High School Sports

Flintridge Prep football flies past Mountain Empire to win season opener

Flintridge Prep football flies past Mountain Empire to win season opener

Flintridge Prep kicked off the 2015 football season with a familiar face on the sidelines, as Glen Beattie returned as head coach of the Rebels after a 15-year absence in the opener against visiting Mountain Empire of Pine Valley.

Glendale's Martinez will not be weighed down by excuses

Glendale's Martinez will not be weighed down by excuses

As he took the reins of the Glendale High football program in May, new coach George Maiale was looking for a player to build his team around.

Hoover football stumped by Hollywood in opener

HOLLYWOOD — Hoover High’s football team might have suffered from a case of first-game jitters Friday in its season opener on the road at Hollywood.

Girls' Golf Preview: Crescenta Valley begins new chapter

Girls' Golf Preview: Crescenta Valley begins new chapter

There’s been plenty of success achieved by the Crescenta Valley High boys’ soccer team under Grant Clark.

It's about more than just winning for Glendale

It's about more than just winning for Glendale

As he spoke about his goals and expectations for the 2015 season, new Glendale High football coach George Maiale mentioned winning ... right after a culture change, support, accountability and effort.

Chang, Hosseinion serve as important building blocks for Flintridge Prep

Chang, Hosseinion serve as important building blocks for Flintridge Prep

Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at about 205 pounds, Flintridge Prep senior quarterback Andrew Tsangeos is hard to miss.

Anticipation for special season builds for Flintridge Prep football

Anticipation for special season builds for Flintridge Prep football

There’s a certain undeniable feeling at Flintridge Prep this summer.

Girls' Tennis Preview: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy aiming for back-to-back league titles

Girls' Tennis Preview: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy aiming for back-to-back league titles

No longer concerned with having to end a league championship drought, the members of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy tennis team are now focused on looking to stay atop the Sunshine League.

Weekly Football Previews: Hoover, Flintridge Prep look to start 2015 strong

Weekly Football Previews: Hoover, Flintridge Prep look to start 2015 strong

While the Hoover High football team has had its share of difficulties, the squad will rely on its recent history when it opens the season.

Hoover football's Quinton Smith ready to elevate signal-calling chores

Hoover football's Quinton Smith ready to elevate signal-calling chores

On the cusp of playing in a varsity game for the first time, Quinton Smith can’t wait to begin handling the signal-calling responsibilities for the Hoover High football team.

Hoover Football Preview: Tornadoes aiming to build winning attitude

Hoover Football Preview: Tornadoes aiming to build winning attitude

Two things will remain the same for the Hoover High football team when it lines up for Friday’s season-opening contest.

2014-15 James H. Jenkins Boys' Athlete of the Year: Gadsby completes stellar tenure with one last honor

2014-15 James H. Jenkins Boys' Athlete of the Year: Gadsby completes stellar tenure with one last honor

On a very warm August afternoon, having just returned from a summer in Washington as an Apple Sock, Brian Gadsby returned to the campus of Crescenta Valley High.

2014-15 Girls' Athlete of the Year: Flintridge Sacred Heart's Kirsten Vose swims into sunset

2014-15 Girls' Athlete of the Year: Flintridge Sacred Heart's Kirsten Vose swims into sunset

In a three-year high school career that included three straight Mission League titles, consistent improvement at the CIF Southern Section Division I championship and tons of personal and individual accolades, it didn’t seem there was much...

Top 10 Performances in a Team Setting: Erickson chases down history

Top 10 Performances in a Team Setting: Erickson chases down history

1 Matt Erickson drags down Downey, Dec. 5, 2014: One of the more indelible memories of Crescenta Valley High football’s dramatic 21-14 triumph over Downey for a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division championship was senior...

2014-15 Top 10 high school games: Crescenta Valley claims championship glory

2014-15 Top 10 high school games: Crescenta Valley claims championship glory

The top 10 high school games from the 2014-15 season were selected by the sportswriters of the Glendale News-Press.

Coach of the Year: Schilling navigates Crescenta Valley to history

Coach of the Year: Schilling navigates Crescenta Valley to history

The top five high school coaches from the 2014-15 season were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports department.

Top 10 Performances in an Individual Setting: Vose adds one last title to impressive resume

Top 10 Performances in an Individual Setting: Vose adds one last title to impressive resume

The area’s top 10 individual performances in an individual setting from the 2014-15 season were voted on by the sportswriters of the Glendale News-Press.

