The Year in Crescenta Valley Sports, Illustrated

With the school year over, take a look back at the best moments CV Weekly photographers captured from Friday night football to sunny days on the diamond.


Dominance: Rosemont eighth-grader Will Smiley led the Spartan basketball team to an undefeated championship season. Likewise, Rachel Dayag and Caity Bouchard did the same for the Spartan girls. The Rosemont boys and girls were led by coaches Brent Ballard and Chris Bouchard.
Photographer Dan Holm

Agony of defeat
Agony of Defeat: Crescenta Valley Falcon football player Steve Lee reacts after it is clear his team is headed for defeat late in the fourth quarter against the Burroughs Indians on Oct. 3, 2013. It was the Falcons first loss of the season. Crescenta Valley finished 10-2, but missed the playoffs after being overlooked for an at-large bid in the Southeast Division. Photographer Dan Holm

Hold still, this might sting
Hold Still, this Might Sting: CVHS trainer Junko Nakayama tends to quarterback Brian Gadsby as Coach Paul Schilling looks on during a Sept. 20 game against La Cañada. Gadsby cut his mouth badly being tackled moments earlier and would sit out the second half, but CV prevailed 42-14.  Photographer Jason Ballard

Can't beat the view
Can’t Beat the View:  The Crescenta Valley boys’ varsity soccer team prepares for a Dec. 3 pre-league match against Crespi High School, one in which the Falcons won 2-1. CV would go 22-5-3 and win one playoff game in the CIF Division III bracket. Photographer Dan Holm

Sweet Moves
Sweet Moves: Senior center Eric Patten tries for a reverse layup in a win over Pasadena on Feb. 7. Patton was named co-MVP of the Pacific League and helped lead the Falcons to a share of the league championship, the program’s first since 2004. Photographer
Charlie Sin

Get me some gatorade, please
Get Me Some Gatorade, Please:  Ella Stepanian is exhausted late in the game against Arcadia on Jan. 24, a 49-42 Falcon victory. Stepanian successfully returned from an ACL tear her junior season to lead her team to a 20-9 record and won Pacific League MVP honors.
Photographer Brandon Hensley

Don't Get a Big Head
Don’t Get a Big Head: CVHS basketball fans and students had a good time Jan. 24 as their Falcons defeated rival Arcadia, 64-54, especially those holding signs and cutouts of senior guard Eric Bae. Photographer Jason Ballard

Letting it fly
Letting it Fly:  Elissa Arnold gets a shot off in a playoff win vs. Downey on Feb. 19. The Falcons couldn’t defend their CIF championship and fell in the semifinals against Redlands East Valley. Arnold is headed to play for the University of Michigan in the fall.
Photographer Dan Holm


Man amongst boys

Man Amongst Boys:
Rosemont flag football coach Jim Mustain addresses his team on Feb. 20 after the Spartans defeated Roosevelt to claim a share of their second straight league championship.  Photographer Dan Holm


This feels different
This Feels Different: Stengel Field looked different on opening night March 4, as only two rows of bleachers were available all season after the field was condemned last year. It didn’t stop the Falcon baseball team from winning its third straight Pacific League title and advancing to the CIF Division II quarterfinals.  Photographer Jason Ballard

Flying on the field
Flying on the Field: Falcon Nick Beatty crossing the finish line of the 800m at the season’s second tri meet against Glendale and Pasadena high schools.
Photographer Leonard Coutin

Gettin' Down
Gettin’ Down:
Freshman catcher Kewin Ledesma slides home on a sacrifice fly against the Hoover Tornadoes on May 13. CV won 5-0. Photographer Dan Holm

Bat Girl: Hailey Cookson hits her second home run of the game in a CIF wild card playoff game against Sonora on May. 19. The Lady Falcons won 6-3.  Photographer Dan Holm
Bat Girl: Hailey Cookson hits her second home run of the game in a CIF wild card playoff game against Sonora on May. 19. The Lady Falcons won 6-3.
Photographer Dan Holm