The top-10 male high school athletes of the year were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports department. These are selections 2-10. See Thursday's edition for the Male Athlete of the Year.
2 Hakop Kaplanyan, Hoover water polo and swimming, sophomore — The question surrounding Kaplanyan was what couldn't he do? He proved to be a magician in the pool for the Tornadoes. He scored a state-record 229 goals, eclipsing the previous record of 226 in Hoover's final playoff match.
Kaplanyan, a utility player and the All-Area Boys' Water Polo Player of the Year, guided the Tornadoes to a third-place finish in the Pacific League behind Crescenta Valley and Glendale. Hoover then advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division VI quarterfinals for the first time in the program's history.