Sports briefs

Ex-Spartan producing at the next level

La Cañada resident Kelson Brown, a third baseman in the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor-league organization, was an honorable-mention selection for the Pirates' minor-league all-star team, according to Major League Baseball's website.

Brown was the 1,017 overall pick in the 34th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft on June 9. He finished his first season with the Pennsylvania's State College Spikes, the Pirate's minor-league affiliate, with a .293 batting average and 84 total bases in 62 games.

La Cañada wins tournament opener

The La Cañada boys' basketball team had a fine opening game Monday at the 53rd Arroyo Invitational Varsity Basketball Tournament, defeating La Puente, 61-50, at Arroyo High.

Matt Faber had 14 rebounds and Michael McGlashan had 11 points — including five-of-six shooting and three three-pointers in the fourth quarter — to pace the Spartans.

Dario CiVon had 10 points in the first quarter to get the Spartans rolling. La Cañada had a 59-35 lead in the fourth quarter.

The Spartans will play Montclair — which won the Jurupa Valley Tip-Off Classic Friday — in the second round on Wednesday.

Hughes helps team capture title

Allie Hughes of La Cañada, a junior at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, helped the girls' varsity field hockey team win the New England Championship (Class C).

Seventh-seeded Brewster Academy defeated No. 1-seeded Newton Country Day of the Sacred Heart, 3-1, in the finals.

In the semifinals, Brewster Academy defeated third-seeded Holderness School, 2-1, and the Bobcats beat second-seeded Ethel Walker School, 2-0, in the quarterfinals.

Brewster Academy finished the season 12-4-2, and the Bobcats captured the championship for the first time since 2004. The team also captured the Lakes Region League championship this year.

Hughes also is a member of the ice hockey and crew teams.

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