number of various capacities, including serving on the Middle and Upper School Parent Organizations. The duo has been working side by side since 2014, taking on the task of organizing the Panther Club's annual event, Friday Night Lights. Together they take on the responsibility of leading the Panther Club starting this fall. Congratulations, Kim and Denise!
Matt Queen ’18 is recognized and featured in an article in the Pasadena Independent for his accomplishments in baseball. Queen is one of Poly’s three-season student-athletes playing on the football team in the fall and the boys soccer team in the winter, as well as baseball in the spring. Click here for the full article.
Last week, CIF announced its State Academic Champions for each sport. Of the four Southern Section winners, two of Poly’s teams were recognized: Congratulations football and boys volleyball for being named State Academic Champions. Read the full story.
Classes are over, graduations are done, the big white tent is gone, and the school year is officially over. That must mean one thing: Summer has begun! With that comes the summer sports schedule. Please refer to the Summer Practice Schedule for Upper School athletics.
Yesterday, the Athletic Department celebrated Poly seniors at the annual Senior Sports Awards. Every senior athlete in attendance was celebrated, in addition to 19 students who competed in 10 or more of the possible 12 seasons. The Craig Sweeney Award, recognizing a senior who participates in more than one season of sport during his or her senior year and who exemplifies leadership to others in sportsmanship, integrity, and enthusiasm on the field of play, was awarded to Maddie Magee. Poly Athletics also honored this year’s all-around athletes of the year. This year was a unique year because there were co-athletes of the year for both the boys and girls: Congratulations to Jessica Lopez, Morgan Shafia, John Genske, Will McConnell.
Last week, the Student Athletic Leadership Council (SALC) went to McKinley School to host Olympic Day with the fourth grade class. There were approximately 120 students split into four teams competing in eight different events. The events included basketball shots, hockey shoot out, critter toss, and a water relay. A total of 17 seniors helped with the event. The last three years, the McKinley students have competed on Poly’s campus. This year, however, Olympic Day stayed on their campus to debut their new gym facilities. It was a great time for both Poly’s seniors and the McKinley fourth-graders.
Last Saturday, three members of Poly’s track team competed in the CIF-SS track and field divisional championship finals at Cerritos College. The three faced stiff competition under tough circumstances. It was a very hot and windy day that affected the runners, the distance runners in particular. Junior Xian Shivley was the first to hit the track in the 1600m. Shivley set a personal record in this event the week prior at the CIF-SS prelims, putting himself in a good place for the finals. However, the weather played a factor, slowing the times of the entire field. In the end, Shivley finished fourth in the 1600m and sixth in the 3200m. Following the 1600m, senior Chris Mathews took to the track for the 110m hurdles. Mathews ran a clean and focused race, not hitting a single hurdle. He not only set a new PR at 15.44, he broke the school record and finished third in the race. Congratulations Chris! Sophomore Brendan Fong rounded out the trio with his event, the 400m. Despite battling a hip injury, Fong was determined to race and placed seventh at 50.99. Congratulations to the trio on a great season!
Junior Krystal Irwin traveled to Fresno to compete in the 2017 CIF State swimming and diving championships. She took the lead in the preliminary round and through the semifinals. Going into the finals, she had a score of 377.50 and an 8.45 lead over a contender from Menlo Atherton High School, Mia Paulsen. Although Irwin’s dives were more difficult, Paulsen was able to chip away at the lead. After the three dives in the final round, Irwin finished with a career high score of 527.90 and in second place by a margin of 1.65 points.
Congratulations, Krystal, on a very successful season!
Members of the track and field team traveled this past weekend to Carpinteria to compete in the CIF-SS Division 4 preliminaries. After a day of tight events, three Poly boys have qualified to advance to the finals. Senior Chris Mathews placed third in his 110 hurdles event, allowing him to advance. Sophomore Brendan Fong ran the fifth fastest time in the 400m race, punching his ticket to the finals. Junior Xian Shively had an amazing day on the track. He not only placed first in his heat for the 1600m but also in his heat in the 3200m race. These three will head to Norwalk this Saturday to run in the CIF finals. Events kick off at 11 a.m. at Cerritos College. For full details and directions, visit the Athletic Calendar.
