Readers Offer Impassioned Responses to Publisher’s Column

Publisher Charlie Plowman’s column in last week’s Outlook that criticized the conduct of some young La Cañada High School fans at a recent basketball game drew the largest response in more than a decade to an issue raised by the newspaper. Today we are publishing all of the letters we have received on the issue. The Outlook does not hesitate to publish letters that are critical of the newspaper. Contributors should strive to limit letters on any subject to 250 words, and letters should be submitted by one person only and be accompanied by a current address and valid telephone number for confirmation purposes. (The Outlook has allowed some latitude on these rules today.) Anonymous letters are not accepted. Send submissions by email to outlooknews@outlooknewspapers.com. Please write “Letter to the Editor” as the subject line.

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School Officials Probe Alleged Offensive Language at Game

La Cañada High School and district officials said they have launched a comprehensive investigation into allegedly offensive language and behavior attributed to a specific group of student fans at a CIF championship basketball game between LCHS and Ontario Colony High School at Azusa Pacific University on Feb. 23. The alleged language was described in a first-person, front-page editorial column by Outlook publisher Charlie Plowman on Feb. 28. Continue reading “School Officials Probe Alleged Offensive Language at Game”

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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LCHS Students Get to Speak Their Minds to Administrators

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK LCHS junior Grey Ingrassia, Assistant Principal Jonathan Lyons and interim Principal Jim Cartnal took part in a recent Student Speak Sessions event in which students could discuss with administrators any concerns they have.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
LCHS junior Grey Ingrassia, Assistant Principal Jonathan Lyons and interim Principal Jim Cartnal took part in a recent Student Speak Sessions event in which students could discuss with administrators any concerns they have.

Students speak, indeed.
Some La Cañada High School students were recently able to speak to campus administrators in an intimate setting about homework, classes, lunch, teacher attitudes and much more. That’s because LCHS has started a program, Student Speak Sessions, that allows students to meet with administrators for frank discussions during lunch.
The program’s most recent installment was held last Thursday at the school library, and was to include only juniors and seniors until interim Principal Jim Cartnal, speaking over the intercom, invited all students to come and speak their minds to administrators. The program began Feb. 6, when it focused on freshmen and sophomores. Continue reading “LCHS Students Get to Speak Their Minds to Administrators”