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All-Area Girls' Golf Team

All-Area Girls' Golf Team

Keilee Bessho, Senior, La Cañada

St. Francis High basketball sputters down stretch against Renaissance Academy

LA CAÑADA — A return trip to the championship game of the La Cañada Holiday Classic appeared inevitable for the St. Francis High basketball team Friday night.

Girls' Golfer of the Year: Burbank High's Maemura enjoys swinging success in senior season

Girls' Golfer of the Year: Burbank High's Maemura enjoys swinging success in senior season

Though Irene Maemura missed achieving her ultimate goal of competing in the state tournament for the first time in her career, she doesn’t harbor any regrets.

Ismail, Flintridge Prep girls' basketball turns back Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

Ismail, Flintridge Prep girls' basketball turns back Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

LA CAÑADA — There are several things that Tala Ismail does well on the court while for the Flintridge Prep girls’ basketball team.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer holds off gritty Flintridge Prep

LOS ANGELES — Depending on what juncture of the match was observed, the level of separation between the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Flintridge Prep soccer teams appeared small to nonexistent.

Early goal is all La Cañada High soccer needs to defeat Glendale

Early goal is all La Cañada High soccer needs to defeat Glendale

LA CAÑADA — It didn’t take long for the Glendale High girls’ soccer team to have to play catch-up against La Cañada in its nonleague match Thursday.

Crescenta Valley High's Van Ginkel selected to All-American Game

Crescenta Valley High's Van Ginkel selected to All-American Game

Crescenta Valley High senior wide receiver Connor Van Ginkel was one of 100 players selected nationally to take place in the fourth annual National Underclassmen Football Combine All-American Game and Performance Week taking place in Myrtle Beach, S....

Flintridge Prep boys' soccer sends Burbank on holiday break with loss

Flintridge Prep boys' soccer sends Burbank on holiday break with loss

BURBANK — The Burbank High boys’ soccer coach and players are going to have a long time to think about Wednesday’s 2-0 nonleague loss to Flintridge Prep.

Crescenta Valley's Lobianco hauls in Pacific League Player of the Year

Crescenta Valley's Lobianco hauls in Pacific League Player of the Year

In a season of historical brilliance that was Crescenta Valley High football’s undefeated run to a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division title, it all started with a dominant seven-game tour de force through the Pacific League.

Burbank High girls' soccer knocks off Flintridge Prep late for win No. 1

GLENDALE — All it took was 30 seconds and a little bit of hustle for Burbank High sophomore forward Kira Bochard to break a season-long drought for her Bulldogs girls’ soccer team.

St. Francis football's Carroll, Martin share Angelus League's top honor

St. Francis football's Carroll, Martin share Angelus League's top honor

Searching for the program’s first league title since 1997, the St. Francis High football team ran roughshod over the Angelus League.

Big third quarter lifts St. Francis High basketball past Glendale

Big third quarter lifts St. Francis High basketball past Glendale

LA CAÑADA — After a rough first half, the St. Francis High basketball team quickly changed course in the second half.

Crescenta Valley, Glendale lead All-CIF boys' water polo honor roll

Crescenta Valley, Glendale lead All-CIF boys' water polo honor roll

It turned out to be a successful season for each of the four local boys’ water polo teams, with three of them winning league championships.

Flintridge Sacred Heart's Coffey earns All-CIF first-team volleyball accolade

Flintridge Sacred Heart's Coffey earns All-CIF first-team volleyball accolade

In each of her four seasons playing for the talented Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy volleyball team, Sophia Coffey showed she could handle numerous roles responsibly.

Glendale High girls' water polo holds off Westridge for Burbank title

BURBANK — In some ways, there wasn’t a more perfect ending for the Glendale High girls’ water polo team than what took place Saturday afternoon.

Glendale High girls' water polo creates separation in win over Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

Glendale High girls' water polo creates separation in win over Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

BURBANK — Glendale High’s and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s girls’ water polo teams were pretty evenly match during the first quarter of Friday’s pool-play match in the Burbank Tournament.

