High School Sports Falcons Are Soaring

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Because basketball and volleyball are often contested in the air, the two are exceedingly similar. An ability to leave one’s feet and stay airborne and coordinated is essential for success.
One who left an indelible imprint in both sports is the late Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain. This Hall of Fame hoop star holds nearly every important rebounding record, and remains one of the most prolific point producers.
Chamberlain, who passed away in 1999, was often seen playing volleyball at Southern California beaches during the off-season. Had the 7-foot-1, 300 pounder opted to play volleyball, he would have likely been special because of his powerful serve, and would have had an even better over-hand smash that would have brought fear into an opponent’s eyes. His size alone was intimidating.
Right now, the Crescenta Valley High boys volleyball team is soaring after non-league victories over Hart last Wednesday, and Temple City two days later.
The Falcons beat the visiting Indians, 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21, and then downed the Rams, 25-23, 17-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-11.
On Wednesday, the Falcons took a two-games-to-none lead before faltering in the third game. The first two games were decided by five points, which means that if a kill had gone in Hart’s favor, the outcome would have been drastically different.
Pacing the Falcons against Hart was opposite hitter Connor Smith, who finished with 10 kills, while middle blocker Eric Boyd tallied eight smashes. Outside hitter Trevor LaFountaine managed seven kills.
Toward the end of the third game, Boyd injured his ankle, and failed to make it back into the match.
With Boyd on the bench, Hart took a 12-9 advantage in the fourth game, only to be outscored 16-9.
The Falcons took command with 18-13, but the Indians countered by outscoring Crescenta Valley 5-2. Taylor Gregory’s two kills gave the game and match to Crescenta Valley.
On Friday, the spotlight was on Skyler Shapiro, who churned out and amazing 20 kills for the Falcons (6-5). Shapiro had some help in the form of LaFountaine, who added 10 kills.
Boyd didn’t suit up, and his lack of presence was made evident when the Falcons were forced into five games.
In other local boys volleyball matches last Thursday, Flintridge Prep swept past visiting Sierra Vista, 25-22, 25-13, 25-20 in a non-league encounter, and host Alemany needed four games to suppress St. Francis, 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, in a Mission League battle.
Kenyatta Smith, a forward/ center on the basketball team, was the driving force in the Rebels’ win, while Nolan Jimbo added nine kills, and Edmund Chow contributed seven kills.
Michael Bacall turned in six aces for the Golden Knights, Wesley Coffey chipped in with seven winners, and Matt Grace finished with 26 assists.
On Tuesday, Notre Dame knocked off St. Francis 25-16, 25-20, 25-23, in a Mission League match, despite Bacall’s 10 kills and Brandon Kim’s 10 winners.

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