Spartans Pick Up Historic Semifinal Victory

LCHS varsity baseball team
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The LCHS varsity baseball team defeated Hesperia Oak Hills, 13-2, in a CIF-SS Division 3 semifinal on Tuesday. The Spartans, who advanced to their first CIF-SS championship game, include Connor Buchanan, Michael Callahan, Thomas Decker, Zach Feehan, Luke Fogarty, Ryan Graves, Joshua Gray, William Hartman, Ryan Kiessling, Riley Kozakar, Michael Lauenstein, Jason McCubbin, Kyle Osornia, Timothy Park, Brandon Shepherd, Ian Tinkham, Jakob Torres, Evan Umland, Tai Walton, coaches Carl Geschwender and Dave Olson and head coach Matt Whisenant.

There’s no stopping the La Cañada High School varsity baseball team. After two narrow playoff victories decided in extra innings, the Spartans made sure they wouldn’t need more than seven frames against host Hesperia Oak Hills. They scored five runs in the top of the third and added six more two frames later to build a big lead and defeat the Bulldogs, 13-2, in a CIF Southern Section Division 3 semifinal. Continue reading “Spartans Pick Up Historic Semifinal Victory”

Flintridge Prep Edges Top-Seeded Maranatha, 10-8

Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ tennis team
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The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ tennis team downed Maranatha, 10-8, to claim the first CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship in the history of the program. The historic squad includes David Kim (front row, from left) Leon Liao, Will Lanstra and Patrick Hastings. Back: Neel Sadda, Matin Bagheri, Derek Tran, Gillis Linde, Andrew Megerdichian, Alec Guthrie, Loran Baxter, Owen Smith, Noah Igler, Tim Zhang and Alec Bernardi.

The Flintridge Prep and Maranatha High School varsity boys’ tennis team both overcame great adversity en route to the CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship, but it was the No. 3-seeded Rebels who proved to be more battle-tested as they defeated the top-seeded Minutemen, 10-8, at the Claremont Club last Friday. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Edges Top-Seeded Maranatha, 10-8”

Panthers Denied Title by Calabasas

Polytechnic varsity boys’ tennis team
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The Polytechnic varsity boys’ tennis team fell to Calabasas, 13-5, in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship match at the Claremont Club last Friday. The Panthers include Kareem Ansari (front row, from left), Harry Foy, Renzo Soatto and Henry Slan. Back: Assistant coach Natalie Langan, Nick Yoong, Walter Corngold, Carson Yu, Mustafa Ansari, Kian Soltani, Ray Fleming, Spencer Wilson, Will Robles and head coach Sam Kang.

The Polytechnic varsity tennis team boasted an unbeaten record going into the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship match and it required a perfect performance from its players to top No. 1-seeded Calabasas.
The Panthers were solid in the first round of matches with two set victories but the Coyotes pulled away in the second to hand Poly its first defeat of the season, 13-5, at the Claremont Club last Friday. Continue reading “Panthers Denied Title by Calabasas”

Titans Fall to Woodcrest Christian in Quarterfinals

Photos courtesy Eric Danielson San Marino outfielder Jessica Van Fossan had the second most putouts on the team. She scored two runs in the Titans’ playoff win over Sierra Vista.
Photos courtesy Eric Danielson
San Marino outfielder Jessica Van Fossan had the second most putouts on the team. She scored two runs in the Titans’ playoff win over Sierra Vista.

The San Marino High School varsity softball team’s stellar postseason run came to an end last week as the Titans were edged by host Riverside Woodcrest Christian, 4-2, in a CIF Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinal last week.
The Titans jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning but the Royals fought back with a run in the second and added three more in the third frame.
Four runs turned out to be enough for junior pitcher Paige Markley, who settled down following a rough start and held San Marino’s offense at bay through the rest of the contest. The ace allowed two runs on six hits, walked two and struck out four in a complete game.
SMHS ace Claire Streeter was also solid in the circle, surrendering four runs on nine hits and striking out 11 in six innings of work. Continue reading “Titans Fall to Woodcrest Christian in Quarterfinals”

LC Boys Win 1st Title Since 2009; Girls Place 11th

Photo courtesy Kristina Kalb The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming and diving team won its first Division 2 championship since 2009.
Photo courtesy Kristina Kalb
The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming and diving team won its first Division 2 championship since 2009.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming team dominated the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championships at the Riverside Aquatics Complex and claimed its first title since 2009.
The Spartans tallied 336 points, which was more than enough to defeat La Verne Damien (235 points) and bring home the program’s fifth crown in school history. Continue reading “LC Boys Win 1st Title Since 2009; Girls Place 11th”

