GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.


In the midst of a thrilling St. Francis High-Notre Dame football game, five past Golden Knights standouts were paid homage with their inductions into the St. Francis High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The 2009 class consisted of Dr. Fritz Menninger (Class of 1967), Rob Duncanson (1973), JP Roberge (1990), Trae Milton (1997) and John Sciarra (2001).

Sciarra was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Knights, throwing for 53 touchdowns and nearly 6,000 yards. He was an all-state and All-American pick who received a scholarship to play at UCLA, but transferred to Wagner College where he rewrote the program’s passing records.

Milton, the oldest of four Miltons to wear the gold and brown, established St. Francis records with 32 touchdowns and 3,160 rushing yards during his two years as the team’s starting running back.

Roberge was a baseball standout who attended USC on a baseball scholarship and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing 11 years of minor league baseball.

Duncanson played track, golf and football. He was an All-Del Rey League pick in football and in track was a league champion in the 220-yard dash. He attended UCLA where he led the rugby team to three Pacific 10 Conference titles and made the U.S. national team.

Menninger was a track standout, claiming the school record in the 1,600. As a senior, he ran 4 minutes 22 seconds in the mile and led the Knights to a league title.


Twenty-five-year-old Glendale mixed martial arts fighter Sako “The Chainsaw” Chivitchyan buzzed through another opponent on Sunday to remain undefeated in his young career.

Chivitchyan improved to 4-0 after submitting Sergio “Suave” Salcido in the first round of a bout at Long Beach Fight Night at Long Beach City College.

Chivitchyan, who trains at Team Hayastan in North Hollywood and Main Event Gym in Glendale among other places, defeated Salcido (4-5) for his third win of 2009. It was Salcido’s fourth straight loss.

Chivitchyan has won all four of his fights by stoppage, three coming via submission and all of those in the first round.


Following a hard-fought 28-24 loss to perennial power Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, the St. Francis High football team fell to third in the latest CIF Southern Section Western Division poll behind No. 1 Mira Costa and No. 2 Alemany. The Golden Knights (5-1) face another tough Serra League foe in Loyola on Friday.

Crescenta Valley (4-2, 2-1 in the Pacific League) faces Muir on Thursday. The Falcons, after two lopsided wins, have climbed up to No. 7 in the Southeast Division after a previous No. 8 ranking.

In girls’ volleyball, Flintridge Prep stays at No. 7 in Division 3A, while the school’s boys’ cross-country team is still No. 3 in Division V and the girls’ cross-country squad is still fifth in the same division.

Despite Crescenta Valley’s lopsided, 11-1, boys’ water polo win against Glendale, the Falcons stayed at No. 2 in Division VI and the Nitros remained at No. 7.


The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club will hold its seventh meeting at 11:30 a.m. today at The Elk’s Lodge. The club, which is in its 67th year, is geared to support local high school and college football programs.

Mark Hillman, a former Hoover High boys’ basketball standout, will be the guest speaker.

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