Spartans Pick Up League Win

The La Cañada varsity girls’ softball team collected a big win on Tuesday by defeating host San Marino, 14-4, in a Rio Hondo League contest.

The Spartans (6-6 overall record) improved to 3-4 in league play and now trail the Titans (5-4 in league) by one game for third place in the standings. Temple City is at the top with an 8-0 record and Monrovia is clinging on to second place with a 4-3 record. 

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FSHA Breaks Barriers With Streamed Virtual Fall Play

Cast members (in alphabetical order) include Ava Baluyut Barraza, Maria Boutros, Ziling “Coco” Chen, Kayla Copping, Simone Crowder, Audrey de Groot, Ava DeFranco, Renee Deramerian, Brenna Derbish, Isabella Durand, Lauren Gmelich, Natalia Gonzalez, Corinne Gray, Sara Green, Sara Gutierrez, Abbie Hardy, Charlie Hardy, Jordyn Hart, Caitlin Hubbs, Cassie Huston, Maddie Jerman, Ava King, Ava Kitt, Carissa Klaus, Becket Knight, Jalen Lee, Macey Lillard, Farrah Mackenzie, Samantha Milat, Anya Millard, Emily Meadow Mota, Caitlin Norton, Olivia Ocon, Kana Park, Angelina Reddy, Samantha Savage, Sofia Sierra, Jin Yi “Linda” Sun, Claire Thomas, Graciela Tiu, Katie Wilson and Sophia Wilson.

Although every industry has been affected by this pandemic, one thing will always ring true: the human need to connect through art. Though in-person performances are not possible, creative minds have come together to find opportunities to tell stories that bring us purpose and hope, regardless of the circumstances.
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FSHA Defeats Mayfield Senior; Poly Wins League Crown

Flintridge Sacred Heart defeated host Mayfield Senior in a Dig for the Cure match that raised money for cancer research on Monday. The two teams include Abby Kim (front row, from left), Emma Willingham, Zoe Grace, Caitlin Du, Maddie Kaufman, Hayley Eaves, Ashlynn Hurley, Amelia Velasquez, Grace Brewer and Alex Lewis. Back: Ferryn Drake, Peyton Dejardin, Ivana Alejo, Ellie Lund, Katherine Collins, Tatum Anderson, Nikki Garriola, Emmie Barnard, Mariana Trujillo, Sarah Tupy, Sarah Smith, Evy Favretto, Kate Grinnell, Jessica Maalouf and Annelise Rising.
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Flintridge Sacred Heart defeated host Mayfield Senior in a Dig for the Cure match that raised money for cancer research on Monday. The two teams include Abby Kim (front row, from left), Emma Willingham, Zoe Grace, Caitlin Du, Maddie Kaufman, Hayley Eaves, Ashlynn Hurley, Amelia Velasquez, Grace Brewer and Alex Lewis. Back: Ferryn Drake, Peyton Dejardin, Ivana Alejo, Ellie Lund, Katherine Collins, Tatum Anderson, Nikki Garriola, Emmie Barnard, Mariana Trujillo, Sarah Tupy, Sarah Smith, Evy Favretto, Kate Grinnell, Jessica Maalouf and Annelise Rising.

The Flintridge Sacred Heart varsity girls’ volleyball team snapped a three-match losing streak by sweeping host Mayfield Senior, 25-19, 26-24, 25-18, in a nonleague contest on Monday. Continue reading “FSHA Defeats Mayfield Senior; Poly Wins League Crown”

Rebels Down San Marino; La Salle Defeats FSHA in Tourney Final

Flintridge Prep’s Alex Kyriakakis had seven kills in a victory over San Marino.
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Flintridge Prep’s Alex Kyriakakis had seven kills in a victory over San Marino.

