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By Grant Gordon | September 22, 2006
LA CRESCENTA ? Aspirations are rather lofty for the Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo team this season. Thus, bouncing back from a lackluster performance on Tuesday was crucial on Thursday. That's exactly what Crescenta Valley, the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division VI, did, as it defeated La Serna, 13-7, at Crescenta Valley High in a nonleague match. "They needed to rebound from a pretty bad loss against Palos Verdes," said Falcons Coach Jan Sakonju, referring to his team's 10-5 defeat on Tuesday to the fifth-ranked team in Division IV. "They came out hard, they were a lot more focussed."
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March 25, 2004
The Crescenta Valley girls' varsity softball team shut out Whittier La Serna 9-0 last Saturday to take fifth place in the Arroyo Tournament at Whittier Narrows Park. The Falcons upped their overall record to 7-1. The game was scoreless until the top of the third inning when CV exploded for six runs to take a 6-0 lead. The Falcons increased their advantage with a single run in the fourth and two more in the seventh. CV starter Lauren Strangis pitched a complete game, striking out seven, to pick up the victory.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 1, 2013
PASADENA - An exclamation of “that's beautiful water polo” rang out from the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team's bench late in the second quarter of a CIF Southern Section showdown against La Serna Friday. It was the first of several compliments Falcons Coach Brent Danna shouted to his team in the middle of the game - a 15-3 blowout in his team's favor - at Pasadena City College. “I was actually looking for a reason to get mad at the girls today,” Danna said.
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By Gabriel Rizk | May 28, 2008
LA CRESCENTA — Landing the first shot against an imposing, revved-up opponent set a great tone early. Even when down late in a close game, one jaw-dropping defensive play after another, one clutch delivery from the circle after the next kept the home team’s drive alive. But on Tuesday, the Crescenta Valley High softball team came just a few timely hits away from carrying on with a season that had previously known no heartbreak, only triumph, falling to visiting La Serna, 3-2, in the semifinal round and finishing with a school-record-tying 29 wins to just one tough loss.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | February 2, 2012
WHITTIER - Moments after the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team captured its most improbable win of the season, Coach Pete Loporchio was flabbergasted. Loporchio and the Falcons were on the cusp of absorbing their first loss of the season Thursday during a nonleague road match against La Serna. Down two goals in the closing seconds of regulation with La Serna owning possession of the ball, it all seemed academic. Then the Falcons found a way to turn around their fortunes.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | October 17, 2012
PASADENA - Five spots may separate the Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo team from La Serna in the CIF Southern Section Division V rankings, but by the end of Wednesday's nonleague match at Pasadena City College, there was only a difference of three goals between the seventh-ranked Falcons and the No. 2-ranked Lancers. Omar Trad scored on a putback of a teammate's miss with 48 seconds left and Antonio Camarillo added a quick goal on a counter-attack inside the final three seconds to make the final score closer, 11-8, after the Falcons had trailed by as many as five twice in the second half.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | September 29, 2010
PASADENA — Holding down the top ranking in the CIF Southern Section Division V poll might mean something in the grand scheme of things for the Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo team. Having to prove it is an entirely different matter. The Falcons, who moved up a division after winning a Division VI crown in 2008 and advancing to the semifinals last season, have taken on all challengers during the first part of the season. They faced their biggest test Tuesday afternoon during a nonleague match against second-ranked La Serna at Pasadena City College.
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By Seth Amitin | May 30, 2008
A handful of girls started unceremoniously taking down the banners of previous championships that adorned the outfield wall while the Falcons? softball team sat in shallow left field, chatting each other up, congratulating each other on a good season that they should have no regrets about. Their season had ended just minutes earlier in a game that was an absolute circus, with unusual double plays, poor base running, errors for both teams and a player running into a wall. It ended with a whimper for CV (29-1)
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November 9, 2001
Charles Rich SAN MARINO -- He gently banged his head on the metal goal post several times after the final horn sounded. Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo goalkeeper Stephen Craney didn't want to exit the cage, but had no choice after the Falcons dropped a 9-8 decision in double overtime against La Serna in a CIF Southern Section Division III first-round match at San Marino High on Thursday. The lone comfort for Craney, a sophomore competing in his first postseason match, were the ripples gently striking his back.
