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”

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”

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”

LCHS Graduate Served in Kabul

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

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Grant Haxton, a 2015 graduate of La Cañada High School, was recently deployed to the Kabul airport to assist with evacuations from Afghanistan.
Haxton is an infantry platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division, which was sent to Kabul when the Taliban began rapidly advancing on the city. U.S. and allied forces secured the airport for two weeks while more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and people of other nationalities were evacuated. Continue reading “LCHS Graduate Served in Kabul”

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”

To Keep Campuses Open, LCUSD Widens Testing for Virus

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

At the suggestion of community members and medical experts, the La Cañada Unified School District will update its campus reopening and safety plan and take extra measures to mitigate the possibility of coronavirus transmission on campuses.
The LCUSD Governing Board unanimously approved stricter health protocols recommended by the district staff in a meeting on Monday. Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said the reopening of schools for in-person instruction was “hugely successful but extremely challenging, given the surge of COVID-19 infections as a result of the Delta variant.” Continue reading “To Keep Campuses Open, LCUSD Widens Testing for Virus”