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Glendale makes a splash

August 23, 2010|By Charles Rich,
(Don Leach / News-Press )

GLENDALE — This is the fourth 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.

The sports landscape at Glendale High had many memorable moments throughout the 2009-10 season. While none of the teams won a Pacific League championship, some advanced to the postseason.

The boys' water polo team, for instance, came within two minutes of advancing to the program's first CIF championship match shortly after nearly winning a league crown. It marked the first time since 2000 that the Nitros reached the semifinals.

The girls' tennis team had a doubles team win a league championship for the second season in a row and a sophomore on the boys' track and field team sprinted to a league championship on his home turf.

For the first time in three seasons, the football team was forced to surrender the bell in the aftermath of losing to cross-town rival Hoover in "The Battle For the Victory Bell."


Here is a recap of some of the Nitros' athletic highlights and events that unfolded during the past year:

Sept. 10, 2009 — The girls' tennis team begins its season with a 14-4 nonleague road victory against Mark Keppel. Singles players Sevana Zargarian and Samantha Sismundo each sweep their three sets.

Sept. 11, 2009 — Under the guidance of first-year football Coach Alan Eberhart, the Nitros open their season with a 52-13 road loss to powerful Cathedral. Quarterback Moises Chavez completes six of 13 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.

Sept. 15, 2009 — The boys' water polo team gets five goals from Gor Asryan to earn a 9-7 nonleague road win against San Marino.

Sept. 24, 2009 — The football team squanders a fourth-quarter lead before besting visiting South Pasadena, 28-21, in overtime.

Behind a diving five-yard touchdown run from senior quarterback Moises Chavez and a subsequent defensive stand, the Nitros give Eberhart his first victory at his alma mater.

Glendale starts fast to the tune of a 21-0 first-half lead, but falters mightily, as South Pasadena scores the game's next 21 points, including 14 in the second half, to send the game into overtime.

"All the mistakes, it doesn't matter," Eberhart said. "It matters that we won the game and we've got that feeling."

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