Pasadena Poly selected Cal-Hi State School of the Year in Division V. This again begs the question: Does this now validate Pasadena Poly is a sports powerhouse?

Just a few weeks go the Star-News announced that Pasadena Poly’s Hunter Merryman and Michelle Miller were chosen by this newspaper as the male and female Athletes of the Year. If I’m correct, it’s the first time ever in this newspaper’s history to have selected the top athletes from the same school. In my story I open by writing that “perhaps it’s time to start thinking of Pasadena Poly as a sports powerhouse.”

It was merely a suggestion that’s certainly open for debate, but the Panthers collected another honor that perhaps validates the suggestion. Pasadena Poly was chosen the Division V Cal-Hi State School of the Year. It’s the first time in the school’s history to garner the award.

Pasadena Poly won CIF championships in girls basketball and baseball. The boys water polo team was a finalist while the boys basketball team and the football team each reached the semifinals in their respective divisions. The girls basketball team also reached the quarterfinals of the CIF State Southern California Regional playoffs. Miller (33 points per game) for the second consecutive season was selected Star-News Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Merryman (.512, 42 RBIs) was selected first-team All-CIF in football, basketball and baseball, and Panthers baseball coach Wayne Ellis was chosen CIF and Star-News Coach of the Year.

Powerhouse or not? At this point, is it even debatable?

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  • LOL

    NO….weak schedule

  • No, No, No

    NO

  • Edward

    The List:

    Division I-Long Beach Poly
    Division II-Archbishop Mitty
    Division III-Campolindo (Moraga, CA)
    Division IV-Oaks Christian
    Division V-Pasadena Poly

    Honorable Mention:

    Buchanan (Clovis, CA)
    Loyola
    Palo Alto
    Mater Dei
    Clovis West (Fresno)
    Serra (Gardena)

    Congratulations Poly!

    The success of the athletic programs at Poly are not news to any of the schools who compete in the small schools division. One need only walk into their gyms on campus to see the numerous CIF and State Championship banners hanging on the walls of their boys and girls gyms. Keeping things in perspective, Poly has historically been one of the top “small school” athletic programs in the State over the past 30 years.

  • Poly Alum

    Poly is without a doubt a powerhouse… an academic powerhouse! The last few years have been good athletically, but that’s not what Poly is about. They accept kids based on academic, not athletic ability. If a kid can play then all the better, but please don’t try to label the school as some sort of sports factory. Poly is about creating excellent students, excellent people, and if lucky, excellent athletes. Poly will always have their ups and downs athletically, but one thing is for sure, they will never waiver in their academic achievements.

  • thank you new coaches

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnRvNUvxZ-c

    watch this video and tell you wouldnt want this kid playing for you. glad that muirs coaches are out cause no experience causes you to lose sight of key kids like this one.

  • FBFan

    Poly Alum,

    How can you say that Poly is about CREATING excellent students when it seems as if you already have to be an excellent student to be accepted into the school. It’s as if they are picking and choosing who they want to develop. Pretty easy to be a great academic school when you choose only the cream of the crop.

  • FBFan

    Poly Alum,

    How can you say that Poly is about CREATING excellent students when it seems as if you already have to be an excellent student to be accepted into the school. It’s as if they are picking and choosing who they want to develop. Pretty easy to be a great academic school when you choose only the cream of the crop.

  • Amused Reader

    Poly would get destroyed by Oaks Christian in any sport, so to even put them in the same breath is an embarrassment. Poly is tops in Div. 5. That’s good enough, but let’s not go overboard. I think schools like St. Francis and Amat have Poly beat by a mile.

  • guy

    Congratulations to poly. you can still suck it

  • SGVDad

    Amused Reader,

    Don’t shoot the messenger. This information is listed that way on the ESPN Rise website. Don’t read into the guy’s post. On a side note, most schools that have 850+ students will usually do better athletically than a school with 350 students. We have not even factored in recruiting. Does Oaks Christian recruit athletes? It’s not rocket science!

  • K4er11

    I played on poly teams the last couple of years and it’s true, we aren’t really a true sports powerhouse. The class of 2011 was. When you looked at basketball and football the vast majority of starters were seniors. The class of 2011 was freakishly athletic by Poly standards which allowed us to compete with some larger schools. But don’t compare us to places like Oaks Christian because you simply cannot. It’s apples and oranges. We have roughly 45 guys in a class to split between three sports a season let alone a multitude of other extracurriculars. So what we did here with such few numbers is astonishing when you look at it after that. Well deserved fellow Panthers!