Category Archives: Sports

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Combines Community and Sport

  The 9th Annual Pacific Palisades Turkey Trot saw more than 2,000 runners, family members, strollers and supporters assemble at the Palisades Charter High School Stadium Thanksgiving morning.   One of the founders of the race, David Houston, was putting … Continue reading

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Parents Raising Empowered Athletes: What’s Best for the Kid?

  By: ALISON BURMEISTER Sports is a major part of your family dynamic. Your sons get recruited for Division I college basketball teams. Your daughter, still in high school, plays for a highly competitive volleyball team and on track to … Continue reading

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Club Official Explains the High School Referee Soccer Strike

Jonny Joseph, who is the president of South Bay Soccer Referee Association (SBSRA), which assigns referees to club games throughout West Los Angeles has been receiving emails from high school parents who claim that referees are trying to “wreck” the … Continue reading

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It Is Easy to Have High School Soccer Referees

(Editor’s note: Rather than paying trained officials to referee soccer at CIF-Southern Section schools, athletic directors are told to find anyone they can to officiate high school soccer.)High school referees have finished classes, taken the tests and are certified to … Continue reading

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Fall AYSO Season Was Dedicated to Janet Anderson and Debbie Held

(Editor’s note: Debbie Held and Janet Anderson helped helm Region 69 AYSO Soccer for as long as this editor can remember—literally decades. This past, year Lauren Colahan took over as the new AYSO Region 69 Commissioner and with her board, … Continue reading

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Viewpoint—Calling People Racist Is a Way to Skirt Blame

This editor wrote a September 2019 story (“Beglari House at 909 Greentree Is Razed”) about mistakes in City Planning that resulted in almost 20 years of legal problems. The homes at 909 and 921 Greentree Road were razed in August … Continue reading

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Seeking Soccer Officials with No High School Experience to Ref Games

Do you look good in shorts and knee socks? Have you ever watched a high school varsity soccer game? Do you have a pulse? Good news, you too can be a high school referee. Santa Monica High School’s athletic director … Continue reading

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Registration Is Open for Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Pacific Palisades Turkey Trot. The 5/10K race starts and finishes at the Palisades Charter High School Stadium 50-yard line on November 23. The event, which will start at 8 a.m., is a … Continue reading

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Letter: Southern Section Blue Book Spells out

(Editor’s note: Attorney David Hinshaw sent the following letter in reference to an October 12 story “Private and Rich Public High School Under Pay Soccer Referees” click here.)  I have been a high school referee for 18 years and am … Continue reading

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Private and Rich Public High Schools Under Pay Soccer Referees

Some of the most expensive high schools in the United States, which charge up of $50,000 a year for tuition are now being told by the CIF – Southern Section Commissioner Chris West that they should start looking for soccer … Continue reading

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