CIF-SS Division 3 swimming finals were held yesterday at the Riverside Aquatics Complex. The Poly girls team went into the finals down 91 points second to Walnut High School after prelims on Wednesday. Competition was tough all afternoon. The team swam strong, slowly chipping away at the lead. However, at the end of the evening, Poly came up nine points short of the championship title. Walnut High School went into CIF competition highly favored, but Poly did well to stay on their heels and make them nervous with every race. Congratulations on a great season!
The Panthers are rolling in the titles this season. Poly baseball and Poly softball added two more to the spring count, both clinching the title of Prep League champions. Poly baseball had a rough start to the season, but they were able to find their footing. They have an overall record of 16-7, 10-1 in league. They finish out their regular season today by hosting Rio Hondo Prep at 3:30 p.m. on the Ochari D’Aiello Baseball Field and hope to extend their eight-game winning streak to nine. The team will celebrate their three seniors this afternoon.
Poly softball concluded their regular season winning by forfeit against Firebaugh on Wednesday. Tuesday, they shut out Prep League rivals Flintridge Prep with a 16-0 win. The girls finished with an overall record of 15-7, 11-1 in league and earned the title of Prep League champions. The spring season finished with five Prep League titles. The baseball and softball teams will both be in the CIF-SS Division 6 playoffs. Playoff draws for both teams will be released Monday, May 15. The games will be posted on the Athletic Calendar and can be found on www.cifss.org.
Yesterday, Poly’s diving team took to the pool at the Riverside Aquatics Complex to compete in the CIF-SS Division 3 diving finals. Freshman Ben Smith and junior Tom Amsbry represented the boys team, and juniors Krystal Irwin and Daria Lenz and senior Morgan Shafia represented the girls team. The four upperclassmen were no strangers to the CIF competition. However, this year, the judging seemed to be tougher than in years past. However, that did not slow them down. Amsbry and Lenz both walked away with the title of CIF champions for the third straight year. Smith placed second, Irwin placed third, and Shafia placed 12th. Their brilliant diving scores are a strong start for Poly giving the Panthers’ swim team a good head start as they begin prelims. Poly’s swim team will head to the Riverside Aquatics Complex to begin their CIF competition on Wednesday, May 10, at 4 p.m.
For many schools, spring sports have already concluded. However, for Poly, the spring season is still in full swing. Boys tennis earned the title of Prep League champions for the fifth year in a row. Both boys track and field and girls swimming followed suit, winning their fourth consecutive Prep League title. Boys volleyball finished their regular season earning second in league and giving them a chance for a playoff run for the second year in a row after a five-year hiatus. Badminton made program history, sending four of its athletes to the CIF finals for the first time. Poly’s baseball and softball teams finish their regular season this week with promising post-season play. Check the Athletic Calendar for full schedule and details.
This spring season has whizzed by in a blink of an eye, and now we are nearing the end of the season for many sports.
Badminton is currently competing in the league finals. Yesterday they competed in the prelims held at La Puente High School. Five advanced to today’s finals, also at La Puente High School.
Yesterday, boys golf traveled to Brookside Golf Course, where they competed in the season-concluding match, the Prep League individual finals. Senior Nick Foker and junior Charlie Foy finished in the top seven, finishing with All-Prep League honors.
Swimming and diving has been hosting in Prep League finals at the Poly Aquatic Center since Wednesday. Diving started the three-day event, during which juniors Krystal Irwin and Tom Amsbry won the girls and boys event, qualifying them for CIF competition. Senior Morgan Shafia and freshman Ben Smith also qualified for CIF with their dives. Swimming prelims were held Thursday, and both boys and girls teams displayed excellent efforts, advancing them to the finals to be held Saturday at the Poly Aquatics Center. Events start at 2:30 p.m.
Track and field will round out the week, competing in their Prep League finals at John Burroughs High School today at 5 p.m.
