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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | March 16, 2011
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — At the pace Flintridge Prep pitcher Denise van der Goot began Tuesday's nonleague softball game against visiting Glendale, she seemed intent on getting through the afternoon without letting the Nitros put a ball in play. But, with her pitch count rising after striking out the side in the first three innings, van der Goot began to rely on her defense over the latter half of the Rebels' 4-0 win that saw Prep strike for two runs in the first inning and two more in the sixth.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 23, 2011
From her vantage point at shortstop, Flintridge Prep softball player Kelly Wang can see the frustration of opposing batters when they vacate the batter's box and then walk back to the dugout after striking out against Denise van der Goot. Wang knows from her past experiences, having faced van der Goot numerous times during practice. While Wang hasn't had much success hitting van der Goot, the same can be said for opponents. "It's just so hard to hit against her, so I understand how the other teams feel," Wang said.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 21, 2011
GLENDALE — Erin Ashby and Denise van der Goot showed the local audiences throughout the season how dominating they each can be while standing in the circle. Their respective bodies of work also gained recognition outside the area, as well, after each turned in fine senior seasons. Crescenta Valley High's Ashby and Flintridge Prep's van der Goot closed out their high school careers with All-CIF Southern Section first-team accolades. The prestigious honors were unveiled Monday with Ashby being tabbed in Division III and van der Goot in Division VI. At the plate, the Stanford-bound Ashby hit .636 with 47 runs, 43 runs batted in and 10 home runs.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 10, 2011
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Even with the new rule change in place, Flintridge Prep softball pitcher Denise van der Goot proved she could make the proper adjustments and dominate. This is the first season the pitching rubber has been moved back three feet to 43 feet, which will likely be a benefit for hitters. Local pitchers are adapting to the longer dimensions, including van der Goot. She struck out 12 Wednesday afternoon to help host Flintridge Prep pick up an 8-5 season-opening nonleague victory against neighbor Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | June 11, 2011
GLENDALE — For some insight into how the Flintridge Prep softball team was able to capture its first Prep League championship in more than 15 years this season, one need look no further than the recently released all-league selections. The six Rebels honored in the voting conducted by the league's coaches, including Prep League Most Valuable Pitcher Denise van der Goot and Prep League Most Valuable Player Abby Deckop, were the chief catalysts in Prep's rise to a 10-2 league mark that was good for a shared title with Mayfield and propelled the squad to a home opener in the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 13, 2011
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Heading into the current Prep League softball season, reigning league titlist Mayfield was the prohibitive favorite to reign once more. Though there's still plenty of league games on the docket, after Tuesday, Flintridge Prep has clearly established itself out of the gates as the team to beat in the Prep League. On the strength of an outstanding performance in the circle from Denise van der Goot and a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning by Kelly Wang, the Rebels edged the Cubs, 2-1, at Flintridge Prep.
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By Charles Rich and Gabriel Rizk, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 13, 2011
GLENDALE — Entering its final Prep League game of the season Thursday afternoon, the Flintridge Prep softball team had two pieces of business to attend to. First, the Rebels wanted to exact revenge by beating Westridge. If they could accomplish that feat, it would give them a share of the league championship for the first time since 1995. Behind a no-hitter from Denise van der Goot, the Rebels rolled to a 10-0 league home win against Westridge in six innings. Van der Goot struck out 13 and faced the minimum 21 batters.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | May 25, 2011
LAKE ARROWHEAD — With a blast into the thin mountain air, Flintridge Prep's Denise van der Goot gave the Rebels and their faithful reason to believe a comeback was possible. And when Ashley Kim let fly on another blast that traveled deep into right field, the Rebels and their fans once again were lifted from their seats. Only this time, Kim's blast came up short, as did the Rebels in a 3-1 loss to host Rim of the World on Tuesday afternoon in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs.
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By Jeremy Curtis, Special to the News-Press | May 20, 2011
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tie game, the fate of the Flintridge Prep softball season lay on the bat of first baseman Rachel Simon. The Rebels had runners on second and third in an opening-round CIF Southern Section Division VI playoff game against visiting Santa Paula. On a 2-1 count, Simon smacked a single through the middle of the infield, driving home Ashley Kim, and propelling Flintridge Prep to a 2-1 walk-off win Thursday.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 19, 2011
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Little more than an hour after the Flintridge Prep softball team began Prep League play, it was hard to find a Rebel without an ear-to-ear grin. One would have been even more hard-pressed to find a fashion in which Flintridge Prep could have begun its league season in a better way. "This is a very emphatic victory for us — we're excited," Rebels Coach Julie Jaime said. With Denise van der Goot at her best in the circle, the defense behind her flawless and an Alina Okamoto-led offense running roughshod around the bases, the Rebels opened league with an all-around impressive outing that came against its archrival and ended in an 11-1 mercy-rule win over visiting Pasadena Poly on Friday at Prep.
