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From Staff Reports | September 1, 2012
The Pasadena Poly football team began its season Friday night with a 28-12 nonleague road victory against Saddleback Valley Christian. The Panthers will next play at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 against visiting Blair (0-2).
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By Robert Fulton | September 29, 2012
ARROYO - Three consecutive plays early in the third quarter by the La Cañada High football team against Arroyo on Friday night certainly made the squad's highlight reel. First, the Spartans' Andy Paynter ran the ball 59 yards for a touchdown. On Arroyo's first play of the following drive, La Cañada defensive lineman Durresa Hinika blew through the offensive line to drop Knights running back Peter Aholoka for a three-yard loss. On the next play, the Spartans' Jadon Henry picked off a pass from Arroyo quarterback Nathan Coto.
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By Chris Sutton | September 30, 2004
Barely familiar with the sport of football, a German teen spending his school year as an exchange student in La Cañada Flintridge is picking up the game so quickly he may soon be advanced from the junior varsity squad to varsity in coming weeks, according to his coach. "When I thought about going to high school in America, I thought about playing football. I had never even touched a football or put on a helmet, before coming to La Cañada," said Alexander Ruether, a senior at La Cañada High School.
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November 24, 2004
The fourth annual La Cañada High School Alumni Thanksgiving Football Showdown will be played tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m. at the LCHS football field. The LCHS class of 1997 will once again take on the class of 2000 in what has become a fierce rivalry over the past few years. Class of 1997 Captains Joe Schmitt and Mike Riddell are taking on 2000 captains Mike Schmitt and Chris Horne in a no holds barred game of eight-on-eight flag football. The Thanksgiving Showdown has grown in stature over the years and now boasts such things as official team uniforms, game referees, and a strong crowd of supporters.
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November 16, 2006
The La Cañada High freshman football team dominated host San Marino last Friday with a decisive 20-7 season finale victory over the Titans. The Spartans' offense gained 298 yards, including 170 yards passing by quarterback Jeff Grigg and 128 yards rushing by Omar Rady, Jonathan Sparks and Ben Drake. Receiver Josh Hanson caught passes for a total of 86 yards. Ryan Kaul, Kevin Kim and Kyle Mickelson assisted on offense. Brent Johnson lead the Spartans' defense with six-and-a-half tackles, with four-and-a-half for Michael Chung and three-and-a-half for Jamie Dick and Michael Knopf.
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August 19, 2004
The La Cañada Gladiators kicked off their 2004 football season last Saturday with a scrimmage at Foothills Intermediate School in La Cañada Flintridge. The Gladiator Jr. Gremlin flag squad played host against the always tough Walnut Diamond Bar Cowboys.  This is the first year that the Gladiators have fielded a flag team.  The boys, ages 6-8, play on a slightly small field and do not keep score. The Gladiators were led on offense by quarterbacks Jack Philo and Kyle Cheung.
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By Grant Gordon | January 15, 2009
Dietrich Riley is a busy young man these days. He just recently returned from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Texas, where he competed in a combine before the high school football all-star showcase. Having already received scholarship offers from USC and UCLA during the summer, the St. Francis High junior is receiving notice from the top schools across the nation. Meanwhile, he’s juggling it all while starting for the Golden Knights basketball team. Then, of course, there’s the junior football season he just left behind, one in which he became the first Golden Knights rusher since 2004 to eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier, as he started at running back, outside linebacker and returned kicks for St. Francis.
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By Seth Amitin | June 25, 2009
“I had a lot of fun this season,” said La Cañada High grad Luis Carrasquero. The quick-but-lean athlete put in his effort this year, playing football, soccer and baseball, producing for his teams and being the best teammate he could when he was on the bench. Now that the season’s over, Luis finds himself not shiftless, but ready to move on. The local kid, the LCHS graduate, born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, moved here in 2004 and immediately found his niche on the baseball field, the sport he had so studiously loved while living in his homeland.
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February 16, 2006
2nd Lt. Andrew Torres, USMC passed away from cancer in April of 2004. His friends, family and members of the La Cañada and Pasadena communities are now working together on the Second Annual Andrew J. Torres Golf Classic to be held Monday, April 3. The Torres Golf Committee recently received donations of two footballs, each signed by a Washington Redskins football player. One football bears the signature of quarterback Mark Brunell, a three-time Pro Bowl selection ('96, '97, '99)
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September 18, 2008
Now that football season is underway, you?re probably going to want your sports news earlier than the following week. We at the Valley Sun completely understand that and, as a solution, have two websites for you to visit. The first is our wonderful little plot of land on the internet: www.lacanadaonline.com. We will have stories from Friday night assorted games, most specifically football, up the night after. We?ve already started doing this; last week?s La Cañada-Crescenta Valley football game story in this week?