'Disappointment' comes with bronze for Glendale men's basketball

One day after coming home from Armenia and relishing in being reunited with his son and his pregnant wife, the word that Fred Babadjanians used to describe the previous two weeks was “disappointment.”

Stepanian-less Glendale women's basketball takes silver at Pan-Armenian Games

Four years ago, an injury to the top player on the Glendale women’s basketball team left the local squad wondering what would have happened if its full team competed in the Pan-Armenian Games.

Team of the Year: Crescenta Valley football stands alone

Team of the Year: Crescenta Valley football stands alone

The area’s top-10 high school teams from the 2014-15 season were selected by the Glendale News-Press sports department.

Minor League Update: Olmedo-Barrera on hitting streak with Princeton

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Top 10 Girls' Athletes of 2014-15: Coffey served up more success at Flintridge Sacred Heart

Top 10 Girls' Athletes of 2014-15: Coffey served up more success at Flintridge Sacred Heart

The top 10 girls’ high school athletes of the year were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports department. These are selections two through 10. See the Aug. 22 edition for the Female Athlete of the Year.

Top 10 Boys' Athletes of 2014-15: Weiss vaulted to new postseason heights

Top 10 Boys' Athletes of 2014-15: Weiss vaulted to new postseason heights

The top 10 boys’ high school athletes of the year were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports department. These are selections two through 10. See the Aug. 26 edition for the James H. Jenkins Boys’ Athlete of the Year.

Topsy-turvy schedule nearly final for Flintridge Prep football

Topsy-turvy schedule nearly final for Flintridge Prep football

When Glen Beattie retook the reins as Flintridge Prep head football coach back in January, the longtime assistant figured there would be some hurdles along the way.

All-Area Baseball Second Team

All-Area Baseball Second Team

Fidel Hernandez, Senior, Infielder, Hoover

All-Area Baseball First Team

All-Area Baseball First Team

Anthony Bocanegra, Senior, Outfielder, Burroughs

All-Area Baseball Player of the Year: Gadsby's greatness shines through once more

All-Area Baseball Player of the Year: Gadsby's greatness shines through once more

A lanky right-hander who was a buck-60 soaking wet, Brian Gadsby hardly ever looked intimidating when he stepped up onto the hill, his uniform hanging loose upon a thin frame.

All-Area Softball Second Team

All-Area Softball Second Team

Adela Alatraca, Senior, Pitcher, Crescenta Valley

All-Area Softball First Team

All-Area Softball First Team

Melanie Abzun, Senior, Outfielder, Crescenta Valley

Burbank High's Brooks commanded respect from league she dominated

Burbank High's Brooks commanded respect from league she dominated

Over the last four years, the awards and accolades have certainly flowed for Burbank High pitcher Caitlyn Brooks.

Little change, headaches for St. Francis football on 2015 slate

Little change, headaches for St. Francis football on 2015 slate

Sorting out the St. Francis High schedule for 2015 has been a whole lot easier than last season.

Flintridge Prep football stays close to home this season

Flintridge Prep football stays close to home this season

For the first time in a few years, there are no exotic locales or long road trips in store for the Flintridge Prep football team as its 2015 schedule was recently released.

CIF champion Crescenta Valley football has same 2015 schedule

CIF champion Crescenta Valley football has same 2015 schedule

After what was arguably the greatest season in area history, there’s not much call to...

No changes on Glendale football schedule

No changes on Glendale football schedule

Coaches, philosophies and players may come and go, but at Glendale High, football schedules are pretty rock solid.

Inaugural volleyball club camp takes learning to higher level

Inaugural volleyball club camp takes learning to higher level

LOS ANGELES — Even after recording hundreds of kills and helping the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy volleyball team achieve plenty of success the past two seasons, junior outside hitter Kayla Lund found a minor flaw in an important facet of...

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Second Team

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Second Team

Min Kim, Senior, Outside Hitter, Crescenta Valley

All-Area Boys' Volleyball First Team

All-Area Boys' Volleyball First Team

Raymond Barsemian, Senior, Outside Hitter, Crescenta Valley

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year: Flintridge Prep's Dante Fregoso earns place in spotlight

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year: Flintridge Prep's Dante Fregoso earns place in spotlight

There has been a steady stream of talented boys’ volleyball players who have done their handy work in the Flintridge Prep gym over the years.

