Spartans Can’t Contain Monrovia in Loss

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity football team lost its Rio Hondo League opener to visiting Monrovia, 60-15, last Friday evening.
The Spartans (4-2 overall record, 0-1 league) had a difficult time containing Monrovia’s explosive offense, as the undefeated Wildcats (6-0 overall record, 1-0 league) established themselves as the favorite to win the league.
LCHS senior Ian Phillips and junior Corey Cheung each scored a touchdown. Senior Brandon Shepherd’s two-point conversion and senior placekicker Shaina Clorfeine’s successful PAT accounted for the remainder of the Spartans’ scoring.
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Spartans Beat San Marino for 14th Straight Win

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity girls’ varsity volleyball team swept visiting San Marino in a Rio Hondo League match, 25-14, 25-22, 25-10, on Tuesday.
The league-leading Spartans (6-0 league record, 21-2 overall) extended their winning streak to 14, matching the length of Coach Brock Turner’s 2011 Spartans. The school’s all-time volleyball win streak is 18 set by Coach Kevin Boyke’s 1999 Spartans. That team was seeded No. 4 in the CIF playoffs and had an 18-0 record before losing to top-seeded Torrance Bishop Montgomery in the CIF semifinals.
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Spartan Girls, Boys Compete in League Meet

First published in the Sept. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School girls’ cross-country team swept the varsity and junior varsity races in the first Rio Hondo League meet of the season last week and improved to 5-0.
The varsity team was more than the Rio Hondo League could handle. Sophomore star Arielle McKenzie ran a relaxed first two miles and then outkicked South Pasadena’s Sydney Morrow, who is also one of the top runners in the CIF Southern Section, to take the victory in 18:25. Katelyn Matarese followed in third in 18:32 to be part of the top three pack that gapped fourth place by nearly 30 seconds. McKenzie and Matarese give the Spartans one of the most potent 1-2 combinations in the state. Cat Mispagel continued her breakout season with a time of 19:15 for a seventh-place finish and captain Jenna Milbrodt followed in ninth at 19:24. Caroline Gill ran a solid race to be the team’s final scorer in 19:50, which was good for 10th place. Continue reading “Spartan Girls, Boys Compete in League Meet”

Spartans Back On Winning Track After Beating Gladstone

First published in the Sept. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity football team (4-1 overall record) bounced back nicely from a previous week loss and dominated host Gladstone of Covina, 30-7, in a nonleague game last Saturday.
LCHS junior Corey Cheung turned in a solid all-around effort, which included a team-high six receptions for 66 yards as well as five carries for 21 yards. He also intercepted a pass and scored two touchdowns.
Sophomore quarterback Mack Plocher completed eight passes for 78 yards and had four carries, which included a touchdown.
Senior Caleb Carruthers scored the other Spartans’ touchdown.
Senior Brandon Shepherd had five carries for 19 yards while seniors Ian Phillips and Jack Stroben each had one reception for five yards.
The defensive line was led by Shepherd, Carruthers and junior Anthony Venneri, who recorded 10, nine and eight total tackles, respectively. Phillips, senior Sean Hartman and junior Andrew Gevorgian each added one sack.
Phillips (six total tackles), senior Cole Stratton (five), Cheung (four), Gevorgian (four), junior Jake Adkins (three), Hartman (two), senior Diego Reyes (two), Stroben (two), senior Marcus Fan (two), junior Mateo Gallegos (two), senior Luke Manion (one), sophomore Cayden Klein (one), junior Asher Salman (one) and sophomore Lorenz Bayug (one) tallied the rest of the Spartans’ 63 total tackles.

La Cañada Defeats South Pasadena, 14-4

First published in the Sept. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity girls’ tennis team cruised to a 14-4 Rio Hondo League victory against visiting South Pasadena on Tuesday afternoon. Six Spartans earned sweeps en route to their second league victory of the season.
LCHS’ No. 1 singles player, Maya Urata, was immaculate, winning each of her sets, 6-0, against Tigers Talia Yoo, Kyra Campbell and Claire Chen. La Cañada’s No. 2 singles player, Maren Urata, won sets against the same opponents by scores of 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, respectively. South Pasadena’s Campbell and Chen earned 6-1 and 6-3 wins, respectively, over La Cañada’s Nicole Sorensen.
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Toland’s Career-High 37 Kills Propels LCHS to League Lead

First published in the Sept. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The longtime rivalry league match between La Cañada High School and visiting South Pasadena’s varsity girls’ volleyball teams on Tuesday did not disappoint, as the two powerhouse programs lasted five sets.
And it was the Spartans who established themselves as the team to beat in the Rio Hondo League by narrowly claiming their 12th consecutive victory, 21-25, 30-28, 26-24, 21-25 and 15-10.
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La Cañada’s Winning Streak Snapped

First published in the Sept. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School varsity football team was off to a strong start to the season with wins in its first three games. Game four welcomed similarly undefeated North Hollywood Campbell Hall to town.
For most of the way, La Cañada looked headed to another victory…until it didn’t.
Despite leading for a majority of the contest, the Spartans were unable to hold off the visiting Vikings at the end and fell 27-23 in a nonleague game last Friday night.
The loss moved LC’s record to 3-1 and snapped its six-game winning streak, which dated back to the end of last season. Meanwhile, Campbell Hall improved its record to 5-0. Continue reading “La Cañada’s Winning Streak Snapped”

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”