In football, Hoover rallied in the fourth quarter to topple cross-town rival Glendale to capture "The Battle For the Victory Bell" for the first time since 2006 after having already snapped an infamous losing streak earlier in the season, while the winter would see the boys' basketball and soccer teams each appear in the postseason.
Here is a recap of some of the Tornadoes' athletic highlights and events that unfolded during the past year:
•Sept. 10, 2009 — The football team falls, 12-8, in its season opener against Sierra Vista at Glendale High's Moyse Field. Looking to snap a 20-game losing streak, the Tornadoes drive to the Sierra Vista 11-yard line before turning the ball over with less than a minute left.
The boys' water polo team opens up with a 17-12 loss to Rancho Cucamonga in a pool-play match of the Ayala Tournament. Sophomore Hakop Kaplanyan finishes with a team-best nine goals.
•Sept. 14, 2009 — The girls' volleyball team starts its season with a three-game loss to visiting Flintridge Prep. The Tornadoes eventually finish at 2-12 in league for seventh place.
•Sept. 15, 2009 — The girls' tennis team begins Pacific League play with a 17-1 loss to Glendale. The Tornadoes, who get a doubles win from Stacey Rutherford and Vy Nguyen, finish at 5-11 and 2-10 in league for sixth place.
•Sept. 18, 2009 — The football team wins its first game since 2006 with a 16-13 nonleague road victory against South Pasadena. Running back Ivan Tello rushes for 102 yards, including a game-winning 12-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Quarterback A.J. Pule passes for 163 yards and one touchdown.
"We feel amazing," Tello said.
•Nov. 5, 2009 — At the Pacific League cross-country finals at Griffith Park, boys' runner Paul Engram clocks 17 minutes 41 seconds to finish 27th overall.