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Sports Roundup: La Cañada boys’ soccer clinches league title

BOYS’ SOCCER

La Cañada 7, Blair 1: The Spartans clinched their second Rio Hondo League title in three years with a victory at home Thursday.

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“I’m very happy and very proud,” La Cañada coach Bruno Costa said. “Looking forward to next year again and we’re going strong heading into the playoffs.”

The Spartans (15-5-5, 7-1-2 in league) got a pair of hat tricks from senior forwards Will Chant and Jake Tolkin. Connor Grogan added one in the mix.

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After a disappointing 5-0 loss to South Pasadena on Jan. 24, La Cañada bounced back with back-to-back wins against Temple City, 2-1, and San Marino, 4-1, to put itself in prime position to regain the league title.

“The relationship with the players, we’ve known each other for three years, so we’re closing and we know eachother better,” said Costa on the highlight of the season. “Things are easier to handle.”

The CIF Southern Section boys’ soccer playoff brackets will be released on Saturday at 11 a.m.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

La Cañada 85, Blair 15: Host La Cañada cruised to a Rio Hondo League home win Thursday.

The Spartans, who had already clinched the league title, finished the regular season 23-5, 10-0 in league.

Pasadena Poly 55, Flintridge Prep 40: Flintridge Prep concluded regular season action with a Prep League road defeat Thursday.

The Rebels are 14-11 and went 5-3 in league for second place.

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

La Cañada 12, Pasadena Poly 9: Rio Hondo League champion La Cañada wrapped up the regular season with a nonleague road win Thursday.

The Spartans improved to 19-7.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 49, Louisville 38: Jenna de Vera finished with 18 points Thursday to ignite the host Ttologs to a Sunshine League win.

Flintridge Sacred Heart wrapped up the regular season 18-8, 4-4 in league for third place.

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