Sports briefs

La Cañada Cougars win championship

The La Cañada Cougars 10-and-under boys’ baseball team played in the 2007 SoCal Super Series Surf City World Series Qualifier Tournament in Huntington Beach Oct. 6 and 7, winning the championship and qualifying for the 2007 Winter National Championship Tournament in Arizona. The Cougars won their four games with great pitching and hitting.

The team includes 11 boys (eight from La Cañada and three from La Crescenta): Matthew Pasion, Dacota Cummins, Ray Kim, Davis Browning, Patrick Gilligan, Charlie Bednar, David Yoon, A.J. Absy, Brady Soper, Robb Lovelace and Chris Larsen.

Coached by manager Manager Steve Kim along with Kurt Bednar, Roland Pasion, Paul Absy, Brandon Bell and Dylan Gaines, the Cougars had great play on the field and behind the plate.

Tournament highlights in pitching came from Pasion, who pitched for seven innings and three strike outs and Kim, who also pitched seven innings for 13 stike outs.

On offense, Cummins, Lovelace, Gilligan, and Bednar all had four singles; Gilligan also scored on a home run. Browning had five singles with six RBIs.

Great defensive play by Soper at second base kept the Cougars alive.

The team will be playing three more tournaments coming up to qualify for the Disney Wolrd Series and state championship.

For more information about the La Cañada Cougars, contact Steve Kim at (818) 949-0084 or or Monique Cummins at (818) 262-0672 or

La Cañada runners compete at Mt. SAC

The La Cañada High School cross country team competed at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational last weekend, where the varsity boys’ and girls’ teams placed eighth and fourth, respectively, in the Division III sweepstakes races.

Will Zentmyer and Sean Sharma led the boys’ charge by finishing 29th in 16 minutes and 25 seconds and 30th, in 16:27.

Jessica Lam and Kaitlin Fuelling finished in 9th and 12th, respectively, in 20:28 and 20:45 for the girls’ effort.

La Cañada runners are taking an unwanted break in training due to the poor air quality of the last few days, but will compete in the Rio Hondo League finals next Thursday.

Both teams lead the league and with a solid performance next week could walk away with another league championship.

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