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March 11, 2004
The St. Francis boys' and the Flintridge Prep girls' varsity track teams each won their part in the second annual La Cañada Flintridge All City Track and Field Meet last Saturday. The Golden Knights won the boys' division with a score of 95. Flintridge Prep took second with a score of 46 and La Cañada came in third with a score of 14. In the girls' division, the Rebels just beat out La Cañada for the top spot, 58-56, and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy finished third with a score of 26. In the boys' 1,600 m race, the Golden Knights' J.P. Thesis placed first with a time of four minutes, 46 seconds.
By Grant Gordon, | September 8, 2010
Within the aftermath of the resurrection of the St. Francis High football program that was the 2009 season, it is overwhelming change that, at first glance, appears at the forefront for the Golden Knights going forward. Gone are a core group of players that include leading tackler and middle linebacker Chris Cabrera, standout lineman David Chirikian, dual-threat quarterback Justin Posthuma and Dietrich Riley, the three-time reigning All-Area Football Player of the Year who was an Under Armour All-American and arguably the most highly-recruited athlete in area chronicle.
By Grant Gordon, | November 16, 2011
The road to CIF glory is rarely an easy one and for St. Francis High, its path will begin on the road against a league champion. The Golden Knights will travel to face Paramount, the San Gabriel Valley League champion, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs, as the Falcons will take on host La Mirada, the Suburban League champion, on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Southeast Division. And Golden Knights Coach Jim Bonds, for one, doesn't believe it's an easy first-round matchup in the least.
By Grant Gordon, | October 6, 2010
VALENCIA — A frantic finish for the St. Francis High football team wasn't enough to overcome a stagnant first three quarters. Plagued by dropped passes, turnovers and often porous defense, the Golden Knights were upset by host West Ranch, 35-34, on Friday night at Valencia High. "First half was really ugly," said St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds, whose team, ranked fourth in the CIF Southern Section Western Division, fell to 3-1. "We stressed about not shooting ourselves in the foot at halftime… and then we turned the ball over three times.
By Grant Gordon, | May 26, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - Spring practice is a regular, annual routine most often characterized as a time for building team chemistry and familiarizing a football team with fundamentals and offensive and defensive schemes. For St. Francis High and longtime Coach Jim Bonds, this isn't your regular, annual spring, though. "It's the most I've ever experienced," said Bonds when asked about the amount of senior turnover he's dealing with. Last season's CIF Southern Section Western Division quarterfinalists were rife with talented seniors, many of them multi-year starters such as standouts Travis Talianko, Ryan McAleenan and Kristion Grbavac.
November 19, 2009
St. Francis High School celebrated their 2009 Homecoming Oct. 30 with a victorious football game and the presentation of their Homecoming Court. Leading the procession to Friedman Field was the St. Francis Drumline. Xiomara Garza, a senior at Alverno High School, was crowned Homecoming Queen during the half-time ceremonies of the St. Francis vs. St. Paul game. Xiomara’s court members included seniors Meghan Fitzpatrick, Kira Ramani and Nicole Urbelis from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; and Gabby Bruno and Megan Hofilena from Alverno High School.
By Grant Gordon News-Press | January 31, 2008
A ?big win? was the phrase most used after St. Francis High dispatched rival Loyola, 2-0, in a Mission League match on Monday afternoon at Loyola High. It was a big win because any time the Golden Knights best their rivals, it?s big. It was big because it marked a season sweep for St. Francis against Loyola, swinging the tide of the rivalry the Golden Knights? way for the first time in a while. Perhaps it was biggest, though, because it set the stage for St. Francis? showdown on Wednesday against Crespi.
By Jonathan Raber | October 11, 2007
One of the area?s better nonleague rivalries, the annual meeting between St. Francis and Saugus Highs? football teams, has churned out some of the most memorable games in recent years. This year?s matchup, however, is one the Golden Knights would rather soon forget. St. Francis was thrown out of sorts offensively, as it suffered a 33-0 home loss on Friday night. ?To come in and win 33-0 is a surprise,? said Saugus? Jason Bornn, whose team fell to St. Francis by the score of 30-27 on a last-second field goal a year ago. This time around, the Golden Knights were held to 173 total yards, surrendered nine sacks, including six in the first half, and turned the ball over four times.
