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On the Beat: Experience pays at Foothill Invite

Canyon grad takes home bronze at international track and field event

Posted: August 11, 2014 10:49 p.m.
Updated: August 11, 2014 10:49 p.m.
 

The Foothill League’s wealth of experience was on display over the weekend at the Foothill Invitational girls volleyball tournament.

It came as no surprise that the two local teams that finished highest in the tournament were Saugus and Hart, the two with the most experience returning this season.

Hart finished fifth place in the highest division, the Invitational, with the help of all-tournament players Erin Indermill and Chase Tengberg.

Indermill is entering her fourth year as a varsity setter while Tengberg is a returning senior outside hitter.

Hart head coach Mary Keen also had good things to say about junior outside hitter Sarah Coblentz and senior returner Corrine Holloway, who is making the transition from hitter to libero this summer.

“It was a great achievement for us,” Keen said of being the top finisher among five local teams. “But it doesn’t really measure how well we’re going to have to be able to compete against some bigger teams this year.”

In somewhat of a sneak preview for league season, Hart defeated Saugus twice on consecutive days in the tournament.

That included the fifth-place game on Sunday.

Saugus head coach Eric Luckenbach said he’s not overly concerned with the weekend’s results.

“I thought it was a good weekend. Everybody wants to win a tournament going into it,” Luckenbach said. “We were very competitive. We had two real good days of play between Friday and Saturday, and I thought Sunday was a good learning experience for us.”

Key performers for Saugus included some of the most experienced players on the roster: third-year varsity player and senior hitter Amy Buffham and fourth-year varsity libero Julianna Dole.

In addition, Saugus got solid contributions from senior setter Robyn Underwood and senior middle blocker Amanda Jones.

“It is still summer. It is still preseason ball,” Luckenbach said of his team’s sixth-place finish. “We’re all still working on things, tweaking things, experimenting.”

West Ranch, Canyon and Golden Valley were also in action over the weekend.

In the consolation bracket of the Invitational, West Ranch wound up beating Canyon in the ninth-place game.

West Ranch is playing with a mostly new starting lineup after significant graduation losses and is also adjusting to new head coach Brandon Pank.

Golden Valley struggled through the Festival Division while also playing under a first-year head coach, Erick Beck.

One big caveat to the weekend is the fact that the defending league champion Valencia Vikings didn’t have their varsity team in the tournament.

The results can only tell you so much when the champions aren’t involved.

Canyon grad wins bronze for team USA

Long Beach State runner and Canyon High graduate Chris Low took home a bronze medal at the 2014 North America, Central America and the Caribbean (NACAC) under-23 championships over the weekend in Kamloops, British Columbia in Canada.

Racing as a member of the U.S. team, Low finished in third place in the 800 meters with a time of 1 minute, 48.46 seconds in the international competition that featured 31 different countries.

Mexico’s Bryan Martinez Sanchez won the race in 1:47.90.

Low was named as to the U.S. team based on his performance at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in June, where he took 16th place among college runners in the 800.

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