Category Archives: Sports

New Book Offers Parents a Road Map for Coping with High-Pressure Youth Sports 

  An excellent new book, “What Size Balls Do I Need?” aims to help parents (and grandparents) navigate the world of competitive sports with young athletes who hope to play in high school and college. The author is Steve Morris, … Continue reading

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Pepperdine’s Sahith Theegala Joins the PGA Tour; A Bogey on Final Hole Costs Him Dearly

After the third round of the Safeway Open at the Silverado Resort in Napa this weekend, Pepperdine alum Sahith Theegala was 13 under, just three strokes off the lead. In Sunday’s final round at the Silverado Resort, PGA Tour rookie Theegala … Continue reading

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PaliHi Soccer Player Shane Thomas Dies August 15 After Practicing in Extreme Heat

Shane Thomas, 17, who scored 19 goals as a junior for the Palisades High soccer team, and who was to be a captain this coming season, died suddenly on Saturday, August 15. A memorial was soon organized near the entrance … Continue reading

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Palisadian Jake Suddleson Graduates Harvard University, Launches Pro Baseball Career

Harvard University has never been a pipeline for Major League baseball, or any other pro sport. So when Pacific Palisades teenager Jake Suddleson, a talented right fielder with professional aspirations, was accepted to Harvard in 2016, he went for “the unparalleled academic … Continue reading

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City Finally Renovates and Upgrades the Main Office at the Palisades Recreation Center  

It only took 13 years, but Palisades Recreation Center Director Erich Haas finally prevailed. Built in 1958, the Rec Center office was finally renovated in May, June and July—just in time for Haas, who is nearing retirement, to celebrate his final … Continue reading

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Palisades Native Tyler Heineman Is Suddenly the Starting Catcher for the San Francisco Giants 

Just months after being released by the Miami Marlins, catcher Tyler Heineman had a memorable season-opening debut with his new team, the San Francisco Giants, last Thursday through Sunday. Heineman, 29, who grew up in Pacific Palisades, caught three of … Continue reading

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Former Pepperdine Golfer Sahith Theegala Joins the Pros

(Editor’s note: I covered the Genesis Open in 2017 and was so impressed by the collegiate champ, Sahith Theegala, that I wrote a story about the Pepperdine sophomore. There was something about his quiet confidence and focus that made me … Continue reading

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Palisades-Malibu YMCA Will Gradually Reopen Starting June 29

The first phase of the reopening of the Palisades-Malibu YMCA will take place on Monday, June 29. Y Executive Director Jim Kirtley told Circling the News in a June 25 email, “We are excited to re-open your Palisades Y and bring … Continue reading

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Will Rogers 5/10K 4th of July Run Evolves

So you’re not an athlete and you’ve never run a 5K or even jogged around the block? This is absolutely your year to donate to the Palisades Will Rogers 5 & 10K Run and receive a T-shirt. The July 4th races … Continue reading

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Gyms, Fitness Centers and Dance Studios, Including Westside Ballet, Fight for Survival Amid Covid-19 Restrictions

  Yvonne Mounsey founded Westside School of Ballet in 1967 and trained dancers of all ages until her passing in 2012. A former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, she danced the lead in numerous ballets for George Balachine. … Continue reading

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