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Maranatha Cheer Tryouts
7/11/2014

Tryouts for JV spots on Maranatha’s Cheer Squad are being held during the month of July. This tryout is open to all MHS students, including incoming freshmen and transfer students. To arrange for a tryout contact Jennifer Magnone. Tryouts are usually held in the morning. Maranatha’s Cheer Squad supports MHS athletic teams through their use of skills, attitude, and encouragement.


Maranatha Welcomes New Girls' Volleyball Coach
6/18/2014

Maranatha High School is thrilled to welcome winning Coach Eli Cuenca as the Head Coach of our Girls’ Volleyball program. Coach Cuenca has been coaching volleyball for 15 years with experience at the collegiate, high school (both public and private), and club circuit levels. He most recently coached at Redlands East Valley High School, where in his 3 seasons, he led the Wildcats Girls’ Volleyball program to back to back Citrus Belt League Championships in 2013 and 2014.
Coach Cuenca studied Emergency Medical Care and earned his Bachelor of Science in 2005. He continued his education with United States Sports Academy and in 2008 graduated with a Master of Sports Management.
Coach Cuenca is excited to be moving to this area and joining the Maranatha High School coaching staff. He says “Coaching and mentoring student-athletes is a blessing. I am blessed and privileged to have the opportunity of teaching young athletes this wonderful game.”  Coach Cuenca is inspired by Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion”. Please join us in welcoming Coach Cuenca when you see him around campus.


Athletic Scoreboard: Spring Recap
5/20/2014

Congratulations are in order for the Maranatha Spring sports who finished the regular season having won five of the nine league championships.  League champions include boys’ golf, boys’ tennis, boys’ track, girls’ swim/dive, and boys’ swim/dive.  Both boys’ and girls’ swim have won League in the past five straight opportunities dating back to the 2009 and 2010 seasons when they competed in the Valle Vista League.  For boys’ golf this is the 2nd  time in our schools’ history, and for boys’ tennis the championship is the 3rd in school history with the last two coming in back-to-back years, 2013 and 2014.  For boys’ track this is the 7th straight year they have won a league championship.  Eight of nine Spring programs made the playoffs this year with track, boys’ golf, and swim qualifying for the CIF Finals.  Boys’ tennis plays today in the CIF Quarterfinals, and both softball and baseball begin their playoff campaigns this week.

Click HERE to view the Sping Standings. Click HERE to view the Final Standings.


New Girls’ Basketball Coach Announced
5/13/2014

By: Brian DeHaan, Athletic Director


It is with great excitement that Maranatha High School announces the promotion of Beverly Powell as our new Head Girls’ Basketball Coach.  Coach Bev came to Maranatha as an established high school and collegiate coach.  Her value to the program has been immeasurable and we are thrilled that she has accepted the responsibility of leading our young ladies both on and off the court.  For those of you who only know Coach Bev in her prior role as an Assistant Coach here at Maranatha a summary of her achievements are below. 

Coach Bev has twenty-six years of coaching experience with highly competitive basketball teams for quality women’s high school and intercollegiate athletic programs. She holds a successful track record for graduating student-athletes for high school (100%) and college (87%). Read more HERE.


Athletic Scoreboard
5/6/2014

The Maranatha Minutemen had a busy week playing in 25 games and finishing the period with a 14-11 record. The week was highlighted by Boys’ Golf clinching the school’s 2nd League Championship (the other championship was won in 2008) and the Boys’ Tennis team completing Olympic League play undefeated to clinch back to back league titles (see related story). The Boys’ Tennis team is ranked 2nd in the latest CIF-SS Coaches Poll which will earn them a top seed going into next week’s playoffs.  Boys’ Varsity Track lost to Valley Christian by one point in the league dual meet, but can still win a league championship by beating them in this week’s Olympic League finals. Read more HERE.


Boys’ Tennis Team Makes History!

5/6/2014

The Boys’ Tennis team just completed their regular season, setting MHS records and making Olympic League history! The team finished with a modern era school record 14 wins, winning percentage of 82.4%, with a 14-3 record. They also went undefeated in the Olympic League (9-0), which is a first in MHS Boys’ Tennis history and, we believe, in Olympic League history.

The Boys’ Tennis team is also celebrating a back-to-back league championship, the first in MHS and Olympic League history!  As they look to the league tournament this week and then CIF the following week, the Boys’ Tennis team is the highest ranked (ranked #2) they have ever been in CIF Div 5. Congratulations!


Athletic Scoreboard
4/30/2014

by: Brian DeHaan, Athletic Director

What an exciting year we have had in Maranatha athletics!  The Olympic League Torch awards the most outstanding athletic program (taking all levels into account) and in the first three years we have finished 2nd, 3rd, and again 2nd last year (Valley Christian has won the first 3).  Coming into this year the Athletic Department set competition goals that 50% of our teams would win the Olympic League and that we would win the Torch.  We are in a strong position and with the efforts that our coaches, athletes, and fans are making I believe that we can achieve these goals. We need your support and hope to see you at the games in these final few weeks of the regular season.  Please take a minute to encourage our athletes and coaches who are making this a year to remember.  Let’s have a big week and meet our goals with the spring sports bringing it home.  Go Minutemen!

We have 18 varsity sports and the following have either won league or are in position to win it this spring.  If 9 win league and the below finishes come to fruition, we win the Torch and we have met our competition goals for Olympic League play:

  1. Football
  2. Girls' Tennis
  3. Girls' Basketball
  4. Boys' Swim/Dive (clinched)
  5. Girls' Swim/Dive (clinched)
  6. Boys' Tennis (clinched) - currently ranked 6th in CIF
  7. Boys' Golf (currently in 1st place, beat Village tomorrow and clinch at least a share…beat WC in final match win it outright)
  8. Baseball (currently tied for 1st place, play 2 this week with team they are tied with)  - currently ranked 5th in CIF
  9. Softball (currently only played 2 league games, could emerge this week in 1st place playing Valley and WC)
  10. Boys' Track (currently tied for 1st with all important Valley meet this Thursday, with win clinch at least a share and win regular season)
  11. Girls' Track (currently tied for 1st with all important Valley meet this Thursday, with win clinch at least a share and win regular season)

National Football Foundation Scholar-athlete Awards
4/1/2014

Congratulations to senior Darron McWhorter who earned a $1000 scholarship from the National Football Foundation San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier Chapter at their annual banquet honoring scholar-athletes. 43 scholar-athletes were honored for maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA in college preparatory classes, and demonstrating outstanding citizenship, leadership and community service. Darron was chosen following the nomination from MHS with approval of both his counselor and principal. Fox Sports analyst and former USC football player, Petros Papadakis, was the keynote speaker at the banquet, focusing his remarks on preparing athletes for life after sports.


Elardi Excels at Equestrian Jumping
4/1/2014

Congratulations to Alex Elardi who recently placed 1st in “The Hits Desert Circuit” national and international A-Circuit Jumpers Equestrian Division. This competition was the kick start to the season, welcoming over 3000 competitors from all over the nation, including Canada and Mexico. Alex placed 1st in the 16-17 age group out of 50 riders. She also placed 3rd in the “level 4” combined professional and amateur division out of over 70 riders. Alex is well on her way to collecting enough points to qualify for the big class at the end of the year.

Alex comes from a riding family and has been riding since she was three years old. She rides a Dutch Warmblood named Topaz out of the Bellaventage Stables in Bradbury. Alex loves the adrenaline rush of jumping and the sense of relationship with her horse. She belie

ves she is able to reflect God’s glory by investing in the talent He has given her. She also senses the majesty of God’s creation in time spent with these beautiful creatures.


Athletic Scoreboard
4/1/2014

Spring sports have started with a bang.  Baseball is tied for 1st in league. Boys’ Tennis and Softball both excel in non-league play. Boys’ Volleyball has a win under their belt. The golf program shaved 33 strokes of their match last year vs. Valley Christian and opened league play last Tuesday by beating them 203-218.  The swim program swept the competition in the first Olympic League meet and won three of four levels on Monday over rival La Salle. Track continues to post remarkable times and they will travel to the world renowned Pasadena Games this weekend to test their metal against some of the state’s best.

Click HERE for a few links from the past week as these are exciting times in Maranatha athletics.


Athletic Scoreboard
3/26/2014

Minutemen finished last week with a record of 5-6-1 with close battles and lopsided finishes on both sides. Softball was the highlight of the week and outscored varsity opponents by a total of 43-2 while baseball remained undefeated, opening league play with a resounding 10-1 victory over Valley Christian. As league approaches for the other Spring sports the Minutemen are well prepared and positioned to battle their ways to championships. Below you will find the most up-to-date Olympic League standings.  GO MINUTEMEN!

