Local Standout Pitcher Has a Memorable Summer

Ben Grable
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Ben Grable competed in numerous tournaments and showcases this summer, becoming one of the top baseball recruits in the area.

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”

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 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”

Flintridge Prep Edges Top-Seeded Maranatha, 10-8

Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ tennis team
Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK
The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ tennis team downed Maranatha, 10-8, to claim the first CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship in the history of the program. The historic squad includes David Kim (front row, from left) Leon Liao, Will Lanstra and Patrick Hastings. Back: Neel Sadda, Matin Bagheri, Derek Tran, Gillis Linde, Andrew Megerdichian, Alec Guthrie, Loran Baxter, Owen Smith, Noah Igler, Tim Zhang and Alec Bernardi.

The Flintridge Prep and Maranatha High School varsity boys’ tennis team both overcame great adversity en route to the CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship, but it was the No. 3-seeded Rebels who proved to be more battle-tested as they defeated the top-seeded Minutemen, 10-8, at the Claremont Club last Friday. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Edges Top-Seeded Maranatha, 10-8”

La Salle Downs Flintridge Prep, 205-215

By Alexander Payne
The Outlook

The La Salle varsity boys’ golf team defeated Flintridge prep, 205-215, in a nonleague match at the Altadena Golf Course on Monday.
The Lancers look to extend their league title streak to seven consecutive years as they improved to 9-5 on the season, including a 6-4 mark in league play. Flintridge Prep fell to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in league.
Senior William Kinney led La Salle by shooting a 38, junior David Chen carded a 39 and Aiden Conley wasn’t far behind with a 41. Continue reading “La Salle Downs Flintridge Prep, 205-215”

Former Rebel Led UC Irvine to Historic Basketball Season

Photo courtesy UC Irvine Robert Cartwright
Photo courtesy UC Irvine
Robert Cartwright

Pasadena native Robert Cartwright proved he was a winner when he helped Flintridge Prep capture the CIF Southern Section Division 5AA championship in 2011 as a freshman, and he continues to show that on one of the largest stages in sports.
Cartwright recently led the UC Irvine men’s basketball program to a historic season with 31 victories and its first-ever NCAA Tournament win. The squad also put together a 17-game winning streak, the longest in program history.
The No. 13-seeded Anteaters (31-6 overall record) upset No. 4 Kansas State, 70-64, in the first round of the tourney on March 22 before suffering a 73-54 defeat two days later against Pac-12 Tournament champion Oregon, which entered the competition as the No. 12 seed. Continue reading “Former Rebel Led UC Irvine to Historic Basketball Season”

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”