GLENDALE — Hakop Kaplanyan, the all-time leading scorer in Hoover High boys' water polo history and one of the most high-profile athletes to ever compete under the school's banner, has begun the process of making un unprecedented switch to play for the Tornadoes' chief rival.
Kaplanyan, a junior who is actually a student at Clark Magnet High in La Crescenta, told the News-Press on Wednesday that his family moved in early December from a residence within Hoover's athletic jurisdiction to one within Glendale High's and that he intends to play water polo for the Nitros in the fall.
"It's going to be kind of weird, it's going to be something to get used to, but I think I can handle it," Kaplanyan, the two-time reigning All-Area Player of the Year, said of switching caps from the program he became the face of to its nearest competitor. "[Glendale] already had a very good program running those years before I came. I wouldn't mind playing under their system at all."