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Around the SCV: Cowboys send first class to HOF

Posted: May 4, 2009 10:00 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Canyon football held its first-ever Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday night, enshrining a heavy-hitting class.

Six-time CIF championship coach at Canyon Harry Welch, former quarterback Nate Longshore and former lineman Brent Parkinson were all honored at a home in Sand Canyon Saturday night.

Welch, who is now the two-time CIF championship coach at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, and Parkinson were able to attend.

Longshore couldn't, being that he is trying out for a spot on the Miami Dolphins.

Longshore's family accepted the honor on his behalf.

The trio were all given Canyon green sports coats.

"I felt like I was at The Masters and just beat Tiger Woods on the 18th hole," Welch said.

Welch coached both Parkinson, who went on to play at USC, and Longshore, who played at Cal, nearly two decades apart and said it was a nice bookend to be inducted with.

"It was four hours of a real class act by Canyon Country," Welch said of the event.

Playoff Info
College of the Canyons softball's turnaround season ended this past weekend as the Cougars were swept by Saddleback College at Saddleback College in the Southern California Regional Playoffs.

In game one of the best-of-three series, Saddleback, the tournament's No. 8 seed, defeated No. 9 COC 2-1 on Saturday.

COC pitcher Ashley Imperial went six innings and allowed two runs, both unearned.

In game two on Sunday, COC lost 5-2.

COC third baseman Melissa Herndon went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Cougars finished the season 27-16-1, but shared the Western State Conference Blue Division title a year after finishing in sixth place.

College of the Canyons baseball will host Saddleback College Friday at 2 p.m. in the Southern California Regional Playoffs.

This will also be a best-of-three series. Game two is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. and game three, if necessary, would follow immediately after.

The Cougars are 25-16-1 and finished 20-8, winning the Western State Conference South Division.

More COC News
Two College of the Canyons women's basketball players recently signed letters of intent to play basketball at the NCAA level.

Sophomore guard and Hart High graduate Britney Bradley will play for San Jose State University and sophomore forward Charity Smith accepted a scholarship to the University of California, San Diego.

Bradley averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game and was a member of the All-WSC First Team in 2008-09.

Smith averaged 14.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and was also an All-WSC First-Teamer.

TMC Honors
Three The Master's College baseball players were selected to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference Team.

Eric Blackwell, Joe Zeller and Tim Woodward recently received the honor after leading the Mustangs to a 33-18 regular-season record.

Blackwell, a senior outfielder, hit a school-record 16 home runs, batting .333 with 47 RBIs.

Zeller, a junior second baseman, hit a team-high .373 with seven homers and a team-high 50 RBIs.

Woodward, a senior pitcher, was 9-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 14 starts.

State Rankings
Sure to change after last week's results, released its state prep softball rankings late last week with Valencia and Hart both coming in high.

Valencia was ranked 10th, but back-to-back losses to Saugus then Canyon, will likely send the Vikings tumbling in the poll.

Hart was right behind Valencia at No. 11.


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