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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 7, 2012
SOUTH PASADENA - For the first time since the 2004-05 season, the South Pasadena High girls' soccer team is the champion of the Rio Hondo League. All that is left to determine is how big a slice of pie the Tigers own. By virtue of the team's 2-2 tie to visiting La Cañada on Tuesday afternoon, the Tigers (13-2-6 overall, 5-0-4 in league) clinched a share of the league crown and find themselves two points ahead of both the Spartans (11-2-4, 4-1-4) and San Marino (9-2-6, 4-1-4)
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | October 16, 2012
SOUTH PASADENA - Despite facing its first serious competition within the Rio Hondo League, there were so seismic shifts in the league standings and no upset Tuesday afternoon for the La Cañada High boys water polo team. The CIF Southern Section Division top-ranked Spartans started strong, overcame a power play disadvantage and held back a mini-rally from the host Tigers in a 14-8 victory. “There were way too many kickouts for my liking and that's definitely something that we've got to correct there,” Spartans Coach Devon Borisoff.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 27, 2012
SOUTH PASADENA - It was a call from an official that threatened the La Cañada High girls' volleyball team's Rio Hondo League winning streak in the fifth game of its league-opening match with South Pasadena Thursday. “We just had the momentum at the time,” said La Cañada Coach Brock Turner, who received a yellow card for arguing the call. “Momentum in a fifth game is huge.” Thankfully for Turner, La Cañada was able to take back momentum and the match, 25-22, 21-25, 25-14, 19-25, 16-14, on kills from Jenna Gray, Kendall Walbrecht, Lauren Streeter and two decisive South Pasadena errors.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 25, 2012
Both the La Cañada High and Westridge Schools girls' lacrosse teams will look for success in the Prep League with new coaches at the helm. The Spartans will look to Kyle Smith to lead the team after they finished 2011 with a 10-8, 5-1 in league record. It will be a new-look team after La Cañada graduated eight seniors last year including, Prep League Most Valuable Player Lucy Dodson and its top three goal scorers. “We have a relatively young team because almost all our varsity team last year was seniors,” Smith said.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 16, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - After the roller-coaster, five-game thriller that took place the last time the La Cañada and South Pasadena high girls' volleyball teams met, both sides expected a tightly-contested battle knowing full well a Rio Hondo League championship could hang in the balance. It was a strong start for the Spartans, who had seniors Micaela Anderson and Katie Pierce back in the lineup this time around, that put the Tigers in a two-game hole and proved too daunting to overcome in a 25-13, 25-16, 29-31, 25-17 La Cañada victory at home.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 8, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - There was a power shift in the Rio Hondo League Tuesday night and it came at the free-throw line. The South Pasadena High boys' basketball team shot 88% (21 for 24) from the charity stripe in the game, while La Cañada shot 53% (9 for 17) in a 44-38 Tigers victory at La Cañada High. The Tigers' Alireza Jabalameli, who finished with a game-high 19 points, said it's because practice makes perfect. “Believe it or not, we actually spend one hour almost every practice shooting free throws and that pays off right here,” Jabalameli said.
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By Seth Amitin | February 5, 2009
Only a few minutes into the game on Friday and La Cañada Head Coach Tom Hofman’s face had a few veins protruding from his neck. “We had a lot of turnovers,” said Coach Hofman after the game. “Both teams came out sluggish and we weren’t mentally into the game.” Coach Hofman pointed to the second half as the better half for the team, where they limited themselves to only a handful of bad passes and traveling calls. Most importantly, though, La Cañada got a win against South Pasadena on Friday, 65-51.
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By Andrew Shortall | April 26, 2012
SOUTH PASADENA - Robert Echeverria tried to avoid being pushed into South Pasadena High's the pool Thursday. When it came down it, the coach of the South Pasadena High girls' swimming team wouldn't have had it any other way after his Tigers defeated La Cañada, 94-76, to claim their first outright Rio Hondo League title in four years - snapping the Spartans' four-year run with at least a share of the championship, as both teams shared the...
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By Abbey Mastracco, Special to the Valley Sun | October 4, 2011
LA CAÑADA - For a team that easily won its 50th consecutive Rio Hondo League girls' volleyball match, one might wonder whether or not the team is still challenged. But don't be fooled, said La Cañada High Coach Brock Turner, as the danger of complacency may be the biggest hurdle the Spartans have to clear. "Sometimes we just keep trying to push for our girls to bring up our level even more," said Turner said following Tuesday afternoon's 25-13, 25-16, 25-10 sweep of South Pasadena at home.
