Flintridge Prep Denied 2nd CIF Crown by Beverly Hills

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Kaitlyn Chen scored a team-high 19 points but was denied a CIF championship by Beverly Hills in a 50-46 loss.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team witnessed firsthand the biggest reason for Beverly Hills’ success, and there wasn’t much the Rebels could do overcome it.
The reason was sophomore Chantal Moawad, a 6-foot, 2-inch center who was relentless under the rim and scored eight of the No. 2-seeded Normans’ final 10 points to lift her team over the Rebels, 50-46, in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A championship at Colony High School in Ontario last Saturday.
No. 4-seeded Flintridge Prep was denied a second crown in three years and its 19-game win streak was snapped by Beverly Hills.
“I think tonight they were the better team,” said Rebels’ co-coach Jayme Chan. “Kudos to those two monsters [Michelle Duchemin and Moawad] on the boards. They were relentless on the rebounds. I love that. Every team needs one. Unfortunately for us today, they were getting second and third chances and they were finishing them. That’s why they won the basketball game.”
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Rebels Win 1st CIF Title; Advance in State Playoffs

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The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ soccer team defeated Pacifica of Garden Grove, 3-1, in a CIF Southern Section Division 3A last Saturday to win the program’s first championship. The winning squad, guided by head coach Esteban Chavez, includes Katie Bennett (front row, from left), Madison Bradford, Ella Treinen, Kate Huntley, Caitlin Fong, Lindsay Uteda, Julia Gonzalez, Mona Cesario, Mikaela Celeste, Helen Schaefer and Makenna Dominguez. Back: Rachel McCarley, Molly Scott, Hope Codiga, Marissa David, Jenna Mijares, Libby Penn, Arielle Guzman, Katya Besch, Yasmeen White, Gabi Bennett, Dima Bazzi, Sophia Corbisiero, Natalie Brown, Mel Ng and Sabine Fregoso.

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Beattie Steps Down as Girls’ Basketball Coach

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Sarah Beattie resigned as head coach of the La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team last week to focus on her teaching and personal life.

After three successful seasons, including a historic run, La Cañada High School girls’ basketball coach Sarah Beattie resigned from her post last week.
Beattie, who will continue to teach government and economics and psychology at the school, said that the extra time will allow her to focus on her classes and help LCHS in other areas.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while,” she said. “It came down to a lot of contemplation and prayer and thinking about what I wanted my near future and future to look like.
“I am trying to free up some space in my life so I can concentrate more on the classes that I teach and also have a bit more time for myself in my personal life. It also makes room for me to give back to the school in other ways and reach more students in different capacities.”
LCHS Dean of Athletics Kristina Kalb supports Beattie’s decision, and hopes to have her successor hired by May 1.
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Balanced La Cañada Squad Looks to Make Another Big Run

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Ryan Graves is one of two key returners this season. The junior was named the Rio Hondo League’s Most Valuable Pitcher last year.

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Flintridge Prep Advances to Championship Game

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Sofia Gonzalez netted 10 points in the Rebels’ semifinal victory over Oxford Academy. Flintridge Prep will take on Beverly Hills in the title game.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team is headed back to a CIF Southern Section championship following a 45-40 victory over host Oxford Academy of Cypress in a Division 3A semifinal last Saturday.

The Rebels overcame a 10-point deficit in the first quarter and dominated in the second half to come away with a big win and clinch their second championship berth in the past three years. Flintridge Prep will travel to Ontario to face No. 1 seed Beverly Hills at Colony High School this Saturday at 6 p.m.
Prep co-head coach Kevin Kiyomura credits the girls’ willingness to learn and adapt on the fly.
“The maturation process went a lot quicker than we had anticipated,” said Kiyomura, who guided the Rebels to a CIF-SS championship in 2016. “They basically just said what do we need to do, and they’re doing everything exactly the way we’re telling them to do it. The best thing is that they’re doing it together and for each other. They’re reaping the benefits of playing that way.”
Kaitlyn Chen led the Rebels (24-5 overall record) with 20 points, and Sofia Gonzalez added 10 points. Alex Kyriakakis netted seven points, and Maddy Manning and Andie Kim finished with four points each.

La Cañada, Flintridge Prep Advance to Quarterfinals

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Charlotte Tapp scored the Spartans’ lone goal in a 1-0 playoff victory over Cerritos Valley Christian. LC will host Ventura in quarters this Friday at 5 p.m.

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ soccer team entered the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs with an identity, and a style of play understood by every Spartan.
“I can definitely say that about four games into league, we had to make a commitment to our defense and keep it strong,” said LCHS head coach Kevin Neumier. “Eventually, we’ll find one shot to put away. We’ve faced teams that attack, attack, attack and only come away with one or two goals. I wanted to be solid on defense and keep possession.”
That commitment has paid off for the Spartans as they edged visiting Cerritos Valley Christian, 1-0, in a second-round playoff match on Tuesday.
Charlotte Tapp fired a shot into the back of the net off a throw in from Sidney Hwang midway through the second quarter, which was enough to give La Cañada the victory and a ticket to its first quarterfinal match since 2014.
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Hofman Reaches 700 Victories

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La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman records his 700th career victory on Friday, Jan. 19. A ceremony following the Spartans’ 82-55 victory over rival South Pasadena celebrated the coach’s milestone. Hofman is the 17th coach to reach 700 victories in California, according to Cal-Hi Sports.

The legend of La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman continues to grow after he guided the Spartans to an 82-55 Rio Hondo League victory over visiting South Pasadena on Friday, Jan. 19.
The win was No. 700 for Hofman, placing him among the 17 winningest coaches in California, according to Cal-Hi Sports. He is eighth on the list of active boys’ basketball coaches in the state.
“It’s a great honor to be [on the list],” said Hofman, whose record in 32 years as a head coach is 701-212 as of this week’s Outlook press deadline. “If you look at the coaches up there, they’re the best in California. To be in the same list as them is a great honor.”

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La Cañada Downs Rival in League, Shines in Tournament

It took four years for the La Cañada High School varsity wrestling team to recapture Rio Hondo League crown and the Spartans intend to keep the crown for another season. La Cañada put that determination on display against visiting San Marino and came away with a 48-30 victory last week.
“I’m happy with our performance,” said LCHS head coach Justin Luthey. “[San Marino is] a program on the rise with solid young talent, and we had to raise the bar. We knew it wouldn’t be easy. We don’t want our guys to get complacent.”

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Will Henderson pinned his San Marino opponent and helped the Spartans defeat the Titans, 48-30, in a Rio Hondo League dual last week.

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La Cañada Ready for League

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The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ soccer team will open Rio Hondo League play at home against Temple City on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 3:30 p.m. The Spartans (7-3-1 overall record), guided by second-year head coach Kevin Neumeier, includes Carolina de Souza, Elizabeth Dick, Adena DiPaolo, Sophia Godinez, Sidney Hwang, Rucha Kadam, Minzie Kim, Chloe Kouyoumdjian, Hanna Kruglov, Mia LeClerc, Camille Lorenz, Cecily Lowe, Solenn Matuska, Samantha Mayer, Ashley Messier, Gianna Mor, Priya Patel, Kallie Rushing, Katharine Scoville and Charlotte Tapp.

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ soccer team has been one of the most competitive programs in the area and known to compete in big local tournaments, including those scheduled during the winter break.
Kevin Neumeier made a few changes last year in his first season at the helm of the LCHS varsity girls’ soccer program, most notably giving his players two weeks off during the holidays.
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