Girls’ Volleyball Falls to Panthers

Marion Wood, Staff Writer

It seems that the Polytechnic girls’ volleyball team brought the boisterous support of their fans onto the court on Friday, beating the Tigers in three hard-fought sets with scores of 25-21, 28-26, and 30-28. The Panthers were a definitive step up from Arroyo High School, the team that the Tigers had played and defeated a week before.

“This was our second game of the season, but it was actually against a competitive team, so I consider it more as our first game”, senior captain Sophia Hathaway said, “It was just a starting point for what we need to focus on.”

The Tigers started off the first game a little shakily, although the score was even with Poly. An SP timeout was called early in the game, at 3-3, in an attempt to increase the energy on the court. Though the players came back with more energy, the score remained tied for the majority of the game, up until the scoreboard read 17-17. The Panthers then ran away with a seven-point streak to reach the game point, 24-17. The Tigers pushed a last attempt for a win, but it was not enough to upset the Panthers’ substantial lead. In the end, Poly defeated SPHS with a final score of 25-21.

The second and third games were similar, although with intense closures that lasted beyond the usual 25 points. The games were mostly tied and both teams had small leads throughout. However, the Tigers had difficulty in the endgame, losing to Poly by virtue of small mistakes. Consistency was a common issue; SP head coach Ben Diaz counted 32 unforced errors throughout out the match. The Tigers were weaker on serve receive and defense, which the Panthers used to their advantage. This was counterbalanced by the Tiger offense, with strong performances from setter Molly Feldmeth and outside hitter Maddie Saito. Poly also had a powerful lineup at the net, with help from outside hitters Alex Clark and Deedee Logan. In the end, the Panthers were a worthy opponent, but the Tigers acknowledged that they didn’t play to their potential.

“It was only our second game of the season, so it wasn’t our best”, senior Shanovi Bass said, “We have a lot of room to improve- we’ll fix our mistakes.”

The Tigers hope to do so in their upcoming game against Canyon High School on September 18 at 5:30 in Santa Clarita.

 

Football triumphs over Hoover Tornadoes

Alex Nakagawa, Staff Writer

Photos by Stephanie Kim

Everything went right for the Tigers last Friday, as the South Pasadena High School football team emerged victorious in a one-sided affair 39-0 against the Hoover High School Tornadoes.

The Tigers outsized and outmatched Hoover in every position, and they were able to run a flexible and balanced game from start to finish without much response, ending the match with over 400 total yards of offense. Senior fullback Alton Phillips provided huge yards for South Pasadena, along with great contributions from junior wide receiver Emiliano Sornoso, who had two touchdowns, and senior running back Matthew Ayala. The Tigers’ defense stopped Hoover from crossing into Tiger territory almost every possession. South Pasadena’s defense benefitted from the notable performance of senior defensive tackle Jeremy Escandon.

“We changed up the defense a little, and it really payed off,” junior linebacker Jeremy Gabler said. “We brought another linebacker into the box to stop the run [of Hoover].”

Two plays into the game, Ayala ran the ball 64 yards into the endzone to start what had become a long string of points in the first half. In the next Tigers possession, junior quarterback Michael Partida ran on a keeper that brought the score up to 14-0 with over half the first period still left on the clock. Junior wide receiver Max Luck caught the ball on a quick throw from Partida, and shook off two defenders for a great run of 12 yards. With 1:44 remaining, Partida handed the ball off to Sornoso who powered through the middle for a 43 yard touchdown. After a missed PAT attempt, the Tigers ended the first quarter with the momentum on their side 20-0.

“I feel really good,” Sornoso said. “We really stepped up from last game, especially on our blocking, staying in motion and not racking up as many penalties.”

With the big point cushion on their side, the Tigers took more risks and were more aggressive, converting on three 4th down plays.

With 8:49 left in the 2nd quarter, Partida’s pass went a little too far, and Hoover’s Joel Bellvue intercepted the ball in-play, but a quick read from Luck led to a controversial safety, and the Tigers brought their lead to 22-0. The Tigers picked up right where they left off, as an outstanding kick return from senior free safety Ernesto Jauregui brought him all the way to the Tornadoes’ 3 yard line. Phillips finished what Jauregui started with a seemingly effortless goal-line rush to make it 29-0 at halftime.

“I feel excellent,” Phillips said, “I can’t tell you how proud I am of this team right here. We came out aggressively, we were focused and we came out with 100 percent intensity.”

Despite the running clock, the game began to slow a little bit in the 3rd quarter due to multiple time outs and penalties on both teams. The Tigers went back on their scoring tear, with Phillips’ 50-yard run, leading to Sornoso’s second touchdown of the game. Hoover attempted to convert a fake punt pass on their own goal line, but an aggrresive South Pasadena defensive line forced another safety, scoring the final points of the game to end the third quarter 39-0.

“Don’t get comfortable, it’s only one game,” said the Tigers’ coaching staff as the team entered the locker room for the post-game spiel.

