All-Star is also a Spartan Star

April 16, 2009|By Ruth Longoria

This week’s Valley Sun All- Star is known as an “all around good guy.” La Cañada High School senior Sean Denney was nominated as an All-Star because he’s outstanding in the areas of sports, personality and integrity.

Denney, 18, recently received a commendation from La Cañada High — a Spartan Star — for returning a wallet filled with money, credit and debit cards, which he and a friend, John Cha found on the school campus.

Denney said he didn’t even consider keeping the wallet.

“Turning it in was the right thing to do,” he said.

Denney is the son of Paula and Richard Denney. He has a sister, Shannon, 17, a junior at La Cañada High. The Denneys have lived in La Cañada all of his life and Sean attended Palm Crest Elementary School before transferring to La Cañada 7/8 and La Cañada High School.


Denney enjoys playing disc golf and became involved in team sports as a small child. “It has been exciting to see his commitment to athletics throughout the years.” Paula Denney said, adding that she is grateful for all the support he has received from coaches at La Cañada High School.

While at the school, he has been active in several sports programs, including football, where he played tight end and safety and served as this year’s team captain.

He also served as co-captain of the school’s wrestling team, and was the fifth wrestler in the school’s history to make it to compete in the Master’s competition. This year, the Master’s was in the Temecula Valley, and Denney was one of three players from his the league to compete, including a student from San Marino and one from Monrovia.

He also earned the Most Valuable Player award in both football and wrestling this year.

Jeremy Pfitzer, Denney’s wrestling coach at La Cañada High School, said he’s impressed with Denney both as an athlete and as a person.

“He’s a really nice guy and a quality kid, one of those guys you like to have around,” Pfitzer said, adding that Denney is a great leader, very respectful and deserving of respect and is one of the best wrestlers he has worked with.

“He’s one of those cool kids you want to be able to build on and you want to see him go far with his life,” Pfitzer said.

Denney earned a dean’s scholarship to attend Chapman College in Orange next year. He’s not sure of his major or career goals yet, but might study business, he said, adding, “I just work really hard and do my best and there are a lot of things I could do.”

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