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Nick Springer plans transfer from Crescenta Valley to Maranatha

Basketball: Expected top returner chooses Christian education, changing outlook for Falcons upcoming season.

May 08, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • CV's Nick Springer, left, drives to the basket while Muir's Jelani Mitchell defends Springer during a game at Crescenta Valley High School on Friday, January 25, 2013.
CV's Nick Springer, left, drives to the basket while… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

After falling just shy of a Pacific League championship the past three years, one could argue the Crescenta Valley High boys' basketball team would be the early favorite heading into the 2014 season.

The league found itself in a wave of change this offseason, as Pasadena — the nine-time reining champion — had its coach of 18 years, Tim Tucker, step down and accept an open position at Maranatha in March.

Even without the All-Area Player of the Year in Cole Currie, it appeared the Falcons were in the strongest position to not only take league but make another run in the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs with a trio of key returners.

It turns out CV will also be hit with some unexpected change after learning the centerpiece of those returners, guard Nick Springer, plans to transfer to Maranatha High for his senior season.

"We were surprised, but at this point we've mentally moved on and are preparing to be without him," said Zargarian, who learned Springer intended to transfer about a month ago. "We are preparing other guys to fill in his spot and they're excited to have the opportunity.

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"Like we do every single year, we'll find a way."

Springer, who had been at CV since his sophomore year when he transferred in after moving from where he grew up in Saint Croix in the Virgin Islands, said he made the decision to transfer because his mom wanted him to attend a Christian school.

"Really, basketball had nothing to do it, my experience at CV was a good one," Springer said. "I am a Christian and a strong believer that everything happens for a reason."

While it came as news to Tucker, he was excited by the thought.

"Any player of his caliber is a welcome addition to Maranatha, but I don't know anything," said Tucker, who added he's heard rumors about a number of players, "but you don't know anything until they're there the first day of school."

Springer earned all-league, All Pacific League first-team honors as a junior when he averaged 13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds a game in league. Crescenta Valley went on to take second in league, impressively advanced to the Division I-A semifinals in consecutive campaigns and finish with a 23-9, 11-3 in league record.

Springer figured to be the team's top offensive threat with Berj Krikorian running the point, Eric Patten providing some offense down low and Kevin Dinges, a transfer from Renaissance Academy, ready to make an impact.

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