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October 25, 2021


2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Preview: ‘Non-Native’ by Ingrid Dietrich -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

San Pedro Beacon’s 2014 Prep Football Preview

San Pedro High School football helmet (photo: Jamaal K. Street)

With the 2013-14 prep sports season now officially over, that gives all the football fans time to count down the days as the 2014-15 season begins in September.

That’s right, high school football is drawing near.

The San Pedro High football team went 8-4 during the 2013 season, placing third in the ultra-competitive Marine League and reached the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I quarterfinals, where they were eliminated by Venice for the second straight season. An experienced team eager to get things rolling for 2014, the Pirates and head coach Mike Walsh, who enters his 24th season at the helm, may have another promising year ahead.

Meanwhile at Mary Star, head coach Mike Marinkovich lost 21 seniors from last year’s team that narrowly missed the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division playoffs with a 4-6 record despite their even 3-3 record in the Del Rey League that had victories over Cantwell Sacred-Heart of Montebello, St. Bernard of Playa Del Rey and Bosco Tech of Rosemead.

Both schools will have six home games out of their 10-game schedule for 2014, so there will be a lot of opportunities for Pirate football followers to support the Men in Black at Pirate Stadium, and for football fans at Mary Star to see their Stars shine at Daniels Field. But in the case of the Stars, they will only play a nine-game schedule.

Mary Star High School football helmet (photo: Jamaal K. Street)

Mary Star High School football helmet (photo: Jamaal K. Street)

To dissect the Stars’ 2014 schedule in a nutshell… there is no Verbum Dei (of Los Angeles) or La Salle (of Pasadena), and Mary Star is no longer in the Del Rey League, which was dominated by those two schools last season. St. Bernard, Cantwell Sacred-Heart and Bishop Montgomery of Torrance are still on the schedule, but they are no longer league games for the Stars.

Mary Star now competes in the Santa Fe League with Bell-Jeff of Burbank (who will not field a varsity football team this season), St. Genevieve of Panorama City, St. Anthony of Long Beach and St. Monica of Santa Monica. Mary Star defeated St. Monica, but lost to St. Anthony, so they have experience against two of the original SFL teams. Bosco Tech also made the move from the Del Rey League along with the Stars to the newly-reformed Santa Fe League.

Mary Star will have a bye on October 24 due to Bell-Jeff not fielding a football team this year. Chadwick of Palos Verdes Estates and St. Genevieve are the only newcomers to the Stars’ schedule, with the Chadwick game on September 12 being the most intriguing for South Bay purposes.

San Pedro’s 2014 schedule returns to normalcy for Pirate football followers, as they will have the usual six home games, and only four away from the friendly confines of Pirate Stadium. The ‘Battle Of The Pirates’ Week Zero season-opening rematch with Morro Bay kicks it all off on August 29 where San Pedro won’t have to take the four-and-a-half-hour trip towards the San Luis Obispo area.

San Pedro defeated Morro Bay, 21-0 last season.

Another notable home game on the schedule is their first Marine League home game on October 17 against Harbor Area neighbor Banning of Wilmington.

Not only is the 78th all-time meeting with the Pilots for the overall lead in the all-time series (37-37-1), it is also the very first time in the 14-year history of Pirate Stadium where Banning is San Pedro’s Homecoming opponent. San Pedro has won five straight and ten out of the last 11 meetings with 11-time City champion Pilots since 2002.

Culver City, who won the Ocean League last year with a 6-5 record, is the only newcomer to San Pedro’s non-league slate. The Centaurs will host San Pedro on September 19, a week after San Pedro has a bye on September 12.

The October 2 non-league finale at Fairfax of Los Angeles is another notable game considering the Pirates have defeated the Lions four times in two years, including back-to-back first round victories in the CIF-LACS Division I playoffs. This game also falls on a Thursday, the Pirates’ first Thursday football game in three years.

San Pedro’s Marine League opener on October 10 is a dandy, as they make the short trip to battle longtime nemesis Narbonne of Harbor City, who had its two-year reign as CIF-LACS Division I champion end last year with a 20-13 loss to Crenshaw of Los Angeles in the championship game. San Pedro narrowly lost 12-11 to the Gauchos last year.

San Pedro’s top returning players for the 2014 season includes returning Marine League Co-Offensive Player of the Year in senior running back Chris Alvidrez, and junior WR/DB Antonio Frazier, who last year made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass First Team Defense. Other players to look out for is junior quarterback Jacob Miller, senior offensive linemen Dominic O’Brien and Tyler Castaneda, and senior defensive tackle Luis Lona.

Junior WR/DB Vinny Lauro, junior kicker Nicholas Renfroe, junior RB/LB Nico Castania, senior RB/LB Vicente Perez and junior OL/DT Kevin Lopez are the top returning players for Mary Star.

Here are the 2014 schedules for both the Pirates and the Stars:

SAN PEDRO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2014 SCHEDULE (* – Denotes Marine League Game)
Friday 8/22 vs. Dorsey @ San Pedro HS (Scrimmage; 2 p.m.)
Friday 8/29 vs. Morro Bay @ San Pedro HS (7 p.m.)
Friday 9/5 vs. Locke @ San Pedro HS (7 p.m.)
Friday 9/12 BYE WEEK
Friday 9/19 @ Culver City (7 p.m.)
Friday 9/26 vs. University @ San Pedro HS (7 p.m.)
Thursday 10/2 @ Fairfax (7 p.m.)
Friday 10/10 @ Narbonne (7 p.m.)*
Friday 10/17 vs. Banning @ San Pedro HS (7 p.m. – HOMECOMING)*
Friday 10/24 vs. Washington Prep @ San Pedro HS (7 p.m.)*
Friday 10/31 @ Gardena (7 p.m.)*
Friday 11/7 vs. Carson @ San Pedro HS (7 p.m.)*

(Note #1: All games are at 7 p.m. and home games are at Daniels Field)
(Note #2: * – Denotes Santa Fe League Game)
(Note #3: The St. Genevieve & St. Monica games may be switched to the Saturday of that week)

Friday 8/29 @ Torrance (Scrimmage)
Friday 9/5 vs. Aquinas
Friday 9/12 vs. Chadwick
Friday 9/19 vs. Cantwell Sacred-Heart
Friday 9/26 vs. Bishop Montgomery
Friday 10/13 @ St. Bernard
Friday 10/10 @ St. Genevieve*
Friday 10/17 @ St. Monica*
Friday 10/24 BYE WEEK
Friday 10/31 vs. Bosco Tech*
Friday 11/7 vs. St. Anthony*