Spartans Win 10th Straight Game

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Jason McCubbin Jr. drove in a run in the Spartans’ 3-1 victory at Monrovia.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Jason McCubbin Jr. drove in a run in the Spartans’ 3-1 victory at Monrovia.

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team extended its winning streak to 10 games by picking up a 3-1 victory at Monrovia on Tuesday.
Pitchers Luke Forgarty and Connor Buchanan held the Wildcats at bay and led the Spartans to their sixth Rio Hondo League win of the season. La Cañada improved to 12-2 on the season with a 6-0 record in league.
Fogarty earned the win on the mound, allowing one run on four hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings of work. Buchanan pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief and struck out five to get the save. Continue reading “Spartans Win 10th Straight Game”

LCHS, Flintridge Prep, FSHA, St. Francis Earn All-CIF Honors

Photo courtesy David Thomas Ryan Graves made the Division 2A first team after averaging 18 points per game during his senior season.
Photo courtesy David Thomas
Ryan Graves made the Division 2A first team after averaging 18 points per game during his senior season.

The CIF Southern Section released its All-CIF honors list on Monday and it included athletes from La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Francis.
Two members of the LCHS boys’ basketball team and a girls’ water polo athlete earned places on the All-CIF teams. Ryan Graves was one of the best players in Division 2A, averaging 17 points and 5.11 rebounds per game. He shot 45% from beyond the arc and led the Spartans to a CIF-SS championship berth, earning him a spot on the All-CIF Division 2A first team. La Cañada fell short of winning the title, falling to Ontario Colony, 50-47.

Outlook Photo LCHS standout goalie Carolyne Stern, who committed to USC, made the Division 2 first team.
Outlook Photo
LCHS standout goalie Carolyne Stern, who committed to USC, made the Division 2 first team.

“His three-year varsity career is one of the best at La Cañada,” said LCHS head coach Tom Hofman. “He’d be a starter if we had an all-star team. There’s nothing flashy or out of the ordinary with him. He just scores well and is a good defender. He’s very talented and doesn’t have any real weaknesses. He’s the type of player who could have stepped onto any team and made it better.”
His teammate, Zack Feehan, made the Division 2A second team after an impressive season under the rim. The forward averaged 10 points and 12.35 rebounds per game in 34 contests. Feehan smashed the program’s single-season rebounding record of 311 set by Matt Faber in 2011. Feehan finished the year with 420 rebounds. Continue reading “LCHS, Flintridge Prep, FSHA, St. Francis Earn All-CIF Honors”

Spartans’ Season Ends With Defeat

Photo courtesy David Thomas Ryan Graves played his final game as a Spartan on Tuesday. He averaged 17 points per game and shot better than 50% from the field, helping to make him one of the best players to compete at LCHS, according to head coach Tom Hofman.
Photo courtesy David Thomas
Ryan Graves played his final game as a Spartan on Tuesday. He averaged 17 points per game and shot better than 50% from the field, helping to make him one of the best players to compete at LCHS, according to head coach Tom Hofman.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell short of adding another CIF Southern Section plaque to its mantle as top-seeded Ontario Colony edged the Spartans, 50-47, in the Division 2A championship game at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Center last Saturday.
La Cañada led by as many as eight points, 19-11, in the second quarter, but Pepperdine-bound Sedrick Altman helped the Titans fight back and recapture the lead in the third quarter. Timely shots and free throws allowed Colony to pull away for the victory in the final quarter.
LCHS head coach Tom Hofman guided the program to its fifth CIF-SS championship appearance in the school’s 56-year history. The Spartans won titles in 1992 and 2011, both under Hofman. Continue reading “Spartans’ Season Ends With Defeat”

La Cañada Edged by Colony in CIF Title Game

Photo courtesy David Thomas Zach Feehan scored 14 points and hauled in a game-high 18 rebounds in the CIF-SS Division 2A championship. The Spartans fell to Colony, 50-47.
Photo courtesy David Thomas
Zach Feehan scored 14 points and hauled in a game-high 18 rebounds in the CIF-SS Division 2A championship. The Spartans fell to Colony, 50-47.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team was looking for another historic shot to tie Ontario Colony in the fourth quarter of the CIF Southern Section Division 2A championship at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Center last Saturday.
A missed free throw gave the Spartans possession with 6.2 seconds remaining in the game. However, Ryan Grande’s rushed 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark and the Titans held on for a 50-47 victory and their second CIF-SS title in the past three years. Continue reading “La Cañada Edged by Colony in CIF Title Game”

La Cañada Edged by Colony in CIF Title Game

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Sophomore Ryan Grande scored 11 points in the Spartans’ 67-55 loss against San Diego Cathedral Catholic in the state playoffs on Tuesday.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Sophomore Ryan Grande scored 11 points in the Spartans’ 67-55 loss against San Diego Cathedral Catholic in the state playoffs on Tuesday.

