First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
In its Rio Hondo League opener, the La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team extended its win streak to three games after dominating visiting Blair High of Pasadena, 47-10.
The Spartans (8-3 overall record, 1-0 in league) were led by freshman Jennifer Musso, who single-handedly outscored Blair with 11 points in the first half. In the third quarter, she added a basket to finish with a game-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Continue reading “Spartans Beat Blair, 47-10, in League Opener”
First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
The omicron variant has crippled the state of high school athletics as the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health recently updated its guidelines on youth sports to combat the surge in cases.
The most notable guideline is a seven-day suspension of all team activities if an outbreak of four or more epidemiologically linked positive cases occurs within 14 days.
“There’s nothing we can do. We just have to keep on going and be optimistic, but we have to prepare for the worst,” LCHS head basketball coach Tom Hofman said. “It’s going to be hard to continue to season the way this thing is spreading right now. What’s intriguing to me is how long CIF will keep going.” Continue reading “Omicron Variant Sidelines Athletic Competitions”
First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
The California branch of the International Space Academy’s Class of 2021 graduation ceremony was recently held at La Cañada High School.
Forty students representing Flintridge Preparatory School, Flintridge Sacred Heart, St. Francis and La Cañada High School, their parents and administrators joined to celebrate the graduates. Continue reading “Space Academy Honors 2021 Graduates”
The La Cañada varsity girls’ softball team collected a big win on Tuesday by defeating host San Marino, 14-4, in a Rio Hondo League contest.
The Spartans (6-6 overall record) improved to 3-4 in league play and now trail the Titans (5-4 in league) by one game for third place in the standings. Temple City is at the top with an 8-0 record and Monrovia is clinging on to second place with a 4-3 record.
Although every industry has been affected by this pandemic, one thing will always ring true: the human need to connect through art. Though in-person performances are not possible, creative minds have come together to find opportunities to tell stories that bring us purpose and hope, regardless of the circumstances. Continue reading “FSHA Breaks Barriers With Streamed Virtual Fall Play”
The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ volleyball team didn’t get off to the best start at San Marino High School on Monday.
The Rebels committed errors on serves and gave up the first game against the Titans in a nonleague match but battled back and came away with a four-set victory, 19-25, 25-21, 25-10, 25-14.
“I call it a Monday wake-up call,” said Prep head coach Sean Beattie. “San Marino is a good team, and we strolled in thinking we were a better team, maybe? We got smacked in the face and woke up. They served very well in the first game and we did not.”
Flintridge Prep (12-3 overall record, 4-3 in league) trailed in the third game, 5-2, and responded with a 17-2 run, the biggest of the match. The Rebels cruised to a nonleague victory following the run.
“We served better as the match went on and passed better,” Beattie said. “Once we pass better, we’re able to use our middles, and once we use them, it opens up the outside.” Continue reading “Rebels Down San Marino; La Salle Defeats FSHA in Tourney Final”
The CIF Southern Section recently released its new playoff divisions for football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ water polo and girls’ tennis, affecting several local programs.
CIF uses a formula to develop a ranking that is based on regular season record, strength of schedule and playoff performances the past two seasons. The La Cañada High School varsity football program has struggled to win games the last few seasons, placing the team in Division 14, which includes 70 squads. St. Francis was moved down to Division 3 this year. Continue reading “New Fall Playoff Divisions Affect Local Programs”
The CIF Southern Section released its All-CIF honors list on Monday and it included athletes from Flintridge Prep, Polytechnic, La Salle, Maranatha, Westridge, Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Francis.
Five Rebels were recognized by CIF-SS in three winter sports. Flintridge Prep junior Kaitlyn Chen made the Division 2A girls’ basketball first team after averaging 18.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game. Boys’ soccer standouts Silas Chavez and Spencer Harris made the Division 6 first team, and Makenna Dominguez and Mikaela Celeste earned sports on the Division 2 girls’ soccer first team. Dominguez scored 36 goals and recorded 35 assists in 23 matches, and Celeste scored 28 and finished with a team-high 43 assists.
Three Panthers were among those listed by CIF in boys’ soccer and girls’ water polo. Alexander Walsh helped the Poly boys’ soccer team finish its season with an overall record of 11-7-3, earning him a spot on the Division 6 first team. Talie Wilmans and Caroline Kelleher both made the All-CIF Division 6 girls’ water polo first team after leading the Panthers to a Prep League championship. Wilmans scored 122 goals, averaging nearly six per match, and recorded 59 assists and 81 steals. Kelleher was second on the team in scoring with 90 goals and finished with 40 steals. Continue reading “Local Athletes, Coach Recognized by CIF-SS”