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Eighteen honored with All-CIF boys' water polo accolades

Water polo: Glendale High's Momdzhyan leads way after being named Southern Section Division V Player of the Year.

December 16, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
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After helping their respective teams enjoy respectable, and even stellar, seasons and then showcasing their talent during the postseason, 18 area boys' water polo players earned All-CIF recognition.

The CIF Southern Section office unveiled the top players from each of the seven divisions Monday.

Leading the way was Arman Momdzhyan, who helped Glendale High capture its third straight undefeated Pacific League championship and first CIF Southern Section Division V crown.

Momdzhyan, who led the area with 169 goals, was selected the division's player of the year. He was also named the league's most valuable player as well.

“It's quite an honor to get this kind of recognition,” said Momdzhyan, a senior utility player. “I'm very thankful to all the coaches and players who have helped me through the years.

“I was very motivated to play my very best and help us try to win CIF. When you achieve All-CIF and winning CIF, it can't get any better. There's are a lot of great players out there. Not just in our division, but all of the others.”

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Glendale, which finished 22-6, 8-0 in league, had four players pick up All-CIF accolades. In addition, Glendale Coach Forest Holbrook was named the division's coach of the year after guiding the Nitros to their second straight championship contest.

“Arman was just a fantastic player and I was lucky enough to have been able to coach him,” Holbrook said. “Not only was he our go-to guy, but he was our leader.

“To be named coach of the year is like icing on the cake. With all the success we had, it's been a fun year. It was very enjoyable to be around a great group of guys.”

Crescenta Valley and Flintridge Prep each had four players receive Division V honors. La Cañada had three players earn Division III accolades. A pair of Pasadena Poly athletes who reside in the area received Division V recognition.

Among those who picked up first-team honors were Manuk Piloyan and Artak Arzumanyan of Glendale, Ryan Moguel of Crescenta Valley, Ethan Vandeventer of Flintridge Prep and Peter Loakes of La Cañada.

Piloyan, a junior hole/guard, finished with 117 goals and played a large role in propelling Glendale to the school's first CIF championship in any sport since 1989. Arzumanyan, a junior utility player, tallied 89 goals.

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