San Marino Shows Potential After Season Opener

Photo courtesy Angus Leung Olivia Ruiz enters the year as the Rio Hondo League’s top runner. She placed second in the junior race at the Rosemead Invitational.

In his third year at the helm, San Marino High School cross-country coach Angus Leung is starting to notice something he had not seen with his program.
“This team is big,” said Leung. “We have nearly 60 runners this year compared last year’s 40.”
The increase in numbers gives the Titans a lot more than depth. Having more athletes only gives San Marino more potential this season, and the runners noticed that after their first race last weekend.
“A lot of them didn’t know what they were capable of until after Friday,” said Leung, whose teams competed in the Rosemead Invitational last week. “The course was a little longer than 3 miles. They now know what they’re capable of and they were more committed. I could see it. The season is still early, and it was a good start. They are not where I want them to be right now, but so far so good.” Continue reading “San Marino Shows Potential After Season Opener”

Titans Must Double Up This Season to Succeed

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The San Marino High School varsity girls’ tennis team opened the season with a 10-8 victory over visiting Valencia on Monday. The local squad includes includes Dahyls Ang, Hannah Ang, Elisabeth Carter, Elizabeth Chang, Kayla Chen, Joanne Chien, Ariana Harvey, Katie Kirkendall, Anessa Lee, Sophia Lee, Sabrina Lieu, Jackie Lu, Alyssa Luff, Caitlin Nguyen and Erina Widjaja.

With nine consecutive Rio Hondo League championships, the San Marino High School varsity girls’ tennis program is among the best in the entire CIF Southern Section.
The Titans have produced some of the best singles players in the area in that time, but that won’t be the narrative this year. Head coach Melwin Pereira and his squad began the season in unfamiliar territory. Continue reading “Titans Must Double Up This Season to Succeed”

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”

Chmielewski, Lan Finish 3rd in Finals Tournament

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ tennis team had two singles and doubles semifinalists in the Rio Hondo League Tournament finals at Arcadia Park last week, but the Spartans were denied league crowns by league champion San Marino.
Lucas Chmielewski and Phillip Lan were close to defeating Titans John Carter and Allan Liu having won the first set and leading in the second, 4-2. The tables turned on the Spartans as the San Marino duo rallied to win the next four games to take the set. Continue reading “Chmielewski, Lan Finish 3rd in Finals Tournament”

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”

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”

La Cañada Remains Perfect; FSHA Wins 3rd Straight

The La Cañada High School varsity softball team kept its perfect Rio Hondo League record intact with an 8-1 victory over visiting Temple City on Tuesday.
The Rams challenged the Spartans early with a run in the top of the first inning, but La Cañada (16-4 overall record, 11-0 in league) responded by getting on the board in the bottom half of the frame and an additional four runs in the second.
Ace pitcher Holly Stoner held Temple City at bay and helped the Spartans win their fifth consecutive win. The junior went the distance and allowed an unearned run on seven hits and struck out six. Continue reading “La Cañada Remains Perfect; FSHA Wins 3rd Straight”

Spartans Baseball Win League Outright

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team remained perfect in Rio Hondo League play, defeating host South Pasadena, 5-0, on Saturday and clinching the league championship outright.
The Spartans (18-5 overall record, 9-0 in league), who won their first title since 2013, jumped out to a four-run lead in the top of the first and added another run in the second. Continue reading “Spartans Baseball Win League Outright”