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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...

Weiss brothers, Foster look for big weekend at state

Weiss brothers, Foster look for big weekend at state

Much like earlier stages of the postseason, goals for Friday and Saturday’s 97th annual CIF State Track and Field Championships at Clovis Buchanan High’s Veterans Memorial Field will first center on qualifying, then on hitting personal...

Five Flintridge Prep softball players receive All-Prep League accolades

Five Flintridge Prep softball players receive All-Prep League accolades

For the past couple of seasons, the Flintridge Prep softball team began the process of establishing a core group of players that could put it in position to qualify for the postseason.

Fregoso grabs Prep League Most Valuable Player recognition

Fregoso grabs Prep League Most Valuable Player recognition

Despite having to make a couple of alterations to the lineup, the members of the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball seemed to adjust quickly en route to enjoying their most successful season in program history.

Major League Update: Estrada shuts down Washington Nationals

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

College Update: Olmedo-Barrera, Cal State Fullerton baseball headed to Super Regional

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

Glendale, Crescenta Valley girls' lacrosse teams receive all-league nods

Glendale, Crescenta Valley girls' lacrosse teams receive all-league nods

It proved to be a historic season for both local girls’ lacrosse teams.

Flintridge Prep baseball rallies, tops Salesian in semifinal thriller

Flintridge Prep baseball rallies, tops Salesian in semifinal thriller

GLENDALE — If there was a common refrain in regards to the Flintridge Prep baseball team this season, perhaps it’s that the Rebels were just a little too young to win this season.

Crescenta Valley baseball's memorable run comes to close in semifinals at Mission Viejo

Crescenta Valley baseball's memorable run comes to close in semifinals at Mission Viejo

MISSION VIEJO — For the better part of 30 games, Crescenta Valley High’s baseball team capitalized on tremendous pitching, staunch defense and timely hitting to turn in one of the program’s greatest seasons.

Flintridge Sacred Heart selects Snashall as new soccer coach

Based on the track record during the last decade, expectations will continue to remain high concerning the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer program.

Crescenta Valley baseball heads back down to Mission Viejo looking for championship berth

Crescenta Valley baseball heads back down to Mission Viejo looking for championship berth

It will have been but a week since the Crescenta Valley High baseball team ventured deep into Orange County for a playoff game in Mission Viejo.

Flintridge Prep baseball earns another trip to semifinals

Flintridge Prep baseball earns another trip to semifinals

GLENDALE — In two of its first three CIF Southern Section Division VI postseason contests, the Flintridge Prep baseball team has gone into its seventh-inning at-bats poised with the game tied. With a couple of clutch hits, it's led to two...

Flintridge Prep's Barrett Weiss masters pole vault

NORWALK — On an evening of hurdles and high bars, there was nothing that could stop the Flintridge Prep duo of Barrett and Gareth Weiss and St. Francis High junior Jasher Foster.

Minor League Baseball Update: Valenzuela starting to warm up in Tijuana

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

Run of court comes to end for local tennis players at CIF Individual Tournament

A quartet of area boys’ tennis players showed perseverance throughout the regular season, leading to the group qualifying for the CIF Individual Tournament.

Positive vibes helping ignite Crescenta Valley baseball team's postseason run

Positive vibes helping ignite Crescenta Valley baseball team's postseason run

From one end of the dugout to the other, there's a positive vibe that's helped raise the mood of the members of the Crescenta Valley High baseball team through the early stages of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs.

Flintridge Prep baseball hopes to keep postseason success going

Flintridge Prep baseball hopes to keep postseason success going

There was a time when postseason success was a mystery for the Flintridge Prep baseball program.

St. Francis' Foster, Flintridge Prep's Weiss twins ready to master possibilities

St. Francis' Foster, Flintridge Prep's Weiss twins ready to master possibilities

In one sense, area representation at Friday evening's CIF Southern Section Track and Field Masters Meet is small.

Crescenta Valley High boys' doubles team, Juan, Yacoubian gear up for next stage

Crescenta Valley High boys' doubles team, Juan, Yacoubian gear up for next stage

Following successful runs throughout the season and in tournaments, a group of area boys’ tennis players have channeled their focus to the CIF Individual Tournament.

College Update: Olmedo-Barrera named Big West co-Player of the Year

College Update: Olmedo-Barrera named Big West co-Player of the Year

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

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball tops Silverado to reach CIF quarterfinals

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball tops Silverado to reach CIF quarterfinals

LA CAÑADA — After Hannah Zika escaped a gigantic jam in the circle in the sixth inning, she had an inkling her teammates would string together some quality at-bats and put her in position to prolong the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy...

