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January 28, 2012
GIRLS' BASKETBALL Pasadena Poly 74, Rio Hondo Prep 20: Michelle Miller shifted into the No. 2 spot on the CIF Southern Section all-time scoring list in Poly's victory Saturday. Miller scored 31 points and added 10 rebounds in the win as the Panthers improved to 16-4, 7-0 in Prep League. Miller now has scored 3,097 points in her high school career, putting her in front of the previous No. 2 scoring leader for the CIF Southern Section, Giuliana Mendiola.  Courtney Foster also had 16 points and five assists and Kiki Yang added 12 points and seven steals for Poly.
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By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan | May 20, 2010
LONG BEACH — Their streak had to end sometime, and it did on Saturday night. The La Cañada High boys’ swimming team entered the CIF Southern Section Division II Swimming and Diving Championships at the Belmont Plaza pool in Long Beach as the winners of the past four team titles. The Spartans also knew that winning a fifth straight would be difficult to achieve, especially because they graduated seven swimmers last year. Alex Lopez, the Spartans’ coach for the past five years, expected a top-three finish, and that’s exactly what La Cañada delivered.
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From Staff Reports | May 8, 2013
BOYS' SWIMMING Flintridge Prep in CIF Southern Section Division III prelims: With an eye on a CIF championship, the Rebels put together some quality performances but may not have advanced as many swimmers to championship races as they need. Flintridge Prep started strong when its 200-yard medley relay team finished runner-up in one minute, 41.13 seconds. Other Rebels swimmers who kept their chances at an individual title alive were Marco Flores, who took fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:00.99)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 16, 2011
With nary a league title or a playoff win among two local softball teams a season ago, the 2011 campaign is one in which improvement is sought across the board. Last season, Flintridge Prep worked its way into the postseason only to fall in the wild-card round. Meanwhile, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy will all looking to scrap its way into a postseason slot, as well. Prep boasts a healthy returning class, with Coach Julie Jaime having nine players with starting experience back on the diamond looking to contend for a Prep League title.
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By Andrew Campa | May 20, 2012
WALNUT - An approximate distance from the city of La Cañada to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, site of Saturday's CIF Southern Section track and field Divisional Finals, is 36 miles. The distance, however, between La Cañada and Cerritos College, the venue for Friday's Masters Meet, proved certainly much farther. Of a total of eight local athletes who ventured out to the divisional finals, not one advanced to the following week's Masters Meet, the elite track and field competition within the Southern Section.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 13, 2014
En route to a 10-win season and a trip to the CIF Southern Section Western Division semifinals, a handful of St. Francis High football players caught the attention of many coaches around the division. For six St. Francis athletes, their bodies of work were recognized Monday when the All-CIF Southern Section office unveiled the elite players from each of the 13 divisions. St. Francis finished 10-3, 3-2 in the Mission League in 2013 after going 4-7 the previous season. Such a quick turnaround was attributed to the vast contributions made by Ty Gangi, Joe Mudie, John Carroll, Trevor Provencio, Dylan Crawford and Marko Tinoco, all of whom were bestowed with All-CIF Western Division recognition.
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By Andrew Shortall | May 15, 2012
Things don't look too much different for the La Cañada High softball team as it begins its bid to repeat as the CIF Southern Section Division V champions today. A look at the tournament bracket shows a rematch for the division crown could be in the cards, as the Spartans own the No. 1 seed again and Beaumont, which La Cañada defeated, 1-0, for the title last year, is the second seed after it won the Mountain Pass League with a 22-4, 14-1 in league record. "[A rematch] has entered my mind once or twice, but at this point you take it one game at a time," La Cañada senior catcher Catherine Horner said.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 24, 2010
COMPTON — As it showed throughout the season, the St. Francis High football team could play with the very best in the CIF Southern Section Western Division. But in a game brimming with big plays, the Golden Knights came up one last big play short. Though the tandem had terrorized host Dominguez all night long, one last pass from Brett Nelson to Travis Talianko was no to be. A fourth-and-18 attempt by Nelson from the Golden Knights' 48-yard line was low and bounced from the grasp of Talianko to secure a 28-25 win for the second-seeded Dons in the opening round of the Western Division playoffs on Friday night.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 3, 2012
Things will look a lot different for the La Cañada High and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy girls' volleyball teams heading into the postseason. After two straight disappointing endings in the CIF Southern Section playoffs, the Spartans could find themselves in the unfamiliar underdog role if they manage a first-round victory. Just up the hill, the Tologs return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus under first-year, yet veteran playoff coach in Ernest Banaag. The Spartans (16-11, 10-0 in league)
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By Andrew Shortall | March 4, 2011