College Update: Glendale Community College's Rodriguez, Sigman having all-star summers

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Minor League Baseball Update: Olmedo-Barrera coming through for Princeton

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Familiarity remains constant for Hoover football team in 2015

Familiarity remains constant for Hoover football team in 2015

As the Hoover High football team looks to regroup in its quest to head north toward posting a winning record in 2015, it will do so at least being familiar with the squads it’s scheduled to face.

All-Area Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Weiss skies to new heights

All-Area Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Weiss skies to new heights

At the conclusion of his freshman season, two things became crystal clear for Flintridge Prep pole vaulter Barrett Weiss.

All-Area Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Melnyk went the distance for Crescenta Valley

All-Area Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Melnyk went the distance for Crescenta Valley

When asked of her goals throughout the season, Crescenta Valley High senior Megan Melnyk simply didn’t rattle off the same objectives.

Interian, Savo earn top notch honors

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Mattie Interian and Lauren Savo earned some late accolades Wednesday morning when they were named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com California Winter All-Stars list.

Last season was last season for Crescenta Valley football

Last season was last season for Crescenta Valley football

A season such as the one put forth by the Crescenta Valley High football team in 2014 is not easily forgotten.

Glendale softball's Fabian tabbed with all-state accolade

Glendale softball's Fabian tabbed with all-state accolade

More than two months after the season concluded, the postseason honors continue to be reeled in by Sammy Fabian.

Basketball camp off to running start at Glendale High

Basketball camp off to running start at Glendale High

GLENDALE — Immediately after being named the boys’ basketball coach at Glendale High in March, Ib Belou began to construct a check list.

Minor League Update: Olmedo-Barrera hits first professional home run

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

College Update: Glendale Community College twosome enjoying summer play

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Zargarian camp proves valuable tool for youngsters

Zargarian camp proves valuable tool for youngsters

LA CRESCENTA — As he clapped his hands and uttered the command, “Falcons,” order and silence were restored by Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball Coach Shawn Zargarian.

Crescenta Valley baseball's Gadsby notches all-state honor

Crescenta Valley baseball's Gadsby notches all-state honor

As a junior, Crescenta Valley High pitcher Brian Gadsby led the Falcons to a Pacific League title and an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division II quarterfinals.

St. Francis football a little younger than expected

St. Francis football a little younger than expected

A season ago at this time, St. Francis High football was a hot topic off the field.

Major League Update: Estrada keeping up pace with Toronto Blue Jays

Major League Update: Estrada keeping up pace with Toronto Blue Jays

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Minor League Update: Olmedo-Barrera makes pro debut

Minor League Update: Olmedo-Barrera makes pro debut

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year: Vose's stellar success still surprising

All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year: Vose's stellar success still surprising

One might assume Kirsten Vose is used to posting incredible times and winning big races by now or that she might have long ago started to enter any given meet expecting to dominate the competition or even do something historic.

All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year: Records, championship highlight amazing year for Glendale's Julian

All-Area Boys' Swimmer of the Year: Records, championship highlight amazing year for Glendale's Julian

As he stood on the deck of the Riverside City College pool, in some ways Glendale High sophomore Trenton Julian had no peers.

Learning is fundamental for Glendale football

Learning is fundamental for Glendale football

While several different songs and a few particular genres of music were playing throughout weightlifting sessions this summer at Glendale High, perhaps the Nitros are better served at adopting a classic as their unofficial anthem.

College Update: Locals putting up big numbers in summer baseball leagues

College Update: Locals putting up big numbers in summer baseball leagues

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Campers get their kicks at soccer clinic

Campers get their kicks at soccer clinic

GLENDALE — Sophia Beers didn’t have an interest in soccer until she attended a friend’s birthday party several months ago. She’s become curious about the game and the fundamentals surrounding the sport since the festivity...

Hoover dips into past to name Moreno new baseball coach

Having served more than a decade as an assistant baseball coach at the high school and junior college level, Mickey Moreno examined the possibility of moving up the coaching ladder and taking charge of a team.

All-Area Boys' Tennis Doubles Team of the Year: Crescenta Valley tandem showed instant success

All-Area Boys' Tennis Doubles Team of the Year: Crescenta Valley tandem showed instant success

Fatigue had finally caught up to Albert Chtchyan while recovering from a lengthy illness.

All-Area Boys' Tennis Singles Player of the Year: Burroughs' Patterson has no regrets

All-Area Boys' Tennis Singles Player of the Year: Burroughs' Patterson has no regrets

By Sawyer Patterson’s standards, his senior season and his boys’ tennis career at Burroughs High didn’t end the way he would have liked.