Despite defensive effort, Hoover High girls' water polo loses close one to Louisville

BURBANK — There wasn’t much that Hoover High goalie Gabriela Perez didn’t do for her team in its opening game of the Burbank High girls’ water polo tournament Friday afternoon.

St. Francis High soccer edges Thousand Oaks, 2-1

LA CAÑADA — After briefly slipping and sliding on the wet field, Alex Hall managed to gain traction at the right time.

Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer shot down by Sylmar

Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer shot down by Sylmar

LA CAÑADA — Following 80 minutes of regulation, the Crescenta Valley High and Sylmar boys’ soccer teams were immediately thrust into a penalty-kick session during a quarterfinal match of the Ralph Brandt Tournament on Friday night.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer shuts down Glendale

GLENDALE — After opening the season with a scoreless tie, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team got on track offensively in a hurry Thursday night

College Update: Flintridge Sacred Heart's Conti concludes magical run

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

Eight local girls' volleyball players earn All-Pacific League accolades

Eight local girls' volleyball players earn All-Pacific League accolades

En route to advancing to the playoffs for the second straight season, the members of the Glendale High girls’ volleyball team constantly turned to seniors Grace Tappin and Sevana Stepanian.

Piloyan named Pacific League's Most Valuable Player in boys' water polo

Piloyan named Pacific League's Most Valuable Player in boys' water polo

Already known for his goal-scoring prowess, Glendale High’s Manuk Piloyan wanted to be equally recognized for his defensive skills. Piloyan got his point across throughout the past season boys’ water polo season, in which he helped...

St. Francis High soccer blanks Canyon

LA CANÑDA — After a handful of quality scoring chances didn’t result in any goals in the first half for the St. Francis High soccer team, it got a more favorable outcome in the second half.

Second String: Forever these Falcons will be champions

Second String: Forever these Falcons will be champions

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours — his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear — is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle —...

Flintridge Sacred Heart volleyball's Kayla Lund earns Mission League MVP

Flintridge Sacred Heart volleyball's Kayla Lund earns Mission League MVP

A reconfigured league and a move up into the highest division in Southern California proved a challenge for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy volleyball team during the recently concluded 2014 season.

Holy Family soccer notches first victory of season

GLENDALE — After a tough start to the season, which included being blanked twice, things might have finally turned around for the members of the Holy Family soccer team.

Hoover boys' basketball defeats Providence to win Paul Sutton Tipoff Classic

BURBANK — Written on the dry erase board of the Providence High boys’ basketball team’s locker room were four notes about a Hoover squad that the Pioneers had to face in the championship game of the 26th annual Paul Sutton Tipoff...

Nothing comes free for Crescenta Valley girls' basketball in tournament loss

LA CRESCENTA — Simply put, it’s not easy to win a basketball game when a team misses 21 free throws.

Crescenta Valley High football takes unconventional path to championship

Crescenta Valley High football takes unconventional path to championship

GLENDALE — Often unconventional and sometimes risky, the Crescenta Valley High football team wasn't afraid to take chances.

Crescenta Valley High football claims CIF championship to cap 'dream' season

Crescenta Valley High football claims CIF championship to cap 'dream' season

GLENDALE — Chasing dreams and history, Crescenta Valley High’s football team found a clear, cool and brilliant night before it.

Crescenta Valley girls' basketball too much for La Cañada

LA CRESCENTA — Expectations figure to be high for forward Alisa Shinn throughout the season for the Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball team.

Hoover High wrestling leaner, more focused this season

Hoover High wrestling leaner, more focused this season

Perhaps no sport is more associated with occasional purges than wrestling.

Glendale High boys' basketball derailed by Stockdale

BURBANK — Shortly after Glendale High’s boys’ basketball team suffered a 58-52 defeat against Stockdale of Bakersfield on Thursday night in a pool-play game of the Burbank High Tournament, Nitros Coach Steve Snodgress made a...

Forty-eight minutes to CIF glory for Crescenta Valley High football

Forty-eight minutes to CIF glory for Crescenta Valley High football

Forty-eight minutes and one very good Downey High football team are all that remain standing in the way of Crescenta Valley claiming a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division championship and an undefeated season for the ages.

