Local Standout Pitcher Has a Memorable Summer

Ben Grable
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Ben Grable competed in numerous tournaments and showcases this summer, becoming one of the top baseball recruits in the area.

Flintridge Prep ace Ben Grable had a memorable junior season with an earned run average of 2.30 and 45 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.
The Rebel pitcher was just as good in the batter’s box with an average of .475, 35 runs batted in, seven doubles and six home runs, earning him a spot on Cal-Hi Sports small schools first team infield in its All-State list. Continue reading “Local Standout Pitcher Has a Memorable Summer”

Gladiators Have Just Cause to Sit Out Season

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Kevin Lacey
Kevin Lacey

By Kevin Lacey
Special to The Outlook

La Cañada Gladiators Junior All American Football has been fielding teams in this community since the mid-1960s. We have decided, however, that there will be no Junior All American football in 2019. We think our community needs to know why we took this route and our intentions for 2020. We have discussed our decision and the rationale behind it with the city and the La Cañada Sports Coalition, and are happy to report they are in full support. Continue reading “Gladiators Have Just Cause to Sit Out Season”

LC Gladiators Will Not Play Jr. All American Football This Season

La Cañada Gladiators
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The La Cañada Gladiators will not field any teams this season because of rule changes made by the conference. The local youth football organization has participated in every season since 1968.

The La Cañada Gladiators have fielded youth football teams and competed in the San Gabriel Valley Conference of Junior All American Football since 1968, making the program president’s decision to not participate in the 2019 season a difficult one. Continue reading “LC Gladiators Will Not Play Jr. All American Football This Season”

Local Athlete Continues to Shine in Track and Field Senior Games

Kathy Bergen
Photo courtesy Katie Stratman / NSGA
Kathy Bergen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, is still winning gold medals and breaking track and field records at the age of 79.

Kathy Bergen has been participating in track and field events since reading an article about the Pasadena Senior Games 25 years ago. The La Cañada Flintridge resident attended her first track meet at Occidental College in 1994 and was quickly enamored with the sport.
“[My husband Bert and I] loved it,” said Bergen. “We always liked it. We were track and field fans, but we never expected to do it for ourselves. It was eye-opening for us.
“I love the competition. I absolutely love it. I want to win everything I do in track and field. That’s what keeps me going.”
Bergen continues to show that determination and competitive spirit at the age of 79, setting high marks and winning gold medals at the National Senior Games in Albuquerque and USA Track and Field National Masters Championship. Continue reading “Local Athlete Continues to Shine in Track and Field Senior Games”

LCHS Hires Browder as Boys’, Girls’ Volleyball Coach

Laura Browder
Laura Browder

The La Cañada High School volleyball program, most notably the girls, is one of the most competitive in the area, and newly-hired head coach Laura Browder is well aware of what she is inheriting.
“We’re lucky to have such rich heritage here,” said Browder. “It’s super important to honor people before you. If you forget the people before you, then you will forget those after. I told the girls in conditioning that I’m not here to build a good program. I’m here to build a dynasty. Let’s go premier. Athletes come and go, but culture and attitude is something we can maintain in the program.” Continue reading “LCHS Hires Browder as Boys’, Girls’ Volleyball Coach”

Morikawa’s Success Continues in Pro Competition

Collin Morikawa
Collin Morikawa

La Cañada High School graduate Collin Morikawa closed out his four-year collegiate career at Cal as one of the program’s all-time best golfers.
He became the second Bear to win the Pac-12 Player of the Year honor after claiming the individual conference title. The former Spartan was also named a Division I PING first-team All-American, becoming the first four-time All-American golfer in the program’s history. Morikawa tied for sixth place in the NCAA Championships and helped his team finish 10th at Blessings Golf Club in Arkansas. He was third in the nation with a 68.65 stroke average, ranked as the No. 3 collegiate golfer by Golfstat and a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. Continue reading “Morikawa’s Success Continues in Pro Competition”

New Fall Playoff Divisions Affect Local Programs

La Cañada High School varsity football team
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
The La Cañada High School varsity football team was placed in Division 14, the lowest in CIF.

The CIF Southern Section recently released its new playoff divisions for football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ water polo and girls’ tennis, affecting several local programs.
CIF uses a formula to develop a ranking that is based on regular season record, strength of schedule and playoff performances the past two seasons. The La Cañada High School varsity football program has struggled to win games the last few seasons, placing the team in Division 14, which includes 70 squads. St. Francis was moved down to Division 3 this year. Continue reading “New Fall Playoff Divisions Affect Local Programs”

Local Sports Columnist Honored by Pro Football Hall of Fame

Sam Farmer and Andrew Luck
Photo courtesy Tim Casey
Longtime Los Angeles Times writer Sam Farmer (right), who graduated from La Cañada High School in 1984 and is pictured above with quarterback Andrew Luck, will receive the prestigious Dick McCann Award for his coverage of the NFL.

Sam Farmer has interviewed plenty of Hall of Famers throughout his 25-year career covering the National Football League, and now the longtime Los Angeles Times writer will be honored by those distinguished coaches and players as the recipient of the 2019 Dick McCann Award.
The Professional Football Writers Association selected the La Cañada High School alumnus as the 51st McCann Award honoree. The award is given to a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to professional football through coverage. Continue reading “Local Sports Columnist Honored by Pro Football Hall of Fame”

Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Honors

Ryan Graves
Photos courtesy Eric Danielson
Ryan Graves, who was named the Rio Hondo League’s most valuable player, made the All-CIF Division 3 first team.

Baseball, softball and boys’ volleyball players from La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy were recognized by the CIF Southern Section as it released the All-League lists last Friday.
Two members of the LCHS varsity baseball team were among those listed by CIF. Senior ace Ryan Graves, who will be playing at San Jose State in the fall, and standout Connor Buchanan, who committed to USC, made the All-CIF-SS Division 3 first-team.
Graves, the Rio Hondo League’s most valuable player, finished the season with an 8-3 record and an earned run average of 1.89. He struck out 64 hitters in 70 1/3 innings of work and was just as good in the batter’s box, hitting .424 and driving in 16 runs.
Buchanan was a leader on the mound and on offense. He posted an ERA of 0.76 and fanned 60 batters in 46 1/3 innings. He won three games and recorded five saves for the Spartans. Buchanan also hit .299, scored a team-high 33 runs, 24 RBI and belted eight home runs. Continue reading “Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Honors”

Spartans Fall in Championship Game, 7-0

Spartans baseball
Photo by Raymond Quan / OUTLOOK
The Spartans wait in front of the dugout for postgame honors after being defeated by Temecula Great Oak, 7-0, in the CIF-SS Division 3 championship.

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team’s hopes of adding another accolade to its historic season were crushed by No. 4-seeded Temecula Great Oak.
The Spartans were denied their first CIF Southern Section championship as Great Oak scored seven runs in one inning and claimed the Division 3 title with a 7-0 victory at Dodger Stadium last Saturday. Continue reading “Spartans Fall in Championship Game, 7-0”