Historic season comes to end for Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball squad

Throughout the season, the members of the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball team reached plenty of milestone moments.

Flintridge Prep baseball utilizes huge first inning to rout Desert Christian

LANCASTER — While there may not have been a scoreboard present at Lancaster’s Rawley Duntley Park, there was no denying the opening-inning wallop delivered by the visiting Flintridge Prep baseball team.

Ledesma, Gadsby lead Crescenta Valley High baseball to CIF quarterfinals

MISSION VIEJO – Crescenta Valley High sophomore catcher Kewin Ledesma came up huge at the right time.

Pilar propels Flintridge Prep baseball into second round

Pilar propels Flintridge Prep baseball into second round

GLENDALE — A one-out single from catcher Cole Pilar in the seventh inning delivered the Flintridge Prep baseball team a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over visiting Ventura Foothill Tech in Friday’s first round of the CIF Southern Section...

Gadsby, Crescenta Valley High baseball shut out Ventura in CIF opener

Gadsby, Crescenta Valley High baseball shut out Ventura in CIF opener

GLENDALE — Following seven innings of brilliance on the mound, Crescenta Valley High’s Brian Gadsby did what he always does.

Julie Hoppe retires from Hoover High tennis

Julie Hoppe retires from Hoover High tennis

Since 2004, Julie Hoppe has been a staple among the coaching ranks at Hoover High.

Crescenta Valley softball done in by Redondo Union

REDONDO BEACH — It was two spectacular efforts that helped eliminate the Crescenta Valley High softball team from the postseason Thursday afternoon.

Flintridge Prep softball goes down swinging against Vasquez

It had been a while since the Flintridge Prep softball team had been in the playoffs.

Holy Family softball handcuffed by Pasadena Poly

Holy Family softball handcuffed by Pasadena Poly

PASADENA —This season, Holy Family’s softball team got two things back that were missing from its last campaign: its coach and a trip to the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs.

Brian Esquival steps down from Hoover High baseball

For the time being, it appears that season No. 20 in baseball overall and year No. 3 at Hoover High will be the last in coaching for Brian Esquival.

Local presence will be sizable at CIF track and field finals

Local presence will be sizable at CIF track and field finals

When the CIF Southern Section Divisional Championships get underway Saturday at Cerritos College in Norwalk, there will not be a lack of local representation.

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball glad to be part of final four

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball glad to be part of final four

There’s been plenty of sizzle throughout the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs for the Flintridge Prep and St. Margaret’s boys’ volleyball teams.

St. Francis, Crescenta Valley High boys' golf teams finish strong at CIF

Although the St. Francis High and Crescenta Valley boys’ golf teams weren’t able to get beyond their respective CIF Southern Section team divisionals, both squads came away pleased after earning top-10 finishes Monday.

Four local softball teams get CIF playoff nods

Four local softball teams get CIF playoff nods

Through the years, the Crescenta Valley High softball team has constantly been a part of the playoff picture. The Falcons have put together a postseason run that’s spanned for more than a decade.

CIF Track and Field Prelims: Crescenta Valley's Melnyk moves on in two events

Several local schools participated Saturday in the CIF Southern Section Division prelims at various locations across Southern California. The following is a roundup of those who advanced to the CIF finals next Saturday.

Glendale's Julian, La Cañada's Bell swim to CIF championships

Glendale's Julian, La Cañada's Bell swim to CIF championships

RIVERSIDE — Eight meet records fell at the CIF Southern Section Division II swimming finals Saturday at Riverside Aquatics Center, making it one of the faster meets the division has ever seen.

Crescenta Valley tennis knocked out of playoffs in second round

WALNUT — On paper, Crescenta Valley High’s opponent in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division II boys’ tennis playoffs looked intimidating.

Crescenta Valley High baseball knocks Arcadia out of playoff chase

Crescenta Valley High baseball knocks Arcadia out of playoff chase

ARCADIA — It took all of one inning for the Crescenta Valley High baseball team to delight two fanbases, while frustrating another at the same time.

Alatraca, Crescenta Valley softball blank rival Arcadia

ARCADIA — It's quite possible the Crescenta Valley High softball team might have Adela Alatraca pitching her best at the right time of the season.

Biermann adds one more title at Crescenta Valley

Biermann adds one more title at Crescenta Valley

Through holding a variety of prominent titles over a career that spanned parts of three decades, Ken Biermann had the opportunity to witness Crescenta Valley High evolve first hand academically and athletically.

