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

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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.
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Local Baseball Team Wins Cheviot Hills Classic

The La Cañada Flintridge Pinto 8 tournament team recently won all four games in the Cheviot Hills Memorial Weekend Classic. The tournament winners include (front row, from left) Chase Regan, Trevor Rivas, Benji Geller, Skyler Henry and Will Park. Middle: Nick Pieper, Scotty Burns, Fritz Phillips, Jack Harlan, Finn Flower-Hogan, Taylor Parrille, Austin Loughrin and Donovan Udell. Back: Coaches Paul Geller, Kenny Burns, Tomas Hogan, Anthony Parrille and Matt Regan.

The Pinto 8 La Cañada Flintridge Spartans kicked of their tournament team baseball season in a big way at the Cheviot Hills Memorial Weekend Classic, bringing their style of play to the Westside and dominating the competition.
The local squad was a perfect 4-0 in the tournament and outscored its opponents, 42-10, to bring home the championship.
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Year in Review: Sports Highlights


The fall athletic season began with controversy but ended on a positive note for the La Cañada High School varsity football program. Former Los Angeles Loyola running back Drake Beasley transferred to LCHS during the summer but was ruled ineligible to play by the CIF Southern Section, but second-year head coach Ryan Zerbel didn’t allow that to become a distraction as he guided the Spartans to a 6-4 season, including stunning 28-13 victory over rival San Marino in the final week of the regular season, snapping a five-game losing streak over the Titans.

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Amgen Tour Includes Swing Through LCF

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Cyclists in the Amgen Tour of California pedal through La Cañada Flintridge as they make their way to Pasadena for the finish of the seven-day, 583-mile race.

New Zealand’s George Bennett claimed the overall victory Sunday in Pasadena after he and his fellow riders in the colorful peleton raced along the streets of La Cañada Flintridge in the final stage of a seven-day, 583-mile Amgen Tour of California, the largest professional cycling stage race in America. Continue reading “Amgen Tour Includes Swing Through LCF”

Murray Wins Hurdles, Moves on to Finals

Claire Murray will be the lone representative of La Cañada High School in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championships at Norwalk Cerritos College this Saturday.
Murray won the 100-meter hurdles event at the CIF prelims with a time of 14.60. The junior also participated in the 4×100 relay along with Kamryn Creighton, Jackie Gevorgian and Samantha Mayer. The four Spartans finished 26th with a time of 51.60. Continue reading “Murray Wins Hurdles, Moves on to Finals”

Syrkin Wins Bronze for LC; Flintridge Prep Boys Finish 4th

La Cañada High School freshman Danny Syrkin broke out in the Rio Hondo League finals with three victories and one silver medal, and the standout swimmer carried over that performance onto the biggest stage last Friday.
Syrkin participated in four events at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 swimming and diving finals at the Riverside Aquatics Center and came home a bronze medal. The freshman finished third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.76 and was 11th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.09, which was good enough for CIF State consideration. Continue reading “Syrkin Wins Bronze for LC; Flintridge Prep Boys Finish 4th”

La Cañada Extends Win Streak

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team keeps rolling past opponents despite clinching the Rio Hondo League championship two weeks ago. The Spartans didn’t take it easy on visiting Temple City and defeated the Rams, 6-1, on Tuesday to remain perfect in Rio Hondo League play.
La Cañada (20-5 overall record) improved to 11-0 in league play and is currently riding a 10-game winning streak. Continue reading “La Cañada Extends Win Streak”

Five LC Athletes Capture League Championships

The La Cañada High School varsity track and field team turned in a solid performance in the Rio Hondo League finals at South Pasadena and took home five titles last Friday.
The LC girls finished among the top three in eight events and recorded 71.33 points to finish third overall. Morgan Bowman led the charge by winning the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:25.20 and placing third in the 800 with a time of 2:23.58. Teammate Adena DiPaolo wasn’t far behind Bowman and was second in the 1600 with a time of 5:28.98. Continue reading “Five LC Athletes Capture League Championships”