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 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”

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”

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”

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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LCHS Football to Open Season Friday; no Public Admitted

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Boys’ Football: La Canada vs. South Pasadena

It’s finally happening. La Cañada High School football is back this Friday with the Spartans hosting South Pasadena in a Rio Hondo League game at 7 p.m.
“It’s so exciting,” said Carrie Saks, who added it has been a “crazy first year” as LCHS athletic director.
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