By Gordie Morris, Special to the Valley Sun | November 18, 2004
The St. Francis Golden Knights geared up for the CIF playoffs by disposing of undermanned Harvard/Westlake, 42-0, last Friday night at Friedman Field in a game that was efficient, if not especially pretty. The win upped the Knights' Mission League mark to 3-2 (7-3 overall), good enough for a third place finish and a date tomorrow (Friday) against host Palmdale in Division III first round CIF Southern Section action. St. Francis, which was uncharacteristically flagged for eight major penalties during the game, took all of one minute and 19 seconds to set the tone against the Wolverines.
By Andrew J. Campa, | May 3, 2014
LA CRESCENTA - While the 16-team Crescenta Valley High boys' volleyball tournament featured only three local varsity squads in St. Francis, Crescenta Valley and La Cañada, the area wasn't without its strong efforts, led by the Golden Knights. St. Francis took advantage of the mini-break from Mission League play to go 3-0 Saturday afternoon and capture the silver division crown after a come-from-behind, 22-25, 25-20, 15-12 victory over West Covina at Crescenta Valley. “You know you work hard all year and it's nice to get a win,” said St. Francis Coach Mark Frazee, who was missing two starters and three total players because of SAT testing.
From Staff Reports | April 8, 2014
BOYS' GOLF La Cañada 185, South Pasadena 261: The Spartans rolled to a Rio Hondo League road victory at par-36 Almansor Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon. Robbie Stehlin and Collin Morikawa paced the Spartans (11-1, 4-0 in league), as both carded a one-under 35, while Clark Lee turned in an even-par-36. Adam Horne finished with a 38, while Colin Kreditor tallied a 40. Poly 207, Flintridge Prep 239: Justin Yu shot a team-best seven-over-par 43, but the Rebels fell in a Prep League match on Tuesday afternoon at par-36 Altadena Golf Course.
By Charles Rich, | April 7, 2014
PASADENA - Shortly after the La Cañada High and St. Francis boys' golf teams arrived at Brookside Golf Course No. 2 to compete in a nonleague match Monday, it didn't take long to spot a potential inconvenience on the greens. PHOTOS: St. Francis vs. La Cañada boys' golf The venue recently underwent aerfication, designed to loosen soil that has been compacted by golfers walking over it and leading to the greens featuring a lot of sand and divots. The nuisance didn't seem to bother Collin Morikawa much, though, as he carded a three-under par 32 to earn medalist honors and help La Cañada register a 179-199 victory.
From Staff Reports | April 1, 2014
BASEBALL La Cañada 12, Webb 2: The Spartans advanced to the championship game of the Gladstone Tournament with a 12-2 victory on Tuesday afternoon. With the victory, the Spartans (7-4) qualified to the 2 p.m. title game versus Ontario at Gladstone High on Wednesday. Robbie Fuelling went two for four with three runs scored, while senior Travis Clark finished three for four with a double, walk and three runs. Brandon Selsor was also two for three with a walk. La Cañada opened tournament play Monday with an 8-7 versus Mark Keppel.
By Charles Rich, | 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.
By Charles Rich, | March 22, 2014
When called upon, Kyle Leufroy and Evan Crawford often came through for the St. Francis High basketball team during its historic season. From clutch fourth-quarter shooting to grabbing a rebound, Leufroy and Crawford proved to be big pieces of the puzzle in helping the Golden Knights advance to the CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship game and the second round of the CIF State Division III tournament. Leufroy and Crawford also proved to be among a group of the high-profile group that also excelled in the rugged Mission League.
By Charles Rich, | March 12, 2014
It didn't take long for the St. Francis High basketball team to recover from a heartbreaking defeat in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship contest. The Golden Knights quickly began the next chapter of the most successful season in the program's history by traveling nearly 140 miles to face San Diego Kearny on Wednesday for a CIF State CIF State Division III first-round game. It marked the first time St. Francis had taken part in the prestigious tournament. Backed by a balanced scoring attack, including a team-high 17 points from Kyle Leufroy, 11th-seeded St. Francis posted a 67-62 victory against sixth-seeded Kearny.
By Grant Gordon, | February 17, 2014
In the always-arduous Mission League, St. Francis basketball struggled down the stretch. But those struggles certainly didn't hinder the Golden Knights' playoff seeding, as they drew the No. 2 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 3-A playoffs. However, as an at-large team out of the Mission League, the Knights are headed on the road, while La Cañada, Crescenta Valley and Flintridge Prep will all host first-round games, as pairings were released on Sunday by the CIF offices.
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