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.

La Cañada High School baseball coach Matt Whisenant wasted little time in impacting the program. In his first season, he guided the Spartans to a Rio Hondo League championship and their first CIF Southern Section quarterfinal appearance since 1989. Continue reading “Balanced La Cañada Squad Looks to Make Another Big Run”

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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A Look Back at 2017’s Top Stories in LCF

It was a busy year in La Cañada Flintridge. Residents came together to mourn losses and celebrate victories, they made their voices heard at the polls and in public hearings, they made history in real estate and sports, and, at La Cañada High School, students were instructed to try to get a little more sleep.
Here are the 17 most important local stories of 2017:

1. LCF Loses Dave Spence
Dave Spence suffered a fatal heart attack at his home May 16. The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor was 80.
In March, he’d been re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.

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Mayor Michael Davitt speaks at the funeral of longtime City Councilman Dave Spence in May at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

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Spartans Open Holiday Tourney with Rout Over L.A. Marshall

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Patric Panoosi scored 22 points in the Spartans’ 63-38 win over L.A. Marshall.

The La Cañada High School overcame a slow start and downed visiting Los Angeles Marshall, 63-38, in the first round of games of the LCHS Holiday Classic on Tuesday.
The Spartans (4-2 overall record) struggled from the field and scored only 13 points in the first quarter, but the home squad bounced back in the second to extend their lead.
“I thought we did a good job,” said LCHS head coach Tom Hofman. “Patric had a good hand and we had to get him the ball. Defensively, there was a little bit of improvement, but we still have a long way to go.”
Patric Panoosi led the team with 22 points, and Ryan Graves returned from injury and chipped in 11 points.
“We haven’t had a full team yet,” said Hofman, whose players have been plagued with injuries early in the season. “We lost Brendan [Co], and Jivan [Shirvanian] is out too. That’s a big one. We got Graves back, which is huge, and he had a nice game tonight.
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La Cañada Wins First League Title Since 2012

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ volleyball team captured the Rio Hondo League title for the first time since 2012. The championship-winning squad includes Chloe Kerstein (front row, from left), Sophia Bang, Prudence Sum, Elizabeth Gannon and Hailey Belcher. Middle: Maya White, Katherine Albano, Samantha Mayer, Erica Oh and Alexandra Gates. Back: Allison Budde, Emma Aitelli, Emily Weirick, Claire Kevorkian, Natalie Shamilian, Kimberly Callister and Claire Saydah.

Two years ago, Chris Sullivan accepted the position of La Cañada High School varsity girls’ volleyball coach but inherited a team with only two returning players.
“I’ve been rebuilding the past couple of years,” he said. “It was tough, but now the program is in a good spot for this year and the future. A lot of that has to do with the seniors and the leadership they have displayed.”
That leadership made it a goal to bring back the Rio Hondo League championship back to La Cañada, and that mission was finally accomplished when the Spartans defeated host Pasadena Blair in three sets, 25-9, 25-14, 25-4, last week.
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LCF Golfer Makes History in Walker Cup Win

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Collin Morikawa, a 2015 graduate of La Cañada High School, plays his second shot on the 14th hole during singles at the 2017 Walker Cup at the Los Angeles Country Club on Sunday.

La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa capped a remarkable summer with a momentous victory, helping Team USA defeat Great Britain and Ireland, 19-7, to reclaim the prestigious Walker Cup this weekend at the Los Angeles Country Club.
“It’s the biggest honor to be on the USA team and represent my country the entire week,” said Morikawa, who was one of 10 American amateurs selected to take on their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland. “We lost two years ago and the main goal was to win, no matter what it takes. I’m just really proud of this team.” Continue reading “LCF Golfer Makes History in Walker Cup Win”