It was hard for Matt Faber to believe it was all happening as the seconds ticked off the clock. The forward for the La Cañada High boys' basketball team had just brought down the biggest rebound of his life — off a potential game-tying shot with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the CIF Southern Section Division III-AA game against Price High at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ball bounced off the rim right to Faber, who looked upcourt and saw his teammate, Dario CiVon, standing all alone on the other side of the court.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 27, 2014
Relatively unknown, Kyle Leufroy showed up on the doorstep of the St. Francis High gymnasium seeking an opportunity. Leufroy transferred to St. Francis in 2012 from La Salle High in Pasadena with an eye on earning a spot on the up-and-coming St. Francis basketball team that had made some lengthy strides and appeared on the brink of being a player for a CIF Southern Section postseason berth. With just a year of junior varsity experience to Leufroy's credit, he knew he needed to reinvent himself in order to compete on the varsity stage.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 8, 2014
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. St. Margaret's senior defender Alexa Barbaresi converted a penalty kick into the far left of the net past a diving attempt by Spartans sophomore goalie Kaitlyn Corral in the 98th minute for the golden goal game-winner as the Tartans defeated La Cañada, 1-0, in overtime of the CIF Southern Section Division V championships at Corona High on Saturday afternoon.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
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. Ultimately, it has been one that's landed the Spartans in the program's first CIF Southern Section championship match. Third-seeded La Cañada (22-0-1) will look to top off its impressive playoff run when it meets St. Margaret's (11-10-6) in the Division V title match at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Corona High. “My focus has been more on my players enjoying this experience,” said La Cañada Coach Louie Bilowitz, who has plenty of championship pedigree after he previously guided the school's boys' soccer team to three CIF titles from 1989-96.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 3, 2014
NEWPORT BEACH - Emma Tapp sat at midfield watching her teammates take penalty kicks with plenty at stake. Through nine rounds, Tapp studied each shot with the possibility of being called upon to keep the championship aspirations of the La Cañada High girls' soccer team alive. Then, La Cañada Coach Louie Bilowitz selected Tapp to take the next kick. It turned out to be a wise decision. Tapp capped a wild 10-round penalty-kick session with a goal to lead third-seeded La Cañada to a 1-1(7-6)
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 23, 2014
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. That's because seniors Alex Bache and Guillermo Padilla survived and advanced out of the second day of the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division Individual Wrestling Championships held at Perris Citrus Hill High. The 182-pound Bache finished third in his division, while Padilla won an elimination match for the fifth and final position out of the heavyweight class.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 19, 2014
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 Championships at Perris Citrus Hill High, beginning on Friday. The goal for each participant is to win one of 14 divisional weight championships or finish in one of the top five spots out of the roughly 25 wrestlers per weight class to earn advancement to the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet taking place at Citizen Bank Arena in Ontario from Feb. 28 to March 1. “Three weeks ago all the emphasis was on team-building and wrestling for the team,” Spartans first-year Coach Justin Luthey said.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 8, 2014
REDONDO BEACH - Up by 15 points three matches in, thoughts of an upset began to creep into the minds of the La Cañada High wrestling team. The 10th-ranked Spartans had all the momentum early versus third-ranked West Torrance in the team's first-round match at the CIF Southern Section Division VI Dual Meet Championships at Redondo Union High. Yet, while the lead energized the Rio Hondo League runner-up Spartans, the deficit also served to revitalize the Bay League champion Warriors, who won nine of the last 11 bouts in storming back for a 49-25 victory Saturday afternoon.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 13, 2014
En route to a 10-win season and a trip to the CIF Southern Section Western Division semifinals, a handful of St. Francis High football players caught the attention of many coaches around the division. For six St. Francis athletes, their bodies of work were recognized Monday when the All-CIF Southern Section office unveiled the elite players from each of the 13 divisions. St. Francis finished 10-3, 3-2 in the Mission League in 2013 after going 4-7 the previous season. Such a quick turnaround was attributed to the vast contributions made by Ty Gangi, Joe Mudie, John Carroll, Trevor Provencio, Dylan Crawford and Marko Tinoco, all of whom were bestowed with All-CIF Western Division recognition.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | December 31, 2013
Somewhere over the last 12 months or so, Flintridge Prep senior Alan Yoho transformed from recreational cross-country runner to competitor, from middle of the pack to pacesetter, and from challenger into champion. Ask the soft-spoken 17-year-old exactly when he knew he was in for a breakthrough 2013 season and Yoho doesn't talk about any of his impressive efforts from the just-concluded season. No, in fact, Yoho points back to the 2012 CIF State Division V Championships and one of the more agonizing finishes in Flintridge Prep cross-country history.
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