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By Dylan Kruse | May 16, 2008
GLENDALE — With each passing meet, the competition for local high school track and field athletes intensifies as the stakes grow higher and higher. Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Divisional Championships at Mt. San Antonio College are expected to be no different. Nine athletes, led by a strong quartet who will race in multiple events, with local ties are slated to compete and all are hoping to keep their season alive and advance to the CIF Masters Meet next week.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 18, 2012
Upon the release Tuesday afternoon of the 2011-12 All-CIF Southern Section football selections, St. Francis High senior Travis Talianko was listed among the Western Division honorees as a first-team receiver. But Talianko's receiving numbers took a large dip this year, as it was the San Jose State-bound standout's skills as a safety that truly came to the forefront. Nevertheless, one thing was once again abundantly clear and that was that Talianko was an All-CIF mainstay, as he concluded a phenomenal three-year varsity career at St. Francis with his third consecutive All-CIF postseason selection.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 9, 2011
Holy Family volleyball Coach Robert Bringas couldn't quite put his finger on the reason his Gaels lost, 25-16, 25-22, 25-21, to host St. Anthony on Tuesday night in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4-A playoffs other than the simple fact that, "it didn't click. " "We were there," said Bringas, whose team won a share of the Horizon League title and ended its season at 14-9-3. "We had various opportunities to close out and we didn't. " Tied at 15 in the opening game, Holy Family relinquished a 7-0 run to St. Anthony (13-8)
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 21, 2011
GLENDALE — Expected to be staples in the top half of the lineup, things couldn't have gone better for Crescenta Valley High's Troy Mulcahey and Royce Park of Flintridge Prep. The junior baseball players proved to be reliable at the plate, helping their teams finish second in their respective leagues. Backed by their solid offensive work, Mulcahey and Park were named to the All-CIF Southern Section first team Monday afternoon. Mulcahey was placed on the Division II team, while Park was named to the Division VI team.
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By Charles Rich | March 28, 2008
A closer look at the 2007-08 Pacific League girls? water polo season will indicate that it proved to be remarkable for several area programs. The Crescenta Valley High squad captured its fifth consecutive league championship and ninth overall. Crescenta Valley, Glendale and Burbank also all advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs in February, marking the first time that three local schools from the same league advanced that far in the same postseason.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | May 7, 2013
Madison Witt couldn't help but look up to Annika Lenz, but by the end of the CIF Southern Section Division III Diving Finals Tuesday their roles were reversed. A year after just being edged by Pasadena Poly's Lenz in her freshman season, Flintridge Prep's Witt came back and kept the standout Panther from ending her high school career with a fourth CIF championship. Witt jumped out to a slim lead after the sixth round and didn't give up any ground en route to capturing the Division III crown with 538 points, while Olivia Rosendahl of Immaculate Heart finished runner-up with 523.85 at Riverside City College.
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November 18, 2000
Hamlet Nalbandyan GLENDALE -- For the second straight year, two local teams could meet in the CIF Southern Section Division III boys' water polo finals, but that's the last thing on the minds of the Crescenta Valley and Glendale High teams. Both will be concentrating on their respective semifinal matches today, and if they could each win, then they face each other Tuesday at Long Beach's Belmont Plaza for the title. Last year, the Falcons faced La Canada in the championship and lost, 12-6.
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By Grant Gordon | October 27, 2006
GLENDALE — Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Lauren Wheeler had a tough time breaking away from herself, while Glendale resident Sarah Salvo had a tougher time breaking away from her teammate. In the end, both found their way to the CIF Southern Section Northern Individuals. Wheeler, a senior, shot a 20-over-par 93 on Thursday at the Mission League individual finals at Encino-Balboa Golf Course in Encino for a two-day total of 177, a fourth-place finish and the last qualifying spot.
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By: Bryce Alderton | September 29, 2005
In the words of Coach Jeff Andrews, Sage Hill School boys water polo players are extremely driven entering this season, in both mind and body. Andrews said Lightning players are hungry to improve upon last season's CIF Southern Section Division VI playoff berth, the first in the program's five-year history and advance past the first round. They boast the speed to increase their chances of reaching and moving through the postseason. "We're basically the same team we were last year, but this year's team is a lot faster," said Andrews, who played at UC Irvine and enters his third season at the helm.
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By By Grant Gordon | November 9, 2005
CV-Saugus girls' volleyball story.Crescenta Valley's season comes to a close in 25-19, 25-8, 25-22 CIF Southern Section Division IA first-round defeat to Saugus.SAUGUS -- Despite the fact that her team's season had just come to its conclusion in three games, Crescenta Valley High Coach Jennifer Kunz Ryan couldn't have been happier with her Falcons. It came from knowing that, even in defeat, her team had saved its best effort for the last game of the year. "I'm so proud of this group of girls, that's what makes it hardest graduating nine seniors," said Kunz Ryan as she choked back tears after Crescenta Valley's 25-19, 25-8, 25-22 loss to host Saugus in an opening-round match of the CIF Southern Section Division IA playoffs on Tuesday inside a raucous Saugus High gym. After a second-game loss in which the Falcons (11-15)
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| March 24, 2014
After helping lead their respective teams to deep runs into the CIF Southern Section playoffs, a pair of area girls' basketball players have been bestowed with prestigious postseason recognition. Courtney Chen of La Cañada and Glendale Adventist Academy's Madison Federici received All-CIF accolades after the CIF Office unveiled the first-team selections Monday. For Chen, she's certainly no stranger to picking up All-CIF honors. In Federici's case, it marked the first time she's received recognition.
