Resident drives car into Bristol Farms

By Jenna Giulioni

The front window of Bristol Farms was smashed on Monday, September 29, when a driver ran through it with her car. At about 4:00 p.m. South Pasadena Police and Fire Departments received a call to inspect the scene. Many startled customers fled the store. Witnesses say that the owner of the vehicle was an elderly woman who supposedly confused the brake and gas pedals while attempting to park. It is unclear whether the store is planning to press charges for damages. No injuries were reported.10711679_10202056623211700_503499555_n 10714607_10202056623131698_1232345104_n

Tigers’ cross country executes a smooth start to the season

By Jung Su Park

Staff Writer

South Pasadena’s Cross Country teams tasted success in their first league meet at Lacy Park this Thursday as boys’ and girls’ varsity placed second behind San Marino and La Cañada, respectively. In addition, boys’ frosh and girls’ JV teams scored a commanding first place in running the three mile course.

With regard to the performance of boys’ varsity, the team’s runners reflected on the meet with mixed feelings.

“Beating La Cañada was a great team accomplishment,” Captain Cullen Irvine said. “However, we are not looking to stay content with second place especially behind San Marino by pushing ourselves outside the comfort zone.”

Junior Kyle Oda also input his reaction to the meet by describing the team’s new approach in heading towards future competitions.

“We didn’t expect such a strong performance from San Mario as our major concerns were in La Cañada,” Oda said. “This meet taught us not to rely on results from previous races to judge how fast other teams are.”

Two out of runners seven of the girls’ varsity team, freshman Bailey Wu and sophomore Melina Chavez headed into the meet with conditions disturbed by health problems including asthma and leg injuries. However, the runners expressed pride and confidence in the team’s ability to place second place despite unfavorable circumstances.

“Our persistence that produced such results even in difficult situations means a lot to the team,” Junior Maaike Wielenga said. “If all runners are healthy and recovered from injuries, there shouldn’t be any problem in winning most of our meets.”

The Tigers’ next league meet is scheduled on Thursday, October 16 at Hahamongna Park in La Cañada.

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Football showcases new-found dominance in 20-0 rout of Alhambra

By Alex Nakagawa

Photos By Tucker Judkins & Matt Scholtz

The South Pasadena High School varsity football team continued their pre-league season domination with a convincing 20-0 win against the Alhambra High School Moors on Friday, the Tigers’ third win in a row.

The Tigers’ physical defense was able to stop the larger-bodied Moors from gaining big yardage throughout the game. A solid pass coverage from the Tigers’ defensive backfield stopped Alhambra’s pass-heavy offense with ease. The Tigers also utilized their wide receivers more this game, as the air attack proved to be just as resourceful as the Tigers’ already strong running game.

SPHS' Michael Partida looks downfield for a reciever
SPHS’ Michael Partida looks downfield for a reciever

“We ran our offense well tonight,” junior Max Luck said. “We tried an over-the-air tactic tonight, and I think it proved to be effective.”

On the first drive of the game, a pass interference call against Alhambra quickly brought the Tigers into the red zone. Four plays into the drive, junior quarterback Michael Partida connected with wide receiver Luck in the endzone to open the game up 7-0. Senior Alton Phillips recorded a huge sack on Alhambra quarterback Joey Pena to force a 4th down and 17 scenario. The first quarter ended with both teams forcing turnovers-on-downs on both ends of the field in what looked to be an evenly matched game early on.

“I think our defense has done great recently,” junior Christian Carter said. “It feels great to see all the guys in the locker room jumping up and down [after a win].”

Partida carries the ball on a quarterback keeper
Partida carries the ball on a quarterback keeper

The second quarter showcased the Tigers’ skill on both sides of the ball, as sophomore cornerback Jalen Ross deflected a throw from an unseeming Alhambra wide receiver to force another 4th down for the Moors. A great mixture of runs from Ross, who was in at quarterback, senior running back Matt Ayala, and Phillips moved the ball all the way to Alhambra’s 15 yard line. After Ross converted on a great 4th down run to bring the ball to the 4 yard line, senior halfback Ernesto Juaregui finished off the drive with a beautiful carry, knifing through the Moors’ defense to widen the Tigers’ lead to 13-0 before halftime.

