Three decades after legendary La Cañada High School coach Pat Logan last delivered a Rio Hondo League track and field championship — a feat he accomplished with the regularity of spring turning to summer — the 2021 Spartan girls’ team capped an undefeated season last Tuesday with a thrilling, down-to-the-wire 65-61 victory over visiting South Pasadena.
The win earned the Spartans (7-0 record) their first league title in 28 years and, simultaneously, ended a decade of Tigers’ domination. South Pas had won the girls’ league title each year from 2010-19. (There was no league champion crowned in 2020 due to the pandemic.)
The La Cañada High School baseball team continued its winning ways with a 4-1 victory over host Temple City in a Rio Hondo League game last week.
Adam Geller provided the big bat for the Spartans with two doubles and two clutch RBIs in this relatively low-scoring game. Riley Kozakar broke a scoreless tie with a double that drove in La Cañada’s first run. Alex Higa added a hit and scored a run. Geller, Timmy Park and Ethan Geller also scored for the Spartans.
The Spartan pitchers were impressive again, with Evan Umland and Nathan Mertens allowing no earned runs and only three hits between them. Umland picked up the win, striking out seven in five innings of work, and Mertens struck out four in the final two innings for the save. Continue reading “Spartans Split Pair of League Games”
The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team finished 1-2 last week, splitting its first two Rio Hondo League games and then suffering a 65-59 nonleague loss against visiting La Habra Whittier Christian on Saturday.
The Titans have a solid overall record of 12-6, but SMHS head coach Mihail Papadopulos knows his squad needs to continue to work to reach its potential.
“I love my team,” he said. “They’re really good guys and there’s a genuine love and brotherhood in the locker room. I know they’re going to show up and get better. We haven’t peaked yet, and it will stem from our defense. Once we clean things up defensively, we’ll be better. A lot of it is just trust. We just need to make the right play.” Continue reading “Titans Split League Games, Remain Hopeful of Winning Title”
The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams dominated the Rio Hondo League finals at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center last Friday.
The Spartans won at every level, and the varsity boys tallied 486 points to edge second-place San Marino for a second consecutive season.
The girls finished with 459 points, which was enough to defeat the Titans (442 points) and claim the league title for a second straight year. Continue reading “La Cañada Boys, Girls Win League Championships”
The San Marino High School varsity baseball team extended its winning streak to four games, most recently defeating visiting Monrovia, 2-1, in a Rio Hondo League contest last Friday.
Two runs were enough for pitcher Noah Herrera, who tossed five innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits and three walks and struck out five. Kade Wentz relieved his teammate and allowed only one hit and walked one and struck out three in two innings of work to pick up the save.
Dihlan Anvekar was 1-for-2 with a run batted in, and Jazz de Perio and Tommy Long each scored a run. Beau Hobbie had an RBI, Wentz hit a double and Sean Richardson collected two singles and stole a base.
The Titans (5-7 overall record, 4-3 in league), who moved from fourth place to third last week with three league wins, hosted Brea Olinda in a nonleague game on Tuesday, April 2. San Marino will take a small break and return to action on Wednesday, April 10, against visiting South Pasadena at 3:30 p.m. Continue reading “Titans Back in Postseason Race With Win Streak”
The Rio Hondo League has been dominated by one program for more than a decade and the San Marino High School varsity boys’ golf team is determined to put an end to that.
The Titans have shown potential during the preseason with a mixture of young talent and seasoned golfers.
“It’s actually a really young team, which is exciting,” said SMHS head coach Matt Jiggins. “We have three freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors making up our top six.” Continue reading “San Marino Looks to Win 1st League Title Since 2004”
The San Marino High School varsity baseball team dropped its first Rio Hondo League game of the season last Friday, falling to visiting La Cañada, 5-0.
The Spartans got on the board in the fifth inning and added three more runs in the top of the seventh to build a five-run advantage.
The Titans (1-5 overall record, 0-1 in league) were held to only two hits in the contest. Sean Richardson and Grant Spitzer each singled for SMHS and stole a base. Continue reading “Titans Shut Out in Rio Hondo League Opener”