Girls' Soccer Preview: Rebuilding on docket for local squads

Girls' Soccer Preview: Rebuilding on docket for local squads

Crescenta Valley High, Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy have long set the standard in the local girls’ soccer scene.

Food for thought fuels success for Crescenta Valley offensive line

Food for thought fuels success for Crescenta Valley offensive line

Learning a second language can be tricky.

Community abuzz with Crescenta Valley High football frenzy

Community abuzz with Crescenta Valley High football frenzy

From the bustling streets across La Crescenta and Montrose to the busy hallways on the Crescenta Valley High campus, there’s plenty of enthusiasm being generated surrounding the school’s football team.

Strong first half propels Providence High girls' soccer past Holy Family

First half dooms Holy Family High soccer versus Providence

LOS ANGELES — As a steady rain pelted the field for most of the second half Wednesday afternoon at Occidental College, the conditions afforded the Providence High and Holy Family girls’ soccer teams few scoring opportunities during the...

From seizures to the gridiron

From seizures to the gridiron

About this time last year, doctors cut open the skull of Bostin Lakin, a Crescenta Valley High School football player, whose major hope was that brain surgery would relieve him from suffering any more seizures and he could return to his normal life...

Boys' Basketball Preview: Success takes different forms for local boys' basketball teams

Boys' Basketball Preview: Success takes different forms for local boys' basketball teams

Success in the local boys’ basketball scene will depend heavily on which teams can integrate new players and develop on the fly, while more veteran squads will have to show progress from last season.

Father-son combination coordinating Crescenta Valley football success

Father-son combination coordinating Crescenta Valley football success

With rain falling and a slight chill in the air early Sunday evening, Dennis and Hudson Gossard were busy breaking down game film inside the comfort of their homes.

Girls' Basketball Preview: Flintridge Prep eyes another Prep League title

Girls' Basketball Preview: Flintridge Prep eyes another Prep League title

Having lost standout guard Maya Okamoto to graduation, the Flintridge Prep girls’ basketball team will begin a new transition.

Flintridge Prep girls' cross-country earns first-ever state crown

FRESNO — The area's most decorated cross-country program can now boast state champions in both genders.

Crescenta Valley High football heading to CIF championship game

Crescenta Valley High football heading to CIF championship game

GLENDALE — In the days leading into the first semifinal game for Crescenta Valley High football in more than two decades, Falcons senior quarterback Brian Gadsby said "obviously" his team wasn't hoping for a close game, but if that were to be...

Crescenta Valley High football shows its mettle in victory over La Serna

GLENDALE — There was a moment where the game seemed too big for the Crescenta Valley High football team.

College Update: Conti, Johns Hopkins off to NCAA Final Four

College Update: Conti, Johns Hopkins off to NCAA Final Four

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

Girls' Water Polo Preview: New coach, same goal for Crescenta Valley High

Girls' Water Polo Preview: New coach, same goal for Crescenta Valley High

For the third time in the last four seasons, the Crescenta Valley High girls’ water polo team will have a new coach.

Boys' Soccer Preview: Added depth might return Crescenta Valley back to top of Pacific League

Boys' Soccer Preview: Added depth might return Crescenta Valley back to top of Pacific League

Competition has been at a high during the last couple of weeks at practice across the Crescenta Valley High soccer field.

Sports Notebook: Reid, Kansas City Chiefs brace for first-place showdown with Denver Broncos

Sports Notebook: Reid, Kansas City Chiefs brace for first-place showdown with Denver Broncos

The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.

Lobianco is everywhere for Crescenta Valley High football

Lobianco is everywhere for Crescenta Valley High football

Lining up at slot receiver and cornerback while both fielding punts and kickoffs, there aren’t many positions where Crescenta Valley High football’s Jordan Lobianco isn’t comfortable.

Crescenta Valley High football faces La Serna with championship berth on line

Crescenta Valley High football faces La Serna with championship berth on line

When the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division pairings were announced, it was only natural that many a local eye looked toward a fortuitous semifinal showdown between fourth-seeded Crescenta Valley High and top-seeded St. Francis.

