Spartans Holding Their Own in Open Division

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Coach Will Moravec credited the spirited play of Maya Urata, above, for the Spartans’ CIF Open Division first-round win over Mira Costa High of Manhattan Beach.

Anyone who thought the La Cañada High School’s girls’ tennis team would be derailed after losing a tough Rio Hondo League title match to San Marino better think again. 

Not only have the Spartans survived, they have since thrived, to the point of defeating perennial powerhouse Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach in the first round of the CIF playoffs.  Continue reading “Spartans Holding Their Own in Open Division”

Flintridge Prep Defeats LCHS to Remain Unbeaten

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ basketball team won bragging rights for La Cañada Flintridge by defeating intracity rival La Cañada High School, 47-39, in a nonleague game on Monday.

It wasn’t easy for the Wolves, who struggled with the Spartans’ size and trailed 10-6 with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter. La Cañada boasts two players six feet or taller on its roster, including senior standout Lauren Scoville.

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Spartans Qualify for CIF Playoffs

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Cameron Fernando (left) helped the LCHS varsity wrestling team finish No. 5 in CIF-SS Division 4 and qualify for a playoff berth. The Spartans will host Indio in the first round on Tuesday.

Despite not having much of a Rio Hondo League season, the La Cañada High School varsity wrestling team earned a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Dual Meet Championships.

The Spartans finished 8-4 in the regular season and will host Indio in a first-round contest on Tuesday, May 25, at 6 p.m.

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Na-Nakornpanom Leads LCHS to Playoff Win

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The Spartans celebrate Tyler Na-Nakornpanom’s second goal during a 3-2 win over visiting Granite Hills of Apple Valley in the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs last Saturday.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ soccer team upset visiting No. 3 seed Granite Hills of Apple Valley, 3-2, in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs last Saturday.

The Spartans struck first when Andrew Ignatian got past the Cougars’ back line and connected with Ethan Godby for the score, and Tyler Na-Nakornpanom followed with a hard-driven goal of his own just outside the 18-yard box.

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LCHS Girls Win 1st League Title Since 1993

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The La Cañada High School girls’ varsity track and field team captured its first Rio Hondo League championship in 28 years by edging South Pasadena last Tuesday. Pictured above are (seated, from left) Stella Shrinsky, Mindy Martinez, Caitlin Roehmholdt, Joanna Gropper, Sundara Wakeman, Nicole van Slooten, Jayli Day, Annalise Evans, Jordan Lay, Leslie Dick, Arielle McKenzie and Katelyn Hung. Standing: assistant coach Greg Creighton, Brooke Gilchrest, Audrey Butler, Claudia Plocher, Grace Paton, Catherine Mispagel, Jenna Milbrodt, Ellaney Matarese, Katelyn Matarese, girls’ head coach Chris Matarese, Artis Phillips, Chiara Matuska, Amy Kiang, Yasmin Ghaneh, Sarvin Youssefizad, Ellie Cucullu, Kaitlyn Creighton, Lainey Johansing, Arianna Kim, Amanda Grabal and assistant coach Andy Rodemich.

Three decades after legendary La Cañada High School coach Pat Logan last delivered a Rio Hondo League track and field championship — a feat he accomplished with the regularity of spring turning to summer — the 2021 Spartan girls’ team capped an undefeated season last Tuesday with a thrilling, down-to-the-wire 65-61 victory over visiting South Pasadena. 

The win earned the Spartans (7-0 record) their first league title in 28 years and, simultaneously, ended a decade of Tigers’ domination. South Pas had won the girls’ league title each year from 2010-19. (There was no league champion crowned in 2020 due to the pandemic.)

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LCHS, Flintridge Prep Capture League Crowns

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The LCHS girls’ soccer team won the Rio Hondo League championship and clinched a CIF-SS Division 4 playoff berth.

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ soccer team closed out the regular season with an emphatic 4-0 victory over visiting Monrovia last week.

The Spartans won the Rio Hondo League championship with a record of 6-1-1 and hosted Santa Ynez in a CIF Southern Section Division 4 first-round playoff match on Wednesday. Should LC come away victorious, it would advance to face either Shadow Hills of Indio or Anaheim Katella on Friday, May 14.

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LCHS Roll Through Two Nonleague Games

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team prepared for its final round of Rio Hondo League action with two nonleague victories last week. 

The Spartans opened the week against St. Genevieve of Panorama City and prevailed with a 5-2 win. Brandon Shepherd, making his first appearance on the mound this season, earned the win for La Cañada with one inning of scoreless work in relief of Brandon Cho, who had struck out six with no walks in four frames. Nathan Mertens picked up the save with four strikeouts over the final two innings. 

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La Cañada Captures League Championship

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The seniors on the La Cañada High School varsity boys’ soccer team were honored prior to the Spartans’ 1-0 victory over Pasadena Blair last week. Pictured above are Luka Jovanovic (from left), Garrett Morikawa, Andrew Ignatian, Jonah Garland, head coach Bruno Costa, Connor Grogan, Daniel Pinski, Noah Truong, Kiven Nessim and Luke Hong.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ soccer team narrowly defeated visiting Pasadena Blair, 1-0, to capture the Rio Hondo League championship outright last week.

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Spartans Split Pair of League Games

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Riley Kozakar hit a double to drive in the Spartans’ first run in a 4-1 victory at Temple City last week.

The La Cañada High School baseball team continued its winning ways with a 4-1 victory over host Temple City in a Rio Hondo League game last week.
Adam Geller provided the big bat for the Spartans with two doubles and two clutch RBIs in this relatively low-scoring game. Riley Kozakar broke a scoreless tie with a double that drove in La Cañada’s first run. Alex Higa added a hit and scored a run. Geller, Timmy Park and Ethan Geller also scored for the Spartans.
The Spartan pitchers were impressive again, with Evan Umland and Nathan Mertens allowing no earned runs and only three hits between them. Umland picked up the win, striking out seven in five innings of work, and Mertens struck out four in the final two innings for the save.
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