Local Author Reveals His Real ‘Daditude’

Photo courtesy Chris Erskine Together, the Erskine family — (from left) Jessica, Chris, Cathy, Emily, Christopher and Jack — celebrated Emily’s high school graduation in 2009.
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Together, the Erskine family — (from left) Jessica, Chris, Cathy, Emily, Christopher and Jack — celebrated Emily’s high school graduation in 2009.

As a humor columnist who’s made a bountiful career mining the rich terrain of marriage, fatherhood and life in La Cañada Flintridge, Chris Erskine has always had a darn good “daditude.” Even now, in the most trying of times, the local writer keeps smiling, and keeps giving others reason to do the same.
For nearly two decades, his self-deprecating, wisecracking weekly chronicle of family life has resonated with L.A. Times readers, including Prospect Park Books publisher Colleen Dunn Bates. Continue reading “Local Author Reveals His Real ‘Daditude’”

Cox’s Walk-Off Home Run Propels La Cañada into Quarterfinals

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Freshman Devyn Cox hit a walk-off home run to give La Cañada a 1-0 victory over Maranatha in a second-round playoff game on Tuesday.

After six scoreless innings against visiting Pasadena Maranatha in a CIF Southern Section Division 5 second-round game, a calm, collected Chuck Gunter told his La Cañada High School softball team to not change its approach at the plate.
“We were hitting line drives and they just made their plays,” Gunter said. “Eventually, you hope one of those go through.”
Freshman Devyn Cox got one past everyone in the bottom of the seventh inning, belting it over the left field fence to give the Spartans a 1-0 victory over the Minutemen in a pitcher’s duel on Tuesday.
“Our coach kept telling us to keep hitting the ball hard and eventually you’ll make a run scored,” Cox said. “I honestly was looking for a ground ball to just get on and let my teammates score me, but that’s what happened.”
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LCHS Announces Franey as Girls’ Basketball Coach

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Jordan Franey

La Cañada High School has officially found the coach to take over its varsity girls’ basketball program after the La Cañada Unified School District approved the hiring of Jordan Franey on Tuesday.
Franey succeeds Sarah Beattie, who resigned as varsity girls’ basketball coach last month after three successful seasons.
Dean of Athletics Kristina Kalb said Franey’s knowledge of the school and community gave her an edge over the other candidates.
“It amazes me what people don’t know going into an interview,” Kalb said. “She was smart and had seen us in tournaments. She knew who we were and what makes us special and different. That’s important because not all schools are the same. What she shared with us matches our own vision of where we see the program going.”
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Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Accolades

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La Cañada’s Tess Oakley-Stilson (white jersey) was named the Rio Hondo League MVP and earned a spot on the All-CIF Division 2A second team.

The CIF Southern Section released its remaining All-CIF winter selections on Monday, recognizing the best basketball and soccer players in each division. Athletes from La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy were among those listed.
The lone Spartan to be honored was senior Tess Oakley-Stilson, who made the All-CIF Division 2A second team in girls’ basketball. Oakley-Stilson, who was also named the Rio Hondo League’s Most Valuable Player, was a consistent performer for La Cañada and averaged 14 points, five rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3.1 steals per contest. The senior guard stepped up in the postseason, scoring 25 points in the Spartans’ win over La Verne Bonita and 19 points in a second-round loss at Newbury Park.
Oakley-Stilson helped La Cañada finish its season with a 23-5 record, including a perfect 10-0 record in Rio Hondo League play to bring home the program’s third straight league crown.
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Flintridge Prep Denied 2nd CIF Crown by Beverly Hills

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Kaitlyn Chen scored a team-high 19 points but was denied a CIF championship by Beverly Hills in a 50-46 loss.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team witnessed firsthand the biggest reason for Beverly Hills’ success, and there wasn’t much the Rebels could do overcome it.
The reason was sophomore Chantal Moawad, a 6-foot, 2-inch center who was relentless under the rim and scored eight of the No. 2-seeded Normans’ final 10 points to lift her team over the Rebels, 50-46, in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A championship at Colony High School in Ontario last Saturday.
No. 4-seeded Flintridge Prep was denied a second crown in three years and its 19-game win streak was snapped by Beverly Hills.
“I think tonight they were the better team,” said Rebels’ co-coach Jayme Chan. “Kudos to those two monsters [Michelle Duchemin and Moawad] on the boards. They were relentless on the rebounds. I love that. Every team needs one. Unfortunately for us today, they were getting second and third chances and they were finishing them. That’s why they won the basketball game.”
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Rebels Win 1st CIF Title; Advance in State Playoffs

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The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ soccer team defeated Pacifica of Garden Grove, 3-1, in a CIF Southern Section Division 3A last Saturday to win the program’s first championship. The winning squad, guided by head coach Esteban Chavez, includes Katie Bennett (front row, from left), Madison Bradford, Ella Treinen, Kate Huntley, Caitlin Fong, Lindsay Uteda, Julia Gonzalez, Mona Cesario, Mikaela Celeste, Helen Schaefer and Makenna Dominguez. Back: Rachel McCarley, Molly Scott, Hope Codiga, Marissa David, Jenna Mijares, Libby Penn, Arielle Guzman, Katya Besch, Yasmeen White, Gabi Bennett, Dima Bazzi, Sophia Corbisiero, Natalie Brown, Mel Ng and Sabine Fregoso.

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Beattie Steps Down as Girls’ Basketball Coach

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Sarah Beattie resigned as head coach of the La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team last week to focus on her teaching and personal life.

After three successful seasons, including a historic run, La Cañada High School girls’ basketball coach Sarah Beattie resigned from her post last week.
Beattie, who will continue to teach government and economics and psychology at the school, said that the extra time will allow her to focus on her classes and help LCHS in other areas.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while,” she said. “It came down to a lot of contemplation and prayer and thinking about what I wanted my near future and future to look like.
“I am trying to free up some space in my life so I can concentrate more on the classes that I teach and also have a bit more time for myself in my personal life. It also makes room for me to give back to the school in other ways and reach more students in different capacities.”
LCHS Dean of Athletics Kristina Kalb supports Beattie’s decision, and hopes to have her successor hired by May 1.
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