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”

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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