September 25, 2004
Hamlet Nalbandyan Flying high: It might not be getting the same press clippings as intracity rival La Canada, but the Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo team is quietly having one of the best seasons in the valley. The Falcons are 6-1 heading into Wednesday's Pacific League opener against Hoover, having posted impressive victories against two traditional CIF powers. On Sept. 17, CV put a hurting on last year's runner-up in CIF Southern Section Division III, Peninsula, winning, 14-7.
December 9, 2002
From Staff Reports Editor's note: The following are odds and ends from the past week in girls' water polo: GLENDALE -- A time (out) worth forgetting: Glendale High girls' water polo co-Coach Alfred Tamazyan would like to erase it from his memory. In last year's season opener against Beverly Hills -- the same squad the Nitros opened this year's campaign against -- Tamazyan called a timeout in the waning moments of the match trying to set up the go-ahead score at Glendale High.
December 6, 2002
Erik Boal Without a moment of hesitation, Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo Coach Peter Kim responded to the first question in his post-match interview Thursday by saying, "We could've won this thing by five or six goals." It didn't matter to Kim that his players were competing in their season opener against Bell Gardens, the same team that had beaten the Falcons by 11 goals last season, won an unprecedented four straight CIF Southern Section Division III titles and posted a 124-2 record in the process.
November 15, 2002
Hamlet Nalbandyan It was quite beautiful, really. Glendale High boys' water polo player Martin Galstyan received a perfect pass from Will Wagner and fired it like it was shot from a cannon for a score with 2:32 left in the second quarter. The Nitro faithful cheered and the players let out a huge sigh of relief. Glendale was back in the match against Bell Gardens following its first goal Thursday. Unfortunately, the Nitros' first goal was also their last in the CIF Southern Section Division III first-round showdown, as the visiting Lancers pummeled Pat Lancaster's squad, 11-1, at Bell Gardens High.
January 21, 2002
Erik Boal and Mirjam Swanson GLENDALE -- o7 Odds and ends from the local high school girls' water polo scene:f7 No. 2 vs No. 2, part II: Despite it being scheduled on a Friday afternoon, a 40-minute drive north on the Ventura Freeway might be well worth the trip for Crescenta Valley High fans. Because with no disrespect intended toward Glendale -- CV's opponent at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday -- or any of the other Pacific League teams, the Falcons' journey to Agoura is their most important match between now and when the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs begin Feb. 14. Peter Kim purposely scheduled Agoura -- ranked No. 2 in Division II -- so late in the season to give his squad, winners of nine straight by a 129-30 margin, a playoff-caliber tuneup before the postseason rolled around.
December 14, 2001
Mirjam Swanson LA CRESCENTA -- The Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team is really good. But Bell Gardens is better. In Wednesday's nonleague match at CV, the Lancers were much better. Try 14-3 better. Funny thing, the Falcons got out of the pool andweren't discouraged. Humbled, yes. Overly disgruntled, no. Rather, they seemed sure that next time, they themselves will be better. Assured that they'll meet Bell Gardens (9-0 this season and 100-1 in the past four years)
September 22, 2001
Hamlet Nalbandyan GLENDALE -- Odds and ends from the local boys' water polo scene: Who would've thought? As far as depth goes, there was no area sport deeper last year than boys' water polo. All five locals advanced to the CIF Southern Section playoffs, with Crescenta Valley and Glendale each making it to the Division III semifinals and La Canada to the quarterfinals. But so far, none of that success is apparent. As of Thursday, neither Glendale, La Canada nor CV had won a match.
September 19, 2001
Hamlet Nalbandyan LA CRESCENTA -- Expectations were high, they always are with the Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo program. But after three matches this season, maybe those expectations were too high. CV, which advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division III finals in 1999 and the semifinals in 2000, dropped to 0-3 after Tuesday's 19-10 setback to visiting Bell Gardens. Albeit, the three opponents Jan Sakonju's team has played have all been ranked.
October 18, 2000
Hamlet Nalbandyan LA CANADA HIGH -- The La Canada High boys' water polo team hasn't had trouble earning respect in the past with its storied tradition. But for some reason, the Spartans are being overlooked by some this year. One reason is Larry Naeve's squad came in with a 4-9 record, but that is deceiving considering the opponents it has played. Bell Gardens High found that out Tuesday as La Canada's defense led it to a 10-8 victory over the perennial-division power at La Canada High.
September 20, 2000
Hamlet Nalbandyan BELL GARDENS -- Crescenta Valley and Bell Gardens high's boys' water polo teams are ranked No. 3 and 6 in the CIF Southern Section Division III poll, and the two teams showed just how even they are Tuesday in a nonleague contest. Neither team led by more than three goals in the game at Bell Gardens, but the Lancers had just enough to pull out an 11-10 victory in sudden-death overtime, improving to 6-0 on the season. Marco Barcena scored 3 minutes 22 seconds into the sudden death session to end the game.