It’s largely been defense that’s driven the Crescenta Valley High boys’ water polo team to the brink of being able to defend its CIF Southern Section Division VI championship, and the most essential component of the Falcons’ highly effective team coverage has been Rane Colvin. The Falcons will be looking to the junior goalkeeper to help neutralize powerful Rio Mesa in today’s CIF semifinal match at William Woollett, Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine and have plenty of reasons to expect he’ll be up to the task.
In Colvin, the Falcons have a seasoned veteran of the team’s 2008 CIF title, a sure-handed shot blocker with lightning reflexes and great anticipation and, most importantly, a last line of defense that won’t come unglued under pressure.
“Of all the goalies I’ve coached, and I’ve got three or four that played collegiately in Division I, I have the most confidence in [Colvin’s] ability to stop the one-on-nobody counter-attack than any goalie,” veteran Crescenta Valley Coach Sakonju says. “He’s just got such quick hands, doesn’t get intimidated and has that confidence. His mental attitude is great.