Morikawa’s Success Continues in Pro Competition

Collin Morikawa
Collin Morikawa

La Cañada High School graduate Collin Morikawa closed out his four-year collegiate career at Cal as one of the program’s all-time best golfers.
He became the second Bear to win the Pac-12 Player of the Year honor after claiming the individual conference title. The former Spartan was also named a Division I PING first-team All-American, becoming the first four-time All-American golfer in the program’s history. Morikawa tied for sixth place in the NCAA Championships and helped his team finish 10th at Blessings Golf Club in Arkansas. He was third in the nation with a 68.65 stroke average, ranked as the No. 3 collegiate golfer by Golfstat and a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. Continue reading “Morikawa’s Success Continues in Pro Competition”

LCHS Grad Known as ‘Brilliant Student’ Dies in Plane Crash

Colin Um
Photo courtesy Bo Yang
La Cañada High School graduate Colin Um (center) is shown enjoying a UC Berkeley laboratory’s picnic in August 2017 at the Berkeley Rose Garden.

A La Cañada High School graduate was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed in the California Delta near Antioch recently.
Colin Um, 22, of Berkeley was the only person in the plane when it crashed on June 9, said Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee. The victim, a student at UC Berkeley, died of blunt force injuries, Lee added. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Known as ‘Brilliant Student’ Dies in Plane Crash”

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”

LCHS Alum’s Film Is Toast of NYC Festival

Jeff Chan (left) and LCHS graduate Andrew Rhymer
Photo courtesy Andrew Rhymer
Jeff Chan (left) and LCHS graduate Andrew Rhymer co-wrote and co-directed “Plus One.”

It’s been said of New York that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
If that’s so, La Cañada High School graduate Andrew Rhymer has taken a big step forward with his romantic comedy “Plus One,” which recently won an audience award at the city’s Tribeca Film Festival.
With his friend Jeff Chan, Rhymer co-wrote and co-directed the film that premiered on April 28 and won the narrative audience award shortly afterward. Continue reading “LCHS Alum’s Film Is Toast of NYC Festival”

Parents Keep Up Quest for 50-Meter Pool at LCHS

A parent group is attempting to raise money to build a 50-meter pool at La Cañada High School, despite the local school district board’s approval of a smaller, 40-meter one in April.
LCHS swimming team supporter Margaret O’Grady said in an email the group consists of about 25 parents and is growing.
“Our understanding is that a 50-meter pool for the LCHS campus is still a possibility if the right financials are in place,” O’Grady said. “This seems to be a financial issue more than a design/space issue.” Continue reading “Parents Keep Up Quest for 50-Meter Pool at LCHS”