High School Sports

La Cañada football gives Zerbel first win in first game of season

La Cañada football gives Zerbel first win in first game of season

LA CAÑADA — Ryan Zerbel could not be certain that the first play he called as head coach of the La Cañada High football team would result in a touchdown, but he had watched enough film to feel confident that something good would...

Chang, Hosseinion serve as important building blocks for Flintridge Prep

Chang, Hosseinion serve as important building blocks for Flintridge Prep

Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at about 205 pounds, Flintridge Prep senior quarterback Andrew Tsangeos is hard to miss.

Anticipation for special season builds for Flintridge Prep football

Anticipation for special season builds for Flintridge Prep football

There’s a certain undeniable feeling at Flintridge Prep this summer.

Weekly Football Previews: La Cañada, Flintridge Prep ready to kick off season

Weekly Football Previews: La Cañada, Flintridge Prep ready to kick off season

Even though every area football team has at least nine games on its schedule this season, maybe no contest is given the same amount of significance as does the season opener.

Girls' Tennis Preview: La Cañada led by new pair of sisters

Girls' Tennis Preview: La Cañada led by new pair of sisters

Success was certainly enjoyed when it came to high school girls’ tennis in La Cañada.

Girls' Golf Preview: La Cañada starts new regime under Turner

Girls' Golf Preview: La Cañada starts new regime under Turner

As a United States Army sergeant for several years, one of Kyle Turner’s main responsibilities was to train soldiers before they were sent to different parts of the world.

Breneman, Weiss look to be even more formidable for La Cañada High football

Breneman, Weiss look to be even more formidable for La Cañada High football

Twice within about a 20-minute span, a gentle breeze engulfed the sun-splashed La Cañada High football field during a recent practice smack in the middle of a hot afternoon. The light wind signaled a moment or two of instant comfort for many...

Competitiveness will be key to success for La Cañada football

Competitiveness will be key to success for La Cañada football

Success for the La Cañada High football team will be measured in ways beyond wins and losses in 2015.

Boys' Water Polo Preview: La Cañada, Flintridge Prep strive to continue league supremacy

Boys' Water Polo Preview: La Cañada, Flintridge Prep strive to continue league supremacy

Winning league championships has been a staple for the La Cañada High boys’ water polo team. Flintridge Prep would like to begin its own tradition.

Beattie takes over La Cañada girls' basketball

Beattie takes over La Cañada girls' basketball

With summer work clearly behind him, La Cañada High girls’ basketball coach Jett del Mundo started the month of August in preparation for the 2015-16 season.

Top 10 Female Athletes: Flintridge Sacred Heart's Kirsten Vose has one last brilliant effort

Top 10 Female Athletes: Flintridge Sacred Heart's Kirsten Vose has one last brilliant effort

It was an impressive year for La Cañada Flintridge athletes in many different sports. There were brilliant efforts across the board with individual championships and personal-best records highlighting many of the accomplishments.

Topsy-turvy schedule nearly final for Flintridge Prep football

Topsy-turvy schedule nearly final for Flintridge Prep football

When Glen Beattie retook the reins as Flintridge Prep head football coach back in January, the longtime assistant figured there would be some hurdles along the way.

Top 10 Male Athletes: Flintridge Prep's Barrett Weiss skied above all others

Top 10 Male Athletes: Flintridge Prep's Barrett Weiss skied above all others

Behind every deep postseason run for the city of La Cañada Flintridge’s schools, there was one athlete who played a special role in his team’s success.

All-Area Baseball Second Team

All-Area Baseball Second Team

Fidel Hernandez, Senior, Infielder, Hoover

All-Area Baseball First Team

All-Area Baseball First Team

Anthony Bocanegra, Senior, Outfielder, Burroughs

All-Area Baseball Player of the Year: Gadsby's greatness shines through once more

All-Area Baseball Player of the Year: Gadsby's greatness shines through once more

A lanky right-hander who was a buck-60 soaking wet, Brian Gadsby hardly ever looked intimidating when he stepped up onto the hill, his uniform hanging loose upon a thin frame.

All-Area Softball Second Team

All-Area Softball Second Team

Adela Alatraca, Senior, Pitcher, Crescenta Valley

All-Area Softball First Team

All-Area Softball First Team

Melanie Abzun, Senior, Outfielder, Crescenta Valley

Burbank High's Brooks commanded respect from league she dominated

Burbank High's Brooks commanded respect from league she dominated

Over the last four years, the awards and accolades have certainly flowed for Burbank High pitcher Caitlyn Brooks.

