Much ado was made about the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team losing 12 seniors and returning just one true starter from its 2011 CIF semifinalist squad.
Along the same lines, much was overlooked as to what the Falcons did bring back, namely their second-leading scorer Sabrina Hatzer, who accomplished the feat while coming off the bench.
To be sure, it took an entire cast of former role players ready to take the lead in order for Crescenta Valley to remain at a championship level, both in the Pacific League and CIF Southern Section Division V. But Hatzer was most certainly a key to the Falcons' second straight run to the semifinals, the program's savior hiding in plain sight.
"That kind of encapsulates her personality in that she's really just very humble," Falcons Coach Pete Loporchio says. "I'm convinced she could have done the same thing last year, should we have chosen to."