Spartans ‘Scorch’ FSHA in Nonleague Matchup

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

It was guaranteed that the La Cañada High School girls’ tennis season would get off to a hot start hosting Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, because it was, literally, very hot outside.
“We almost had two opponents today: the heat and Sacred Heart,” La Cañada coach Will Moravec said.
On the court, it was the Spartans who put together, figuratively, a scorching performance, overwhelming intracity rival Flintridge Sacred Heart, 17-1, in nonleague action at LCHS. Continue reading “Spartans ‘Scorch’ FSHA in Nonleague Matchup”

Spartans, FSHA, Flintridge Prep Are Victorious

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School’s varsity girls’ volleyball team had a stellar tournament performance at the Whittier Cardinal Classic, sweeping their competition without ever losing a set on Sept. 9-10.
The Spartans won the tournament by ultimately defeating Palm Desert by scores of 25-14 and 25-21 in the final match.
“This weekend was a blast,” said Laura Browder, La Cañada’s head coach. “My girls executed on a high level and bonded together throughout the tournament. We were missing a couple key players, so it was encouraging for me to see my team adapt to changes and handle adversity so well. Excited to use the momentum from this weekend into league play.” Continue reading “Spartans, FSHA, Flintridge Prep Are Victorious”

La Cañada Sinks Glendale, 18-11

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada’s varsity boys’ water polo team started last weekend with a blast, as the Spartans defeated host Glendale High, 18-11, on Friday, Sept. 10, in a nonleague game.
“I think our starting lineup did awesome,” said Gilbert Millanes, La Cañada’s head coach. “They were able to control the game, play for one another and especially help our younger starters.”
The first quarter was the highest-scoring period of the game, as each program scored five goals. La Cañada’s Aleksnader Nowaczeck scored the first goal with 6:37 left to play. The remainder of the quarter saw additional goals from La Cañada’s Lucas Quion (two goals), Ian Wipfli (one goal) and Miles Peters (one goal), as the Spartans and Glendale played tug-of-war for the lead. Continue reading “La Cañada Sinks Glendale, 18-11”

Spartans Remain Undefeated by Beating Santa Paula

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School varsity football team increased its winning streak to six games (dating back to last school year’s pandemic-shortened season) following a 23-12 non-league victory over visiting Santa Paula from Ventura County last Friday evening.
Sophomore quarterback Macky Plocher completed 16 of 27 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns for the unbeaten Spartans (3-0 record), whose winning streak is the longest since they won seven straight in 2000. Continue reading “Spartans Remain Undefeated by Beating Santa Paula”

St. Francis Falls to Damien

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The St. Francis High School varsity football team suffered its first setback of the season last Friday at the hands of visiting La Verne Damien, which jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 42-17 victory.
The Golden Knights (1-1 overall) struggled to contain the Spartan offense, which garnered 400 yards and was led by quarterback Dylan Gutierrez, who completed eight of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
One week removed from a memorable 362-yard performance against Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach, St. Francis senior running back Max Garrison was held to 26 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries. He also caught four passes for a team-high 40 yards.
Junior quarterback Jack Jacobs completed 18 of 28 passes for 120 yards and rushed for 37 yards and a score. Andrew Howard finished with four receptions for 29 yards and Preston Jernegan had two catches for 20 yards.
Jernegan led the Golden Knights’ defense with 14 tackles and teammates Diego Jimenez and Duncan Sprengel each contributed four.

Undefeated Spartans Look to Keep Winning Streak Alive Friday

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s undefeated varsity football team will look to build on its five-game winning streak dating back to last season when it hosts Santa Paula High this Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in a nonleague matchup.
These two teams faced each other in the pandemic-shortened spring season when the Spartans defeated Santa Paula, 54-42, to start their winning streak last school year.
“We recognize that they’re a great team,” said Dave Avramovich, La Cañada’s head football coach. “We know the challenge. Santa Paula’s got a bunch of really good kids that play really hard and are competitive, and they’re not going to fall over and lay down.” Continue reading “Undefeated Spartans Look to Keep Winning Streak Alive Friday”

Spartans Sweep Intracity Rival FSHA

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The girls’ volleyball rivalry between Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and La Cañada High School reignited on Sept. 1 after the COVID-19 pandemic doused it the year prior, and it did not disappoint.
LCHS sparked the flames by sweeping host FSHA in three sets by scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 25-15.
This was the first time since 2012 that FSHA had lost at home to its intracity rival. Continue reading “Spartans Sweep Intracity Rival FSHA”

Cheung Leads Spartans’ Offensive Explosion in Coach’s Debut

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The fans were back, the cheerleaders were cheering and the band had returned to Spartan Stadium for La Cañada High School’s football season opener hosting Glendale. It was time for fall football, and La Cañada was ready to go.
The Spartans’ offense had one of the most prolific nights in the school’s 59-year history as they opened the Coach Dave Avramovich era with a resounding 58-21 non-league victory over the visiting Nitros last Thursday night.
The scoring explosion was the best in 41 years and the school’s second-highest ever, ranking just behind Coach Marty McWhinney’s Spartans in their 59-13 victory over Duarte on Oct. 31, 1980. Continue reading “Cheung Leads Spartans’ Offensive Explosion in Coach’s Debut”

Garrison Lifts Golden Knights Over Mira Costa

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

St. Francis High School running back Max Garrison showed great promise as a junior, rushing for 782 yards in six contests during the abbreviated COVID-19 season. One game into his senior campaign and Garrison is already halfway to that same mark, exploding for 362 yards on the ground and six touchdowns in the Golden Knights’ season-opening 44-35 victory over Manhattan Beach Mira Costa in a nonleague game on Friday. Continue reading “Garrison Lifts Golden Knights Over Mira Costa”

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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