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ volleyball team didn’t get off to the best start at San Marino High School on Monday.
The Rebels committed errors on serves and gave up the first game against the Titans in a nonleague match but battled back and came away with a four-set victory, 19-25, 25-21, 25-10, 25-14.
“I call it a Monday wake-up call,” said Prep head coach Sean Beattie. “San Marino is a good team, and we strolled in thinking we were a better team, maybe? We got smacked in the face and woke up. They served very well in the first game and we did not.”
Flintridge Prep (12-3 overall record, 4-3 in league) trailed in the third game, 5-2, and responded with a 17-2 run, the biggest of the match. The Rebels cruised to a nonleague victory following the run.
“We served better as the match went on and passed better,” Beattie said. “Once we pass better, we’re able to use our middles, and once we use them, it opens up the outside.” Continue reading “Rebels Down San Marino; La Salle Defeats FSHA in Tourney Final”

New Fall Playoff Divisions Affect Local Programs

La Cañada High School varsity football team
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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, Coach Recognized by CIF-SS

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Flintridge Prep senior Spencer Harris made the All-CIF Division 6 boys’ soccer first team after helping the Rebels win a Prep League title.
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Flintridge Prep senior Spencer Harris made the All-CIF Division 6 boys’ soccer first team after helping the Rebels win a Prep League title.

The CIF Southern Section released its All-CIF honors list on Monday and it included athletes from Flintridge Prep, Polytechnic, La Salle, Maranatha, Westridge, Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Francis.
Five Rebels were recognized by CIF-SS in three winter sports. Flintridge Prep junior Kaitlyn Chen made the Division 2A girls’ basketball first team after averaging 18.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game. Boys’ soccer standouts Silas Chavez and Spencer Harris made the Division 6 first team, and Makenna Dominguez and Mikaela Celeste earned sports on the Division 2 girls’ soccer first team. Dominguez scored 36 goals and recorded 35 assists in 23 matches, and Celeste scored 28 and finished with a team-high 43 assists.

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Sophie Markarem earned a spot on the Division 5 girls’ soccer first team after helping Westridge reach the CIF-SS title match.
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Sophie Markarem earned a spot on the Division 5 girls’ soccer first team after helping Westridge reach the CIF-SS title match.

Three Panthers were among those listed by CIF in boys’ soccer and girls’ water polo. Alexander Walsh helped the Poly boys’ soccer team finish its season with an overall record of 11-7-3, earning him a spot on the Division 6 first team. Talie Wilmans and Caroline Kelleher both made the All-CIF Division 6 girls’ water polo first team after leading the Panthers to a Prep League championship. Wilmans scored 122 goals, averaging nearly six per match, and recorded 59 assists and 81 steals. Kelleher was second on the team in scoring with 90 goals and finished with 40 steals. Continue reading “Local Athletes, Coach Recognized by CIF-SS”

Flintridge Sacred Heart Wins Regional; La Salle Edged in Rematch

Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK The Flintridge Sacred Heart varsity girls’ soccer team defeated visiting Culver City, 3-0, to claim its first CIF State Southern California Regional title since 2010.
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The Flintridge Sacred Heart varsity girls’ soccer team defeated visiting Culver City, 3-0, to claim its first CIF State Southern California Regional title since 2010.

A week removed from having been denied a CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship, the Flintridge Sacred Heart varsity girls’ soccer team was determined to not let history repeat itself in the state playoffs at St. Francis High School’s Friedman Field on Saturday. Continue reading “Flintridge Sacred Heart Wins Regional; La Salle Edged in Rematch”

LCF Mayor Reflects on Event-Filled Year

Michael Davitt

Michael Davitt said he’ll remember his second go-round as La Cañada Flintridge mayor for the city’s purchase of a new City Hall building, for the traffic jams spurred by the 210 Freeway resurfacing project, for the long-sought approval of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s Master Plan — but, most of all, for the loss of fellow councilman and friend Dave Spence, who suffered a fatal heart attack in May.
Over scrambled egg whites recently at Magpie’s Grill, Davitt discussed some of the key events in 2017 and previewed some of what he’s excited about in 2018.
Highlights of that conversation follow:

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A Look Back at 2017’s Top Stories in LCF

It was a busy year in La Cañada Flintridge. Residents came together to mourn losses and celebrate victories, they made their voices heard at the polls and in public hearings, they made history in real estate and sports, and, at La Cañada High School, students were instructed to try to get a little more sleep.
Here are the 17 most important local stories of 2017:

1. LCF Loses Dave Spence
Dave Spence suffered a fatal heart attack at his home May 16. The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor was 80.
In March, he’d been re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.

Photos by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Mayor Michael Davitt speaks at the funeral of longtime City Councilman Dave Spence in May at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

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