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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | February 14, 2012
The following are previews of today's playoff contests featuring local teams. GIRLS' WATER POLO Fontana vs. Crescenta Valley, 3 p.m. at South Pasadena High: After winning the Pacific League championship for the third straight season, the unbeaten and third-seeded Falcons (29-0) will begin the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs with a first-round match against Fontana. Fontana is 15-11 and placed third in the Citrus Valley League. The Falcons, who reached the semifinals last season, are coming off an 8-6 win against Burroughs in the league's tournament championship on Thursday.
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From Staff Reports | September 19, 2012
BOYS' WATER POLO Hoover 12, Whittier 9 : Hakop Baghumian scored six goals and recorded two steals to lead the Tornadoes to a nonleague road win on Wednesday. Alek Keshishyan and Ryan Moguel each added two goals for Hoover (5-2). GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL Glendale Adventist Academy 3, Pilibos 1 : Andrea Blake notched 22 kills and Erin Blake served up 12 aces to pace the Cougars (3-4) in a 25-20, 21-25, 25-6, 25-16, nonleague home win on Wednesday. Westridge 3, Flintridge Prep 1 : The host Rebels saw Westridge rally for a 12-25, 25-14, 25-15, 25-16 Prep league win Wednesday.
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By Grant Gordon | October 30, 2012
BURBANK - In the span of a minute and 46 seconds, Glendale High's Arman Momdzhyan showcased just why he's likely the most dangerous offensive weapon in the Pacific League. And along with that, the Nitros emphatically stated why they're the top seed in the Pacific League Tournament and the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division V. In 1:46, Momdzhyan scored four consecutive goals, swelling an early two-goal Glendale lead to six over Burroughs and igniting a dominant Nitros performance, as they throttled the Indians, 19-9, on Tuesday evening at Burbank High in the semifinals of the league tournament.
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From Staff Reports | January 24, 2013
GIRLS' WATER POLO Crescenta Valley 21, Burbank 3 : Lynley Fernandez and Elissa Arnold scored five goals apiece Thursday to lead the visiting Falcons, ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division V, in a Pacific League match. Caitlin Connell added four goals for Crescenta Valley (21-2, 5-0 in league).
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From Staff Reports | February 19, 2013
The following are playoff previews for Wednesday's events involving local teams. GIRLS' WATER POLO Crescenta Valley vs. Redlands East Valley at Whittier College, 5:30 p.m. : The Falcons (31-2) will face a familiar opponent in Redlands East Valley (23-8) in a CIF Southern Section Division V semifinal match. The teams met Feb. 2 at Pasadena City College with Crescenta Valley recording a 7-4 nonleague win. “I'm glad we played them [earlier in the season],” said Crescenta Valley first-year Coach Brent Danna, who will look to lead the Falcons to their first finals appearance.
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By Nathan Cambridge and By Nathan Cambridge | December 14, 2013
BURBANK - Glendale High's girls' water polo team came back in the fourth quarter of the championship game at the fifth annual Burbank Tournament against San Marino only to see the contest tied in the final minute on a five-meter penalty. “It was a little upsetting to get that five-meter called, but I didn't even think about winning,” Nitro assistant Casey Sripramong, who led the team on Saturday, said. “I knew they had the skills to win.” In sudden-death overtime, the Nitros pulled through on a Naira Sarkian goal and Glendale won, 8-7, over the Titans to claim the title.
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By Charles Rich | October 4, 2009
GLENDALE — Trying to repeat as CIF Southern Section Division VI champion will be a later priority. For the Crescenta Valley High boys’ water polo squad to have any shot at winning a second CIF crown in a row, the Falcons must first navigate their way through the Pacific League. The Falcons have won more than 25 league championships in their history, their latest coming last season. To possibly add to that total, Crescenta Valley will be up against league teams looking to dethrone it while playing at their best.
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From Staff Reports | October 3, 2013
BOYS' WATER POLO Crescenta Valley, Glendale at Villa Park Tournament: The Falcons opened up the tournament's first day of pool play Thursday with an 11-5 defeat versus El Toro at Yorba Linda High. Nate Fernandez led the attack for the Falcons, who were shut out in the first quarter and trailed 8-2 at the half. Trevor Goddard, Omar Trad and Alexander all added a goal for Crescenta Valley (5-4). Goalkeeper George Vine IV finished with seven saves. Up next for the Falcons is a game back at Yorba Linda on Friday at 3:30 p.m. versus Buena Park.
