Season-ending awards distributed to standouts

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 69th year, meets Tuesday's at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the 11th and final meeting.


The four area high school football teams affiliated with the Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club handed out their respective awards at Tuesday's meeting.

St. Francis, which will meet second-seeded Arroyo Grande in a CIF Southern Section Western Division quarterfinal home game at 7 p.m. Friday at Friedman Field after posting a 45-28 first-round road win against Paramount, had a trio of players who were awarded plaques. Senior free safety/wide receiver Travis Talianko, who will attend San Jose State, was selected the team's most valuable player. Senior running back/linebacker Luke Anderson, who sports a 3.8 grade-point average, earned the team's Scholar Athlete Award. Sophomore quarterback Ty Gangi was picked the junior varsity team's most valuable player.

Crescenta Valley, which saw its season conclude Friday with a 35-30 road loss against fourth-seeded La Mirada in a Southeast Division opening-round contest, tabbed senior running back/defensive back Marro Lee, who rushed for 1,187 yards, as the squad's most valuable player. Senior wide receiver/defensive back Kevin Cooper (3.85 GPA) garnered the team's Scholar Athlete Award. Sophomore defensive end/tailback Charles Choi was named the junior varsity most valuable player.

Glendale's varsity most valuable player was senior running back/defensive back Alex Yoon. The Nitros' Scholar Athlete Award went to senior offensive lineman/defensive lineman Gagik Gabrielyan (4.1 GPA). Sophomore quarterback John Carlo Maquiddang was selected the junior varsity most valuable player.

Hoover senior tailback/linebacker Luke Tabayoyong was selected as the Tornadoes' MVP and senior running back/linebacker Kevin Hernandez (3.47 GPA) earned the team's Scholar Athlete Award. Hoover's junior varsity most valuable player award was awarded to sophomore fullback/linebacker Jose Abrina.

The awards are presented in the form of scholarship funds donated by the Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club.


Though Glendale Community College finished 1-9 and 1-5 in the Pacific Conference's American Division for the second season in a row, many of its players excelled on the field and in the classroom.

The Vaqueros' most valuable player, as voted on by the team's coaching staff, was awarded to sophomore offensive lineman Sam Campbell, a Crescenta Valley High graduate.

The recipient for academic performance went to sophomore linebacker Nick Leon, a Crescenta Valley graduate.

With each award, a scholarship is handed out by the Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club.

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