High School Sports

Top 10 Girls' Athletes of 2013-14: Arnold continued Crescenta Valley water polo's tradition of triumph

Top 10 Girls' Athletes of 2013-14: Arnold continued Crescenta Valley water polo's tradition of triumph

The top-10 female high school athletes of the year were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports department. These are selections 2 through 10. See Friday’s edition for the Female Athlete of the Year.

Coach of the Year: First-ever championship for Glendale High boys' water polo merits Holbrook top billing

Coach of the Year: First-ever championship for Glendale High boys' water polo merits Holbrook top billing

The top five high school coaches from the 2013-14 season were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports department.

All-Area Baseball Second Team

All-Area Baseball Second Team

Cameron Briggs, Junior, Infielder, Burbank

All-Area Baseball First Team

All-Area Baseball First Team

Kevin Baker, Senior, Outfielder, St. Francis

Brian Gadsby pitches Crescenta Valley High baseball to greatness

Brian Gadsby pitches Crescenta Valley High baseball to greatness

Crescenta Valley High baseball is not short on memorable seasons and memorable performances — particularly on the pitching mound.

All-Area Softball Second Team

All-Area Softball Second Team

OF — Kaitlin Brooks, Senior, Burbank

All-Area Softball First Team

All-Area Softball First Team

P — Mia Acosta, Senior, Bell-Jeff

Caitlyn Brooks was complete player for Burbank High softball

Caitlyn Brooks was complete player for Burbank High softball

Burbank High’s Caitlyn Brooks has made a name for herself as a successful pitcher since she broke onto the high school scene three years ago as a freshman.

San Gabriel Valley All-Stars' title run derailed

For a team that was put together about a month ago, the San Gabriel Valley Babe Ruth 16-18 All-Star squad got plenty accomplished.

San Gabriel Valley All-Stars have World Series game postponed

Having successfully navigated its way through pool-play competition, the San Gabriel Valley 16-18 Babe Ruth All-Star team prepared for a quarterfinal game Tuesday night in the World Series in Ephrata, Wash.

La Cañada's Katy Campbell captures national title

La Cañada's Katy Campbell captures national title

With a modest goal of cutting time and setting a personal record, La Cañada High alumna Katy Campbell accomplished so much more at the USA Swimming Senior National Championships in Irvine.

Ricky Mulcahey named Crescenta Valley High girls' aquatics coach

Ricky Mulcahey pined for a return to the area, along with the possibility of being an aquatics coach.

Summer Series attracts variety of runners

Summer Series attracts variety of runners

LA CRESCENTA — The opportunity afforded someone like Ayla Ataya is the reason why the Crescenta Valley Cross Country Summer Series is held.

Crescenta Valley soccer's Justin Wright commits to UC Davis

Crescenta Valley soccer's Justin Wright commits to UC Davis

Crescenta Valley High boys’ soccer player Justin Wright, who finished with 52 points and earned All-Area first-team honors last season, verbally committed to UC Davis on Tuesday.

San Gabriel Valley All-Stars eyeing another World Series title

San Gabriel Valley All-Stars eyeing another World Series title

Throughout much of the history of the Babe Ruth Little League 16-18 World Series, the San Gabriel Valley All-Star team has been a staple.

Crescenta Valley football has but one change to schedule

Crescenta Valley football has but one change to schedule

Throughout the seasons, Crescenta Valley High’s football schedule seldom changes.

Demolition on deck for Stengel Field

Demolition on deck for Stengel Field

Sometime soon, venerable 65-year-old Stengel Field will be torn down.

Five new opponents added to St. Francis football 2014 schedule

Five new opponents added to St. Francis football 2014 schedule

Following an unpredictable offseason, the St. Francis High football team will embark upon a most unfamiliar 2014 schedule.

Short-handed Arroyo Seco Saints come up short in West Zone final

Short-handed Arroyo Seco Saints come up short in West Zone final

COMPTON — Arroyo Seco Saints Coach Aaron Milam wasn’t too concerned after his Palomino Baseball team fell in the championship game of the West Zone Tournament.

San Gabriel Valley All-Stars rally to win regional

In the past two weeks, the members of the San Gabriel Valley Babe Ruth 18-and-under All-Star team have been involved in their share of elimination games. That type of situation doesn't seem to fluster San Gabriel.

San Gabriel Valley All-Stars' shutout puts it in title game

Allowing two runs wasn’t quite good enough for a victory on Saturday for the San Gabriel Valley All-Stars.

