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Falcons a swimming success

Crescenta Valley's boys' and girls' water polo squads and boys' soccer team turned in deep postseason runs this year

Seo-led boys' swimming dominates.

August 26, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

This is the seventh 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.

There were Pacific League titles and playoff berths aplenty during the 2010-11 athletic season for Crescenta Valley High.

Navigated by All-Area Player of the Year Pavle Atanackovic, the boys' soccer team had its most successful season in program history.

The girls' soccer and girls' cross-country teams maintained their spots atop the Pacific League, while the softball team reaffirmed its place in first.

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But the biggest highlights came in the pool, whether it was the Alan Dearman-led boys' water polo team, the girls' water polo squad captained by All-Area Player of the Year Kim Fraisse or the dominance of the boys' swimming squad that was once more keyed by the triumphs of Young Tae Seo.

Here are the highs and lows from the fall to the spring with everything in between.

Sept. 21, 2010 — Spurred by Leah Gagliardi's 15 kills and 11 digs, the Falcons' girls' volleyball team opens up Pacific League play with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 win over Glendale.

Sept. 22, 2010 — It's a somber day for the Crescenta Valley High football family, as Gordon "Gordy" Warnock passes away at 79.

A member of the local coaching fraternity for more than 40 years, Warnock coached the Falcons' football team to its only CIF championship in 1973 and had been inducted into the school's hall of fame earlier in the year.

"We were together for 40 years," said Crescenta Valley assistant Dennis Gossard, who became an assistant under Warnock in 1970. "He was a class individual and his No. 1 concern was always the kids. … We will miss him. The coaching profession will miss him."

Sept. 23, 2010 — The Crescenta Valley boys' water polo team rolls to a 11-4 win over El Segundo. Alan Dearman and Andrew De Jong each score three goals for the Falcons. The win improves CV's record to 6-2 and keeps the team on top of the CIF Southern Section Division V polls.

Sept. 24, 2010 — With heavy hearts, the football team takes to the field just two days after the death of assistant and former Falcons head coach Gordy Warnock. Rallying from 10 points down in the final eight minutes of the game, CV defeats rival La Cañada, 38-34, at Moyse Field.

Mauro Lee leads the charge with three touchdowns and 231 yards rushing, but Warnock's memory fuels the team.

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