Local Woman Emerging as Golf Champion

Courtesy photo Moine (Su) Kim, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, is playing some of the finest golf in her career, having won three women’s golf championships in the past four months.

Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident Moine (Su) Kim is in the midst of a remarkable golf year, which included her winning the Southern California Golf Association’s Women’s Amateur net championship last week. The two-day competition, held Aug. 17-18 at the Omni La Costa Resort Legends Course, marked Kim’s third title of the year.
On the 5,472-yard course, she shot a 93 (net 76) on the Mission “A” flight. On the next day, she rallied by shooting 89 (net 72) and won in a card off with a total net of 148.

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New Head Coach Hoping to Guide Spartans Into Playoffs

Photos by Nathan Cambridge / Outlook Valley Sun First-year head coach Dave Avramovich (center, wearing hat) addresses his Spartans at practice earlier last week as they prepared for their season opener against Glendale High.

High School football is returning to its traditional place as a fall sport, after being transplanted to the spring last season due to COVID, and that suits the La Cañada Spartans just fine.
“Anything that is close to normal — it’s not really normal yet, but anything that is close to normal is awesome,” said LCHS first-year head coach Dave Avramovich.
It will be a new era on the gridiron for La Cañada as Avramovich moves up to take over the head coaching duties after serving as the defensive coordinator last season as part of his second coaching stint at the school. He replaced former head coach Jason Sarceda.
“I’m honored to be a part of the program. I coached here a long time ago, from ’04-06,” Avramovich said. “The first high school coaching job I had was here.”
It will be the first head coaching job for Avramovich, but he is no stranger to the sidelines, having coached football in some capacity for two decades.

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Broadcaster Rides a Wave of Success

Erin Coscarelli

From the National Football League to tennis to bull riding, Erin Coscarelli has run the gamut as a sports broadcaster.

The intrepid, self-acknowledged extrovert who graduated from La Cañada High School in 2002 has traveled all over the nation to cover sports and deliver stories about the athletes fans love to watch, and that success led her to the opportunity she could not pass up. Continue reading “Broadcaster Rides a Wave of Success”

LCF’s Bergen Is Running Down a Dream

La Cañada Flintridge’s Kathy Bergen has set 28 world records and 42 American records in track and field. (Photo courtesy Bergen family)

There is an old adage that you should never ask a woman her age.
An exception to this otherwise chivalrous rule may be made when her age is needed in order to correctly calculate the number of world track and field gold medals she has won in the past year.
For La Cañada Flintridge’s Kathy Bergen, the answers are 81 and six.
Bergen recently competed at the USA Track & Field [USATF] Masters Outdoor National Championships at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

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La Cañada All-Stars Place 4th in Pony Baseball World Series

The La Canada Bronco All-Star 12-year-olds, which placed fourth at the Pony World Series this past week in Texas, included (kneeling, from left) Ross Piken, Milo Lin and Chase Regan. Standing: Trevor Rivas, Ethan Wong, coach Kenny Burns, Joe Bell, Nic Pieper, Scotty Burns, Caiden Kennedy, Cole Richards, coach Keith Piken, Fritz Phillips, manager Matt Regan and Taylor Parrille.

The La Cañada All-Star baseball team comprising 12-year-old boys concluded its outstanding postseason run by finishing fourth in the Pony League World Series this past week in Laredo, Texas.

La Cañada, competing in the six-team Bronco tournament, won two of five games against stiff competition.

“This summer has been one I know these boys will remember — a trip to play in Cooperstown, New York, followed by a trip to the World Series in Texas. Pretty special for these kids,” said La Cañada manager Matt Regan.

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Morikawa Fired Up by Stint in Olympics

La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa represented the U.S. at the Tokyo Olympics, placing fourth in the men’s golf competition after being defeated by C.T. Pan of Chinese Taipei in a sudden-death playoff for the bronze medal. ( Photo courtesy PGA Tour / Getty Images)

Collin Morikawa entered the Tokyo Olympics as the champion golfer of the year, a title given to the winner of the prestigious Open Championship, and was one stroke shy of leaving Japan as a medalist in the Games.

The La Cañada High School graduate — who seemed to be out of medal contention when he was tied for 24th after two rounds of play — rallied in the final round Sunday, shooting 8 under par to finish regulation at 15 under. That left him tied for third with Rory McIlroy and five other golfers to compete in a sudden-death playoff for the bronze medal at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

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Local Youth Baseball Team to Play Pony World Series

The La Cañada 12-year-old baseball team defeated Placentia, 10-0, to win the Pony Western Zone tournament and make the World Series, a feat no other local baseball squad has achieved. The historymaking group includes Taylor Parille (kneeling, from left), Ross Piken and Cole Richards. Standing: Fritz Phillips, Milo Lin, Chase Regan, Scotty Burns, Ethan Wong, Trevor Rivas, Nic Pieper, Caiden Kennedy and Joe Bell.

The La Cañada 12-year-old baseball team extended its historic summer tournament run by defeating Placentia, 10-0, in six innings to win the Pony Western Zone tournament in Moreno Valley last weekend.

With the victory, the local squad will represent the West in the Pony Baseball World Series, a feat no other La Cañada team has achieved. The young players will travel to Laredo, Texas, to take on a team from Fort Worth on Friday, July 30, at 1 p.m.

“This does not seem possible. A team from La Cañada is going to the World Series,” said manager Matt Regan, a La Cañada High School graduate. “I keep saying it, but I cannot believe it is true. I don’t think the boys can believe it either, and I know the parents can’t believe it.”

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Spartans Holding Their Own in Open Division

Photo by Mitch Lehman / Outlook Valley Sun
Coach Will Moravec credited the spirited play of Maya Urata, above, for the Spartans’ CIF Open Division first-round win over Mira Costa High of Manhattan Beach.

Anyone who thought the La Cañada High School’s girls’ tennis team would be derailed after losing a tough Rio Hondo League title match to San Marino better think again. 

Not only have the Spartans survived, they have since thrived, to the point of defeating perennial powerhouse Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach in the first round of the CIF playoffs.  Continue reading “Spartans Holding Their Own in Open Division”

Flintridge Prep Defeats LCHS to Remain Unbeaten

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team won bragging rights for La Cañada Flintridge by defeating intracity rival La Cañada High School, 47-39, in a nonleague game on Monday.

It wasn’t easy for the Wolves, who struggled with the Spartans’ size and trailed 10-6 with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter. La Cañada boasts two players six feet or taller on its roster, including senior standout Lauren Scoville.

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Spartans Qualify for CIF Playoffs

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Cameron Fernando (left) helped the LCHS varsity wrestling team finish No. 5 in CIF-SS Division 4 and qualify for a playoff berth. The Spartans will host Indio in the first round on Tuesday.

Despite not having much of a Rio Hondo League season, the La Cañada High School varsity wrestling team earned a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Dual Meet Championships.

The Spartans finished 8-4 in the regular season and will host Indio in a first-round contest on Tuesday, May 25, at 6 p.m.

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