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By Andrew Shortall | March 29, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - In need of putting a stop to a frustrating start to the Rio Hondo League season La Cañada Coach KC Mathews shuffled his lineup when the Spartans hosted South Pasadena Thursday. It paid off, as the Spartans snapped a two-game winless streak and earned their second league victory via the mercy rule, 10-0, as they got eight hits from six players, who were almost all in new spots in the batting order. The most notable change Mathews made was putting standout catcher Catherine Horner in the leadoff spot as he did with Anna Edwards, who now plays for Northwestern University, last season.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 31, 2014
SOUTH PASADENA - It was a disastrous start that led to an ugly conclusion. Set for a Rio Hondo League showdown with rival South Pasadena High with both teams jockeying for positioning atop the Rio Hondo League, La Cañada High looked nothing like a team that was unbeaten in its last six games. Instead, the Spartans were on the wrong end of one of the worst scores in recent memory for the program, falling to the host Tigers, 7-1, on Friday afternoon. “Worst game in three years,” said La Cañada Coach Alex Harrison, who in his three seasons at the helm had never had a team relinquish seven goals until Friday.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 15, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Before tipping off the Rio Hondo League portion of its schedule, the La Cañada High girls' basketball team had a couple of things to ponder. First, the Spartans began their journey in their quest to successfully defend their league title. In addition, they looked to show why they are the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division III-A. A balanced scoring attack got La Cañada off on the right note, as Alyssa Miller finished with 14 points and Aundrea Issakhanian added 11 on Wednesday to lead the Spartans to a convincing 52-27 victory over South Pasadena, the fourth-ranked team in the division, in the teams' Rio Hondo League opener.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 15, 2014
LA CAÑADA - After battling neck and neck to share the Rio Hondo League championship last season, the La Cañada High and South Pasadena boys' soccer teams renewed acquaintances Wednesday in their league opener. Just like several previous matchups, the Spartans and Tigers found themselves locked in a tight battle with every possession crucial throughout the second half. Two late La Cañada goals in the second half proved to be the difference and would give the Spartans the upper hand.
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By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Valley Sun | November 1, 2013
LA CAÑADA - In its past two games, the La Cañada High football team endured back-to-back lopsided defeats by Rio Hondo League powerhouses San Marino and Monrovia. “We haven't turned that corner yet,” La Cañada Coach James Sims said. “It's only my second year and we are still building a program. We're not ready yet for Monrovias of the world right now, but I told them we have to beat the teams we are supposed to beat.” The Spartans opened the league campaign beating one of those teams in Blair and on Friday, following the losses to the Titans and Wildcats, it was time to face another of those squads on the road against South Pasadena.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | October 24, 2013
SOUTH PASADENA - While nothing is yet official, the Rio Hondo League boys' water polo race has become a foregone conclusion. That's why there was plenty of hand-slapping and jubilation on the side of La Cañada High and coinciding disappointing for host South Pasadena, as the Spartans rallied from an early three-goal deficit to defeat the Tigers, 13-7, on Thursday afternoon. With the victory, the CIF Southern Section Division III fourth - ranked Spartans (12-7, 5-0) swept the season series, 2-0, against runner-up No. 7 South Pasadena (12-9, 3-2)
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By Edgar Melik-Steplanyan, Special to the News-Press | October 8, 2013
LA CANADA - The members of the La Cañada High girls' volleyball team knew of the Spartans' storied history entering this season. La Cañada had won 10 straight league titles, including 68 consecutive wins in league and had been dominant along the way. The Spartans added a league victory this season to make it 69 consecutive wins, 59 of which came by a virtue of a sweep and only one of which went to five games. They knew adding another win Tuesday would be difficult against a tough South Pasadena squad.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | March 12, 2013
LA CAÑADA -- Memories from last year's two losses were fresh in the mind of the La Cañada High girls' lacrosse team Tuesday. The Spartans used it to fuel a 16-5 Prep League-opening victory over the visiting Tigers at La Cañada High. “It was definitely in my head. We lost to them twice last year, so I didn't want to continue that trend,” La Cañada Coach Kyle Smith said. “I wanted to come out and make a statement.” La Cañada (1-3, 1-0 in league) came out strong in the first and second half by scoring the first three goals of each 25-minute frame to jump out to a quick lead and thwart any Westridge (0-3, 0-2)
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 7, 2013
SOUTH PASADENA - Determined to learn from its mistakes, the La Canada High girls' basketball team reminded itself of them coming into Thursday's Rio Hondo League showdown at South Pasadena High. The Spartans did that by watching their painful 25-point loss to the Tigers on Jan. 23 before Thursday's night game, which would decide the league champion. “The girls said they were just fired up last night and knew what they had to do,” said La Cañada Coach Tamar Hill, whose team held off the home team for a 43-34 victory to win the league title.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 7, 2013
SOUTH PASADENA - While the scoreboard may have read 0-0 when 80 minutes were up, the cheers from the South Pasadena High boys' soccer team and fans signified the game was a victory for the Tigers. Both South Pas and La Cañada High came into Thursday afternoon's Rio Hondo League finale looking for some more clarity on who the league champion was. A victory would give the winning side sole possession of the title, while a tie meant both teams would share it - sort of. “For four years, we've been getting destroyed by La Cañada and to finally beat them is amazing.
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