La Cañada Downs Rival in League, Shines in Tournament

It took four years for the La Cañada High School varsity wrestling team to recapture Rio Hondo League crown and the Spartans intend to keep the crown for another season. La Cañada put that determination on display against visiting San Marino and came away with a 48-30 victory last week.
“I’m happy with our performance,” said LCHS head coach Justin Luthey. “[San Marino is] a program on the rise with solid young talent, and we had to raise the bar. We knew it wouldn’t be easy. We don’t want our guys to get complacent.”

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Will Henderson pinned his San Marino opponent and helped the Spartans defeat the Titans, 48-30, in a Rio Hondo League dual last week.

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La Cañada Ready for League

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The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ soccer team will open Rio Hondo League play at home against Temple City on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 3:30 p.m. The Spartans (7-3-1 overall record), guided by second-year head coach Kevin Neumeier, includes Carolina de Souza, Elizabeth Dick, Adena DiPaolo, Sophia Godinez, Sidney Hwang, Rucha Kadam, Minzie Kim, Chloe Kouyoumdjian, Hanna Kruglov, Mia LeClerc, Camille Lorenz, Cecily Lowe, Solenn Matuska, Samantha Mayer, Ashley Messier, Gianna Mor, Priya Patel, Kallie Rushing, Katharine Scoville and Charlotte Tapp.

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ soccer team has been one of the most competitive programs in the area and known to compete in big local tournaments, including those scheduled during the winter break.
Kevin Neumeier made a few changes last year in his first season at the helm of the LCHS varsity girls’ soccer program, most notably giving his players two weeks off during the holidays.
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Spartans Open Holiday Tourney with Rout Over L.A. Marshall

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Patric Panoosi scored 22 points in the Spartans’ 63-38 win over L.A. Marshall.

The La Cañada High School overcame a slow start and downed visiting Los Angeles Marshall, 63-38, in the first round of games of the LCHS Holiday Classic on Tuesday.
The Spartans (4-2 overall record) struggled from the field and scored only 13 points in the first quarter, but the home squad bounced back in the second to extend their lead.
“I thought we did a good job,” said LCHS head coach Tom Hofman. “Patric had a good hand and we had to get him the ball. Defensively, there was a little bit of improvement, but we still have a long way to go.”
Patric Panoosi led the team with 22 points, and Ryan Graves returned from injury and chipped in 11 points.
“We haven’t had a full team yet,” said Hofman, whose players have been plagued with injuries early in the season. “We lost Brendan [Co], and Jivan [Shirvanian] is out too. That’s a big one. We got Graves back, which is huge, and he had a nice game tonight.
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La Salle Falls to Sierra Canyon in Division 3 Final

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson The La Salle High School varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section runner-up after falling to Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth in four sets. The team, which posed with its fans, includes Stephanie Stiver (front row, from left), Chloe Howell, Abby McKiernan, Natalie Gohrick, Claire Forrest and Victoria Ashkinos. Back: Assistant coaches Angel Ramirez and Stephen Bernabe, Sophia Anderson, Sofia Sanchez, Tamia Cephus, Alessandra Perez, Elizabeth Harrity, Vanessa Ramirez, Devon Nardoni, Natalie Gohrick, Carly Kejmar and head coach Tiare Tuitama.
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The La Salle High School varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section runner-up after falling to Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth in four sets. The team, which posed with its fans, includes Stephanie Stiver (front row, from left), Chloe Howell, Abby McKiernan, Natalie Gohrick, Claire Forrest and Victoria Ashkinos. Back: Assistant coaches Angel Ramirez and Stephen Bernabe, Sophia Anderson, Sofia Sanchez, Tamia Cephus, Alessandra Perez, Elizabeth Harrity, Vanessa Ramirez, Devon Nardoni, Natalie Gohrick, Carly Kejmar and head coach Tiare Tuitama.

The La Salle High School varsity girls’ volleyball team advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship match against a familiar foe in Chatsworth Sierra Canyon. The Lancers had swept their opponent earlier in the season and hoped for the same outcome, but an inspired Trailblazers team avoided history repeating itself by defeating No. 1-seeded La Salle in four sets, 25-21, 25-16, 18-25, 25-17, at Cerritos College in Norwalk last Saturday.
“It was the same,” said La Salle head coach Tiare Tuitama, who guided the program to CIF-SS titles in 2012 and 2013. “I think our lineup was a little bit of the same. We did watch film on them, and it wasn’t anything that they had change. It was just kind of who brought it today. You got to show up on the day that it counts.”
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Mayfield, Flintridge Prep Win Prep League Championships

Photo courtesy Eric Sun The Mayfield Senior cross-country team had five runners place among the top eight to win the Prep League championship at Pierce College last week. The talented group, guided by head coach Eric Sun, includes Cameron Gomez (from left), McKenna Smith, Emma Linde, Sidney Hendricks, Maggie Kiechler, Emma Cadena and Audrey Suarez.
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The Mayfield Senior cross-country team had five runners place among the top eight to win the Prep League championship at Pierce College last week. The talented group, guided by head coach Eric Sun, includes Cameron Gomez (from left), McKenna Smith, Emma Linde, Sidney Hendricks, Maggie Kiechler, Emma Cadena and Audrey Suarez.
Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ cross-country team won the Prep League crown for the 26th time in the past 27 years. The squad, ranked No. 1 in CIF State Division 5, includes Ethan Moutes (from left), Carson Hasbrouck, Bennett Oakes, Evan Pattinelli, Seb Evans and Grady Morrissey.
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The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ cross-country team won the Prep League crown for the 26th time in the past 27 years. The squad, ranked No. 1 in CIF State Division 5, includes Ethan Moutes (from left), Carson Hasbrouck, Bennett Oakes, Evan Pattinelli, Seb Evans and Grady Morrissey.

