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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | December 29, 2011
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Before they were Falcons, Knights and Rebels, a good number of the boys' and girls' basketball players currently occupying roster spots on area high school teams began as Blazers. Renaissance Academy boys' basketball Coach Sid Cooke has been instructing youth players from around the area and the greater San Gabriel Valley long enough to count alumni of his camps and travel ball program at just about any local game he attends, whether it's at Crescenta Valley High, La Cañada, St. Francis or Flintridge Prep.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | July 1, 2011
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Never underestimate the motivating power of Gatorade on a hot summer day. With each victory in a competition or heads-up play performed in a drill, the attendants of the second annual Falcons Summer Baseball Camp would rapidly scurry across Stengel Field to claim their liquid reward. But it was far more than just the chance to win free sports drinks that lured a sizable group of youth ballplayers ages 7-12 to Stengel Field for the camp, which began on Monday and concluded Thursday.
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By Charles Rich | August 1, 2007
BURBANK — It's the middle of summer, and Bruce Breeden can't seem to leave the basketball court. More like the former Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball coach doesn't want to. That's no surprise, since he's intent on assisting youngsters to become better players by helping them grasp the fundamentals of the fast-paced game. Breeden, who now serves as the Burbank High girls' basketball coach, oversaw a group of about 12 girls who took part in his camp at Burbank High last week.
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By | January 18, 2010
For Latin Dance Pro salsa dance instructor Sergio Leal, teaching dance comes down to one thing: the fundamentals. “My philosophy is to really start them off at the very beginning,” Leal said, as salsa music pumped through the speakers of the dance hall of Stardancers Horizon on Wilson Avenue in Glendale. These fundamentals to salsa, he said, make reaching the intermediate level a lot easier. He begins by teaching his students basic steps used in most forms of salsa, Leal said.
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September 9, 2005
The Crescenta Valley Youth Basketball Program can help youths improve their playing skills no matter what their performance level is. The program focuses on shooting, ball handling, rebounding, passing, defense, guard play, post play, footwork, conditioning and court awareness This program, conducted by Coach Michael Gayle, offers one-on-one coaching, in conjunction with a systematic approach, to develope sound basketball fundamentals which...
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February 21, 2004
Charles Rich They didn't travel halfway across the world to have their spirits dampened by a rare rainy day in Southern California. Nor did the members of the Tokyo-based Rikkyo-St. Paul's University baseball team shed tears after they had exhibition games against USC and UCLA canceled Wednesday because of inclement weather. There were traces of disappointment, but the Japanese athletes carried on by practicing and scrimmaging Thursday at venerable Stengel Field.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | July 3, 2010
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — While Conor Blakey has attended his share of baseball, basketball and soccer camps in recent years, he had yet to win a prize. It wasn't something that tugged at Blakey, 11, but it might have been the perfect motivation to reverse course. For that to change, Blakey knew he needed to apply his complete concentration on catching tennis balls while looking into the blinding sun in short left field at Stengel Field on Wednesday during the Falcon Summer Baseball Camp.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 8, 2012
BURBANK - For the past four years, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball team has enjoyed a renaissance by qualifying for the postseason. Ty Buxman had a hand in that achievement by grooming multiple players at the junior varsity level as a coach and preparing them for the transition to the varsity stage. Buxman will now be in charge of the varsity team for the first time after he succeeded Gino Pacella, who resigned following last season. "We built a program over the last four years and we are going to try to keep making progress," said Buxman, whose team suffered a pair of pool-play losses Friday, including a 59-17 defeat against Country Day La Jolla, at the Summer Slam Tournament at Burroughs High.
