LC Sends 13 Wrestlers to Individual Championships

Alex Mykalo (top) is one of 13 La Cañada wrestlers to qualify for the CIF-SS Individual Championships this weekend.
Alex Mykalo (top) is one of 13 La Cañada wrestlers to qualify for the CIF-SS Individual Championships this weekend.

The La Cañada High School varsity wrestling team will send a record 13 athletes to the CIF Southern Section Individual Championships this weekend following a solid performance in the Rio Hondo League finals at Monrovia last week.
Head coach Justin Luthey topped his own record from last year when he had a dozen Spartans qualify for the postseason. Continue reading “LC Sends 13 Wrestlers to Individual Championships”

La Cañada, Flintridge Prep Host Playoff Games Tonight

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team secured its perfect record in Rio Hondo League play last Tuesday and will enter the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs as the No. 7 seed.
The Spartans (23-4 overall record, 8-0 in league) will host Leuzinger of Lawndale in a first-round playoff game tonight at 7. Continue reading “La Cañada, Flintridge Prep Host Playoff Games Tonight”

St. Francis Edges La Cañada in Battle of Foothill Blvd.

The St. Francis varsity boys’ basketball team won the Battle of Foothill Blvd. by defeating local rival La Cañada, 52-50, in a nonleague game last Friday.
The Golden Knights (12-2 overall record) limited the opposition to only 16 points in the first half, allowing them to build a 13-point lead after two quarters of play. Continue reading “St. Francis Edges La Cañada in Battle of Foothill Blvd.”

La Cañada Downs Marshall, Places 5th in Tourney

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team defeated Los Angeles Marshall, 52-41, for fifth place in the LCHS Tournament last Saturday.
The Spartans (7-3 overall record) jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the first quarter and built a 15-point advantage at the half. They held on for the win and finished 2-2 in the competition. Continue reading “La Cañada Downs Marshall, Places 5th in Tourney”

Dodgers Extend LCF Resident’s Contract

Photo courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers / Jill Weisleder The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts, who is an LCF resident, agreed to a contract extension through the 2022 season.
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers / Jill Weisleder
The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts, who is an LCF resident, agreed to a contract extension through the 2022 season.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Dave Roberts has guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series appearances and three National League West championships since taking over as manager in 2016.
The local skipper was rewarded for these accomplishments on Monday as the Dodgers officially announced Roberts would remain with club through 2022. The organization had picked up the manager’s one-year option and added an additional three years to his contract.
“Keeping Doc as our leader on the field was a top priority this offseason and now that we’ve accomplished that we are excited to collectively shift all of our focus to doing all we can to bring a World Championship to our passionate fans,” Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said in a release. Continue reading “Dodgers Extend LCF Resident’s Contract”

La Cañada Edges Claremont, Reaches Semifinals

Photo courtesy LCHS Athletics The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ tennis team is one win away from playing its first CIF Southern Section championship match since 1978. The squad, accompanied by head coach Will Moravec, includes Sonia Bhaskaran, Ashley Chun, Tsehay Driscoll, Eliana Hanna, Marlene Hess, Annabelle Kevakian, Kristy Kim, Stacey Kim, Anabel Massabki, Solenn Matuska, Sophia McKenzie, Artis Phillips, Sarah Pyne-Jaeger, Sophia Razavi, Natalie Son, Lisa Sun, Maya Urata, Maya Vasisht, Sydney Wang and Elise Wu.
Photo courtesy LCHS Athletics
The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ tennis team is one win away from playing its first CIF Southern Section championship match since 1978. The squad, accompanied by head coach Will Moravec, includes Sonia Bhaskaran, Ashley Chun, Tsehay Driscoll, Eliana Hanna, Marlene Hess, Annabelle Kevakian, Kristy Kim, Stacey Kim, Anabel Massabki, Solenn Matuska, Sophia McKenzie, Artis Phillips, Sarah Pyne-Jaeger, Sophia Razavi, Natalie Son, Lisa Sun, Maya Urata, Maya Vasisht, Sydney Wang and Elise Wu.

Longtime La Cañada High School varsity girls’ tennis coach Will Moravec finally had his wish granted this season, and it has certainly benefitted his program.
“The last couple of years, I’ve been hoping we’d be in Division 2,” Moravec said. “A lot of times, CIF puts us in Division 1 and that’s super tough for us. The timing was right, and we’re in Division 2 with two hotshot freshman girls who really gave us depth this year.”
The added depth and placement in Division 2 allowed the Spartans to make an impressive postseason run, reaching the CIF Southern Section Division 2 semifinals following a 10-8 victory over Claremont on Monday.
La Cañada traveled to Long Beach on Wednesday to take on Poly in a semifinal match. Should the Spartans come away with a victory, they would advance to the final match against the winner of the other semifinal match between Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo and Chino Hills Ayala.
The Spartans have not played a CIF-SS championship match in 40 years. They finished as runners-up against Corona del Mar in 1978 and won the Division 3A crown in 1977 by defeating San Marino.
“The margins are getting smaller,” Moravec said. “The matches are going to be a lot closer and it’s going to be tight. There were a ton of 9-9 and 10-8 matches in first few rounds. That shows that CIF is doing a good job of making parity. You have to be on the top of your game. There’s no time for a bad day. Hopefully our girls will be ready and play great. They played great on Monday.”
The Spartans opened the playoff tournament with a 14-4 victory over Los Angeles Brentwood and followed that with an upset win over No. 2-seeded Redlands, which finished the regular season unbeaten.
The Division 2 championship match will be played at the Claremont Club this Friday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m.

LCHS Hopes to Build Off First Victory in Nearly Two Years

It was a long game between the La Cañada High School varsity football team and New Design Watts of Los Angeles last Friday. Penalties and injuries often stopped the clock, making the first half last 1 hour, 34 minutes.
But the Spartan players and coaches relished every single minute of it. For the first time in nearly two years, they knew the feeling of building a lead and maintaining it for a victory.
“It feels so good,” said senior quarterback Matt Bromley, who was part of last year’s winless squad. “It’s been 14 games since we last won. We put in so much work in the offseason with everyone showing up since the beginning of spring. It’s such a relief to get a win and actually earn it.”
Not only did the Spartans earn it, but they deserved it with their attitude the past year despite being on the wrong side of the history of the program. La Cañada lost a record 14 consecutive games before defeating New Design Watts, 37-6, but the players always kept their heads up and battled, regardless of the score.
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Spartans Shut Down Knights, Snap 14-Game Losing Streak

Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK
Matt Bromley, Jacob Hardy and Dezin Delgatty celebrate La Cañada’s first victory since the Spartans’ 28-13 win over San Marino on Nov. 4, 2016.

The La Cañada High School varsity football team was determined to end its losing streak, and its resolve showed on the opening kickoff against visiting New Design Watts of Los Angeles last Friday.
Dezin Delgatty returned a pooch kick 57 yards for a touchdown, giving the Spartans a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish in a 37-6 nonleague victory last Friday.
Jason Sarceda finally picked up his first win as LCHS head coach and snapped a 14-game losing streak that plagued the program.
“It feels really good,” Sarceda said. “I’m proud of our guys. We’ve been working a lot more on eliminating special teams errors. Our goal this game was to have zero turnovers.”
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