La Cañada High football Coach Dan Yoder must look at this year's All-Rio Hondo League teams and realize he has his work cut out for him next year.
The Rio Hondo's all-league teams were released and eight Spartans — all seniors —were among the honorees. All but one of the La Cañada athletes played both ways on offense and defense.
"There's going to be a lot of vacancies next year, and that opens up a lot of doors for competition," Yoder said.
Michael Arkfeld took home the highest honor of any Spartan this year. He was named the Rio Hondo League's co-Defensive Back of the Year.
Yoder refers to Arkfeld as a "jack-of-all trades" because the player did a bit of everything. He spent some time at wide receiver and at running back, as well as returning punts and kick-offs. It was in La Cañada's secondary that he really started making a name for himself, though. Arkfeld finished the season with six interceptions, 41 tackles, seven passes defended and one fumble recovery.