CURRENT OLYMPIC LEAGUE STANDINGS (click links to open):  Baseball, Boys' Tennis, Boys' Volleyball, Softball .  Read more HERE.


Athletic Scoreboard
3/18/2014

After a slow start to the week the Minutemen rebounded to finish with an 8-6-1 record.  The varsity baseball program remained undefeated improving their record to 5-0-1 while the varsity softball program, or the “Cardiac Kids,” pulled off another magical victory to beat Arcadia in the bottom of the 7th inning. Read more HERE.


Athletic Scoreboard
3/14/2014

The first full week of spring sports is in the book and the Minutemen went 8-6-2 last week. The first week was highlighted by a huge Girls’ Varsity Swim win over CIF power Viewpoint, and an undefeated 3-0-1 start by Varsity Baseball. Softball also started the season hot, winning their first three games before succumbing to an incredible seasoned Etiwanda team on Saturday. Read more HERE.


Athletic Director to Receive Award
3/6/2014

Maranatha’s Athletic Director, Brian DeHaan, will be honored as the Norm MacKenzie Athletic Director of the Year at the California State Athletic Director Association (CSADA) Conference in April. The award letter states, “Your peers have recognized you for the work and dedication that you have given to your school, community, and section.”  Brian was nominated by the CIF-Southern Section as their representative at the State level. This is Mr. DeHaan’s 7th year of service as Athletic Director at Maranatha High School and the CIF-Southern Section, but the first under the CSADA umbrella. Brian has been honored in the past as the 2009 and 2010 Pasadena Star News Baseball Coach of the Year, 2010 CIF Division 5 Baseball Coach of the Year, as well as the 2005 Azusa High School Coach of the Year, where his passion for impacting the development of young people through athletics got started.

Dr. Purghart explains, “We are so proud of Brian's work as Maranatha's Athletic Director over the years. He has elevated the Athletic Program in terms of skill development, professional ethics, mentorship, athleticism, coaching staff, and overall league standing, all in a committed Christ-revering context. Each year the growth of the program is evident under his leadership, and it is wonderful that he has been recognized for his efforts, dedication and overall leadership. Brian is truly deserving of this award, and I am privileged to call him my colleague.”


Athletic Scoreboard
2/27/2014

It’s playoff time where a loss means the season is over, but the Minutemen went 4-2 last week meaning two of four Winter teams are still alive. The Girls’ sports are leading the way with the basketball program winning two games last week to advance to this Wednesday’s quarterfinal match up at Cantwell Sacred Heart with the tip off set for 7:00 p.m.  The Girls’ Soccer Team also won their lone playoff game defeating Lompoc by a score of 3-0. Soccer returns to action when they host the CIF-SS Division 5 number one seed in La Quinta this Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Boys’ Basketball suffered a heart-breaking overtime loss to Harvard Westlake on Fridaynight after winning their first round matchup over San Marino on Wednesday. For the Boys’ Soccer Team, a slow start in the first round was too much to overcome as they were defeated by Webb on Thursday afternoon. Both programs have a wealth of talent returning next year and look to build upon the successes of the 2013-14 season. Read more HERE.


Athletic Scoreboard
2/19/2014

We are officially now in the 2013-14 winter season playoffs! The winter season was capped off on Thursday night with all four varsity sports earning spots in the CIF-SS playoffs and Girls’ Basketball winning an outright league championship. Girls’ Basketball earned the #5 seed and Boys’ Basketball earned the #9 seed.  Both basketball teams will host home playoff games this week with the boys opening on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. when they host San Marino. The girls will follow on Thursday night when they host the Academy of Academic Excellence at 7:00 p.m. and on the same day the boys’ soccer program will travel to La Verne where they will play Webb at 3:00 p.m.  On Friday, Girls’ Soccer opens playoff play when they host Lompoc at 3:00 p.m. We hope to see everyone out to support our teams after an incredible regular season of basketball and soccer. Attached you will find the full playoff brackets for our winter sports.  Please be aware that all fans must pay for the basketball playoffs ($8 adults, $5 students/children), but our hope is that the CIF charge will not hinder attendance. 

Click HERE for the PDF for final Olympic League standings where you will notice that the winter sports won the seasonal Torch by .375 points. In the overall standings of the Torch your Minutemen trail Valley Christian by 1.125 points, so the spring season should prove to provide an exciting conclusion in the effort to identify the Olympic League’s most outstanding athletic program. Go Minutemen!

Click HERE to see CIF draw brackets.  On the CIF SS website, use the top yellow navigation bar to go to SPORTS, then select your sport, and finally "Playoff Brackets" to download a copy of that sport's playoff schedule.  Please note each download contains information for multiple divisions; scroll to the bottom of the document to find the correct tab (division).  Maranatha's divisions are:

  • BOYS’ BASKETBALL (Division 4AA)
  • GIRLS’ BASKETBALL (Division 4A)
  • BOYS’ SOCCER (Division 6)
  • GIRLS’ SOCCER (Division 5)

Athletic Scoreboard
2/11/2014

The Maranatha Minutemen continue to dominate Olympic League play going 8-2 last week with the varsity sports sweeping the competition, 4-0.  Heading into the final week of League play, the Girls’ Basketball team has already clinched the Olympic League championship, boys’ and girls’ soccer are in first place, and boys’ basketball is one game out of 1st place with a chance to avenge their only loss to Village Christian this Tuesday.   Click HERE to view the results. The Athletic Department will be honoring seniors this week in both basketball programs and the girls’ soccer program on Tuesday and in boys’ soccer this Thursday.  Let’s show up in force to honor our seniors in their final regular season home game as Minutemen!


Athletic Scoreboard
2/4/2014

As the Minutemen near the finish line of Olympic League play, all four winter sports are either in 1st place or within a game of bringing home the title. Last week the Minutemen combined for a record of 10-5-2 with the varsity level going 7-1-1 to establish themselves at the top of the Olympic League. Click HERE to view the results. Maranatha returns to action this Tuesday when Whittier Christian travels to campus to take on the Minutemen. As the CIF playoffs approach, the Maranatha Minutemen are peaking at the right time.


Athletic Scoreboard
1/30/2014

The Minutemen continued their hot streak by once again coming away with a winning record, going 8-4-1, last week in winter sport competition.  The week was highlighted on Tuesday where the Minutemen took on Olympic League rival Village Christian. Maranatha went 5-1 on that day which firmly established the Minutemen in the driver’s seat for Olympic League Championships. Going into the third week of league competition, 3 of 4 winter sports are in 1st place. Go Minutemen! Click HERE to view the results.


Athletic Scoreboard
1/22/2014

The Maranatha Minutemen started winter Olympic League play with varsity sweeps over Whittier Christian and Valley Christian. The Minutemen combined for a record of 9-4-2 with three soccer games against Valley Christian rescheduled due to the Colby Fire.  Click HERE to view the results.


MHS Football Players Make History
1/22/2014

We are pleased to announce that junior Eli Snyder and Caleb Devine, and senior Matt Hall earned 1st Team All-CIF in the Northwest Division. This is the first time Maranatha football players have earned All-CIF honors in the Northwest Division!  Click HERE for the All-CIF listings.

The Pasadena Star-News also recognized several Maranatha players with All San Gabriel Valley mention.  Eli Snyder, Xavius Boone, and Dexter Meyers were named All-Area First Team.  Darron McWhorter and Tanner Richter were named All-Area Second Team.  And Baile McDavid and Matt Hall received Honorable Mention.  Click HERE for the Star News article. Read more HERE.


Athletic Scoreboard
1/14/2014

The Maranatha Minutemen had a week highlighted by a 20 point win in boys’ basketball over rival La Salle High School.  The winter sports have endured and grown through an incredibly tough preseason schedule.  Click HERE to view the results.

This week marks the open of Olympic League play with all programs taking on Whittier Christian on Tuesday and Valley Christian on Friday.  The championship runs begin now and the quality tests will be sure to have an impact both on league and CIF play.


Girls’ Basketball Travels to Hawaii Over Break

1/7/2014

By: Kris Dreyer, Girls’ Basketball Coach



The Lady Minutemen had the opportunity to play in the World Youth Basketball Tournament held in Hawaii from December 26 through January 1st. The Lady Minutemen were able to bring home the first place trophy with a 3-1 winning record. Victoria Chang, Kei Lani Ando, and Channon Fluker led the way averaging 10 or more points in all four games and Channon Fluker averaging 16 rebounds per game.

The Lady Minutemen followed up their tournament success with another win back home in Pasadena against Westridge on January 3rd. Jet lagged and all, the Lady Minutemen won easily with a score of 48 to 30. Channon Fluker had 10 points and 14 boards, Hope Peron had 12 points and 5 assists, and Noelle Oki and Kei Lani Ando knocked down 10 points each.

