Spartans Ready to Take on Biggest Challenge

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Alex Mykalo (second from right) recently placed 2nd in the West Coast Classic.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ wrestling team has had a busy winter season, placing second in the Gabrielino Duals as a team and having most of its athletes place in the West Coast Classic at Rosemead High.
Head coach Justin Luthey has guided his squad to a 12-1 record, which includes Rio Hondo League victories over Glendale Hoover and Pasadena Marshall, and his group is ready for its biggest challenge yet. The Spartans will host San Marino today, a matchup that should determine this year’s league champion. Continue reading “Spartans Ready to Take on Biggest Challenge”

Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in a showcase at St. Francis. The Spartans enter Rio Hondo League play with a 6-10 record.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in the Slam Jam Showcase at St. Francis High School last Saturday.
The Spartans led 40-38 going into the final quarter. However, the Eagles came alive and held La Cañada to only nine points in the final eight minutes, allowing Oak Park to pull away for the victory. Continue reading “Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener”

Biggest Athletic Moment in LCHS History?

La Cañada High School’s 1979 football team finished with a 12-0-2 record and captured the only CIF Southern Section football championship in the school’s 57-year history. The team included Eric Avril (front row, from left), Tom Guthner, Chris MacMillan, Dan Gonzales, Maury DeBont, Greg Scilley, Terry Bortnick, Jeff Scott, Pat Tenney, Ron Lobo, Jim Curry and Mike Canales. Second row: David Charles, Mark Archer, Doug Ratliff, Dave Weinman, Scott Jones, Tom Taylor, Ward Christensen, Eric Hestenes, Rod Kubly, Frank Mendicina, Bob Wren, Mike Caps, Rob Hause, David Frazier, Jeff Wren and Kevin Lafferty. Third row: John Coate, Kent Rankin, Mike Tierney, Mike Dansby, Mhaer Alahydoian, Steve Boss, Marty Smith, Chris Myers, Bob Sparks, Chris Day, Doug Werner, Sean Callahan, Frank Tucker, Ned Menninger, Steve Leavins and Jon Ventress. Back row: Brad Baxter, Eric Neuenschwander, John Paton, Ken Green, Dan Feehan, Andy Kejmar, Eric Muehle, Barry Clarkson, Brad Herrling, Brian Hauenstein, John Rogers, Bill Farr, Charlie Benton, Craig Falkenstein and Scott Loomis. Head coach: Marty McWhinney. Assistants: Nic Larez, Don Schaafsma, Jim Samaduroff and John Chavez. Not pictured: Greg Amescua, Chris Chandless, Greg Eller, Tim Hicks, Mark Kuh, Mike Looney, Frank Paton, Jeff Partridge, Dave Poletti, Andy Roy, Dan Saatzer, Frank Sandelman, Kevin Sutton and Jedd Zaun.

In its 57-year history, the La Cañada High School athletic department has claimed a total of 29 CIF Southern Section team championships, including memorable playoff runs from legendary coaches such as Tom Hofman, Larry Naeve and Brock Turner. Continue reading “Biggest Athletic Moment in LCHS History?”

Spartan Offense Stalls in 42-7 Loss at San Marino

LC running back Jacob Hardy (21) fought for every yard against the Titans.
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LC running back Jacob Hardy (21) fought for every yard against the Titans.

The La Cañada High School varsity football team has already accomplished a number of achievements this season but head coach Jason Sarceda set a loftier goal for his program. He wants to guide the Spartans to their first CIF Southern Section playoff berth since 2016, a feat that is now in jeopardy following a 42-7 loss at San Marino High School last Friday. Continue reading “Spartan Offense Stalls in 42-7 Loss at San Marino”

La Cañada Picks Up 1st League Win Since 2016

La Cañada head football coach Jason Sarceda is fired up after guiding his team to a 56-42 victory over Temple City on homecoming night last Friday.
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La Cañada head football coach Jason Sarceda is fired up after guiding his team to a 56-42 victory over Temple City on homecoming night last Friday.

The La Cañada High School varsity football program has accomplished several feats this season, such as winning its first season opener since 2016. However, none was sweeter for LCHS head coach Jason Sarceda than what his team pulled off on homecoming night last Friday. Continue reading “La Cañada Picks Up 1st League Win Since 2016”

LC Basketball Affected by New CIF Winter Playoff Groupings

Morgan Tsujihara, one of La Cañada’s returning guards, will be competing in Division 1 this winter.
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Morgan Tsujihara, one of La Cañada’s returning guards, will be competing in Division 1 this winter.

The CIF Southern Section unveiled its new winter playoff groupings last Friday, shaking things up in boys’ and girls’ basketball.
The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team was bumped up to Division 1 after competing in 2AA last season.
The placement of teams is based upon a formula that takes the past two seasons into consideration. A power ranking is created based on strength of regular season schedule results and playoff performance.
LCHS head coach Owen Keenan wasn’t surprised about the announcement. “The system still has kinks that they need to work out,” the second-year coach wrote in an email. “We beat Glendora and Valencia last year. That gave us a lot of points. I was not surprised we moved up. We’ll play the schedule in front of us and do the best we can.” Continue reading “LC Basketball Affected by New CIF Winter Playoff Groupings”

Baffert Denies Allegations Triple Crown Winner Was Intentionally Given PED

Bob Baffert (left, with sunglasses) celebrating the Kentucky Derby victory of his horse, Justify, at Churchill Downs in May 2018.
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Bob Baffert (left, with sunglasses) celebrating the Kentucky Derby victory of his horse, Justify, at Churchill Downs in May 2018.

Trainer Bob Baffert of La Cañada Flintridge recently denied explosive allegations made in a New York Times story that his horse Justify, who became a Triple Crown champion last year, was intentionally given a performance-enhancing drug called scopolamine.
Baffert’s statement, via Twitter through Justify owner WinStar Farm, was made on Sept. 12. Justify won the Triple Crown in June 2018 and was the 13th horse in the sport’s history to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Continue reading “Baffert Denies Allegations Triple Crown Winner Was Intentionally Given PED”

Spartans Place 3rd in Burbank Tournament

Claire Saydah
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Claire Saydah recorded 16 digs in La Cañada’s three-game sweep at Newhall Hart last week.

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ volleyball team placed third in the Burbank Tournament last Saturday.
The Spartans (10-4 overall record) played seven matches and finished with a 5-2 record. La Cañada defeated Culver City in two sets to bring home the third-place trophy. The squad also recorded victories over Sherman Oaks Buckley, Burbank, Mission Hills Alemany and Los Angeles Immaculate Heart. LC suffered setbacks against Huntington Beach twice in the tourney.
La Cañada will travel to Los Angeles today to take on Immaculate Heart in a nonleague match at 5:30 p.m. The Spartans will play their home opener against Glendora on Monday, Sept. 9, at 3:30 p.m. Continue reading “Spartans Place 3rd in Burbank Tournament”