CV, Glendale, Hoover net awards

Football: All-Pacific League voting tabs several local athletes.

December 14, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk,

GLENDALE — None of the three local Pacific League football teams qualified for the playoffs this season, but it wasn't for lack of effort or talent.

The league's coaches recognized the top players from Crescenta Valley High, Glendale and Hoover recently by voting the top players from each squad onto the all-league team.

The Falcons led the way with three selections to the first team in seniors Bryan Luna and Garrett Stoudt and junior Pavle Atanackovic.


Luna, who also started at linebacker for the Falcons, made the squad as an offensive lineman.

"He could have made it probably as a linebacker or a lineman," said Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling, whose team went 4-6 and 2-5 in league for fifth place. "We always vote for offensive line first and, with our record, I wanted to make sure he got on because he was a definite first-teamer. But in my mind, he could have been both sides of the ball first team."

Stoudt was voted on as a defensive lineman after finishing with 18 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and a fumble recovery in the Falcons' first nine games. Crescenta Valley's complete team statistics for the Nov. 12 finale at Arcadia were unavailable as of press time.

"The rest of the coaches really respected Garrett," Schilling said. "To get Garrett on first team, I was really excited that the other coaches voted for him. He definitely deserves to be on the team."

Atanackovic, a standout soccer player at Crescenta Valley, brought his talents to the football team as a placekicker and punter. He converted five field goals and 25 extra-point attempts on the entire season.

Glendale, which finished 1-9 and 1-6 in league for sixth place, had the only other local first-team players in senior quarterback Alex Yoon and senior punter Nick Villapando.

Yoon, who was voted to one of seven skill positions spots distributed between quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, rushed for 749 yards and nine touchdowns, while passing for 404 yards and two more scores.

"We didn't anticipate it, but you only win one league game and your quarterback makes first team, I think that's great," Glendale Coach Alan Eberhart said. "It shows that the other coaches in the league realized that he was hard to defend."

The Nitros also got four members of their defensive unit onto the second team in senior linebacker Chan Kim, senior nose guard Arthur Vahanyan and senior safeties Alex Maravilla and Linden Anderson.

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