Little change, headaches for St. Francis football on 2015 slate

Little change, headaches for St. Francis football on 2015 slate

Sorting out the St. Francis High schedule for 2015 has been a whole lot easier than last season.

Minor League Update: Turley posts another victory for Sacramento River Cats

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Flintridge Prep football stays close to home this season

Flintridge Prep football stays close to home this season

For the first time in a few years, there are no exotic locales or long road trips in store for the Flintridge Prep football team as its 2015 schedule was recently released.

Inaugural volleyball club camp takes learning to higher level

Inaugural volleyball club camp takes learning to higher level

LOS ANGELES — Even after recording hundreds of kills and helping the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy volleyball team achieve plenty of success the past two seasons, junior outside hitter Kayla Lund found a minor flaw in an important facet of...

La Cañada football to open Zerbel era at home

La Cañada football to open Zerbel era at home

For the first time in three years, the La Cañada High football team will open the season at home.

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Second Team

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Second Team

Min Kim, Senior, Outside Hitter, Crescenta Valley

All-Area Boys' Volleyball First Team

All-Area Boys' Volleyball First Team

Raymond Barsemian, Senior, Outside Hitter, Crescenta Valley

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year: Flintridge Prep's Dante Fregoso earns place in spotlight

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year: Flintridge Prep's Dante Fregoso earns place in spotlight

There has been a steady stream of talented boys’ volleyball players who have done their handy work in the Flintridge Prep gym over the years.

All-Area Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Weiss skies to new heights

All-Area Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Weiss skies to new heights

At the conclusion of his freshman season, two things became crystal clear for Flintridge Prep pole vaulter Barrett Weiss.

All-Area Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Melnyk went the distance for Crescenta Valley

All-Area Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Melnyk went the distance for Crescenta Valley

When asked of her goals throughout the season, Crescenta Valley High senior Megan Melnyk simply didn’t rattle off the same objectives.

Interian, Savo earn top notch honors

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Mattie Interian and Lauren Savo earned some late accolades Wednesday morning when they were named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com California Winter All-Stars list.

Minor League Baseball Update: Olmedo-Barrera hits first professional home run

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

St. Francis football a little younger than expected

St. Francis football a little younger than expected

A season ago at this time, St. Francis High football was a hot topic off the field.

All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year: Vose's stellar success still surprising

All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year: Vose's stellar success still surprising

One might assume Kirsten Vose is used to posting incredible times and winning big races by now or that she might have long ago started to enter any given meet expecting to dominate the competition or even do something historic.

All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year: Records, championship highlight amazing year for Glendale's Julian

All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year: Records, championship highlight amazing year for Glendale's Julian

As he stood on the deck of the Riverside City College pool, in some ways Glendale High sophomore Trenton Julian had no peers.

College Update: Horner leads way for former Spartans softball standouts

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

All-Area Boys' Tennis Doubles Team of the Year: Crescenta Valley tandem showed instant success

All-Area Boys' Tennis Doubles Team of the Year: Crescenta Valley tandem showed instant success

Fatigue had finally caught up to Albert Chtchyan while recovering from a lengthy illness.

All-Area Boys' Tennis Singles Player of the Year: Burroughs' Patterson has no regrets

All-Area Boys' Tennis Singles Player of the Year: Burroughs' Patterson has no regrets

By Sawyer Patterson’s standards, his senior season and his boys’ tennis career at Burroughs High didn’t end the way he would have liked.

College Update: Slaught converts strong junior season into spot on U.S. team

College Update: Slaught converts strong junior season into spot on U.S. team

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Graves, La Cañada girls' basketball too much for Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

Graves, La Cañada girls' basketball too much for Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

LA CAÑADA — Amber Graves has proven to be among the top players the past three seasons in the Rio Hondo League.

Kate Hansen shares luge experience with aspiring youngsters

Kate Hansen shares luge experience with aspiring youngsters

LA CAÑADA — Between servings of chips and salsa at Los Gringos Locos, La Cañada Flintridge resident Kate Hansen dished out her Olympic experiences to a group of youngsters during a question and answer luge session at the Mexican-...

St. Francis basketball topples Flintridge Prep, 59-39

St. Francis basketball topples Flintridge Prep, 59-39

LA CAÑADA — St. Francis High’s new-look basketball team and first-year coach Todd Wolfson, who came from Mission League rival Chaminade in May, have been working together to make a seamless transition.

La Cañada football tries to overcome coaching carousel

La Cañada football tries to overcome coaching carousel

Perhaps it’s fair to say that no area football program has had as tumultuous a four-week span from late May into June as has La Cañada High.

