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College SportsMichael Allen

CRESCENTA VALLEY

COACH: Shawn Zargarian, eighth year.

LEAGUE: Pacific

LAST SEASON: 26-6, 12-2 for second place in league. Lost to Mission Viejo, 65-60, in Division I-A semifinals. Lost to Mater Dei, 66-47, in Division I Southern Regional playoff first round.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cole Currie, senior, guard; Elliot Wilson, senior, forward; Kris Jaborian, senior, guard; Nick Springer, junior, guard; Berj Krikorian, sophomore, guard; Eric Patten, junior, forward.

ZARGARIAN'S QUOTE: “The game experience is not there for us, but talent and ability is definitely there.”

FLINTRIDGE PREP

COACH: Garrett Ohara, 14th year.

LEAGUE: Prep

LAST SEASON: 17-8, 8-0 for first place in league. Lost to Santa Clara, 55-48, in Division V-AA first round.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Robert Cartwright, junior, guard; Jedrick Eugenio, senior, forward; Chadd Cosse, senior, forward, Kareem Ismail, senior, center.

OHARA'S QUOTE: “Virtually 75% of the team is back. It’s going to help us a little bit, knowing that they’ve been in the program and understand the system.”

GLENDALE

COACH: Steve Snodgress, 17th year.

LEAGUE: Pacific

LAST SEASON: 14-14, 8-6 for third-place tie in league. Lost to Mission Viejo, 63-39, in Division I-A second round.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Vahe Aristakessian, senior, guard; Arada Zakarian, senior, guard; Rene Saavedra, senior, guard; Arthur Terzyan, junior, center.

SNODGRESS' QUOTE: “We’ve got some big shoes to fill, but we’ve got some guys with experience coming back.”

HOOVER

COACH: Jack Van Patten, third year.

LEAGUE: Pacific

LAST SEASON: 10-17, 4-10 for tie for sixth place in league. Did not qualify for playoffs.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jash Francisco, senior, guard; Teo Davidian, junior, guard; Francis Roncal, senior, guard; Ando Adjemian, senior, guard; Ryan Barseghian, senior, forward; Arvin Atakhanian, senior, forward.

VAN PATTEN'S QUOTE: “We want to win games, that’s our goal.”

ST. FRANCIS

COACHES: Jeff Stephens, fifth year; Ray O'Brien, fifth year.

LEAGUE: Mission

LAST SEASON: 11-18 and 3-9 for sixth place in league. Lost to Covina, 50-41, in Division III-A second round.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Evan Crawford, junior, guard; Noah Willerford, junior, guard/forward, Jake Beck, junior, guard; Kyle Leufroy, sophomore, guard/forward; Michael Allen, sophomore, guard, John Carroll, sophomore, guard.

STEPHENS’ QUOTE: “We’re just trying to make the next step. We’re not in a rebuilding mode.”

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