On Tuesday, Panther baseball hosted Prep League rival Flintridge Prep in their first meeting of the season. Poly entered this game coming off three shutouts in the previous five games. Last week, Poly hit the road to face Prep League opponent Firebaugh and defeated them in a 10-0 shutout. They then traveled to Claremont to face Webb, beating the Gauls 8-3. After consecutive road games, the Panthers were glad to be back on their home field. The Panthers had a rough start, trailing the Rebels 3-1 going into the fourth inning. They turned things around in the bottom of the fourth, bringing in four runs. Junior Ty Evans blew the game wide open in the bottom of the fifth hitting a grand slam and putting the Panthers up 10-3. The Rebels tried rallying back in the seventh but came up short. Poly defeated Prep 10-4. Poly has won eight of their last 10 games. Now 5-1 in league, they will face Prep again under the lights of the Glendale Sports Complex at 7 p.m. Visit the Athletic Calendar for directions and details.
Yesterday, the boys volleyball team hosted the last home game of the season and celebrated the five seniors on the team in their last home game of their high school careers. The Panthers did it in true Poly fashion, hosting Prep League rivals Flintridge Prep. In their first meeting at Prep three weeks ago, the Panthers had a rough start, dropping the first two sets. They turned the tables and gained momentum in the third. However, after a tough-fought, back-and-forth fourth set, the Panthers fell to the Rebels 3-1. The boys were determined not to lose on their home turf. The Panthers started with great energy right out of the gates. There was a quick momentum switch after the Rebels had a run of points and the Panthers were unable to recover dropping the first set. Poly picked it up in the second set and turned the game around. The Panthers won three straight sets, beating Prep with a very exciting fourth set score of 27-25. This was the first time Poly has defeated Prep in boys volleyball since 2012; they also snapped the Rebels' 23-league game winning streak. Efforts were led by seniors Matt Alison tallying up some big kills, Will McConnell with his numerous assists and great defensive efforts, and Richard Berry, who played a lights-out game, putting up big blocks on the net and putting away very crucial kills. Click here to read more about the game in the LA Times. The Panthers finish the season with two important away games at Firebaugh on Friday and Chadwick on Tuesday. They need to win on the road to punch their tickets into the post-season.
Last Saturday, the track and field team traveled to Carpinteria to compete in the Russell Cup. It was a good meet for Poly as they faced tough competition. The Varsity boys did well in their track events. Sophomore Brendan Fong placed first in the 400 meters, setting a new PR at 50.73. Sophomore Justin Fong also set a PR in the 200 meters at 22.60 and placed third. Junior Xian Shively set a PR in the 1600 meters at 4:27.65 and placed fourth in the race. Senior Chris Mathews competed in the 110m hurdles and finished second. The boys team also did well in the field events, with junior Haller Rice setting a PR in the triple jump at 40-07.50 and finishing third for the Varsity team and freshman Jackson Treister finishing second in the long jump at 18-05.25 for the frosh/soph team.
The Poly girls also competed well. Sophomore Ella Cornwell set a new PR in both shot put (4kg) at 31-04.25 (placing her at third for the frosh/soph team), as well as in the discus throw (1kg) at 75-01. Freshman Kylie Kishi PR’ed in the triple jump at 30-01.50. The big win went to freshman Zoey Mao for finishing first in the high jump at 4-11 for the frosh/soph team. The Panthers hope to use the Russell Cup as momentum going into the Prep League prelims. Poly will host the Prep League prelims tomorrow, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. at South Pasadena High School. Check the Athletic Calendar for details and directions.
Yesterday, Head of School John Bracker and members of the Middle School unveiled the new Panther Patio before the opening pitches for both baseball and softball games versus league rivals Chandler School. Funded by Poly's Panther Club, this renovated multi-use space will allow for covered seating so that guests may watch events on both Babcock Field, as well as the softball diamond; it can also be used for class activities and events. As the area was being constructed, Middle School advisor groups suggested names for the space. After narrowing down the selection to a few favorites, Middle School students took a vote: The space has officially been named the Panther Patio. Make sure to check it out at the next softball game!
This week, boys volleyball hosted two league matches against Firebaugh and Chadwick. Facing Firebaugh first on Wednesday, the Panthers had a rocky start but were able to take care of business, beating them in straight sets. They then turned around and hosted the Dolphins on Thursday. Poly did not waver and did not did not tire after playing two days in a row. They were able to defeat the Dolphins in three straight sets as well. With six uncontested sets and two consecutive league wins, the Panthers are in second place in the Prep League. The Panthers have momentum going into next week where they host non-league opponent, Don Bosco Tech, and then travel to Rio Hondo for a rematch after a tight loss in their first meeting. For a full schedule, visit the Athletic Calendar.
