Spartans Fall in Championship Game, 7-0

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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”

LC Boys Win 1st Title Since 2009; Girls Place 11th

Photo courtesy Kristina Kalb The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming and diving team won its first Division 2 championship since 2009.
Photo courtesy Kristina Kalb
The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming and diving team won its first Division 2 championship since 2009.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming team dominated the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championships at the Riverside Aquatics Complex and claimed its first title since 2009.
The Spartans tallied 336 points, which was more than enough to defeat La Verne Damien (235 points) and bring home the program’s fifth crown in school history. Continue reading “LC Boys Win 1st Title Since 2009; Girls Place 11th”

Former Spartan Wins Pac-12 Championship

Former LCHS standout Collin Morikawa won the Pac-12 title for the first time in his career at Cal.
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Former LCHS standout Collin Morikawa won the Pac-12 title for the first time in his career at Cal.

La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa has garnered many accolades the past four years at Cal Berkley. The standout athlete has been named Golfweek Men’s National Player of the Year, the team’s most valuable player, made the All-Nicklaus Team twice and represented the U.S. in the prestigious Walker Cup.
He had many goals since arriving at Cal four years ago but the Pac-12 crown eluded him. Morikawa can now cross that feat off his list as the senior finished the competition with three consecutive birdies to claim the individual conference title. Continue reading “Former Spartan Wins Pac-12 Championship”

La Cañada Boys, Girls Win League Championships

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”

La Cañada Boys Win Meet of Champions, Girls Place 15th in Team Standings

Photo courtesy LCHS Athletics The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming team won the Mt. SAC Meet of Champions. The squad includes Braden Beagle, Eddie Cosic, Mark Fanelli, Juan Grases, Noah Hirshon, Thomas Hoffman, Joshua Kim, Chris O’Grady, Ryan Silva and Danny Syrkin.
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The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming team won the Mt. SAC Meet of Champions. The squad includes Braden Beagle, Eddie Cosic, Mark Fanelli, Juan Grases, Noah Hirshon, Thomas Hoffman, Joshua Kim, Chris O’Grady, Ryan Silva and Danny Syrkin.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming team dominated the Meet of Champions at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut last weekend, taking home the first-place banner with 533.5 points.

Danny Syrkin had a career day for the Spartans, winning two singles races and placing among the top two in two relay events.

He won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.89 seconds and the 100-yard butterfly with 48.72 seconds.

The junior standout teamed up with Eddie Cosic, Thomas Hoffman and Chris O’Grady to win the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:32.92, establishing a new school and meet record. The quartet also competed in the 200 freestyle relay and placed second with a time of 1 minute, 24.84 seconds. Continue reading “La Cañada Boys Win Meet of Champions, Girls Place 15th in Team Standings”

LCHS Bike Team Back On The Mountain

By Sharon Grey
Special to The Outlook

Photo courtesy Sharon Grey Philip Klemmer finished 13th in the Vail Lake race to qualify for state.
Photo courtesy Sharon Grey
Philip Klemmer finished 13th in the Vail Lake race to qualify for state.

The La Cañada High School mountain bike team returned to action at Vail Lake in Temecula.
Dane Grey won his second event and leads all freshmen with two races remaining. Philip Klemmer placed 13th and qualified for the SoCal High School Cycling League State Championship in May.
Klemmer had placed 18th and 21st in previous competitions and needed a top-15 finish to qualify for state.
“The coaches have been reminding me, so I knew going in what I needed to do,” Klemmer said. “Early on in lap one I was in 19th, but on the climbs in lap two, I was able to make up ground. I’m looking forward to racing at state.”
Co-head coach Bill Sauro wasn’t surprised and said, “Philip got a late start training with us due to soccer, but he’s been getting faster each week. This was only his third race, so he’s got a lot of potential”. Continue reading “LCHS Bike Team Back On The Mountain”

Spartans Win 10th Straight Game

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Jason McCubbin Jr. drove in a run in the Spartans’ 3-1 victory at Monrovia.
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Jason McCubbin Jr. drove in a run in the Spartans’ 3-1 victory at Monrovia.

