At Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, La Cañada Unified School District officials sought to assure community members that they are committed to instilling respect and tolerance and that they won’t tolerate racist student behavior, such as what was alleged by Pasadena Blair High School boys’ basketball players.
Soft-spoken and bespectacled, Sean Kim doesn’t come off as a tough guy.
But this guy is tough.
Members of the Pasadena Blair High School boys’ basketball team said La Cañada High School students directed racial slurs and insults at them during a Jan. 11 game at Hotchkin Gymnasium at LCHS.
La Cañada Principal Ian McFeat said he investigated the allegations but could not verify them. He also said he is prohibited by education code from saying whether any students were punished.
Still, McFeat apologized to the Blair team, which is predominantly black, in their locker room immediately after the game.
“I just said, ‘If that’s true, I want to apologize on behalf of the school. That’s not anything we condone and not anything we want to represent our school.’ I also said I’d be following up directly with our student section,” said McFeat, who also spoke with Blair’s principal about how to ensure acceptable behavior at athletic contests.
For La Cañada High School boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman, it is hard to believe it’s been 25 years since he guided the Spartans to the program’s first CIF-Southern Section championship, but it’s not difficult to remember.
When asked about his 1991-92 team, Hofman didn’t hesitate to say, “They had the best chemistry of any team we’ve had. They really won for the team. That’s why they were so special.”
The unforgettable group that included 7-foot All-American center Richard Mandeville, who went on to play Division I ball for Bob Knight at Indiana, Ryan Asplund, Brent Ballard, Jimmy Evans, Eric Sanchez and Grahame Dicks will be recognized for their accomplishment on Friday evening, Feb. 3. The LCHS athletics department will host a halftime ceremony with members of the 91-92 team, and a reunion after the game will be held in the south gym, giving the La Cañada Flintridge community an opportunity to greet the players.
Whether it’s dining out or working out, the La Cañada High School Spartan Boosters Club has it covered.
The club — which is hosting its annual Winter Wine and Spirits Auction on Saturday, Feb. 4 — recently secured a major donation of fitness equipment for the campus fitness center from an anonymous donor.
The donation — valued at $42,000, according to the club’s publicity chair Craig Miller — included 26 indoor Star Trac spin bikes, two Precor treadmills and two Precor elliptical machines for the fitness center, which was renovated by the Boosters in 2014. The space is used by all students in grades 7-12 in their physical education classes as well as student-athletes participating in school sports programs.
A strong first half lifted the La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team over host Camarillo, 49-37, in a nonleague game last week.
The Spartans jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter and carried over its solid play on both ends into the second. La Cañada led 30-14 at the half, but the Scorpions fought back in the second to chip away at the deficit. The Spartans managed to hold off the home squad and come away with the victory. Continue reading “Spartans Ready for League; Rebels Remain Perfect”
The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ soccer team returned from the winter break and fell to crosstown rival Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 5-0, in a nonleague match Monday. Continue reading “LC Blanked by FSHA, 5-0”
The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team proved its ready to take on the Rio Hondo League by defeating Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, 44-38, in the San Fernando Valley Hoops Showcase at Mission Hills Alemany High last Saturday.
Sean Estes scored a team-high 21 points to lead the Spartans to their 12th victory of the season. Senior guard Justin Kouyoumdjian chipped in with 12 points. Continue reading “La Cañada, St. Francis Shine in SFV Showcase Games”
The La Cañada High School varsity wrestling team opened Rio Hondo League play with a dominant 61-18 victory over visiting rival South Pasadena last week.
The league result follows a solid showing at the Blackwatch Tournament hosted by Upland High. Cheyenne Garcia won in her weight class, and her sister Sophie was second. Ben Donoho finished sixth in 160-pound bracket, and Andrew Aghadjanians was eighth in the 145-pound division. Continue reading “Spartans Down South Pas”
Instead of heading to their respective practice arenas during sixth period to lift weights or execute drills, the majority of La Cañada High School’s 800 energetic student-athletes crammed into the bleachers last week in the Hotchkin Family Gymnasium for a workshop about becoming true dual threats — better athletes and people.