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Judy Manaffa and Jim Squire Marry Judy Manaffa, daughter of Maxine Brooner of Fallbrook and Jim Squire, son of Betty Squire of Brentwood, were married by Reverend John Todd at Palisades Presbyterian Church on October 12. Following the afternoon ceremony, a dinner reception followed at their home in the Palisades. The bride attended Palisades High School and Loyola Marymount and works in investor relations at Point Center Financial. The bridegroom attended PaliHi and UCSB and is a contractor with Squire Painting. The couple dated in high school and became reacquainted at Palisades Presbyterian Church in 2001. The bride was given away by her sons, Max and Jack Manaffa, who also were ushers along with the bridegroom’s sons, Austin and Paul Squire. The couple enjoyed a wedding trip to Maui and will continue to live in the Palisades. Kristi Sullivan to Marry Kevin Derby Longtime Palisadian Sandy Derby is happy to announce the engagement of her son, Kevin Loyd Derby, to Kristi Anne Sullivan, daughter of Heather Sullivan of San Diego and Reed Sullivan, also of San Diego. Kevin’s father, Loyd Derby, lives in Mexico. The bride-to-be attended schools in San Diego and graduated from San Diego State University. She is a physical therapist working with the elderly in San Diego. The bridegroom attended St. Matthew’s Parish School and Loyola High School and graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in environmental conservation. He is now employed as an environmental biologist with EDAW in San Diego. The couple plan to marry in May 2004 in San Diego with Reverend Peter Kreitler, former associate rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, officiating at the ceremony.

AYSO Region 69 Playoff Roundup

U-10 Boys The Black Licorice beat the Candy Canes to reach the quarterfinals of the playoffs December 14 on a goal by defenseman Garrett Lee, who scored on a shot from past the midifield stripe. It was Lee’s first goal of the season. After losing their first three games, the Black Licorice reached the championship game before losing to the No. 1 seed in three overtimes. U-10 Girls The Blue Flames won the championship Sunday, December 14, in the rain and mud at the VA field by defeating the Greyhounds, 4-0. Jenna Davis scored an unassisted goal in the sixth minute on a shot from 16 yards out. Carolyn Windler scored off of an assist from Davis six minutes into the third quarter just before Davis added another unassisted goal. In the fourth quarter, Kelly Bertrando notched her 16th goal of the season on an assist from Davis. The strong defensive line of Ellen Ray, Virginia James, Julia Robinson and Davis anchored the Blue Flames, who ended the season 11-3-1 after an 0-2 start. The team was also led by Sophie Binenfeld, Morgan Gruber, Caroline Branigan, Aidan Romick and Lexi Mohr. Windler, Romick, and Branigan led the Blue Flames in goal. The Blue Flames, coached by Chuck Davis and Amy Clendening, defeated the Red Devils, 2-0, on two late goals by Bertrando in a quarterfinal match Saturday. In the semifinal, Davis scored three goals and Bertrando netted one to lead the Flames to a 4-0 win over the Black Widows. The Greyhounds, coached by Nancy Babcock and Fred Kornfeind, won its quarterfinal and semifinal games in exciting double and triple sudden-death overtime games. Both the Blue Flames and Greyhounds will advance to the Area P playoffs in Culver City on January 10. U-12 Boys The Red Devils added the playoff championship to their title-winning season on a muddy Sunday afternoon at Paul Revere with a 5-1 victory over the Unknowns. Chester Lindley set the Devils going after a great through ball from the tireless Nick Rogers. Victor Moyano, the team’s elusive leader, added two goals before halftime. Tyler Coleman brought the Unknowns back into the game shortly after the break but further goals from Moyano and Aaron Schwartz sealed the win for the Devils, who were bolstered by strong defensive play from Alex Spire, Andrew Gigg, Zach Scott, Nick Keech and Ritchie Harrington. The Devils passed the ball superbly throughout the game, with telling midfield performances from David Pack, Troy Aden, Andrew Wong, and the irrepressible Lindley. Kevin McKenzie worked energetically in attack and Jesse Eagle lent support from his sickbed. Coaches Peter Rogers, Kevin McKenzie and David Eagle shouted themselves hoarse from the touchline. U-12 Girls The league champion Panthers ended their season with a third place finish in the post-season tournament. The Panthers prevailed on Saturday over the tough Tazmanian Devils in a game for the ages. The match was still tied 0-0 after quadruple overtime, the last period of which was played three-on-three. Keeper/midfielder Stephanie Black was the heroine of the day scoring on the Panthers’ sixth shot and stopping the Devils keeper’s penalty shot to clinch the victory after Panther Maria Svenson scored on the Panthers’ seventh kick. In a steady rain in Sunday’s semi-final, the Panthers again displayed their trademark tenacious defense (which allowed only three goals all year) led by sweeper Hannah Spitz, defenders Samantha Rosenbaum and Tara Robinson and keepers Emma Weinman, Black and the muddy, but unbeaten Taylor Bartholomew. Offensive leader Negin Mahmoudi, Alondra Barbosa Chelsea Lewis, Lauren Jones, Geena Angrisani, Shannon Lindee, and Svenson played all-out throughout the match, which was decided by a penalty kick late in the scoreless third period. Kristin Begakis converted the kick for the Orange Crush, propelling them into the championship game where they defeated the Incredible Hulkettes, 1-0, on a goal by Emma Gilhouly.