Tomorrow, January 7th, the Lady Minutemen travel to St. Mary’s of Los Angeles for a Division 4A challenge. The Lady Minutemen hope to push their record to 11-5 while beating a Division rival at the same time. They are currently ranked #6 in the CIF coaches’ poll.

A few players to watch for:


  • Channon Fluker averaging 20.5 points and 15 rebounds per game.
  • Kei Lani Ando averaging 3 three-point shots and 6 assists per game
  • Noelle Oki averaging 10 points and 8 rebounds
 per game
  • Hope Peron averaging 12 points and 4 assists
 per game 
  • Aisha Dorsey averaging 8 points per game

Athletic Scoreboard
1/7/2014

The Maranatha Minutemen were busy at work over Christmas Break playing 48 games over the two week timeframe.  Teams traveled thousands of miles seeking the best competition and team building opportunities.  Overnight trips included San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Palm Springs, and Hawaii.  Click HERE to view the results.

With the always competitive Olympic League approaching, the Minutemen have bonded and are prepared for championship runs.  To follow all of the action with up to the minute updates, be sure to follow via Twitter @maranathasports


Athletic Department Leadership Attends National Conference
12/19/2013

From Saturday, December 14 through Tuesday, December 17, our Athletic Director, Brian DeHaan and Assistant Athletic Director, Eddie Arnett have been a part of the 44th annual NIAA (National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) Conference. They have been immersed in professional development that they are excited to bring back to Maranatha.

Mr. DeHaan saw great value in having both he and Mr. Arnett attend the conference to “double our learning and networking opportunities.” One of the main goals going into the conference was to network on behalf of Maranatha and to learn new ways of doing things that they could incorporate back here at MHS. They have certainly had the chance to do that as they have already met athletic administrators from all over the world including China and the Philippines and from all over the nation including Indiana, Mississippi and Connecticut. 

Brian and Eddie are taking advantage of the numerous courses and workshops offered. They have taken four-hour courses on “Standards of Excellence in Interscholastic Athletic Programs”, “Dealing with Challenging People”, “Community Centered Educational Athletics: Character-Based Approach to Identifying and Unifying the Whole Team, and Stress Management Methods Techniques and Systems.  Workshops they have attended include: “What’s Next in Social Media”, “Is Your Athletic Director Evaluation Instrument Effective?”, “Strategies for Educating and Communicating with Parents”, “Event Management Planning and Prep”, “Molding Coaches into Leaders”, “Assessments by Coaches/Students/Parents/Administrators”, “Balancing Personal and Professional Life of Athletic Administrators”, “Curbing Sports Specialization", “Current and Future Challenges for the Athletic Administrator”, “Communication with your Non-Faculty Coaches”, and “Positive Utilization of Social Networking.”

“So far, a lot of our experience at the conference,” says Brian DeHaan, “has been an affirmation of the quality of our Athletic Program at MHS and what we currently do, while at the same time, learning from other Athletic Administrators on best practices that Maranatha could incorporate to enhance our programs.” DeHaan continued, “It is our desire to always improve and professionally develop so we can come back and empower our staff, coaches, parents, and athletes to further advance our program.” In April they will also attend the California Athletic Director’s Association Meeting in San Diego.


Upcoming Alumni Athletic Events
12/19/2013

Maranatha is excited to host a number of alumni athletic events during Christmas break!

SWIM: The Alumni Swim Lunch and Hang Out will take place on Monday, December 30 at the MHS pool. Past and present swim team members are invited to meet at 12:30 p.m. for lunch, games, and relays. If you have questions, please contact swim coach Joe Zambrano at j_zambrano@mhs-hs.org. 



CROSS COUNTRY: The annual Rose Parade Route Run will take place on Tuesday, December 31. Runners will meet in the MHS Student Center parking lot at 5:30 p.m., and anyone is welcome to join them. Questions can be addressed to Brian Sacripanti '11 at briansoccerpants@sbcglobal.net.

SOCCER: We are still ironing out the details for the Alumni Soccer Game which will take place after Christmas. Those interested in playing or watching the game can contact Eddie Arnett '96 at e_arnett@mhs-hs.org. For those on Facebook, please be on the lookout for the upcoming 
event page next week.



We look forward to seeing our alumni on campus soon! If you capture fun pictures at the events, please send them our way: alumni@mhs-hs.org!


Athletic Scoreboard
12/11/2013

What a week we had in the Athletic Department last week!  Overall the winter season Minutemen went 14-11-1 and we hosted 28 Varsity basketball games on campus during the six day Rose City Roundball Classic.  It is definitely tournament season as our programs competed in the following tournaments last week:

  • Maranatha High School Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament
  • Wilson High School Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament
  • Duarte High School Varsity Girls Soccer Tournament
  • Monrovia High School Varsity Boys Soccer Tournament
  • Burroughs High School Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament
  • Muir High School Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament

Date

Opponent/Title

Sport

Level

Match Type

W/L/T

Our Score

Vs. Score

12-02-13  

Marshall-Duarte Tournament

Soccer, Girls

Varsity

Head-to-Head

L

1

2

12-02-13 

Westridge

Soccer, Girls

Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

3

0

12-02-13  

Hart-Burroughs JV Tournament

Basketball, Girls Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

L 35 37

12-03-13 

La Canada-Duarte Tournament

Soccer, Girls Varsity

Head-to-Head

T 2 2

12-03-13 

Pasadena

Basketball, Boys Frosh/Soph

Head-to-Head

W 49 45

12-03-13  

South Pasadena - Muir Tournament

Basketball, Boys Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

L 30 69

12-03-13  

San Bernardino - Rose City Roundball Classic

Basketball, Boys Varsity

Head-to-Head

L 67 75

12-03-13  

Western Christian

Soccer, Boys Varsity

Head-to-Head

L 0 2

12-03-13 

Immaculate Heart-Burroughs JV Tournament

Basketball, Girls

Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

57

8

12-04-13 

Flintridge Sacred Heart-Burroughs JV Tournament Basketball, Girls Junior Varsity Head-to-Head W 51

29

12-05-13  

Etiwanda-Duarte Tournament Soccer, Girls Varsity Head-to-Head L 0

2

12-05-13  

Ontario Christian Soccer, Girls Junior Varsity Head-to-Head L 0

2

12-05-13 

Blair-Muir Tournament Basketball, Boys Junior Varsity Head-to-Head W 61

56

12-05-13 

Jordan-Rose City Roundball Class Basketball, Boys  Varsity Head-to-Head  W 68

59

12-05-13 

San Marino High School Basketball, Girls  Junior Varsity Head-to-Head W 43

20

12-05-13 

San Marino Basketball, Girls  Varsity  Head-to-Head W 45

30

12-06-13  

Wilson/Long Beach-Muir Tournament Basketball, Boys  Junior Varsity Head-to-Head L 25

58

12-06-13 

Renaissanace Academy -Rose City Roundball Class Basketball, Boys  Varsity  Head-to-Head W 57

46

12-06-13 

St.Paul - Monrovia Tounament Soccer, Boys Varsity  Head-to-Head W 3

1

12-06-13 

San Marino  Soccer, Boys Junior Varsity Head-to-Head W 3

0

12-07-13 

Alverno-Duarte Tournament Soccer, Girls  Varsity  Head-to-Head W 7

2

12-07-13  3

Canyon/Canyon Country - Muir Tournament Basketball, Boys  Junior Varsity Head-to-Head L 38

53

12-07-13  

Los Osos - Rose City Roundball Classic Basketball, Boys  Varsity  Head-to-Head L 36

56

12-07-13  

Bishop Amat - Monrovia Tournament Soccer, Boys Varsity  Head-to-Head  L 0

2

12-07-13 

Sauga - Burroughs JV Tournament Basketball, Girls Junior Varsity Head-to-Head W 38

27

12-07-13 

Hesperia -Monrovia Tournament Soccer, Boys Varsity Head-to-Head W 3

2

 


Athletic Update
12/4/2013

Can you smell the roses? The Maranatha Athletic Department is excited to welcome the Southland’s best basketball programs to the 10th Annual Rose City Round Ball Classic. With action starting today and continuing through Saturday, we hope you will join us as we tip off the winter season with one of the best basketball tournaments of the year. For more information, click HERE.  

 


Athletic Scoreboard
11/20/2013

As the fall season comes to an end we have much to celebrate at Maranatha.  Football and Girls’ Tennis won Olympic League championships and all five fall sports qualified for post-season play.  While names will not be published until banquet season Maranatha had 4 Olympic League MVP’s and 25 All-League selections.  One of the Athletic Department’s goals this year is to win the Olympic League Torch which has been won by league rival Valley Christian in the first three years.  At the conclusion of the fall season the Maranatha Fall sports hands the Torch off to the winter sports of basketball and soccer just 1.5 points behind the leader.

