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Trio takes top CIF honors

Water polo: CV's Colvin, Dearman join Hoover's Kaplanyan on first team.

December 08, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Crescenta Valley High's Rane Colvin and Alan Dearman and Hoover's Hakop Kaplanyan had already set a standard of excellence for themselves by making the All-CIF Division VI first team last season.

The Falcons' senior duo and the Tornadoes' standout junior lived up to that high standard this season, further distinguishing themselves as the top players on their teams, in their leagues and once again in CIF, this time in Division V.

In first-team selections released by CIF on Monday, Colvin, a goalkeeper, and Dearman, a hole/set, earned a repeat honor for leading Crescenta Valley back to the divisional semifinals for the second straight year, while utility player Kaplanyan was bestowed the same honor for his role in leading Hoover to a first-round playoff appearance following a victory in the wild-card round.

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Although the Falcons were one of the deepest and most versatile squads in the division, Dearman remained their top scoring option throughout their 25-5 season and finished with a team-high 78 goals.

"It makes me very proud," said Dearman, who also tallied 11 assists and 13 steals. "I couldn't have done it without my team helping me, they all pushed me and, as much as it's an award for myself, I actually thank everyone else who helped me.

"Getting it last year just made me want to push myself harder so I could stay there and maintain that level and try to get better."

Colvin was the dependable last line of Crescenta Valley's vaunted defense, tallying 292 saves and 13 steals. He also averaged 9.3 saves per match over three playoff contests.

Kaplanyan led the Tornadoes in goals scored with 138 and tallied 48 assists and 62 steals while helping the team finish 16-16.

"It was actually an awesome way to end the season," Kaplanyan said. "It's telling me that I'm not going towards the bottom, I keep improving every year and I'm going toward the top. That's the most important thing."

For Kaplanyan, who burst onto the varsity scene as a freshman, it was the third All-CIF selection in a stellar high school career that already includes a Southern Section single-season scoring record as a sophomore.

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