On paper, the No. 5-seeded La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team was the favorite in a CIF State Division 2 first-round playoff game against visiting No. 12 Cathedral Catholic of San Diego.
However, LCHS head coach Tom Hofman knew exactly what his squad was up against and was not disappointed when the Spartans fell to the Dons, 67-55, on Tuesday, ending their stellar season.
“We battled and gave them a good game,” Hofman said. “We needed to hit everything to beat a team like them. They defended us real well in the perimeter. The kids, as they did all year, battled and showed heart and never gave up.”
Cathedral Catholic (24-9 overall record) boasts a balanced squad with five athletes 6-5 or taller. Zach Feehan is the only Spartan taller than 6-5.

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Spartans Win CIF Semifinal in 2OT

Photo courteys Yary Photography The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team advanced to the CIF Southern Section championship for the fifth time in school history. The squad includes Kevin Kirste (front row, from left), Riley Eng, Liam Bui, Darren Pung and Jake George. Middle: Assistant coaches Rich Grande, Ray O’Brien and Jim Harvey, head coach Tom Hofman, assistant coaches R.T. Van Valer and Thomas Atamian. Back: John Hickman, Tyler Kuang, Jacob Nussbaum, Ryan Graves, Zack Feehan, Garrett Kremer, Noah Ford, Kyle Brown and Ryan Grande.
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The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team advanced to the CIF Southern Section championship for the fifth time in school history. The squad includes Kevin Kirste (front row, from left), Riley Eng, Liam Bui, Darren Pung and Jake George. Middle: Assistant coaches Rich Grande, Ray O’Brien and Jim Harvey, head coach Tom Hofman, assistant coaches R.T. Van Valer and Thomas Atamian. Back: John Hickman, Tyler Kuang, Jacob Nussbaum, Ryan Graves, Zack Feehan, Garrett Kremer, Noah Ford, Kyle Brown and Ryan Grande.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team threw everything it could at Irvine Crean Lutheran.
Grit, key defensive stops, a historic comeback and a herculean effort from their senior leaders were just enough to give the visiting Spartans a 77-74 double-overtime victory over the Saints in a thrilling CIF Southern Section Division 2A semifinal last Saturday.
No. 3-seeded La Cañada (27-5 overall record) overcame a 15-point, third-quarter deficit to reach its fifth CIF-SS championship game in the program’s history. The Spartans’ last CIF-SS final was a 50-47 upset victory over Los Angeles Price in 2011. Continue reading “Spartans Win CIF Semifinal in 2OT”

La Cañada, St. Francis Cruise to 2nd Round Playoff Wins

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team was stellar from the field in its CIF Southern Section Division 2A second-round game, shooting 52% and dominating in a 65-36 victory over visiting La Mirada on Tuesday.
The Spartans built a nine-point advantage in the first quarter and pulled away from their opponent in the second with 25 points scored. La Cañada led 44-23 at the half and held La Mirada at bay through the rest of the contest.

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LC Sends 13 Wrestlers to Individual Championships

Alex Mykalo (top) is one of 13 La Cañada wrestlers to qualify for the CIF-SS Individual Championships this weekend.
Alex Mykalo (top) is one of 13 La Cañada wrestlers to qualify for the CIF-SS Individual Championships this weekend.

The La Cañada High School varsity wrestling team will send a record 13 athletes to the CIF Southern Section Individual Championships this weekend following a solid performance in the Rio Hondo League finals at Monrovia last week.
Head coach Justin Luthey topped his own record from last year when he had a dozen Spartans qualify for the postseason. Continue reading “LC Sends 13 Wrestlers to Individual Championships”

La Cañada, Flintridge Prep Host Playoff Games Tonight

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ basketball team secured its perfect record in Rio Hondo League play last Tuesday and will enter the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs as the No. 7 seed.
The Spartans (23-4 overall record, 8-0 in league) will host Leuzinger of Lawndale in a first-round playoff game tonight at 7. Continue reading “La Cañada, Flintridge Prep Host Playoff Games Tonight”