This is the fourth of eight editions in which the News-Press looks back at the area's 2010-11 seasons, school by school, before looking ahead at the year to come.
While Hoover didn't win any Pacific League championships during the 2010-11 campaign, some teams made huge strides en route to qualifying for the playoffs. Those teams reaching the playoffs included the boys' water polo team, led by standout Hakop Kaplanyan, along with the baseball and boys' tennis programs.
The girls' tennis team fell just short of qualifying for the playoffs. In football, Hoover fell to cross-town rival Glendale in "The Battle for the Victory Bell" and Coach Chris Long resigned in the spring. The winter season proved to be a long one for the Tornadoes, as none of the five teams made postseason appearances.
In boys' tennis, a singles player reached the league championship match and perhaps set the stage for a promising future.