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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 25, 2012
SAN MARINO - With the champion of the Rio Hondo League already crowned after the La Cañada High girls' volleyball team won its 10th straight Tuesday, San Marino clearly had more to play for Thursday when it hosted the Spartans on their senior day in the hunt for the runner-up spot in league. Don't tell La Cañada that, though, as it won the first two games to take control of the match and rebounded after losing the third game for a four-game victory, 25-17, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, which extended its league-winning streak to 67 matches.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 20, 2012
SAN MARINO - It can be hard for the San Marino High girls' tennis team to bring the same intensity into every match, but the Titans weren't lacking any fire when they hosted La Cañada High for each team's Rio Hondo League opener Thursday. It was a rough start to the league season for the Spartans, who couldn't pull out a single set in an 18-0 loss to San Marino after they finished second in league last season. “Today, I think they're focused,” said San Marino Coach Melwin Pereira of his No. 1-ranked squad in CIF Southern Section Division II. “We are playing teams that aren't pushing us and that's what I'm worried about, we don't have good quality nonleague matches.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 13, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - Without a true center in the paint for the La Can¿ada High girls' basketball team, San Marino was able to dominate the boards and run the floor en route to building a big first-quarter lead. The cushion, along with two key buzzer-beating threes from Felita Salim, helped the Titans outlast a Spartans push for a 54-43 Rio Hondo League win at La Can¿ada Friday. Both of Salim's shots came late in the third quarter and kept momentum from swinging permanently to the home team.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 2, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - While the result was a lot different for both sides, the goal was the same in what was a blowout victory for the La Cañada High boys' water polo team and a lopsided defeat for San Marino, 22-6, in Tuesday's Rio Hondo League opener. Both the Titans and Spartans called timeouts in the fourth quarter with the result already well in hand to run plays and improve their squads with the rest of the league season and CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs in mind.
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By Timithie Gould | October 18, 2007
Defense was the name of the game Friday night as La Cañada and San Marino went head to head at both team?s Rio Hondo League opener. The Spartans, anchored by a tough defensive line, held the Titans to one touchdown to tie the game at 7-7. ?We are very excited,? said Head Coach Rich Wheeler. ?I mean, you hate to tie, but to come through what we?ve been through, this is a great way to start league.? What Wheeler was referring to was La Cañada?s challenging pre-season, what he called the toughest lineup he?
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 18, 2013
SAN MARINO - First place in the Rio Hondo League was up for grabs when the last two undefeated teams, La Canada and San Marino high, squared off Friday night. The Spartans were poised to run away with the game early, shooting out to an 11-point lead in the first quarter, but the Titans came back strong in the second and cut the deficit to four by halftime. San Marino couldn't match that performance in the third frame, as La Cañada returned to its first-quarter form en route to a 54-39 victory on the road.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 18, 2013
SAN MARINO - Perhaps there were a bit of nerves on both sides Friday night when the La Cañada High boys' basketball team traveled to San Marino. Whatever was the case with the Titans, they saw the Spartans score the first 10 points of the Rio Hondo League game. The very slow start was too much for San Marino to overcome in the end, try as it might in a 58-51 loss at home. La Cañada appeared to be out of harm's way with a 15-point, 54-39, lead with 3:08 to play after a Dan Jun three-pointer before its inexperience began to show.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 26, 2013
LA CAÑADA - One turnaround team toppled another Tuesday afternoon. That's what could be said after the resurgent La Cañada High boys' volleyball squad continued its bounce-back 2013 regular season by opening Rio Hondo League play with a 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17 victory over visiting upstart San Marino at the Hotckin Family Gymnasium. “This is a team that didn't have much success last year, so we're working toward not just winning, but getting better,” said Spartans first-year Coach Otto Lacayo, who also coaches the Westridge School girls' volleyball program.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | April 11, 2013
LA CAÑADA - When La Cañada High boys' swimming Coach Art Lopez looked at the 2013 Rio Hondo League schedule, he predicted the championship would all come down to Thursday's dual meet with San Marino. While the Titans swam closer to the Spartans, whose two previous league wins came by at least 74 points, than any other team this year, the meet and perhaps the league title was never really in doubt, as La Cañada posted a 102-68 win at its home pool. PHOTOS: San Marino vs. La Cañada Rio Hondo League swim meet “I think our team's a lot stronger this year than last year,” said La Cañada senior Brandon Nguyen, who helped the Spartans with four wins Thursday, while also acknowledging the loss of graduated senior Bo Mattix.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
SAN MARINO - In its quest to reclaim the Rio Hondo League title, La Cañada High softball's success has come very much with a heavy dose of heavy hitters. That was the case and then some on Tuesday afternoon, as the Spartans collected 21 hits, highlighted by five home runs, in an 18-7 league win over host San Marino. “If we can play to our potential and abilities, we can win a league championship,” said Spartans Coach KC Mathews, whose team finished in a three-way tie for second place last season and is currently 13-7, 6-2 in league for second place, trailing Monrovia (7-1 in league)
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 12, 2014
LA CAÑADA - With San Marino High pitching ace Jeff Bain not in the lineup, the prospects, if not odds, certainly seemed in favor of the La Cañada baseball team at the onset of its Rio Hondo League home game Friday afternoon. Yet, fortune was not on the side of the Spartans, who ran into a buzz saw in the form of San Marino No. 2 pitcher Miles Glazier. The junior left-hander was direct with his fastball and economical with his pitch count, which spelled doom for a La Cañada squad that didn't capitalize on its opportunities and fell, 6-0. “The difference was we just didn't get key hits,” Spartans Coach Alex Valadez said.