This was a reasonable precaution, as the Tigers will need a replica of their performance against Hoover to beat the Dynamiters of Glendale High School on Friday, September 19, who comes off of a tough 20-0 loss to La Cañada High School. The Tigers lost to Glendale last season 26-14, and hope to avenge the loss with authority.

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Girls volleyball triumphs over Arroyo

Marion Wood, Staff Writer

The South Pasadena High School girls’ volleyball team dominated in their first game against Arroyo High School on Friday, September 5 to kick off the 2014 season. The Tigers have been practicing tirelessly throughout the summer, and their hard work manifested in the victory. They won in 3 out of 5 games, with scores of 25-8, 25-6, and 25-10, respectively.

“We didn’t know anything about Arroyo- we’d never played them before,” senior captain Sophia Hathaway said. “It was also our first game, so we didn’t really have any expectations. We’re still working on learning our rotations and functioning as a team.”

The Knights struggled throughout the match, mostly with returning the Tigers’ serves. The serves were almost always in the court and often very difficult to pass to make a play. Sophomore Madison Hirano had an especially good service streak, with almost 10 aces in a row in the first game. If Arroyo did return the serve, they were swiftly defeated in the next rally.

“Most of the points they made were because of our own errors,” senior Rowan Leddy said.
The SPHS players made some mistakes on offense, occasionally hitting balls out of bounds, although the excellent performances by hitters Hathaway and sophomore Kate Kutzer made up for this. However, the Tigers were slightly lacking in passing and defense throughout the games. The players seemed less energetic and communicative in the third game than before, and Arroyo used the opportunity to pick up a few more points.

“We didn’t play as well or as clean as we should have, but the win was a good start to our upcoming season,” senior Irene Siao said. “We just need some more practice and game time.”
Overall, the team had a successful start to the pre-season with a strong win but with room to grow. The Tigers’ next game is against Polytechnic High School on September 9 at 3:30 p.m. in Pasadena.

Football loses momentum against Eagle Rock

Alex Nakagawa, Staff Writer
Photos by Matt Scholtz

Something was missing in the second half of the high school football game at Roosevelt, and it wasn’t just the lights on the scoreboard.

The South Pasadena High School Football team came up short in the season opener against the Eagles of Eagle Rock High School. The Tigers came out with a strong surge to score the first touchdown of the game, but could not contain the strong rushing game of the Eagle Rock backfield, eventually losing to a disciplined Eagles team 7-22.

The game started off in a stalemate, as neither team could power their way into the red zone. Junior Christian Carter was a force to be dealt with on the defensive end. Carter stopped Eagle Rock running back Michael Soracco Jr. behind the line of scrimmage to force a 4th and 13. Eight plays later, Carter intercepted a 3rd down play near the goal line to keep the game locked at 0-0 in the middle of the 1st quarter. The Tigers fumbled the ball on their own side, but a miscommunication with a handoff between the Eagle Rock running back and quarterback resulted in a junior Max Luck recovery.

As the game transitioned to the 2nd quarter, South Pasadena finally got into field goal range and sophomore Robert Amaral attempted a 35 yard field goal, which just missed the inside of the uprights. Despite this, senior Ernesto Jagueri kept the Tigers’ offense rolling with two great runs for 18 yards. Not phased by the deadlock, the Tigers pushed to the 10 yard line, where junior quarterback Michael Partida lobbed the ball up to Luck, who caught it right over the Eagle Rock linebacker to make it 7-0 right before halftime, marking the first touchdown of the year.

“It was a great play,” Luck said, “We need to keep our runs going for the whole game. We were flat straight from the beginning [of the second half].”

As the second half began, the Eagle Rock team shifted the momentum right from the start. Three plays into the 3rd quarter, a quarterback sneak play from the Eagles brought the game to 7-6, after running a 2-point conversion unsuccessfully. The Tigers were able to get a stop after having to punt. However, a miscommunication between sophomore QB Jalen Ross, who was in running an option offense, and senior Matthew Ayala led to another Tiger fumble, and the Eagles were able to capitalize off of the mistake with a 14 yard rush by Sonacco Jr., making it 7-14 after converting the 2-point conversion.

Hoping to regain some momentum, Ross made a great run down the left side of the field in the 4th quarter for a 46 yard gain. However, the Tigers turned the ball over again with another fumble, and Eagle Rock turned it into another touchdown and 2-point conversion with an 18 yard pass from Eagle Rock QB Mario Martinez Jr. The game ended in Eagle Rock’s favor 7-22.

Coach Marty Konrad expressed what the Tigers need to do to get ready for the Hoover game at Glendale High School on Friday.

“We need to be more disciplined during the game,” Coach Konrad said after the game. “We can’t be making great defensive stops, and then fumble the ball.“

Partida reflected on what they need to do during practice to make sure they do not make the same mistake next game.

