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By Seth Amitin | January 22, 2009
Out he went quietly from the administration meeting last week after announcing he was done coaching football for La Cañada High. ?It was a good year to go out,? Coach Wheeler said in a candid interview with the Valley Sun. ?For 57 years grand total, 12 years here, I went out a winner. My overall record was good.? Coach Wheeler left his tenure with a winning record, 67-61-5. Though his on-the-field winning record wasn?t as important as his off-the-field one. ?Football is a small part of a kid?
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By Ruth Longoria | August 21, 2008
An athlete, scholar and all around good kid, that?s how folks who know this week?s Valley Sun All-Star describe the 15-year-old La Cañada High School sophomore. Erick Lankey was nominated to be an All-Star by family friend, Anne Tryba of La Cañada. ?Erick is a terrific kid,? Tryba said. ?He?s talented, smart and a really nice kid.? He is the son of Jeff and Becky Lankey of La Cañada. He has a younger sister, Kara, 13, and a 4-year-old cat named Buttons. Erick played baseball with La Cañada Junior Baseball for nine years and also has been involved in AYSO soccer through much of his childhood.
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By ruth longoria valley sun | March 27, 2008
It?s a bit like watching a scene from the movie ?Ferris Bueller?s Day Off.? Only instead of young and old fans paying homage to the charming wise guy teen portrayed by Matthew Broderick, kids and adults who know this multi-faceted charmer can?t say enough about La Cañada High School sophomore Alex Rosen. ?He?s the most multi-talented person I know,? said Miles Crosman, a senior at La Cañada High School. ?I?ve only known him this year, but he?s so funny and awesome.? Rosen, 15, was nominated for a Valley Sun All Star by the parent of another student.
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February 5, 2009
Described as a ?gentleman and a scholar,? this week?s Valley Sun All Star also is a hero and an athlete. Brett McCreary, a senior at St. Francis High School in La Cañada, is a well-rounded, focused young man, who earns the respect of his peers, as well as the staff at the high school. ?One of the most outstanding things about Brett is that he?s a scholar and an athlete and a gentleman. We really appreciate the kind of person that he is,? said Glen Appels, soccer coach and AP English teacher at St. Francis High School.
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By Grant Gordon | April 24, 2008
Shortly after the Renaissance Academy Wildcats had lost in their first-ever bid for a CIF title, freshman Justin Cook sat silently behind a folding table, surrounded by senior teammate Leif Williams and Coach Sid Cooke. As the press conference carried on, Cook?s somber expression never altered and his silence rarely ended. Three seasons have passed since then, and not much has changed for the talented Wildcats guard. Cook is still as soft spoken as ever, he?s earned All-LA84 (formerly All-CIF)
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By Ruth Longoria | May 7, 2009
Music is a big part of his life, but it’s not all that makes La Cañada 7/8 student Jerry Joo a standout in his community. Joo, 14, is this week’s Valley Sun All-Star. “Jerry is a dedicated student and exceptionally intelligent,” said Cindy Blandford, eighth grade English teacher at La Cañada 7/8. Blandford jokes that her other students call Joo the “human dictionary,” because, “It’s very rare when we come up with a word he doesn’t know.
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By Ruth Longoria | June 26, 2008
He?s described by staff and other adults at St. Francis High School as a self-motivated, great student. Ryan Tixier is an honor student at the school, a tutor for other youths and a dedicated athlete. Tixier, a junior at St. Francis, was nominated as a Valley Sun All-Star for his positive attitude and impressive ability to complete every task he sets before himself. ?Ryan is a terrific student,? said St. Francis High School Principal and freshman English teacher Tom Moran. ?
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By Ruth Longoria | June 19, 2008
Running the football field isn?t the only way this quarterback is expected to go far. Austin Heyworth, 18, who recently graduated from St. Francis High School, earned a football scholarship to UC Davis and is this week?s Valley Sun All Star. He was nominated to be a Valley Sun All Star by staff at the high school where Heyworth has shown he?s a star athlete and all around good kid. ?Austin is certainly a fine young man,? said St. Francis honors English teacher Rudy Trujillo.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
There have been plenty of standout underclassmen guards who have enjoyed success while playing for the La Cañada High boys' basketball team. Include Koko Kurdoghlian among those who have flourished while helping further the rich tradition that's been instilled by veteran La Cañada Coach Tom Hofman for the past 28 seasons. Kurdoghlian had little difficulty showcasing his skills throughout the season and additionally impressing the Rio Hondo League's six coaches. “You could see what he's meant to us the last two years,” Hofman said of Kurdoghlian, who was named the league's most valuable player after helping the Spartans to a league championship and a trip to the CIF Southern Section Division III-A semifinals.
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By Ruth Longoria | April 24, 2008
There?s a fine line between making class time fun and distracting other students, and this jovial freshman understands the difference, St. Francis High School faculty say of 15-year-old athlete and academic high achiever Andrew Quintero. Quintero was nominated as a Valley Sun All-Star by staff at the school. He?s also a recipient of the school?s Random Act of Kindness award, for his academic excellence, enthusiasm and compassion for others. ?Andrew is a fantastic young man,?
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