The Panther Club works hard to provide a great experience for Poly's student-athletes and to promote Poly spirit throughout the campus. The Panther Club will host its annual Friday Night Lights, an all-day event full of activities and fun. The day kicks off with a tennis tournament and a cardio clinic, followed by a golf tournament and the third annual helicopter ball drop. The day finishes with a the school's only all-division parent party and auction. This year, Friday Night Lights will be held on Cinco de Mayo, Friday, May 5. For detailed information about the events, how to participate, and where you can show your support, visit the Panther Club website. Support those who support your student-athletes and register today!
Yesterday, the Poly boys golf team played in the annual match versus Flintridge Prep at Altadena Golf Course. The winner of this match takes home the Mystic Niblik trophy. The trophy was built 31 years ago by a Prep golf coach, Bob Laugherie, and his father. The Panthers have won this trophy for seven consecutive years. Poly’s success was led by senior Nick Foker, who scored a 37, followed by junior Charlie Foy, who finished scoring a 38. This year’s win has also advanced Poly 16-15, breaking the tie in the overall record for this trophy.
The online publication, Pasadena Now, recently named Ryan Katsuyama ’90 as girls water polo coach of the year. Two of Poly’s student-athletes are also named girls water polo players of the year. Click below for the full articles:
Poly takes pride in having true student-athletes who maintain a good balance between academics and athletics. Poly is not only proud of our athletic achievements, but we hold great esteem for our athletes’ academic achievements as well. The CIF Southern Section recently released the 2017 Southern Section Team Academic Champions. Four of Poly’s teams were awarded Team Academic Champion: football, boys volleyball, boys water polo, and girls water polo. These teams’ grade point averages were the highest in the enrollment category of 1,499 or less. These teams will be recognized and awarded a championship banner at Angels Stadium on Tuesday, April 25, before the Angels face the Oakland A’s. Congratulations to those Poly student-athletes!
Last week, Poly softball faced two Prep League opponents. The game originally scheduled for Tuesday against Mayfield was moved to Wednesday due to the rain. The game was also moved to Poly’s home field. Because the game was moved, there were some schedule conflicts, and the Poly squad was down to exactly nine players as they faced a very talented Cubs squad. Poly led throughout most of the game and went into the final seventh inning up 4-0. Mayfield was far from finished. The Cubs rallied back and scored four to tie the game. It was the bottom of the seventh, and Poly was up to bat. With two outs, sophomore Tara Adarkar got the winning RBI, concluding a very exciting game with a score of 5-4 over Mayfield. The Panthers hit the home field again on Thursday hosting the Tigers from Westridge. This time, the game was a bit one-sided with the Panthers dominating for the majority of the game. After seven innings, the Panthers beat the Tigers 10-3. After Poly gets a week off for spring break, they will return next week with three home games lined up: Tuesday they face Firebaugh, Wednesday they take on LaSalle, and then they round out the week hosting Rio Hondo on Friday. Check the Athletic Calendar for the full schedule and details.
Last week, the swimming and diving team hosted the Trailblazers from Sierra Canyon High School from Chatsworth. The Trailblazers are coached by Olympic swimmer Matt Biondi. Biondi competed in the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympic games, and his son now swims at Sierra Canyon. The Trailblazers have good swimmers, but their numbers are small. There were some exciting races and very competitive relays. The boys showed strength in their relays and were led by senior Dean Johnson. The Panthers beat the Trailblazers soundly 111-45 for the girls and 106-57 for the boys. This gears them up as they travel to face the Gauls from Webb School today at 3:45 p.m
On Saturday, Poly’s track and field team traveled to Oaks Christian to compete in the Maurice Green Invitational Track Meet. Overall the day was filled with good performances by the Panthers. Freshman Oge Ogbogu won the girls frosh/soph 200m. Freshman Jackson Treister also won in the frosh/soph boys long jump. Sophomore Ella Cornwell had an exceptional finish, placing first in the shot put and second in the discus throw. Cornwell had only three days of discus throw experience under her belt. Seniors Jeffrey Silver and Junior Xian Shively both PR’ed in the 3200m race. Shively placed third overall. Sophomores Brendan Fong and Justin Fong ran impressive races for the Varsity team and Brendan PR’ed in the 400m race. Junior Liam Rawlinson also had an impressive day throwing a new PR of 105” in the discus throw crushing his last record by approximately 20 inches. This invitational is good preparation for their Prep League Meet #4 this afternoon at Webb School. Check the Athletic Calendar for a full schedule.
