Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Accolades

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La Cañada’s Tess Oakley-Stilson (white jersey) was named the Rio Hondo League MVP and earned a spot on the All-CIF Division 2A second team.

The CIF Southern Section released its remaining All-CIF winter selections on Monday, recognizing the best basketball and soccer players in each division. Athletes from La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy were among those listed.
The lone Spartan to be honored was senior Tess Oakley-Stilson, who made the All-CIF Division 2A second team in girls’ basketball. Oakley-Stilson, who was also named the Rio Hondo League’s Most Valuable Player, was a consistent performer for La Cañada and averaged 14 points, five rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3.1 steals per contest. The senior guard stepped up in the postseason, scoring 25 points in the Spartans’ win over La Verne Bonita and 19 points in a second-round loss at Newbury Park.
Oakley-Stilson helped La Cañada finish its season with a 23-5 record, including a perfect 10-0 record in Rio Hondo League play to bring home the program’s third straight league crown.
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Flintridge Prep Downs Pacifica to Win First CIF Title

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Flintridge Prep captains Lindsey Uteda and Caitlin Fong celebrate the program’s first CIF Southern Section championship.
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Flintridge Prep captains Lindsey Uteda and Caitlin Fong celebrate the program’s first CIF Southern Section championship.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ soccer players weren’t themselves for the first 40 minutes of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship at Downey Warren last Saturday.
“Obviously,” said Flintridge Prep junior Helen Schaefer. “Just look at the environment. There were nerves on our side, but we got over it.”
It truly was a tale of two halves for the Rebels as they shed any championship jitters in the final 40 minutes and scored two goals to defeat No. 1-seeded Pacifica Garden Grove, 3-1. Head coach Esteban Chavez delivered the program’s first CIF-SS plaque in the school’s 85-year history
“It’s not about me,” Chavez said. “I didn’t want this group to get this close and not get it done.”

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Rebels Denied 2nd CIF Title in 3 Years

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Kaitlyn Chen scored a team-high 19 points but was denied a CIF championship by Beverly Hills in a 50-46 loss.
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Kaitlyn Chen scored a team-high 19 points but was denied a CIF championship by Beverly Hills in a 50-46 loss.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team witnessed firsthand the biggest reason for Beverly Hills’ success, and there wasn’t much the Rebels could do to overcome it.
The reason was sophomore Chantal Moawad, a 6-foot, 2-inch center who was relentless under the rim and scored eight of the No. 2-seeded Normans’ final 10 points to lift her team over the Rebels, 50-46, in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A championship at Colony High School in Ontario last Saturday.
No. 4-seeded Flintridge Prep was denied a second crown in three years and its 19-game win streak was snapped by Beverly Hills. Continue reading “Rebels Denied 2nd CIF Title in 3 Years”

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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LCF Greenlights Flintridge Prep Campus Project

The City Council last week upheld the Planning Commission’s decision allowing Flintridge Prep’s multi-phased campus improvement project to move forward. The council indicated it plans to approve a resolution that will incorporate more updates to the plan at its next meeting on Dec. 5.
Sally Ametrano, a neighbor who lives immediately next to the campus, appealed the Planning Commission’s Oct. 16 ruling, saying she objected to the private school’s plans to build a 17,205 square-foot, 42-feet, 6-inch classroom structure — a Collaborative Leadership Building — in place of the current 3,325-square-foot Alumni House located 23 feet from the property line.
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