High School Sports

La Cañada High soccer's Megan Decker led Spartans' success with a smile

La Cañada High soccer's Megan Decker led Spartans' success with a smile

Every high school team has high hopes before the season — some realistic, some maybe not so much.

La Cañada High boys' volleyball swept aside by Temple City

LA CAÑADA — Just past the midway point of the season and the La Cañada High boys’ volleyball teams remains a work in progress.

Flintridge Prep boys' tennis falls in league opener to rival Poly

GLENDALE — Cartier Juan believes the Flintridge Prep boys’ tennis team is heading in the right direction.

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball takes key match versus Chadwick

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball takes key match versus Chadwick

LA CAÑADA — Thanks to a friendly homecourt advantage, a key absence and the power of hitters Trip Westmoreland and Dante Fregoso, the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball team took a big step toward defending its Prep League...

Trio of local schools perform well at Arcadia Invitational

ARCADIA — While top efforts were at a premium at the 47th annual Arcadia Invitational Track and Field Meet, that didn’t stop a handful of athletes from Crescenta Valley, Flintridge Prep and St. Francis high schools from thriving...

La Cañada High baseball can't solve Glazier, San Marino

LA CAÑADA —With San Marino High pitching ace Jeff Bain not in the lineup, the prospects, if not odds, certainly seemed in favor of the La Cañada baseball team at the onset of its Rio Hondo League home game Friday afternoon.

Flintridge Prep leads the way at Arcadia Invitational

ARCADIA — Reactions and accomplishments certainly differed for the several area athletes who competed on the first day of the 47th annual Arcadia Invitational Track and Field Meet at Arcadia High on Friday evening.

All-Area Girls' Water Polo Second Team

All-Area Girls' Water Polo Second Team

Devin Aubert, senior, hole/set, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

All-Area Girls' Water Polo First Team

All-Area Girls' Water Polo First Team

Ani Aghakhanian, junior, utility, Crescenta Valley

Elissa Arnold, Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo maintain tradition of greatness

Elissa Arnold, Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo maintain tradition of greatness

To look at the body of work compiled by the Crescenta Valley High girls’ water polo team this past season is to grab a snapshot of another successful campaign for the area’s top program.

Flintridge Prep baseball dealt heartbreaking loss to Poly

Flintridge Prep baseball dealt heartbreaking loss to Poly

PASADENA — For 6 2/3 innings, the script seemed oh so perfect for the Flintridge Prep baseball team.

All-Area Girls' Basketball Second Team

All-Area Girls' Basketball Second Team

Keilee Bessho, Junior, Guard, La Cañada

All-Area Girls' Basketball First Team

All-Area Girls' Basketball First Team

Katia Dabbaghian, Junior, Guard, Providence

La Cañada High's Chen pushed her team to new heights

La Cañada High's Chen pushed her team to new heights

Regardless of whether the La Cañada High girls’ basketball team played at home or on the road this past season, the Spartans’ jerseys had a certain uniformity of cardinal, gold and white.

La Cañada High softball gets clutch victory over Monrovia

MONROVIA — Olivia Lam understands the pressure of handling two-out at-bats with runners in scoring position. It’s something she’s been successful at during her career.

La Cañada High baseball holds on at Monrovia

MONROVIA — While neither the La Cañada High or Monrovia baseball teams could claim they hit exceptionally well in clutch situations in Wednesday afternoon’s Rio Hondo League meeting, the Spartans walked away with two distinct...

Flintridge Prep baseball struggles with errors in loss to Poly

GLENDALE — More than a week removed from its last game, the Flintridge Prep baseball team didn’t appear rested, but rusty versus Prep League rival Pasadena Poly on Tuesday afternoon.

La Cañada boys' golf shoots down St. Francis

La Cañada boys' golf shoots down St. Francis

PASADENA — Shortly after the La Cañada High and St. Francis boys’ golf teams arrived at Brookside Golf Course No. 2 to compete in a nonleague match Monday, it didn’t take long to spot a potential inconvenience on the greens.

Burbank High softball sweeps La Cañada behind strong effort from Brooks

La Cañada High softball can't contain Burbank's Brooks in double-header sweep

LA CAÑADA — The La Cañada and Burbank High softball teams faced off in a nonleague double-header among area powers before returning to play in the Rio Hondo and Pacific leagues respectively, in which each squad has started with...

Flintridge Prep's Weiss vaults to new heights

Flintridge Prep's Weiss vaults to new heights

LA CAÑADA — A laid back afternoon produced three unexpected results for the Flintridge Prep track and field program at the team’s Prep League cluster meet Thursday afternoon at La Cañada High.

