BURBANK — As the story of Hakop Kaplanyan and the most successful seasons of Hoover High boys' water polo continues to be written, Tuesday's triumph will no doubt serve as another memorable chapter.
One defender couldn't stop Kaplanyan, nor could two or even three at times once Cathedral City changed its strategy. Neither could the officials, as he kept scoring despite being troubled by two ejections.
In the end, the ultra-talented junior scored all but one of his team's goals in a 16-12 defeat of Cathedral City in the wild-card round of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs at Burbank High.
"I was kind of [surprised]," said Kaplanyan, who had 15 goals, of Cathedral City's approach of guarding him one on one and sticking to it throughout the entire first period and much of the second. "They thought they could handle me, but I guess I proved them wrong."