Because the Falcons' nonleague schedule was no joke. Bell-Gardens.
Harvard-Westlake. The Foothill B Team. Agoura. And so forth.
The Pacific League isn't nearly as tough.
Arcadia is favored to claim runner-up honors. Glendale, Muir and
Pasadena have improved. Same goes for Hoover, which enters the season
with an 0-30 all-time league mark, but under first-year Coach Scott
Finney, is seriously threatening to win its first league match.
That leaves CV, and a lot of lopsidedness.
"It's an honor to play them," Nitro Coach Pat Lancaster said of the
Falcons. "We're ecxited to play CV, the way CV was excited to play Bell
"They have a whole different agenda, CV is at a whole different
plateau. They have their eyes on a whole 'nother prize, they're focused
on the CIF finals -- our goal is just making the playoffs."
That's why the Falcons will slip in one last match against Agoura on
Commuter blues: All Christmas break, the Falcons practiced at the
Glendale High pool because construction on the CV campus made their pool
inoperable at times.
To avoid any hassle, Kim called Lancaster before the break to make
"We're happy to let them use our pool," Lancaster said. "As we come in
they're leaving, so one thing's for sure, they're not scouting us."
CV, it should be noted, allowed Lancaster's boys' team to share their
pool when the Nitro pool was being fixed up 10 years ago, according to
the long-time Nitro coach.