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By Rachel Kane | August 23, 2006
During his beach volleyball heyday, Bernie Holtzman had the kind of fun in the sand that Frankie Avalon had on a surf board. Just as Frankie and Annette Funicello honed their skills in the 1965 movie "Beach Blanket Bingo," Holtzman honed his skills at Santa Monica and Will Rogers state beaches, playing doubles and full-team games on the dunes, during the 1940s. Holtzman, now 84, was known as one of the best beach volleyball players on the Southern Californian coast by the time he was in his late teens and early 20s. With longtime doubles partner Gene Selznick, who is credited with inventing the spike while competing with Holtzman against a slew of volleyball greats, Holtzman took first place in dozens of tournaments.
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By Joey Kaufman, Special to the Glendale News-Press | March 27, 2014
LA CAÑADA - With relative ease, the St. Francis High volleyball team got back on track Thursday night. The Golden Knights snapped their three-game losing skid by sweeping visiting Chaminade, 25-21, 25-18, 25-14, in Mission League play. It marked the team's first victory since a similar three-set sweep over Crespi in its league opener on March 13. “I think we just passed the ball a lot better,” said junior outside hitter Markar Agakanian, who led the way with 13 kills. “We had our transition game going, because of our passing.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 6, 2013
LA CANADA - Handling an increased work load suits Charles McCarthy fine. The St. Francis High senior volleyball player doesn't mind being the main offensive threat for the Golden Knights, though there's a preference to provide him with some assistance. McCarthy stepped up again and enjoyed another big effort Monday, as he recorded 13 kills to help visiting St. Francis record a 25-17, 25-20,19-25, 25-21 nonleague win against neighbor Flintridge Prep. "There's a lot of weight on me to perform offensively," said McCarthy, an outside hitter who helped the Golden Knights advance to the playoffs last season.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 18, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - It was anyone's guess how the first game between the Flintridge Prep or San Marino High girls' volleyball teams would impact both sides moving forward in the match Tuesday. The Rebels faced game-point and were down by nine before they tied the Titans in the opener with a nine-point run. San Marino settled down to halt the Prep push and take the first game. "They had a real strong server on the back line and once you give up some points it's easy to give up a lot of points," said San Marino Coach Gordon Anderson of Prep's Daniella Motte, who had four aces in the first game and six in the match.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | March 7, 2013
LA CANADA - There were numerous occasions when the St. Francis High volleyball team was asked to rally from extreme and unusual setbacks Thursday night when it hosted Crespi in a Mission League match. It appeared the Golden Knights were up to the task after they appeared to take a one-game lead after three frames and held match-point three times, but two key no-calls from the officials proved devastating in a five-game loss to the Celts, 20-25, 25-22, 28-26, 21-25, 19-17. Charles McCarthy seemed he was going to bring St. Francis (3-3, 0-2 in league)
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | October 11, 2012
NORTHEAST GLENDALE - While the Glendale Adventist Academy girls' volleyball team found a spark midway through the second game of Thursday's Liberty League match, visiting Providence made sure the Cougars never really caught fire. The Pioneers withstood a late rally from the Cougars in the second game and the early third-game momentum it generated for Glendale Adventist to finish off a 25-11, 25-20, 25-16 sweep. “In games two and three they were more prepared and they did a lot better job of ball control than they did in game one,” Pioneers Coach Josh Eggleston said of the Cougars.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | June 9, 2013
PASADENA - While Sunday afternoon's second annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Boys' Volleyball Game at La Salle High had its pleasantries and moments of fraternity, there was a certain edge this time around that perhaps lacked a year earlier. The area public high school teams, which were swept in the inaugural event last June at Caltech University, took revenge in winning both of this year's underclassmen and senior contests, with the highlight being a come-from-behind 21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-12 senior triumph.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | October 2, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - There isn't a sense of panic surrounding the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy volleyball team. Not after splitting its first two Mission League matches. However, Flintridge Sacred Heart first-year Coach Ernest Banaag said there might be some tinkering with the lineup. “Right now, we are inexperienced,” Banaag said after Harvard-Westlake recorded a 25-17, 25-7, 25-13 against host Flintridge Sacred Heart on Tuesday night. “You can sit hear and nitpick, yell and scream, but we will get back at it and make some adjustments.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 2, 2012
Once he became a member of the St. Francis High varsity volleyball team as a freshman, Mike Bacall set a goal - to earn a spot on the All-Mission League's first team. Armed with remarkable organizational skills and the willingness to work hard at reaching his set target, Bacall showed marked improvement each season. In a league traditionally filled with future Division I-caliber athletes, Bacall fell short of securing a spot on the all-league team during his first three seasons.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 1, 2013
Charles McCarthy isn't one who will shy away from a challenge. Never more so was that the case this season while serving as an outside hitter for the St. Francis High volleyball team. The senior found himself up to the task of handling the lion's share of the offensive responsibilities for the Golden Knights. He exceeded the expectations, finishing with a team-leading 362 kills en route to earning a spot on the All-Mission League first team. "A lot of people depended on me to help get the job done," said McCarthy, who added 16 aces and 28 blocks and will attend the University of Pacific in the fall.