Glendale basketball survives scare from Crescenta Valley

BURBANK — A June matchup between Crescenta Valley High’s boys’ basketball team and Glendale certainly is far removed from a Pacific League showdown.

Flintridge Prep football embraces change, familiarity in summer

Flintridge Prep football embraces change, familiarity in summer

Change and familiarity are two of the opposing and yet interlocking forces for the Flintridge Prep football team as its summer practices are underway.

Summer brings positive outlook for Hoover football

Summer brings positive outlook for Hoover football

GLENDALE — Following about 10 minutes of stretching under a partly sunny sky, the members of the Hoover High football team quickly scattered across the field eager to partake in a series of various drills.

College Update: Velasquez caps successful Bryant career

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

All-Area Boys' Golf Team

All-Area Boys' Golf Team

Russell Caletena, Junior, Glendale

All-Area Boys' Golfer of the Year: Collin Morikawa caps brilliant season with run to state championship

All-Area Boys' Golfer of the Year: Collin Morikawa caps brilliant season with run to state championship

After three seasons of falling short in qualifying for the CIF State Championship, Collin Morikawa came into the season on a mission to make all of the shots he needed throughout the playoffs to land him a spot in the prestigious event.

Flintridge Prep, Crescenta Valley baseball lauded by CIF

Flintridge Prep, Crescenta Valley baseball lauded by CIF

A magical season for the Flintridge Prep and Crescenta Valley High baseball teams translated into some postseason honors Monday afternoon.

Trio of local softball players secure All-CIF accolades

Trio of local softball players secure All-CIF accolades

Hailey Cookson, Sammy Fabian and Hannah Zika each provided huge contributions for their respective teams throughout the season.

Flintridge Prep's Fregoso gets boys' volleyball postseason recognition

Flintridge Prep's Fregoso gets boys' volleyball postseason recognition

After showing himself to be a force throughout the season for the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball team, Dante Fregoso caught the attention of opposing coaches around the division.

Olmedo-Barrera decides to sign with Tampa Bay

Olmedo-Barrera decides to sign with Tampa Bay

A storybook season for Cal State Fullerton junior David Olmedo-Barrera will include a new chapter.

Barden's Soul Glow camp has silky smooth first run

Barden's Soul Glow camp has silky smooth first run

LA CAÑADA — It was neither the cadre of celebrity trainers, nor the applause or recognition that brought Flintridge Prep alumnus Ramses Barden the most joy at the former NFL player’s inaugural Soul Glow Skill Stretch and...

Glendale basketball laying foundation in summer

Glendale basketball laying foundation in summer

GLENDALE — It was only a Glendale Community College Summer Shootout boys’ basketball game. There was nothing substantial at stake, no playoffs and no championship game, but Glendale High Coach Ib Belou was laying the foundation for his...

Crescenta Valley baseball leads locals in Pacific League honors

Crescenta Valley baseball leads locals in Pacific League honors

Perhaps most notable about the recently concluded Pacific League baseball season was that Burroughs High claimed its first-ever Pacific League title, putting a halt to Crescenta Valley’s three-year title run in the process.

Hoover basketball dealing with summer struggles

GLENDALE — With its top returner from a year ago on the sideline in street clothes, the Hoover High boys’ basketball team knew it was going to have offensive and defensive issues in Friday’s Glendale Community College Summer...

Providence girls' basketball goes on late run to down Holy Family

Providence girls' basketball goes on late run to down Holy Family

BURBANK — In some ways, the Providence High and Holy Family girls’ basketball teams that competed against each other in summer league action Thursday afternoon were not all that different.

Flintridge Sacred Heart's Zika named All-Sunshine League Most Valuable Pitcher

Flintridge Sacred Heart's Zika named All-Sunshine League Most Valuable Pitcher

After seasons spent competing in the tough Mission League and several seasons not qualifying for the postseason, the landscape changed dramatically for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball team.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball gets through Hoover, 49-32

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball gets through Hoover, 49-32

LA CAÑADA — It’s essentially the same team back that took third in the Sunshine League and qualified for the playoffs last season.

La Cañada girls' basketball looks sharp in summer win over Flintridge Prep

LA CAÑADA — Summer certainly took on a different look and had a different feel for the La Cañada High and Flintridge Prep girls’ basketball teams Tuesday evening.

