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.