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May 24, 2008
Falcons to host La Serna on Tuesday In a CIF Southern Section Division III quarterfinal softball game on Friday, La Serna defeated Beckman, 2-0. La Serna will now travel to face host Crescenta Valley, the No. 1 seed, on Tuesday, likely at 3:15 p.m. The Falcons beat Santa Monica, 3-0, on Thursday, but La Serna?s game was postponed due to inclement weather. Crescenta Valley would have gone on the road had Beckman won, but won a pre-game coinflip against La Serna.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | October 9, 2013
WHITTIER - Two steps through one of the more challenging weeks of the season and the Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo team has yet to play its best ball. That's at least what Falcons Coach Jan Sakonju said and perhaps that's a scary prospect, as the Falcons dominated several facets of their game at host La Serna en route to a 12-8 victory in Whittier. “Defense has been the key for us the last couple of days and has really been there when we've struggled on offense,” Sakonju said.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 1, 2013
PASADENA - An exclamation of “that's beautiful water polo” rang out from the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team's bench late in the second quarter of a CIF Southern Section showdown against La Serna Friday. It was the first of several compliments Falcons Coach Brent Danna shouted to his team in the middle of the game - a 15-3 blowout in his team's favor - at Pasadena City College. “I was actually looking for a reason to get mad at the girls today,” Danna said.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | October 17, 2012
PASADENA - Five spots may separate the Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo team from La Serna in the CIF Southern Section Division V rankings, but by the end of Wednesday's nonleague match at Pasadena City College, there was only a difference of three goals between the seventh-ranked Falcons and the No. 2-ranked Lancers. Omar Trad scored on a putback of a teammate's miss with 48 seconds left and Antonio Camarillo added a quick goal on a counter-attack inside the final three seconds to make the final score closer, 11-8, after the Falcons had trailed by as many as five twice in the second half.
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August 21, 2012
To hear Sabrina Hatzer talk about her exploits and achievements in the pool during a stellar senior season, you wouldn't really come away thinking it was all that stellar. But for the seemingly always reserved and soft-spoken Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo player and swimmer, 2011-12 was quite phenomenal indeed. So phenomenal, in fact, that she was recently voted the 2011-12 Glendale News-Press Girls' Athlete of the Year. Having started her days as a water polo player for the first time as a freshman at CV with no knowledge of the game, she morphed quite quickly into the 2011-12 All-Area Girls' Water Polo Player of the Year.
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By Gabriel Rizk | April 9, 2012
Much ado was made about the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team losing 12 seniors and returning just one true starter from its 2011 CIF semifinalist squad. Along the same lines, much was overlooked as to what the Falcons did bring back, namely their second-leading scorer Sabrina Hatzer, who accomplished the feat while coming off the bench. To be sure, it took an entire cast of former role players ready to take the lead in order for Crescenta Valley to remain at a championship level, both in the Pacific League and CIF Southern Section Division V. But Hatzer was most certainly a key to the Falcons' second straight run to the semifinals, the program's savior hiding in plain sight.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | February 2, 2012
WHITTIER - Moments after the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team captured its most improbable win of the season, Coach Pete Loporchio was flabbergasted. Loporchio and the Falcons were on the cusp of absorbing their first loss of the season Thursday during a nonleague road match against La Serna. Down two goals in the closing seconds of regulation with La Serna owning possession of the ball, it all seemed academic. Then the Falcons found a way to turn around their fortunes.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | November 11, 2011
The following are playoff previews of today's events involving local teams. BOYS' WATER POLO Glendale vs. La Serna at La Mirada Splash!, 2 p.m.: After opening the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs Wednesday with a 20-10 win against Webb at Burbank High, the Nitros figure to have a more difficult task at hand against fourth-seeded La Serna. The Nitros, who won the Pacific League championship for the first time since 2002, got six goals from David Papazian and five from Martin Chatalyan against Webb.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | November 9, 2011
LA MIRADA - Maybe it was the excitement of playing the defending divisional champions or perhaps it was the thrill of being in the postseason. For whatever reason, the Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo team mounted arguably its best effort of the season and nearly notched a major upset before falling to host La Serna, 11-8, in Wednesday afternoon's CIF Southern Section Division V first-round game at Splash Aquatics Center. The defeat capped the Falcons' final record at 10-19.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 8, 2011
BURBANK - After its lopsided 20-10 victory over Cathedral City High at Burbank High in the wild-card round of the CIF Southern Section Division V boys' water polo tournament, Crescenta Valley was back in the pool. And it was anything but celebratory, as Falcons Coach Jan Sakonju had his team back practicing in preparation for today's first-round match against host and No. 4 seed La Serna. "They didn't come out and play as hungry as they should have," said Sakonju of his Falcons, who lost to La Serna, 17-4, in a nonleague match earlier this season.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 26, 2011
This is the seventh of eight editions in which the News-Press looks back at the area's 2010-11 seasons, school by school, before looking ahead at the year to come. There were Pacific League titles and playoff berths aplenty during the 2010-11 athletic season for Crescenta Valley High. Navigated by All-Area Player of the Year Pavle Atanackovic, the boys' soccer team had its most successful season in program history. The girls' soccer and girls' cross-country teams maintained their spots atop the Pacific League, while the softball team reaffirmed its place in first.
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