Hoover Suffers Fourth Consecutive Loss

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

After riding high on a three-game win streak, the Hoover High School varsity boys’ basketball team has now dropped four consecutive games, most recently a 78-45 defeat at Pasadena High on Wednesday. The Tornados fell to 3-8 on the season, including a 0-4 record in league. Sophomore guard Zack Van Patten and his teammates will look to snap the losing streak at Pasadena Marshall in a nonleague game on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m.

Quarterback Club Awards 2021 Players

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

The Glendale Quarterback Club recently handed out its awards for the 2021 football season, honoring high school and community college students for their achievements in the sport and as students.
The awards and their accompanying scholarships were presented at the club’s final meeting of the year on Nov. 16 at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. Coaches were invited to present awards to their players.
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Tornados Target Pasadena Today

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

Senior center Daniel Simon (No. 23, purple jersey) registered three points and five rebounds in Hoover High School’s 76-51 loss to Burbank Burroughs High on Friday, Dec. 3. Leading scorers for Hoover included Zack Van Patten (15 points, with three steals), Allen Akopyan (13 points, with three steals) and Michael Fernandez-Washington (13 points, with seven rebounds). After losing to Arcadia on Tuesday, Dec. 7, the Tornados fell to eighth place in the Pacific League boys’ basketball standings with an 0-2 record. (Hoover played Muir in a league match on Friday, Dec. 10, after the News-Press’ press deadline.) The Tornados (3-6 overall) will visit Pasadena (1-3 overall, 1-1 in league) for a league matchup on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m.

Tornados’ Record Is 2-4 After Tournament

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

The varsity boys’ basketball team for Hoover High School split its four games and finished ninth of 12 teams in the San Gabriel Thanksgiving Feast Tournament last week.
The Tornados competed without senior point guard Michael Fernandez-Washington, who was recovering from a bruised knee.
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Area Rivals Hope for Hoop Highs

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

Boys’ basketball is back at Crescenta Valley, Glendale and Hoover high schools, and this season arrives sooner than usual, but also at the right time.
“It feels like a short break for us, since last season was very recent because we played in the spring [due to the pandemic], but it does feel a little bit more normal to be playing in the winter instead of in the spring with a shortened season,” Glendale coach Ib Belou said. “There is more normalcy.”

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Falcons, Nitros Hope For Playoff Return

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

Girls’ high school basketball has returned in a more recognizable form than last season, and now simple things that might have been taken for granted have added meaning.
“This is as normal as we are going to get for a while, I believe,” Glendale High School coach Tadeh Mardirosian said. “I’m excited for this season. I think so is everybody else. Everybody walks into the gym with a little bit of an extra smile on their faces.”

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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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