Recalling the Rebels

Flintridge Prep's school year past was packed with truly memorable athletic achievements from fall to spring.

August 26, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk,
  • The Flintridge Prep boys' cross-country team finished third in the state.
The Flintridge Prep boys' cross-country team finished… (Raul Roa, Glendale…)

GLENDALE — This is the sixth 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.

Whether it was Prep League titles won, CIF playoff appearances or even a defining performance at a state meet, there was plenty to keep track of during the 2009-10 school year as it relates to Flintridge Prep athletics.

The highlights began in the fall with the boys' cross-country team's turnaround third-place finish at the CIF state meet. The girls' volleyball team also returned to the playoffs after a lengthy absence.

Winter saw the girls' soccer team overachieve from wire to wire and claim the Prep League title.

The boys' hoops squad also won its third straight league crown, but it was the girls' basketball team that enjoyed the deepest CIF playoff run of the school year by advancing to the quarterfinals.


The spring contained the first Prep League title in nine years for the boys' volleyball team and a run to the second round of the playoffs for a team assumed to be in rebuilding mode.

Finally, a group of track and field athletes capped off the year by representing the Rebels at the CIF finals.

All the wins and losses, successes and setbacks are relived as they happened here:

Sept. 10, 2009 — The girls' volleyball team begins its season with a nonleague sweep of Alhambra.

Sept. 13, 2009The football team opens its season with a 46-13 nonleague loss to St. Genevieve at Occidental College. Jordan Whaley rushes for 80 yards and the team's only touchdown.

Oct. 2, 2009 — Eric Kazangian scores the game-winning touchdown with 7:38 left in the game and an Adam Grosbard sack and an Alex Bates interception help seal the first win of the season for the football team, 23-20, at Malibu.

"It's enormous," said Kazangian, who finishes with a game-high 115 yards rushing in 20 carries, of the victory. "This completely changed the way we're gonna look at our season."

Sept. 15, 2009 — Senior Dot Silverman finishes first overall in 19 minutes 26 seconds at the first Prep League meet of the season, in which the girls' cross-country team finishes third.

Sept. 16, 2009 — The opening of Prep League play doesn't go well for the football team, which is shut out, 48-0, by reigning league champion Rio Hondo Prep.

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