Lin Qualifies for State; Girls Place 14th in Standings

Photo courtesy Mark Barr The San Marino High School varsity girls’ swimming team concluded the season by placing 14th in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships last weekend. The squad, which won the Rio Hondo League title, includes Emily Lee (front row, from left), Claire Chiu and Blake Pak. Back: Assistant coach Ashlee Bowen, Siouxsie Lennox, Ellie Chen, Dora Chang, Sabrina Wang, Kali Villaluna, Sophia Yao and head coach Mark Barr. Not pictured: Grace Emamaullee.
Photo courtesy Mark Barr
The San Marino High School varsity girls’ swimming team concluded the season by placing 14th in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships last weekend. The squad, which won the Rio Hondo League title, includes Emily Lee (front row, from left), Claire Chiu and Blake Pak. Back: Assistant coach Ashlee Bowen, Siouxsie Lennox, Ellie Chen, Dora Chang, Sabrina Wang, Kali Villaluna, Sophia Yao and head coach Mark Barr. Not pictured: Grace Emamaullee.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ swimming team shone in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships at the Riverside Aquatics Complex last Saturday, tying Murrieta Valley for sixth place with 145 points.
Rio Hondo League rival La Cañada took home the crown with 336 points.
Tristan Lin led the Titans by winning the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1 minute, 48.72 seconds, qualifying him for state competition.
Lin was also part of the 200 medley relay team that placed sixth and qualified for state with a time of 1:35.82. The group also included Maxwell Lin, Justin Chan and Kurtis Tsai. The quartet also competed in the 400 freestyle relay and finished in 3:10.21 for eighth place. Continue reading “Lin Qualifies for State; Girls Place 14th in Standings”

San Marino Cruises Into 2nd Round of Playoffs

Jessica Van Fossan scored two runs in San Marino’s 22-0 rout over Saddleback Valley Christian last week.
Jessica Van Fossan scored two runs in San Marino’s 22-0 rout over Saddleback Valley Christian last week.

The San Marino High School varsity softball team carried over its winning ways from the regular season into the postseason, most recently defeating host United Christian Academy of Rancho Cucamonga, 13-1, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs last week.
The Titans scored early and broke out in the bottom of the third with nine runs to build an 11-0 lead. The umpire called the game after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Macy Mooney led San Marino’s offense with four runs batted in, and Erin Hill was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and one run. Kinu Takasugi was 2-for-3 with three runs, Charis Chung was 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run, Justene Huang singled twice, scored three runs and drove in a run, Sierra DuNah doubled, scored and had two RBIs, Kate Brunner drove in a run and scored, Jessica Van Fossan singled and scored, and Alyssa Beck and Peyton Diaz each scored a run. Bella Escobar, Mooney and Van Fossan each stole a base. Continue reading “San Marino Cruises Into 2nd Round of Playoffs”

Former Spartan Wins Pac-12 Championship

Former LCHS standout Collin Morikawa won the Pac-12 title for the first time in his career at Cal.
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Former LCHS standout Collin Morikawa won the Pac-12 title for the first time in his career at Cal.

La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa has garnered many accolades the past four years at Cal Berkley. The standout athlete has been named Golfweek Men’s National Player of the Year, the team’s most valuable player, made the All-Nicklaus Team twice and represented the U.S. in the prestigious Walker Cup.
He had many goals since arriving at Cal four years ago but the Pac-12 crown eluded him. Morikawa can now cross that feat off his list as the senior finished the competition with three consecutive birdies to claim the individual conference title. Continue reading “Former Spartan Wins Pac-12 Championship”

La Cañada Boys, Girls Win League Championships

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams dominated the Rio Hondo League finals at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center last Friday.
The Spartans won at every level, and the varsity boys tallied 486 points to edge second-place San Marino for a second consecutive season.
The girls finished with 459 points, which was enough to defeat the Titans (442 points) and claim the league title for a second straight year. Continue reading “La Cañada Boys, Girls Win League Championships”

San Marino Girls Win League Title; Boys Finish 2nd

San Marino standout Tristan Lin won the 100-yard butterfly and breaststroke events.
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San Marino standout Tristan Lin won the 100-yard butterfly and breaststroke events.

San Marino High School was well represented in the Rio Hondo League Swimming Championships with the boys’ and girls’ teams fighting for first place down to the final race last Friday at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.
The girls’ team tallied 442 points and finished just behind La Cañada (459 points), but the Titans clinched at least a share of the of the league crown by winning all league meets prior to the finals. Head coach Mark Barr guided San Marino to its third league title in the past four years. Continue reading “San Marino Girls Win League Title; Boys Finish 2nd”