Scrapbooks have recently been pulled out of drawers, boxes and closets. Memories suddenly begin to flow from what has proved to be the pinnacle moment for the Crescenta Valley High softball program.
Recollections pour out from the 1986 season, when Crescenta Valley Coach Dan Berry piloted the Falcons to the CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship. Certain at-bats, pitches, defensive plays and pregame speeches from each of the five postseason contests have been recalled as if they happened yesterday.
After starting the softball team from scratch in 1983, Berry nurtured a splendid core of players who would serve as catalysts for the program's first and only championship three seasons later. The Falcons found themselves at the top when they posted a 5-4 victory against top-seeded Woodbridge on May 30, 1986, at Mayfair Park in Lakewood.