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Chapjian added to All-Star squad after big night

Hoover High grad is 10th Angeleno to make it to CCL showcase

Falcon polo club has trio of Olympic qualifiers.

July 06, 2011|From Staff Reports, News-Press

GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.

CHAPJIAN NAMED TO ALL-STAR TEAM

Having seen Sako Chapjian turn in some stellar offensive performances throughout the first half of the season, Glendale Angelenos Coach Tony Riviera believed an addition to the California Collegiate League All-Star Game was warranted.

Shortly after Chapjian, a former standout at Hoover High and Glendale Community College, hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Angelenos a 10-7 league win against the visiting Conejo Oaks at Stengel Field on Friday, Riviera figured he needed to make a case for the infielder/outfielder to be added to the CCL All-Star game.

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"He leads the team and league with [five] home runs and I thought right after the game Friday that he definitely deserved to be in the All-Star game," Riviera said. "That grand slam was the icing on the cake.

"I made some calls to the league commissioner Pat Burns and some of the other coaches in our league. He and the coaches were open to it."

Chapjian will be one of 10 Angelenos scheduled to participate in the contest, which will be held at 6 p.m. July 13 at Stengel Field. The game will be televised on Fox Sports. Seventy-one players will take part in the game.

Chapjian is batting .254 (17-57) with five home runs and 13 runs batted in through Sunday. He's tied for the league lead in home runs and has scored 17 runs.

The other Glendale players scheduled to participate are first baseman Ellis Whitman, catcher Chad Nacapoy, outfielders Aaron Brown, Matthew Young and Franco Broyles, designated hitter Alex Muren and pitchers Greg Fowler, Thomas Korn and Sean Wardour.

FALCON WATER POLO CLUB ADVANCES

The La Crescenta-based Falcon Water Polo Club recently qualified three teams to participate in the United States Water Polo Junior Olympics, which will be held Aug. 4-7 in Irvine.

The 18-and-under team qualified for the Junior Olympics at the Coastal Zone Qualifications, which were held in Pomona. The squad finished 4-1 and placed fifth in the 12-team tournament. The club posted victories against Foothill Black, L.A. Water Polo White, Santa Barbara B and Rose Bowl.

The team consisted of Dakota Davy Bertram, Shelby Gregg, Adrienne Ingalla, Kim Fraisse, Lena Hathaway, Tyler Brown, Devin Grab, Rachel Claus, Aimee Minsal, Sabrina Hatzer, Nayiri Kechichian, Stefanie Loporchio, Shannon Hovanesian, Elissa Arnold and Katie Benson.

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