Partida carries the ball into the secondary on a quarterback keeper
Partida carries the ball into the secondary on a quarterback keeper

Phillips asserted his dominance against the Alhambra defense in the third quarter, consistently gaining positive yards on multiple plays, including a 27 yard run that brought the Tigers down to the Moors’ side of the field. Juaregui capped off a perfunctory drive with a well-executed untouched 11 yard hand-off straight into the endzone for the final points of the game. 20-0, Tigers up. An energetic Ross showed his raw speed in converting on two 4th down plays during the game to keep the Tigers’ offense rolling.

“These games help us to refine our game as a whole,” junior Jeremy Gabler said, “hopefully we’ll ride this momentum into our first league game [against Blair].”

South Pas now boasts an impressive 3-1 record, and are looking to cap-off their recent pre-league success with a win against Beverly Hills High School, whom the Tigers defeated 41-7 last season. The game will take place away at Beverly Hills on Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Small explosion behind stadium shocks fans during football game against Alhambra

 

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By Tiger Staff

Photo by Matthew Scholtz

A loud explosion rattled many South Pasadena spectators during the Friday night football game between the South Pasadena Tigers and the Alhambra Moors.

With slightly over a minute left in the third quarter, police rushed from the field to assess the situation on Bank and Meridian after hearing an explosion. Play resumed almost immediately, but some fans were left disoriented.

Police immediately interviewed witnesses in the surrounding area, but did not prevent bystanders from entering the area. After interviewing several students, police suspect that a large explosive device was set off by South Pasadena High School students.

“We’ve confirmed that the device was an M-80,” SPPD Officer Chen said. “Setting one off is punishable by law, but right now, we have no confirmed suspects.”

The case is currently investigated by police, but the school may get involved if new information arises.

“It will probably be a police matter,” SPHS principal Janet Anderson said. “However, it may be a school issue as well… we’d have to know where it was detonated, how near to other people, and whether it could potentially cause danger to life, but [if it is a school issue] we would pursue it very seriously and vigorously.”

No damages have been reported and the area is now clear of local law enforcement.

However, many students and community members were left shaken from the startling event.

“At first, I was really shocked, but once I saw the police I felt a little safer,” sophomore Kate Kutzer said. “The scariest thing was seeing the reaction on the stands, and how everyone went totally silent.”

The football game concluded with a South Pasadena victory, 20-0.

Water Polo can’t keep up with Pasadena, loses 9-7

By Faye Witherall & Olivia Nouriani

South Pasadena varsity boys’ water polo suffered a tough 9-7 loss against Pasadena High School in the Tiger pool on Friday, their second loss in two days..

The team remained strong throughout the first quarter, and came out of the period in the lead. By the end of the half, however, the Tigers were trailing 5-3.

Although they played with aggression and energy, The Tigers were unable to regain control of the game. Senior captain Ryan Rodriguez dominated offensively and scored four of the seven goals, with help from sophomores Vaughn Huelsman, Benjamin Schroeder, and D.J. Meyer, who each notched a goal in as well..

Senior goalkeeper Will Renken played a consistently strong game, and held down the fort with well-executed saves. In the end, he was unable to shut down the Bulldogs’ offensive attacks.

Despite the team’s disappointing record, the demanding preseason has not dampened their optimism for league glory.

“We’ve had a tough preseason, but we scheduled games against tough teams on purpose so we can gain experience, ” Renken said. “Come league I think we’ll turn it around.”

This is the squad’s third defeat of the week and they hope to pull out of this series of losses before league season begins on October 7.

The Tigers are back in the pool at Santiago High School on Tuesday.

Girls’ Volleyball shut down by FSHA

The scoreboard didn’t reflect the excellent performance by the South Pasadena High School varsity girls’ volleyball team last Thursday night against Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. The Tigers lost to the highly ranked Tologs in four hard-fought sets, falling to 3-2.