La Cañada baseball wins Gladstone Tournament

With the tying run on second base and two outs away from disaster or triumph, La Canada High baseball reliever Michael Selsor came on and delivered the latter.

All-Area Boys' Soccer Second Team

All-Area Boys' Soccer Second Team

Andres Aguilar, Junior, Midfielder, Burroughs

All-Area Boys' Soccer First Team

All-Area Boys' Soccer First Team

Jake Anderson, Soph., Midfielder, St. Francis

All-Area Boys' Soccer Player of the Year: Burroughs High's Gerlach finds his niche on pitch

All-Area Boys' Soccer Player of the Year: Burroughs High's Gerlach finds his niche on pitch

It was something that Brandon Gerlach had done hundreds, maybe even thousands of times since he took up soccer as a boy.

Glendale High baseball takes one from Flintridge Prep

Glendale High baseball takes one from Flintridge Prep

GLENDALE — Daniel Choi made sure the Glendale High baseball team left with at least one victory Saturday afternoon.

Hill steps down as La Cañada High girls' basketball coach after 14 years

Hill steps down as La Cañada High girls' basketball coach after 14 years

A 14-year coaching career that included more than 200 victories and eight league titles concluded Friday afternoon when La Cañada High girls’ basketball coach Tamar Hill announced to her team that she is stepping away from a program...

Balanced, on-point St. Francis High volleyball sweeps Chaminade

Balanced, on-point St. Francis High volleyball sweeps Chaminade

LA CAÑADA — With relative ease, the St. Francis High volleyball team got back on track Thursday night.

Fast start lifts St. Francis High lacrosse past Glendale

Fast start lifts St. Francis High lacrosse past Glendale

LA CAÑADA — Dylan Sweet had no difficulty comparing this season’s St. Francis High lacrosse team to last year’s version.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball doubles up Maranatha

LA CAÑADA — How big an impact the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball team will make within the competitive Mission League may very well center on how much the squad treats those contests as anything other than league play.

All-Area Boys' Basketball Second Team

All-Area Boys' Basketball Second Team

Grant Arthur, Sophomore, Guard, La Canada

All-Area Boys' Basketball First Team

All-Area Boys' Basketball First Team

Robert Cartwright, Senior, Guard, Flintridge Prep

All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year: Grand season draws St. Francis' Leufroy deserved recognition

All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year: Grand season draws St. Francis' Leufroy deserved recognition

Relatively unknown, Kyle Leufroy showed up on the doorstep of the St. Francis High gymnasium seeking an opportunity.

La Cañada High boys' golf captures Burbank Invitational again

La Cañada High boys' golf captures Burbank Invitational again

BURBANK — With a tremendous amount of depth throughout the La Cañada High boys’ golf team’s lineup, it’s no coincidence the Spartans have been on quite a streak lately.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer player Dani Garcia is league's most valuable goalie

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer player Dani Garcia is league's most valuable goalie

A tough season wasn’t without rewards for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team.

Quartet honored with All-CIF first-team accolades in boys' basketball

Quartet honored with All-CIF first-team accolades in boys' basketball

For the St. Francis High basketball team, it enjoyed its most successful season in program history.

La Cañada High baseball rallies to victory over South Pasadena

La Cañada High baseball rallies to victory over South Pasadena

LA CAÑADA — A two-run, fifth-inning triple from La Cañada High junior infielder Alex Vaughn broke up what was a frustrating effort for the host Spartans, who benefited from the extra-base hit and some solid pitching in picking...

Mistakes plague St. Francis High volleyball in league loss against Notre Dame

LA CAÑADA — After opening its campaign at home earlier this month, the St. Francis High volleyball team went on the road for the next four matches, including its first three in the Mission League. The Golden Knights finally found their...

La Cañada girls' basketball's Courtney Chen named Rio Hondo League co-MVP

La Cañada girls' basketball's Courtney Chen named Rio Hondo League co-MVP

With a league championship and a deep postseason run under its belt, perhaps it's not surprising that the La Cañada High girls' basketball team earned a big share of recognition when the Rio Hondo League awards were recently released.

Trio of Flintridge Prep girls' basketball players earn league honors

Trio of Flintridge Prep girls' basketball players earn league honors

Throughout much of the season, Tala Ismail, Lacy Coan and Maya Okamoto proved to be a dangerous unit for the Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimming begins league on right note against Harvard-Westlake

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimming begins league on right note against Harvard-Westlake

STUDIO CITY — With the core of its team back and a few talented underclassmen on board, it might be difficult to wrestle the Mission League title away from the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimming team.

Shaky start doesn't derail Flintridge Prep baseball

GLENDALE — There wasn’t much concern on the part of the players of the Flintridge Prep baseball team when they fell behind in the early innings Monday in their Prep League opener against Webb.

