Hoover Falls in Back-to-Back Games

First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Hoover High School’s varsity boys’ basketball team traveled to City of Industry Workman High and lost in overtime, 68-56, on Wednesday.
Senior point guard Michael Fernandez-Washington poured in a team-high 32 points and five 3-pointers, both of which were team-highs, and also had 10 rebounds for the Tornados (0-2 record).
Senior center Daniel Simon had nine points and a team-leading 14 rebounds while senior power forward David Khourdadjian had seven points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Allen Akopyan added six points, six rebounds and three assists, and senior shooting guard Anthony Van Patten registered two points and five rebounds. Zack Van Patten and Jenghiz Van Patten combined for four rebounds and two steals.
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CVHS Sweeps League Finals, Advances to CIF

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Coming off a dominant performance in the Pacific League finals, the Crescenta Valley High School cross-country boys’ and girls’ teams are looking to ride that momentum in the CIF Southern Section Division I preliminaries at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday.
The Falcons claimed the league championship at every level last week, and the varsity boys — ranked No. 4 in Division I — enter the postseason as contenders for the CIF title.
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Nitros Reclaim Storied Bell With Football Win

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

By Jonathan Williams, Glendale News-Press

One of California’s oldest high school sports rivalries was back in action Friday night as Glendale High School’s football team blew out Hoover 39-8 on their joint homecoming night, marking the return of the so-called “Battle of the Bell.”
The anticipated intracity contest between the Nitros and Tornados concluded both squads’ seasons and brought a wave of emotion to the stadium — not least of which was because this was the first Battle of the Bell since 2017. Hoover had defeated Glendale in that game.
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Tornados Defeat L.A. Contreras, 18-7

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Hoover High School’s varsity football team rebounded and snapped its three-game losing streak with a comeback victory against visiting Los Angeles Contreras, 18-7, last Friday.
Two fourth-quarter touchdowns helped the Tornados secure their sixth victory, the first time they have had that many wins since 1987, according to L.A. area sportswriter Jim Riggio. Since two of the 1987 games were won via forfeit, the last time Hoover won six games on the gridiron was in 1983.
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In Reignited Rivalry Matchup, Nitros Post 39-8 Victory Over Tornados

By Jonathan Williams 

After a four-year hiatus, the Glendale and Hoover varsity high school football teams jousted in the highly anticipated “Battle of the Bell” game on Friday night, with the Nitros emerging victorious in the longstanding rivalry.

On homecoming night for each of the schools, Glendale blasted Hoover 39-8 and brought the bell back home for its first win in the matchup since 2014. It was the first time since 2017 that the schools played each other in varsity football, following a program rebuild for Hoover after the 2018 game was canceled.

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Nitros, Tornados to Resume Rivalry After 3-Year Hiatus

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The Glendale and Hoover varsity football teams will meet on the gridiron for the first time since 2017 in the highly anticipated rekindling of the intracity rivalry game at Moyse Field this Friday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.
The Tornados won the most recent game, 35-25, nearly four years ago. The series debuted in 1930, the year after Hoover High School opened. It was uninterrupted for 68 years — even through World War II and the Korean War, according to local sports historian Patrick Lancaster — until a highly publicized Hoover campus brawl reportedly over racial tensions canceled the game against the Nitros in 2018. Hoover did not have a varsity team for the following two years, although both schools’ JV and frosh/soph teams have met in recent years.
Hoover moved to 6-3 overall after defeating Los Angeles Contreras, 18-7, while Glendale is 1-8 overall. This regular-season finale will officially be a nonleague game because Hoover is playing a “freelance” schedule this year.
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Glendale Beats Hoover for First Time in Seven Years

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

It’s always just that much bigger of a game when rivals Glendale and Hoover clash in the pool for boys’ water polo city bragging rights, and sometimes nerves can play a role.
At times it may not have been a thing of beauty, but the host Nitros did what they needed to do to defeat the Tornados, 11-7, in Pacific League play Thursday afternoon at the Glendale Aquatics Center to cap the regular season for both squads.
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Glendale, Hoover Fall

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale High School’s varsity football team suffered its third straight nonleague loss at the hands of visiting Hueneme of Oxnard, 39-16, last Friday.
Quarterback Dennis Perez completed 12 of 24 passes for 169 yards for the Nitros (1-7 overall).
Senior Anthony Lopez caught two passes for 73 yards with one touchdown and senior Kerison Florita connected with Perez six times for 59 yards. Florita also returned a kickoff for a 64-yard touchdown.
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Tornados’ Football Program Storms Back Into the Picture

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Hoover High’s varsity football team may have fallen one victory shy of tying the school record of six wins in a row achieved in 1953, but their 5-2 start this season certainly merited attention.
Especially when one considers that the team played its first game in nearly three years on Aug. 20.
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