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FSHA Seeks First Title Since 1986

First published in the Nov. 17 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy varsity girls’ basketball team is back on the court for the 2022-23 season with goals of making another postseason run.
The Tologs joined the Angelus League this season along with previous Sunshine League opponents Louisville High of Woodland Hills, Notre Dame Academy of Los Angeles and Immaculate Heart High of Los Angeles. Marymount High of Los Angeles also joined, while Alemany High of Mission Hills moved to the Mission League, according to FSHA head coach Ty Buxman.
“We want a league championship; you look on our banner and [19]86 was the last time we won a league championship. We’ve been in this Mission League up and down for a bunch of years and it’s sort of just not been realistic for us,” Buxman said. “For the first time in a long time, that’s definitely a goal and we’re pushing for that.”
While the Tologs ar e excited for the start of the season, which included matchups with La Salle College Preparatory of Pasadena and nonleague rival Mayfield Senior of Pasadena, they have their sights set on league action.
Flintridge Sacred Heart expects a lot out of its returners to complement its core of underclassmen making the jump to the varsity level this season, headlined by four-year varsity senior Sophia Heredia.
“She’s obviously solid, can score and plays defense, so we’re looking for her to continue in that leadership role and really sort of manage this group,” Buxman said.
Other varsity returners include senior Meghan Garrity, senior Jazmine Jones, junior Isabelle Risha and sophomore Ava Nawrocki.
“Megan is a defensive bulldog and a spark plug on the court. Jazmine could have a big impact if she’s giving us solid minutes here and there,” Buxman said. “Isabelle made big strides for us last year. She played behind Faith Ellis last year, so she’ll be filling those shoes in the center. Ava played a lot of minutes for us last year as a freshman, so we’re looking for her to take that next jump to be a real solid player.”
The core of returners will help guide the new varsity members, including senior Ella Rogers, senior Cassie Huston, senior Siena Urquiza, junior Sophia Durand, junior Madison Long and sophomore Sophia Astacaan. Buxman also noted the talented group of freshmen joining the program.
“Keep an eye out on some of these freshmen,” Buxman said. “Isabella Hagobian and Lori Yacoubian will get some minutes for us; they could be scorers and real defensive stoppers. Grace Adair is playing behind some of our ‘bigs,’ but we’re really looking forward to seeing how that works out.”
The Tologs, who finished last season as Sunshine League runners-up with a 4-4 record (13-10 overall), will continue the nonleague portion of their schedule by competing in the three-day Alhambra Keppel Tournament next week, with the opening matchup scheduled against Arcadia on Monday, Nov. 21, at 4:30 p.m.

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