First published in the Feb. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team was upset by visiting Northwood High of Irvine, 64-60, in its CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA first-round playoff game last Thursday at LCHS.
Junior Jack Reynolds racked up 18 points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists, senior Samuel Guerrero poured in 12 points with five assists and one board, and sophomore Josh Proctor registered 10 points, nine rebounds and one assist.
Junior Anders Petersen tallied five points, one block, one steal and one board, senior Jacob Pastor finished with five points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist, and senior Evan Mulcahey recorded four points, three boards, one block and one assist. Sophomore Josh Pastor scored three points with one steal and one assist while junior Matthew Plocher had three points and one rebound.
Tom Hofman, who completed his 37th year as LCHS head coach, had reached his milestone 800th career victory in the Spartans’ prior game to conclude the regular season.
La Cañada captured its 10th consecutive Rio Hondo League title with a 9-1 record (21-8 overall) and will look to return to the postseason next year.
The Wolves advanced to the quarterfinals after crushing host Wilson High in Hacienda Heights, 72-44, in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs last Friday.
Senior Geoffrey Stetson poured in 16 points, junior Henry Morrison scored 11 points and senior Theo Kuo registered 10 points. Senior Andrew Jordan tallied nine points while junior Will Bigby finished with six points. Seniors Caleb Bowne and Jack Jones each recorded five points, senior Marvin Furuta produced four points, and junior Steven Ng and freshman Owen Willingham each had three points.
Flintridge Prep previously defeated visiting Trinity Classical Academy of Valencia, 69-32, in its CIF first-round game as Bigby poured in 17 points.
The Wolves (20-7 overall) recently hosted St. Bonaventure High of Ventura (21-8 overall) in a quarterfinal matchup; the game ended after the Outlook Valley Sun’s press deadline and will be included in next week’s issue. If victorious, Flintridge Prep would advance to the semifinals and face either Woodrow Wilson High of Long Beach (20-10 overall) or Nordhoff High of Ojai (22-6 overall) on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.
The Golden Knights lost at Oak Park, 53-41, in their CIF-Southern Section Division I first-round playoff game last Thursday as sophomore Mazi Mosley racked up 15 points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Senior George Tupy poured in nine points with five boards while senior Brandin Dantzler registered six points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one block. Senior captain Jackson Mosley tallied five points, three boards, two steals and one assist while junior Ethan Childs scored four points with two rebounds. Junior Kennedy Mitchell-Egbo finished with two points, junior Chris Kalachian recorded one steal and one board, and senior captain Luke McGrath and sophomore Joe Hickey each had one rebound and one assist.
SFHS finished the campaign fourth in the Mission League standings with a 4-3 record (19-10 overall).