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”

LC’s Morikawa Helps U.S. Win Arnold Palmer Cup

Photo courtesy Mastro Communications Former LCHS standout Collin Morikawa (front row, center) helped Team USA recapture the Arnold Palmer Cup last Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club. Morikawa was invited to the competition after a stellar season at Cal.
Photo courtesy Mastro Communications
Former LCHS standout Collin Morikawa (front row, center) helped Team USA recapture the Arnold Palmer Cup last Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club. Morikawa was invited to the competition after a stellar season at Cal.

Former La Cañada High School golfer Collin Morikawa helped the United States defeat Europe, 19 1/2-11 1/2, to reclaim the Arnold Palmer Cup last Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
Morikawa contributed a few points to the U.S. squad by winning two of four matches.
“It’s just a big honor,” said Morikawa, who is one of the top collegiate golfers at Cal. “This is the first time Mr. Palmer couldn’t be there with us. It’s such a great honor to represent the country and Mr. Palmer. I feel like I didn’t have my best out there, but it was all about keeping the spirits high and keeping the legacy of Mr. Palmer living and representing the nation as best as we can. We were able to win and make history, and it was great to be a part of that.” Continue reading “LC’s Morikawa Helps U.S. Win Arnold Palmer Cup”

LCHS Hires New Head Football Coach

Jason Sarceda
Jason Sarceda

Jason Sarceda, a local business owner and longtime La Cañada High School varsity football assistant, will take over as head coach of the Spartans’ football program following the resignation of Ryan Zerbel.
“When the opportunity came up, I accepted,” Sarceda said. “I love the sport, obviously, and this is a great community. I’d like to see this program take off and be successful on and off the field.” Continue reading “LCHS Hires New Head Football Coach”

Youth Baseball Team Wins 2nd Tourney

The La Cañada Flintridge Pinto 8 Spartans overcame a slow start and won three consecutive games to capture the Balboa Bay Resort Classic championship in Newport Beach last weekend.
It is the second tournament title for the Spartans, whose showing at the Balboa Bay Resort Classic was the best of any La Cañada Flintridge team.
The Spartan offense led the way with 23 runs in the final three games. At the top of the order Trevor Rivas and Chase Regan each reached base safely six times to set the table for the Spartan bombers. Nick Pieper, Finn Flower-Hogan and Taylor Parrille were able to capitalize and knocked in multiple runs apiece. Jack Harlan, Skyler Henry, Donovan Udell and Scotty Burns gave the defense fits with their base running, each reaching safely and scoring runs without the benefit of a hit.
Defensively, Benji Geller was a vacuum at second base and Austin Loughrin overcame a finger injury to make two crucial catches in right field during the deciding championship game. Fritz Phillips was a horse on the mound, pitching six shutout innings in the tournament.
The Spartans will try to make it three tournaments in a row this weekend down in Montrose.

Spartan Rally Comes Up Short in Quarterfinals

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Graham Massimino scored La Cañada’s lone run in the Spartans’ 2-1 loss at North Hollywood Campbell Hall last Friday.

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team was in unknown territory last Friday, playing a CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinal for the first time since 1989.
“Historically, La Cañada hasn’t been in those type of games,” said LCHS head coach Matt Whisenant, who was a senior on the last Spartan team to play a quarterfinal playoff game. “It’s a lot different.”
As was his squad, which entered the contest riding a 13-game winning streak. The hot-hitting Spartans were held at bay as North Hollywood Campbell Hall staved off a late rally from visiting La Cañada for a 2-1 victory.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Whisenant’s squad began to claw its way back. Campbell Hall starting pitcher RJ Collins loaded the bases and walked Jonathan Shalklan, which allowed Graham Massimino put his team on the board.
Continue reading “Spartan Rally Comes Up Short in Quarterfinals”