By Armand Manoukian
La Cañada High School has some really good basketball teams.
No, they’re like really good.
Both Varsity Boys’ and Girls’ basketball have enjoyed great seasons. They both topped their Rio Hondo league tables, and have league records of 10-0. On top of that, it’s a rarity if either team doesn’t win by over 20 points.
The boys boast an overall record of 26-3, while the girls are 24-3. Both teams won multiple tournaments and showcases in their respective preasons, and these impressive records are adding up to statewide respect. Updated rankings of all of California’s basketball teams, disregarding divisions, has Varsity Boys at #28 in the state (reminder: there are 884 high schools in California). The Varsity Girls reside in the 58th spot in California, which beckons for a similar respect from their peers.
Journalists are loving LC Hoops this year too. Andrew J. Campa, an LA Times sport reporter, called La Canada the “best girls’ hoops team” in the area. The Los Angeles Daily News did a feature on the team as well, citing their close-knit bond as the essence of their success.
The boys are getting similar respect from journalists. Frank Burlison, a journalist whose forté is high school basketball, has placed the Spartans’ Boys team in the top 25 in SoCal. While watching one of their games, he said, “My thought is that this is the best group of jump shooters I’ve seen on any Southern California squad this season.”
The boys, sadly, bowed out in the quarterfinals of their CIF run. The girls, however, have reached the final and will play this Friday for the ultimate prize, and the goal since August: a CIF ring.
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LA CANADA, PROUD AND GRAND. ALMA MATER SHALL FOREVER STAND.