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Running back Beau Hobbie of San Marino is coached by his grandfather, Mike Hobbie.
Running back Beau Hobbie of San Marino is coached by his grandfather, Mike Hobbie. (Matt Hobbie)

Beau Hobbie is 5 feet 5, 145 pounds. It hasn’t prevented him from becoming San Marino’s all-time leading rusher with more than 3,000 yards.

Watching and admiring it all has been San Marino’s head coach, Mike Hobbie, who’s his grandfather.

“It’s not easy coaching a relative,” he said. “You have to take the relative hat off and keep the coaching hat on. But from the standpoint of watching him, he’s an exciting runner. You go, ‘Wow, how does he do this?’ Whether he’s my grandson or not, I’d be saying the same thing.”

Hobbie has rushed for 1,338 yards and 23 touchdowns. He lives with his grandparents. His mother, Allyson, died in 2009 after a bout with cancer.

It’s quite a family experience for everyone at San Marino. Hobbie’s uncle, Matt, is an assistant coach. His grandmother, Suzanne, is a teacher at San Marino. And his grandpa keeps figuring out ways to give Beau the chance to shine.

Friday is a huge game for the Rio Hondo League championship, matching San Marino (7-1-1, 3-0) against Monrovia (5-4, 3-0) at Monrovia.

Just keep your eyes on the running back.

“He’s a tough littler bugger,” Mike Hobbie said. “He can be full speed and go sideways in a heartbeat.”


It was three years ago when some Peninsula parents were outraged that the school would end the football season with three games to play, citing safety concerns and lack of players.

Tony Seymour was one of those parents. His son, A.J., had his senior season ended. A.J.’s brother, Luke, was an eighth-grader at the time, and the family decided to send Luke to rival Palos Verdes after the football debacle.

But Peninsula hired Palos Verdes defensive coordinator Dave Young to rebuild the program.




Dodger and Red Sox flags flying side by side outside the divided O'Donnell house.
Dodger and Red Sox flags flying side by side outside the divided O'Donnell house. (O'Donnell family)

The World Series begins on Tuesday in Boston. Good luck to the families in Los Angeles whose loyalties are divided between the Dodgers and Red Sox.

One such family is the O’Donnells. Chris is the athletic director at Loyola High. He has been a Dodger fan forever. A brother-in-law serves as a pitching coordinator for the organization. His wife, Bonnie, has been a diehard Red Sox fan. She grew up in Delaware and used to vacation during the summer in Gloucester, Mass.

Dodger and Red Sox flags are waving side by side in the front yard of the family home.


Monday, Oct. 22


Hacienda Heights Wilson 16, Baldwin Park 0

Junior Grace Hay of Bishop Diego shot 69 on Monday at the Northern Regional at Los Robles in Thousand Oaks to lead the qualifying for the Southern Section individual girls’ golf championships.

The finals are set for Nov. 1 at River Ridge Golf Club.

Tying for second with 70s were Kamille Dimayuga of Troy, Tiffany Pak of Camarillo, Kaylee Sakoda of Troy and Sherilyn Villanueva of Troy.

  • Football

With one week to go in the football regular season, St. John Bosco holds down No. 1 in this week’s Southern Section Division 1 coaches’ poll.

Corona Centennial is No. 2, Mater Dei No. 3, Oaks Christian No. 4 and JSerra No. 5.

Here’s the link to complete rankings.


Public schools haven’t been too keen about having private schools in their sports leagues, but Ventura County has been stuck with few alternatives. That sets up a Camino League title decider on Friday night between Camarillo (9-0) and Grace Brethren (7-2) at Moorpark College.

Camarillo is ranked No. 1 in Division 4. Grace Brethren is No. 4, so playoff seedings will be definitely affected by the outcome of the game.

Camarillo is your neighborhood school that goes through rebuilding years based on how many top seniors it has, while not relying on transfers to fill in for graduates. Last season, the Scorpions went 5-6. This season they are unbeaten thanks to the play of junior quarterback James McNamara.

The City Section football playoff seedings will likely produce lots of debate when they’re released on Saturday. That’s because a computer and not coaches or a seeding committee will create the brackets.

“That was a coaches’ decision,” said John Aguirre, the City Section commissioner. “They wanted to take the human element out of the rankings.”

Anyone who remembers the days of coaches putting together the brackets and voting to support friends rather than rankings understands why the computer was chosen. This is the second year of the format.