La Cañada Flintridge Native Makes MLB Debut

Nik Turley
Nik Turley

Days removed from achieving his lifelong dream, La Cañada Flintridge native Nik Turley struggled to find the words to describe the feeling of making his Major League Baseball debut with the Minnesota Twins.
“I’ve been dreaming of playing in the big leagues since I was a little kid,” said Turley, who debuted on the mound against San Francisco at AT&T Park. “I was kind of speechless when my manager told me. I don’t even know if it’s sunk in yet. Continue reading “La Cañada Flintridge Native Makes MLB Debut”

Interaction Between Bears, Coyote Caught on Tape in LCF

The mama bear and cub matching the description of those who’ve been spotted recently in La Cañada Flintridge made the TV news over the weekend when a homeowner’s surveillance camera caught the bears facing off with a coyote over the contents of a trash can on his property.
According to the station, the black bear and cub could be seen investigating a trash can in Chris McDonald’s yard when a coyote appeared on the scene, attracted either by the trash or the cub. Continue reading “Interaction Between Bears, Coyote Caught on Tape in LCF”

Polytechnic Football Scores Big With Hillsides

Photo courtesy Jennifer Godwin-Minto Poly Head of School John Bracker said football coach Chris Schmoke, pictured above talking to senior John Genske, is a good mentor to all of his athletes and students.
Photo courtesy Jennifer Godwin-Minto
Poly Head of School John Bracker said football coach Chris Schmoke, pictured above talking to senior John Genske, is a good mentor to all of his athletes and students.

Hillsides has partnerships with various schools in the Pasadena area, most notably Polytechnic. The union between the foster care organization and Poly began nearly 40 years ago and remains strong to this day.
Hillsides Tutor Coordinator Ian Lee praised Poly students for taking the time to tutor their clients, but working with an agency “dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy,” he felt more could be done.
“I’m pretty sure I was the first one brave enough to ask, ‘Would you be open to hosting athletic clinics?’” Lee said. “We never really made a strong connection with an athletic student body group.”
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Spartan Rally Comes Up Short in Quarterfinals

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Graham Massimino scored La Cañada’s lone run in the Spartans’ 2-1 loss at North Hollywood Campbell Hall last Friday.

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team was in unknown territory last Friday, playing a CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinal for the first time since 1989.
“Historically, La Cañada hasn’t been in those type of games,” said LCHS head coach Matt Whisenant, who was a senior on the last Spartan team to play a quarterfinal playoff game. “It’s a lot different.”
As was his squad, which entered the contest riding a 13-game winning streak. The hot-hitting Spartans were held at bay as North Hollywood Campbell Hall staved off a late rally from visiting La Cañada for a 2-1 victory.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Whisenant’s squad began to claw its way back. Campbell Hall starting pitcher RJ Collins loaded the bases and walked Jonathan Shalklan, which allowed Graham Massimino put his team on the board.
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Murray Wins Hurdles, Moves on to Finals

Claire Murray will be the lone representative of La Cañada High School in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championships at Norwalk Cerritos College this Saturday.
Murray won the 100-meter hurdles event at the CIF prelims with a time of 14.60. The junior also participated in the 4×100 relay along with Kamryn Creighton, Jackie Gevorgian and Samantha Mayer. The four Spartans finished 26th with a time of 51.60. Continue reading “Murray Wins Hurdles, Moves on to Finals”

Syrkin Wins Bronze for LC; Flintridge Prep Boys Finish 4th

La Cañada High School freshman Danny Syrkin broke out in the Rio Hondo League finals with three victories and one silver medal, and the standout swimmer carried over that performance onto the biggest stage last Friday.
Syrkin participated in four events at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 swimming and diving finals at the Riverside Aquatics Center and came home a bronze medal. The freshman finished third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.76 and was 11th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.09, which was good enough for CIF State consideration. Continue reading “Syrkin Wins Bronze for LC; Flintridge Prep Boys Finish 4th”

La Cañada Extends Win Streak

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team keeps rolling past opponents despite clinching the Rio Hondo League championship two weeks ago. The Spartans didn’t take it easy on visiting Temple City and defeated the Rams, 6-1, on Tuesday to remain perfect in Rio Hondo League play.
La Cañada (20-5 overall record) improved to 11-0 in league play and is currently riding a 10-game winning streak. Continue reading “La Cañada Extends Win Streak”

Five LC Athletes Capture League Championships

The La Cañada High School varsity track and field team turned in a solid performance in the Rio Hondo League finals at South Pasadena and took home five titles last Friday.
The LC girls finished among the top three in eight events and recorded 71.33 points to finish third overall. Morgan Bowman led the charge by winning the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:25.20 and placing third in the 800 with a time of 2:23.58. Teammate Adena DiPaolo wasn’t far behind Bowman and was second in the 1600 with a time of 5:28.98. Continue reading “Five LC Athletes Capture League Championships”