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By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the Glendale News-Press | December 11, 2013
GLENDALE - Three years ago, the Hoover High wrestling program resembled Brentwood, the Tornadoes' opponent in Wednesday's nonleague match. The Tornadoes were young and inexperienced on the mat and learned techniques through grueling matches, some losses, and hours of practice. Three years later, the Tornadoes have become an experienced squad that has taken advantage of teams like Brentwood, which recently restarted its wrestling program and featured athletes competing in their first-ever match Wednesday.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | December 9, 2013
GLENDALE - Call it a lesson learned for the Hoover High boys' soccer team. Just after it scored a tying goal and a stalemate seemed all but certain, Hoover instantly became vulnerable. PHOTOS: Hoover vs. Blair non-league boys' soccer Hoover yielded a winning goal with less than two minutes remaining and suffered a 2-1 nonleague home defeat against Blair on Monday afternoon. “We just learned a lesson,” said Hoover first-year Coach Basile Pagourtzis, who saw the Tornadoes tie the match on a penalty shot by Artin Almary in the 77th minute.
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By Andrew J. Campa | December 7, 2013
GLENDALE - Tucked away into the far corner of the Hoover High basketball gym, behind a giant curtain, the school's fledgling wrestling program spent part of this week and portions of this summer preparing for season No. 3. On Friday afternoon, the Tornadoes kicked off their new campaign at home versus Franklin with a different set of circumstances and expectations and a new coach in one-time assistant Dave Beard. The former four-sport high school athlete took over for coach Mark Bitetti this summer and is hoping he can convert a hot bed into a gold mine.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 5, 2013
The 56th annual Hoover Tour of Homes will take place this Saturday, and will feature four local homes, including one formerly owned by a famous wrestler and another owned by a current school board member. The annual tour raises thousands of dollars for graduating Hoover High seniors. Glendale residents Ammar Kharouf and Guy DeConte will open up their Mediterranean-style home on Royal Boulevard, where the Hoover High jazz band will perform. Built in 1927, the home was once owned by heavyweight professional wrestler Ed “Strangler” Lewis, who won the World Heavyweight Champion six times and had a career that spanned four decades.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | December 3, 2013
BURBANK - It didn't take too long for the members of the Hoover High boys' basketball team to respond from a tough defeat. The Tornadoes simply went back to concentrating on playing tenacious defense and capitalizing on fast-break opportunities. Hoover used both components in large doses Tuesday to record a convincing 84-55 victory against Oakwood in a consolation game of the 25th annual Paul Sutton Tip-Off Classic at Providence High. The Tornadoes began the tournament Monday with a season-opening 67-62 defeat against Malibu.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 20, 2013
A girl, who former Hoover High School instructor Delvon Jackson is accused of sexually assaulting earlier this year, appeared in a Pasadena courtroom Wednesday to testify against him. Following a day-long preliminary hearing, Jackson was held to answer on four felony counts relating to the alleged assaults. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Janice Claire Croft also denied a request to lower Jackson's $400,000 bail. During her testimony, the 14-year-old freshman, referred to in the case as Jane Doe, said she initially felt safe around Jackson as a student in his Public Safety Academy class.
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By Andrew Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | November 15, 2013
With league championship races in the rearview mirror, the business of qualifying to the CIF Southern Section divisional championships is on the mind of the four schools and six total local cross-country teams participating in Saturday's CIF-SS divisional preliminaries at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. For Crescenta Valley High, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Flintridge Prep, advancing to the prelims has become old hat. However, the same cannot be said for Hoover High, which made history last weekend when the girls' team outlasted Burroughs, 121-128, for fourth place within the Pacific League, which nabbed the program's first prelims bid since 2002.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 14, 2013
Hoover High drama students are preparing this week for their annual improvisation marathon in which dozens of students will spend 24 hours performing onstage beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. Fourteen-year-old Hoover freshman Vivica Rush said some students will perform for a while and then sneak away for an hour or two to squeeze in some sleep before returning to the school to perform again. Regardless, she said, at all times during the 24-hour session, there will be students onstage keeping up the momentum.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | November 6, 2013
Though both teams will be absent from the postseason, the members of the Hoover High and Glendale football teams will treat their cross-town rivalry game as a playoff contest. With a large bipartisan contingent expected to flock to Moyse Field, the Tornadoes and Nitros will hit the sponged turf in the “Battle for the Victory Bell” at 7 p.m. Friday. The Nitros have won three meetings in a row against the Tornadoes, including a 44-13 Pacific League win last season, and own a 49-33-2 lead in the all-time series that began in 1930.
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