Burbank High's Candela Fernandez enjoys season of growth

Burbank High's Candela Fernandez enjoys season of growth

As she crossed the finish line at Cerritos College and concluded a season of growth and records, Burbank High sophomore runner Candela Fernandez took special delight at something she didn’t do.

Easton Elite Dodgers unable to retain Western title

Aspirations of advancing to a second straight Stan Musial World Series were derailed for the Easton Elite Dodgers at the Western Regional Tournament in Palo Alto.

Easton Elite baseball suffers early setback in Western Regional

A ninth-inning rally that brought the tying run to the plate ended just short of a comeback for the Easton Elite Dodgers at the Stan Musial Western Regional Tournament.

San Gabriel Valley All-Stars defeat defending champs

With five games under their belt, the San Gabriel Valley All-Stars have still just had two practices and yet they’ve produced four wins to one loss, with the latest victory coming Friday evening against San Benito, 7-2, in the second round of...

Arroyo Seco Palomino baseball team takes West Zone opener

COMPTON — The Arroyo Seco Saints looked to get off to a strong start in the Palomino West Zone Tournament in their quest for a third straight West Zone title. With this in mind, coach Aaron Milam sent Angel Lerma to the mound against the Police...

Flintridge Prep basketball camp offers broad appeal

Flintridge Prep basketball camp offers broad appeal

LA CAÑADA — While teaching, training and working with impressionable young basketball players was certainly at the heart of the annual Flintridge Prep summer basketball camp, hosted by the boys' basketball coaching staff, there were more...

Brian Gadsby leads San Gabriel Valley All-Stars in opener

From Stengel Field to Redlands and now up to Modesto and seemingly everywhere in between, Brian Gadsby’s funky delivery and phenomenal stuff has plagued the opposition throughout 2014.

Holy Family basketball closes out summer on winning note

BURBANK — Having split 12 games during the summer, Holy Family basketball Coach Ernest Siy came away pleased.

Arroyo Seco Saints prepare for West Zone Tournament

Arroyo Seco Saints prepare for West Zone Tournament

Hoping to win a third consecutive West Zone Tournament championship, the Arroyo Seco Saints 18U baseball team begins defense of its title in the Palomino Tournament hosted at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton on Friday.

Glendale selects Casey Sripramong as new girls' swim and water polo coach

Glendale selects Casey Sripramong as new girls' swim and water polo coach

As a player, Casey Sripramong brought plenty of determination to the Glendale High girls' water polo team.

Flintridge Prep finalizes 2014 football schedule

Flintridge Prep finalizes 2014 football schedule

A schedule that was in flux through portions of the spring and into the summer has been finalized for the Flintridge Prep football team.

Glendale Babe Ruth ends season in El Segundo

Needing a win Monday afternoon to extend the season, the Glendale 15-U Babe Ruth baseball team instead called it a year at the All-Star State Tournament at Stevenson Field in El Segundo.

Glendale tabs Stephen Whittier as new boys' water polo and swim coach

In attendance at several CIF Southern Section boys’ water polo division championship matches in Irvine last fall, Stephen Whittier made it a point to watch Glendale compete against Los Altos in the Division V title contest.

San Gabriel Valley All-Stars win Babe Ruth tourney

San Gabriel Valley All-Stars win Babe Ruth tourney

It was a long day at the ballpark for the San Gabriel Valley All-Stars, but at the end, it was a productive one.

All-Area Boys' Tennis Doubles Team

All-Area Boys' Tennis Doubles Team

Jason Chang, Junior, and Aren Abrahamian, Senior, Crescenta Valley

All-Area Boys' Tennis Singles Team

All-Area Boys' Tennis Singles Team

Cartier Juan, Sophomore, Flintridge Prep

Award-winning season for Burroughs High's Sawyer Patterson

Award-winning season for Burroughs High's Sawyer Patterson

It was a symbolic gesture and the culmination of an eventful and sometimes grueling junior year for Burroughs High’s Sawyer Patterson.

Glendale High's terrific tennis tandem made a late charge

Glendale High's terrific tennis tandem made a late charge

Throughout most of the season, the Glendale High boys’ tennis team excelled in doubles competition.

