First published in the Feb. 17 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ water polo team lost to visiting Yucaipa, 16-3, in a CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinal round on Saturday.
Junior Shereen Emadi, sophomore Kadyn Day and freshman Alexis Calix each scored one goal as the Spartans finished their season three wins shy of the CIF championship.
La Cañada previously beat visiting St. Lucy’s of Glendora, 20-15, in a high-scoring first-round match last Wednesday, Feb. 9, as senior Theodora Stefan tallied a team-high 10 goals. Day collected three goals while Emadi, junior Kaley Schmidt and junior Jenna Ku each registered two goals. Calix finished the scoring with one goal.
The Spartans (16-9 overall record) finished the year as co-champions of the Rio Hondo League with Temple City, as each posted a 9-1 league record.
FLINTRIDGE SACRED HEART
A historic season ended for the Tologs after falling to visiting La Habra, 12-7, in a CIF-SS Division 5 quarterfinal round on Saturday, Feb. 12. For the first time in school history, FSHA’s water polo team not only survived the first round of playoffs but advanced to the quarterfinals, according to head coach Carlos Ponce.
“We haven’t had a full squad since the last game in December, not even during CIF. I had eight girls, one sub, for the whole CIF tournament,” Ponce said. “The fact that we went this far made us even hungrier for next year. These girls fought through so much adversity throughout the year — they became a family and kept fighting for everything they wanted.”
Freshman Marisol Cowles tallied a team-high five goals while junior Audrey Lawlor and freshman Katherine Dolan each scored once.
In an exciting CIF second-round matchup, the Tologs registered a 15-12 victory over visiting Riverside J.W. North on Thursday, Feb. 10. Cowles collected a team-high eight goals while Dolan added five goals. Senior Margaret Fuller and sophomore Guinevere Andrews each scored once, while junior Natalia DeKansky tallied 11 blocks in the cage.
FSHA advanced past the first round after crushing host Bell Gardens, 22-1, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, as Cowles led all scorers with seven goals. Dolan and Lawlor each contributed four goals, while senior Riley Peterson and Fuller each scored three goals. Andrews finished with one goal while DeKansky registered nine blocks.
The Tologs finished the season with a 12-9 overall record and placed fifth in the Mission League.
The Wolves were eliminated from the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs after being defeated by visiting Oxnard, 20-4, in a second-round matchup on Thursday, Feb. 10. The Wolves previously beat host Santa Ana Valley, 15-11, in the first round earlier in the week on Tuesday, Feb. 8. No individual statistics were reported to the Outlook Valley Sun.
Flintridge Prep finished with a 13-13 overall record and tied for second place in the Prep League.