December 16, 2002
Edgar Melik-Stepanyan Editor's note: Odds and ends from the past week in local girls' water polo. GLENDALE -- Breakdown of a sloppy match: Excuse Glendale High girls' water polo co-Coach Alfred Tamazyan if he would rather forget Tuesday's 7-4 nonleague win against Pasadena Poly. The victory kept the Nitros undefeated on the season at 3-0, but Glendale didn't even come close to resembling a squad that had dismantled Flintridge Prep, 20-4, a day earlier.
November 6, 2002
Hamlet Nalbandyan Editor's Note: The following are odds and ends from the ninth meeting of the year from the Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, which meets at noon Tuesdays at the Elk's Club. GLENDALE -- Speaking the truth: After Friday's 42-14 loss to Arcadia, Hoover High football Coach Rob Swartz finally said what many around the local football scene have been thinking for years. "People always ask me, 'What's it going to take to turn around the Hoover football program?
October 10, 2002
Hamlet Nalbandyan Odds and ends from the past week in the local boys' water polo scene. A wake-up call: "If our guys had swam during the swim season and practiced all throughout the summer, imagine just how much better they would be," said Glendale boys' water polo Coach Pat Lancaster after Tuesday's 12-9 loss to visiting Arcadia, which effectively took Glendale out of the running for the Pacific League title....
October 1, 2002
From Staff Reports Odds and ends from the local high school football scene: Passing grade: The La Canada High football team's defense didn't see much passing during Thursday's 35-6 nonleague win against San Gabriel Gabrielino. Will that hamper the Spartans, who will next host pass-happy Crescenta Valley at 7 p.m. Friday? Gabrielino attempted 12 passes, barely enough to help the Spartans (2-1) prepare for the Falcons. By comparison, the Falcons (0-3)
May 21, 2002
Mirjam Swanson GLENDALE -- Odds and ends from the local high school softball scene: There's always next year: It was a somber scene such as only sports can produce. Friday's 2-0 loss to Westlake in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division II softball playoffs left the members of the Crescenta Valley High team reeling. With the defeat, the Falcons, who finished 25-4, said goodbye to seven seniors, several of whom agreed that this particular season was their favorite.
May 20, 2002
SLEEPING OLYMPIAN Four-time Olympic gold medal winner John Naber had a hard time getting out of bed at 5:30 a.m. to be the keynote speaker at a recent Community Prayer Breakfast in La Canada Flintridge. "I reached over to push the alarm and my wife said to me, 'It's time to awaken the Olympian within,"' he said. LIKE KIDS PLAYING DRESS-UP A News-Press photographer and a reporter tagged along with Glendale firefighters recently, clad in turnouts, boots and helmets.
May 15, 2002
Mirjam Swanson GLENDALE -- Odds and ends from the local high school softball scene: Rebel rematch: This should be interesting. Flintridge Prep lost its first game this season, way back on March 4, to its first opponent of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs, Sierra Madre Maranatha. And it was a convincing 13-1 loss. Oh, but so much has changed for the Rebels, who now stand 10-10 and host today's wild-card game only because they lost the coin flip after tying for second place in the Prep League with Mayfield.
March 29, 2002
Mirjam Swanson GLENDALE -- o7 Odds and ends from the local high school boys' tennis scenef7 : Near-perfect addition: There were rumors and whispers and -- OK, actually, the members of the Hoover High boys' tennis team began boasting the moment they first glimpsed the player who would be their biggest addition hitting on the school's courts last summer. At the time, they weren't sure, or couldn't agree, on what the guy's name was, but they knew he had just moved to Hoover's district from South Korea and, more importantly, that he had game.
March 12, 2002
Edgar Melik-Stepanyan GLENDLAE -- Odds and ends from the local high school softball scene: On top of her game: Just how dominating was La Canada High softball pitcher Kelly Kalish during Thursday's nonleague scoreless game against Village Christian? The senior threw 129 pitches, 109 of which were strikes. She went to a three-ball count only once and exceeded more than 10 pitches in an inning just five times. Battling a viral infection, Kalish retired 10 in a row from the end of the seventh to the end of the 10th inning.
October 5, 2001
Mirjam Swanson GLENDALE -- o7 Odds and ends from the local girls' tennisscene.f7 Diff'rent strokes for different folks: There are exceptions, to be certain. But, locally, the most popular way of racking up set pointsis the make-her-make-the-mistake philosophy, which is why defensive, steady, long-winded rallies are so common around here. Hoover High's Amy Weber, for example, is one of best in the area at consistently getting the ball back across the net again, and again, and again and ... until her opponent misses.