Local Basketball Star Recognized as State Divisional Player of Year

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Local resident Andre Henry was named the Cal-Hi Sports Division II player of the year after leading St. Francis to a CIF Southern Regional basketball championship.

The boys’ basketball season came to an end two months ago but St. Francis High School standout Andre Henry is still garnering accolades from his impressive senior campaign.
The La Cañada Flintridge resident, who earned All-CIF Division 2 first-team honors, was recently named the state’s Division II player of the year by Cal-Hi Sports, an online publication that covers high school athletics in California.
“When you have him on your team, it makes your heart rate go down a bit,” Golden Knights head coach Todd Wolfson praised after clinching the CIF State Southern Regional championship with a 53-44 victory over Eastvale Roosevelt on March 17. “I trust him. He’s been here four years and built this thing with us.”
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LCHS Captured 1st CIF Softball Championship 25 Years Ago

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La Cañada High School won its first CIF Southern Section softball championship 25 years ago by defeating San Bernardino Cajon, 2-0, in the Division 4 title game. The historic squad included Linda Abeles Corlett (front row, from left), Julie Asher, Siarra Geer Mayo, Sunny Park, Kelly O’Toole Herman, Shannon Smith Loughrin, Emily Dalbeck Viola, Tara Howard, Briette Hackett Snook, Stephanie Hull Richards and Kara Campbell Artingstall. Back: Stephanie Tenerelli Shaw, Sara Takata, Lindsay Parker Peters, Lori Hanson Arbucci, Lauren Burns Shen, Jacki Tenerelli Asplund, Tricia Walton Santos, Jamie Formico and Erin Broadwell Williams.

The La Cañada High School softball program is consistently of the most competitive in the San Gabriel Valley, a tendency that was cemented 25 years ago when the Spartans claimed their first CIF Southern Section championship with a 2-0 victory over San Bernardino Cajon in the Division 4 final.
“It was a very exciting time,” said former first baseman Jacki Asplund, who earned All-CIF, All-State and co-Rio Hondo League MVP honors following La Cañada’s winning season. “We had lost my junior year. Our goal was to win it my senior year. It was the ultimate goal, and we worked really hard for it. We just had a great group of girls that got along. We had everything we needed to be a winning team with our talent and commitment.”
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Flintridge Prep Suffers 2nd Straight CIF Finals Loss

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The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ water polo team fell to Huntington Beach Marina, 6-4, in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 championship match last Saturday. The squad includes Elise Desjarlais (front row, from left), Lauren Bennett, Natalie Kaplanyan, Paige Nixon, Makena Walklett and Lu Patterson. Middle: Mona Patterson, Emily Battaglia, Kerianne Bourdu, Gracie McKiernen, Veronica Habashy, Liana Morrissey, Alexandra Thein, Isabel Simons and Sienna Arrobio. Back: Headmaster Peter Bachmann, assistant coach Edin Memisevic, head coach Andrew Phillips and Athletic Director Sean Beattie.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ water polo team edged No. 4-seeded Marina of Huntington Beach in the majority of statistics but struggled to get the ball into the back of the net last Saturday, as the Rebels fell to the Vikings, 6-4, in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 championship game at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Suffers 2nd Straight CIF Finals Loss”

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”