Nitros Fall to La Cañada, 18-11, in Nonleague Matchup

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

It was a tough loss for the Glendale High School boys’ varsity water polo team, as visiting La Cañada snapped the Nitros’ two-game winning streak, 18-11, last Friday in a nonleague contest.
Glendale kept the game tight and competitive until LCHS used a big third quarter to take control en route to the victory.
“We were actually missing three of our starters because of quarantines and stuff like that,” said Narek Vardanian, Glendale’s head coach. “It changes the rotation every single game. We haven’t had a full squad, I think, except for one game. People stepped up, and they kept it close for the majority of the game. We just kind of lost it in the end.” Continue reading “Nitros Fall to La Cañada, 18-11, in Nonleague Matchup”

Glendale Sweeps Hoover in Rivalry Match

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Volleyballs slamming into the slick, wooden floor could be heard from outside Glendale High School’s gymnasium as fans entered to watch the girls’ intracity rivalry matchup between the Nitros and visiting Hoover on Thursday afternoon.
Glendale’s players walked off the court happy as they defeated the Tornados in sweeping fashion by scores of 25-14, 25-10 and 25-14.
“The girls are really happy, and if they’re happy, I’m happy,” said Marji Keyfauver, Glendale’s head coach. “They worked hard, they didn’t let up at any point in the match, and for that, I was very, very impressed with their effort today.” Continue reading “Glendale Sweeps Hoover in Rivalry Match”

Hoover, CVHS Are Victorious; Glendale Falls

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Hoover continued its winning streak by defeating host Roybal of Los Angeles, 30-6, in a nonleague contest last Friday. With the victory, the Tornados (4-0 record) have their most wins in a season since 2016 and more than the past four seasons combined. On the year, Hoover has outscored its opponents 147-42.
Sophomore quarterback Ethan Davis completed five passes for 95 yards while carrying five times for 55 yards.
Meanwhile, junior Andrew Torres had a team-high 13 carries for 28 yards and three touchdowns.
Sophomore Joseph Dizon had four receptions for 46 yards, while junior Daniel Rangel and sophomore Isaac Perez each had one reception for 46 and five yards, respectively. Continue reading “Hoover, CVHS Are Victorious; Glendale Falls”

Nitros Get Swept in Loss to Burbank

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

The Glendale High School girls’ volleyball team was swept at Burbank by scores of 25-15, 25-15 and 25-16 on Tuesday afternoon.
“Serving and passing, that’s always going to be a big thing for us is making sure we have the ball control,” said Patrick Tyler, Burbank’s head coach. “I think we were firing on all cylinders for the first time since the tournament.”
The Bulldogs maintained a controlling lead for the entirety of the first set, which resulted in a 25-15 victory for Burbank. Continue reading “Nitros Get Swept in Loss to Burbank”

Nitros Edged in First League Match

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

Glendale High School’s varsity girls’ tennis team walked onto its home courts on Thursday seeking its second consecutive victory but was dealt a narrow tiebreaking loss. The Nitros and Burbank Burroughs tied in sets won, 9-9, but Burroughs was declared the winner by virtue of a tiebreaker of total games won, 74-64.
“We’ve been working on a lot of staying in the game, not allowing us to beat ourselves, but being competitive, forcing the ball over the net hoping that the opponent will make a mistake,” said Jim Jenks, Glendale’s head coach. “We’ve been really working a lot on our volleys, so it’s been nice to see them play and improving on that skill.” Continue reading “Nitros Edged in First League Match”

Nitros Blanked by San Gabriel in Third Road Game

First published in the Sept. 4 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

The Glendale High School football team had the unenviable task of playing its third consecutive road game of the season and it wasn’t the result that the Nitros had hoped for.
Host San Gabriel controlled the ball with the ground game, keeping Glendale at bay, for a 37-0 victory over the Nitros in nonleague action in a rare Thursday afternoon contest. Continue reading “Nitros Blanked by San Gabriel in Third Road Game”

Nitros Defeated by La Cañada in Nonleague Game

The fans were back, the cheerleaders were cheering and the band had returned as Glendale High School traveled to La Cañada on Thursday evening.
The Nitros, who came in looking for its first win after dropping their season opener last week, were outplayed by the host Spartans in the first half, but finished strong in the 58-21 La Cañada victory in a nonleague game.
“It was a slow start. We wanted to play defense better. In the first half we didn’t tackle well,” Glendale coach Jacob Ochoa said. “We’re trying to build. We talked to them at halftime and told them just to go out there and have some fun. I wanted to see smiles and play some football because it’s been a hard, rough road for Glendale football.” Continue reading “Nitros Defeated by La Cañada in Nonleague Game”

Glendale High Class of 2021 Commencement

Jorge Arias, Garo Gumushian, Valedictorian Alec Baghdasarians and Kenneth Paderanga

The Glendale High School Class of 2021 – consisting of 525 seniors – had the unique opportunity of holding its graduation ceremony at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Thursday, June 10. “Everyone at Glendale High School is so proud of the Class of 2021, who met the unique challenges of the past year under COVID with perseverance,” said Principal Benjamin Wolf.
ASB President Kayla Rodriguez and Senior Class President Arline Daniali addressed the audience, and Salutatorian Lara Heredia and Valedictorian Alec Baghdasarians were recognized before the graduates received their diplomas.

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Chargers Pleased With GHS Grad, Now Inked to $25M Deal

Cornerback Michael Davis, a 2013 Glendale High graduate, earned praise from rookie Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley at the recent start of organized team activities.

When the new Los Angeles Chargers coaching staff saw its team at drills for the first time recently, Glendale High School product Michael Davis evidently was a standout.

Rookie head coach Brandon Staley, who was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams last season, talked up Davis after the team’s first organized team activities on May 24 at the Hoag Performance Center in Costa Mesa. And secondary coach Derrick Ansley this week counted Davis among the unit’s signature players.

“I’m really excited about Vato,” Staley told reporters last week, using a team nickname for Davis. “This guy has a lot of tools to work with. I think that he’s just entering the beginning of his NFL career, in my mind.”

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Clark Magnet, CVHS Lead GUSD in Ranking

Glendale Unified School District’s four high schools were each ranked among the nation’s top high schools in the annual U.S. News and World Report evaluations.
Leading the way was Clark Magnet High School, which was named as the No. 510 high school nationally, followed by Crescenta Valley High School (No. 1,097 nationwide), Hoover High School (No. 3,949) and Glendale High School (No. 4,840). U.S. News evaluated GUSD’s schools alongside 17,857 in total this year, placing all of GUSD’s primary high schools within the 72nd percentile of the nation.
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