In a battle of No. 1 teams, it was the Mayfield Senior cross-country squad that came out on top with five runners placing among the top eight to defeat Flintridge Prep, 22-43, in the Prep League Finals at Pierce College on Saturday.
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San Marino Downs Viewpoint, Extends Win Streak

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Jacob Leftwich (player with the ball) recovers a fumble and gives the offense good field position during the Titans’ 41-12 victory over visiting Viewpoint of Calabasas.

San Marino High School varsity football coach Mike Hobbie wasn’t satisfied with his team’s performance despite building a five-point lead at the half against visiting Calabasas Viewpoint last Friday, and gathered his players in the locker room to ask a simple question.
“He came in very calm, which we weren’t expecting,” said senior quarterback Blake Cabot. “He asked, ‘Do you want to win?’ We said yes, and he told us that if we wanted to win, we need to [execute the game plan] or else we’d lose. I think that motivated all of us. We’re not losing this game, and we got our act together.”
The motivated Titans responded with a dominant second half, running away with a 41-12 victory over the Patriots in a nonleague contest. Continue reading “San Marino Downs Viewpoint, Extends Win Streak”

LCF Golfer Makes History in Walker Cup Win

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Collin Morikawa, a 2015 graduate of La Cañada High School, plays his second shot on the 14th hole during singles at the 2017 Walker Cup at the Los Angeles Country Club on Sunday.

La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa capped a remarkable summer with a momentous victory, helping Team USA defeat Great Britain and Ireland, 19-7, to reclaim the prestigious Walker Cup this weekend at the Los Angeles Country Club.
“It’s the biggest honor to be on the USA team and represent my country the entire week,” said Morikawa, who was one of 10 American amateurs selected to take on their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland. “We lost two years ago and the main goal was to win, no matter what it takes. I’m just really proud of this team.” Continue reading “LCF Golfer Makes History in Walker Cup Win”

San Marino’s Chemistry Key to Winning League

San Marino High School water polo assistant coach Bilal Elgabalawy and head coach Robert Zirovich

San Marino High School varsity boys’ water polo coach Robert Zirovich lost key players to transfer and graduation, including Rio Hondo League MVP Alessio Brunochelli, but the third-year coach is starting the season with more optimism than ever.
“We lost Aaron Wilson, who transferred to [La Verne] Damien, and Alessio to graduation,” Zirovich said. “On paper, we have less talent, but in terms of what we’re doing in the pool, we’re just playing more of a team game than we were last year. Our defense in particular has taken a step forward in the right direction.”
Returning players such as Charles Wong, Jacob Yee, Blake Castleman and Dillon Goldsmith showed a dedication to the program during the offseason, and now the Titans are off to a 5-1 start to the season. Continue reading “San Marino’s Chemistry Key to Winning League”

San Marino Shows Potential After Season Opener

Photo courtesy Angus Leung Olivia Ruiz enters the year as the Rio Hondo League’s top runner. She placed second in the junior race at the Rosemead Invitational.

In his third year at the helm, San Marino High School cross-country coach Angus Leung is starting to notice something he had not seen with his program.
“This team is big,” said Leung. “We have nearly 60 runners this year compared last year’s 40.”
The increase in numbers gives the Titans a lot more than depth. Having more athletes only gives San Marino more potential this season, and the runners noticed that after their first race last weekend.
“A lot of them didn’t know what they were capable of until after Friday,” said Leung, whose teams competed in the Rosemead Invitational last week. “The course was a little longer than 3 miles. They now know what they’re capable of and they were more committed. I could see it. The season is still early, and it was a good start. They are not where I want them to be right now, but so far so good.” Continue reading “San Marino Shows Potential After Season Opener”

La Cañada Forfeits After Canceling Game Against South Hills

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The La Cañada High School football team had to forfeit against South Hills of West Covina after canceling last Friday’s game and being unable to postpone the contest. The matchup between the two teams was canceled because of the poor air quality and proximity to the fire in the Verdugo Mountains.

As a brush fire kept growing in the Verdugo Mountains last Friday afternoon, the La Cañada High School and West Covina South Hills varsity football players stood on the Spartans’ field as coaches and administrators from both sides discussed the cancellation of the nonleague game scheduled for 7 p.m.
“We, meaning the La Cañada administration and coaching staff and [head] referee, all agreed it was not in the best safety interests of the athletes to play on Friday because of the fire and our proximity and the air quality at the time,” said LCHS athletic director Kristina Kalb. “With that being said, South Hills was of the mindset that the game should be played, regardless of our concerns, and disagreed with us about cancelling the game at the time.”
South Hills coaches and officials proposed having the game played on their field on Saturday. After speaking to the coaching staff and administrators, Kalb said they decided as a group that a game on Saturday would not work for them.
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