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PANORAMA Palos Verdes Peninsula

No. 189 • September 10, 2016

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Fall Sports

Back In Black . . . The Peninsula High varsity football team takes the field for the first game of the season last week.

• The football season is underway while today marks the legendary AYSO Picture Day at Peninsula High. High school and Pop Warner football are already a few games into their seasons, while AYSO soccer, the largest youth league in the South Bay, begins action today. The cross country season begins this week with the PV Invitational, and the city of Rolling Hills Estates hosts its annual City Celebration birthday party at Ernie Howlett Park next weekend. Check out the next edition of Panorama on Sept. 24 for more good stuff.

Sea King Football Keeps It In Stride . . . The Palos Open Field . . . The Bobcat Cheer Squads Ready To Support . . . Cheers can be Verdes football progam is set to defend its league title.

A Summer On The Move PV sophomore had a great summer on the Philippine U16 national team. See Page 7

Division is underway.

Pop Warner Underway

Flag and tackle football teams take the field at Palos Verdes and Peninsula high schools. See Page 11

heard all over the Peninsula from cheer teams at all levels.

Out Of The Victory Tunnel

Challenger football players finish every game running through a long Victory Tunnel. See Page 15

PV Nightmare Extends Softball Season

The 18U local team spent the summer competing in tournaments all over Southern California. See Page 5

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East Coast Vacation

Set For The Hall Of Fame . . . The Peninsula sent a number of teams to

Cooperstown, New York this summer for tournament baseball and a memorable summer vacation. Pictured from the left, back row: Dino Aguirre, Kevin Cross, Cooper Fuchino, Fritz Mulkey, Ryan Chae, Anton Richard and Kenny Knapp. Front row: Owen Griffith, Phillip Kelly, Turner Helton and William Yun.

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Bring Back Our Summer Break, Now!

Publisher’s Note (crazy talk)

As it has been since we started publishing about 10 years ago, we’re not ready to end our summer break and start “working” again. Every time someone mentions the first day of school or registration (for anything!) I put my hands over my ears and pretend I’m not listening. It’s like getting through the first week of school or going back to work after a long break. The first edition of PANORAMA in September is always a tough one. Our interns are not ready, the sales staff is busying driving kids to and from school and I’m trying to find something to fill the pages with. We spent most of our summer at PANORAMA’s Peninsula headquarters staring at a computer screen. We backed up 5.5 terabytes of data and installed a new solid state boot drive that’s going to speed things up. Our mighty MacPro computer had been slowing down the last few months, and two of its four backup hard drives had failed - so upgrades had to be made. And though the old Big Daddy Nikon camera is now eight years old with more than 600,000 actuations, it seems to be taking better pictures than ever. The old man holding the camera just points and shoots. The camera does all the work. He’s really just a figure head

Is That Microphone On? . . .

The Rolling Hills Little Leauge 11-yearold All-Star team took time out to be interviewed for a PANORAMA webcast video after winning the District 36 and Section 4 tournaments this summer. around here. Someone should tell him to wear long pants every once in a while. A clean shirt would also be a good idea. The summer edition of PANORAMA that came out in July had a lot of good stuff in it. It was highlighted by another 11-year-old All-Star team from the Peninsula that went deep into All-Star tour-

nament play. Like the Palos Verdes Little League team from two summers ago, the Rolling Hills Little League All-Star team won the District 36 and Section 4 All-Star tournaments and competed in the SubDivision 3 tournament in Upland. The real accomplishment for any All-Star team is doing well in the district tournament. District 36 contains some powerful leagues including Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and our four Peninsula Little Leagues. Just like doing well in Bay League competition at the high school level, once you get past our local district, our All-Star teams have the ability to go a long way in tournament action. The girls’ softball All-Star teams also had a great summer. Playing in district, sectional and state tournaments through July. We are happy to report that former Silver Spur Little League president and community leader William Wang has

been elected president of the Peninsula softball league. We are expecting a resurgence at the league and are hoping more Peninsula girls stay home and play on our local diamonds. But enough of spring and summer sports. It’s the fall sports season, and we are geared up for a lot of soccer, football, cross country and everything else. We’ll be at the PVIT Open House this weekend, and we’ll be at the Rolling Hills Estates City Celebration at Ernie Holwett Park next weekend. Today is one of the biggest days on the Hill with the legendary AYSO Picture Day happening throughout the day at Peninsula High. Beginning this weekend, thousands of Peninsula soccer kids will be taking over every open field from Ladera Linda to Malaga Cove - and as we have always done here at Panorama - we’ll try to be at every field and at every event that’s happening on the Peninsula. Summer’s over, it’s back to “work.”

