To hear Sabrina Hatzer talk about her exploits and achievements in the pool during a stellar senior season, you wouldn't really come away thinking it was all that stellar.
But for the seemingly always reserved and soft-spoken Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo player and swimmer, 2011-12 was quite phenomenal indeed. So phenomenal, in fact, that she was recently voted the 2011-12 Glendale News-Press Girls' Athlete of the Year.
Having started her days as a water polo player for the first time as a freshman at CV with no knowledge of the game, she morphed quite quickly into the 2011-12 All-Area Girls' Water Polo Player of the Year. On a team that had lost 12 seniors, Hatzer returned with playing experience, but jumped into a go-to role during a season for the ages in which Crescenta Valley duplicated its Pacific League title success from a year prior along with an ascent to the CIF Southern Section Division V semifinals, but did so by winning its first 31 games, with its undefeated season coming to a close via a 9-7 loss to Temescal Canyon.