Poly’s boys golf team is off to a great start this spring. In the first three matches of the season, the Panthers outplayed their opponents by an average of approximately 28 strokes; the largest win was by 40 strokes versus Milken. It was also against Milken that Poly broke the 200 mark for the first time this season. Last week, Poly faced Temple City, where they beat the Rams by three strokes. Yesterday, Poly experienced their first loss of the season, falling to a very strong team from San Marino. Although Poly scored an impressive 205, San Marino’s strength was evident with their score of 184. Today, the Panthers will have to bounce back and face their first Prep League opponents, Flintridge Prep and Buckley, in a tri-meet at Brookside Golf Course today at 3 p.m. See the Athletic Calendar for more details.
New head coach Alistair Casey is leading Poly’s badminton team this season. Coach Casey is a great addition to Poly’s coaching staff, having extensive experience on the San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club team as well as coaching badminton at the 2016 Olympic games.
Reported by Coach Casey On Tuesday, the Panthers traveled to Nogales High School to face the Nobles in badminton. What started out optimistically as a good start quickly turned into a heated battle controlled by Nogales. For Poly, the opening mixed doubles matches of Ako Ndefo-Haven/Beverly Shen and Julian Lang/Sophia Terrile opened with good wins but Nogales’ strong ladies team quickly turned the tables. All four ladies doubles ties went to Nogales, and three of the four ladies singles ties also went to Nogales. Before they knew it, Poly was down 9-6.
Cue a huge men's singles win for Lang, the #2 singles for Poly against Nogales’ #1 winning 21-16, 21-18. Another big upset came from Poly's #2 men's doubles pair, Beau Gillam/Albert Lu, taking down the Nogales #1 21-18, 22-20. Poly went into the final two mixed doubles matches down 10-9. Again Lang and Terrile at #2 were unstoppable against their counterparts, winning 21-10, 21-15.
The nail-biter of the night was the final match, with Poly and Nogales going into it tied at 10-10. Poly’s #1 mixed doubles team, Jon Wong and Jennifer Lu, took the court to face off against Nogales’ #2 mixed doubles team to decide the tie. They came through with a 21-19, 21-18 victory.
"I couldn't have asked any more from the team today," Coach Casey said. "It was an entire team effort to grab this win against a strong Nogales program, where many of the kids practice all year. The final mixed was nail biting, and I haven't seen someone serve so well under pressure as Jennifer did toward the end of this mixed doubles tie — keeping her cool and delivering perfect low serves into the opponents court, even at 20-18 in the final set."
Last week, the Poly boys tennis team had their season opener on the road at Marshall Fundamental High School. They swept the board and defeated the Eagles 18-0. The Panthers then hosted the Gauls from Webb Schools last Thursday at Pasadena City College and defeated them handedly with a score of 15-3. This team is unique in that of its nine players, seven are underclassmen and four are freshmen. Their two senior veterans set a good example by leading this young squad into early victories. This week, the team faces two big schools. They head to Temple City to face the Rams on Wednesday and host the Tigers of South Pasadena on Friday. Check the Athletic Calendar for the full schedule.
On Saturday, the girls water polo team travelled to Irvine to complete in the CIF-SS Division 5 Playoff finals against the Saints from Xavier Prep. The Panthers were off to a slow start, falling behind 0-3 in the first quarter. However, after persistent efforts and great teamwork, the Panthers chipped away at the lead and forced a great momentum shift. The Panthers’ offense was led by freshman Talie Wilman who scored six of Poly’s ten goals. However, it was senior Colleen Woo who lead the team on both sides of the ball. Woo played exceptional defense and was the second top scorer of the game. Poly consistently put pressure on the Saints forcing numerous unforced errors that worked in their favor. After four quarters, the Panthers defeated the Saints 10-5 and brought home the title of CIF-SS Division 5 Champions. Congratulations to the girls water polo team. Read more about the game in the Pasadena Star News.
