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Trinity honored for the fall

School gets all-league honors for football, girls volleyball

Posted: December 11, 2013 10:34 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2013 10:34 p.m.

Trinity Classical Academy linebacker Patch Kulp, right, was named All-Heritage League Defensive Player of the Year with 142 tackles this season.

 

The Trinity Classical Academy Knights sports teams were major players in the Heritage League in both girls volleyball and 8-man football, and now there are postseason awards to show for it.

Led by senior linebacker Patch Kulp’s Defensive Player of the Year award, 12 Trinity athletes saw their hard work rewarded with all-league selections.

For followers of Heritage 8-man football action, Kulp’s selection should come as no surprise.

The senior was the lifeblood of the stingiest defense in all of Division II’s southern section, recording 142 total tackles and intimidating defenses with his imposing style of play.

He helped Trinity win its first CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division II title in school history to cap off a 10-2 season.

“Patch is so imposing on defense, so when we had him on offense as a lead blocker, it was just amazing to watch him work,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan. “I believe he’d be a starter on basically any of the major programs out here, that’s the kind of caliber we have. He’s a tough kid that loves to hit.”

Enjoying the spoils with Kulp were first-team selections Nick Spinello, Eli Skorich, Ryan Brooks and Spencer Klehn.

Knights junior quarterback Colton Oshiro was voted second team all-league along with sophomore linebacker Ian Caddow.

In all, the Knights football team had an impressive eight of a possible 16 starters make Heritage all-league teams — a good reflection of just how dominant the Knights were in 2013.

The awards were decided based upon how teams performed during the regular season, so while Trinity did defeat Joshua Springs 47-0 in the CIF championship game, Knights players were assigned to all-league teams based on their second-place finish behind the Joshua Springs in Heritage League competition.

Trinity’s girls volleyball team may not have enjoyed the same success as its football team, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t players who performed at a high level.

After finishing third behind the Santa Clarita Christian School and Faith Baptist during the regular season, the Knights had four players receive all-league selections.

Knights senior libero Jacey Massetto was joined by junior setter Lizzie MacAdam as a first-team all-league selection after the Knights finished the 2013 campaign with a 12-16-3 record.

Teammates Mae Humphreville and Jessica Evlin were given second team all-league honors.

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