Led by league MVP Frances Boukidis, Crescenta Valley netted all-league honors for a total of eight players and All-CIF nods for three.
8 Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimming — With the return of top swimmer Andrea Kropp, Sacred Heart was able to climb back to the top of the hypercompetitive Mission League, sharing the title with Harvard-Westlake after finishing runner-up the year before.
The Tologs also made a bigger impact in Division I, where Kropp won a CIF title in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-medley relay team finished 14th overall at the CIF finals.
9 Crescenta Valley girls' water polo — The Falcons felt they had something to prove after finishing second to Burbank in the Pacific League in 2009.
The proof came in an undefeated league championship and a run to the Division IV quarterfinals, as the team finished the season at 26-5.
Kim Fraisse, who set a new single-season school scoring record with 129 goals, and goalkeeper Sofie Munoz led a group that included eight all-league honorees and five All-CIF recipients.
10 Hoover boys' water polo — The Tornadoes went 19-14 and advanced to the Division VI quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
Led by Hakop Kaplanyan, who broke the Southern Section single-season scoring record with 229 goals, the high-scoring Tornadoes powered their way to two playoff wins with a total of 37 goals scored.
Hoover lost to top-seeded Webb, 18-10, in the semifinals.
Others receiving votes: Crescenta Valley girls' basketball.