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By Grant Gordon | April 24, 2008
Shortly after the Renaissance Academy Wildcats had lost in their first-ever bid for a CIF title, freshman Justin Cook sat silently behind a folding table, surrounded by senior teammate Leif Williams and Coach Sid Cooke. As the press conference carried on, Cook’s somber expression never altered and his silence rarely ended. Three seasons have passed since then, and not much has changed for the talented Wildcats guard. Cook is still as soft spoken as ever, he’s earned All-LA84 (formerly All-CIF)
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By Ruth Longoria | October 23, 2008
The ability to lead and to follow are two of the attributes of this week’s Valley Sun All-Star, Ryan Schiller, a student at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic School. Schiller, 13, was nominated for the honor by his teacher at the school, Barbara Kuhl. Kuhl, who teaches eighth-grade and is the vice principal at St. Bede, said Schiller is an outstanding young man and good student. “He blows you away. He’s a very articulate young man, with a beautiful voice and he’s very interesting also,” she said.
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By Ruth Longoria | March 26, 2009
A love of the outdoors, nature, animals and baseball combined with a naturally great personality is what makes this week’s Valley Sun All-Star outstanding in his community. Those who know Paradise Canyon Elementary School fourth grader Aidan Phillips say the youth has abilities, aptitude and an excellent attitude. “He’s a wonderful kid, with great manners and a wide variety of interests,” said Cub Scout co-den leader Joan Raney. Raney said Aidan is an active participant in scout meetings, always asking questions or providing a good story or joke.
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By Charles Rich | April 29, 2010
Richie Maloof’s demeanor can change in an instant. It’s part of his makeup while playing multiple sports at St. Francis High. On the football field, he’s intense while playing a rough-and-tumble sport in front of a large audience. On the golf course, he’s more reserved while focusing on a tee shot or a putt. Maloof acknowledges that the sports pose distinct challenges. “They are very different,” said Maloof, a junior defensive back and one of the top golfers on the Golden Knights.
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By Ruth Longoria | April 24, 2008
There’s a fine line between making class time fun and distracting other students, and this jovial freshman understands the difference, St. Francis High School faculty say of 15-year-old athlete and academic high achiever Andrew Quintero. Quintero was nominated as a Valley Sun All-Star by staff at the school. He’s also a recipient of the school’s Random Act of Kindness award, for his academic excellence, enthusiasm and compassion for others. “Andrew is a fantastic young man,” said Gino Altobelli, Quintero’s algebra teacher at the school.
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By Grant Gordon | September 10, 2009
When Dietrich Riley began his days playing Pop Warner football, he was far removed from the pomp and circumstance that would eventually color his high school days. “The funny part of it is, I was just another guy out there,” he recalls. “I was never the most athletic. ...I was just another guy out there.” Just another offensive and defensive lineman, in fact. But when St. Francis High football Coach Jim Bonds saw the freshman version of the would-be NCAA Division I prospect, he had no doubts that Riley’s skills would take him to new heights.
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By Ruth Longoria | April 3, 2008
Facing challenges on the football field is nothing for this week’s Valley Sun All- Star, who has overcome some incredible challenges during his 17 years. Justin Sciarra, a junior at St. Francis High School in La Cañada, was nominated by staff at the school for his upbeat attitude, scholastic aptitude and concern for others. Sciarra was a recipient of the school’s Random Acts of Kindness award last month. “Justin is a great kid,” said Eric Gleason, the director of campus ministries at St. Francis High School.
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By Seth Amitin | July 3, 2008
He wears flip flops to the pool while coaching and hides his thick black mess of hair tucked underneath a ballcap. He’s wearing some swim shorts and a T-shirt and is more appropriately dressed for the beach, though he’s been caught on an off-day. “I’m not really prepared [for this],” German Lopez said about the interview, laughing. Now he has some big flip flops to fill. After months of deliberation, the La Cañada High School Athletics Department named water polo assistant coach German Lopez as successor to retired head coach Larry Naeve this week.
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By Ruth Longoria | May 22, 2008
When St. Francis High School held a recent raffle at a basketball game, a friend passed on the winning ticket to senior Ramiro Carreon. The large pool of money the youth won was immediately turned back in so the funds could be given to the school’s fund-raising for last weekend’s Relay for Life event to raise money to fight cancer. Carreon said he and his friend, Justin Sciarra, didn’t even consider keeping the money for themselves. “Cancer patients need [the money]
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By Ruth Longoria | April 2, 2009
He describes himself as “loud and rambunctious,” but this week’s Valley Sun All-Star is hardly a disturbance to those who respect the young man referred to by others as “sensitive,” “mature,” and an “all around great kid.” That all around great kid — this week’s Valley Sun All Star — is James Christensen, a senior at La Cañada High School. The 17-year-old is involved in sports, he’s a musician, enjoys hiking, is an avid fisherman, and he’s an expert sailor, his dad, Jay Christensen said, adding that his son also is a great person.
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