La Cañada Denied Championship Bid by Dunn

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ soccer team found itself in a familiar situation on Tuesday. For a second consecutive match, the No. 8-seeded Spartans were involved a penalty kick shootout, but the outcome didn’t favor them in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 semifinals. La Cañada struggled to find the back of the net and fell to No. 4-seeded host Los Olivos Dunn, 4-1. Continue reading “La Cañada Denied Championship Bid by Dunn”

LCUSD Board Extends L.A. Premier Contract Extension

For at least the next two years, the Los Angeles Premier Futbol Club will continue to call La Cañada High School home.
The Governing Board agreed at its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to license the La Cañada High School football field — where the turf was replaced last summer as part of a $1.3-million upgrade — to the soccer club already associated with the lease. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Extends L.A. Premier Contract Extension”

La Cañada, Flintridge Prep Secure League Championships

The La Cañada High School surrendered a late goal and tied visiting Temple City, 1-1, in a Rio Hondo League match on Tuesday, but the draw was just as good as a win for the Spartans as they clinched the Rio Hondo League championship outright for the first time since 2014.

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Samantha Mayer scored the Spartans’ lone goal in a 1-1 tie against Temple City. The draw secured La Cañada (4-12 in league) its first Rio Hondo League crown since 2014.

Samantha Mayer put the Spartans on the board early in the second half on an assist from Charlotte Tapp, and the Rams struggled to muster any offense. The visitors took advantage of a defensive miscue from La Cañada to make it even, 1-1, late in the match.
The Spartans (7-10-3 overall record, 4-1-2 in league) will conclude the regular season at South Pasadena today at 3:30 p.m.

Flintridge Prep 9
Lynwood Firebaugh 0

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Racial Slur Allegations Leveled at LCHS Students

Members of the Pasadena Blair High School boys’ basketball team said La Cañada High School students directed racial slurs and insults at them during a Jan. 11 game at Hotchkin Gymnasium at LCHS.
La Cañada Principal Ian McFeat said he investigated the allegations but could not verify them. He also said he is prohibited by education code from saying whether any students were punished.
Still, McFeat apologized to the Blair team, which is predominantly black, in their locker room immediately after the game.
“I just said, ‘If that’s true, I want to apologize on behalf of the school. That’s not anything we condone and not anything we want to represent our school.’ I also said I’d be following up directly with our student section,” said McFeat, who also spoke with Blair’s principal about how to ensure acceptable behavior at athletic contests.

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LCHS Celebrates 25th Anniversary of First CIF Basketball Championship

For La Cañada High School boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman, it is hard to believe it’s been 25 years since he guided the Spartans to the program’s first CIF-Southern Section championship, but it’s not difficult to remember.

Coach Tom Hofman (center), flanked by guards Brent Ballard and Ryan Asplund, celebrate the Spartans’ first CIF-SS basketball championship at the L.A. Sports Arena on March 7, 1992.
Coach Tom Hofman (center), flanked by guards Brent Ballard and Ryan Asplund, celebrate the Spartans’ first CIF-SS basketball championship at the L.A. Sports Arena on March 7, 1992.

When asked about his 1991-92 team, Hofman didn’t hesitate to say, “They had the best chemistry of any team we’ve had. They really won for the team. That’s why they were so special.”
The unforgettable group that included 7-foot All-American center Richard Mandeville, who went on to play Division I ball for Bob Knight at Indiana, Ryan Asplund, Brent Ballard, Jimmy Evans, Eric Sanchez and Grahame Dicks will be recognized for their accomplishment on Friday evening, Feb. 3. The LCHS athletics department will host a halftime ceremony with members of the 91-92 team, and a reunion after the game will be held in the south gym, giving the La Cañada Flintridge community an opportunity to greet the players.

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Boosters Club Secures Donation; Anticipates Wine Auction

Whether it’s dining out or working out, the La Cañada High School Spartan Boosters Club has it covered.
The club — which is hosting its annual Winter Wine and Spirits Auction on Saturday, Feb. 4 — recently secured a major donation of fitness equipment for the campus fitness center from an anonymous donor.

Photos courtesy Spartans Booster Club
Photo courtesy Spartans Booster Club
Trainer Ted Armstrong shows off some of the new fitness equipment donated recently by the Spartan Boosters Club.

The donation — valued at $42,000, according to the club’s publicity chair Craig Miller — included 26 indoor Star Trac spin bikes, two Precor treadmills and two Precor elliptical machines for the fitness center, which was renovated by the Boosters in 2014. The space is used by all students in grades 7-12 in their physical education classes as well as student-athletes participating in school sports programs.

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Spartans Ready for League; Rebels Remain Perfect

A strong first half lifted the La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team over host Camarillo, 49-37, in a nonleague game last week.
The Spartans jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter and carried over its solid play on both ends into the second. La Cañada led 30-14 at the half, but the Scorpions fought back in the second to chip away at the deficit. The Spartans managed to hold off the home squad and come away with the victory. Continue reading “Spartans Ready for League; Rebels Remain Perfect”