Click HERE to view the Fall finishes and current Olympic League Torch standings.

To read more about last Friday night's Varsity Football first round CIF battle against Duarte, check out junior Joe Laski's MHS Sports blog HERE

 

 

Athletic Scoreboard
11/14/2013

The Maranatha Minutemen concluded the fall regular season last Friday when our Varsity Football team beat Valley Christian 31-28 to secure the Olympic League Championship!  The Minutemen went 5-3 on the week which was capped off on Saturday night with a highlight CIF-SS Girls' Volleyball wildcard playoff victory over Xavier Prep in Palm Desert.  The Girls’ Tennis program won their first CIF-SS playoff match on Tuesday by beating Duarte High School 13-5 before taking on Segerstrom of Orange County where the season ended in a hard fought 10-8 loss.  Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams finished the regular season at Olympic League finals on Thursday where Hannah Rae Finchamp finished in 1st place to earn League MVP.  Helio Higley, in his first year of running, finished 4th overall to earn 1st Team All-League honors.

This week the playoffs start for Football as our Minutemen play host to Duarte High School on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.  Let’s pack this home game for our Football League Champs! The Girls’ Volleyball program travels to the CIF-SS 4th seed Troy High School on Tuesday night for CIF-SS 1st round playoff action. 

Below are the final Olympic League standings.  Go Minutemen!

Date

Opponent/Title

Sport

Level

Match Type

W/L/T

Our Score

Vs. Score

11-05-2013

Whittier Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Varsity

Head-to-Head

L

0

3

11-05-2013

Whittier Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

2

0

11-05-2013

Duarte

Tennis, Girls

Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

13

5

11-05-2013

Whittier Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Frosh/Soph

Head-to-Head

W

2

0

11-06-2013

Segerstrom

Tennis, Girls

Varsity

Head-to-Head

L

8

10

11-08-2013

Valley Christian/Cerritos

Football (11 man)

Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

31

28

11-08-2013

Valley Christian/Cerritos

Football (11 man)

Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

L

8

14

11-09-2013

Xavier Prep - CIF Wildcard Round

Volleyball, Girls

Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

3

1

 

To read more about Friday night's Varsity Football win against Valley Christian, check out junior Joe Laski's MHS Sports blog HERE.

 


Athletic Scoreboard
11/6/2013

As the playoffs approach, the Minutemen had another outstanding week going a combined 7-1.  Football led the way by sweeping Whittier Christian on Friday night by a combined score of 83-44 and volleyball swept Heritage Christian in straight sets on Wednesday night!  Currently both the JV and Frosh Volleyball teams are in first place with one match remaining at Whittier Christian.  The football program is tied for first place with one game left on the regular season schedule.  With the win on Friday night, the football program guaranteed themselves a playoff spot and this week’s marque match-up is on Friday night as the Minutemen travel to Valley Christian.  Friday night football will feature two undefeated JV and Varsity Football teams where the winner will take all.  Both Valley Christian and Maranatha are 3-0 in league play.

Date

Opponent/Title

Sport

Level

Match Type

W/L/T

Our Score

Vs. Score

10-29-2013

Village Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Varsity

Head-to-Head

L

1

3

10-29-2013

Village Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

2

1

10-29-2013

Village Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Frosh/Soph

Head-to-Head

W

2

0

10-30-2013

Heritage Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

3

0

10-30-2013

Heritage Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

2

0

10-30-2013

Heritage Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Frosh/Soph

Head-to-Head

W

2

0

11-01-2013

Whittier Christian

Football (11 man)

Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

34

24

11-01-2013

Whittier Christian

Football (11 man)

Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

49

20

 

To read more about Friday's night's Varsity Football win against Whittier Christian, check out junior Joe Laski's MHS Sports blog HERE.
   
Click HERE to listen to a play-by-play radio broadcast of last Friday's football game recorded live for Whittier Christian by SportsNetUSA.net.

 


Athletic Scoreboard
10/29/2013

Girls' Tennis swept the competition last week and with those wins they completed back-to-back undefeated league seasons to win the Olympic League title.

Date Opponent/Title Sport Level    
W/L/T    
Our Score    
Vs. Score
10/22    
Heritage Christian Tennis, Girls Varsity W 16 2
10/22 Valley Christian/Cerritos   Volleyball, Girls   Varsity L 2 3
10/22 Valley Christian/Cerritos Volleyball, Girls JV L 1 2
10/22 Valley Christian/Cerritos Volleyball, Girls Frosh W 2 0
10/24 Whittier Christian Tennis, Girls Varsity W 13 5

 


Athletics Scoreboard
10/22/2013

The Minutemen went an overall 9-2 last week with football again sweeping the competition.  Between the three levels of Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Frosh the football program has a combined record of 17 wins and 3 losses.  To read more about Saturday's game against Heritage Christian, check out junior Joe Laski's MHS Sports blog HERE.

Below are the most up to date Olympic League standings and scores:

Date

Opponent/Title

Sport

Level

Match Type

W/L/T

Our Score

Vs. Score

10-15-2013

Marymount

Tennis, Girls

Varsity

Head-to-Head

 L

5

13

10-15-2013

Heritage Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

3

1

10-15-2013

Heritage Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

 W

2

0

10-15-2013

Heritage Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Frosh/Soph

Head-to-Head

W

2

0

10-17-2013

Pomona Catholic

Tennis, Girls

Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

14

4

10-17-2013

Whittier Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Varsity

Head-to-Head

L

0

3

10-17-2013

Whittier Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

2

1

10-17-2013

Burroughs/Burbank

Football (11 man)

Frosh/Soph

Head-to-Head

W

43

18

10-17-2013

Whittier Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Frosh/Soph

Head-to-Head

W

2

0

10-19-2013

Heritage Christian

Football (11 man)

Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

38

12

10-19-2013

Heritage Christian

Football (11 man)

Junior Varsity

Head-to-Head

W

34

8

 

Additionally, Maranatha's Head Football Coach, Jude Oliva, and quarterback Eli Snyder '15 had the honor of speaking at last week's Pasadena Quarterbacks' Club luncheon alongside coaches Doug Semones of Occidental College and Ryan Maddox of Monrovia High School.


Athletic Scoreboard
10/15/2013

Our athletic teams went a combined 5-2 last week with girls tennis and football sweeping the competition.  Check out last week’s scoreboard here:

Date

Opponent/Title

Sport

Level

W/L/T

Our Score

Vs. Score

10-08-2013

Whittier Christian

Tennis, Girls

Varsity

W

11

7

10-10-2013

Valley Christian/Cerritos

Tennis, Girls

Varsity

W

14

4

10-10-2013

Village Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Varsity

L

2

3

10-10-2013

Village Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Junior Varsity

W

2

1

10-10-2013

Village Christian

Volleyball, Girls

Frosh/Soph

L

0

2

10-11-2013

Village Christian

Football (11 man)

Varsity

W

48

12

10-11-2013

Village Christian

Football (11 man)

Junior Varsity

W

41

8

 

Football moves into the CIF Northwest Rankings with a bang at #7!


Football Team Lookin’ Sharp
10/15/2013

You may have noticed some new football uniforms over the last two weeks. Maranatha would like to thank Under Armour, Riddell and Warner Bros. for the generous donation and partnership. Through this donation, the Football program received 55 custom chrome helmets, 55 top of the line shoulder pads, and two sets of Under Armour uniforms.  Each varsity player also received a new pair of custom cleats, custom Maranatha gloves, two pairs of custom socks, compression layered gear, and integrated girdles. The Maranatha Athletic Department is grateful to have been selected for this generous gift.


Athletic Update
10/1/2013

By: Brian DeHaan, Athletic Director

It is Homecoming week at Maranatha!

There will be many surprises this week and you do not want to miss out on the action.  On Tuesday, come witness the tennis tandem of Hailey McNall and Lauren Garcia as the Lady Minutemen host Pomona Catholic at Occidental College.  I am personally requesting that we pack the gym on Thursday night as the Maranatha volleyball program plays host to the Valley Christian Crusaders to open Olympic League play.  The Lady Minutemen are 12-6 on the season and Thursday marks the start of the journey to a championship.  Also on Thursday, at 5:30 p.m., the Booster Club will start serving 350 free hot dogs for Fan Appreciation Night and immediately following the varsity volleyball game, ASB will host a Homecoming Pep Rally which will start in the gym before moving out to the amphitheater for a bonfire rally. 

