2017

  • March

    Back-to-back wins for softball

    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.
  • Panthers swimming took on the Trailblazers

    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
  • Track and field shows strong results at Maurice Green Invitational

    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.
  • Boys golf breaks 200

    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.
  • Badminton defeats league rival Nogales in a tight match

    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."
  • Boys tennis sweeps Eagles

    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.
  • February

    Girls water polo brings home the championship

    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.
  • Panther baseball throws opening pitch for the spring season

    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.
  • Eighth grade girls soccer take home the trophy

    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!
  • Poly fencing team defends Gryphon title

    Reported by Coach Laura Holmgren

    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.
  • Boys basketball are Prep League champs

    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.
  • Winter season winding down

    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.
  • January

    Boys basketball beats the Rebels

    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.
  • Back in full swing post-midterms

    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.
  • Winter Tailgate wins

    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!
  • Winter Tailgate tomorrow

    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.
  • Prep League sweep

    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.
  • Winter break wins for boys soccer

    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.

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