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.