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Making their presence known

Girls' athletes came through with all-league, All-Area, All-CIF and even All-American accolades during a successful school year.

September 01, 2010|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
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Records were set, expectations were realized and playoff runs were made in the 2009-10 sports season in La Cañada.

Whether it was swimming, basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer or track and field, the area had its share of fine individual female performers from a number of schools.

Those athletes won All-Area, All-CIF Southern Section, all-league and even All-American accolades. They were also instrumental in helping their respective teams earn CIF and league success.

Here are the top-10 female high school athletes of the year in La Cañada, as voted on by the sports editors and writers of the La Cañada Valley Sun and Glendale News-Press.

1 Andrea Kropp, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, swimming, senior — She showed she wasn't rusty at all after taking a one-year break from swimming to run cross-country for the first time ever her junior year. It wasn't a vacation for Kropp, as she emerged as the Tologs' best runner in the program's banner year, as they finished fifth at the Division IV State Meet.

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Kropp picked up right where she had left off in the pool. She claimed league titles in the 200-meter individual medley and 100 breaststroke, breaking four school records her senior year in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, (including two of her past records in the) 200 breaststroke and 200-individual medley.

High school swimming wasn't the only place where Kropp left a ripple in the water. She swam in the 2008 Olympic trials and became the national 18-and-under champion in the 200 breaststroke at the 2010 ConocoPhilips National Championships in early August.

Now Kropp heads to Princeton University to see what else she can add to her list of achievements.

2 Courtney McCutchan, La Cañada, basketball and volleyball, senior — McCutchan struck fear in the hearts of her opponents when she stepped into the gym, whether she was playing basketball or volleyball.

Never taking a game off her senior year, McCutchan was named an all-tournament player in each basketball tournament she played. She led the Spartans in scoring and blocked shots and was second in rebounds and assists. La Cañada went undefeated in league with a 24-4 record and made it to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs.

When they put the net up in the middle of the gym, McCutchan was still dominant. She led the Spartans in kills (390) and aces (48) and was second in digs (230).

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