On Friday night we ask everyone to pack the house for Homecoming as we welcome back our alumni and unveil some undercover secret weapons during the football games.  Please commit with me to make this an unforgettable week that will show how much we appreciate the efforts the Maranatha student athletes make on a daily basis.  This is a great opportunity to support so many areas of our school: athletes, ASB, mixed ensemble (who will be singing the national anthem with an alumni choir), the dance team, cheer, drum line, and of course our beloved alumni! Let’s make this week one of unity and Minutemen pride!

FOOTBALL
By: Coach Oliva

The Maranatha football program bounced back with a huge win Friday night versus visiting South El Monte High School. With the win the Minutemen exacted revenge on last year’s 28-14 loss and improved their record to 3-2 on the season, new year, and new attitude: Win-It-Men.  The Minutemen not only returned to the win column but the powerful offense got back on track scoring 42 points.  Friday featured many excited plays and it was an exceptional night on the offensive side of the football as the Minutemen racked up 652 yards of total offense along with 42 points.  Senior running back Baile McDavid had 208 yards rushing to accompany his 2 touchdowns. Through five games McDavid has rushed for 538 yards and the team has totaled 968 rushing yards. Wide receivers Darron McWhorter and Xavius Boone both had over 100 yards receiving and junior signal caller Eli Snyder threw for 322 yards.  

On Defense the Minutemen had stellar performances by a couple of Sophomores in both Brent Kinsman and Dexter Myers.  Kinsman recorded 12 tackles and a key interception while Myers added 7 tackles and an interception that was returned for a game changing touchdown.  Holding down the middle of the defense was the always reliable Matthew Hall who recorded a team high 14 tackles and was the captain the Minutemen defense has come to depend on. 

Note from the Editor: Check out Maranatha's athletic correspondent Joe Laski's sideline reporting on his blog: joelaski.wordpress.com.  Joe, a Maranatha junior, also Tweets live from our games so you never have to miss any of the action.  You call follow him on Twitter by searching @thelaskinator or Maranatha's Twitter feed @MaranathaSports

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL
By: Coach Mark Slater

The Varsity Girls’ Volleyball program had a very productive week, defeating Don Lugo High School in 3 straight sets Tuesday night and winning the Eastside High School tournament in Lancaster Saturday.  On Friday, the girls made the long drive up to the desert to start a two-day tournament and easily won their pool.  Ashley Medina ran her team well delivering sets to big hitters Leilea To'omalatai and Kendall Schmedes who silenced Eastside High School, Trinity High School, and Little Rock High Schools’ team.  The girls were very consistent and played to their highest level. On Saturday during playoffs, the girls got a big boost from Samantha Weiner and Tessa Brandstater who put up consistent blocks to shut down hitters. The girls played Etiwanda High School in the finals of the winner's double elimination bracket, winning the first game easily but battling the second to a 29-27 win being down game point twice.  In the finals the Minutemen were stronger, sailing to a 25-11 and 25-17 victory to take the tournament championship. Shown here is our team capturing the championship!

Junior Varsity also had a tournament this past weekend, traveling to Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga.  The girls continued their high level performance from their Don Lugo High School win and took second in their pool, but lost a tough playoff match against Claremont High School in the first round of the silver division playoffs.  Despite their playoff loss, the girls biggest satisfaction came when they defeated crosstown rival La Salle in 2 sets during pool play.  The clutch player of the tournament was sophomore and JV captain, Stacy Rasmussen.  The Frosh team also enjoyed a win this week against Don Lugo High School, thanks to the offense of their captain, Gillian Hannah, and the defense of libero, Marina Lacanilao. Coach Tim Lewis is seeing their improvements and growth with each new week of the season.

The tough preseason has prepared the girls to take on the challenge of the always competitive Olympic League.  Currently the league boasts three CIF top 10 ranked teams in Whittier Christian who is ranked #1, Valley Christian who is ranked #7, and Village Christian who is ranked #8. 

GIRLS' TENNIS
By: Coach Arthur Hsieh

The Girls’ Tennis program opened Olympic League play at Valley Christian on Tuesday, and began their defense of the League title in strong fashion, defeating the Crusaders, 15-3.  Hailey McNall and Lauren Garcia continued their league singles domination from last season - where they each went 27-0 in league - by sweeping their singles sets.  A high point for the Lady Minutemen was that our new tennis players got their first taste of league play and kept on improving! While losing, Maddie Marona played her best tennis to date against their #1 singles player.  Jackie McGreal started at #3 singles for the first time and did well too, coming close at 3-6, while Montana Yao almost won her match against their #2, losing a close 4-6 battle.  The doubles teams are progressing and picking up experience with each match and they recorded their first full sweep of the season, going 9-0.   The Thursday match against San Gabriel was another experience, as the girls were greeted by over 30 San Gabriel players in their Frosh/Soph, JV, and Varsity teams.  The difference in depth showed and the overall final score was 7-11.

While young, the Lady Minutemen continue to learn and make progress with each outing. This week, the Lady Minutemen host their first home league match on Tuesday and then head to the Burbank Tennis Center versus Heritage Christian on Thursday.

CROSS COUNTRY
By: Coach Brian Wurtz

The Maranatha Cross Country team travelled to Griffith Park and participated in the 40th Annual Bellarmine-Jefferson High School Invitational.

The Freshman/Sophomore boys team had a great day taking third place in the meet. Freshman Joseph Funches was the team’s fastest runner on the day with a time of 17:58 taking 2nd place in his race. Dilan Wijesinghe, Hayden Barz, Elijah Fernandez, and Aaron Trujillo also ran hard races to contribute to the teams’ third place finish. The Ladies team participated in two events, the Varsity and Freshman/Sophomore (F/S) races. Our F/S Team had a good day capturing an overall 3rd place trophy. The rising stars of our team lead by Rosa Llanto and her crew Andrea Chau, Oliva Baer, Allie Raff, Rachel Bostick, Isabela Rivera and Alana Yamada ran a great race.  During this part of the season the Minutemen train for specific races, and our training paid off.  Hannah Rae Finchamp took a short break from her rigorous triathlon training schedule and travelled with the team to run in the varsity race.  She blew away the field of varsity runners and finished 1st with an amazing time of 18:38.  She led the race from wire to wire beating the second place opponent by 1:26 seconds. . The Lady Minutemen plan to take the momentum of this race into our next league meet against Whittier Christian on October 3 at Whittier Christian in Buena Park.


Athletic Update
9/24/2013

In an effort to keep all our families up to speed on all things Minutemen, we are pleased to offer a regular update on all our athletic teams.

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL
Maranatha's volleyball teams had a rough start last week, all suffering a tough loss against visiting Monrovia High School Tuesday night.  The varsity team fought a hard uphill battle, battling back from a 0-2 deficit to force a 5th set, but they were no match against Monrovia's power hitters, losing the 5th set 12-15.  Despite the loss, the Minutemen showed their perseverance and determination, and their athleticism and heart were prevalent throughout the whole game.
 
The varsity team ended on a high note, however, and had a productive weekend at the Valley Christian tournament. The team played well as a whole, maintaining consistency and strength throughout the long day. The team started the day by defeating Bellflower High School and California High School with a combined team effort.  They also topped Downey High School by starting strong and not letting up. The team took 2nd in pool play, dropping a match to power house, Santiago High.  They made it all the way to the quarter finals of the gold division bracket before falling to Aliso Nigel.  Coach Mark Slater is hoping the girls capitalize on their weekend's strong effort and push full steam ahead in their upcoming home match against Don Lugo, as well as their upcoming 2 day tournament in Lancaster this weekend.
 
The Junior Varsity team also had a tournament this past weekend at Ayala High School.  They got second in their pool, falling to Upland High School in 2 close sets, 23-25, 24-26.  They made it to the gold bracket in playoffs, falling to Bishop Amat, which put them in the gold consolation bracket.  They made it all the way to the semi-finals, but fell to Alta Loma, ending the tournament for the Lady Minutemen.  Outstanding players of the tournament were Hannah Cox, for her strong passing and defense, and Meghan Rinner, who really turned up the heat in her hitting arm.
 
Last but not least, the Frosh team traveled to participate in the Gladstone Tournament, and they played outstanding.  They took second in their pool, falling to Bishop Amat in pool play.  They made it all the way to the semi-finals in playoffs, but were unable to defeat Diamond Bar.  Outstanding players of the tournament were setter, Tehya Topalian, libero, Marina Lacanilao, and outstanding offense in serving and defense in blocking from Mikaela Ashworth.
 
The next game for the Lady Minutemen is this Tuesday, September 24, at home, against Don Lugo.
 
CROSS COUNTRY
The Maranatha Cross Country team hosted the first and only home meet of the season on September 19. It was a great day for racing which provided the coaching staff an opportunity to see and evaluate this young team as they raced against league opponents Village Christian and Valley Christian High Schools.

