The CIF Southern Section unveiled its new winter playoff groupings last Friday, shaking things up in boys’ and girls’ basketball.
The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team was bumped up to Division 1 after competing in 2AA last season.
The placement of teams is based upon a formula that takes the past two seasons into consideration. A power ranking is created based on strength of regular season schedule results and playoff performance.
LCHS head coach Owen Keenan wasn’t surprised about the announcement. “The system still has kinks that they need to work out,” the second-year coach wrote in an email. “We beat Glendora and Valencia last year. That gave us a lot of points. I was not surprised we moved up. We’ll play the schedule in front of us and do the best we can.” Continue reading “LC Basketball Affected by New CIF Winter Playoff Groupings”
Trainer Bob Baffert of La Cañada Flintridge recently denied explosive allegations made in a New York Times story that his horse Justify, who became a Triple Crown champion last year, was intentionally given a performance-enhancing drug called scopolamine.
Baffert’s statement, via Twitter through Justify owner WinStar Farm, was made on Sept. 12. Justify won the Triple Crown in June 2018 and was the 13th horse in the sport’s history to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Continue reading “Baffert Denies Allegations Triple Crown Winner Was Intentionally Given PED”
The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ volleyball team placed third in the Burbank Tournament last Saturday.
The Spartans (10-4 overall record) played seven matches and finished with a 5-2 record. La Cañada defeated Culver City in two sets to bring home the third-place trophy. The squad also recorded victories over Sherman Oaks Buckley, Burbank, Mission Hills Alemany and Los Angeles Immaculate Heart. LC suffered setbacks against Huntington Beach twice in the tourney.
La Cañada will travel to Los Angeles today to take on Immaculate Heart in a nonleague match at 5:30 p.m. The Spartans will play their home opener against Glendora on Monday, Sept. 9, at 3:30 p.m. Continue reading “Spartans Place 3rd in Burbank Tournament”
The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ tennis team went on a surprising CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship run last season, bringing home the program’s first plaque since 1977.
The success placed the Spartans in Division 1, making it even more difficult for them to repeat as champions. However, longtime head coach Will Moravec is hopeful of surprising the division with a balanced group of experienced players and young talent. Continue reading “Spartans Hope to Make Another Surprising Run”
The La Cañada High School varsity football team overcame an 11-point deficit and edged host Hacienda Heights Wilson, 17-14, last Thursday.
The Spartans won their first season opener since 2016, which was Ryan Zerbel’s second and final year coaching the program. Continue reading “La Cañada Rallies Past Wilson, 17-14”
After a tough season with injuries and missing the playoffs, the La Cañada High School varsity girls’ volleyball team is well on its way back to being one of the most competitive programs in the area.
The Spartans (4-2 overall record) won four of six matches at the Lakewood Molten Classic and displayed a bond that will only help the team in the future.
“That is important for me,” said first-year head coach Laura Browder. “We had dinner after practice recently and had a good time. It’s a big priority for me to create an environment where girls look forward to practice and want to play with each other. We’re playing games with each other in between matches. I’m just super proud of the girls and how we started the season. Unlike boys, girls have to bond first before they can compete. Boys tend to bond through competition.” Continue reading “Spartans Look to Bounce Back in League”
The Flintridge Prep varsity football team has clinched a CIF Southern Section playoff berth every season since it began competing in eight-man football three years ago.
The Rebels have consistently been one of the most competitive programs since 2016 but haven’t been able to get past the powerhouse programs such as Faith Baptist of Canoga Park, Mojave and Carpinteria Cate. Continue reading “Rebels Have What It Takes to Win Big, Coach Says”
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”
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”