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Cole Currie's return to success leads to area's top honor in boys' basketball

As Crescenta Valley basketball's only returner, Cole Currie led the Falcons to an equally successful season.

March 23, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High's Cole Currie is the All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year.
Crescenta Valley High's Cole Currie is the All-Area… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

After helping the Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball team reach the semifinals and qualify for the state tournament for the second straight season, Cole Currie reflected on the accomplishments from each season.

The senior point guard, regarded as the linchpin to the Falcons’ offensive attack with a knack for also grabbing a big rebound or threading a nifty pass to a sprinting teammate upcourt for an assist, had no difficulty drawing up a comparison between the two teams.

“Last year, we expected a lot of success because we had a lot of experienced players who had been together for a long time,” Currie said. “I think this year was a lot more impressive because we didn’t have a lot of guys who had played together.

“We were able to piece things together and developed along the way. That made it that much more fun and rewarding being out there on the court. This season was a lot of fun.”

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Currie was the lone starter to return to the Falcons, who lost Christian Misi, Davis Dragovich, Rudy Avila and Dylan Kilgour to graduation. Surrounded by a new cast of players with a dearth of varsity experience, Currie found himself starting over with the weight of being the Falcons’ go-to player.

From the start, Currie, a four-year varsity athlete, embraced the situation at hand.

In order to succeed at that role, Currie found himself spending extra time in the school’s gymnasium — before the bell chimed for him to attend his first class or after a 90-minute practice session. His shooting skills improved, paving the way for the Falcons to place second in the competitive Pacific League before making return trips to the CIF Southern Section Division I-A semifinals and the first round of the CIF State Division I tournament.

“We grew up this year,” Currie said. “We had a list of expectations.

“We had a group of players who wanted to learn. Our practices were fluid. That’s a testament to our coaching staff.”

Currie averaged 19.1 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists per game en route to being named the league’s co-most valuable player. It was Currie’s stellar campaign that led him to be voted the 2013 All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year by the sportswriters and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Cañada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun.

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