LCHS’ Driscol, Hanna in Individual Regionals

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity girls’ tennis doubles team of Tsehay Driscol and Eliana Hanna were immaculate in the first three rounds of the CIF-SS individual regionals tournament at the Whittier Narrows Tennis Club, sweeping each of their opponents by 6-0 scores on Nov. 22.
Driscol and Hanna beat Oak Hills High in the first round before defeating Pasadena Poly and Diamond Bar in the second and third rounds, respectively.
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LCHS Edged By Rival San Marino in CIF Championship Match

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

After three full decades in the business, La Cañada High School tennis coach Will Moravec is not a fan of fancy catchphrases. But even Moravec could have deserved a total pardon if “the third time’s a charm” was bouncing around in his mind the past couple weeks.
Because after two hotly contested losses to Rio Hondo League rival San Marino during the regular season and a torrid 10 days of postseason play, the Spartans and Titans had negotiated their ways through opposite sides of the CIF-SS Division I tournament bracket and found themselves facing off for the championship last Friday afternoon at the Claremont Club. (Outlook Valley Sun sports department research shows it was perhaps the first time in school history that any Spartan athletic team had played a Rio Hondo League opponent in a CIF title-deciding matchup; LCHS opened in 1963.)
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Spartans Beat Mater Dei, Advance to Semifinals

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity girls’ tennis team continued its CIF-SS Division 1 postseason run by defeating visiting Mater Dei High of Santa Ana, 10-8, in the quarterfinal round on Monday afternoon.
The narrow win lifted the Spartans (11-3 overall record) into the CIF semifinals, where they traveled to Laguna Beach (12-4 overall) Wednesday. With the victory over Laguna Beach, the Spartans advanced to the CIF championship match on Friday, Nov. 12, to play the Rio Hondo League champion San Marino at the Claremont Club.
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LCHS Wins 1st Boys’ League Tennis Title in 37 Years

Photos by Mitch Lehman / Outlook Valley Sun
La Cañada High School’s players gather shortly after defeating Temple City to win their first Rio Hondo League boys’ team tennis championship since 1984. Pictured above are (kneeling, from left) Dylan Lu, Aaron Magtoto, Konan Sahara, Mihir Sukhatme, Derek Ahn, Luke Kim and William He. Standing: Coach Will Moravec, Luke Manion, Jack Kim, Jack Manion, Ben Lee, Aditya Desai and Aidan Robinson. Not pictured: Anthony Hanna, Lance Morgan and Ryan Morgan.

The 37-year wait ended this past Thursday shortly after 5:30 p.m., the celebration of the moment rather underwhelming, especially when compared to the magnitude of the accomplishment.
For it was then that the La Cañada High School boys’ varsity tennis team defeated Temple City, 11-7, to secure the school’s first Rio Hondo League championship in that sport since 1984. That was the year when Ronald Reagan was president, Americans were mildly obsessed with a board game called Trivial Pursuit, Apple released something known as a personal computer and the world was grooving to music by a young Madonna.
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La Cañada Closing In on League Tennis Title

Photo by Mitch Lehman/Outlook Valley Sun
Ben Lee and his doubles partner Jack Manion picked up a key win as the Spartans defeated San Marino last week.

Will Moravec has been the coach of the La Cañada High School boys’ varsity tennis team since 1991, so it’s safe to say he has gathered a fair amount of experience in the local racquet scene. If any doubts about his pedigree existed, they were erased recently while discussing the Spartans’ current circumstances.
“I subscribe to the theory of never counting your chickens until they hatch,” the effervescent Moravec said with an accompanying laugh.
To further the animal imagery, Moravec and his players currently find themselves in the catbird’s seat of the Rio Hondo League tennis race following a rare victory last Thursday over perennial champions San Marino. And due to the pandemic-abbreviated season, the Spartans and Titans will not face off again unless they meet in the CIF playoffs.
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