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By Parimal M. Rohit | February 14, 2008
It was only natural that the battle for second place in the Rio Hondo League came down to the final possession, but La Cañada ended up on the losing side of its battle against South Pasadena, as the Spartans lost a heartbreaker to the Tigers at the season finale, 50-48, last Tuesday. On the bright side, La Cañada still qualified for the playoffs despite the loss, as the Spartans finished the regular season with a 14-11 overall record, 5-5 in league play. With the loss, the Spartans dropped to fourth place in the Rio Hondo League, while South Pasadena (17-6, 6-4)
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By Nicole Charky | May 13, 2010
The La Cañada boys’ volleyball team hasn’t had much experience in the CIF Southern Section playoffs the past few years. In fact, prior to this season, the Spartans hadn’t seen the postseason since 2006. However, that all changed this season when La Cañada placed second in the Rio Hondo League, securing a spot in the Division IV playoffs. Unfortunately for the Spartans, their postseason presence was short-lived, as they fell Tuesday in a first-round home match to Ganesha, 25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 28-26.
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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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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | May 13, 2013
The La Cañada High tennis team had two battles to deal with Monday in its CIF Southern Section Division II quarterfinal match. It was bad enough that the Spartans had to take on No. 2 seed Palm Desert on the road. But they also had to deal with oppressive temperatures that topped out at 108 degrees. It all proved to me too much for La Cañada, which saw its season come to an end with an 18-0 loss. The Spartans (13-3) advanced to the playoffs after finishing second in the Rio Hondo League.
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By Seth Amitin | November 5, 2009
La Cañada girls? tennis bested Temple City, 14-4, on Monday to earn their spot in the CIF playoffs next week. ?Throughout the season, [Temple City] has been ranked around no. 10 in the CIF Division III coach?s poll, where San Marino is ranked no. 1,? said Spartan tennis captain Alex Antonoplis. ?We defeated them the first time in an upset win 10-8, but we had to defeat them again to qualify for CIF.? With the win, La Cañada sewed up third place in Rio Hondo League to advance to the playoffs.
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May 26, 2005
The Flintridge Prep boys' varsity volleyball team defeated host Playa Del Rey St. Bernard, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs last Saturday. The Rebels, who improved to 16-8, lost the first game, 27-25, but won the next three, 25-13, 25-22 and 31-29, to take the match and advance to the CIF Division V semifinals for the first time in the history of the program at the school. Prep hosted unbeaten Calabasas Viewpoint (28-0) yesterday (Wednesday)
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November 2, 2006
The La Cañada Gladiators Football squads completed their final games of the regular season last Sunday at La Canada High against the Glendale Bears and the La Puente Warriors. Two of the Gladiator squads, the Junior Pee Wees (5-1) and the undefeated Junior Midgets (6-0) will advance to the playoffs. The Junior Pee Wees, who lost their last game of the season to the Glendale Bears, 12-6, will face the Rosemead Rebels in the first round of playoffs on Saturday morning at Rebel Field in Rosemead.
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March 5, 2004
Having won 15 games in a row, one really couldn't say that the Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team didn't have a prayer against host Downey Calvary Chapel in a CIF Southern Section Division IV-A game on Feb. 25. But the Rebels, who finished 20-5 overall, could have used some divine assistance against the Grizzlies, the top seeded team in the division, because the Downey squad knocked them out of the playoffs, 57-46. Calvary Chapel built up a 20-11 lead after the first quarter, led 32-23 at the half, and increased its lead to 45-32 after three quarters, Prep outscored the Grizzlies, 14-12, in the fourth quarter, but they couldn't make up the deficit.
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February 26, 2009
Even with the rash of surprisingly early exits and the incredible story of the Sacred Heart girls? soccer team, the most surprising story so far this playoffs has been the play of the La Cañada girls? soccer team. Before the season started, not even their coach thought they were going to make the playoffs and here we are. Not only did they make the CIF Division V playoffs, but they?re in the quarterfinals. In the first round, La Cañada girls? soccer team (15-4-3) faced off against Orange.