Panthers Hear The Roar . . . Peninsula High football fans were out in force for the first game of the season. Editorial and Advertising deadline is 6 p.m. Monday the week of publication. Palos Verdes Peninsula Panorama is published every two weeks. Our next edition is out Sept. 24. Palos Verdes Peninsula

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Palos Verdes Peninsula

PANORAMA We Salute The Palos Verdes Peninsula Girls’ Softball League 2016 All-Stars 12U All Stars

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PV Nightmare Wide Awake During Summer . . . The PV Nightmare

finished 5th in the 18U Division at the 2016 Western National Tournament in Salinas last month. The team won overall Skills Competition Champion - held during the opening ceremony. Eman Elpusan finished third in Home Run Derby Competition. PV Nightmare features players from PV High, Peninsula High, Chadwick and Rolling Hills Prep - all residents of the Hill. The team includes: Yumeko Aguilar - Peninsula, Brookelle Barnum - Peninsula, Madison Benson Chadwick, Eman Elpusan - Peninsula, Gillian Fournier - Peninsula, Kylie Goudy Peninsula, Jenna Henry - Peninsula, Isabelle Mallwitz - Peninsula, Katie Mastan - Peninsula, Amalia Munn - Peninsula, Amber Patterson - Rolling Hills Prep, Katy Priest - Peninsula, Roxy Ruther - Rolling Hills Prep, Madison Tody - Palos Verdes, Sydney Tody - Palos Verdes, Trisha Valukonis - Peninsula, Jordan Wong - Chadwick and Keilyn Yuzuki - Peninsula.

Ryan Park Host Travel Softball . . . PV Nightmare goes up against a team from Norwalk during softball action this summer. The Nightmare will be back in action at Ryan Park today to face Downey.

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PV Strikers with coach William Zhang, (far right)

Big Loss For The Peninsula . . .

We got the word a few weeks ago from long-time AYSO coach Vince Frasso that William Zhang had died over the summer. Zhang had been one of Youth Sports News and Panorama’s biggest contributors and supporters. He was always around to shake hands and say hello at soccer matches and PVBA games. I would also run into him at Math Field Day, the STEM expo and the District Science Fair. His leadership and involvement with our community can not be understated. He played a big role in the athletic and personnel development of many children in our community. He will be missed. — Tom

Library Getting Ready For Local Art Show

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Palos Verdes Library District is currently accepting entries for its annual community art show at the Peninsula Center main library. Local artists or art students looking for a chance to exhibit their work to a wide audience should apply. PVLD hosts the annual community art show at the Peninsula Center Library and is open to all artists. Work in all media is eligible, such as painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture. To enter, visit www.pvld. org/artinourlibrary and fill out the online application or pick up an entry form at the Peninsula Center Library.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30. Entry fee is  $30 to submit up to three pieces. For high school students and younger the entry fee is $5. Winners of the art show will recieve cash prizes. First: $200, second: $100, third: $50, and honorable mention categories. A popular vote will also take place with a special prize. The opening reception for the event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12. If you have any questions please contact Ketzie Diaz at artinourlibrary@ or 310-377-9584 ext. 230. — email reports

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PV Student Competes On International Level Soccer

• Palos Verdes High student spends summer competing on the Philipine national soccer team. Palos Verdes High student Erin O’Connor represented the U16 Philippine women’s national soccer team in international competition this summer. The 15-year-old sophomore was looking forward to summer, but didn’t realize she would be spending it abroad in the Philippines and China. After tryouts in June, she was one of 30 girls selected to participate in an intensive four-week national team training camp. O’Connor has been living and training with her teammates in the Philippines since July. She was one of 20 players selected on the final roster of the U16 Philippine

Women’s National Soccer Team and one of two goalkeepers who traveled to China to compete at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U16 Women’s Qualifiers. The team is in Group B, along with India, Northern Mariana Islands, South Korea and Malaysia. If they win the top spot of this Group, the team will play in the AFC Championships in 2017. O’Connor has been playing soccer since she was five years old. She’s honored and proud to represent the Philippines, the place of her mother’s birth, which as a population more than 100 million people. At home, she plays for the Slammers FC EGSL team in Newport Beach and hopes one day to play in college. ­­— email reports

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Panthers Open New Chapter With A Win Football

• The Peninsula High varsity football team opened the fall sports season with a 48-6 win over John Glenn High School. New coach, David Young, guided the Panthers to victory by using a bruising running game on offense and an aggressive and advantageous defense. The varsity Panthers seem to have a complete roster of healthy football players this season, and it would not be a surprise if they are 5-0 before hosting Mira Costa on Oct. 7. Peninsula traveled to Sotomayer High Friday and will host Torrance this week.

Great Game . . .

Junior cornerback Jacob Hangartner intercepts a pass for the Peninsula defense.

Squish . . .

Sophomore defensive tackle Jason Augello sacks the Glenn quarterback to set the tone for the game.

Panthers’ Paws . . . Senior receiver Tyler Hazard caught a touchdown pass and made a leaping catch over two defenders for a big gain.

