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Crescenta Valley water polo's Gabriel Isacson stepped up when needed most

Falcons goalie's 16 saves came during historic CIF-SS championship victory for Crescenta Valley.

August 20, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High Gabriel Isaccson racked up one of her 16 blocks at during during the CIF-SS Division 5 championships at the Woollett Aquatics Center on Feb. 23 (Scott Smeltzer/File Photo)
Crescenta Valley High Gabriel Isaccson racked up one…

The top 10 individual performances by an athlete in a team setting from the 2012-13 season were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports department.

1 Isacson saves, CV wins CIF, Feb. 23 — When Gabriel Isaacson emerged from the pool on the 23rd of February, she was well aware of the history that had been made. She was uncertain, though, just how big a part she had played in it.

“I was actually shocked when I came out of the pool and everybody was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you did so great,’” Isacson said. “I didn’t realize I was blocking so many shots.”

The senior goalie was flat out clutch and borderline amazing, stopping 16 shots to stave off Riverside Poly, 10-5, in the CIF Southern Section Division V championship match in Irvine.

“She definitely grabbed everyone’s attention,” said Falcons first-year Coach Brent Danna. “My [high school] coach from El Toro came up to me after the game and said, ‘You owe your goalie a steak dinner.’”

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While the Falcons basked in the glory of having won their first-ever CIF-SS plaque, Isacson’s reputation grew, as she was voted the Division V player of the year and the All-Area Girls’ Water Polo of the Year after an afternoon in the pool that Crescenta Valley polo fans won’t soon forget.

2 “Teddy Ballgame” wins league, May 10 — With a share of the Pacific League title on the line, Ted Boeke sent a long fly into the night and etched his name into Crescenta Valley High baseball lore.

With two outs in the top of the seventh and the Falcons down by two runs, up stepped mighty Boeke to the plate and, on the second pitch he saw, he sent a no-doubt, three-run home run far over the left-field fence, leading to the 5-4 win over archrival Arcadia that insured a share of the league crown.

“We were just trying to get Teddy up that inning some how, some way,” Falcons Coach Phil Torres said. “We grinded it out until we got the right guy up and that's what the league MVP does, he hits a home run to win the league championship.”

Boeke finished the game with three hits, three runs, a stolen base and three runs batted in off of one very memorable swing.

3 Cubs have no answer, no hits for Boeke, March 26 — Playing against an always-formidable Loyola club, Ted Boeke took the hill and dazzled.

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