Flintridge Prep's Delgado tabbed All-Prep League Most Valuable Player

Flintridge Prep's Delgado tabbed All-Prep League Most Valuable Player

Diego Delgado wanted to make his senior season a memorable one with the Flintridge Prep boys’ water polo team.

Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart have sights set high at state

Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart have sights set high at state

While only two local schools remain, prospects for success are still relatively high for the Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy cross-country programs heading into Saturday’s CIF State Championships at Fresno’s Woodward...

Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club: Glendale Community College football duo earns honors

Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club: Glendale Community College football duo earns honors

GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 72nd year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the 12th and final meeting of the year.

Shamma, MacVaugh and Blain eliminated in second round of tournament

Shamma, MacVaugh and Blain eliminated in second round of tournament

Throughout the regular season, Natalie Shamma, Holly MacVaugh and Margaux Blain proved they could match up against some of the top talent in their respective leagues.

Crescenta Valley High football pulls away from Paramount to reach semifinals

PARAMOUNT – With balance on offense and stout play on defense, the Crescenta Valley High football team proved itself worthy of one of the deepest playoff runs in recent memory.

No. 1 St. Francis falls in quarterfinals against La Serna

No. 1 St. Francis falls in quarterfinals against La Serna

WHITTIER — In the end, it was not a 17-point deficit that was too much to overcome.

Flintridge Sacred Heart, Glendale march to individuals

Flintridge Sacred Heart, Glendale march to individuals

After winning a league championship or finishing runner-up, a trio of local girls’ tennis players are set for the next stage of competition.

College Update: Glendale Community College's Grace Zamudio closes out decorated cross-country career

College Update: Glendale Community College's Grace Zamudio closes out decorated cross-country career

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

Championships, state advancement on check list for local cross-country trio

Championships, state advancement on check list for local cross-country trio

While scattered across three different divisions, the goals and challenges aren’t too dissimilar for the Flintridge Prep, Crescenta Valley High and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy cross-country programs.

Glendale High boys' water polo stopped by Cerritos in semifinals

Glendale High boys' water polo stopped by Cerritos in semifinals

NORWALK — Whether or not the most successful era in the history of the Glendale High boys’ water polo program ended Wednesday evening won’t really be known until next season.

Crescenta Valley water polo done in by No. 1 Righetti

SANTA MARIA — Heading into its CIF Southern Section Division IV semifinal matchup, Crescenta Valley High's boys' water polo team had no illusions of just how daunting the task at hand would be.

Confident Crescenta Valley High football heads to Paramount for quarterfinals

Confident Crescenta Valley High football heads to Paramount for quarterfinals

Despite winning a Pacific League championship, building an unblemished record and holding a No. 4 seed, the Crescenta Valley High football team went into the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs predicted by many to...

St. Francis football gets date with defending champion La Serna

St. Francis football gets date with defending champion La Serna

For a stretch of five consecutive weeks during the regular season, the St. Francis High and La Serna football teams were ranked 1-2 in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division. It appeared the Golden Knights and Lancers would be on a collision...

Crescenta Valley, Glendale boys' water polo teams prepared for semifinal matches

Crescenta Valley, Glendale boys' water polo teams prepared for semifinal matches

For the first time since 2009, the Crescenta Valley High and Glendale boys’ water polo teams are in the semifinals together. Though the Falcons and Nitros both lost those matches, they will get a crack at the possibility of meeting for the...

Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo pulls away from Santa Monica to reach semifinals

Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo pulls away from Santa Monica to reach semifinals

PASADENA — It was a narrow victory over Glendale High that gave the Crescenta Valley High boys’ water polo team a share of its first Pacific League title since 2010.

Tiraturyan helps Glendale boys' water polo return to semifinals

BURBANK — For someone fighting an illness, which included a raspy voice, David Tiraturyan handled himself quite well in goal for the Glendale High boys’ water polo team.

Crescenta Valley football soars past Harvard-Westlake

Crescenta Valley football soars past Harvard-Westlake

GLENDALE – It was the Crescenta Valley High football team’s high-flying offense pitted against the stingy defense of Harvard-Westlake when the football squads met Friday in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division...

