PVP-PANORAMA No. 278 • 12/04/21

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No. 278 • December 4, 2021

CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON Transitions

• The fall sports season is moving into winter with cross country, football and AYSO seasons ending with basketball and high school soccer up next.

Palos Verdes High Cross Country Champions . . . The tradition of excellence continues at the PV High cross country program.

The Gold Standard . . . The PV Mavericks Gold Team won the

12-14 Division flag football championship game at PV High.

Fall Ball Sets . . . The girls’ fall softball season has ended with players and teams prepared for the big spring season.

Joy Of Winning

AYSO Regular Season Over See Page 12-13

Got This . . . PV Mavericks flag football teams held championship games at PV High.

Goalies Ready To Defend . . . AYSO goalies are set of playoffs and the final matches next week.

To Be King

AYSO Finals Coming Up See Page 13

Trophy Season

Footballers Earn Their Bling See Page 11

To Be Queen

Last Chance For 14U See Page 13


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PV Cross Country Always In Top Form

State Finals

• The Palos Verdes High cross country team had another excellent showing at the state championships.

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The Palos Verdes Sea Kings cross country team competed in the State Championship in Fresno Nov. 27, with two members of the boys’ team finishing in the Top 10. Senior Luke Stefanou finished the Top Ten Finish . . . Palos Verdes 3.12-mile course in a speedy time of 15 High School seniors Will Kirk and minutes 23 seconds on a cool, 55-de- Luke Stefanou are two of top ten gree windless day. The time gave him distance runners in the state of Please continue on Page 15 . . . California.

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Softball Primed For Spring Season Fall Ball

• The Palos Verdes Peninsula Girls’ Softball League finished the Fall Ball season and is getting ready for the upcoming spring season.

Big Rally . . . Grace Lozano gets a

solid hit during 14U Fall Ball action at Cornerstone School.

Home Run To End Fall Ball . . .

Reinah Lee celebrates a home run while cross home plate during the last game of the Fall Ball season.

Set For A Strike . . . Pitcher Sienna Last Day To Play Fast And Hard . . . Cathy Law slides safely at third base.

Saggiani leads the 14U PV Storm against the Los Angeles Wildcats during Fall Ball.

Ready To Play . . . Fall Ball players have been working on their softball skills while playing teams from all over the South Bay to help get ready for the upcoming spring season.


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“Coffee House” Continues To Grow For Students At PEN On Campus sound, junior Emily Kallah, he planned the date and time and conducted sign-ups and auditions. Through the sign-up and audition process, any Peninsula High student had the opportunity to present their song of choice. Once they demonstrated they were well-prepared and capable, they were approved to participate. Massey continued to stay in touch with the students between the tryout and the event itself, sending emails to the performers and coordinating with those who helped transport the instruments

formers during each song to help them through any last minute issues • Hundreds of Peninsula High that arise and offer final words of enstudents watch fellow students couragement. perform on stage at “Coffee “At one point, I noticed the next House.” performer was clearly nervous,” Massey said. “[I offered some] words of By Keila Bara affirmation and helped her get ready Peninsula High School held its for the stage, and she performed expopular Coffee House event Nov. 18, ceptionally well. She ended up sendwhich was hosted by the Associated ing me a thank-you email after, which Student Body. reaffirmed why my role as commisHeld outside on the campus amsioner of sound is so fulfilling.” phitheater Thursday night, students, On top of organizing and hosting faculty and families sat on the grass the event, Massey also performed with blankets and alongside senior snacks to watch Angelina Mendo“I love singing and it is always good practice to perform in front the performers on za. As the final act, of a crowd,” Mendoza said. “I find it so cool to hear all the talent [that stage. Massey was able to PVPHS has] that I might not have known about otherwise.” The event, filled MC throughout the — Angelina Mendoza with a variety of entire two hours singing and instruand perform. Menmental performances, was very suc- and speakers onto the amphitheater. doza was in the audience up until this cessful, with approximately 500 mem“I have always enjoyed karaoke point, when she joined him on stage. bers in attendance. The attendance nights and a hobby of mine is playing Together, the two performed the song practically double the amount of the guitar,” Massey said. “Building off “Freakin’ Out on the Interstate” by Brispeople who have attended previous the anticipation from other students ton Maroney, with Mendoza singing Coffee House events, which can partly as well as my own, I wanted to make and Massey playing the guitar. They be attested to the return of in-person [this Coffee House] larger and better met up three times and practiced for school events after a year of online than ever.” a couple hours each time to ensure learning due to the coronavirus. Massey also served as the event’s the guitar and vocals aligned, the lyrAdditionally, there were 25 per- master of ceremonies , introducing ics and chords were memorized and formers in total, which is also a larger each performing act and entertaining their performance was completely number than in past years. the crowd during the in-between mo- prepared. The event was put together by ments. Mendoza is well-acquainted with ASB’s Commissioner of Sound, PeninOn top of his hosting duties, the music world, as she writes and sula senior Quinn Massey. With the Massey would stand behind the am- produces her own music, which is help of the other commissioner of phitheater with the upcoming per-

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Good Cup Of Coffee At PEN . . . Continued from Previous Page available on Spotify. As she is very fond of singing and performing, she found participating in Coffee House to be a no-brainer, Taking into account that this is her final year in high school, she wanted to make the most of her senior year by participating in school events and sharing her love of music with her school. “I love singing and it is always good practice to perform in front of a crowd,” Mendoza said. “I find it so cool to hear all the talent [that Peninsula has] that I might not have known about otherwise.” This fall’s Coffee House was a great success,

with a high number of people in attendance and many talented performers enthusiastic about sharing music with their peers. Given that this is a popular event at PVPHS, there will likely be another Coffee House that will take place during the second semester. Mendoza hopes this is the case, as she thoroughly enjoyed attending and performing in this past event. “I love the setting of Coffee House because it is a chill and welcoming environment that is very comfortable to perform in,” Mendoza said. “I would love to participate in a future Coffee House and plan on doing so.”

