Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in a showcase at St. Francis. The Spartans enter Rio Hondo League play with a 6-10 record.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in the Slam Jam Showcase at St. Francis High School last Saturday.
The Spartans led 40-38 going into the final quarter. However, the Eagles came alive and held La Cañada to only nine points in the final eight minutes, allowing Oak Park to pull away for the victory. Continue reading “Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener”

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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