Led by Nazarian, No. 1 St. Francis football steams past Mayfair

Led by Nazarian, No. 1 St. Francis football steams past Mayfair

LA CAÑADA — On the opening play of the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs, top-seeded St. Francis High and Areg Nazarian, in particular, made their intentions of a long run ahead quite clear.

Glendale High boys' water polo breezes past Sonora in playoff opener

Glendale High boys' water polo breezes past Sonora in playoff opener

BURBANK — Though the Glendale High boys’ water polo team won’t be able to defend its CIF Southern Section Division V championship having been moved up one division, the goal to win another title remains the focal point.

Hoover boys' water polo team sees season end at expense of top-ranked Righetti

A three-hour bus trip didn’t appear to leave the members of the Hoover High boys’ water polo team sluggish.

Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo rallies to beat Troy in OT

PASADENA — The Pacific League moved up to CIF Southern Section Division IV in boys’ water polo this season and Crescenta Valley High, the league’s No. 1 entry in the new division, found itself mere seconds from being bounced from...

Flintridge Prep boys' water polo season of success ended by Arroyo Grande

Flintridge Prep boys' water polo season of success ended by Arroyo Grande

PASADENA — There were hugs, high-fives, well wishes and congratulatory speeches between the players and coaching staff from the Flintridge Prep boys’ water polo team in the aftermath of their CIF Southern Section Division IV first-round...

Former Hoover High cross-country standouts bestowed with all-time recognition

Former Hoover High cross-country standouts bestowed with all-time recognition

Throughout the course of a century, numerous prolific area athletes have excelled in plenty of sports. Some earned All-CIF and All-American honors and others enjoyed stellar collegiate and professional careers.

College Update: Kayla Mills, Katie Johnson help deliver USC soccer NCAA tourney berth

College Update: Kayla Mills, Katie Johnson help deliver USC soccer NCAA tourney berth

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

Strong season for Glendale High girls' volleyball ends

One of the most successful seasons in recent memory for the Glendale High girls’ volleyball team came to a conclusion Tuesday evening.

Flintridge Sacred Heart volleyball enjoys block party

Flintridge Sacred Heart volleyball enjoys block party

LA CAÑADA — In perhaps less time than it would have actually taken to have driven to Palos Verdes Estates, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy volleyball team found itself motoring into the second round of the CIF Southern Section...

Glendale Adventist Academy girls' volleyball's return to playoffs ends in five

GLENDALE — With more than half of the team consisting of freshmen, the future for the Glendale Adventist Academy girls’ volleyball squad appeared bright entering the season.

Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club: St. Francis High, Crescenta Valley football rise to top in own leagues

Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club: St. Francis High, Crescenta Valley football rise to top in own leagues

GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 72nd year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the 10th meeting of the year.

Hoover High boys' water polo handles Warren to win CIF wild-card match

DOWNEY — A trend started in the second quarter of Tuesday morning’s CIF Southern Section Division IV boys’ water polo wild-card match between Hoover High and Warren.

Glendale High girls' volleyball picks up historic playoff win

For the first time in at least a decade, the Glendale High girls’ volleyball team claimed a victory in the postseason.

Crescenta Valley football rolls to 10-0

ARCADIA — On a night in which Crescenta Valley High quarterback Brian Gadsby threw for six touchdowns passes, the Falcons starting defense was dominant and the special teams was productive again, all that mattered were a few key stats.

Ruiz, Glendale football ring 'Victory Bell'

Ruiz, Glendale football ring 'Victory Bell'

GLENDALE — For the fifth consecutive year, the Glendale-Hoover high football game started and ended the same way.

St. Francis High football rolls to 10-0, outright title

St. Francis High football rolls to 10-0, outright title

LA CAÑADA — Technically speaking, St. Francis High’s football team clinched the Angelus League title a week prior — at least a share anyway.

Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo ends streak, splits league title with Glendale

Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo ends streak, splits league title with Glendale

BURBANK — With time winding down in the fourth quarter, Omar Trad lobbed what at first seemed like a harmless shot toward the cage.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy tennis captures Sunshine League doubles crown

A busy and successful season continued with another title for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy tennis team Thursday afternoon.

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