Babe Ruth teams head up final local tournament action at Stengel Field

Babe Ruth teams head up final local tournament action at Stengel Field

Before the proverbial wrecking ball is set to descend upon Stengel Field, there will be baseball for one of the last times in the 65-year venue with perhaps hopes that the facility will see a new heyday.

All-Area Boys' Golf Team

All-Area Boys' Golf Team

Russell Caletena, Sophomore, Glendale

Morikawa drives La Cañada High golf to breakthrough season

Morikawa drives La Cañada High golf to breakthrough season

Fresh off playing 18 holes at Soule Park Golf Club in the heart of Ojai in northern Ventura County, the members of the La Cañada High boys’ golf team quickly turned from athletes to mathematicians.

Glendale High boys' basketball falters down stretch to North Hollywood

GLENDALE — With three starters injured, the Glendale High boys’ basketball team took on North Hollywood Thursday a bit short-staffed.

Zero week game against Hollywood only change for Hoover High football in 2014

Zero week game against Hollywood only change for Hoover High football in 2014

No matter if it is scheduled to play a game at home or on the road, the Hoover High football team can count on boarding a bus to reach its destination.

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Second Team

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Second Team

Danny Casillas, Senior, Libero, Burroughs: The Pacific League first-team selection set a school record with 257 digs for the Indians. Was part of a defensive unit that shined and propelled Burroughs to a 19-6 record, a league title...

All-Area Boys' Volleyball First Team

All-Area Boys' Volleyball First Team

Raymond Barsemian, Junior, Outside Hitter, Crescenta Valley

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year: Flintridge Prep's Dante Fregoso didn't allow letdown

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year: Flintridge Prep's Dante Fregoso didn't allow letdown

About the only known commodity for the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball team heading into the start of 2014 season was that there would be plenty of unknowns.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball is held down by Burbank High

BURBANK – For the Burbank High girls’ basketball team, Wednesday’s game against Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy was a chance to see how it could manage without its top player.

Higelin named new pitching coach at Arizona State

From high school to the minor leagues, it’s been quite a journey the last 13 years for Brandon Higelin.

Glendale High football on road for start of 2014 season

Glendale High football on road for start of 2014 season

Aside from practice, the members of the Glendale High football team won't see much of their home field during the first month of the season.

Burroughs High basketball makes move in second half to defeat Flintridge Prep

PASADENA — It was a tiring day Tuesday for the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team.

Reserves lead St. Francis High basketball past Flintridge Prep

LA CAÑADA — For the first several weeks of the summer season, the St. Francis High basketball team has had to shuffle its lineup.

Kids, coaches enjoy St. Francis High football camp experience

Kids, coaches enjoy St. Francis High football camp experience

While the 35 or so kids who attended Thursday and Friday afternoon's third annual Golden Knight Youth Football Camp were guaranteed a chance to participate in various drills and run wild all over Friedman Field, they weren't the only ones having fun.

St. Francis High alumnus Bergman out indefinitely after injury

St. Francis High alumnus Bergman out indefinitely after injury

A promising start to a Major League Baseball career was momentarily derailed for Colorado Rockies pitcher Christian Bergman.

Big second half lifts Hoover High girls' basketball past Mayfield

Big second half lifts Hoover High girls' basketball past Mayfield

LA CAÑADA — Looking for a boost heading into the second half, the members of the Hoover High girls’ basketball team turned to Melissa Manouki for support.

Holy Family basketball can't keep pace with Brentwood

BURBANK — The Holy Family basketball team likely will not see any opponents the caliber of Brentwood when it takes part in Horizon League competition next season.

Minor league update: Glendale Community College's Noteware showcases escapability in early action

Minor league update: Glendale Community College's Noteware showcases escapability in early action

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

Despite absences, La Cañada High girls' basketball outlasts Hoover

Despite absences, La Cañada High girls' basketball outlasts Hoover

LA CAÑADA —With both the La Cañada High and Hoover girls’ basketball teams missing quite a few players from Tuesday afternoon’s Flintridge Prep Summer League game, each squad used the absences as an opportunity to...

Crescenta Valley High boys' basketball handles La Cañada

GLENDALE — Throughout the last decade, the Crescenta Valley High and La Cañada boys’ basketball teams have been two of the marquee programs in the area.

Crescenta Valley High's Cookson picks up lone local CIF softball nod

Crescenta Valley High's Cookson picks up lone local CIF softball nod

A season full of success has been building into a postseason filled with acclaim for Crescenta Valley High junior Hailey Cookson.