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By Robert Fulton, Special to the News-Press | February 21, 2012
PASADENA - With his team up by 45 points midway through the third period of its CIF Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinal game against Arshag Dickranian on Tuesday, Renaissance Academy basketball Coach Sid Cooke called a timeout. Despite being ahead comfortably, Cooke didn't like what he saw after the two teams exchanged a number of baskets during a two-minute stretch. The coach wanted his squad to keep its focus. "I just wanted our kids to keep playing hard," Cooke said.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | December 28, 2013
GLENDALE - Across the sun-splashed infield dirt at Stengel Field, a group of participants attending the final day of the 18th annual Falcon Winter Baseball Camp were hard at work. There was plenty for the current batch of Little Leaguers from around the area and surrounding communities to decipher, including how to properly turn a double play and the correct position to scoop up a ground ball and follow through with an accurate throw to first base. One by one, each of the 60 campers took their turn grasping the fundamentals, realizing they might be in position to have to make a similar play during the upcoming season.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
GLENDALE - Graduation took place for a group of 71 on Thursday morning at Fremont Tennis Center following a six-week stretch in which they learned about the value of exercise and the fundamentals of tennis. Following the final moments in which the athletes completed their respective drills, the participants sat in three rows on the court before receiving their certificates of achievement at the tennis camp that was put on by the LA84 Foundation, in conjunction with the Southern California Tennis Assn.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 22, 2013
GLENDALE - No matter the month on the calendar, Tony Passarella can be found hard at work teaching area youths the fundamentals of basketball and exercise. It's something that's been dear to Passarella, a Glendale resident who has been providing pointers on the game by running local camps for the past decade. Creativity and a friendly demeanor help make it easy for the participants who attend the annual Kid's Summer Basketball, Training and Fitness Camp to understand the points Passarella diligently tries to teach them.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 13, 2013
LA CAÑADA - When the Flintridge Prep football team found itself perfecting its running form on a Thursday afternoon, it was clear the Rebels had taken a back-to-basics approach in their spring workouts. "That's our focus this summer - keeping it simple - I think we may have one, two passing league games set up all summer," Flintridge Prep Coach Antonio Harrison said. "I want to get back to the basics. " Those basics include conditioning, footwork, catching and carrying the ball, route running and most importantly for the Rebels, who graduated 13 seniors, tackling.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | December 4, 2012
NORTHEAST GLENDALE - It could be argued that both the Marshall Fundamental and Flintridge Prep boys' soccer teams enjoyed small victories when the pair met in nonleague play. The visiting Eagles, who entered Tuesday evening's affair having scored 19 goals through three contests, were held well below their average and spent most of the evening in irritation, with part of that sensation due to the Rebels. Even so, Marshall's attack still proved potent enough in a 2-0 victory at the Glendale Sports Complex.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | November 30, 2012
NORTHEAST GLENDALE - Without a top player and down its head coach, circumstances weren't exactly in favor of the Flintridge Prep girls' soccer team in the Rebels' season opener Friday afternoon at the Glendale Sports Complex. Then again, the Rebels had the benefit of playing visiting Marshall Fundamental, which was down four starters, and took advantage with dominant midfield play in a 4-0 nonleague victory. “We said before the game, during the game and at halftime that we had to look for touches and control the ball,” said Rebels assistant Sean Beattie, who was filling in for head coach Esteban Chavez, who is at the NCAA Men's Soccer Final Four.
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By Andrew Campa | October 14, 2012
Falling behind 34 points at halftime, the Marshall Fundamental football team knew it was in for a tough Saturday evening. The Eagles, though, showed some defensive resilience in the second half in only allowing two touchdowns before falling, 48-0, to host Windward School in Alpha League play at Palisades High. With the defeat, Marshall's second in a row, the Eagles fell to 3-5 overall and 0-4 in league. "We didn't give up and that's what I appreciate about the guys. They kept fighting," Marshall first-year Coach Jim Arellanes said.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 18, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - Across two multi-purpose fields at Flintridge Intermediate School, Barry Ritson went from one drill station to another. Ritson's interest peaked while watching 60-70 campers go though a variety of drills during the first day of the inaugural Launch Soccer Camp. In the camp that featured athletes 4-14, players spent nearly 30 minutes perfecting their dribbling skills on the all-grass venue while absorbing all the material. "Youth soccer is built on reputation and you want to see the kids do well," said Ritson, a native of England who started Launch Soccer in February and will conduct several similar camps through Aug. 17 in Pasadena, Arcadia and Temple City.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 8, 2012
BURBANK - For the past four years, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball team has enjoyed a renaissance by qualifying for the postseason. Ty Buxman had a hand in that achievement by grooming multiple players at the junior varsity level as a coach and preparing them for the transition to the varsity stage. Buxman will now be in charge of the varsity team for the first time after he succeeded Gino Pacella, who resigned following last season. "We built a program over the last four years and we are going to try to keep making progress," said Buxman, whose team suffered a pair of pool-play losses Friday, including a 59-17 defeat against Country Day La Jolla, at the Summer Slam Tournament at Burroughs High.
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By Robert Fulton, Special to the News-Press | February 21, 2012
PASADENA - With his team up by 45 points midway through the third period of its CIF Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinal game against Arshag Dickranian on Tuesday, Renaissance Academy basketball Coach Sid Cooke called a timeout. Despite being ahead comfortably, Cooke didn't like what he saw after the two teams exchanged a number of baskets during a two-minute stretch. The coach wanted his squad to keep its focus. "I just wanted our kids to keep playing hard," Cooke said.
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