PaliHi Football Coach Resigns

Jason Blatt has resigned as head varsity football coach at Palisades High after posting a 9-13 mark in two seasons.
Jason Blatt has resigned as head varsity football coach at Palisades High after posting a 9-13 mark in two seasons.
Photo by Rich Schmitt, Staff Photographer

Palisades High head varsity football coach Jason Blatt resigned December 16, citing personal reasons. Blatt posted a 9-13 record and led the Dolphins to the City Invitational playoffs in each of his two seasons. Pali won only one game and finished last in the Western League in 2001, the year before Blatt arrived. “This was 100 percent my decision,” Blatt insisted. “In fact, the administration asked me to reconsider but I told them it was final.” Blatt, who got married last June, said he decided to quit coaching to devote more time to his family and his mortgage/financial service business in Beverly Hills. He was offered the head coaching job last season at Taft High in Woodland Hills, where he served for four years as defensive coordinator under former coach Troy Starr, but Blatt chose to remain at Palisades. “The proudest moment for me was beating Westchester that first year,” Blatt said. “It was a huge win for the program and especially for the seniors who had never beaten them before.” After opening the past season 2-0, Pali finished fifth in the Western League with a 4-6 overall record, then lost 21-13 to El Camino Real in the first round of the Invitational playoffs. In his first year, Blatt guided the Dolphins to a 5-5 regular season mark and the No. 2 seed in the Invitational playoffs, but Pali was upset by Jordan in the first round. “Palisades is a really unique school because you have kids from all over Los Angeles, not just the local community. I’m glad I coached there and I’m really going to miss all the players,” Blatt said. “But I think the program is moving in the right direction.” School officials are forming a committee to interview candidates for the vacant position but have yet to name Blatt’s replacement.

Colman Third in City

Palisades High freshman Olivia Colman finished third at the All-City Individuals Tennis Tournament last week in Encino. Seeded third in a draw of 64 players, Colman advanced to the semifinals of the singles draw without losing a set. She routed North Hollywood’s Marsha Clever 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals before falling to second-seeded Desiree Stone (also of North Hollywood) in the semifinals 6-3, 7-5. But Colman wasn’t done. She was ahead of Westchester’s Simone Greene 6-2, 5-7, 3-1 in the third-place match when Greene had to retire due to injury. Colman was the only Dolphin singles player to earn All-City honors. Yasmir Navas and Krista Slocum were trying to become the third consecutive Pali High doubles duo to win the All-City tournament. Seeded No. 1 out of 32 teams, they advanced to the finals with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 semifinal victory over fourth-seeded Cielo Domingo and Tisha Sutphin of Carson, but lost to third-seeded Roxanne Plata and Alex Margolin of Granada Hills, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, in the finals. Plata and Margolin, who led Granada Hills to the City Section team championship last month, defeated Pali’s No. 2 team, Cody Clark and Lauren Pugatch, 6-0, 6-3 in the semifinals Clark and Pugatch were seeded seventh and beat Dolphin teammates Rebecca Feuerlicht and Brittany O’Neil in the round of 16 before winning their quarterfinal match by a walkover. Clark and Pugatch lost to Domingo and Sutphin 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, in the third-place match. The tandems of Slocum-Navas and Clark-Pugatch each earned first-team All-City honors by virtue of finishing in the top four in the All-City tournament. Sisters Jennifer and Marissa Lin won the All-City doubles title in 2001 while Jasmine Reed and Madison Sellers teamed to win it last year.

