LCHS Loses; Flintridge Prep Wins 70th Straight League Game

First published in the Dec. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity girls’ basketball team lost to visiting Village Christian, 34-21, on Friday, Dec. 17. No individual statistics were provided to the Outlook Valley Sun.
The loss snapped the Spartans’ three-game winning streak ahead of the La Cañada tournament, when they will face their first opponent, Burbank High School, on Monday, Dec. 27, at 5:30 p.m.
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LCHS, FSHA, Flintridge Prep in Nonleague Play

First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ water polo team has struggled to start the season, falling to 1-4 overall after losing three of four in the Downey High School Tournament.
The Spartans lost both games to Long Beach Poly (14-12) and host Downey (16-8) on Dec. 4. LCHS had opened the tournament with a 14-8 victory over Pico Rivera El Rancho before falling to Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula, 23-19. No individual statistics were provided to the Outlook Valley Sun.
The Spartans will visit Glendale on Friday, Dec. 17, at 3:30 p.m.

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La Cañada Falls to Hart in Nonleague Game

First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped by visiting Newhall Hart, 55-22, on Saturday, moving the Spartans’ overall record to 5-2.
“The Hart game was tough,” LCHS head coach Jonathan Saavedra said. “We were outplayed on offensive and defense, and we were outcoached. We have to use that as a learning experience because we are going to play more teams like Hart that are coming out to beat us.”
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Spartans Pick Up League Win

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. 

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A Look Back at 2017’s Top Stories in LCF

It was a busy year in La Cañada Flintridge. Residents came together to mourn losses and celebrate victories, they made their voices heard at the polls and in public hearings, they made history in real estate and sports, and, at La Cañada High School, students were instructed to try to get a little more sleep.
Here are the 17 most important local stories of 2017:

1. LCF Loses Dave Spence
Dave Spence suffered a fatal heart attack at his home May 16. The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor was 80.
In March, he’d been re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.

Photos by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Mayor Michael Davitt speaks at the funeral of longtime City Councilman Dave Spence in May at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

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FSHA Modernization Plans Pass Muster

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy President Sister Carolyn McCormack shakes hands with Susan Koleda, the city’s deputy director of community development, after the Planning Commission approved recommending the school’s modernization plans Tuesday.

After five years of discussion, revision and preparation, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s campus improvement plans appear primed to move forward following unanimous approval from the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission on Tuesday.
All that remains is for the City Council to give the go-ahead for the 86-year-old all-girls Catholic school to begin enacting its modernization plans.
“We started on this journey in 2012,” said Sister Carolyn McCormack, president of FSHA, after commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the plans. “Like all good journeys, there have been many challenges, many moments of concern, but through it all, it’s been an amazing team effort. This will really secure an even better education for our young women as we move beyond the 21st century.” Continue reading “FSHA Modernization Plans Pass Muster”