“I think we could have won,” senior captain Sophia Hathaway said. “But it was still a big improvement over our previous games”

The first set was close throughout, with high energy levels on both sides of the court. South Pas libero Maddy Hirano excelled at serve receive, and proved to be an integral part of the Tiger’s defense. Despite her efforts, FSHA edged the Tigers 25-23 thanks to a last minute push.

In the second set, the Tigers gained momentum and trounced the Tologs for a quick 25-17 win. The South Pas offense played especially well, aided by middle blockers Shanovi Bass and Amelia DeYoung. The game was DeYoung’s first on the varsity squad, and she proved to be an important addition to the team’s dynamic.

However, FSHA’s consistency and discipline overwhelmed the Tigers in the third set, which ended with a score of 25-20. The Tigers had difficulties stopping FSHA’s high-powered offense, especially with blocking. This continued into the fourth game, which swiftly finished at a 25-15 with South Pas on the losing end.

Despite the loss, the Tigers played well against an extremely challenging team; the game was arguably their strongest performance of the pre-season.

“We stepped up and played really well against a team that had an overwhelming amount of advantages against us,” senior Irene Siao said.

The Tigers look to continue their overall success in their first league game of the season on the road against San Marino High School on October 2nd at 3:30 P.M.

Water Polo continues to struggle as Nitros edge Tigers, 8-6

By Faye Witherall & Olivia Nouriani

South Pasadena High School’s varsity water polo team fell to the visiting Glendale Nitros 8-6  on Thursday in a non-league home match. The defeat drops the team’s preseason record to an abysmal 3-6.

Thursday’s game was close throughout, thanks to strong performances by senior goalkeeper Will Renken and senior captain Ryan Rodriguez, who lead the offense into battle.

Sophomore Vaughn Huelsman and Rodriguez rocketed in a goal each in the first quarter, and the team ended the period in a 2-2 tie. By the end of the half, however, Glendale had formed a formidable 6-2 lead.

The Nitros clung to their lead throughout the second half. In the final quarter, sophomore D.J. Myer managed a score, reducing the gap between the Tigers and the Nitros, but South Pas still unable to come back. In the end, the team couldn’t muster up a comeback, and fell 8-6.

The squad also suffered a loss on Monday at Ventura High School, 11- 6.

The Tigers’ 3-6 record is less than desirable at this point in the preseason. The team will need to step up their game on both offense and defense in order to get back into serious contention for the league crown.

The Tigers return to the pool Friday seeking a victory over Pasadena High School. South Pas has two more preseason games before league season begins on October 7th on the road against Monrovia.

Tigers electric in 23-7 win over Glendale

By Alex Nakagawa

Photos By Matt Scholtz

With a 23-7 win over the Glendale Nitros on September 19, the South Pasadena High School football team is getting better and better each week. Despite a slow start, the Tigers were able to make big plays when they needed it the most, scoring all three of their touchdowns in the third quarter of play.

The only points of the first half came in the final seconds of the second quarter, when sophomore kicker Robert Amaral was able to squeak a 35 yard field goal through the uprights with 1:14 left in the game. The Nitros, despite crossing into the Tigers’ red zone three times, were unable to get past a determined South Pasadena defensive unit, who forced multiple turnovers on downs, and had key stops near the goal line. One defensive highlight included junior linebacker Christian Carter running down Glendale quarterback Julian Rovira for a 15 yard sack. First half penalties plagued both sides of the field, causing big yard losses.

Junior Christian Carter sacks the opposing quarterback
Junior Christian Carter sacks the opposing quarterback

“It feels awesome to win tonight,” senior halfback Matthew Ayala said, “we just have to make sure that we get the points going in the first half. We can’t rely to get big plays every game, but I’m proud of the way we played.”

The Tigers’ defense continued where they left off in the second half, and forced another turnover on downs on their own 38 yard line. The team then started an electrifying drive, as Ayala took a handoff from quarterback Michael Partida, and ran it up the middle for a quick 31 yard pick-up. Senior fullback Alton Phillips, who had a monster game last week against Hoover, brought the ball to the Nitro’s 10 yard line to make it 1st & goal. Partida threw a fade pass towards the right corner of the endzone where a wide open Max Luck was waiting, making the score 10-0.