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From Staff Reports | April 29, 2014
BOYS' VOLLEYBALL Flintridge Prep 3, Rio Hondo Prep 0: The visiting Rebels received 16 kills and 25 digs from Dante Fregoso to earn a 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 Prep League win Tuesday. Trip Westmoreland added 12 kills and five blocks for Flintridge Prep, which improved to 15-4, 6-0 in league. Harvard-Westlake 3, St. Francis 2: David Thompson of St. Francis collected a career-best 56 assists Tuesday, but Harvard-Westlake recorded a 26-24, 25-23, 19-25, 14-25, 15-6 Mission League win. Thomas Lund added 15 kills for the Golden Knights (3-7 in league)
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
GLENDALE - Whether lining up for a serve or handling the outside hitting responsibilities, Min Kim came prepared to have an impact on the Crescenta Valley High boys' volleyball team. The junior outside hitter first got the Falcons off on the right note with a couple of aces before setting the stage on offense with one of his better efforts of the season. Kim finished with 12 kills and three aces Wednesday to lift visiting Crescenta Valley to a 25-17, 32-30, 25-18 Pacific League victory against Glendale.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 18, 2014
LA CRESCENTA - There was no uniform jinx for the Crescenta Valley High boys' volleyball team Friday afternoon, although visiting Hoover certainly made the Falcons downright uncomfortable at times. Crescenta Valley, which had dropped two straight matches along with its standing atop the Pacific League after receiving its new 2014 jerseys, snapped its brief skid with a closer-than-expected 25-21, 25-13, 26-24 victory over the visiting Tornadoes. “I was starting to believe that something was wrong with these uniforms,” Falcons Coach John Nelson quipped after his team's victory.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Thanks to a friendly homecourt advantage, a key absence and the power of hitters Trip Westmoreland and Dante Fregoso, the Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball team took a big step toward defending its Prep League championship. PHOTOS: Flintridge Prep vs. Chadwick boys' volleyball The Rebels came within a point of pulling off a sweep, but settled for a 25-21, 25-21, 26-28, 25-17 victory over the visiting Dolphins to go undefeated through the first round of league play on Tuesday afternoon in a meeting of the league's last two champions.
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From Staff Reports | April 8, 2014
BOYS' VOLLEYBALL St. Francis 3, Crespi 0: The host Golden Knights posted a 25-19, 25-22, 25-21 Mission League win Tuesday. David Thompson finished with 35 assists for St. Francis (6-5, 3-4 in league). Flintridge Prep 3, Glendale 1: The host Rebels received 19 kills, 13 digs and six aces from Dante Fregoso en route to a 25-10, 25-17, 26-28, 25-13 nonleague win Monday. Aldridge Khin added 38 assists, Trip Westmoreland had 13 kills and Zach Picker collected 16 digs for the Rebels (9-4)
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By Joey Kaufman, Special to the Glendale News-Press | April 2, 2014
LA CRESCENTA - For a moment, albeit a brief one, it looked as if the Crescenta Valley High boys' volleyball team's undefeated season and 12-match winning streak were in jeopardy. Hosting Glendale in a Pacific League match on Wednesday afternoon, the Falcons trailed by seven points midway through the first game, plagued by miscommunication and other miscues. “I don't know,” Falcons Coach John Nelson said of the sluggish start. “We were having a hard time getting up to speed.” Eventually, they caught up enough to sweep the visiting Nitros, 26-24, 25-17, 25-17.
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