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By Seth Amitin | April 3, 2008
“Good teams find a way to put the success of the team at the forefront,” the new softball coach K.C. Mathews said. Between the words that were coming out of his mouth was the hint of a smile from knowing this particular cliche is true. More specifically, it’s true for his team, the La Cañada girls’ softball team (8-4, 4-1 in league). They’ve been rolling through the Rio Hondo league, too, making easy work of San Marino, South Pasadena and Monrovia.
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By Seth Amitin | March 26, 2009
Already starting hot with a fourth place finish in the Duarte Tournament, La Cañada?s softball team hit Monrovia hard on Friday, 6-1. The Spartans improve to 5-1 on the season, their one loss coming from La Salle in the third-place game of the Duarte Tournament two weeks ago. The Spartans were anchored by a great performance by sophomore Lauren O?Leary, who pitched six innings, allowing only one run on four hits. ?O?Leary had a great outing,? said Monrovia Head Coach Randy Medina.
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March 20, 2012
SOFTBALL La Cañada 7, Temple City 1: The Spartans took their perfect record into Temple City in their Rio Hondo League opener Tuesday. Alyssa Stolmack drove in two runs for La Cañada (6-0), going two for three with a double in the game. Catherine Horner had two doubles for the Spartans, who also got a pair of hits from Jessica Ogden and Katy Lee. La Cañada's Lauren Cox gave up one run, one walk and three hits in another complete game where she recorded 15 strikeouts.
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By Seth Amitin | April 15, 2010
La Cañada softball took down Maranatha in both games of a doubleheader Saturday. The Spartans won the first game, 4-0, and the second 10-2. ?Maranatha?s a solid team,? said La Cañada Head Coach KC Mathews, whose team is ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division V coaches? poll. ?They definitely have some girls who can swing a bat. It was a good opportunity for us, and we played very well, defensively and offensively. ?To get the performance from [pitchers Megan]
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From Staff Reports | June 13, 2013
Tologs net postseason awards A quartet of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball players recently received All-Mission League accolades. Sumner Hanula and Kelly Jacobs were named to the first team, while Kaitlin Powers and Stasia McGregor received nods to the second team after the Tologs finished 11-12-1 and 3-7 in league for fourth place. Hanula, a senior shortstop, supplied plenty of power for Flintridge Sacred Heart. Hanula batted .529 (36 for 68) with three home runs and 33 runs batted in. She collected seven doubles and four triples and stole 12 bases.
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By Timithie Gould | March 15, 2007
For La Cañada's softball team, the only way to go is up. The team this season faces the challenge of bouncing back from last year's 1-10 league record. They seem to be doing all right so far. After entering last week's Duarte Tournament as the No. 16 seed, the Spartans blasted Rio Hondo Prep, Azusa, and Covina to make it to the championship game Friday night against the Ontario Christian Knights. "This was great, that we could come in as the 16th seed and make it this far," said new Head Coach Justin Valassidis.
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May 13, 2004
Host South Pasadena, which hasn't won many games this season, surprised the La Cañada girls' varsity softball team with an 8-1 Rio Hondo league win on May 6. The Spartans dropped their overall record to 11-10 and their league mark to 7-4. They played Monrovia at home in the final regular league game of the season on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. La Cañada actually took an early lead with a run in the top of the third inning. South Pasadena tied the score with a run in their half of the frame.
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May 15, 2008
La Canada High School's softball team lost to Burroughs (Ridgecrest) on Wednesday, 3-2. La Canada jumped out to the early 2-0 lead in the third inning thanks to a single by Amanda Ulf, but Burroughs caught up with two in the fourth and an extra run in the fifth. Lauren O'Leary pitched very well, despite giving up the three earned runs. She finished all six innings and had three strikeouts. The Spartans didn't end the season strong, losing their final six games, but have a lot to look forward to next season, return almost all of their team, including O'Leary and power hitters Anna Ulf and Anna Edwards.
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May 12, 2005
The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy varsity softball team defeated visiting Woodland Hills Louisville, 11-5, in a Mission League game at the Glendale Sports Complex last Friday. The Tologs, who improved to 10-8 overall and to 2-6 in league, played North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake on Monday at L.A. Valley College and hosted Sherman Oaks Notre Dame yesterday (Wednesday) at the GSC in league contests. Results were not available at press time. Melissa Wong started for Sacred Heart and was relieved in the fourth inning by Analiese DiConte.