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June 1, 2006
This season was developing into a Cinderella finish for La Cañada baseball, but Oaks Christian put a premature ending to it last week. The Lions defeated the Spartans, 11-4, on May 23 in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs to accomplish two things -- to eliminate La Cañada from post season play and to end its winning streak at nine games. The Spartans, who came in second in the Rio Hondo League (11-4) behind Monrovia, finished 14-6 overall. Oaks Christian scored a run in the bottom of the second inning and four more runs in the third inning to lead 5-0 before La Cañada managed two runs in the fourth.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 23, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Down by 14 points after one quarter and 13 at the half against a team that was shooting lights out, the odds against the La Cañada High girls' basketball squad making Saturday evening's CIF Southern Section Division III-A second round playoff game competitive seemed pretty long. Yet, not only did the host Spartans rally, but they salvaged their season thanks to several key offensive rebounds and a gutsy and gambling defense that produced 21 second-half turnovers, which helped turned a frantic comeback into a thrilling 44-42 victory.
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By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Valley Sun | February 21, 2014
LA CAÑADA - La Cañada High's girls' soccer team navigated its way through the regular season without a loss, but now it was time for the postseason and, as Spartans Coach Louie Bilowitz said to his squad before its first-round match on Friday, “This is CIF. Everything is different.” However, Friday's opening-round match in the Division V playoffs hosting Heritage Christian proved not to be that different, as La Cañada continued its winning...
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By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the La Canada Valley Sun | February 20, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Mission Prep dared Tala Ismail to shoot by giving her space on the perimeter and she took advantage with clutch outside shots. PHOTOS: Flintridge Prep vs. Mission Prep girls' basketball first round CIF playoffs Mission Prep then tried a different strategy, sending two defenders toward the sophomore on the Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team. That didn't work either, as Ismail found open teammates for easy points. Mission Prep then played tight defense on her and Ismail still dominated with layups on aggressive drives to the basket.
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By Joey Kaufman, Special to the Valley Sun | February 19, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Tom Hofman could see his La Cañada High boys' basketball team was a little anxious. With two sophomores in the starting lineup for a first-round playoff game against John Glenn and a bevy of upperclassmen looking to rebound from last season's disappointing first-round exit, his young team proved a little trigger happy to open Wednesday night's contest. By the midway point of a chippy first quarter, it had missed almost every shot, had just two points and trailed by one. “We were just too nervous,” Hofman said.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 17, 2014
La Cañada High's girls' basketball team has been at or atop the CIF Southern Section Division 3-A rankings all season, and that will continue going into the postseason. Though it was a little lower than previous years, the Spartans earned the No. 4 seed in the CIF Southern Section playoffs on Sunday, only to have that changed Tuesday. The Spartans (21-5) were bumped up to No. 3, flipping positions with South Pasadena, who forfeited a league game and its half of the Rio Hondo League title to the Spartans, now the league's outright champion.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | February 7, 2014
GLENDALE - It's going to be a long wait to see what the fate will be for the members of the Flintridge Prep boys' soccer team in regard to where they will finish in the Prep League and if they are to qualify for the playoffs. The Rebels had once occupied first place in league, but their bid to win league fell by the wayside Friday after the Rebels yielded a pair of second-half goals en route to a 2-0 league home loss against Chadwick at the Glendale Sports Complex. “We've gone from first place to not knowing where we will finish,” said Flintridge Prep Coach AJ Yates, whose team concluded the regular season portion of its schedule.
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By Andrew Shortall | November 20, 2013
All three local boys' basketball teams will hope to build on last year when the 2013-14 season tips off. Two of the squads fell below expectations, while another matched a program-best playoff run and is hungry for more. Flintridge Prep and La Cañada High both exited the playoffs earlier than hoped a season ago, with the Rebels falling just shy of their championship hopes in the semifinals and the Spartans dealt a first-round loss at home. St. Francis is coming off a quarterfinal run and has championship hopes this year.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | November 16, 2013
CORONA - An emotionally-charged boys' water polo match that included several exclusions, two ejections and a yellow card also consisted of two fundamental truths for La Cañada High on Saturday afternoon. The visiting No. 7-ranked Spartans surrendered five straight goals early and never recovered, falling to second-seeded Corona Santiago, 11-6, in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs. With the defeat, the Rio Hondo League champion Spartans concluded their season with a 21-10 record, while the Big VIII League champion Sharks (23-8)
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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 Andrew Shortall, Special to the Valley Sun | November 13, 2013
RIVERSIDE - Just when it looked like the story on the Flintridge Prep boys' water polo team's season was coming to a close, the Rebels sent in a rewrite. Down four goals on the road in their CIF Southern Section Division V opener to the Riverside Poly team that ended their 2012 season, the Rebels were on the ropes. They climbed back in it, though, boosted by a third-quarter explosion and nine-goal night from Ethan Vandeventer for an 18-14 victory Wednesday. Not only was it win-or-go-home, but win-or-goodbye for 10 senior Rebels who will not be back next season.
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