This Saturday, Poly’s baseball team starts spring season competition with a double-header versus Mark Keppel. The Panthers host the Aztecs at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. at the Ochari D’Aiello Baseball Field on campus. The baseball team returns after finishing 18-7 last season and third in the Prep League. The team will look to their three seniors to lead them through the season.
Poly hosted the seasonal Prep League Tournament for girls soccer yesterday. The Panthers faced Mayfield Junior at Caltech for the semifinal game. Last Friday, the girls faced Mayfield Junior in their last game of the regular season and tied 1-1. Poly was ready for the rematch. It was a tough game, but the Panthers came out victorious, beating Mayfield 3-2 and advancing to the tournament finals, where they faced league rivals Chandler School. Chandler beat Flintridge Prep in the semifinals, advancing them to the final round. The two faced off immediately following their semifinal matches. They took to Babcock Field in a back-and-forth game, with the Panthers claiming the title of Prep League tournament champions, beating Chandler 2-1.
Last week, the boys basketball team also made it to the finals in their Prep League Tournament. They also faced Mayfield Junior in their semifinal match and beat them by 14 points with a final score of 54-40. The Panthers faced Chandler in their home gym. It was a very close and exciting game. At the end of regulation, the score was tied, forcing the game to go to overtime. After the first overtime period, the game was still tied forcing the teams into double-overtime, with the Panthers losing 42-46 to Chandler in a tight game.
Congratulations to both teams on a very exciting and successful season!
Last weekend, the fencing team competed in their last match of the season, finishing on top. Varsity took second in the Gryphon High School Foil Team Challenge #2, going 1-1 in the final round and defeating the Gryphon team 5-3 to defend the perpetual team trophy they earned in the fall season. The all-sophomore team of A. Lee, Y. Siegel, and I. Kim pulled off a tremendous upset, capped with a come-from-behind win in overtime in the key of the Gryphon-Poly final match.
On the JV side, the frosh team of T. Fernandez, D. Mayo, and S. Johnson-Lacoss went undefeated on the day (4-0), capturing the gold in the event and defending the other perpetual team trophy in an eerily familiar final round. Mayo, down 4-1, battled back to win his bout 5-4 in overtime, giving Poly the match-winning fifth victory.
Last night, the boys Varsity basketball team hosted the Dolphins from Chadwick. This was not only the last home game, but also the last game of the regular season. It was a tough-fought game, but in the end, the Panthers defeated the Dolphins 46-37. Before the game, the team celebrated their two seniors. By the time the buzzer sounded, they were celebrating their title of Prep League champions. With this title, the Panthers earn an automatic berth into the CIF-SS Division 4A playoffs. Playoff brackets will be available Sunday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m.
Other Poly teams who have made it to the post-season include girls basketball and girls water polo. The girls soccer team face Westridge tonight at South Pasadena High School at 6 p.m. The winner of this game earns an automatic berth into the playoffs. For more bracket information, visit the CIF website.
This school year has flown by, and this winter season is quickly coming to an end. We are approaching the last week of the regular season and with that come the last home games for many of Poly’s teams. These home games also serve as an opportunity to celebrate the seniors on the teams. Due to the poor field conditions due to the weather, Varsity girls soccer will celebrate their three seniors at South Pasadena High School Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Girls water polo will play their last home game and recognize their five seniors on Wednesday. Thursday includes senior celebrations starting with both boys soccer teams, followed by boys basketball and the dance team. For the complete schedule and game details, visit the Athletics Calendar. As the winter season concludes, the spring season commences with practices starting on Monday, Feb. 13.