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team extended its winning streak to 10 games by picking up a 3-1 victory at Monrovia on Tuesday.
Pitchers Luke Forgarty and Connor Buchanan held the Wildcats at bay and led the Spartans to their sixth Rio Hondo League win of the season. La Cañada improved to 12-2 on the season with a 6-0 record in league.
Fogarty earned the win on the mound, allowing one run on four hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings of work. Buchanan pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief and struck out five to get the save. Continue reading “Spartans Win 10th Straight Game”

LCHS, Flintridge Prep, FSHA, St. Francis Earn All-CIF Honors

Photo courtesy David Thomas Ryan Graves made the Division 2A first team after averaging 18 points per game during his senior season.
Photo courtesy David Thomas
Ryan Graves made the Division 2A first team after averaging 18 points per game during his senior season.

The CIF Southern Section released its All-CIF honors list on Monday and it included athletes from La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Francis.
Two members of the LCHS boys’ basketball team and a girls’ water polo athlete earned places on the All-CIF teams. Ryan Graves was one of the best players in Division 2A, averaging 17 points and 5.11 rebounds per game. He shot 45% from beyond the arc and led the Spartans to a CIF-SS championship berth, earning him a spot on the All-CIF Division 2A first team. La Cañada fell short of winning the title, falling to Ontario Colony, 50-47.

Outlook Photo LCHS standout goalie Carolyne Stern, who committed to USC, made the Division 2 first team.
Outlook Photo
LCHS standout goalie Carolyne Stern, who committed to USC, made the Division 2 first team.

“His three-year varsity career is one of the best at La Cañada,” said LCHS head coach Tom Hofman. “He’d be a starter if we had an all-star team. There’s nothing flashy or out of the ordinary with him. He just scores well and is a good defender. He’s very talented and doesn’t have any real weaknesses. He’s the type of player who could have stepped onto any team and made it better.”
His teammate, Zack Feehan, made the Division 2A second team after an impressive season under the rim. The forward averaged 10 points and 12.35 rebounds per game in 34 contests. Feehan smashed the program’s single-season rebounding record of 311 set by Matt Faber in 2011. Feehan finished the year with 420 rebounds. Continue reading “LCHS, Flintridge Prep, FSHA, St. Francis Earn All-CIF Honors”

Spartans’ Season Ends With Defeat

Photo courtesy David Thomas Ryan Graves played his final game as a Spartan on Tuesday. He averaged 17 points per game and shot better than 50% from the field, helping to make him one of the best players to compete at LCHS, according to head coach Tom Hofman.
Photo courtesy David Thomas
Ryan Graves played his final game as a Spartan on Tuesday. He averaged 17 points per game and shot better than 50% from the field, helping to make him one of the best players to compete at LCHS, according to head coach Tom Hofman.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell short of adding another CIF Southern Section plaque to its mantle as top-seeded Ontario Colony edged the Spartans, 50-47, in the Division 2A championship game at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Center last Saturday.
La Cañada led by as many as eight points, 19-11, in the second quarter, but Pepperdine-bound Sedrick Altman helped the Titans fight back and recapture the lead in the third quarter. Timely shots and free throws allowed Colony to pull away for the victory in the final quarter.
LCHS head coach Tom Hofman guided the program to its fifth CIF-SS championship appearance in the school’s 56-year history. The Spartans won titles in 1992 and 2011, both under Hofman. Continue reading “Spartans’ Season Ends With Defeat”

La Cañada Edged by Colony in CIF Title Game

Photo courtesy David Thomas Zach Feehan scored 14 points and hauled in a game-high 18 rebounds in the CIF-SS Division 2A championship. The Spartans fell to Colony, 50-47.
Photo courtesy David Thomas
Zach Feehan scored 14 points and hauled in a game-high 18 rebounds in the CIF-SS Division 2A championship. The Spartans fell to Colony, 50-47.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team was looking for another historic shot to tie Ontario Colony in the fourth quarter of the CIF Southern Section Division 2A championship at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Center last Saturday.
A missed free throw gave the Spartans possession with 6.2 seconds remaining in the game. However, Ryan Grande’s rushed 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark and the Titans held on for a 50-47 victory and their second CIF-SS title in the past three years. Continue reading “La Cañada Edged by Colony in CIF Title Game”