Falcons Sink Tornadoes, 11-3

By Austin Green
Glendale News-Press

Photo by Austin Green / Glendale News-Press
Crescenta Valley High School’s A.J. Troop (15) defends a shot from Hoover High’s Elle Baker (11) during Tuesday’s matchup, which CV won 11-3.

Thanks to scoring contributions from seven different players, including four goals from Malia Abrahamian, Crescenta Valley High School beat Hoover, 11-3, on Tuesday. The Falcons held the Tornadoes to one goal after the first quarter, locking down on defense and seldom letting Hoover get a clean look at the goal.
Every CVHS starter (except for goalie Miranda Graham) scored. Kyra Freeman had two goals and starters Katie Ward, Rana Mehai, Lilian Tahmasian and Holly Weston scored one goal apiece, as did A.J. Troop, who came off the bench. The egalitarian approach on offense was by design, according to Falcons head coach Amber Dien.
“I’m one coach that really focuses on not just having that star shooter or star player,” Dien said. “We really try to make sure that we’re moving the ball around and giving everyone opportunities.”

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CV Girls Water Polo Win Opener, 17-3

By Austin green
Glendale News-Press

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Rana Mehai (left) and Katie Ward are co-captains of the Crescenta Valley High School girls’ water polo team, which posted a 17-3 victory over visiting Muir High of Pasadena on Thursday afternoon.

Roughly 10 minutes before the start of the Crescenta Valley High School girls’ water polo team’s season opener against visiting Pasadena Muir, the storm clouds overhead broke and the sun peeked through. It proved to be an omen for the Falcons, who soared to a 17-3 victory in their first game in over a year.
“To finally have a game, especially for girls like my seniors who didn’t think they’d get to have a senior season at all, it was awesome,” said CV head coach Amber Dien, whose team played its first match in 13 months.
CV junior Holly Weston finished as the game’s leading scorer with five goals. Fellow junior Kyra Freeman added three goals of her own, as did senior co-captain Rana Mehai.
CVHS showed very little rust out of the gate, with Weston, Freeman, Mehai and the team’s other captain, senior Katie Ward, each scoring a goal in the first quarter.
“The opening minutes of the game were definitely better than I expected them to be,” Dien said.

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Panel Gathering BPD-Related Topics for Discussion

The city’s Police Commission is gearing up for a series of monthly discussions about the Burbank Police Department’s policies, though some commissioners also emphasized caution in responding to residents’ calls for reform.
The commission largely used Tuesday’s meeting to develop ideas for discussion at future meetings. Many of the topics were brought up by residents who called in during the public comment period.

Chief Scott LaChasse appeared at a Burbank Police Commission meeting on Tuesday, when the panel considered topics regarding the BPD that it could discuss throughout the year. Ideas included reviewing the Police Department’s use-of-force practices and disciplinary procedures.

For instance, some residents who called the commission asked the group to review the way the BPD responds to situations involving a person with a mental illness, suggesting that sending mental health professionals would be a more appropriate response then sending an armed officer.
Some also wanted the BPD, which publishes its use-of-force policy and annual complaints statistics on its website, to list a breakdown of arrest records by race. Others pushed for funding to be diverted from the department to other city agencies.
“I have only ever had positive experiences with BPD and I am grateful for the work you do,” said Katie Ward in a public comment made to commissioners by phone. “I also understand, however, that I am afforded privilege by virtue of my white skin that not everyone is afforded, so I am mindful that my experience isn’t the only one to consider as a member of this community.”
The Police Commission, which advises the City Council, cannot make policy decisions on its own — a fact commissioners emphasized during their Tuesday meeting. Continue reading “Panel Gathering BPD-Related Topics for Discussion”