Girls’ Team:
At the start of the year the coaching staff knew this season would be one where each race would test the team's strength of faith and commitment. This race did just that.  Maranatha’s opponent for the race was Village Christian who ran 6 varsity girls and 2 junior varsity girls.  Valley Christian who raced against Village at this meet ran 30 girls, 7 varsity and 22 junior varsity girls.  The coaching staff knew this race would be a true test and fate would reveal it was.  Without 3 of our top varsity runners, the race with Village would have been close. Without those 3, the remaining runners set out to do their best.  Although their best was not good enough to win the race, the ladies came with their "A" game.
 
At the start of the race our 2nd fastest runner, Amanda Shankwiler, went down on a downhill portion of the race. The quick reaction by the Maranatha Athletic Training Team reduced any further injury and enabled our runner the opportunity to be back on her feet sooner than expected. With only two non-league races under their belts, each varsity runner gave 110% and improved on their PR (personal record).  Without Amanda, the varsity squad led by Olivia Baer, a freshman, ran a great race and improved on her race time by 1 minute. Followed by another freshman, Rosa Llanto, improved 3 minutes. Andrea Chau, a sophomore improved 30 seconds. Rachel Bostick, a sophomore transfer improved 1 minute and Allie Raff another freshman improved 30 seconds.

Our Junior Varsity girls’ squad learned a valuable lesson about racing. All first time runners, three runners came in early and were DQ'd. Two runners went down at the start of the race and our lone runner Sierra Trimmer, a junior, finished her first race of the season due to injury.
 
No time to rest, the Minutemen race again on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Griffith Park at The Bellarmine-Jefferson High School Invitational. A 2.94 mile hilly course will prove to be another test for our young team.

Most would say this is a rebuilding year with only 5 returning runners of the entire 18 member squad. We are Minutemen, we will continue to run for God and strive to uphold the long standing  Maranatha cross country tradition of winning.

Boys’ Team:
The boys’ team had a strong performance in the first League Meet of the year. Both the Varsity and the Junior Varsity team beat their opponent, Village Christian. Senior Helio Higley led the team with Freshman Joseph Funches coming in close behind for 2nd and 4th place. The other athletes scoring in the race and contributing to the win were Senior Ryan Shoji with a big personal best time, Sophomore Hayden Barz, and Freshman Lucas Lovejoy who stepped up to the varsity team for the race which was only his second cross country race ever. The top five runners on the Junior Varsity team were led by Freshman Kyle Takata with a time of 20:57 and included freshman Aaron Trujillo, freshman Adam Escobar, sophomore Elijah Fernandez, and sophomore Jacob Maljian.
 
The very young boys’ team has been improving quickly since the beginning of the season and this race was a strong team effort. As the athletes continue to improve fitness and racing mentality, the team expects the strong performances to continue.
 
FOOTBALL
It is often said that character is revealed during times of adversity.  The character of our Minutemen was on full display Friday night against cross town rival La Salle.  Although it was a tough loss, our Minutemen showed a relentless attitude and pronounced character as they never quit. 

The bright spots included senior Tanner Richter showed tremendous leadership throughout the night and played a great game on the defensive side of the ball.  Towards the start of the second half, senior Aiden Yamada had a highlight interception that he returned for 50 yards and put the Minutemen in good field position.  Darron McWhorter had another solid night in which he had 75 yards receiving and once again played gritty defense.  While the outcome was not what our boys wanted, the heart our team displayed was something the Maranatha community should be proud of and will be a foundation for the team moving forward.  The Minutemen look to bounce back as they host the visiting South El Monte Eagles this Friday night.  
 
GIRLS' TENNIS
The Girls’ Tennis team entered the week improving and coming off a big win against Ontario Christian the previous week.  First up was D-1 opponent, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.  To win they would not only have to overcome the opponent, but themselves as well.  The Lady Minutemen had some key people missing the two practices prior to the match, as well as a starter on the day of the match, forcing Coach Hsieh to pair up two players who had never played together before at #3 doubles.
 
This match resembled other close losses earlier in the year whereas #1 and #2 singles, Hailey McNall and Lauren Garcia, swept their matches and gave the team 6 points.  However, with the lack of depth to field a consistent #3 singles, that spot has been filled by a variety of new players who are gaining valuable experience and are battling to earn the team a point.
 
The success of each match essentially hangs on the progress of the doubles teams.  Maranatha’s #1 doubles, Sabrina Hong and Sage Polanco took a good two sets to really get their motor going, as did #2 doubles, Samantha Lin and Natalie Yee.  Both won their final sets after losing their first two sets.  The positive of the day was Samantha and Natalie's surprise win against FSHA's #1 doubles team, who handily won their first two sets against the Lady Minutemen.  Samantha and Natalie played with grit, aggressiveness, and determination which they are working to produce on a consistent basis.
 
The final score was 8-10
 
The biggest match of the season so far was next, against cross town rival La Salle.  The girls were pumped up and looking forward to this match all week, having fond recollections of the thriller last year, which the Lady Minutemen won 10-8 on the last set of the match by the #3 doubles team.
 
On paper, this season's match didn't look too promising, as we came in with a 2-4 record while La Salle was enjoying their finest season in a few years with a 5-2-1 record and victories against teams we previously lost to, including FSHA.  It would be a strong test for Hailey and Lauren, as La Salle boasts a formidable #1, #2, and #3 singles line up. La Salle was led by strong seniors which include the undefeated #1, Claire Fitzgerald and the #2 that gave Hailey her only regular season loss last year.
 
It was a playoff atmosphere, with their coach acknowledging the rivalry and announcing that they are treating this as their league opener.  Every set was intense, filled with lots of pressure. Fans came out from both schools cheering loudly.  This time around, Hailey and Lauren handed Claire her first two losses of the season (6-3 and 6-4), while also beating Chloe (6-1 and 6-1), as well as freshman #3, Abigail Siracusa (6-0 and 6-0), giving MHS 6 singles points. Hailey is now 21-0 this season, while Lauren is 18-3.  Our hopes really hung on Lauren's final match against their #1, Claire, who had beaten Lauren the year before.  After being down 2-5 against Lauren, Claire climbed back to 4-5 and was serving to tie it.  Lauren was able to pull it out amidst all the fanfare.
 
In dramatic fashion, just like last year, it came down to the last match, pitting Maranatha’s #1 doubles, Sabrina Hong and Sage Polanco against La Salle 's #3's Aly Zhang and Ursula Garcia.  And again, The Lady Minutemen came out on top with a 10-8 final score after winning the final set 6-1, clinching back to back last-minute victories over La Salle. Sage and Sabrina won two doubles sets, while the #2's, Natalie Yee/Samantha Lin, and the #3's, Shannon Chan/Belen Retana, each won a set.  The 4 points won by the doubles teams were huge and will build confidence to compete with any opponent they face.  There were some clutch performances coming under extreme, tears-producing duress.  But by God's grace, they came through and continued to show improvement, a growing confidence, and heart.
 
The Girls’ Tennis Team will be on the road for both matches this week, beginning with their league opener versus Valley Christian on Tuesday and Thursday traveling to face a tough, seasoned San Gabriel team.


Athletic Update
9/23/2013

Football
The Maranatha football team suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of visiting Azusa High School.  It was a tough test for the 2013 Minutemen and unfortunately they fell short after a well fought battle.  Azusa scored 33 points and only allowed the high powered Minutemen offense to score 14 points. Although it was a rough outing for the Minutemen, there were certainly some highlights worth noting.   
 
Senior Darron McWhorter had another stellar night on both offense and defense as he had over 100 yards receiving and another touchdown reception. Xavius Boone also had another solid performance as he continually improves his game from week to week.  Junior quarterback Eli Snyder did not have his best game with two costly interceptions, but he still managed to rack up another 200+ passing yards and two touchdowns.  On the defensive side of the football, Jacob Olson displayed his intensity and passion on every snap. Jacob recorded many tackles and showed he has an explosive motor that keeps him going.  In the loss, the story of the night was the Minutemen miscues as they continued to shoot themselves in the foot with costly penalties and turnovers. This loss puts Maranatha at 2-1 in the season with a big game this week.
 
This week Maranatha travels down the road to cross-town rival La Salle High School. In this rivalry week, the Minutemen look to rebound and get back on the winning track. Head Coach Jude Oliva said, “ We hope to see everyone at the game on Friday to support your Maranatha Minutemen, and thank you for your incredible support in our home opener."
 
Cross Country
On Saturday the Maranatha Cross Country Team traveled to Moreno Valley to participate in the Grant Nunnally Invitational. It was a perfect course to see how our runners would respond to a race with hills and a lot was gleaned from the experience.