Flintridge Prep football embraces change, familiarity in summer

Flintridge Prep football embraces change, familiarity in summer

Change and familiarity are two of the opposing and yet interlocking forces for the Flintridge Prep football team as its summer practices are underway.

All-Area Boys' Golf Team

All-Area Boys' Golf Team

Russell Caletena, Junior, Glendale

All-Area Boys' Golfer of the Year: Collin Morikawa caps brilliant season with run to state championship

All-Area Boys' Golfer of the Year: Collin Morikawa caps brilliant season with run to state championship

After three seasons of falling short in qualifying for the CIF State Championship, Collin Morikawa came into the season on a mission to make all of the shots he needed throughout the playoffs to land him a spot in the prestigious event.

Flintridge Prep, Crescenta Valley baseball lauded by CIF

Flintridge Prep, Crescenta Valley baseball lauded by CIF

A magical season for the Flintridge Prep and Crescenta Valley High baseball teams translated into some postseason honors Monday afternoon.

Trio of local softball players secure All-CIF accolades

Trio of local softball players secure All-CIF accolades

Hailey Cookson, Sammy Fabian and Hannah Zika each provided huge contributions for their respective teams throughout the season.

Flintridge Prep's Fregoso gets boys' volleyball postseason recognition

Flintridge Prep's Fregoso gets boys' volleyball postseason recognition

After showing himself to be a force throughout the season for the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball team, Dante Fregoso caught the attention of opposing coaches around the division.

Olmedo-Barrera decides to sign with Tampa Bay

Olmedo-Barrera decides to sign with Tampa Bay

A storybook season for Cal State Fullerton junior David Olmedo-Barrera will include a new chapter.

Barden's Soul Glow camp has silky smooth first run

Barden's Soul Glow camp has silky smooth first run

LA CAÑADA — It was neither the cadre of celebrity trainers, nor the applause or recognition that brought Flintridge Prep alumnus Ramses Barden the most joy at the former NFL player’s inaugural Soul Glow Skill Stretch and...

Four Flintridge Prep baseball players honored by Prep League

Four Flintridge Prep baseball players honored by Prep League

When the All-Prep League baseball team was decided prior to the start of the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs, it seemed very plausible that the honors may have ended up being the most prestigious earned by the Flintridge Prep baseball team.

Flintridge Sacred Heart's Zika named All-Sunshine League Most Valuable Pitcher

Flintridge Sacred Heart's Zika named All-Sunshine League Most Valuable Pitcher

After seasons spent competing in the tough Mission League and several seasons not qualifying for the postseason, the landscape changed dramatically for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball team.

La Cañada High softball runs away with awards

La Cañada High softball runs away with awards

A pivotal six-game winning streak to conclude the regular season set the wheels in motion for the La Cañada High softball team.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball gets through Hoover, 49-32

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball gets through Hoover, 49-32

LA CAÑADA — It’s essentially the same team back that took third in the Sunshine League and qualified for the playoffs last season.

La Cañada girls' basketball looks sharp in summer win over Flintridge Prep

LA CAÑADA — Summer certainly took on a different look and had a different feel for the La Cañada High and Flintridge Prep girls’ basketball teams Tuesday evening.

College World Series run ends for Olmedo-Barrera, Cal State Fullerton

College World Series run ends for Olmedo-Barrera, Cal State Fullerton

David Olmedo-Barrera had plenty of big hits throughout the regular season for the Cal State Fullerton baseball team. It carried over to the playoffs, with Olmedo-Barrera supplying power and helping the Titans make their first NCAA College World...

St. Francis basketball holds off Hoover to deliver Wolfson first win

St. Francis basketball holds off Hoover to deliver Wolfson first win

GLENDALE — If there was one definitive advantage for the St. Francis High basketball team as it took the floor to face Hoover in Glendale College Summer Shootout action, it was obvious when the teams lined up.

Olmedo-Barrera ends drought, doubt for Cal State Fullerton baseball

Olmedo-Barrera ends drought, doubt for Cal State Fullerton baseball

What was supposed to have been one of the most thrilling occasions of his life instead seemed to drag on forever.

Olmedo-Barrera, La Bruna hear Major League Baseball call

Olmedo-Barrera, La Bruna hear Major League Baseball call

An already thrilling week was accompanied by a little more excitement for former St. Francis High standout David Olmedo-Barrera.

College Update: St. Francis product powers Cal State Fullerton into NCAA World Series

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Flintridge Prep baseball brings home first CIF championship

Flintridge Prep baseball brings home first CIF championship

RIVERSIDE — Two harmless flyball outs delivered the Flintridge Prep baseball team something it had never owned.