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From Staff Reports | March 6, 2014
BOYS' GOLF La Cañada 182, San Marino 201, Burroughs 207: The Spartans prevailed in a nonleague tri-match on Thursday afternoon at the par-34 La Cañada Country Club. Adam Horne led the way for the Spartans (2-0) in shooting an even-par 34 and was followed by teammates Josh Suh and Robby Stehlin, who carded a 36 each, followed by Colin Morikawa (37) and Sam Bernstein (39). St. Francis 190, Crescenta Valley 208: The Golden Knights picked up a nonleague victory Thursday at Brookside Golf Course No. 1. Michael Finny had an even-par 36 for St. Francis, which got a 37 from Johnny Brandt, a 38 from Joe Sarni and 39 from Stian Lintvedt . Paul Park had a 39 to lead the Falcons.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 22, 2014
Aquartet of La Cañada High wrestlers will attempt to prolong their season beyond this weekend and earn a major accomplishment when the second day of the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Individual Wrestling Championships gets underway at Perris Citrus Hill High. The goal for Spartans junior Jesse Leamon and seniors Alex Bache, Christian Tichon and Guillermo Padilla is now set on earning a berth to next week's CIF-SS Masters Meet in Ontario. “I thought overall we had a good day,” Spartans first-year Coach Justin Luthey said of Friday's first day. “We won some matches that I don't think we expected and we lost close ones that were difficult.
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By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Valley Sun | February 13, 2014
SAN MARINO - It was the final game of the regular season for the La Cañada High girls' basketball team and it needed to finish with a victory to guarantee a repeat Rio Hondo League title. Although the Spartans came into the finale tied atop the Rio Hondo with South Pasadena, the Tigers were finishing on the road against a winless Blair squad, which they beat by 74 points in the first meeting. Thus, anything less than a win for the Spartans would almost assuredly mean even a share of the league crown would be out of reach.
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From Staff Reports | February 13, 2014
BOYS' BASKETBALL La Cañada 65, San Marino 55: For the 15th time in his 28-year career, coach Tom Hofman's squad finished undefeated within the Rio Hondo League thanks to a road victory Thursday afternoon. Grant Arthur paced the Spartans (20-6, 10-0 in league) with 22 points, while Ko Ko Kurdoghlian chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds. Overall, La Cañada has won 22 titles during Hofman's tenure. The Spartans will next take part in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A playoffs beginning next week.
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By Emin Avakian, Special to the Valley Sun | February 13, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Not that the La Cañada girls' soccer team needed extra motivation to win a match versus Rio Hondo League rival San Marino, but there were extraordinary implications in its regular season finale with the Titans on Thursday afternoon. First and foremost, the Spartans were playing for the outright Rio Hondo League championship three days after clinching at least a share of the league title - their first since the 2010-2011 season. Moreover, an undefeated season was at stake for the host Spartans.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 11, 2014
TEMPLE CITY - With an opportunity to clinch a share of a first league title in three years, the La Cañada High girls' soccer team certainly wasted little time Tuesday afternoon. The visiting Spartans scored two goals within the first six minutes of their Rio Hondo League match and had little difficulty in a 4-0 victory at Temple City High. With the triumph, the CIF Southern Section Division V second-ranked Spartans continued their unbeaten run as the squad improved to 17-0-1 overall and 8-0-1 in league, which secured La Cañada half of its first league championship since the 2010-11 season.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 6, 2014
After a one-year hiatus, the La Cañada High wrestling team will return to the CIF Southern Section Division VI Dual Meet Wrestling championship tournament. The Spartans, who are tied for 10th with Santa Paula in the final regular season poll released this week, earned one of the division's five at-large berths, as was announced by the CIF-SS office Thursday afternoon. La Cañada (4-1), the Rio Hondo League runner-up, will face third-seeded Bay League champion West Torrance (5-1)
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