BY VAN DER MEGERDICHIAN
ENCINO—There has been a loud and exciting atmosphere at Ferrahian and the Armenian community for the past week. For the first time ever, Ferrahian has made it to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Section Division 5A Championship game.
The Varsity Boys basketball team will be playing against the Providence Pioneers on Saturday, March 3 2012 at Mater Dei High School at 11:30 a.m. Coming into the tournament as a 3rd seed, the Armens fought many battles with notable teams to get to the championship game.
When asked about how it feels to accomplish this major feat, star guard Nshan Kenjoian responded very modestly stating, “We feel blessed to be in this position.”
Captain and star point guard Nareg Ashekian added that the goal is, “To make history.” After being asked how it feels to be one game away from winning the championship, Ashekian just wanted to thank the school, faculty, teachers, students and the community stating, “We have to win it all for them.”
The Armens have played against the Providence Pioneers two other times this year—both–games dropped, but only by single digits.
Soon after being asked what they would need to do to come up on top, Kenjoian and Ashekian simultaneously answered, “It’s the little things that matter most.”
Both players emphasized that hustling, rebounding, staying out of foul trouble, and getting back on fast breaks, will separate the winner from the loser. While being asked what is different about the team this year than last, Kenjoian said that this team didn’t have high expectations placed on them.
“That was our fuel” to help us accomplish great things,” he concluded. And their hard work led to the Armens creating a buzz of their own. John Ireland, Los Angeles Lakers reporter and analyst tweeted about the Ferrahian Armens during the semifinals game, which the Armens won.
He mentioned Ashekian and Kenjoian and both players appreciated the recognition.
The Ferrahian Armens Varsity team is one game away from taking it all. Your encouragement and cheers will do them wonders if you can attend the game on Saturday at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana.
Go Armens! Good Luck to the Varsity boys Basketball team.
Van Der Megerdichian is a freshman at Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Armenian High School.