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PV Mavericks Finish As Champions Flag Football • The Palos Verdes Football & Cheer Flag Division finished its season with championship games at Palos Verdes High School. The Gold Mavericks won the championship game and the 6-7-year-old

Division. The White Mavericks won the championship game and the 8-9-yearold Division. The Gold Mavs took home two trophies winning the championship game and the 10-11-year-old Division. The Gold Mavericks won the championship game and the 12-14-year-old Division.

Soft Catch . . . The Mavericks Gold pick up a key interception during the 10-11 year-old championship game against the Mavericks Blue.

Black On The Move . . . The Mavericks White and Mavericks Black dominated the 8-9 year-old Division and played the best championship game of the day.

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Pick Me . . . Sometimes "pick-up" games are way better than the formal ones.


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Set For Next Season . . . The Mavericks Gold celebrate the end of a season.

The Trophy Collection Begins . . . The 6-7 year-old Division champions.


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Flag Football

Pass, Catch and Run . . . The PV Mavericks Gold team got a number of great throws and catches from its offense to help win the 12-14 championship game.

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One More Match . . . The Jaguars held back Nitro to advance to the 14U King of the Hill final championship match next week at Ladera Linda Fields.

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Long Season Comes To An End . . . Everton got a 5-2 win over Liverpool to end the regular season in the boys’ 10U Division at Malaga Cove Fields.

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AYSO Region 10 2021 FINAL Fall Standings Girls 9U Sea Turtles Little Dolphins Seahorses Mermaids Narwhals Starfish Sharks Octopuses Killer Whales

Girls 10U Bluebery Waffles Fruity Pebbles Lucky Charms Jelly Donuts Turquoise Strawberry Pop Tarts Purple Pancakes

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End The Season With A Win . . . The Green Hornets ended the regular season with a 5-0 win over Purple Reign in girls’ 14 Division play at Highridge Park.

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Girls 10U Battle To Be Queen . . .

The Fruity Pebbles got a 2-1 win over the Turquoise Toast in girls’ 10U action at Malaga Cove Fields.

Ready For The Final . . . The Stingrays moved past the Fast n Furious 11 to advance to the 14U King of the Hill final championship match against the Jaguars.

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PV Runners Take High Road Cross Country

Peninsula Not Tall Enough . . . Palos Verdes High School cross country coach Brian Shapiro leads the Sea Kings to 11,000 feet Mammoth Lakes.

Every cause has an effect. Every journey has its milestones. Every victory has a beginning. And, the Palos Verdes High girls cross country team’s CIF victory really began last summer high up in the rocky cathedrals that pierce the sky in the Sierras. Not in some blown up cinematic Hollywood sense, but with hard work, sweat, dirt, and team building. Both the boys’ and girls’ team train up at Mammoth Lakes during the summer at elevations up to 11,000 feet, and under the coaching of Brian Shapiro, Alex Broughton, and Kevin Farrington. The Palos Verdes cross country team had an amazing season. It takes a certain person to even want to run cross country. Cross country running requires strength, determination and toughness to compete not only against fellow runners, but in difficult terrain and challenging weather conditions. Runners race up hills, through the woods, dust, and over long distances to reach the finish line. One kid said, “Running cross country is life with the volume turned up. It’s never boring…” The season didn’t go without injuries however. There were a few stress fractures and sore hips. The girls’ varsity team still prevailed despite a few injuries and won CIF. Luke Stefanou and William Kirk of the boys’ varsity team also advanced to compete in the state championship. The cross country season has come to an end and the girls were all smiles getting fitted with the CIF rings. — Frank Ponce

Top Of The World . . . The Palos Verdes High girls’ varsity team finish the

Top Ten Finish . . . PV senior Luke Stefanou finished in seventh place in the state championships.

Tradition Of Excellence . . .

Sophomore Natalie Wang led the Palos Verdes High girls’ cross country team to another State title State Championship Palos Verdes High School Reults Girls Natalie Wang 10 Michelle Nikmehr 9 Emilie Barrett 12 Trinity McKenny 9 Anna Terrell 12 Greta Norris 12 Kate Sherry 10

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The Road To Glory . . . Palos Verdes High runners Luke Stefanou and William Kirk train at altitude near Mammoth Lakes.

You Did It . . . Cross country coach Brian Shapiro congratulates his team on another amazing finish to the season. Best Uniforms In State . . . The Red and Black stripes of Palos Verdes High School have been on the podium since bell-bottoms and cord jeans. Photos by Frank Ponce

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