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."