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From Staff Reports | January 15, 2013
GIRLS' WATER POLO Crescenta Valley 24, Hoover 0: The Falcons got a complete team effort in a shutout victory over the Tornadoes in a Pacific League game Tuesday. Crescenta Valley improved to 14-1, 2-0 in league, while Hoover fell to 0-9, 0-3. Louisville 14, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 8: Hannah Walleck and Anna Porter attempted to rally the Tologs back from a 6-1 deficit in Mission League action Tuesday. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy managed to pull within four, 12-8, late before falling at L.A. Pierce College.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
With two coaches looking for a change of scenery at Crescenta Valley and Glendale highs, the rival schools examined the possibility of a swap among health teachers who to be manning the pool deck, as well. It came in 1992, shortly after Chris Kaufman had already turned the Crescenta Valley boys' swimming and water polo teams into some of the top programs in the area while also serving as a health instructor. Over at Glendale, Pete Loporchio had spent several years as a health teacher and achieving success with the Nitro boys' water polo and swimming teams.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
To look at the body of work compiled by the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team this past season is to grab a snapshot of another successful campaign for the area's top program. The Falcons finished 24-7, captured a fifth straight Pacific League championship and advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. Such success has become consistent and expected at a program that rose to prominence under coach Pete Loporchio and reached its pinnacle with Brent Danna at the helm.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 17, 2014
Though the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team came up short of winning the CIF Southern Section Division V championship for a second straight season, the Falcons still commanded plenty of attention when it came to the opponents trying to contain them. Backed by a strong cast of players who excelled on both ends of the pool, Crescenta Valley captured the Pacific League championship for a fifth straight season. It propelled them to a run to the semifinals for the fourth season in a row. For their collective performances, six Crescenta Valley players were bestowed with All-CIF Southern Section recognition after the Falcons finished 24-7, 8-0 in league.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 14, 2014
Dominance in the pool resulted in a large share of awards for the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team when the Pacific League honors were recently released. The five-time defending Pacific League champions tallied seven awards, including player of the year, while league runner-up Glendale also had its share of acclaim, as did Hoover. Senior two-meter attacker Elissa Arnold led the way for the Falcons in scoring a team-best 92 goals and was named the league's player of the year.
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March 4, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The Glendale area will have a high of 71 and low of 53, according to the National Weather Service. A former UCLA freshman water polo player from Glendale was indicted with forcible rape and other charges on Monday, according to officials from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A man and his 7-year-old daughter were carjacked at gunpoint outside a Pacoima library on Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 26, 2014
WHITTIER - Perhaps the area's most successful girls' water polo four-year run came to end Wednesday afternoon. PHOTOS: Crescenta Valley vs. Warren girls' water polo semifinals Defending CIF Southern Section Division V girls' water polo champion Crescenta Valley High came up one game short of defending its title in falling to Warren, 16-9, in the semifinals at Whittier College. With the victory, the second-seeded Bears (20-9), the San Gabriel Valley League champion, earned a trip to the divisional championship game Saturday at Irvine's William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | February 22, 2014
LAKE ELSINORE - Pick a stat, any stat, and there's little denying the dominant effort turned in by the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team Saturday. The defending CIF Southern Section Division V champion Falcons earned advancement to their fourth consecutive semifinal appearance behind a lockdown defense that helped spur an 11-4 victory over host Temescal Canyon in the divisional quarterfinals. With the victory, the third-seeded Falcons (24-6) qualified for Wednesday's divisional semifinal at 4 p.m. at Whittier College versus No. 2 Warren (19-9)
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | February 19, 2014
REDLANDS - Recent trips to the Inland Empire to compete in CIF Southern Section playoff matches haven't worked out well for the Glendale High girls' water polo team; specifically head-to-head matchups with Redlands East Valley. For the second straight postseason, Glendale found itself up against Redlands East Valley in a Division V first-round contest. Unfortunately for the Nitros, their playoff journey was cut short once again by the Wildcats. Glendale saw its season wrap up Wednesday with a 15-6 road defeat against Redlands East Valley.
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By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the Glendale News-Press | February 19, 2014
BURBANK - Crescenta Valley High's girls' water polo team began defense of its CIF Southern Section Division V championship with a confident attitude - and with good reason. Downey, the Falcons' first-round opponent, was the third-place team from the San Gabriel Valley League, and had to win a wild-card match on Tuesday just to play on Wednesday. The Falcons knew Downey would not have offer much of a challenge. They were right. PHOTOS: CV vs. Downey girls' water polo teams compete in CIF first-round match Crescenta Valley scored five unanswered goals in a four-minute span of the first quarter and cruised to a 13-3 victory at Burbank High.
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