First published in the January 20 print issue of Outlook Valley Sunshine.
The La Cañada High School women’s water polo team defeated host Blair High of Pasadena, 15-9, in a Rio Hondo League game on Tuesday.
Alexis Calix, Jenna Ku, Kadyn Day, Shereen Emadi, Thea Stefan and Anna Fogarty each scored two goals for LCHS. Meanwhile, teammates Didi Reifsnyder-Smith, Kylie Ku and Annabelle Hsieh each added a goal.
The Spartans (5-6, 3-1 league record overall) stopped visiting San Marino High, 19-11, in a Rio Hondo League battle last Thursday, January 11. three quarters, while Calix and Stefan scored four each. Emadi scored twice, while Claire Lin, Molly Anderson and Kaley Schmidt each added a goal.
La Cañada previously lost a non-league game to Downey, 11-8, while also falling to Temple City, 11-9, in a close league game on Wednesday January 12.
The Spartans are due to travel to Temple City for a league game on Thursday January 20 at 3:30 p.m.
For the first time in 11 years, Wolves beat rival Pasadena’s Poly, 19-14, in a Prep League game on Friday January 14.
Flintridge Prep (7-10 overall, 3-1 league) last beat the Panthers, 11-9, in the 2010-11 season, according to Poly assistant athletic director Thomas Sale.
“Any rivalry game is amazing to win. All the kids talked about that game,” Flintridge Prep assistant coach Edin Memisevic said. the last [decade] so it feels good to give them a loss finally.
The rivalry match did not disappoint as the two teams battled it out for control of the lead. The second quarter was a back-and-forth battle that saw six lead changes and five draws. The game turned into a one-on-one contest to open the second quarter as Flintridge Prep’s Emily Battaglia and Poly’s Liz Fogassa traded four goals each in the first four minutes. Battaglia finished with a team record five goals.
In the final minute of the third quarter, Flintridge Prep’s Nico Seaver scored back-to-back goals to give Wolves a 14-12 lead heading into the final quarter. She finished with three goals after adding one in the first half.
The final quarter was Flintridge Prep’s best defensive performance of the afternoon as they beat Poly 4-2 to secure the win. Dahlia Kamins has registered five saves for Wolves.
Flintridge Prep captain Elise Desjalais had a record six steals, four goals and two assists, while teammate Alexandra Thein added two steals, two assists and two goals.
“Elise and Alex are very important to the foundation of our team this year,” Memisevic said. “Alex is always conscious defensively and Elise is the one who keeps everyone in order. They make life easier for us as coaches. They are seasoned veterans and they keep the team in check.
Wolves Victoria Barry scored two goals while teammates Naomi Cohens and Kateline Kinne each had one.
Flintridge Prep is set to host Westridge School in Pasadena in a championship game on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 3:30 p.m.
SACRED HEART OF FLINTRIDGE
The Tologs dominated Marymount High in Los Angeles and won a Mission League game, 16-4, on Tuesday, January 18.
Rookie Marisol Cowles topped Marymount with a game-high 10 goals, while junior goaltender Natalia de Kansky had eight saves in the cage. Rookie Katherine Dolan added three goals, junior Audrey Lawlor scored two goals and senior Riley Peterson scored one.
After dropping their first two league games to open the new year, FSHA (8-2 aggregate, 0-2 league) bounced back and recorded a 10-7 non-league victory at Glendale’s Hoover High on Friday 14 January. Cowles scored a team-high six, while Lawlor and Dolan added two each. de Kansky recorded eight saves and four assists.
Despite a tight game, the FSHA fell to Los Angeles’ Marlborough, 12-10, in their second league game on Wednesday, January 12. de Kansky had 15 saves while Cowles led the offense with a team-high four goals. Junior Kaitlyn Beltz, Lawlor and Dolan each scored two goals.
The Tologs are scheduled to travel to Harvard-Westlake in Studio City for a non-league game on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.