Amanda and Abby Ulf: All-Stars are athletes, debutantes

April 23, 2009|By Ruth Longoria


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"I’m very close to both the girls, I’ve known them since seventh grade," said La Cañada High School’s Assistant Principal Joanne Davidson.

Davidson said the youths are "amazing leaders" and have added a lot to the success of the school’s softball team.

"They are energetic and hardworking," she said, adding, "It’s been great to see them develop into nice, intelligent, ambitious young women. They are the epitome of what we want our female athletes to be."

The 18-year-old identical twins are the daughters of Susy and Brian Ulf. They have a brother, Connor, 20, a La Cañada High graduate who is a sophomore at Pasadena City College.

The girls share a love of animals and have three cats and two dogs.

Amanda has turned that passion for pets into an entrepreneurial endeavor and, after working for a short term in a local veterinarian’s office, now operates her own pet-sitting business.

Abby works part-time as a barista at the Starbuck’s on Foothill Boulevard.

Growing up in La Cañada, the girls attended Palm Crest Elementary School for kindergarten through sixth grade, before transferring to La Cañada 7/8 and the high school.

At the age of 4, the girls began playing softball. They played on La Cañada tournament teams and the travel ball team, So Cal Ringers. For the past two years, they have served as co-captains on the high school softball team, a position voted on by teammates. Amanda plays second base and Abby plays right field.

Amanda also played basketball at the school and Abby was on the soccer team.

In addition to sports, the girls are active in Associated Student Body, Amanda as the assemblies commissioner and prior activities director, and Abby as senior historian and former sophomore and junior class president.

They also enjoy academics, including their CSI forensic science course at La Cañada High. "Our teacher is really cool, she worked for the L.A. County Sheriff’s office," Amanda said.

"And we get hands-on experience with blood and guts and it’s really fun," Abby added.

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