Hovhannesyan's foe changes … and changes

GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.



In the world of boxing, rising fighters such as Glendale's Art Hovhannesyan frequently deal with opponents changing with last-minute notice and fights often falling through.

For the "Lionheart," his fight is still scheduled to go off on Saturday afternoon at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage as part of the untelevised undercard of the latest chapter in HBO's "Boxing After Dark" series.

However, Hovhannesyan (11-0-1, 6 KOs) won't be fighting Walter Estrada (35-13-1) as originally scheduled.

On Monday, it was announced via press release from the Agua Caliente Casino that Hovhannesyan would be fighting Jose Alfredo Lugo (10-13-1) of Richmond in a six-round lightweight bout.

Less than 24 hours later, it was announced that Hovhannesyan is now scheduled for an eight-round bout against Los Angeles' Christian Favela (19-27-6, 10 KOs).

Thus, on Saturday, in the fourth bout on the eight-fight card, Hovhannesyan will square off with Favela. Of course, as always and as was evidenced by this week, the card is always subject to change.



The Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team captured its second straight bronze medal in the Cal State Games in San Diego July 9-11.

The team, which is made up of Kim Fraisse, Adrienne Ingalla, Claire Nolan, Rachel Krebsbach, Daniella Khatchetourian, Karina Alvarez, Olivia Taylor, Rebecca Tjoelker, Taylor Guidera, Dakota Davy Bertram, Shelby Gregg, Kristina Molder, Sabrina Hatzer, Nayiri Kechichian, Stefanie Loporchio, Gabriel Isacson and Shannon Hovanessian, finished the tournament 4-1.

CV defeated Jackrabbit in the bronze-medal game, 6-3, behind six goals from Fraisse.

Up next, the Falcons will participate in the Falcon Tournament, an eight-team tournament to be held Friday and Saturday at Burbank High.

Crescenta Valley will kick off the tournament against Louisville at 2:50 p.m. Friday and then face Temple City at 7:50.

The championship match will start at 1:50 p.m. Saturday.



The Baseball Reliquary will conduct its 12th installment of inductees into the Shrine of the Eternals at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pasadena Central Library's Donald R. Wright Auditorium.

Among those expected to be inducted are former Glendale resident and Major League Baseball Manager Casey Stengel, former major league player Pete Rose and author Roger Angell.

Stengel, who died in 1975 in Glendale, was most known for leading the New York Yankees to seven world championships between 1949-60. He also played in three World Series.

The Baseball Reliquary presents The Shrine of the Eternals, an exhibition devoted to more than 30 baseball players and personalities from the history of Major League Baseball. The exhibition will be on display through July 30.



Crescenta Valley High junior Bogart Avila was a big part of the San Gabriel Valley Arsenal baseball team's recent success in the Northern California 18-and-under Wood Bat Tournament, where it won the championship with a 3-2 victory over the Delta Indians in 11 innings at St. Mary's College on Monday.

Avila batted .416 for the tournament and caught 18 straight innings between the team's 3-2 semifinal win over Central California and the epic title game.

SGV Arsenal lost two of its first three games in the tournament, but went on to win five straight.



Former Glendale High boys' soccer Coach Edgar Manvelyan was recently named the new coach of the Pasadena City College's men's program.

Manvelyan also served as an assistant coach for the Burbank High girls' soccer team before serving as the La Salle girls' soccer coach.

Manvelyan replaces Cherif Zein, who guided the Lancers to a record of 0-20-1 last season.

Manvelyan was an assistant at Pasadena City College last season and is a former player.

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