In early July 2013 I took on the role of a sports columnist for San Pedro Today magazine, and since then, I have seen a rise of spectacular student athletes and special teams that have made my hometown a beautiful place to live. Some teams stood out more than others, even if they brought home a CIF championship or not.
San Pedro, Port Of Los Angeles and Mary Star Of The Sea High Schools have brought on some extraordinary moments that even yours truly couldn't comprehend, and the list of achievements have been mind-boggling.
From the Fall of 2013 through the Spring of 2018, there has been seven CIF-Los Angeles City Section team championships won (not to mention countless individual titles in the sports of swimming and track), five runner-up finishes in either the City Section…Continue
David, his mother, Cleo, and his father, Everett, all have “PhD’s,” Pedro High Diplomas. David, Class of ’62, his mother earned her diploma in ’28, and his father (a classmate of Vincent “Snakeoil” Thomas) in ’26. Everett Freligh built their house from the ground up at what would now be near 26th and Meyler, and Cleo’s parents owned the U.S. Hotel on Beacon in the 1920s.
San Pedro has always been a harbor for the hardworking immigrants who built the United States and David’s family was no different.…Continue
The 2018 Prep Football season is rapidly approaching, and the schedules are now officially in for the San Pedro & Mary Star Of The Sea High School football teams, as both look to improve off their 2017 campaigns
San Pedro stumbled in the final month of the season after a Marine League-opening victory over Gardena, as second-year coach Corey Miller and the Pirates would finish the season with four losses in their last five games, two of which to eventual CIF-Los Angeles City Section Open Division & CIF State Division I-A champion Narbonne of Harbor City.
San Pedro would go 5-6 overall, 2-3 in the Marine League after falling…Continue
LOS ANGELES - Darnella Davidson, a legendary music teacher at San Pedro High School, has been honored by the Country Music Association for delivering a top-quality music program and making an impact on the school community.
Davidson was one of 34 educators nationwide to receive the Music Teachers of Excellence Award during a ceremony on Tuesday at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville.
“This award is really special,” said Davidson, who has won 28 consecutive city championships for L.A. Unified schools. "The fact that they awarded this on National Teacher Appreciation Day is pretty special. I feel quite blessed and honored and humbled to receive this award.”…Continue
San Pedro High baseball may not have had a winning season if you base it on overall record, but the Pirates still managed to finish with a second straight Marine League championship sharing it with Banning of Wilmington and Carson in a three-way tie, also posting solid victories over San Fernando and Cleveland of Reseda during the season before San Fernando got their retribution with a 3-1, ten-inning victory over the Pirates, eliminating them in the first round of the inaugural CIF-Los Angeles City Section Open Division playoffs.
Who knows how the Pirates' season would have turned out if they had sophomore P/INF Travis Connelly from the start?
In fact, two of the three teams reached the limit in 2018, as both San Pedro and Mary Star Of The Sea High ended two magnificent and improbable runs to reach a CIF-Los Angeles City Section Open Division final (San Pedro) and a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 final (Mary Star). The Pirates and Stars ended up second best in their respective divisions but made sure the sport of softball finished first once again as the most profound high school sport in San Pedro, California.
Two players in particular, had phenomenal seasons.
San Pedro High softball sophomore P/INF Briana Velazquez had a season most would dare to dream of having: a three-home run game…Continue