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball outlasts Rio Mesa in five-game classic

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball outlasts Rio Mesa in five-game classic

LA CAÑADA — From the outset of Thursday’s CIF Southern Section Division IV second-round match between Flintridge Prep and Rio Mesa, there was a sense in the Rebels gym that the contest was going to be a five-game thriller.

Prolific season for Crescenta Valley High boys' volleyball comes to second-round close

CANYON COUNTRY — Crescenta Valley High’s boys’ volleyball team suffered from some inconsistent play Thursday in its CIF Southern Section Division II second-round playoff match against Canyon Country Canyon.

Porras, Glendale High baseball go out winners against rival Hoover

Porras, Glendale High baseball go out winners against rival Hoover

GLENDALE — Glendale and Hoover high renewed their rivalry on the baseball diamond in a Pacific League game that was the season finale for both squads.

Locals on deck for CIF-SS swimming championships

Locals on deck for CIF-SS swimming championships

Championship hopes will float over the next three days for a group of six local swimming programs at the CIF Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships at Riverside City College.

Crescenta Valley High boys' tennis cruises past Chadwick in opening-round playoff contest

Crescenta Valley High boys' tennis cruises past Chadwick in opening-round playoff contest

LA CRESCENTA — It’s certainly hasn’t been easy of late having to juggle the arduous task of taking advanced-placement tests and preparing for the postseason. Many members of the Crescenta Valley High boys’ tennis team...

CIF wild-card victory not in cards for Glendale High boys' tennis team

Just about all season long, the Glendale High boys’ tennis team thrived with its experienced doubles lineup. It proved to be quite the opposite in singles.

Crescenta Valley boys' volleyball outlasts South Torrance in CIF thriller

LA CRESCENTA — An ability to overcome mistakes proved invaluable for the Crescenta Valley High boys’ volleyball team Tuesday evening.

Local boys' golfers don't advance at CIF individual tournament

Though none of the five local boys’ golfers got past the CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament on Monday at Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo, it didn’t put a damper on what they were able to accomplish throughout the season.

Crescenta Valley boys' tennis leads playoff squads

Crescenta Valley boys' tennis leads playoff squads

The Crescenta Valley High, St. Francis and Glendale boys’ tennis teams came into the season with the same goal of qualifying for the CIF Southern Section playoffs. After meeting their respective league requirements following the 10-week regular...

Locals capture seven titles in Pacific League track finals

Locals capture seven titles in Pacific League track finals

ARCADIA — It was a cold and breezy evening Friday at the Pacific League track and field finals at Arcadia High.

After undefeated league run, Flintridge Prep ready to step up in CIF playoffs

After undefeated league run, Flintridge Prep ready to step up in CIF playoffs

After battling through the regular season and winning the Prep League championship, the members of the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball team expect the competition to be much tougher in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Crescenta Valley High swimming sweeps Pacific League finals

Crescenta Valley High swimming sweeps Pacific League finals

BURBANK — Crescenta Valley High’s boys’ swimming team was determined to overcome a rare regular season loss and preserve its Pacific League legacy.

Glendale High girls' lacrosse falls short in championship-game bid

GLENDALE — Just under nine minutes away from a trip to the USL-SS Lacrosse Championships Los Angeles South Bracket championship match, the Glendale High girls’ lacrosse team hit a snag.

Foster strikes gold for St. Francis track at Mission League final

Foster strikes gold for St. Francis track at Mission League final

LOS ANGELES — Jasher Foster came into the ultra-competitive Mission League track and field final Thursday looking to move up a notch in a couple of events.

Glendale High softball sees momentum, playoff hopes fade

ARCADIA — For all the momentum carried into Thursday by the Glendale High softball team, it was quelled in quick fashion.

St. Francis basketball chooses Wolfson as new coach

After conducting an extensive search for a new basketball coach, St. Francis High stayed within the Mission League and hired Todd Wolfson to begin the program’s next chapter.

Crescenta Valley doubles team falls in league championship

Crescenta Valley doubles team falls in league championship

PASADENA — Crescenta Valley High’s doubles team of Albert Chtchyan and Jason Chang had a tough match in the semifinals of the Pacific League tournament Wednesday.

Crescenta Valley golf's Renfro captures first Pacific League golf championship

ARCADIA — Coming into the Pacific League individual final on Wednesday, Cody Renfro basically had the league championship wrapped up.

Crescenta Valley boys' golf wins final Pacific League match

ARCADIA — After finishing the final Pacific League match of the season Tuesday, 11 area golfers were making preparations to return to Santa Anita Golf Course to compete in the league’s individual final Wednesday.

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