First published in the Oct. 29 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
The Glendale High School varsity boys’ water polo team edged Crescenta Valley High in sudden-death overtime, 8-7, on the second day of the Pacific League tournament Thursday evening.
It took three total overtimes, but senior Arthur Ter-Matevosyan, who finished with three goals, scored the game-winner to help the Nitros secure a CIF-SS postseason berth and second place in the league standings with a 6-3 record (14-18 overall). The CIF playoff brackets will be released on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m.
Senior Gregory Carrillo, senior Andrew Azizian, junior Artin Ghazaryan, junior Arno Ghazaryan and Tigran Megroyan each had one goal, while David Zakaryan had four saves.
Glendale opened the league tournament by losing to second-place Arcadia, 12-8, in the preliminary round on Tuesday. Carrillo, Ghazaryan and sophomore Robert Lazaryan each produced a pair of goals, while sophomore August Kalaba and Megroyan each added one goal.
In the Falcons’ narrow 8-7 loss to Glendale in the league tournament Thursday evening, Michael Petersen registered a game-high four goals, Alex Movsesyan tallied two goals, and Daron Alexanians scored once.
Despite the loss, CVHS finished third in league with a 5-4 record (12-14 overall) and likely secured a CIF-SS postseason berth.
Crescenta Valley opened the tournament by losing to the undefeated league champion Burbank, 9-6, in the preliminary round on Tuesday. Petersen and Movsesyan each scored two goals, while Aaron Choi and Alexanians each added one goal.
The Tornados ended the regular season by losing to Burroughs High of Burbank, 13-7, on the second day of the Pacific League tournament on Thursday.
Davo Harutnunyan, Rocco Boyadjian and Tiko Mkrtumyan each scored a pair of goals, while Raffi Davtyan recorded one goal.
Hoover edged Muir High of Pasadena, 9-8, in the preliminary round on Tuesday. Boyadjian scored a game-high five goals, while Menua Iskandaryan and Harutnunyan each tallied a pair of goals.
The Tornados finished the campaign fifth in league with a 3-6 record (7-14 overall) but missed the cut for the CIF playoffs.