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Cole Currie carries the torch for Crescenta Valley boys' basketball

Cole Currie is the lone starter returning from last year's historic CV squad and is leading Falcons to more success.

January 12, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • As the Falcons only returning starter, Cole Currie is looking to lead the Crescenta Valley boys' basketball team to another impressive campaign in 2013.
As the Falcons only returning starter, Cole Currie is… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

After 80% of the Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball team’s starting lineup graduated last year following a trip to the state tournament, Cole Currie found himself in a rare situation.

And it came with a list of questions ranging from how would the senior guard adapt to the next wave of talent to roam the court with him to how comfortable he’d be passing or receiving the ball in different schemes?

While players come and go and the makeup of rosters change, it took little time for Currie to make the necessary adjustments.

“It’s hard when you have to replace four starters,” Currie said. “There’s always going to be big expectations playing for this program, so you have to be prepared to make all of the adjustments and accept the role of being a leader.

“We’ve had a couple of tough losses this year, but I like the way that we’ve played with that extra energy in all of our games.”

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The Falcons are 13-4, 4-0 in the Pacific League and ranked No. 6 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division I-A poll in large part due to some of Currie’s heroics. His flashy passes and astute shooting skills have the Falcons in line to contend for the league championship and a return trip to the playoffs after the Falcons reached the semifinals last season for the first time since 1994 with Christian Misi, Davis Dragovich, Rudy Avila and Dylan Kilgour working alongside Currie.

Things have gone better than expected for Currie, a four-year varsity athlete, and the Falcons during would could be construed as a transition season. He’s matured on the court and been given several top responsibilities by Crescenta Valley Coach Shawn Zargarian.

“There’s a lot of pride with this being his team,” said Zargarian, the reigning All-Area Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year. “He’s played with a lot of good players from Coltrane Powdrill to Christian Misi to Davis Dragovich.

“He’s looking forward to experiencing this role. He’s putting in so much extra time to get better. If we need him to take a big shot, he can do it. If we need him to drive and make a pass down low, he can do that. The guys are following him and accepting his leadership abilities.”

During the early stages of league action, Currie, who is averaging 20 points, four assists and five rebounds per game, has provided a couple of excellent examples of what he’s been able to bring to the court.

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