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.”
Continue reading “St. Francis Looks Ahead After Maranatha Tourney”

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”

Former Spartan Selected by Hometown Team in MLB Draft

La Cañada High School graduate and Cornell University senior Justin Lewis was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft last week.
Lewis, who graduated from LCHS in 2014, was 3-2 on the mound this year with an ERA of 5.32 in eight starts. The former Spartan struck out 45 hitters in 45 2/3 innings and turned in stellar performance in April when he tossed five-hit shutout against Penn. Continue reading “Former Spartan Selected by Hometown Team in MLB Draft”

La Cañada Flintridge Native Makes MLB Debut

Nik Turley
Nik Turley

Days removed from achieving his lifelong dream, La Cañada Flintridge native Nik Turley struggled to find the words to describe the feeling of making his Major League Baseball debut with the Minnesota Twins.
“I’ve been dreaming of playing in the big leagues since I was a little kid,” said Turley, who debuted on the mound against San Francisco at AT&T Park. “I was kind of speechless when my manager told me. I don’t even know if it’s sunk in yet. Continue reading “La Cañada Flintridge Native Makes MLB Debut”