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Another wild run for Cats

Renaissance basketball team's return to glory tops small school success stories.

August 21, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • The Renaissance Academy boys' basketball team made a triumphant return deep into the playoffs.
The Renaissance Academy boys' basketball team… (Roger Wilson, Glendale…)

GLENDALE — This is the second of eight consecutive editions in which the News-Press looks back at the area's 2009-10 seasons, school by school, before looking ahead at the year to come.

After somewhat of a down year across the board in 2008-09, the area's small schools reaffirmed some of their proudest traditions of athletic success and began to write some new ones.

Renaissance Academy boys' basketball returned from a season with no playoffs to once again finish among the top teams in its division and make its second semifinal contest in three years.

Holy Family volleyball made it back to the playoffs, as did the girls' basketball and boys' volleyball teams from Glendale Adventist Academy.

Meanwhile, programs like the Holy Family softball and track and field teams experienced a revival, with the former making a playoff appearance and the latter sharing its first league title in 18 years.

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The good, the bad, the disappointments and the triumphs are relived as they happened here:

Sept. 11, 2009 — The Holy Family volleyball team starts the season off with a 25-21, 27-25, 22-25, 18-25, 15-9 nonleague victory against Providence.

Ashlee Sandoval leads the Gaels with 16 kills and six digs.

Sept. 15, 2009 — The Glendale Adventist Academy girls' volleyball team starts its season off with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-9 nonleague loss at the hands of Orangewood Academy.

Sept. 26, 2009 — The Holy Family cross-country team opens the season at the Bell-Jeff Invitational at Griffith Park.

Sept. 29, 2009 — A 3-2 nonleague win over Orangewood Academy snaps a seven-match losing skid for the Glendale Adventist girls' volleyball team.

It will be the only win for the Cougars, who go on to finish the season 1-15.

Oct. 20, 2009 — A sweep at the hands of league-champion Alverno drops the Holy Family volleyball to 3-2 in the Horizon League, putting a damper on it's hopes of winning the league title.

Oct. 28, 2009 — Sandoval notches nine kills and 20 digs to lead the Holy Family volleyball team to a 25-16, 25-18, 25-17 Horizon League victory against visiting San Gabriel Mission that clinches second place in league and a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division 4-A playoffs.

"We knew that we had to get second place in league," said libero Alicia Marquez, who finished with 15 digs. "We knew that [San Gabriel Mission] was also fighting for second place. We are happy to get into the playoffs."

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