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| March 24, 2014
For the St. Francis High basketball team, it enjoyed its most successful season in program history. Two of the biggest reasons for the Golden Knights' success came in the form of consistent efforts throughout the season from Kyle Leufroy and Evan Crawford. The duo helped St. Francis advance to the CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship game and the second round of the CIF State tournament. The duo was rewarded for its contributions Monday, when the CIF Southern Section Office unveiled its All-CIF awards.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 18, 2014
Throughout the last few seasons, the Crescenta Valley High and La Cañada boys' soccer teams have fielded their share of prolific athletes. That is one of the reasons why both programs have enjoyed their share of success, along with being among the most successful in the area. That proved to be the case once again this season, as Crescenta Valley's Justin Wright and Austin Gartside of La Cañada picked up All-CIF first-team recognition Monday. Wright and Gartside earned spots on the Division III and V teams, respectively, after the CIF Southern Section Office unveiled first-team honorees from the seven divisions.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 17, 2014
Though the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team came up short of winning the CIF Southern Section Division V championship for a second straight season, the Falcons still commanded plenty of attention when it came to the opponents trying to contain them. Backed by a strong cast of players who excelled on both ends of the pool, Crescenta Valley captured the Pacific League championship for a fifth straight season. It propelled them to a run to the semifinals for the fourth season in a row. For their collective performances, six Crescenta Valley players were bestowed with All-CIF Southern Section recognition after the Falcons finished 24-7, 8-0 in league.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 17, 2014
Before the season began in early December, the La Cañada High and Flintridge Prep girls' soccer teams had common goals of challenging for their respective league championships and possibly making a long run in the postseason. It certainly helped that the Spartans and Rebels could turn to experienced players to assist in the process and meet the objectives for their respective budding teams. In the process, the trio also caught the attention of opposing coaches throughout their divisions.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 14, 2014
In its first state tournament appearance, the St. Francis High basketball team defeated a CIF section champion. Another balanced scoring attack might put the Golden Knights in position to accomplish the feat again. The task might be considerably taller for 11th-seeded St. Francis, which will travel to meet third-seeded Rancho Santa Margarita in a CIF State Division III second-round game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Golden Knights, who finished runner-up in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship game against Oak Park, opened the state tournament Wednesday with a 67-62 road win against sixth-seeded San Diego Kearny.
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By Gabriel Rizk, Special to the Glendale News-Press | March 11, 2014
During coach Steve Bergen's current tenure, now entering its fifth season, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimming team has made quantum leaps of improvement from year to year, placing 34th in CIF Southern Section Division 1 three years ago, 14th the next and vaulting all the way to seventh last season. Perhaps just as impressive has been the Tologs' return to sustained preeminence in the elite Mission League, where they are coming off back-to-back championships. With both youth and experience on its side, the renaissance is primed to roll on, as Sacred Heart would appear to have enough depth and star power on its roster to not only sustain its current footing, but perhaps push its way back into the running for its first Division 1 title since 2007 over the next couple of seasons.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
A historic season and playoff run ended for Hoover High senior Arthur Ghukasyan on Friday evening. The 160-pound wrestler finished a 3-2 run on the first day of the two-day long CIF State Wrestling Championships at Bakersfield's Rabobank Arena and did not qualify to Saturday's finale. Ghukasyan reached a do-or-die consolation match on Friday evening versus Liberty High senior Jake Maas, ranked 25th in state, who applied a pin in 2:42. "He had a great season, but it was a long day," Hoover Coach Dave Beard said.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
AZUSA - With 27.5 seconds remaining, it appeared destiny was on the side of the St. Francis High basketball team. The Golden Knights had just erased a five-point deficit in a matter of 27.5 seconds and tied visiting Oak Park in the program's first-ever appearance at the CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship at the Felix Event Center in Azusa on Friday afternoon. All this was done while Golden Knights junior guard Kyle Leufroy was playing through the pain of potentially twisted ankle.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 5, 2014
A trip to the CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship contest appeared to be anything but a slam dunk for the St. Francis High basketball team just a couple of weeks ago. After stumbling through the second half of Mission League, St. Francis earned the second seed in the division's playoff bracket before being taken to overtime by unseeded Yucca Valley in the first round. Since the opening-round scare, the Golden Knights appear to be the squad that excelled throughout December and the first part of January.
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