Crescenta Valley High's Gadsby, Russo earn Division II nods

Crescenta Valley High's Gadsby, Russo earn Division II nods

Crescenta Valley High baseball’s surprising run to the CIF Southern Section Division II quarterfinals was very much characterized by a team effort with contributions throughout the batting lineup and all over the defense.

College Update: Crescenta Valley High alum Boeke powers to All-West Conference freshman honors

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

Crescenta Valley High baseball's Brian Gadsby is Pacific League co-Player of the Year

Crescenta Valley High baseball's Brian Gadsby is Pacific League co-Player of the Year

In turning in a 74-pitch masterpiece of a shutout to conclude the Pacific League baseball season, Crescenta Valley High junior pitcher Brian Gadsby left no doubt that the Falcons were the league’s best in 2014.

Dakopolos leaves Glendale High track after two years

While the tenure of Andy Dakopolos as head coach of the Glendale High track and field program was somewhat brief, it also proved relatively successful.

Glendale High boys' basketball downs Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in summer action

Glendale High boys' basketball downs Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in summer action

GLENDALE — Though he’s pleased with the way his team has begun summer competition, Glendale High boys’ basketball Coach Steve Snodgress said additional improvement can be made.

College Update: Crescenta Valley High alum Surrey, Irvine's series run, sensational season comes to close

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

Burroughs High soccer starts summer with win over rival Crescenta Valley

Burroughs High soccer starts summer with win over rival Crescenta Valley

BURBANK — It’s been nearly four months since the Burroughs High and Crescenta Valley boys’ soccer teams battled for the Pacific League championship.

Crescenta Valley High softball's Cookson, Bellarmine-Jefferson's Acosta lead East All-Stars to dominating victory

LAKE BALBOA — Behind the offensive exploits of Crescenta Valley High’s Hannah Cookson and Bellarmine-Jefferson’s Sam Casarez and the pitching prowess of the Guards’ Mia Acosta and Burroughs’ Cheyenne Steward, softball...

St. Francis High alumnus Christian Bergman settling in after Major League Baseball debut

St. Francis High alumnus Christian Bergman settling in after Major League Baseball debut

LOS ANGELES — Amid the hustle and hubbub, chaos and circumstance that has defined Christian Bergman’s introduction into Major League Baseball, the St. Francis High graduate seems to have found calm within the storm of opportunity.

St. Francis baseball coach Milam resigns post

St. Francis baseball coach Milam resigns post

Citing family reasons, Aaron Milam will announce his resignation Tuesday as head coach of the St. Francis High baseball team after piloting the program for three seasons.

Hoover boys' basketball wins pair of summer games at Glendale college

GLENDALE — Just a week into the summer season and the members of the Hoover High boys’ basketball team have already showed resilience.

Crescenta Valley High alum Surrey's success not surprising

Crescenta Valley High alum Surrey's success not surprising

Superlatives aplenty can be used to describe the UC Irvine baseball team’s run to the NCAA Division I World Series.

Crescenta Valley High boys' basketball players gain experience in loss to Grant

GLENDALE — For a group that has no varsity experience, the Crescenta Valley High boys’ junior varsity basketball team proved anything but a pushover when it competed Thursday in the first day of the Glendale College Classic summer league.

St. Francis High basketball outlasts Hoover in overtime

St. Francis High basketball outlasts Hoover in overtime

GLENDALE — Michael Ibarra had quite an eventful few seconds with his team locked into a tight game.

Six Flintridge Prep baseball players grab all-league accolades

Six Flintridge Prep baseball players grab all-league accolades

During the past two seasons, the Flintridge Prep baseball team has enjoyed a renaissance.

Numbers swell Hoover High football's confidence

Numbers swell Hoover High football's confidence

GLENDALE — As he walked around the first summer football practice of the season at Hoover High on Monday afternoon, second-year coach Matt Andersen was waiting for a burst of inspiration.

St. Francis, La Cañada High sports medicine squads produce formula for success

On a national high school level, perhaps there is no city that can claim the same level of success in the study of sports medicine than can La Cañada Flintridge.

Flintridge Prep football eases into summer

Flintridge Prep football eases into summer

LA CAÑADA — With a new offense to install, a new identity to mold and players still trickling in, Tuesday morning's second football practice of the summer at Flintridge Prep would have seemed a perfect time for Rebels Coach Antonio...

