Bulldogs get overpowered

Charles Rich

Andre Setaghian looked across the pool in amazement at the Crescenta

Valley High boys' water polo team.

The Burbank High coach noticed the staggering difference in

experience between the two squads.

Too bad Setaghian doesn't have a player the caliber of Nick


Trimis scored a team-high six goals to carry CV to a 13-4 win

against the Bulldogs in a pool-play match of the sixth annual Falcon

Classic on Friday at Crescenta Valley High.

Trimis scored five of CV's first six goals, leaving Setaghian with

high praise for the opposing senior hole/set.

"Give credit to Trimis," said Setaghian, who guided the Bulldogs

(0-1) to an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division III

playoffs last season. "I've seen him play before, and he seemed a bit

stronger and more experienced than the others.

"CV has good chemistry, and they know what kind of game they want

to play."

In short, the Falcons (1-0) passed the ball to Trimis, who muscled

his way for goals against beleaguered Burbank goalkeeper Hunter


Trimis gave CV the lead for good when he scored from about 10

meters to make it 2-1 with 1:43 left in the first quarter.

The 17-year-old Trimis has spent the first part of his summer

vacation attending the Los Angeles Water Polo Club, a daily camp at

North Hollywood Harvard- Westlake. Intense practices with the club --

which include various shooting drills -- have obviously paid

dividends for Trimis.

"It just gives you that much more experience," said Trimis, who

scored three consecutive goals near the midway mark of the second

quarter. "It's been amazing what you learn with shooting.

"I thought we played well [Friday], but we need to cut down on

giving up goals this season."

Chris Sherman added three goals for CV, which got two from Jay Kim

and one apiece from Steven Claessens and Ed Kim.

Burbank received two goals from Ben Lees, and one each from Vince

Gil and David Nelson.

Though the Bulldogs will be a primarily inexperienced squad in the

fall, they will have the luxury of competing in their new

state-of-the-art pool. The pool is expected to be completed in


Burbank has spent the past 10 seasons playing its home matches at

Burroughs High -- and other city-owned pools -- after its facility

was irreparably damaged during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.





Burbank 1 0 3 0 -- 4

CV 3 5 1 4 -- 13




Lees 2, Gil, Nelson. * Saves: Pitkin 5.


Trimis 6, Sherman 3, J. Kim 2, E. Kim, Claessens. * Saves: Yaeger 1.


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