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By Grant Gordon | April 16, 2012
The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level. Michael Mendoza (Glendale Community College, 2009) senior, Iowa Wesleyan College baseball: In his senior season, the outfielder is turning heads with eye-popping numbers as just one of a handful of Glendale college transfers that are paying dividends for Iowa Wesleyan. In a 12-1 Midwest Collegiate Conference victory over Waldorf on Sunday, Mendoza hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season.
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By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan | April 3, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - With a team filled with six freshmen and four sophomores, games like Tuesday's Prep League contest against Rio Hondo Prep are bound to happen to the Flintridge Prep softball team. The Rebels struggled on the field and at the plate, committing nine errors and stranding five runners in a 9-2 home setback that kept Prep winless on the season at 0-11, 0-4 in league. "There are definitely some things we need to work on," Prep Coach Julie Jamie said. "It comes with time and experience.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 21, 2011
GLENDALE — Erin Ashby and Denise van der Goot showed the local audiences throughout the season how dominating they each can be while standing in the circle. Their respective bodies of work also gained recognition outside the area, as well, after each turned in fine senior seasons. Crescenta Valley High's Ashby and Flintridge Prep's van der Goot closed out their high school careers with All-CIF Southern Section first-team accolades. The prestigious honors were unveiled Monday with Ashby being tabbed in Division III and van der Goot in Division VI. At the plate, the Stanford-bound Ashby hit .636 with 47 runs, 43 runs batted in and 10 home runs.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | June 11, 2011
GLENDALE — For some insight into how the Flintridge Prep softball team was able to capture its first Prep League championship in more than 15 years this season, one need look no further than the recently released all-league selections. The six Rebels honored in the voting conducted by the league's coaches, including Prep League Most Valuable Pitcher Denise van der Goot and Prep League Most Valuable Player Abby Deckop, were the chief catalysts in Prep's rise to a 10-2 league mark that was good for a shared title with Mayfield and propelled the squad to a home opener in the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 10, 2011
TEMPLE CITY — Some of the area's best high school softball players had the rare opportunity to take the field with more concern about having fun than winning in the annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game, hosted at Live Oak Park in Temple City on Thursday night. Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and La Cañada High each sent a handful of players to compete in the game, which pits San Gabriel Valley's best public and private high school seniors against each other in a friendly competition.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | May 25, 2011
LAKE ARROWHEAD — With a blast into the thin mountain air, Flintridge Prep's Denise van der Goot gave the Rebels and their faithful reason to believe a comeback was possible. And when Ashley Kim let fly on another blast that traveled deep into right field, the Rebels and their fans once again were lifted from their seats. Only this time, Kim's blast came up short, as did the Rebels in a 3-1 loss to host Rim of the World on Tuesday afternoon in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 23, 2011
From her vantage point at shortstop, Flintridge Prep softball player Kelly Wang can see the frustration of opposing batters when they vacate the batter's box and then walk back to the dugout after striking out against Denise van der Goot. Wang knows from her past experiences, having faced van der Goot numerous times during practice. While Wang hasn't had much success hitting van der Goot, the same can be said for opponents. "It's just so hard to hit against her, so I understand how the other teams feel," Wang said.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | May 23, 2011
GLENDALE — Rim of the World High, host of today's CIF Southern Section Division VI second-round softball playoff game against Flintridge Prep at 3:15 p.m., may enjoy a home-field advantage more imposing than most. In having to meet the Scots on their home turf, the Rebels will not only have to travel roughly 80 miles by bus, but will spend the final 20 weaving through a two-lane mountain road on a vertical climb to the mouth of Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains. "Road trips aren't bad, but going up a mountain is never something you want to be doing right before a softball game," said Prep Coach Julie Jaime, whose team (14-4)
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By Jeremy Curtis, Special to the News-Press | May 20, 2011
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tie game, the fate of the Flintridge Prep softball season lay on the bat of first baseman Rachel Simon. The Rebels had runners on second and third in an opening-round CIF Southern Section Division VI playoff game against visiting Santa Paula. On a 2-1 count, Simon smacked a single through the middle of the infield, driving home Ashley Kim, and propelling Flintridge Prep to a 2-1 walk-off win Thursday.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | May 17, 2011
GLENDALE — In the ever-changing and surprising realm of the CIF Southern Section softball and baseball playoffs, wild-card games have become abundant, first-round playoff berths have become harder and harder to come by and predictions are difficult to make. Thus, maybe it should not have been all that surprising when Crescenta Valley High's softball team, after sharing the Pacific League title with Burroughs, found out upon the playoff pairings' unveilings on Monday afternoon, that it would be taking to the road to face Oak Park at 3:15 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Southern Section Division III playoffs.
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