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La Cañada High boys' soccer's Armand Bagramyan makes history with goal scoring prowess

La Cañada High soccer player set school record for goals in a season before leaving for next stage in his career.

August 21, 2013|By Andrew Shortall and Andrew Campa
  • La Cañada High boys' soccer player Armand Bagramyan made history with his 43 goals in his senior season.
La Cañada High boys' soccer player Armand… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

Championships were on the mind on a number of local teams this past year.

At La Cañada High, the boys’ soccer, water polo and golf teams didn’t shirk from their CIF Southern Section or even state championship aspirations, while the Flintridge Prep boys’ basketball team took it a game at a time, all the while hoping for another run to a CIF crown.

All five teams came up short, with the Spartans polo team coming heartbreakingly close, the Rebels falling one game shy at a crack at a title and the others finishing woefully short of their ultimate goal.

Each squad in the quintet — and more — was led by one or two of the best athletes locally, in the area and beyond. A multitude of awards were hauled in by the top 10 male athletes in 2012-13, as voted on by the sports writers and editor of the La Cañada Valley Sun.

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Whether on a CIF finalist or one that fell short of a postseason berth, these top-10 players shined wherever they competed.

Here is the list of those select 10:

1 Armand Bagramyan, La Cañada High soccer, senior — There wasn’t one individual athlete as dominant this past season as Bagramyan.

The UC Santa Barbara forward averaged 1.8 goals a game and made history while doing so. Bagramyan broke the La Cañada High single-season scoring record with 43 goals in 24 games to break a 41-goal record set by Spartans great Josh Henderson, who did so in 1996 before going on to a professional career.

“I just love scoring goals and every time I step on the field I have in my mind, ‘I’m going to score,’” Bagramyan said after the season. “I just love scoring, it brings a smile to my face.”

Bagramyan was not only the second most prolific goal scorer in all of California, according to MaxPreps.com, but the team leader in assists with 21. In all, Bagramyan had a foot in 64 of his team’s 73 goals on the year.

“In terms of scoring goals, he’s probably the best player I’ve ever coached,” La Cañada Coach Alex Harrison said in April. “In terms of understanding the game, getting the game going and understanding the mechanics of the game, his vision, his passion — it’s second to none. He’s at the professional level in terms of how he takes things seriously.”

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