He might have stood a chance at shattering his state record for most goals in a season. However, Hakop Kaplanyan chose to make sacrifices.
In 2009, Kaplanyan, a junior utility player on the Hoover High boys' water polo team, scored a state-best 229 goals. Having not forgotten the cherished mark, Kaplanyan was ready to dive into the 2010 campaign ready and quite possibly able to eclipse that mark. Instead, he was given additional responsibilities by Hoover Coach Ara Oganesyan on both ends of the pool, allowing him to become a more polished player and providing the Tornadoes an added dimension with a diversified offense.
"Whatever Coach Oganesyan tells me, it's for the best of the team," said Kaplanyan, who finished with an area-leading 138 goals and added 48 assists and 62 steals this season to help Hoover place third in the competitive Pacific League and to an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs. "It's about being able to follow directions and improving our team whatever way we can.