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Celebrations planned for 30th anniversary of Canyon, Hart titles

Posted: September 4, 2013 9:22 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2013 9:22 p.m.

A team photo of the 1983 CIF Northwestern Conference Champion Canyon Cowboys appeared in The Signal Newspaper in 1983.

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This year is the 30th anniversary of the first football CIF championships in Santa Clarita Valley history and to mark the occasion, Canyon and Hart high players have planned separate reunions.

The Canyon Cowboys defeated Bishop Montgomery 40-24 on Dec. 10, 1983 in the CIF Northwestern Conference championship game.

Canyon High will honor that team with a pregame recognition before Saturday’s game against Clovis West at Canyon High’s Harry Welch Stadium.

“That’ll be a great time. Wow, wow, wow,” said former Canyon High head football coach Welch, who is now the head coach of Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Welch and ’83 stars Rick Burton and Tony Moore will do the pregame coin flip, according to Canyon head coach Rich Gutierrez.

“It definitely put us on the map for the Santa Clarita Valley, which wasn’t even the Santa Clarita Valley then,” said former Canyon All-CIF lineman Brent Parkinson of the two championships. “When Hart and Canyon came to town, (opponents) knew they’d be facing a good ball club.”

The Hart Indians defeated North Torrance 29-16 on Dec. 9, 1983 in the CIF Coastal Conference championship game.

Hart High will honor that team with a recognition Oct. 18 during the Golden Valley game at College of the Canyons’ Cougar Stadium. The following day, the group will get together for another celebration.

“It was a great group of players, a really tight-knit group,” said Hart head coach Mike Herrington, who was an assistant coach on that team. “They got the ball rolling as far as the tradition.”

Then Hart High head coach Carl Sweet, who is now retired and living in Placentia, told The Signal he plans on attending the event, as well.

Dave Trogan, who is helping to organize the Hart event and was an outside linebacker on that Indians team, said as of now, close to 30 former players plan on attending the event.

Included in that will be Darryl Ingram, who was an All-CIF tight end on that team who went on to play in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.

Ingram lives in Wisconsin and joins a group of others who will be coming from out of state.

After 1983, Canyon and Hart combined to win 12 more CIF titles, including Canyon’s 2006 CIF Division I state title.




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