South Pas Athletes Earn All-League Recognition

The girls’ basketball team took home some of the biggest honors and for good reason: Head coach Cody Masden guided the Tigers to a 16-7 record, including a perfect 8-0 mark in league competition to win the title. The squad then went on a remarkable postseason run, upsetting No. 2-seeded Northridge Heritage Christian and No. 3 Beaumont to reach the CIF-SS Division 3A semifinals, where it fell to San Dimas, 66-60. South Pasadena advanced to the CIF State Southern Regional tournament and defeated Agoura in the first round before falling to Fresno Roosevelt.
Junior Allysan Tse was named the league’s most valuable player, an award she shared with La Cañada High School senior Lauren Scoville. Dylan Tse and Alyssa Chan made the first team, Lotis Shoun and Isabel Alfonso were second-team selections, and Jenna Okohira and Michelle Jee each received an honorable mention.
Boys’ volleyball was the other program to win a Rio Hondo championship, with a 9-1 record. Head coach Ivy Chew led South Pasadena to an overall record of 14-5 and a Division 3 playoff berth. The Tigers swept Pasadena La Salle in the first round but fell to Anaheim Canyon in the second.
League coaches voted SPHS outside hitter Aidan Hilger as the most valuable player, and senior teammate Dustin Huang was a first-team selection. Junior Michael Favela and sophomore Declan Swift made the second team and senior Colin Sheng earned an honorable mention.
Despite not having won the league championship, the South Pasadena girls’ soccer team had eight players recognized. Iris Pollard, who also earned All-CIF honors, received the most valuable offensive player award as a freshman after leading the squad in scoring. Teammates Sabrina Luml and Andrea Zarazua, both of whom made the All-CIF Division 5 first team, were All-Rio Hondo first-team selections, and Kaoruko Endo, Annalea Pearson and Elle Yamada each earned a spot on the second team. Sadie Abelson and Daniella Lat received honorable mention.
The eight soccer players led the program to a memorable season in which the Tigers defeated Santa Ana, Panorama City St. Genevieve and Newport Beach Sage Hill to reach the CIF-SS Division 5 semifinals. South Pasadena was denied a championship bid by San Marcos of Santa Barbara.
The SPHS boys’ basketball team had six players on the all-League list after head coach Ernest Baskerville guided the squad to a 15-8 campaign and second-place finish in the league standings. Dillon Akers and Sage Wayans made the first team, and Ezekiel Pannell and Tyler Johnson were second-team selections. Juniors Niko Lawrence and Jonathan Guy each received honorable mention.
The Tigers clinched a berth in the Division 4AA playoffs and defeated St. Genevieve before falling to South El Monte in the second round.
South Pasadena’s baseball team was another one of the school’s athletic programs to reach the postseason. Guided by head coach Jaime Garcia, the Tigers finished third in the league and went on to defeat Jurupa valley and Calabasas Viewpoint in the first two rounds of the CIF-SS Division 6 playoffs. The team fell one game short of the semifinals, falling to Elsinore of Wildomar, 5-3.
Seniors Noah Takeda-Teer and Nico Schroeder closed out their high school baseball careers making the first team, and catcher Pablo Guerrero earned a spot on the second team.
The boys’ soccer team had one of the biggest honors in Caleb Lee, the team’s top scorer, being named the league’s most valuable player on offense. Reo Snyder and Kevin Ebata were first-team selections, Porter Calva, Tito Andac and Payton Cardinal made the second team, and seniors Cougar Harlowe and Suraj Sidhu each earned an honorable mention. Head coach Juan Zurita directed South Pasadena to a 4-4-1 record.
The softball team, guided by head coach Edward McCarthy, had two players make the all-league list. Sophomore Sydney Lagarce was a second-team selection and freshman Danica Sterling received an honorable mention.