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Rebels represented well on list

June 18, 2004

Hamlet Nalbandyan

Getting an All-CIF honor is quite an achievement for any athlete.

Accomplishing the feat in two sports is a plateau reserved for a

select few.

But to do it in three sports -- all in the same year -- is pretty

much unheard of, especially in today's world of sports, where the

multi-sport athlete is quickly disappearing.

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That's why Ramses Barden's senior season at Flintridge Prep will

go down as one of the most impressive all-around campaigns in recent

area history.

Barden earned first-team All-CIF nods in football and basketball,

and finished it off with a second-team selection in boys' volleyball.

He joined teammates Dennis Flynn and Graham Bradley on the CIF

Southern Section/Amateur Athletic Foundation Division V roster.

La Canada Flintridge resident Matt Hillier was the only other area

athlete to be recognized. The 6-foot-5 middle blocker earned Co-Most

Valuable Player honors for L.A. Loyola High in Division I.

Barden had never played organized volleyball until this year.

But the 6-6 outside hitter proved to be a natural for Coach Sean

Beattie's squad, which finished 15-7 overall and 8-2 in the Prep

League, advancing to the quarterfinals before falling to eventual

champion L.A. Windward.

Barden -- who helped Flintridge Prep win a CIF Division XIII title

in football and take runner-up honors in Division IVA in boys'

basketball -- was second on the team with 246 kills and 57 blocks in

just 15 matches.

In football, he caught a school-record 41 passes for 905 yards and

14 touchdowns for the predominantly run-oriented Rebels.

In basketball, he averaged 16 points per contest and was named

Prep League Most Valuable Player after leading the Rebels to a third

straight league championship and the state playoffs.

The only other Rebel who was a bigger offensive and defensive

threat than Barden was Flynn, a 6-3 junior middle blocker.

Flynn earned first-team All-CIF honors after tallying 347 kills,

146 blocks and 186 digs.

He was the heart and soul of the team, which lost twice to

archrival Pasadena Poly in league play, but dominated just about

everyone else.

Bradley, a junior outside hitter, was another hitting threat for

Flintridge Prep. He tallied 165 kills and a team-best 221 digs, all

without missing a match.

In other divisions, Arcadia's Dan Alexander earned second-team

honors in Division II, while no Crescenta Valley High players were

honored.

Alexander shared Pacific League Most Valuable Player accolades

with CV's Jeff O'Neill.

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