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By Michael Bruer, Special to the Glendale News-Press | February 13, 2014
GLENDALE - It only took one mistake by the Glendale High girls' soccer defense to turn the tide in its season-ending rivalry game against visiting Hoover on Thursday evening. The opening 30 seconds of the second half proved pivotal for the teams, as Hoover senior midfielder and team captain Talin Kojababian intercepted a pass on the back line and rocketed a shot into the upper corner of the goal for the only score in the Tornadoes' 1-0 win over the Nitros in the squads' Pacific League and season finale.
By Andrew J. Campa, | February 1, 2014
MONROVIA - Heading into Saturday afternoon's Rio Hondo League individual wrestling finals, there was no doubt that the Hoover High wrestling program was already enjoying its greatest season ever in its fledgling three-year existence. Yet, the Tornadoes had even more to celebrate at Monrovia High, as the squad advanced five wrestlers into divisional championship bouts, won two titles and qualified all 10 of their varsity wrestlers to the first round of the CIF Southern Section Individual playoffs.
By Kelly Corrigan, | January 31, 2014
Students at Hoover and Crescenta Valley high schools will compete Saturday in a regional competition to determine which team from across Southern California will compete in the National Science Bowl hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. in April. The two Glendale high schools are among 31 school teams from San Juan Capistrano to Redondo Beach which will compete at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the regional contest. Sixteen-year-old Meagan Yuen, captain of Hoover High's science bowl team which formed at the start of the school year, said team members have been practicing for the bowl for two to three hours every Saturday since October.
By Andrew J. Campa, | January 24, 2014
GLENDALE - While the Glendale High and Hoover boys' basketball teams entered Friday evening's city rivalry game as near equals, they certainly excited Hoover's gym with a gulf between them. The host Tornadoes shot 50% from behind the three-point line and seemed to come up with all the big hustle plays in a 69-49 Pacific League victory. “Games go both ways and this one could have went either way,” said Hoover senior guard Teo Davidian, who led all scorers with 24 points, eight rebounds and two steals.
By Andrew J. Campa, | January 23, 2014
GLENDALE - Five bouts into their Rio Hondo League wrestling match and the narrative looked somewhat familiar for the Hoover High wrestling team. The fledgling program in its third year of existence had fallen behind 23 points to visiting South Pasadena and appeared destined for a blowout. Well, the rout was a reality, but in a different way than in past years. The Tornadoes won nine of their final 11 matches and scored 42 of the last 45 points in launching a massive rally and defeating the Tigers, 42-26, on Thursday.
By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press | January 15, 2014
PASADENA - The Hoover High girls' basketball team went into the gym at Muir High for a Pacific League matchup and had the chance to accomplish some rare feats against a Mustangs program that is struggling this season and has just seven players on its roster. Hoover seized the opportunity Wednesday afternoon, building a slim lead after halftime and toughing it out down the stretch to come away with a 40-37 victory. It was the Tornadoes' first win on the road in Pacific play since February of 2008.
From Staff Reports | January 9, 2014
WRESTLING Hoover 42, St. Paul 30: The Tornadoes picked up a Rio Hondo League victory Thursday at home. Geraldy Martinez led the way with a pin at 152 pounds for the Tornadoes, who improved to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in league. Jesse Martinez moved weights to 145 pounds and delivered a victorious decision as did Davit Nersiyan (160 pounds), while 113-pounder David Balakeseryan also delivered a pin. Hoover is back in action Thursday at San Marino at 4:30 p.m. with an opportunity to force a tie atop the Rio Hondo League standings.
By Charles Rich, | January 8, 2014
GLENDALE - Attendance wasn't exemplary during the recent holiday break. While the members of the Hoover High girls' water polo had time to soak in the holiday festivities, Tornadoes Coach Kevin Witt said about half of the team didn't show up to the multiple practice sessions during the break in order to gear up for the most important part of the season - Pacific League action. Witt's worst fears became a reality Wednesday, as Hoover struggled to put things together in a 15-2 home defeat against Arcadia in a league opener for both teams.
By Andrew J. Campa, | December 14, 2013
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.
By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press | December 14, 2013
BURBANK - Even before its doubleheader as part of the Burbank Tournament, the Hoover High girls' water polo team had already removed a monkey from its collective backs. After going winless last campaign, the Tornadoes notched their first win of this season with an overtime victory over Oaks Christian on Tuesday. “Last year in 2012-13 we didn't win a game and I know a lot of the girls were disappointed by that,” Hoover Coach Kevin Witt said, “and they put in a lot of work this summer and in the preseason ... the girls are really excited to see their hard work pay off.” On Friday, Hoover added another victory by winning the front half of the doubleheader, 7-6, over Marymount to begin competition in pool play of the fifth annual Burbank tourney, meaning a second victory in the back half would make the Tornadoes the winner of the three-team Pool C. “We did a very good job in the beginning of limiting their good shots,” Witt said of his team's win over Marymount.
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