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”

Biggest Athletic Moment in LCHS History?

La Cañada High School’s 1979 football team finished with a 12-0-2 record and captured the only CIF Southern Section football championship in the school’s 57-year history. The team included Eric Avril (front row, from left), Tom Guthner, Chris MacMillan, Dan Gonzales, Maury DeBont, Greg Scilley, Terry Bortnick, Jeff Scott, Pat Tenney, Ron Lobo, Jim Curry and Mike Canales. Second row: David Charles, Mark Archer, Doug Ratliff, Dave Weinman, Scott Jones, Tom Taylor, Ward Christensen, Eric Hestenes, Rod Kubly, Frank Mendicina, Bob Wren, Mike Caps, Rob Hause, David Frazier, Jeff Wren and Kevin Lafferty. Third row: John Coate, Kent Rankin, Mike Tierney, Mike Dansby, Mhaer Alahydoian, Steve Boss, Marty Smith, Chris Myers, Bob Sparks, Chris Day, Doug Werner, Sean Callahan, Frank Tucker, Ned Menninger, Steve Leavins and Jon Ventress. Back row: Brad Baxter, Eric Neuenschwander, John Paton, Ken Green, Dan Feehan, Andy Kejmar, Eric Muehle, Barry Clarkson, Brad Herrling, Brian Hauenstein, John Rogers, Bill Farr, Charlie Benton, Craig Falkenstein and Scott Loomis. Head coach: Marty McWhinney. Assistants: Nic Larez, Don Schaafsma, Jim Samaduroff and John Chavez. Not pictured: Greg Amescua, Chris Chandless, Greg Eller, Tim Hicks, Mark Kuh, Mike Looney, Frank Paton, Jeff Partridge, Dave Poletti, Andy Roy, Dan Saatzer, Frank Sandelman, Kevin Sutton and Jedd Zaun.

In its 57-year history, the La Cañada High School athletic department has claimed a total of 29 CIF Southern Section team championships, including memorable playoff runs from legendary coaches such as Tom Hofman, Larry Naeve and Brock Turner. Continue reading “Biggest Athletic Moment in LCHS History?”

Youngster’s Drive to Fund Library Speaks Volumes

Sofia Flores-Sirolli, 11, has made steady progress in her attempt to raise funds toward the construction of a library in Nicaragua.
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Sofia Flores-Sirolli, 11, has made steady progress in her attempt to raise funds toward the construction of a library in Nicaragua.

La Cañada High School 7th-grader Sofia Flores-Sirolli’s dream is to build a library in Nicaragua, and she’s approximately 75% of the way to raising the funds to achieve her goal. Continue reading “Youngster’s Drive to Fund Library Speaks Volumes”

One Giant Step for Students at JPL Space Academy Graduation

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La Cañada High School students Kyle Chang, Thomas Vu, Bradley Stroben and Michael Gray of the team Big Boys show off their launcher.

While La Cañada High School junior Snigdha Prakash looks into a career as an aerospace engineer, she learned some valuable life lessons during a two-month Jet Propulsion Laboratory Space Academy. Continue reading “One Giant Step for Students at JPL Space Academy Graduation”

Efficiency Workshop Helps Students Handle Homework Overload

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Marc Montgomery, with Debbie Ourfalian, explains how students can become more efficient in their studies during a workshop at La Cañada High School last week.

La Cañada High School 9th-grade student Ava Hulett learned the difference between multi-tasking and finishing a project at a recent efficiency workshop designed for students and parents.
Marc Montgomery, former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory productivity improvement manager, led the presentation, which showed how focusing and finishing a project was a time saver compared with multitasking. He and Debbie Ourfalian, who works at NASA JPL, showed the audience how to use a large white “productivity” board with Post-it Notes for homework assignments in various subjects. The board had a to-do list, a doing list, a done list and awaiting review/feedback list for homework.
“I think I’m going to try it out because the classes I’m taking this year are a lot harder than what I’ve done before. I think it’s interesting to see a new way that I can try to manage those,” Hulett said after the workshop presentation. “It’s separate from writing something down in a planner.” Continue reading “Efficiency Workshop Helps Students Handle Homework Overload”

LCHS Parents Schooled on the Risks of Vaping

Tanya Wilson, head of security for La Cañada High School, gave a vaping presentation recently at a PTSA-hosted event at LCHS.
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Tanya Wilson, head of security for La Cañada High School, gave a vaping presentation recently at a PTSA-hosted event at LCHS.

With vaping linked recently to 27 pulmonary injuries and at least one death in Los Angeles County, an event at La Cañada High School where officials spoke about dangers associated with the use of e-cigarettes seemed especially timely. Continue reading “LCHS Parents Schooled on the Risks of Vaping”