Sophomore Zach Torres said the Falcons are ready for the challenge of reaching the state championship.
"Our goal is to reach state and we are very capable of that," Torres said. "We are going to surprise some people.
"We have experience under our belt, now we know what to do. We know what our job is."
The Falcons girls' team, however, did qualify for the CIF State Division I race and placed fourth.
They are poised to make a return trip, as they too return a majority of their team, including Claire Collison and Rachel Lange.
Both Falcon squads finished up the 2006 season with a strong showing at the Nike Team Nationals in Oregon. The boys finished eighth and the girls took third in open races that featured talented teams from around the nation.
Torres said the confidence picked up from those races will help carry the Falcons through next season.
Said Torres: "We are really going to be successful next year."
GIVEN TO LOCALS
It was hardly a memorable Pacific League football season for the local trio of teams.
Together, Crescenta Valley, Hoover and Glendale combined for a 3-27 record.
So, it wasn't a terribly big surprise that the trio wasn't all that well represented on the All-Pacific League team.
Just one Falcon, offensive lineman Cory Galbraith, was voted to the first team. In all, seven Falcons were named all-league, while Glendale and Hoover received two each — all of them honorable mention picks.
Making the all-league second-team offense for Crescenta Valley were running back Eric Eberhart, tight end John Loomis and kicker Rana Parsanj. Danny Huddleston was a second-team defensive lineman.
Crescenta Valley's honorable mention picks were Parker Haleen and Cameron Kerley, Hoover's were Jonathan Rangel and Ronny Dorian and Glendale's were Victor Anaya and Malcolm Roberson.