Talented Spartans Seek First League Championship Since 2012

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La Cañada has a depth it has not had in years, making the Spartans one of the top contenders for the Rio Hondo League title.

In his third year at the helm of the La Cañada High School varsity girls’ volleyball program, head coach Chris Sullivan has the kind of team any coach would envision.
“We returned 11 players from last year’s team, so that really helps,” said Sullivan. “The experience they gained last year was definitely valuable. We have a lot of depth, and I’m really excited about this season. We’ve had some great wins so far. We’re already leaps and bounds better than when we started in the summer.”
Sullivan returns nearly every player and has the perfect balance of experience and young talent with a roster that includes five seniors, three juniors, six sophomores and two freshmen.
The best part of about this team is that players are interchangeable. Sullivan has never had this kind of depth before, and he said he was confident in playing anyone on the roster.
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La Cañada Hires Water Polo, Girls’ Golf Coaches

La Cañada High School athletic director Kristina Kalb announced the hiring of three new coaches last Saturday.
Gilbert Millanes will take over the boys’ water polo program, Ian Davidson is the new girls’ water polo coach and Derrick Williams will be guiding the girls’ golf team this season.
Millanes takes over the boys’ team after the resignation of Joshua Rodriguez, who accepted to be an assistant coach for the men’s team at Air Force Academy last month. Rodriguez encouraged Millanes to apply for the open position. Continue reading “La Cañada Hires Water Polo, Girls’ Golf Coaches”

Former Spartan Enters Amateur Tourney as No.1-Ranked SoCal Golfer

The following was written by Damian Secore, special to the Outlook.

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Collin Morikawa

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ricky Barnes and Bryson DeChambeau are Californians who have won the U.S. Amateur and leveraged the ultimate amateur experience as a springboard onto fruitful and famous PGA Tour careers. This is the path La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa hopes to emulate.
Morikawa, 20, is the No. 1-ranked amateur from Southern California in the 312-player field of the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be held at the Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club from Aug. 14-20.
“Collin is among a great group of outstanding youngsters in the field of 312,” said Michael R. Yamaki, corporate office of The Riviera Country Club. “It’s going to be an incredible week of golf for the players and the fans as the U.S. Amateur champion is crowned.”
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New LCF Resident Guides Dodgers Toward Historic Season

Photo courtesy Jill Weisleder / Los Angeles Dodgers New to town: La Cañada Flintridge resident Dave Roberts recently guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to 43 victories in 50 games, a feat last achieved by the New York Giants in 1912.
Photo courtesy Jill Weisleder / Los Angeles Dodgers
New to town: La Cañada Flintridge resident Dave Roberts recently guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to 43 victories in 50 games, a feat last achieved by the New York Giants in 1912.

Dave Roberts was a speedy outfielder who could jumpstart an offense with a bloop single or a stolen base, which is why the former leadoff man quickly became a favorite among Los Angeles Dodgers fans in 2002. Continue reading “New LCF Resident Guides Dodgers Toward Historic Season”

LCHS Grad Sets Sights on Pro-Motorcycle Racing

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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”