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
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.