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 19, 2014
Somewhere close to the intersection of poise and passion, youthfulness and experience is what La Cañada High officials believe they have in Ramsey Lambert. The 31-year-old Hesperia resident was officially hired as the football program's new head coach as was announced by the school Wednesday morning. Lambert, who was born in Hawaii and who graduated from the University of Hawaii, takes over for two-year coach James Sims, whose contract was not renewed in late November. “I was informed last night after the [La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board Meeting]
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 23, 2014
As a sophomore, Dylan Crawford wasn't afraid to showcase his talents against opponents a year or two older than him. The St. Francis High football player seemed to fit in comfortably with the Golden Knights, who instantly made the wide receiver one of their primary targets each week. In helping St. Francis go 10-3, 3-2 in the ultra-competitive Mission League this season, Crawford caught 54 passes for 993 yards and 10 touchdowns to play a vital role in the Golden Knights advancing to the CIF Southern Section Western Division semifinals.
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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 Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
With an experienced personnel in place, things appeared promising for the St. Francis High football team entering the 2013 season. After going 4-7 in 2012, the Golden Knights regrouped to go 10-3, 3-2 for third place in the grueling Mission League, before surging to the CIF Southern Section Western Division semifinals. Simply put, with a prolific offense and steady defense, the Golden Knights earned plenty of attention on the field from their league opponents and coaching staffs.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | December 11, 2013
For the third time in a four-year span, the La Cañada High football team will begin anew. Two-year coach James Sims, who arrived on campus in March of 2013 after leaving Florida's Arlington Country Day, will not return for the 2014 season. A tweet sent by the La Cañada High athletic department on Dec. 6 read, “LCHS has decided to not renew the contract of head football coach James Sims.” La Cañada High assistant principal Jared Gold confirmed that Sims' contract was not picked up for a third year, but did not go into detail as to why. “We don't have too much to comment on. We appreciate James Sims' time with the school,” Gold said.
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From Staff Reports | December 5, 2013
Fresh off a third-place finish in the Rio Hondo League and an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs, the La Cañada High football team had 11 players pick up all-league honors as voted on by the league's six coaches. Senior running back Jadon Henry and senior lineman D'Andre Sims earned spots on the first-team offense. Henry rushed for 478 yards in 55 carries and five touchdowns. Senior defensive lineman Guillermo Padilla and junior defensive back Samuel Brown were selected to the first-team defense.
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By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Valley Sun | November 15, 2013
LANCASTER - For the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division football playoffs, La Cañada High was given a road game in faraway Lancaster against host Paraclete. It would be just another part of the journey for the Spartans, whose season began right after the conclusion of a two-win campaign in 2012. It started with conditioning, weight lifting, summer practices and more on-field conditioning. Then began a schedule that saw the Spartans get blown out several times, but dig their heels in and win the final two games of the regular season to take the No. 3 seed out of the Rio Hondo League, finish .500 and reach the postseason.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 10, 2013
Times have quickly changed from one season to another and from three weeks ago until now for the St. Francis High football team. Last season at this time, the Golden Knights, having won four games, were happy just to be in the playoffs. Leading into the 2013 CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs, there was some talk that the Golden Knights would get one of the bracket's top four seeds. However, after winning their first eight games of the year, the Golden Knights dropped consecutive contests to Mission League and division heavyweights Gardena Serra and Chaminade.
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By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Valley Sun | November 8, 2013
LA CAÑADA - Second-year La Cañada football Coach James Sims had something to say to his squad after last week's fourth-quarter comeback win over South Pasadena. “I told them,” Sims recounted last week, “I said, 'Look, our goal was to make it into the playoffs.' I said, 'We only won two games last year. You win these last [two games] and you finish five and five, everybody that had negative stuff to say about you - the 77-nothing loss [to Monrovia], the blowout by San Marino - all the negatives go away because you went from a 2-8 team into the playoffs.'” The day of reckoning was at hand going into the Spartans' final regular season contest hosting Temple City Friday night in what amounted to a de facto playoff game for third place in the Rio Hondo League, with the winner taking the league's final automatic playoff berth.
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