This is the sixth of eight editions in which the News-Press looks back at the area's 2010-11 seasons, school by school, before looking ahead at the year to come.
Flintridge Prep's athletic teams made their share of history during the 2010-11 school year, from a first-ever outright Prep League title for the girls' soccer team to the softball team's first league crown in 16 years, and of course the pinnacle of achievement that was the boys' basketball team's first-ever CIF championship.
Along the way, the Rebels enjoyed plenty of other triumphs, including playoff appearances for teams and individuals and the extension of the boys' cross-country team's tradition of excellence with yet another appearance at the CIF State meet.
Here are the highs and lows from fall to spring, with everything in between:
• Sept. 9, 2010 — The girls' volleyball team opens its season with a 3-1 nonleague road win over Alhambra behind 12 kills from Charlotte Kay.
• Sept. 11, 2010 — Despite leading St. Genevieve by 13 points in the fourth quarter of its season opener, the football team suffers a heartbreaking 21-20 loss on the road.
Offensive miscues and a defensive collapse that allows two late touchdowns doom the Rebels, who would go 0-3-1 over the remainder of their nonleague schedule to open the season.
• Sept. 23, 2010 — Webb pushes the Rebels the distance, but the girls' volleyball team still comes up with a 3-2 win in its Prep League home opener thanks to 23 digs and 42 assists from Casey Meurer and 11 kills and five aces from Julia Miller.
"The league is tough for sure, and it's always going to be tough," Meurer said.
• Sept. 28, 2010 — Ethan Vandeventer scores seven goals to lead an offensive explosion for the boys' water polo team in a 20-4 nonleague home rout of Alhambra.
• Oct. 1, 2010 — The girls' tennis team suffers its first loss of the season in its Prep League home opener against Chadwick by a razor-thin 9-9 (71-68) margin.
• Oct. 6, 2010 — Wearing down in the second half, the boys' water polo team suffers a 13-3 loss to La Salle at home in its Prep League opener.
• Oct. 9, 2010 — Competing against some of the top teams in the state, the boys' cross-country team finishes seventh in the Division 4 Varsity Race at the 2010 Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno. Jason Bunn leads the way for the Rebels with a 21st-place effort.
• Oct. 15, 2010 — Another fourth-quarter collapse costs the football team an even bigger prize, a possible win over Prep League-rival and CIF Southern Section Northeast Division No. 1-ranked Chadwick.
Still seeking its first win of the season in the league opener at Occidental College, Prep takes an early 13-0 lead and leads, 19-13, with less than a minute left in the third quarter, only to see the Dolphins rally for 17 unanswered points and continue the Rebels' disappointing start to the campaign with a 33-19 loss.
• Oct. 28, 2010 — In its final match of the season, the girls' volleyball team snaps a six-match league losing skid with a sweep of Westridge powered by nine kills from Kelly Wang.
Prep finishes out the season at 9-11 and 3-9 in league for fifth place, missing the playoffs.
Meurer is later named to the All-Prep League first team, while Kay earns a spot on the second team.
• Oct. 30, 2010 — One year after its 18-year rule over the Prep League was snapped, the boys' cross-country team reaffirms its dominance by placing seven runners in the top 15 and edging Chadwick, 39-40, to reclaim the title at the Prep League finals at L.A. Pierce College.
"There was a point of pride for us, and we felt that we had to get it back," said Prep's Jesse Redding, who took seventh in 16:45.21 behind teammate Jason Bunn (fourth, 16:26.60).