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Vikes finish season as league champs

Valencia has won seven of the last eight Foothill League championships

Posted: April 30, 2009 10:15 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Valencia finished off an undefeated Foothill League season while putting an exclamation point on its seventh league title in eight years by dropping Canyon 14-4 at home.

The Vikings (16-3, 10-0) got singles sweeps from Tyler Gottshall and Ben Inchalik.

“Our top singles players were in top form today,” said Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg. “Both Tyler and Ben were on top of their games today, and they led our team with their play.”

Valencia also got a pair of sweeps from its doubles contingent of J.R. Macalutas and Matt Cheng and Danny Bingham and John Schmidt.

Canyon countered with a singles victories from Jason Ferlianto and Matt Kincaid, and doubles wins from Derek Rosengrant and Alex DeGuzman and Harry Lee and Corey Yamaoka.

“I thought some of our guys stepped up today, but Valencia is such a great team that it’s tough to compete with them,” said Canyon head coach Kent Ganevsky. “This was a good chance for us to see where we are going into prelims and the CIF.”

Gottshall only lost three games on the afternoon, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-0, while Inchalik only dropped four games, winning 6-3, 6-0, 6-1. Both players topped Ferlianto, Canyon’s top player.

“We know that winning the title as many times as we have has put a bull’s eye on our back,” Kellogg said. “But our guys responded to having to play at a high level, and I think today showed how this team has grown and that they still have the potential to improve even more.”

The Vikings are only going to lose Cheng from this season’s team, while Canyon (11-6, 6-4) only loses a trio from its varsity squad.

Both teams are gearing up for prelims, which start on Tuesday. and the CIF tournament the following week.

“We have a lot of work to do before prelims,” Ganevsky said. “We also have to deal with the fact that a lot of the kids have AP tests next week. It’s nice to have smart kids on the team, but it’s going to be a brutal week for them.”

For Kellogg, winning with such a young nucleus was especially rewarding, and she looks forward to seeing what her team can do beyond the regular season.

“These guys knew they had big shoes to fill,” Kellogg said. “Tyler has come up big for us all season, and Ben has too. I just can’t say enough about Cheng as our only senior. I’m just so proud of this team.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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