LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — There's plenty for the La Cañada High football team to learn in spring practice under its first-year Coach James Sims.
Sims, who made the move from Hawthorne High in Jacksonville, Fla., started the Spartans out with a back-to-basics approach. His first goal was to get his team in shape and of course to buy into his hard-work philosophy.
About a month into spring practices, Sims already likes what he's seen from La Cañada and has high hopes for the upcoming season.
"It is going to be a different team," said Sims, who's also brought a new coaching staff with him that includes a former St. Francis football player, two La Cañada Gladiators coaches and a former Temple City coach. "It is hard for me to say because I haven't seen the competition, but I am pleased with where we are at."
Matt Jones, who returns to lead La Cañada at quarterback for his senior year, said Sims has won the team over already.