College World Series run ends for Olmedo-Barrera, Cal State Fullerton

College World Series run ends for Olmedo-Barrera, Cal State Fullerton

David Olmedo-Barrera had plenty of big hits throughout the regular season for the Cal State Fullerton baseball team. It carried over to the playoffs, with Olmedo-Barrera supplying power and helping the Titans make their first NCAA College World...

College Update: Ochart ends baseball run with terrific season

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

St. Francis basketball holds off Hoover to deliver Wolfson first win

St. Francis basketball holds off Hoover to deliver Wolfson first win

GLENDALE — If there was one definitive advantage for the St. Francis High basketball team as it took the floor to face Hoover in Glendale College Summer Shootout action, it was obvious when the teams lined up.

Crescenta Valley boys' basketball rolls past Burroughs, 45-25

Crescenta Valley boys' basketball rolls past Burroughs, 45-25

GLENDALE — Through the first couple of weeks of the summer season, the Crescenta Valley High and Burroughs boys' basketball teams have played exhausting schedules. In that stretch, neither team had faced each other.

Eleven local softball players grab All-Pacific League recognition

Eleven local softball players grab All-Pacific League recognition

There were plenty of players from the Crescenta Valley High, Glendale and Hoover softball teams who shined on the diamond throughout the season.

Major League Baseball Update: Estrada, Toronto Blue Jays continue to fly high

Major League Baseball Update: Estrada, Toronto Blue Jays continue to fly high

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Jewel City/JWV no-hits Crescenta Valley to reach Minor baseball title game

GLENDALE — Natasha Cohen wasn’t concerned about teaming up with Tristan Ulloa to throw a no-hitter.

Olmedo-Barrera ends drought, doubt for Cal State Fullerton baseball

Olmedo-Barrera ends drought, doubt for Cal State Fullerton baseball

What was supposed to have been one of the most thrilling occasions of his life instead seemed to drag on forever.

College Update: Surrey turns in workhorse season for UC Irvine baseball

College Update: Surrey turns in workhorse season for UC Irvine baseball

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Former Glendale High football coach Rafik Thorossian dies at 44

Former Glendale High football coach Rafik Thorossian dies at 44

Rafik Thorossian, a standout running back at Glendale High and Glendale Community College who went on to coach two seasons at Glendale High, has died at the age of 44.

Olmedo-Barrera, La Bruna hear Major League Baseball call

Olmedo-Barrera, La Bruna hear Major League Baseball call

An already thrilling week was accompanied by a little more excitement for former St. Francis High standout David Olmedo-Barrera.

Crescenta Valley boys' volleyball leads way in Pacific League awards

Crescenta Valley boys' volleyball leads way in Pacific League awards

A total of nine players from the Crescenta Valley High, Glendale and Hoover boys’ volleyball teams were selected to the recently released All-Pacific League team.

College Update: Olmedo-Barrera sends Cal State Fullerton to College Baseball World Series

College Update: Olmedo-Barrera sends Cal State Fullerton to College Baseball World Series

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Flintridge Prep pole vaulter Barrett Weiss gets second chance, takes third at state

CLOVIS -- When Barrett Weiss left Buchanan High's Veterans Memorial Stadium following the CIF State track and field prelims Friday, the Flintridge Prep senior thought his high school pole vaulting career was over.

Flintridge Prep baseball brings home first CIF championship

Flintridge Prep baseball brings home first CIF championship

RIVERSIDE — Two harmless flyball outs delivered the Flintridge Prep baseball team something it had never owned.

St. Francis' Foster sets another personal best en route to state finals

It was a bittersweet evening for the area’s three athletes at Friday evening’s first day of the 97th annual CIF State Track and Field Championships at Clovis Buchanan High’s Memorial Field.

College Update: Crescenta Valley's Ashby concludes stellar Stanford career

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Leslie in control on mound for upstart Flintridge Prep baseball

Leslie in control on mound for upstart Flintridge Prep baseball

Just three short months ago, the Flintridge Prep baseball team began its season and looked far removed from a championship-caliber squad.

Flintridge Prep baseball finds similar CIF final opponent in St. Anthony

Flintridge Prep baseball finds similar CIF final opponent in St. Anthony

In terms of similarities, the Flintridge Prep and Long Beach St. Anthony High baseball teams have shared many common traits this season en route to their head-on collision at the CIF Southern Section Division VI championship game at UC Riverside on...

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