Burbank, Burroughs Athletes Earn All-League

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Choy Jimenez, Jonathan Coleman and Christian Choe were three of five boys’ volleyball players from Burbank High School to earn All-Pacific League honors.

The Pacific League recently released its annual All-League lists and dozens of athletes from Burbank and John Burroughs high schools were recognized.

The biggest honor went to Carter Cotrell, who was named the league’s Player of the Year after helping the Burroughs boys’ volleyball team claim the league championship and reach the CIF Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinals. His teammates Kade McGovern, who was an All-CIF first-team selection, and Justin Burras made the All-League first team, and Chris Johnson and Cole Kvarda earned spots on the second team. Michael Cutone received an honorable mention.

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LCHS Girls Win 1st League Title Since 1993

Photo courtesy Pete Magill
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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Year in Review: Sports Highlights

FALL

The fall athletic season began with controversy but ended on a positive note for the La Cañada High School varsity football program. Former Los Angeles Loyola running back Drake Beasley transferred to LCHS during the summer but was ruled ineligible to play by the CIF Southern Section, but second-year head coach Ryan Zerbel didn’t allow that to become a distraction as he guided the Spartans to a 6-4 season, including stunning 28-13 victory over rival San Marino in the final week of the regular season, snapping a five-game losing streak over the Titans.

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Murray Wins Hurdles, Moves on to Finals

Claire Murray will be the lone representative of La Cañada High School in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championships at Norwalk Cerritos College this Saturday.
Murray won the 100-meter hurdles event at the CIF prelims with a time of 14.60. The junior also participated in the 4×100 relay along with Kamryn Creighton, Jackie Gevorgian and Samantha Mayer. The four Spartans finished 26th with a time of 51.60. Continue reading “Murray Wins Hurdles, Moves on to Finals”

Five LC Athletes Capture League Championships

The La Cañada High School varsity track and field team turned in a solid performance in the Rio Hondo League finals at South Pasadena and took home five titles last Friday.
The LC girls finished among the top three in eight events and recorded 71.33 points to finish third overall. Morgan Bowman led the charge by winning the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:25.20 and placing third in the 800 with a time of 2:23.58. Teammate Adena DiPaolo wasn’t far behind Bowman and was second in the 1600 with a time of 5:28.98. Continue reading “Five LC Athletes Capture League Championships”

Five LC Athletes Capture League Championships

The La Cañada High School varsity track and field team turned in a solid performance in the Rio Hondo League finals at South Pasadena and took home five titles last Friday.
The LC girls finished among the top three in eight events and recorded 71.33 points to finish third overall. Morgan Bowman led the charge by winning the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:25.20 and placing third in the 800 with a time of 2:23.58. Teammate Adena DiPaolo wasn’t far behind Bowman and was second in the 1600 with a time of 5:28.98. Continue reading “Five LC Athletes Capture League Championships”