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SCCS players make all-league teams

Darcy, Kylie Brown biggest winners

Posted: December 21, 2013 11:06 p.m.
Updated: December 21, 2013 11:06 p.m.

Cardinals sophomore Kylie Brown won Heritage League Most Valuable Player for the 2013 season.

 

The release of the All-San Joaquin football and All-Heritage League girls volleyball teams meant a lot of awards for the Santa Clarita Christian School athletic program.

SCCS head coach Darcy Brown won Heritage League Coach of the Year while her daughter, Kylie, won Heritage League MVP to bookend an undefeated run through the league season by the Heritage League Champion Cardinals girls volleyball team.

“It’s a fine line when you coach your kid,” said Darcy Brown. “If everybody else gets mad at me at practice they can leave, but if she gets mad at me she has to sit next to me on the car ride home.”

That dynamic didn’t seem to get in the way of team success, as SCCS went 6-0 in Heritage League play and finished its season with a 14-5-1 overall record.  

Kylie Brown’s role in that is why the sophomore can now add Heritage League MVP to her list of athletic achievements.

Brown tallied 368 kills, 72 aces and 229 digs during her dominant 2013 campaign. That productivity is a big reason why Brown was respected as a team leader despite being a sophomore.

Joining Brown as first team selections were Cardinals senior middle blocker Allie Acosta and senior setter Kimberly Curry.

Juniors Abigail Walker, Tiffany Shroyer and Samantha Villapando were second-team All-Heritage League selections.

As for the Cardinals football program, four players earned postseason recognition with the release of the 2013 All-San Joaquin first- and second-teams.

Leading the way was SCCS senior linebacker Danny Blake, who received first-team honors after leading the team in tackles with 142.

Getting the nod for the second team were senior linebacker Derek Lewis and senior running back Kamron Carroll. While Lewis was still good enough to earn an all-league second-team selection, the senior battled injuries throughout the season and missed a fair amount of snaps in San Joaquin League play.

Junior quarterback Jonathan Saavedra rounded out the honors with an honorable mention. The signal caller threw for 1910 yards and 15 touchdowns and added another 379 yards and three scores on the ground.

As the only all-league selection who will return next season, Saavedra will assume greater leadership responsibilities as he enters his senior season.

“We’ve seen him (Saavedra) take major steps in the right direction every year he’s been with us,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “Senior season is when you really step up and lead the team, he can take us where we need to go — we have the talent.”

SCCS went 5-6 and finished third in the San Joaquin league in 2013.

It returns 13 starters next year.

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