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'Quite a journey' for Bill Boyd, Crescenta Valley basketball

Former standout big man takes his place in Crescenta Valley Hall of Fame.

January 30, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

Having cut his teeth in the basketball hotbed of Orange County, Bill Boyd became a natural scorer and journeyed north.

Boyd had starred for the Santa Ana Foothill High boys’ basketball team through his junior year before his family uprooted to La Crescenta, where he joined a burgeoning Crescenta Valley program rife with talent with a towering presence leading into the 1970-71 season.

La Crescenta resembled a small bedroom community just a jump shot away from bustling Los Angeles. It contrasted in many ways to Orange County.

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“It was no accident that I ended up at CV,” said the 6-7 Boyd, a three-time All-American who played forward and helped the Falcons advance to the championship contest against Verbum Dei in 1971. “My dad [former USC men’s basketball Coach Bob Boyd] wanted to move closer to USC and he drove down Verdugo Boulevard and found out about CV. He wanted to be in a community where the family would like to live and had a outstanding basketball program.”

Crescenta Valley would prove to be the ideal match.

In stepped Boyd, one of nine individuals to be enshrined into the Crescenta Valley High Athletic Hall of Fame, along with the 1971 basketball team, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the school’s gymnasium. Boyd arrived at Crescenta Valley and fit in perfectly under the direction of coach Ed Goorjian, who built the program from the ground up and normally had his team in contention for league championships.

The Falcons possessed a lineup that would consist of five future Division I players, something that wasn’t common then or now. Boyd would join a Falcons team that featured a starting front line of 6-10 center Troy Jones, Boyd and 6-8 Bob Trowbridge and Brian Goorjian (6-3) and Scott Palmer (6-3) in the backcourt.

Off the bench, the Falcons could turn to 6-8 Bruce Denton and 6-5 Bruce Palmer. Boyd and Trowbridge would move on to USC, Jones went to Brigham Young, Goorjian attended Pepperdine, Scott Palmer went to UC Irvine before transferring to USC, Bruce Palmer would go to Pacific and Denton to the Portland.

“We had such a tall team and that helped us become so effective,” said Boyd, a commercial broker with Charles Dunn Co. in Glendale. “That team was a well-oiled machine.

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