Archer Arrows Soccer on Target

The Archer School for Girls’ varsity soccer team got off to a fast start this season with a record of 8-0-1. League play does not begin until January but the Arrows hope to beat last year’s second place finish. The season opener against Oakwood High on December 1 ended in a 3-1 victory, with freshmen Palisadians Jamie Shields and Kate Santulli getting substantial playing time at midfield and Shields scoring her first goal of the season. A 9-2 victory over Bishop Conaty Dec. 3 saw sophomore Christina Randolph mastering the stopper position. Archer won the Western Christian Tournament, defeating Baldwin Park 4-0, Pomona Catholic 2-0, and tying Hoover High School 1-1 in round robin play before shutting out Linfield 3-0 in the semifinals. In the championship game, the Arrows beat host Western Christian 2-1. Junior goalie Kelley Costello notched two shutouts in the tournament. In the Linfield victory, junior Lauren Bahedry moved to forward from sweeper and crossed to senior Liza Epps, who scored the winning goal. Moments later, sophomore Sasha Verruno scored her second goal on a high cross well above the keeper’s outstretched fingers. Last week, Archer beat Animo Leadership High 5-4 and Rolling Hills Prep 6-2. Costello has played all but four minutes of the season in goal. The Arrows played Campbell Hall on Wedneday and the first game of the New Year is against Malibu. Archer again fields a team with great depth and talent with girls from other parts of the Los Angeles area: Lauren Haas, Natalie Babcock, Catherine Carmichael, Dylan Optican, Alaina Gibbs, Kylie Clark, Hilly Newman, and Samantha Russ.

Harriet L. Axelrad, 87; Poet

Harriet Levene Axelrad, poet, writer and family historian, died peacefully at home on December 21. She was 87. Born on January 27, 1916 in Kansas City, Missouri, Harriet graduated from the University of Kansas City at age 19 and did graduate work in English at the University of Chicago. In 1938 she married Irving Axelrad, moved to Washington, D.C., and worked at the Library of Congress. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1952 and built a house in Pacific Palisades the following year. A mother of five, Harriet was president of the PTA at Paul Revere Junior High (1963-64) and Palisades High School (1966-67). She was also active in the larger community, serving as chairman of the Pacific Palisades United Crusades, board member of the Pacific Palisades Human Relations Council (1972-82) and president of the Palisades Historical Society. In 1984, she joined the PLATO Society of UCLA, and coordinated nine study groups. She was foreign press representative of Physicians for Social Responsibility in Oslo, Norway, when the group received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. She joined OPICA in 1991 and helped provide day care for the elderly. A founding docent at Will Rogers State Historic Park, Harriet wrote a book in 1990 called “Who Was Will Rogers?” She also served as a docent at LACMA, was president of the Organization of Art Sponsors, and worked on the Venice Art Tour Planning Committee (1982-92). She took creative writing classes at Santa Monica Emeritus College for many years and also belonged to a private writing group for over 20 years. She published poetry, haiku and several books, including “Harriet’s Harvest” (1995), “In My Time” (1997) and “Telling Tales” (2001). She excelled in ikebana flower arrangements and ceramics. Harriet is survived by her five children, Allan (wife Jill Rosenbaum), Stephen (Sylvia Impert), Karen (husband Manfred Schiedhelm), Eve and Joel; eight grandchildren, Joseph Zimring, Wendy Axelrad Kelly, Joshua Axelrad, Dov Zimring, Emily Axelrad Stuart, Florian Schiedhelm, Dion Schiedhelm and Alison Axelrad; and great-grandchild Emma Kelly. Services will be held at Hillside Memorial Park on Friday, December 26 at 11 a.m. Please visit www.axelradfamily.com for Harriet’s poetry, writing and family history-an ongoing memorial Web site. The January issue of Haiku Headlines, a monthly newsletter of haiku and senryu, will be in memory of Harriet. Contributions can be made to OPICA (Older People In a Caring Atmosphere), diabetes or cancer research.

Donald Reed McClure; Career Newspaperman

Donald Reed McClure, former editor of the editorial pages for the Santa Monica Evening Outlook for 21 years, passed away peacefully at home on December 15. He was 72. Born on September 30, 1931, to Donald Reed and Clara McClure in Glendale, he moved to Pacific Palisades at an early age. He was one of the first acolytes at St. Matthew’s Church, where his parents were active. He attended Palisades Elementary, Emerson Junior High, University High and Santa Monica City College and graduated from UCLA with a degree in journalism in 1956. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy during the Korean War. He enjoyed his journalism career, which began while he was still in high school when he worked part-time at The Outlook. After his long, successful stint as editor of the Outlook’s editorial pages, he worked at the Daily News from 1981 to 1999 before retiring. Reed McClure was active on his high school’s reunion committee, a docent at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying and a docent at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo. He was an avid reader, especially of history, and enjoyed making model airplanes and walking. He and his wife, Missie Dixie Heinz McClure, enjoyed traveling and writing travel stories for the Outlook. In addition to his wife of 37 years, he is survived by his sister-in-laws Gretchen Klasila (husband Jack), Diane McClure and Carollei Heinz Lamoureux, numerous nieces and a nephew. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on January 8 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1031 Bienveneda. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to one’s favorite charity is suggested.

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Art Glass Guild Annual Spring Show and Sale

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