GLENDALE — Editor’s Note: The following is a recap of the 2008 local sports scene from the summer and fall seasons.
The last half of 2008 brought many surprising results and stories. The area saw the prestigious California Amateur Championship move to Southern California for the first time in the event’s illustrious history. The Crescenta Valley High boys’ water polo team captured the program’s first CIF championship. The Glendale Community College women’s cross-country team fell just short in their quest to win a second straight state championship. And, Glendale ousted cross-town rival Hoover in “The Battle For the Victory Bell.”
The 97th annual California Amateur Championship made its inaugural appearance in Southern California after previously only being held in Monterey. Oakmont Country Club in Glendale and Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake hosted the event between June 16-21. Local residents and Oakmont members Brett Kanda and Keith Kinsel took part in the tournament, but failed to advance to match play. Nick Delio bested Austin Roberts, 7 and 5, to win the championship in temperatures that reached close to 100 degrees.