On Wednesday, Poly’s basketball teams hosted Prep League rivals Flintridge Prep. It was stiff competition on all levels. However, it was the Panthers who came out on top. The turnout was great, and the stands were filled on both sides. School spirit was evident as excitement filled the gym. Both teams played a close game, finishing the first half 26-25. The Panthers went into the fourth with the lead. The Rebels cut down the lead by one with a couple minutes left in the game. The Panthers dug deep and pulled away, leading by six with a minute left in the game. After a back-and-forth game, the Panthers defeated the Rebels 64-54. The evening had a playoff feel, and the game ended in a playoff-like fashion with the students rushing onto the gym floor to celebrate with the team after the final buzzer went off. The Panthers are back in the gym preparing to travel to Flintridge next Friday for a rematch.
Last week, Upper School athletics took a break for midterms. No competitions were played, and few practices were held. With midterms wrapping up yesterday, all sports teams are now ready to go. The girls water polo team kicked off the week by defeating cross-town rivals Flintridge Prep 20-1 in Rebel territory. Varsity boys soccer will host Providence High School tonight at South Pasadena High School at 6:30 p.m. The rest of the week is filled with Prep League games on the field and on the courts. For the full athletic schedule, visit the Athletic Calendar.
This weekend, the Panthers hosted the Winter Tailgate, during which three Poly teams competed. Girls water polo teams started the day hosting Mark Keppel. The Panthers took control of the pool and beat the Aztecs 16-2. The boys basketball teams hosted the Gauls from Webb. The Varsity team rounded out the day beating the Gauls handedly 63-37. The big win was achieved by girls soccer as they hosted Prep League rival, Flintridge Prep. After a tough 80 minutes, the Panthers held the Rebels scoreless, winning 2-0. For a recap and remarks about the game, see this LA Times article and this Pasadena Star-News article. Congratulations to the Panthers for a successful Winter Tailgate!
The Panther Club will be hosting a Winter Tailgate tomorrow, Jan. 14, throughout the day. Poly's winter teams will be competing; the lineup is as follows:
Fencing USFA Mixed Open Foil Tournament at Hemet High School, 10 a.m. JV girls soccer versus Mark Keppel High School, 11 a.m. JV girls water polo versus Mark Keppel High School, noon Varsity girls soccer versus Flintridge Prep, 1 p.m. Varsity girls water polo versus Mark Keppel High School, 1 p.m. Frosh/soph boys basketball versus Webb, 3 p.m. JV boys basketball versus Webb, 4:30 p.m. Varsity boys basketball versus Webb, 6 p.m.
Wear your orange, show your Panther pride, and come out to support our student-athletes.
Last Friday, all four of Poly’s basketball teams traveled to Rio Hondo Prep to face the Kares for the second time this season. The Panthers first faced Rio Hondo just before winter break. This time, home court advantage was not the deciding factor, as all three levels of boys basketball defeated the Kares by at least 12 points . The Varsity girls team followed suit, beating Rio Hondo for the second time this season. These wins give the teams momentum as they get ready to face Chadwick today. The girls face Mayfield Senior on Thursday.
The Varsity girls soccer team also faced Prep League opponent Westridge for the second time. This time, the Panthers traveled to Westridge. The first meeting was a well-fought match, but in the end Westridge defeated Poly 4-1. This time around, the Panthers played better, worked harder, and defeated Westridge 3-2. The girls travel to Lynwood on Wednesday to face another Prep League opponent, Firebaugh. For the full schedule, visit the Athletic Calendar.
Before the new year, the boys soccer team played in the three-day Ontario Christian Christmas classic. The Panthers had a good tournament despite having only 13 players available. They opened up the tournament facing Grace Brethren High School. At the end of regulation, the score was 0-0 forcing a round of penalty kicks. Poly defeated Grace Brethren 4-3 in PK’s with senior Zealand McLean driving home the winning kick. Later that day, Poly faced Granite Hills, to whom they fell 0-3. The next day, the Panthers faced host school Ontario Christian and defeated the Knights 4-1. Senior Matt Alison had a hat trick and the fourth goal from sophomore Alec Walsh. Poly finished off the tournament holding Rowland Heights scoreless at 1-0. The Panthers took fifth place of 16 teams with a record of 3-1, and McLean was named to the all-tournament team. Today they travel to Whitsett Fields Park to face Oakwood School at 3:30 p.m. Check the Athletic Calendar for details and directions.