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Crescenta Valley High, Flintridge Prep basketball looking to maintain runs of success

Rebels, Falcons hoping to continue winning ways of past few years as 2013-14 tips off.

November 30, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, Special to the Glendale News-Press
  • Flintridge Prep guard Robert Cartwright is poised to lead his Rebels to another Prep League championship. (File Art)
Flintridge Prep guard Robert Cartwright is poised to…

A history of success follows the Crescenta Valley High and Flintridge Prep boys' basketball teams into the 2013-14 season.

Both squads advanced to the semifinals in their respective CIF Southern Section divisions last season and will look to add to their storied programs this year, while St. Francis looks to go where its never been before and Hoover and Glendale aim at playoff runs of their own.

CV has a chance to hit the 20-win threshold, reach the semifinals and the state tournament for the third year in a row. It will have to do so without its top two scorers from last year, reigning All-Area Player of the Year Cole Currie and Nick Springer – a senior transfer to Maranatha.

While that might be a tall task for most teams, Falcons Coach Shawn Zargarian showed his teams can overcome that and more.

Last year, he only returned one experienced player and guided his team to a 24-9, 11-3 in the Pacific League record. Crescenta Valley took second place in league behind Pasadena for the third straight year and reached the Division I-A semifinals and the state tournament.

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One thing CV now has it did not a year ago is experience. Senior big man Eric Patten returns to a much bigger role and will be a nice one-two punch with junior Kevin Dinges, who transferred to Crescenta Valley as a sophomore.

Dinges spent his sophomore year on the Falcons junior varsity team after playing a key role on Renaissance Academy Division VI championship squad as a freshman.

“I really feel like our two big men in Eric and Kevin could definitely be a handful for a lot of teams,” said Zargarian, who also returns Berj Krikorian at point guard. “They are both skilled in the post. Kevin will play all five positions for us. They will be tough to guard because they're great passers and both really unselfish.”

Crescenta Valley has a number of complementary pieces and strong long-range shooters surrounding its top three returners, including Cole's younger brother Kyle Currie, Eric Bae, Arin Pezeshkian and Tadeh Taverdians.

Zargarian's cast has him hopeful his program will continue to progress this season, as he's eyeing a league title and another playoff run.

“The goal is always the same for us,” Zargarian said. “If you're in the Pacific League, as a competitor, you want to win that league championship. Especially for us, the last four years we've come in second place, so the goal is definitely to win that title.”

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