Spartans Fare Well Against League Opponents

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School cross-country team won the varsity girls race and nearly scored an upset in varsity boys competition at last Thursday’s Rio Hondo League cluster meet, held in Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park.
The LCHS girls scored 24 points to runner-up South Pasadena’s 48 (in cross-country, low score wins) while the boys were edged by South Pasadena, 37-45. The league’s other four schools — San Marino, Temple City, Monrovia, and Blair — also competed.
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Spartans Dominate Monrovia, 17-4

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity boys’ water polo team snapped its three-game losing streak by dominating visiting Monrovia, 17-4, in a Rio Hondo League match on Tuesday afternoon.
The fourth-place Spartans moved to 2-4 in league play (8-10 overall), heading into their final two regular-season games.
LCHS will visit league-leading South Pasadena (7-1 in league, 14-10 overall) on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 3:30 p.m. before hosting San Marino the following day.

Cheung, Shepherd Lead Spartans Past Temple City, 48-0

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity football team bounced back and snapped its two-game losing streak with an impressive, blowout victory against visiting Temple City, 48-0, in a Rio Hondo League game last Friday.
Spartan senior Brandon Shepherd and junior Corey Cheung’s running games helped LCHS move to fourth in Rio Hondo League play with a 1-2 record (5-3 overall).
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Spartans Clinch League Title, Open CIF Playoffs

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity girls’ volleyball team was crowned Rio Hondo League champions for the first time since 2017 as it rallied to defeat host South Pasadena in five sets, 25-19, 19-25, 20-25, 25-13 and 15-7.
The Spartans concluded the regular season with a perfect 8-0 league record (28-4 overall).
“We faced adversity tonight, and to see [our team] come out in that fourth set, after going down two sets to one, to come out and push a fifth and use that momentum to win, I couldn’t be prouder,” said Laura Browder, La Cañada’s head coach.
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LCHS Runners Dominate at Santa Clarita Valley Invitational

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams took advantage of cool weather and Santa Clarita’s Central Park course that played to their strengths to record their top team performance of the season. The girls’ varsity squad, led by Arielle McKenzie’s individual win, scored a dominant victory in the large schools division, girls’ JV logged an equally impressive win in the small schools division, and boys’ varsity — missing two of its top three runners — placed third in the small schools section.
“The girls completely dominated the varsity large schools division,” said girls head coach Chris Matarese. “We registered for large schools (CIF Divisions 1, 2 and 3), despite being a small school (Division 4), for the added competition. But the girls were way too much for even the big schools to handle.”
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Spartans Lose Late Lead in 23-22 Setback

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School let an eight-point lead in the final quarter slip away as host South Pasadena rallied to score the game’s final nine points for a narrow 23-22 Rio Hondo League victory over the Spartans last Thursday evening.
The win improved the Tigers’ league record to 2-0 (4-3 overall). Meanwhile, the Spartans dipped to 0-2 in league (4-3 overall).
South Pasadena’s Aidan Kinney’s kicked an 18-yard field goal with 1:33 to play in the fourth quarter to provide the margin of victory.
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Spartans’ Big Game Tonight Has Dramatic Setting: Coliseum

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School varsity football team will take on Polytechnic School of Pasadena in the first Rio Hondo League contest between the two programs today, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.
With two league losses on the season for LCHS and a CIF Southern Section playoff berth on the line, first-year Spartan coach Dave Avramovich called the showdown with the Panthers a “must-win.”
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Spartans Fall to South Pasadena, 19-11

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada, High School boys’ varsity water polo team (8-8 overall, 1-2 in league) was defeated by visiting South Pasadena, 19-11, in a Rio Hondo League matchup last Thursday afternoon.
The Tigers remained undefeated in league play at 3-0 and moved to 10-8 overall. LCHS fell to 1-2 in league and 8-8 overall.
After a fairly close first half, the Spartans were outscored 8-2 in the third quarter as South Pasadena built a comfortable 17-7 lead.
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Spartans’ 17-Match Winning Streak Snapped in San Diego

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ volleyball team had a strong showing in the Southern California Invitational Tournament at Alliant University in San Diego on Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, finishing with a 5-2 record last weekend.
While the Spartans’ 17-match win streak came to a halt against San Diego’s Westview High — one shy of the school’s all-time volleyball win streak of 18 set by coach Kevin Boyke’s 1999 team — the strong performance helped move LC’s record to 26-4 overall (6-0 in league).
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Spartans Can’t Contain Monrovia in Loss

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity football team lost its Rio Hondo League opener to visiting Monrovia, 60-15, last Friday evening.
The Spartans (4-2 overall record, 0-1 league) had a difficult time containing Monrovia’s explosive offense, as the undefeated Wildcats (6-0 overall record, 1-0 league) established themselves as the favorite to win the league.
LCHS senior Ian Phillips and junior Corey Cheung each scored a touchdown. Senior Brandon Shepherd’s two-point conversion and senior placekicker Shaina Clorfeine’s successful PAT accounted for the remainder of the Spartans’ scoring.
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