LCHS Grad Sets Sights on Pro-Motorcycle Racing

Photo by Max Zeronian / Outlook
Tanner Giao practices recently for the upcoming season aboard his Yamaha R6 on the Streets of Willow at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond.

With great risk comes the potential for great reward, especially in the sport of motorcycle racing, where racers push machines to their limits simply to cross the line first. Although the reward is somewhat fleeting, to those who truly understand it, the taste of victory is a feeling unlike any other.
Tanner Giao understands it.
Giao, a 2010 La Cañada High School graduate, developed his skills in the mountains above Los Angeles. He began riding dirt bikes at a young age before making the switch to street riding in 2012.
“Growing up, I was never stellar at anything,” Giao said. “When the motorcycle came into my life, I had no idea what it was going to turn into. I don’t know if it was natural ability or that I learned quickly, but for the first time, I knew what it’s like to be truly good at something.”
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Rodriguez Resigns as LCHS Water Polo Coach

Joshua Rodriguez

La Cañada High School will fill another coaching void this summer following the resignation of varsity boys’ water polo coach Joshua Rodriguez on Monday. He accepted a position as an assistant water polo coach at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for him,” said LCHS Athletic Director Kristina Kalb, “and speaks volumes of his talent and abilities as a coach to be able to get hired in that position. We’re happy for him and sad for ourselves. He really changed the culture for the boys’ water polo team.”
Kalb said the vacancy has been posted online and plans on filling the position in the near future. Continue reading “Rodriguez Resigns as LCHS Water Polo Coach”

Local LCF Twins Win National Kendo Title

Benjamin (left) and Jonathan Ahn (right) recently won the National Kendo Championship in the boys’ junior division. The twins, who graduated from Palm Crest Elementary, train at La Cañada Kumdo Academy under the guidance of headmaster Byung Chan Ahn (center).

Two local students from the La Cañada Kumdo Academy recently placed first in the boys’ junior division of the National Kendo Championship in San Jose.
Benjamin and Jonathan Ahn, currently attending St. Francis and graduates of Palm Crest Elementary, won the prestigious tournament hosted by the All United Kendo Federation. The competition is held every three years and comparable to the National Olympic of Kendo. Continue reading “Local LCF Twins Win National Kendo Title”

St. Francis Looks Ahead After Maranatha Tourney

St. Francis is a small school compared to most, and in basketball, the Golden Knights are typically underdogs against big schools; however, that didn’t stop them from an impressive showing at Maranatha High’s Summer Block Party.
Corona Centennial has more than 3,000 students, making the St. Francis student body seem like pebbles in a rock pile. Recently, the teams went head to head, and the Golden Knights pulled away with a 62-53 victory.
Head coach Todd Wolfson reflected on the win: “We had four or five guys step up. We played team basketball. They represented the school and did some good things in all facets of the game. It was a great team victory.” Continue reading “St. Francis Looks Ahead After Maranatha Tourney”

Local Divers Qualify for National Semifinals

A pair of La Canada High School students qualified for national semifinals in mutiple events this past weekend at USA Diving’s Zone F qualifier at Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena.
In the 3-meter board, Ray Wipfli, 14, and Tatsuya Machida, 15, finished in first and second place in their age group Thursday; in the 1-meter board contest Friday, Wipfli was second and Machida placed third; and in the platform event Sunday, Machida was the winner and Wipfli finished second — despite having suffered a sprained hand during warmups. Continue reading “Local Divers Qualify for National Semifinals”

St. Francis Looks Ahead After Maranatha Tourney

St. Francis is a small school compared to most, and in basketball, the Golden Knights are typically underdogs against big schools; however, that didn’t stop them from an impressive showing at Maranatha High’s Summer Block Party.
Corona Centennial has more than 3,000 students, making the St. Francis student body seem like pebbles in a rock pile. Recently, the teams went head to head, and the Golden Knights pulled away with a 62-53 victory.
Head coach Todd Wolfson reflected on the win: “We had four or five guys step up. We played team basketball. They represented the school and did some good things in all facets of the game. It was a great team victory.”
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LC Girls’ Volleyball, Boys’ Water Polo in New Playoff Divisions

The CIF Southern Section recently updated its playoff divisions in football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ water polo and girls’ tennis, and only two La Cañada High School teams were affected by the new placements.
Using a formula to develop a power ranking that is based on regular-season record, strength of schedule and playoff performances the past two seasons, CIF moved up the LC girls’ volleyball and boys’ water polo squads.
The LCHS water polo team was bumped up to Division 3 after head coach Josh Rodriguez guided the Spartans to a stellar playoff run that ended in in the Division 5 semifinals. They are the highest-rated team in the Rio Hondo League. South Pasadena is the next best team in the league and was placed in Division 4. San Marino moved down to Division 5, Monrovia is in Division 6 and Blair will be competing in Division 7. Continue reading “LC Girls’ Volleyball, Boys’ Water Polo in New Playoff Divisions”

LC’S Turley Sent Back to Minors After 3 Starts

Nik Turley

The Minnesota Twins optioned La Cañada Flintridge native Nik Turley back to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings last week after three rough outings.
The left-hander, who has been in the minor leagues for 10 years, started at home against the Chicago White Sox last Thursday and surrendered five runs on six hits, including two home runs, in 2/3 of an inning. Continue reading “LC’S Turley Sent Back to Minors After 3 Starts”

LCF Pinto 8 Squad Wins District

The Pinto 8 La Cañada Flintridge Spartans delivered the perfect Father’s Day gift last weekend by winning the Pony 2 District championship last Sunday.
The local squad overcame a five-run deficit and defeated West Covina, 21-11, to win the title. The Spartans downed Charter Oak, 17-10, in extra innings and Pasadena, 19-9, to advance to the championship game.
The Spartans had several contributors on offense, especially from the No. 2, 3 and 4 hitters. Chase Regan, Nick Pieper and Finn Flower-Hogan knocked in a combined 27 runs over three games, and Benji Geller scored 10 of those runs from the leadoff spot. Donovan Udell and Jack Harlan each had two multi-hit games, Skyler Henry drove in a run in the championship game and made a good play on the field, Taylor Parrille and Scotty Burns contributed on offense and defense. Will Park and Trevor Rivas were solid on offense and on the mound, and Fritz Phillips, who started all three games, baffled opposing hitters. Scorekeeper Jerry Regan was also essential to the team.
The team earned a break this weekend and will compete in the Regionals next week.

LCF Baseball Players Drafted by Cubs

Alex Cornwell and Jared Akins were two local baseball standouts whose names came up during the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft last week.
Cornwell, who recently graduated from Maranatha, was limited because of injuries this season but managed to post an ERA of 2.29 and a record of 5-2 in 39 2/3 innings this season, and the Chicago Cubs noticed potential in the Minuteman. The defending World Series champions drafted Cornwell in the 37th round with the 1,125th pick.
“When I heard, I was honestly elated,” Cornwell said. “As a child, you always work and play the game and hope one day to get the opportunity to just play professional baseball. I was just happy all those hours of work and effort paid off.” Continue reading “LCF Baseball Players Drafted by Cubs”