St. Francis' Foster sets another personal best en route to state finals

It was a bittersweet evening for the area’s three athletes at Friday evening’s first day of the 97th annual CIF State Track and Field Championships at Clovis Buchanan High’s Memorial Field.

Leslie in control on mound for upstart Flintridge Prep baseball

Leslie in control on mound for upstart Flintridge Prep baseball

Just three short months ago, the Flintridge Prep baseball team began its season and looked far removed from a championship-caliber squad.

Flintridge Prep baseball finds similar CIF final opponent in St. Anthony

Flintridge Prep baseball finds similar CIF final opponent in St. Anthony

In terms of similarities, the Flintridge Prep and Long Beach St. Anthony High baseball teams have shared many common traits this season en route to their head-on collision at the CIF Southern Section Division VI championship game at UC Riverside on...

Weiss brothers, Foster look for big weekend at state

Weiss brothers, Foster look for big weekend at state

Much like earlier stages of the postseason, goals for Friday and Saturday’s 97th annual CIF State Track and Field Championships at Clovis Buchanan High’s Veterans Memorial Field will first center on qualifying, then on hitting personal...

Five Flintridge Prep softball players receive All-Prep League accolades

Five Flintridge Prep softball players receive All-Prep League accolades

For the past couple of seasons, the Flintridge Prep softball team began the process of establishing a core group of players that could put it in position to qualify for the postseason.

Fregoso grabs Prep League Most Valuable Player recognition

Fregoso grabs Prep League Most Valuable Player recognition

Despite having to make a couple of alterations to the lineup, the members of the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball seemed to adjust quickly en route to enjoying their most successful season in program history.

Sub-par putting leads to tough day for La Cañada golf's Morikawa

Sub-par putting leads to tough day for La Cañada golf's Morikawa

It wasn’t the sort of effort or day, for that matter, that La Cañada High senior Collin Morikawa envisioned.

Zerbel named new football coach at La Cañada

Ryan Zerbel has been named the new football coach at La Cañada High, Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette announced Monday in a press release.

Flintridge Prep baseball rallies, tops Salesian in semifinal thriller

Flintridge Prep baseball rallies, tops Salesian in semifinal thriller

GLENDALE — If there was a common refrain in regards to the Flintridge Prep baseball team this season, perhaps it’s that the Rebels were just a little too young to win this season.

Flintridge Sacred Heart selects Snashall as new soccer coach

Based on the track record during the last decade, expectations will continue to remain high concerning the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer program.

Flintridge Prep baseball looks to power past Salesian in CIF Division VI semifinal

Flintridge Prep baseball looks to power past Salesian in CIF Division VI semifinal

For a program that was for so long foreign to playoff success, Flintridge Prep’s baseball team has become quite familiar with postseason triumph over the last three seasons – all of them under Rebels Coach Guillermo Gonzalez, who took...

Flintridge Prep's Barrett Weiss masters pole vault

NORWALK — On an evening of hurdles and high bars, there was nothing that could stop the Flintridge Prep duo of Barrett and Gareth Weiss and St. Francis High junior Jasher Foster.

Flintridge Prep baseball earns another trip to semifinals

Flintridge Prep baseball earns another trip to semifinals

GLENDALE — In two of its first three CIF Southern Section Division VI postseason contests, the Flintridge Prep baseball team has gone into its seventh-inning at-bats poised with the game tied. With a couple of clutch hits, it's led to two...

Playoff journey ends in quarterfinals for Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball

GARDEN GROVE — For a team that had no postseason experience, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball squad sure made some huge strides this season.

La Cañada's Morikawa reaches euphoric state

La Cañada's Morikawa reaches euphoric state

PASADENA — One of the few prizes missing from the impressive trophy case of La Cañada High golfer Collin Morikawa was a silver-plated dish given out to CIF State qualifiers.

Flintridge Prep baseball hopes to keep postseason success going

Flintridge Prep baseball hopes to keep postseason success going

There was a time when postseason success was a mystery for the Flintridge Prep baseball program.

St. Francis' Foster, Flintridge Prep's Weiss twins ready to master possibilities

St. Francis' Foster, Flintridge Prep's Weiss twins ready to master possibilities

In one sense, area representation at Friday evening's CIF Southern Section Track and Field Masters Meet is small.

