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Area players receive all-league accolades

A number of area volleyball, water polo and football players picked up all-league honors this season.

December 22, 2011|From Staff Reports, News-Press

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

SEVEN PLAYERS NET ALL-LEAGUE HONORS

A group of players from the Crescenta Valley High, Glendale and Hoover girls' volleyball teams received All-Pacific League recognition.

Kira Guarino, Payton Wheeler and Allison Reik of Crescenta Valley, Ninette Mirzakhanian and Kirsten Cabarong of Glendale and Hoover's Elizabeth Dardov and Shaina Barrett all picked up accolades.

Guarino, a senior outside hitter, was the lone player named to the first team.

"Kira was our go-to player and she hit well for us," Crescenta Valley Coach Jen Ku Lee said. "She did everything."

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Picked to the second team were Wheeler, Mirzakhanian and Dardov.

Wheeler is a senior libero/setter. Mirzakhanian starred as a senior outside hitter. Dardov, a senior outside hitter, finished with 103 kills.

Reik, Cabarong and Barrett received honorable mention.

Reik is a junior opposite hitter. Cabarong is a sophomore middle blocker/outside hitter and Barrett finished with 84 kills as a junior outside hitter/middle blocker.

TWO REBELS REAP ACCOLADES

Ethan Vandeventer and Diego Delgado of the Flintridge Prep boys' water polo team garnered first and second-team All-Prep League honors, respectively, after helping the Rebels qualify for the postseason for the first time in five years.

Prep (15-12) picked up an 8-6 win over California in a CIF Southern Section Division V wild-card match before falling to second-seeded Palm Desert, 21-6, in the first round of the Division V playoffs.

Vandeventer, a sophomore wing, earned first-team honors and led Prep throughout the season with a team-high 92 goals on the season and five in the playoffs. Delgado, a freshman driver, scored 90 times, including four goals in the postseason, and got a second-team nod.

"The future definitely looks bright," Rebels Coach Dan Hare said. "We have a lot of good talent coming back and we had a one-two punch that were challenging each other all year for the scoring lead."

RINGERS TAKE GOLD DIVISION

The La Cañada Ringers recently won the American Softball Assn. Gold high school division in the Burbank fall ball league, which was made up of 24 local high schools broken up into three divisions (gold, silver and bronze) based on how teams finished in overall league play.

The No. 1 seeded Ringers needed two wins for the gold division title. They first defeated Temple City, 4-3, after trailing, 3-0, in the bottom of the fourth inning. Alyssa Stolmack pitched a complete game for La Cañada and gave up five hits, two walks and struck out two batters.

Olivia Thayer of Crescenta Valley went the distance for the Ringers for an 8-3 win over the Mod Squad in the championship game. Thayer only allowed one earned run and struck out four batters without allowing a walk. Olivia Lam put La Cañada up, 3-0, early with a bases-loaded triple in the first inning. Selina Moore, Katy Lee and Stolmack all drove in runs in the game.

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