Peninsula Gains Ground . . . The Finicky Cat Approves . . . Senior running back Jeffrey Jimena gained almost 200 yards behind the an offensive line that includes senior Spencer Ness, Zach Denney, Jason Augello and Andres Park.

Pan . . .

Cake . . .

The field looked great, the stands were packed, the cheerleaders and band were in rhythm and the Panthers romped. A very good beginning for a new school year.

The Best Part About School . . . The first week of school was highlighted by a big win in front of the home town fans.

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Upper Division Maverick Cheer Team Is Ready For The Season . . . The Varsity Division PV Mavericks have the competitive spirit.

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PV Mavericks On The Loose

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• The Pop Warner football season is underway with a number of Peninsula teams undefeated going into today’s games. The Junior Pee Wee PV Mavericks are 2-0 and will travel to the Culver City Bruins today, and the Pee Wee Mavericks are also 2-0 and will travel to face the Pasadena Trojans. The Junior Varsity Mavericks will travel to play Culver City while the upper division Varsity Mavericks will travel to play the Woodcrest Generals.

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Young Sea Kings Up For The Battle Freshman

• The Palos Verdes High freshman football team opened the season at home against Corona del Mar. After Friday’s road game at Narbonne High, the freshman team will host Bellflower this Thursday and then travel to San Clemente next week. The JV team will travel to South Hills Thursday this week and host San Clemente next week.

Freshman Sea Kings Set . . . Quarterback Rhett Wilken gets ready to launch one down field.

PV On The Move . . . PV running back Ricardo Punsalan runs for a long gain against Corona del Mar.

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The Gold Standard . . . The PV Gold Mavericks got a 7-0 win over the PV Black Mavericks.

Varsity Mavericks On The Run For A Score . . . Running back Jake Harper races toward the end zone for a touchdown against Redondo during Varsity Division Pop Warner action at PV High.

You’re Going The Wrong Way . . . The PV Maverick defender changes the direction of the Redondo running back.

Here We Go Again . . . The PV Mavericks successfully executed the on-side kick two straight times to help earn a 18-0 win over the Westside Vikings in Pee Wee Division action.

Speed Rules Flag Football . . .

Bobcat Division games are played at Peninsula High on the weekends.

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Bring The Pressure . . . Defensive

lineman Justin Mabry is about to ruin the day for the Westside quarterback during the Pee Wee Mavericks 18-0 victory.

Challenger Football Is Back . . .

The Challenger League is back on the gridiron at Peninsula High.

Mavericks Ground Game Keeps Moving Forward . . .

Pee Wee Mavericks running back Jesse Martinez runs for big yardage during the first week of Pop Warner football action at PV High.

A Record Breaker . . . One of the longest “Victory Tunnels” ever made was built last week at Peninsula High after the Challenger football game.

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Local Angry Birds Lead SoCal Tennis Tennis

The Angry Birds 12’s Earn State Cups . . . The Angry Birds 12’s boys with their coaches. Pictured from the left are coach Mahlone Becker, Christopher Tarvin, Cody Hashimoto, Dylan Charlap, Kelly Giese and coach Ken Hashimoto. Not pictured Aaron Hung.

Girl’s 12’s Team Showing Off Their Hardware. The Angry Bird’s Cara

Hung is third from the left, in the back row. Her teammates are from the OC Beasts team out of Orange County

• The Angry Birds junior tennis team rises to victory again. After winning the sectional championships in May, the Angry Birds team of 12-year-olds combined forces with the Orange County Beasts to compete against Northern California at the USTA 34th annual Gar Glenney Cup tournament in Newport Beach last month. The Gar Glenney is the state’s Junior Team Tennis championship between the Southern California section champs and Northern California section champs. The teams consist of three age group divisions of both boys and girls. Cara Hung represented the girl’s team for the Angry Birds and helped her teammates capture a 6-3 victory over the Northern California squad.


For the boys, the Angry Birds were Dylan Charlap, Kelly Giese, Cody Hashimoto, Aaron Hung and Christopher Tarvin, all from the PV and surrounding South Bay areas. Ben Jorgensen, another PV resident and Angry Bird member, was unable to attend the tournament. After the two squads were knotted up at 4-4, Hashimoto and Tarvin were able to close out the final doubles match, giving the SoCal boys a 5-4 victory and earning the SoCal 12’s the state championship. Despite a strong showing by the SoCal 12’s boys and girls, NorCal was able to capture victories in the 14’s and 18’s divisions, earning them the Gar Glenney Cup. ­— email reports ­



READY TO PLAY WITH FRIENDS IN A FUN AND COMPETITIVE ATMOSPHERE? Fall is here but it is time to think about the spring softball season! Registration opens on September 15, 2016. An early bird registration discount will be available until October 31, 2016. Practices and games are at Cornerstone Elementary School.

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The Roar Is Back . . . The Peninsula High grandstand was filled to capacity for the first football game of the season last week.

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