“Our team needs to focus on the little things,” Partida said. “We were not in the right mindset, and we have to make sure that we play our game.”

The Tigers’ next game has been moved to Glendale H.S. on Friday against Hoover High School of Glendale at 7:00 p.m.

 

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City council declares Stage One drought

Kyle Kan, Staff Writer

The South Pasadena City Council declared a Stage One drought on Aug 20, effective immediately for the entire community. The decision recognizes a moderate water supply shortage, as outlined in South Pasadena’s Water Conservation Measures.

California State Governor Jerry Brown announced in January that California was in a state of emergency in regards to the current drought, which are labeled by increasing intensity from D1, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. All of California is in at least a D1 drought condition, “moderate drought,” and 58% of California is in D4, “exceptional drought,” meaning that there are shortages in wells, reservoirs, and streams.

The city of South Pasadena has issued new water restrictions in an effort to conserve water. Watering of any lawn, landscape, or vegetated area is limited to three days a week. Watering days are assigned to residents based on the last digit of their home address.

Community members are also obligated to fix any leaks, breaks, and malfunctions within 24 hours of notification from the water department. In an effort to decrease domestic water consumption, the City Council is asking that all South Pasadena residents and businesses reduce their annual water usage by ten percent. However, as of press time there is no enforcement of this regulation.

The City Council is offering increased rebates on appliances such as high efficiency washing machines and toilets, weather-based irrigation controllers, and rotating nozzles for sprinklers to encourage the use of such devices.

The city is also holding free workshops for tips on water conservation on Sept 7 and 21, and Oct 10. These workshops will include lessons on replacing grass with drought-tolerant plants and properly irrigating and managing greenery.

For more information about watering days, rebates, and water conservation tips, visit:
http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us

SAC Assembly blends promotion with talent

Jung Su Park, Staff Writer

Commissioner of Assemblies Ryan Chase led the Associated Student Body and hosted the annual SAC assembly last Friday. Chase included skits and live performances by Pep in an attempt to promote interest in purchasing SAC cards.

The Student Activities Card (SAC) discounts ticket prices for sports games and dances. The card also reduces the price of yearbooks and other school wide activities.

In addition to the performances, ASB videographer Benny Feldmann showcased videos, which impressed many students such as junior Jacob Benowitz.

“I think the most notable feature of the assembly was the videos,” Benowitz said. “They were an effective way to promote the Student Activities Card and gave a good laugh to the student body. The special effects and editing skills were amazing.”

Junior Helen Yang will buy a SAC card thanks to the promotion from the assembly.

“The assembly persuaded me to buy the card, as I learned that it is actually worth the price. I wasn’t so much involved in my first two years at the high school, but in this year, I plan to enjoy school activities at a cheaper price through the SAC card,” junior Helen Yang said.

The SAC card can be purchased at the student bank for $50, and replacements are $5.

SPHS has mixed reactions to shooting plot aftermath

Over a week after news of the alleged school shooting plot was made public, South Pasadena students and teachers shared their reactions to the event.

Students were divided about the media attention on the first day of class as news vans surrounded the school. Freshman Bailey Roudani disapproved of the reporters’ presence.

“I don’t think it’s helpful, but it makes people aware of what’s going on,” Roudani said. “However, there’s a little bit too much for the first day. I saw at least ten different reporters with cameras and it made me realize that this is real, instead of something we just hear about.”

Senior Elise Takahama felt that the news coverage was justified.

“I feel that the media is just doing its job, and especially since the incident happened in South Pasadena, this is a pretty big deal,” Takahama said.

Meanwhile, some parents were hesitant to send their children back to school, while others reassured students that they were safe.

“At first, my parents were very surprised and scared to let me go to school,” junior Emmett Jang said. “But after thinking about it, they recognized that there would be increased police presence, and that the students are safe, and they were pretty sure that this wouldn’t happen again.”

The leadership class has also been trying to emphasize inclusivity and kindness.

“As part of ASB, we are actively trying to build more anti-bullying groups and build stronger unity within our school so that something like this never happens again,” freshman class secretary Kate Ba said.

Teachers are also participating in the effort to find solutions to bullying and exclusion.

“All adults involved in campus hold the responsibility of paying attention to students as humans with compassion, care, and concern,” English teacher Benjamin Arnold said. “The news of the suspects’ three targeted teachers made me reflect on how I speak to students as a teacher. I just want to make people feel secure and confident around me.”

Students and teachers alike felt that the priority of the school and community regarding the incident is to develop methods to prevent isolation among students and prevent this occurrence from becoming the emphasis of the school year.

“We have to be aware of our surroundings or of people feeling disaffected enough to make threats, because there’s no way to account for everyone,” science teacher Krista Gale said.

Senior Adriana Shen agreed with the school’s approach to the event and vision for the future.

“What’s important now is spreading awareness and telling everyone about what’s going on, and informing them about the incident and future prevention,” Shen said.

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