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Crescenta Valley’s softball team started their quest for a CIF softball championship by playing their first round game against Summit at home late yesterday, but too late to report in the paper.

However, you can read up on their match with the ongoing coverage at the Valley Sun Sports Blog, lacanadasports.wordpress.com.

FP softball falls in wild card ...

The Rebels softball team lost to Woodcrest Christian Tuesday afternoon, 4-1, in a wild card match in the CIF-SS Division V playoffs. The Rebels were 10-10 on the season.

Though they’ll lose top hitter Lydia Kay, they’ll return their top starter, sophomore Denise Van Der Goot, and utility player, Stephanie Bathke.

... And baseball follows

The Flintridge Prep Rebels varsity baseball season came to an end 150 miles from home in their first playoff game when they lost, 14-10, to Kern Valley High School in Lake Isabella Tuesday afternoon. The Rebels collected 17 hits but stranded 11 runners on base, leaving the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings. Connor McCann picked up four of those hits, while Nick Ostiller and Royce Park had three each and Aaron Fried and Kyle McDonald had two apiece.

Fried homered for Prep in the third inning as the Rebels took a 3-1 lead, but several Prep errors in the bottom half of the same inning extended a rally for the Broncs as they replied to take a 6-3 lead. The two teams exchanged the leads again before Kern Valley scored six runs in the fifth inning against the Rebels relief pitchers to put the game away.

Prep ended the season with a 12-10 record, finished in third place in the Prep League and went to the playoffs for the first time since 2006. All but two of the Rebels players will return next season, including seven of the nine starting players in Tuesday’s loss to Kern Valley.

Dressage show at FSR this weekend

Often referred to as equine ballet because of its beauty and elegance, dressage represents the highest level of training a horse can achieve. Many movements take years to perfect. To enjoy first rate performances, everyone is invited to attend Dressage at Flintridge this weekend, May 22-24, at the Flintridge Riding Club (FRC), 4625 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. General admission to the show is free.

Dressage tests from Training Level to Grand Prix will begin on Friday morning and continue through Sunday from 8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. each day. One of the most thrilling and popular events is the Musical Freestyle on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Riders cue their mounts to perform complicated movements, synchronized with music.

Steffen Peters and Hilda Gurney, both Olympians, are two of the exceptional equestrians who will compete in the show. Peters won the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Dressage title on his extraordinarily talented gelding, Ravel. His win was only the second U.S. victory in the 23-year history of the Dressage World Cup.

From world class equestrians to aspiring beginners, the Dressage at Flintridge show presents a remarkable display of horsemanship and an equally impressive array of equines.

For more information, go to www.cornerstonedressage.com or contact FRC’s office at (818) 952-1233


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