Keeping the momentum going after a successful season can often be a tough task.
The Burbank High boys' water polo team will be facing just such a challenge this season after enjoying one of its most fruitful years in program history in 2012.
Across town, Burroughs will also be looking to build on the success it enjoyed last season after making it make to the playoffs for the first time in a number of years.
The rival squads also have something else in common: new coaches. The Indians have tabbed former player and 2008 graduate Michael Singhanate to head the program, as he takes over for Danny Garcia. Taking over for former coach Kristina Garcia at Burbank is Zeb Jenkins, who was a Bulldogs assistant.
Here is a look at how the teams are shaping up.
The Bulldogs went 14-8 in 2012 and were a competitive force in league. Along with finishing second in the Pacific League behind Glendale, the Bulldogs won their CIF Division V opener against Arlington, 14-10, before falling to La Serna, 14-10, in the quarterfinals.