For the ladies' team, the Minutemen started the day without four of our varsity runners due to illnesses.  They ran one varsity runner in Hannah Rae Finchamp, who ran a perfect race and placed 4th in a field of 59 runners.  The coaching staff made a decision to run the five healthy runners in the JV race.  This decision gave the ladies an opportunity to race against runners in their age group and talent range.  The Maranatha Ladies JV squad place 3rd in the meet, running very well in the heat while running for the first time in the hills.  Oliva Baer led the JV squad placing 7th in a field of 52 runners. Rachel Bostick ran on Oliva's heels and placed 11th, while Rosa Ellanto placed 13th and Alana Yamanda placed 16th.  Angela Oh, who was very ill but still wanted to run, ran 15 seconds faster than her first race last week on a flat course.  The ladies that did not run were still able to make the trip and they continued to show the Maranatha spirit by supporting their teammates.  Although most of the team did not run, the ladies are eager to run in their first league meet on September 19, 2013 at Maranatha.
 
The boys' team showed great improvement at the second meet of the year with the Freshman/Sophomore team coming in second place as a team. Hayden Barz led the team, coming in second place individually with a time of 19:02, and Dilan Wijesinghe finishing in 4th place.  Kyle Takata, Adam Escobar, and Aaron Trujillo also contributed to the team score.  In the Junior Varsity race, Ryan Shoji had a great effort and improved from last week with a time of 20:11. The team is ready to compete at the home Olympic League meet this Thursday which is set to begin at 4:00 p.m.
 
Girls' Tennis
The second week of a rigorous non-league season would test our team and continue to toughen us up as we faced two undefeated teams.  Facing D-2 powerhouse, Westridge, anchored by several tournament-tested players, would give our girls an idea not only of what high caliber team tennis looks like, but also what it feels like.  Our girls were impressed and intimidated just in watching Westridge warm-up, but with settled nerves they managed to compete at a high level.  This was especially good for our young, inexperienced team to face.
 
Our doubles teams were soundly beaten on the score line, but as the match wore on you could see them responding, growing, and most importantly, competing.  Each game was getting increasingly more competitive and the girls improved throughout.  In their last set, our #1 doubles, Sabrina Hong and Sage Polanco, won our only doubles set against Westridge.  That, too, was an accomplishment and the result of will, effort, and improvement.  Our #2 singles player, Lauren Garcia, came into the match with an undefeated record, but left with two defeats as she faced a seasoned line-up.  Though experience, she also benefited from the tough tests.  A highlight worth noting was watching the mental growth and maturation of our #1 singles, Hailey McNall, who outsmarted and patiently dismantled Westridge's singles, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.  It was the best three set match she's played in her Maranatha career.  Though we were defeated, 5-13, it was a good building block which the team will use as the Olympic League looms on the horizon.

Our second match of the week was against undefeated Ontario Christian, who had soundly beaten two teams in the Olympic League coming into our match.  This would be a true gauge for where we really are at this stage of the season.  Like us, Ontario Christian boasted two strong singles players.  Thanks to a powerful opening set by Sabrina and Sage, another smart match against a tough #1 from Hailey, and a gutsy come-from-behind victory by Lauren, we finished the first round, 3-3.  Something clicked for our doubles teams in the second round and you could visibly see it in their confidence, expressions, and play.  Our #2 doubles, Samantha Lin and Natalie Yee, and our #3 doubles, Shannon Chan and Belen Retana, both knew their first set losses were winnable and were lost due to tentative play.  They responded by pulling out two inspired victories.  Matched with victories from Hailey, Lauren, Sabrina and Sage, Maranatha pulled ahead 8-4 to eventually win the match, 11-7.  This was a breakthrough match for the Minutemen as they played the toughest, winnable match this season, and responded with the best tennis and energy yet.  The doubles teams played with determination and confidence to win their first head-to-head, 6-3.  Their progress will determine how the Minutemen do the rest of the season, as they expect to win 4-6 singles sets each match.

Highlights include Sabrina and Sage's first sweep of the season, Shannon and Belen's first two win match, and Lauren's come-from-behind victory.  Our anchor thus far has been Hailey McNall, who is undefeated and growing as both a person and a player.  Her physical ability and talent have always been there, but now she is developing the mental smarts and toughness, and emotional composure that swept through tough competition last week.

The upcoming week will, once again, be very challenging tests for the Minutemen as they face a tough and experienced Flintridge Sacred Heart team, as well as a La Salle roster bolstered with recent additions.  These have been, and will continue to be, great tests before heading into league play.
 
Volleyball
The Maranatha Girls' Volleyball teams came out victorious again this week.  Varsity won a tough match against Western Christian on Tuesday night, beating the Lancers 25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-10.  Senior setter Ashley Medina fought with heart in this game, powering through difficult passes, growling coaches, and an intense leg cramp that caused her to miss some of the 4th set.  However, she fought back the tears and pushed through, and led her team to victory.  Also playing through injuries were Leilia Toomalatai, Tessa Brandstater, and Jessica Ashkinos.  They not only helped with the victory, but also showed what heart and determination can accomplish.  We cannot forget our impressive defensive passing from Taylor Chamberlain and Gina Cronkhite, both of whom were able to keep the ball in play through many long rallies.
 
The Junior Varsity team also played Western Christian and cruised to an easy victory with a score of 25-14, 25-15.  Impressive offense from sophomore Michelle Lieng, who got 4 kills and 5 aces, and on the defensive side, libero Karen Dahlia, made defense look easy with her impressive passing to the setter.
 
The Frosh team faced Milken Community School, and were once again victorious, beating them 25-18, 25-23.  Notable player was Tehya Topalian, who was able to make great sets to the hitters.
 
The next home match is this Tuesday, September 17, against Monrovia High School.  After Tuesday, all three teams travel to tournaments on Saturday, September 21.  Varsity will be playing at Valley Christian High School, Junior Varsity at Ayala High School, and the Frosh team at Gladstone High school.

 

Maranatha Defeats Bassett 41-21 in Season Opener
9/2/2013

Snyder throws for three touchdowns--McDavid runs for another three.
by Joe Laski '15

No one really knew what to expect from the Minutemen in this season of new beginnings. The team had to adjust to a new head coach, Jude Oliva, from San Gabriel High, the team that beat Maranatha in the CIF playoffs two years ago. Also, this was Eli Snyder's first full year as starting quarterback after the end of the Andrew Elffers era.

But on Friday, Snyder and the Minutemen displayed their readiness to perform in this new season, working cohesively to beat Bassett High School, 41-21, in La Puente.  “We've been working real hard to get this one,” Oliva said after his first win as Maranatha's head coach.  READ MORE


Sports Information Night Recap
8/27/2013

by Robert Ortlund '14
In this past decade, Maranatha High School has excelled in athletics. Athletic Director Brian DeHaan and Assistant Athletic Director Eddie Arnett have done an excellent job building the program that Maranatha is so proud of. Every year, an information night is held in order to give the athletes and parents knowledge of the program. Over five hundred parents and students attended this year’s Sports Information Night. The attendants were given the opportunity to hear Brian DeHaan share information on the Olympic league, sportsmanship, Christian athlete characteristics, and the goals for Maranatha in the 2013-2014 school years. After the presentation, athletes were able to explore the many different sports available. Over twenty-five tables were set up for every coach to use in order to give general information about their sport. Sports such as softball, track and field, swim and dive, equestrian, and football appealed to many young and eager athletes. This sports information night has shown only a glimpse of the potential that Maranatha has this year, and is an excellent start to a successful and positive athletic period. If you missed the Sports Info Night you can review a PDF of the presentation slides by clicking HERE.


Dylan Covey '10 Selected in 4th Round of MLB Draft by the Oakland A's
6/10/2013

For the second time in three years 2010 Maranatha alum Dylan Covey is drafted by Major League Baseball.  After his senior year in 2010 Dylan was the 14th overall pick in the first round by the Milwaukee Brewers.  Being diagnosed with type one diabetes prior to the signing deadline was a set back and Covey decided to go to the University of San Diego rather than signing a professional contract. 

 
This weekend, Dylan was drafted by the Oakland A's with the 131st pick in the 4th round.  
 
Click HERE for the story from the Pasadena Sun.

Olympic League Crown Winners!
6/10/2013

 Congratulations to our Spring Sports! Six of nine spring programs have won an Olympic League championship! Maranatha is the Olympic League Crown Winner!

What a season it has been for our Softball program. Game after game they have proven to have the resolve of a champion and even when they got knocked down, they summoned the power to get back up and rally for victories and won the  League .