Not to be outdone, Glendale recorded their only points of the game in the next possession. Glendale quarterback Rovira narrowly escaped the outstretched arms of imposing junior linebacker Jeremy Gabler, and threw a 30 yard bomb down the field to wide receiver Mateo Morris, who carried it all the way for a 63 yard touchdown, bringing the game back to within three points, 10-7. As a now confident Glendale team set up for the kickoff, the Tigers made a statement. Quarterback Jalen Ross, who was in at kick returner, fielded the Nitros’ kick at his own 2 yard line. Ross bolted up the right side of the field, zipping his way to an exhilarating 98 yard touchdown return, bringing the entire stadium to its feet. The crowd went wild as the Tigers’ lead had been extended and the Nitros’ potential momentum-shift had been utterly obliterated.

Running back junior Christian Carter takes a handoff from quarterback Michael Partida
Running back junior Christian Carter takes a handoff from quarterback Michael Partida

With 2:15 left to play, the Nitros were determined to cut the lead again, but great defensive plays from cornerback Max Garcia and Gabler forced the Nitros to their own 5 yard line. In danger of a safety, Rovira tossed a quick lob that was deflected by Ross, and collected by senior Ernesto Jauregui who returned it for 33 yard untouched pick 6, making the score 23-7.

“The only thing going through my mind was: score it score it,” Jauregui said, “I was in the right place when the ball hit [Ross’s] hands.”

With the win, the Tigers, advance to 2-1 on the season and are looking for the same result against the Alhambra Moors this Friday at 7:00 at home.

“We need work on our offensive front, and make sure that we keep up our defense,” Jauregui said.

Locker room broken into during game; suspect unidentified

By Alex Nakagawa

A robbery occurred during the varsity football game against the Glendale Nitros tonight when an unidentified male entered the open door of the football team’s locker room. The players were the first to discover the scene after their victory, which prompted the help of police and head coach Marty Konrad.

According to the police, the burglar cut the locks off of the lockers to obtain multiple cell phones, wallets and ID cards.

A witness, who requested to remain anonymous, claims he saw the suspect jump over the railings that divide the field and stands towards the end of halftime as players walked back onto the field. The witness did not report his suspicion, however.

“My message would be: see something, say something. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s okay to go to an authority and say something,” Principal Ms Janet Anderson said.

The players have been advised by the police to file reports of their stolen items, as police wait for more details of the suspect to release to the public.

The South Pasadena Police Department has asked for descriptions of the suspect. Any witnesses who have any information regarding the incident can reach the department at (626) 403-7270.

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Power outage strikes South Pasadena homes

By Julian Prime & Clem Witherall

Photos by Tucker Judkins

At around 9:20 PM on Tuesday evening, a power transformer suddenly blew at 926 Garfield Avenue, Alhambra, cutting power off for numerous Alhambra and South Pasadena residencies.

The explosion set fire to a wooden pole and a nearby tree. The fire soon spread to the garage of an adjacent apartment complex, damaging both the garage and a parked car. No structural damage was sustained to the apartment complex itself, and no injuries were reported.

“They had a high voltage transformer explode,” Alhambra firefighter Tom Phelps explained. “The fire itself took around 15 minutes [to put out].”

There was a great sense of uncertainty regarding when power would be restored to the surrounding communities. However, numerous Edison International trucks were spotted around the scene of the blown transformer.

“[The power] is in Edison’s hands. It could be a matter of hours or it could be out all night,” Phelps said.

As of 10:30 PM, the residences of 926 Garfield Avenue were not allowed back into the apartment complex.

“We were inside and the lights started flickering,” said Tara Meza, a resident of the Alhambra apartment complex. “We heard some crashing and then I saw a red light outside. They said they will be working on the power all night so most likely we’ll get the power back tomorrow but we don’t know for sure.”

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