La Cañada High girls' basketball's state run ends in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA — Having already delivered the program its greatest ascent, the La Cañada High girls’ basketball team delivered top-seeded Santa Barbara quite a fright on Saturday night.

Led by Johnson, Flintridge Prep girls' soccer players honored by Prep League

Led by Johnson, Flintridge Prep girls' soccer players honored by Prep League

A relatively youthful Flintridge Prep girls' soccer team relied on the experience and leadership of senior fullback Chelsea Johnson this past season.

Led by singles, St. Francis High tennis thumps Crescenta Valley

LA CRESCENTA — Crescenta Valley High’s and St. Francis’ tennis teams have enjoyed similar success thus far this season.

St. Francis High basketball tops Kearny in state tournament debut

It didn’t take long for the St. Francis High basketball team to recover from a heartbreaking defeat in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship contest.

La Cañada High stymies Eagle Rock in state opener

EAGLE ROCK — La Cañada High’s girls’ basketball’s run in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A tournament ended in the semifinals with a road loss to the Eagles of Santa Margarita, who went on to win the III-A title,...

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball continues terrific start

LA CAÑADA — Potent play from its pitching and defense lifted the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball team to a nonleague win over visiting Alverno on Wednesday afternoon.

St. Francis High basketball begins state playoff ride

St. Francis High basketball begins state playoff ride

After finishing runner-up in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship game, the St. Francis High basketball team will now get its first taste of competition in the CIF State playoffs.

Short-handed La Cañada High girls' lacrosse falls quickly to Glendale

GLENDALE — Behind a fast start and versus a short-handed opponent, the Glendale High girls’ lacrosse team made quick work of visiting La Cañada High in an early Pacific League matchup.

Even in loss, La Cañada High girls' soccer defense held strong

Even in loss, La Cañada High girls' soccer defense held strong

CORONA — Throughout the perfect run of the La Cañada High girls’ soccer team this season, perhaps the most overlooked aspect of the squad’s success was its defense.

La Cañada High girls' soccer's perfect run ends in title match

La Cañada High girls' soccer's perfect run ends in title match

CORONA — A handball call in the 97th minute within a second overtime session and a penalty-kick goal seconds later ended a perfect season for the La Cañada High girls’ soccer team by quite imperfect means.

Latest fourth-quarter rally falls short for St. Francis High basketball

Latest fourth-quarter rally falls short for St. Francis High basketball

AZUSA — During part of its historic playoff run, the St. Francis High basketball team had some incredible fourth-quarter rallies to land a spot in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship game.

La Cañada High girls' soccer a win away from first-ever CIF championship

La Cañada High girls' soccer a win away from first-ever CIF championship

From a nerve-wracking marathon penalty-kick session to recording shutouts, it's been a dramatic and historic postseason run for the La Cañada High girls' soccer team.

St. Francis High basketball out to make history, change perception

St. Francis High basketball out to make history, change perception

When the St. Francis High basketball team takes the court Friday afternoon at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Event Center, the Golden Knights will have a chance to not only make history, but to continue a process of remaking an identity.

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball edges La Cañada High in four games

LA CAÑADA —Two neighboring schools with respective boys’ volleyball teams not yet solidified and looking to go nowhere but up took to the court in an early season match-up on Wednesday.

Crescenta Valley High baseball cruises past La Cañada in opener

Crescenta Valley High baseball cruises past La Cañada in opener

GLENDALE — Crescenta Valley High’s Brian Gadsby turned in a pitching performance that, in hindsight, didn’t need much run support.

La Cañada High girls' soccer marches to CIF semifinals

La Cañada High girls' soccer marches to CIF semifinals

NEWPORT BEACH — Emma Tapp sat at midfield watching her teammates take penalty kicks with plenty at stake.

La Cañada High girls' basketball held down by Santa Margarita's pressure in semifinal loss

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA — Early as it was, the first two minutes of Saturday evening’s CIF Southern Section Division 3-A semifinal at Santa Margarita High very much proved to be the deciding factor in the conclusion of the La Cañada...

Softball preview: La Cañada High softball looks to reclaim league, postseason standing

Softball preview: La Cañada High softball looks to reclaim league, postseason standing

While prognostications of a third consecutive CIF Southern Section championship were not exactly at the forefront leading into last season, missing out on the postseason all together was, indeed, a disappointment for the La Cañada High...

St. Francis High's Kyle Leufroy grabs fourth-quarter spotlight again

St. Francis High's Kyle Leufroy grabs fourth-quarter spotlight again

PASADENA — From the opening tip-off right through to the final horn, the St. Francis High and La Cañada boys’ basketball teams gave the community something to cheer about for 32 minutes Friday night and most likely something to...

