February 4, 2012 |
PASADENA - For the fourth straight year, the Pasadena Poly girls' basketball team is champion of the Prep League and it wasn't even close. The host Panthers didn't need an advantage, but received one in the form of visiting short-handed Chadwick, whom Poly dispatched, 66-19, in league play Saturday afternoon. The win sealed the league crown for Poly (19-4 overall, 10-0 in league), which is three games ahead of runner-up Chadwick (18-8, 7-3) with two games remaining. “They were missing two starters, which obviously made a big difference in the outcome,” Poly Coach Kim Weber said.
November 13, 2012 |
PALOS VERDES PENINSULA -- The Pasadena Poly girls' volleyball team couldn't stop Chadwick in the CIF Southern Section Division 3-AA finals in each of the past two years. The Panthers couldn't contain the Dolphins in two Prep League sweeps this season. And they couldn't solve their nemesis on Tuesday night, either. For the third consecutive season, the Dolphins ended the Panthers' season. This time, Pasadena Poly's season came to an end in the Division 2-A semifinals, and it happened in front of Chadwick's home crowd.
February 18, 2012 |
YORBA LINDA - The Pasadena Poly girls' water polo team's magical season will at least include one more chapter. That's because the visiting No. 3-seeded Panthers stood behind the fierce goalkeeping of seasoned playoff veteran Mimi Morrish and an opportunistic offense in defeating Empire League runner-up Yorba Linda, 7-5, in Saturday afternoon's CIF Southern Section Division VI quarterfinals. The victory sends the Prep League champions to the program's first-ever divisional semifinal Wednesday at Fullerton College at 4 p.m. against No. 2-seeded Ocean League champ El Segundo (24-6)
December 7, 2012 |
Certain bonuses are attached to winning a Prep League title and a CIF Southern Section championship. One such extra came at league awards time for the Pasadena Poly boys' water team. The Division V champion Panthers garnered seven accolades on the Prep League list, the most of any team, including that of the league's most valuable player, which was awarded to junior utility player Spencer Rogers. “This is really a huge honor and I couldn't have done it without [Coach] Ryan [Katsuyama]
February 16, 2013 |
CULVER CITY - En route to romping toward a second straight Prep League championship, the Pasadena Poly girls' water polo team ran into few obstacles, especially once the nonleague season was over. Yet, there was no denying the unsurmountable hurdle that came in the form of Culver City on Saturday. Despite possessing a better record than the second-seeded Panthers, the Centaurs were seeded seventh and proved that their playoff position was definitely an error after toppling Poly, 10-8, in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs.
September 22, 2012 |
While the Pasadena Poly football team's season was already short, given its nine-game schedule, on Friday afternoon the Panthers found out that that they had one less game to prepare for. The Panthers' next regularly-scheduled nonleague football game, scheduled for home at 2 p.m. on Saturday versus Villanova Prep, was canceled, confirmed Poly's athletic department. The athletic department, in fact, lists the game as a forfeit victory for the Panthers, who are next scheduled to host Bellarmine-Jefferson High at South Pasadena on Sept.
March 19, 2013 |
Perhaps the Pasadena Poly boys' soccer team didn't have the strongest season in 2012-2013. Yet, what the Panthers can boast something no other squad in the city can claim - exclusivity - as junior striker Ali Kamal was the lone local name present on the All-CIF Southern Section boys' soccer list released Monday afternoon. Kamal is making his second straight appearance on the Division VI list after earning a third-team nod last season. This year, Kamal led the Prep League third-place Panthers (9-9-5)
November 6, 2012 |
PASADENA - Whether experienced or green, there's a certain truth in regards to the Pasadena Poly girls' volleyball team and the CIF Southern Section playoffs. When the Panthers reach the postseason, they generally stay awhile. That held true in Tuesday evening's CIF Southern Section Division II-A first-round playoff match, as visiting Poly overcame a shaky start and rallied to defeat Maranatha, 17-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-18. The victory marks the fifth consecutive year the Prep League third-place Panthers (14-8)
June 29, 2013 |
When Pasadena Poly's Brendan McGrail was informed that he was indeed the dean, or most senior of Pasadena-area football coaches, the nine-year veteran was somewhat shocked. McGrail took over the Panthers in 2004, a young man in an area full of stalwarts, such as South Pasadena's Ed Smith (30 seasons). An already young corps of local football coaches turned a shade greener when McGrail announced that he resigned as Poly's football coach and is heading back east at the end of next week.
October 27, 2012 |
PASADENA - Scoring on five of its first six possessions, the Pasadena Poly football team created enough distance versus visiting Chadwick School to cruise to a 42-20 Prep League victory Saturday afternoon at Babcock Field. With the triumph, the Panthers improved to 6-2 overall and 2-1 within league and have an opportunity to split the Prep League title three ways next week when they travel to defending CIF Southern Section Northeast Division champion Rio Hondo Prep. “This was an important league game,” Poly Coach Brendan McGrail said.