But throughout the year, Crescenta Valley withstood ups and downs, coaches leaving, league and division changes and still held its course, ending the year as undoubtedly the most succesful area school.
Its eight league titles and slew of postseason appearances dwarfed the output of any other school.
Here’s a look back at the bevy of highlights that encompassed the year that was Falcons sports:
Sept. 26, 2006 — The boys’ water polo team notches five fourth-quarter goals in a 9-5 win at home against El Segundo. With a season-long ranking of No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division IV rankings, it’s not the last time Crescenta Valley will see El Segundo.
Oct. 13, 2006 — In the midst of his 14th season as coach of the Falcons football team, Alan Eberhart resigns. His resignation comes the morning following a 59-10 loss to eventual Pacific League champion Burroughs and a subsequent altercation with a Falcons parent. Eberhart’s assistants, Bill Irace and Gordy Warnock, take over the 1-5 squad on an interim basis.
Said Eberhart: “I just can’t make everybody happy, I’m just tired of trying, it wore me out. ...I didn’t ever want to [argue] with anyone, I just wanted to coach the kids.”
Oct. 19, 2006 — Besting San Marino by eight strokes with a team score of 213, the girls’ golf team wins its first ever Pacific League title. It’s led by junior standout Christine Cho, who cards a two-over-par 39 on the front nine, which determined the team champion.
Oct. 24, 2006 — For all intents and purproses, the girls’ volleyball team clinches fourth place in the Pacific League and an automatic playoff berth with a 21-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-19 comeback win against Burbank.
The girls’ golf team sees a great deal of individual success, as Cho and senior Amy Pramuantong advanced to the CIF Regionals with their showings at the Pacific League individual finals.
Cho finished with a two-round total of 155, to take first and the league’s most valuable player acclaim.