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
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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
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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
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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”