Falcons Finish as League’s Runner-Up

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

The Crescenta Valley High School varsity boys’ water polo team was defeated by Burbank High, 12-5, at Arcadia’s Aquatic Center in the Pacific League championship on Thursday.
The Falcons finished with a 5-3 league record (11-15 overall) and secured a CIF playoff berth. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs finished a perfect 8-0 in league and improved to 19-2 overall.
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Manukyan Leads Hoover Past Crescenta Valley, 14-7

Photo by Austin Green / Glendale News-Press
CV’s Alden Marriott (13) attempts a shot against Hoover’s Samvel Manukyan (2) as their teammates look on during Tuesday’s game between the Faclons and Tornadoes.

Five days after suffering its first loss at home, the Hoover High School boys’ water polo team collected a key road win at Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta on Tuesday. The Tornadoes pulled away in the second half thanks to some active defense and a scoring outburst from Samvel Manukyan, who finished with eight goals in the Tornadoes’ 14-7 victory.
Manukyan’s first goal came with Hoover down 3-1 late in the first quarter. From then until Manukyan and the rest of the starters were substituted out late in the fourth, the visiting Tornadoes outscored the Falcons 13-2. Hoover’s quick-strike offensive attack proved too much for CV, which had no answer for Manukyan’s presence in the center of the pool.
“The guy’s a great individual talent and he’s been the lynchpin of our offense since he’s been a sophomore,” Hoover head coach Kevin Witt said. “He knows how to make the right pass; he can read defenses.”

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