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July 1, 2004
The La Cañada Spartan 8 and under girls' softball tournament team played in the Moorpark ASA tournament last weekend. They lost to a Santa Paula team in their first game. Facing a great pitcher, La Cañada scored two runs off hits by Niamh James and Kelsey Drange. In the second game against Ojai, La Cañada took an early lead with strong pitching from James, but couldn't hold it when Ojai came back with strong hitting in the last inning to take a two-run lead. La Cañada's offensive highlights included hits from Melissa Horner, Noelle Smith and a double by Drange.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 2, 2014
TEMPLE CITY - Any time the La Cañada High softball team has Olivia Leyva on base, it's a good sign. That again proved to be the case Friday, when La Cañada met host Temple City in a Rio Hondo League contest. Leyva had two hits, stole three bases and scored two runs to help La Cañada pick up a 7-3 win. “Olivia brings everything to us, from being steady on offense and defense to providing leadership,” said La Cañada Coach KC Mathews, whose team improved to 14-7, 7-2 and is trailing Monrovia (8-1)
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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 Michael Shaked, Special to the Valley Sun | April 25, 2014
LA CAÑADA - In a first-place matchup between Rio Hondo League heavyweights, there was no shortage of power for either the La Cañada High softball team or visiting Monrovia. On Friday night, both teams belted two home runs each. But Monrovia added a pair of off-the-wall run-scoring doubles to get the better of the Spartans in a rainy 8-6 league victory. PHOTOS: Pair of doubles leads Monrovia to 8-6 victory over LCHS “There's some power in both lineups. That's a very good hitting team right there,” said La Cañada Coach KC Mathews, whose Spartans lost for the second time in league, the first coming against Temple City and both defeats coming against teams they had previously defeated.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level. Catherine Horner (La Cañada High, 2012) University of Tulsa sophomore: A two-time CIF Southern Section champion with the Spartans, Horner is now a steady contributor to a torrid Tulsa lineup. Horner is one of seven Tulsa starters hitting .300 or higher. Through 39 games and 36 starts, Horner is batting .314 (32 for 102) for the No. 15-ranked team in the nation, which owned a 41-5 record heading into Wednesday action against Oklahoma State.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
MONROVIA - Olivia Lam understands the pressure of handling two-out at-bats with runners in scoring position. It's something she's been successful at during her career. The La Cañada High softball player proved she could handle the situation during a crucial plate appearance Wednesday. Lam delivered a bases-loaded double with two outs in the fourth inning to help visiting La Cañada pick up an 8-3 victory against Monrovia in a key Rio Hondo League contest. La Cañada improved to 10-5, 3-0 in league.
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From Staff Reports | March 27, 2014
BOYS' VOLLEYBALL La Cañada 3, Gabrielino 1: The Spartans opened Rio Hondo League play with a come-from-behind 19-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-18 victory on Thursday afternoon. Sophomore Mel Schroeder led La Cañada (6-5, 1-0) with 17 kills, while Connor Walbrecht added nine kills and two aces and Noah Goldstein contributed eight kills. Jeff Lee paced the defense with five blocks, while Connor Belcher tallied 19 digs. SOFTBALL La Cañada 11, 14, Village Christian 1, 1: The Spartans easily cruised to a doubleheader sweep on Thursday afternoon at home in nonleague action.
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March 21, 2014
SOFTBALL La Cañada 4, Temple City 1: The visiting Spartans began Rio Hondo league play Friday with a win against the defending league champion. The Spartans (6-3) scored all four of their runs in the third inning. Rio Hondo Prep 20, Flintridge Prep 4 (five innings): The Rebels lost at home Friday, dropping their second Prep League game in as many days via mercy rule. Julie Yi had two hits for the Rebels, including a double, and drove in a run during the Rebels' four-run fourth inning that drew the score to 11-4.
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By Emin Avakian, Special to the Sun | March 21, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Offense, defense and pitching complemented one another nicely for the Flintridge Sacred Heart softball team in its nonleague meeting with visiting Immaculate Heart. The effective play in the three facets each played a major role in the Tologs coming away with a 4-2 victory on Thursday afternoon. Maria Caire paced the Tologs as the starting pitcher, allowing one earned run on seven hits in a complete game showing. The sophomore hurler helped herself and the squad with a pair of stellar defensive plays in the fourth and sixth innings.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 1, 2014
While prognostications of a third consecutive CIF Southern Section championship were not exactly at the forefront leading into last season, missing out on the postseason all together was, indeed, a disappointment for the La Cañada High softball team. Having returned seven starters from a team that had been a part of a Spartans squad which won its second straight CIF Southern Section Division V championship in 2012, the 2013 Spartans struggled in the circle, found themselves in a dogfight for Rio Hondo League standing and, ultimately, missed out on the postseason just as did neighboring Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
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From Staff Reports | June 13, 2013
While the 2013 Rio Hondo League season certainly didn't live up to the La Cañada High softball team's expectations, there was no denying the talent the Spartans had when the all-league meeting rolled around. La Cañada, which tied for second in league with a 13-14 (7-5 in league) record, may not have grabbed a top honor - the league's most valuable player and pitcher awards went to Monrovia's Elise McCarthy and Michelle Floyd, respectively - but produced the most first-teamers with four.
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