Quick second-half start powers St. Francis basketball past Flintridge Prep

Quick second-half start powers St. Francis basketball past Flintridge Prep

PASADENA — After a close first half, the St. Francis High basketball team turned to Markar Agakanian to lead a quick second-half surge.

Sports Notebook: Crescenta Valley High's Gadsby to play in North-South game

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

College Update: Former Falcons finding plenty of collegiate success

College Update: Former Falcons finding plenty of collegiate success

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

Bergman gets MLB chance and delivers

Bergman gets MLB chance and delivers

It certainly didn’t take long for St. Francis High alumnus Christian Bergman to achieve his ultimate career goal.

Burroughs High boys' volleyball leads push for victorious public school squad

Burroughs High boys' volleyball leads push for victorious public school squad

PASADENA — Behind a strong effort from the four-player contingent of Burroughs High, public schools reigned again at the third annual San Gabriel Valley Boys’ Volleyball All-Star Game hosted at Pasadena Poly on Saturday afternoon.

Christian Bergman gets call to join Colorado Rockies

Christian Bergman gets call to join Colorado Rockies

Whether it was starting in the NCAA World Series as a freshman or his ascent through the minor leagues, St. Francis High graduate Christian Bergman has been on the rise since his days as a Golden Knights standout leading his team to the CIF finals.

Public All-Star underclassmen sweep to victory at SGV volleyball match

Public All-Star underclassmen sweep to victory at SGV volleyball match

PASADENA — The third annual San Gabriel Valley Boys’ All-Star Volleyball Match, featuring players from public schools versus those from private institutions, was contested this year at Pasadena Polytechnic and got started with the...

College Update: Elliot Surrey shines again for UC Irvine baseball

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

Flintridge Prep's Weiss brothers conclude season at state prelims

A season of unforeseen heights and new records ended at nearly the highest level for the Flintridge Prep brother pole vaulting duo of Barrett and Gareth Weiss.

Minor League Update: St. Francis High alum Christian Bergman putting up solid numbers in triple A

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

Crescenta Valley High football confident good spring is first step for good season

Crescenta Valley High football confident good spring is first step for good season

LA CRESCENTA — In the aftermath of one of its more successful seasons in years with a wealth of starters due back, expectations and excitement were at a high this spring for Crescenta Valley High football.

Roller coaster spring concludes for St. Francis High football

Roller coaster spring concludes for St. Francis High football

As every spring is very much associated with fresh starts and new beginnings, there has perhaps been no spring that better exemplified that notion than that which just passed for St. Francis High football.

Simenc makes splash at Flintridge Prep water polo clinic

Simenc makes splash at Flintridge Prep water polo clinic

LA CAÑADA — Whether it was his ability to dissect game footage, give one-on-one pool instruction or just relay a life lesson, three-time water polo Olympian Dudo Simenc certainly left an impression at Thursday’s Flintridge Prep...

Weiss brothers find rarefied air in Clovis

Weiss brothers find rarefied air in Clovis

What was apparent Friday evening became even more special three days later.

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball team, Fregoso honored by league

Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball team, Fregoso honored by league

An unexpected run to a share of a second straight Prep League boys' volleyball championship for Flintridge Prep was eventually followed by an anticipated and easy awards decision.

Glendale High football looks for new leaders in spring

Glendale High football looks for new leaders in spring

GLENDALE — While football practice and conditioning requires a variety of drills and activities, some orthodox and others out there, the Glendale High football team had a different set of responsibilities Tuesday morning.

Glendale High's Sammy Fabian, Crescenta Valley's Hailey Cookson only locals on All-Pacific League first team

Glendale High's Sammy Fabian, Crescenta Valley's Hailey Cookson only locals on All-Pacific League first team

Across the diamond, the Crescenta Valley High and Glendale softball teams featured an abundance of talent.

Brent Danna steps down at Crescenta Valley

Brent Danna steps down at Crescenta Valley

Following two successful seasons as coach of the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team, one which included a historic CIF Southern Section Division V championship in 2013, Brent Danna has resigned.

Crescenta Valley travels south for quarterfinal showdown with Valencia

Crescenta Valley travels south for quarterfinal showdown with Valencia

Crescenta Valley High's baseball team's playoff journey has already taken it into largely foreign territory, so what's another long bus ride?

Glendale, Flintridge Prep boys' tennis players find early success at CIF

For a duo formed less than a month ago, Michael Akopians and Arin Meserkhani proved they could hold their own.

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