St. Francis High boys' basketball holds off La Cañada to reach first championship

St. Francis High boys' basketball holds off La Cañada to reach first championship

PASADENA — At times, it felt like the roof was caving in on the St. Francis High boys’ basketball team.

St. Francis, La Cañada High boys' basketball teams have semifinal fever

St. Francis, La Cañada High boys' basketball teams have semifinal fever

Two schools, separated by only a long driveway, will see their respective boys' basketball teams play Friday night for something more crucial than just city bragging rights, but for the right to play in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A...

Flintridge Prep girls' basketball can't topple top seed

BRENTWOOD — The Flintridge Prep girls’ basketball team stuck to its strategy against Brentwood in Wednesday’s CIF Southern Section Division IV-A quarterfinal contest.

La Cañada High girls' soccer conquers California in quarterfinals

La Cañada High girls' soccer conquers California in quarterfinals

LA CAÑADA — In the 59th minute of its biggest game to date, pitted against what proved to be one of the more formidable opponents of the season, the La Cañada High girls’ soccer team broke a scoreless tie and prompted cheers...

La Cañada High girls' basketball turns around in second half, prevails in quarterfinals

LA CAÑADA — A first half that saw seven lead changes was soon followed by a second half the La Cañada High girls’ basketball team controlled and dominated en route to prevailing in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern...

La Cañada High boys' basketball rallies way into CIF semifinals

WHITTIER — Down by 11 points midway through the third quarter, prospects appeared bleak for the La Cañada High boys’ basketball team in Tuesday evening’s CIF Southern Section Division III-A quarterfinal playoff game at upset-...

St. Francis High basketball tops Gladstone, advances to semifinals

St. Francis High basketball tops Gladstone, advances to semifinals

LA CAÑADA — Kyle Leufroy wasn’t aware that he made only five shots from the floor Tuesday night.

La Cañada High wrestling advances two to Masters

Out of a group of eight, the La Cañada High wrestling team will be represented by two grapplers at next week’s CIF Southern Section Masters Meet.

La Cañada High girls' basketball rallies late for comeback win

LA CAÑADA — Down by 14 points after one quarter and 13 at the half against a team that was shooting lights out, the odds against the La Cañada High girls’ basketball squad making Saturday evening’s CIF Southern Section...

Flintridge Prep girls' basketball soars into quarterfinals

After an 80-mile journey east to the Inland Empire, the members of the Flintridge Prep girls’ basketball team got comfortable in a hurry on the court Saturday.

La Cañada High wrestling advances four into second day

Aquartet of La Cañada High wrestlers will attempt to prolong their season beyond this weekend and earn a major accomplishment when the second day of the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Individual Wrestling Championships gets underway...

La Cañada High boys' soccer returns home disappointed

Aspirations for a deep postseason run instead ended with a long trip home for the La Cañada High boys’ soccer team.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball ousted in first round of playoffs

Following a fifth-place finish in the ultra-competitive Mission League, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball team found itself in unchartered territory.

Ismail leads Flintridge Prep girls' basketball past Mission Prep

Ismail leads Flintridge Prep girls' basketball past Mission Prep

LA CAÑADA — Mission Prep dared Tala Ismail to shoot by giving her space on the perimeter and she took advantage with clutch outside shots.

Flintridge Prep boys' soccer's demise once again comes against Firebaugh

LYNWOOD — Last season’s postseason run for Flintridge Prep’s boys’ soccer team ended before it really got going with a shutout loss on the road to Firebaugh High.

La Cañada High boys' basketball soars to playoff victory over John Glenn

LA CAÑADA – Tom Hofman could see his La Cañada High boys’ basketball team was a little anxious.

Flintridge Prep boys' basketball can't size up to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

Flintridge Prep boys' basketball can't size up to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

LA CAÑADA —There were several caveats to take into account as the Flintridge Prep boys’ basketball team ventured into this year’s postseason.

Second-seeded St. Francis High basketball survives in overtime

After struggling throughout most of the second half of Mission League play, the St. Francis High basketball team entered the CIF Southern Section Division III-A playoffs looking to clean things up and get back on track.

La Cañada High football turns to Lambert for revival

Somewhere close to the intersection of poise and passion, youthfulness and experience is what La Cañada High officials believe they have in Ramsey Lambert.

La Cañada High wrestling looking forward to Perris and the falls

La Cañada High wrestling looking forward to Perris and the falls

Championships and Masters Meets berths are up for grabs, as a total of seven qualifiers and two alternates from the La Cañada High wrestling team prepare for the two-day long CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Individual Wrestling...

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