Crescenta Valley High boys' doubles team, Juan, Yacoubian gear up for next stage

Crescenta Valley High boys' doubles team, Juan, Yacoubian gear up for next stage

Following successful runs throughout the season and in tournaments, a group of area boys’ tennis players have channeled their focus to the CIF Individual Tournament.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball tops Silverado to reach CIF quarterfinals

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball tops Silverado to reach CIF quarterfinals

LA CAÑADA — After Hannah Zika escaped a gigantic jam in the circle in the sixth inning, she had an inkling her teammates would string together some quality at-bats and put her in position to prolong the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy...

After one season, Lambert leaves La Cañada High football for Santa Monica

After one season, Lambert leaves La Cañada High football for Santa Monica

A year-one stint that included improved success for the La Cañada High football team also included one final setback on Tuesday afternoon.

Historic season comes to end for Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball squad

Throughout the season, the members of the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball team reached plenty of milestone moments.

Flintridge Prep baseball utilizes huge first inning to rout Desert Christian

LANCASTER — While there may not have been a scoreboard present at Lancaster’s Rawley Duntley Park, there was no denying the opening-inning wallop delivered by the visiting Flintridge Prep baseball team.

Flintridge Prep's Weiss, St. Francis' Foster win CIF Southern Section track and field titles

Flintridge Prep's Weiss, St. Francis' Foster win CIF Southern Section track and field titles

NORWALK — While the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Championships proved once again unkind to the majority of area athletes, there were a few one-of-a-kind efforts that led the way.

Pilar propels Flintridge Prep baseball into second round

Pilar propels Flintridge Prep baseball into second round

GLENDALE — A one-out single from catcher Cole Pilar in the seventh inning delivered the Flintridge Prep baseball team a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over visiting Ventura Foothill Tech in Friday’s first round of the CIF Southern Section...

La Cañada golf's Morikawa moves on

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — With three holes remaining in his round Thursday and winds continuing to gust in excess of 35 mph at Mission Lakes Country Club, La Cañada High senior Collin Morikawa was on the verge of seeing his final season blown...

Late rally by La Cañada softball comes up short

Late rally by La Cañada softball comes up short

LA CAÑADA — Sammy Jedrey liked the chances of the La Cañada High softball team to mount a comeback bid after she hit a towering home run in the fourth inning in an opening-round game of the CIF Southern Section Division IV...

Area swimmers opt out of CIF State Championships

Area swimmers opt out of CIF State Championships

When the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships get underway Friday morning at West Clovis High, there will be an interesting void.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball goes through Fillmore to get to second round

FILLMORE — It began with a move to the Sunshine League, a subsequent trip south to CIF Southern Section Division V and finally a journey to Fillmore.

Flintridge Prep softball goes down swinging against Vasquez

It had been a while since the Flintridge Prep softball team had been in the playoffs.

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball can't solve St. Margaret's

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — A march that was supposed to propel the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball team to its first-ever CIF Southern Section championship match ended one destination too short.

Championships, advancement at stake for city track quartet

Championships, advancement at stake for city track quartet

It will be an all-day affair for La Cañada Flintridge’s four high school track and field programs at Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Divisional Championships at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball glad to be part of final four

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball glad to be part of final four

There’s been plenty of sizzle throughout the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs for the Flintridge Prep and St. Margaret’s boys’ volleyball teams.

St. Francis, Crescenta Valley High boys' golf teams finish strong at CIF

Although the St. Francis High and Crescenta Valley boys’ golf teams weren’t able to get beyond their respective CIF Southern Section team divisionals, both squads came away pleased after earning top-10 finishes Monday.

Rested La Cañada softball ready for playoff run

Rested La Cañada softball ready for playoff run

The La Cañada High softball team got a little unexpected rest before opening the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Sports Roundup: Flintridge Sacred Heart track strides forward at CIF prelims

Several local schools participated Saturday in the CIF Southern Section Division prelims at various locations across Southern California. The following is a roundup of those who advanced to the CIF finals next Saturday.

Flintridge Sacred Heart's Vose dazzles in CIF swimming swan song

Flintridge Sacred Heart's Vose dazzles in CIF swimming swan song

RIVERSIDE — After a substandard prelims on Thursday, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimming Coach Steve Bergen thought perhaps a third-straight CIF Southern Section Division I top-10 finish might be out of the question.

Flintridge Prep upsets No. 2 Bellflower en route to CIF semifinals

BELLFLOWER — Right after Will Penn put the finishing touch on the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball team’s victory with a kill, his teammates swarmed him inside the Bellflower High gymnasium for a celebration.

La Cañada softball officially outright Rio Hondo League champion

La Cañada softball officially outright Rio Hondo League champion

After clinching a share of the Rio Hondo League championship on Tuesday, the La Cañada High softball team had its league finale canceled.

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