Boys’ Tennis The team played tough through their final league matches and wrapped up the season as the 2013 Olympic league champions and qualified for Division 5 CIF playoffs. They won their quarterfinals and advanced to the CIF-SS semifinals for the first time in our schools history! As Olympic League champions, we were ranked #3. It is an incredible honor to receive such a high seed ranking.  This marks a historic run by our boys tennis program.

The Maranatha Varsity Baseball team had a great season. After starting the season with only a few wins, the team went through a very trying period in the month of March. However, through it all, Maranatha clinched the league championship for their seventh straight league win. Second year Head Coach Matt Shupper said, “The team has been incredible to work with and a blessing in my life as their coach. I love each one of these players, they all have amazing gifts and I look forward to seeing how God grows the relationship between each other and as their coach. “

The golf team experienced a good season of growth this spring. The team finished 3rd in Olympic League play. The future looks bright for the team. Schradermeier and Locke are two of the top five returning golfers for next year’s Olympic League. This year’s Minutemen were marked by their youth – six of the team’s top eight were freshmen or sophomores. Next year should be an exciting season for golf

Dive had incredible performances by all competitors at CIF competition.Congratulations to Victor Ginelli, Davey Bunn, Kendall Hollimon, Nick Scanlan, Hailey Gomez, Savannah Marie

Bancroft and Zoe Wilkens for toughing out the weather and the long hours and finishing an exciting event. Big finishes and points to the overall CIF Swim score were added by Ginelli, Bunn, Hollimon, and Wilkens. People are surely taking notice of the Maranatha dive program as they dominate CIF competition. Maranatha’s Top CIF Finals Results 2nd – Victor Ginelli, 3rd – Davey Bunn, 4th - Kendall Holliman.

Both boys’ and girls’ swim saw some amazing results at CIF. Many students swam their personal best. Our swimmers had high expectations placed on them and they blew past their goals to go farther and faster. Alyssa Yu and Summer Otazu were both seeded in the fastest heat of the 100 backstroke, and they surely didn’t disappoint. Davey Bunn was not only third in CIF Diving but broke the school record in the 100 backstroke by dropping over 2 seconds from his previous best this year. He also anchored the boys 400 free with an impressive 50.22 in a 100 free. Jamison Vaught made it to the Championship finals with his personal best in the 100 Breast, and season best in the 100 fly. Michael Carter and Christian Ortiz swam the 400 relay and both dropped time. This is the deepest D-III CIF event that many of the coaches remember.

The boys’ track and field team continues to surpass expectations in leaps and bounds. The varsity team finished its season 1st in league. This is the Minutemen’s 6th straight title! This is the second best record in Maranatha sports history behind track and field’s cousin, cross country! We entered into the post season at the highest ranking in Maranatha history and we are humbled to be in such a place. Throughout the year these athletes tried to understand why the path was not short but a long journey that rewards us in the end. As with this season, they found that each meet slowly added pieces to the final puzzle, league finals for most. Ben Byer also qualified in the event where earlier this season he broke the Maranatha school record with a time of 10.94 in the 100 meters. The girls’ team finished 2nd in the Olympic League. Our Maranatha athletes have worked hard, training for hours each day, committing to the weight room, and getting specialized training in technical events.

 


Equestrian Team Takes Home the Trophy
6/3/2013

The Equestrian Team is small but mighty! Congratulations to Taylor
Cooper and Tessa Brandstater who were awarded the Saddleseat
and Western School League of Greater LA school trophy! Maranatha
will be hosting this trophy for an entire year and battle for it again
next year. Taylor also won Varsity Western Champion and the High
Point Ribbon and Tessa also won Novice Western Champion and
Junior Varsity Reserve Champion.


Boys’ Tennis Team
6/3/2013

Congratulations to our Boys’ Tennis team who won the league title for only the second time in the school’s history! It was a very tough season, as they had to go through the reigning league champs and #2 ranked, Village Christian, but they defeated them in the final two rounds of play and ended up league at 8-1.


After Multiple Offers, MHS Quarterback Chooses College Destination
1/30/2013

Maranatha Football is excited to announce that after receiving scholarship offers from UNLV, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Sacramento State, and APU, Andrew Elffers has verbally committed to Azusa Pacific University! Andrew is thrilled about becoming a Cougar and feels that APU is the right fit for him, not just as a football player, but as a man. As a standout quarterback, Andrew threw for over 6,000 yards and 63 touchdowns in his career at Maranatha and is ready to take the next step at the collegiate level. Congratulations to Andrew and his family!


Jeremy Major Signs with Pepperdine!
12/6/2012

jeremy MajorOn November 14th senior point guard, Jeremy Major signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his illustrious basketball career at Pepperdine University. Rated among the state's top 30 seniors by ESPN.com, Jeremy is a two-time All-CIF Southern Section first team selection, the 2012 Olympic League MVP, and ranked #1 in Division 4AA. Maranatha Coach Tim Godley says: "Jeremy is a unique blend: he's very intelligent, great court savvy, extraordinarily coachable, very motivated, does the extra work that many players won't do, very athletic.” He helped Maranatha win the Pasadena Poly Tournament and was named MVP as well as being a two-time Pasadena Star-News all-area first team selection. He was named to the all-league first team as the Minutemen won the Olympic League title. Jeremy helped Maranatha be a CIF semifinalist and into the state playoffs for the first time in state history. Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson says: "Jeremy is a very quick, athletic and efficient point guard who is going to make an immediate impact on our program. He is a leader and his teammates will enjoy playing with him because he makes others better while making the simple play."

To read more about Jeremy on the Pepperdine Sports Website click HERE.


Weight Room Renovations Made Possible by Boosters
7/26/2012

More Seniors Playing in College
6/25/2012
Maranatha High School congratulates all our senior athletes who will continue playing in college next year. Here are just 3 of these amazing athletes shown signing their letters of intent (L-R) Andrew Rotundo, who will continue diving at Cal Baptist University, McKay Weiler signed to play golf at Cal Lutheran University, and Josh Robinson will be playing soccer at Cal Baptist University this fall.
 
 
 

Alum Signs to Continue Playing Baseball at New Mexico Highlands
5/15/2012

Maranatha congratulates alum Matt Chavez `10 on being selected All-South Coast Conference First Team. Matt also has signed to continue playing baseball at New Mexico Highlands University next year.  Click HERE to read the full story.


Swim and Track Team Break Records!
5/14/2012

While many of our spring teams are still competing, our Swim Team has just finished CIF Finals! Congrats to all 6 relays for making it back to finals and to the Girls 200 Free Relay for breaking a school record with their 3rd place finish of 1:45.55; by Madie Johnson, Victoria Simpson, Rachel Means, and Zahra Jabalameli (shown here with Coach Zambrano). The following swim/dive individuals also medaled at CIF:  Alyssa Yu – 6th place in the 200 Individual Medley and 4th place in 100 Backstroke; Jamison Vaught – 7th place in 100  Butterfly and 4th place in 100 Breaststroke; Victor Ginelli 3rd (Dive); Andrew Rotundo 6th (Dive); Spencer McFaul 8th (Dive). Overall the Boys Team placed 5th and the Girls 9th. During the season, at least 5 school records were broken! Congrats to all!

Maranatha’s Track Team will be competing in CIF finals next week, but we have already broken several school records this season! Congrats to following students breaking the records listed: Kyle Brown 200m 22.34 and 400m 49.34; Ebony Crear 100HH 14.18 and 300h 44.53; and Skylar McLeod SP 34’ 1”and Disc 106’.


Equestrian Team Win!
5/14/2012

Congrats to Taylor Cooper, part of our MHS MHS Equestrian Team, took home the Western Champion Award. In addition, she is a member of the United States Equestrian Federation and has qualified to letter in her sport as a varsity member.

 

 


Congratulations to Kyle Buekert for taking 2nd at CIF State Championships.

Maranatha Junior, Kyle Buekert, ran the best time of his career posting a mark of 15:40 which broke the Maranatha school record and earned him second place at the CIF State Championships.  Click HERE and HERE for the stories on Kyle's record breaking race.

 

 

 


MHS Athletes in the News!

Congratulations to Maranatha senior Bella Schamber on her decision to sign at the University of Illinois.  Bella has been a stand out swimmer at Maranatha and both a team and individual CIF champion.  Click HERE to read the story.


MHS Athletes in the News!

The Athletic Department is excited to see MHS athletes in the news! MHS quarterback Andrew Elffers was interviewed on NBC4’s The Challenge with Fred Roggin on Sunday night, 9/25/11 and MHS Kicker, Darien McGee made the highlight reel on NBC news (also 9/25/11) for his 99 yard kick off return in the Salesian game. Go Minutemen!

Click HERE to see interview with Andrew Elffers and click HERE to see Darien McGee.


 

 

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