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Crescenta Valley High football leads locals in Pacific League honors

Football: Crescenta Valley, Glendale and Hoover highs merit 11 first- and second-team selections.

December 14, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High linebacker Austin Brines is shown here taking down Arcadia's Joshua Benson during a Pacific League game on Nov. 7. Brines was lauded for his efforts this season by being named to the league's first-team defense. (Roger Wilson/File Photo)
Crescenta Valley High linebacker Austin Brines is shown…

Success was not equally distributed among the Crescenta Valley, Glendale and Hoover high football programs during 2013 season.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that awards weren’t equally disbursed when the Pacific League recently released its all-league honors list.

The Falcons, Nitros and Tornadoes totaled 11 first- and second-team honorees with Crescenta Valley earning the lion’s share of praise.

Yet, being the only local squad with any first-teamers, let alone four, was small consolation for Falcons Coach Paul Schilling, whose team was not selected to postseason despite an 8-2 record, which tied the Falcons for second place in the Pacific League.

“It’s been most difficult for the seniors because they had no real closure to the season. You work hard and finished tied for second in league — which was a better finish than for any other potential wild-card team — and you don’t make the playoffs?” Schilling said. “I just never had any doubt in my mind that we’d get chosen for the playoffs. Maybe that’s the one thing I could have done differently is at least remain a little open to the possibility that we wouldn’t make it.”

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Junior Brian Gadsby was elected to the Pacific League first team after the quarterback paced his school to its most wins since 2009.

Gadsby was one of the area’s elite quarterbacks, completing 170 passes out of 284 tries for 2,465 yards and 33 touchdowns versus only eight interceptions. Gadsby also had two rushing touchdowns.

“Brian was one of these roll-of-the-dice players that made things happen,” Schilling said. “He was very much like his baseball persona where he would walk three guys in the league championship game and then turn around and strike out the side. It seemed like whenever we needed a big throw, he delivered.”

One Gadsby’s biggest protectors was junior offensive lineman Davo Hakobyan, who was also lauded for his strong play by being named to the first team.

The Falcons’ quarterback on defense was senior linebacker Austin Brines, who along with defensive back Jordan Lobianco, was named to the league’s first-team defense.

“Like I said before, Austin never had a B in any of his classes. He was a straight A guy,” Schilling said. “He took that excellence with him into the field.”

Brines paced the team with 89 tackles, while tallying an interception and a fumble recovery.

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