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Around the SCV: Vogelsang signs with UC Irvine

Posted: May 11, 2009 9:55 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The only varsity starting shortstop West Ranch High has known has verbally committed to play baseball at UC Irvine.

Cal Vogelsang, a three-year varsity player, informed Irvine last week, according to West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill.

"Obviously Cal had a rough season last season and thing we're most proud of is how he's come back his senior year and put his junior year behind him and rededicated himself," Burrill said.

Vogelsang is batting .383 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs this season.

As a junior, he hit .213 with no home runs and 11 runs knocked in.

"There's no doubt that if you have a good junior year it puts you in the driver's seat (for a scholarship)," Burrill said. "But it's the numbers he put up so quick (as a senior)."

Vogelsang will be playing for College of the Canyons Hall of Fame head coach Mike Gillespie at Irvine.

Burrill, who played for Gillespie at USC, said the head coach likes Vogelsang's versatility, as the senior can play multiple positions.

TMC in the tourney
The Master's College baseball team has earned a spot in the 2009 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round.

The Mustangs begin play today against Taylor University at Berry College in Rome, Ga. at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. A win would put TMC in the second round, which would also be played today.

It is a double-elimination tournament featuring 45 teams from nine different fields.

Canyon's new coach
We now know the identity of Canyon's new varsity girls basketball coach.

Indiana high school coach Chuck Johns was hired in April by the school to lead the Cowboys program.

Johns is actually a surprise hire because when Canyon went into the interview process, interim head coach Todd Jackson was a heavy favorite to get the job.

Then Johns expressed interest and impressed the Canyon administration in an interview.

"It's a new direction for us," said Pete Getz, Canyon assistant principal in charge of athletics. "He's just a real presence, real confident."

Canyon basketball went 7-19 last season, but had to forfeit 11 wins after it was found out that two players had their residency records falsified. Head coach Stan Delus immediately left the program and Jackson led the squad to a 7-3 record to end the season.

Jackson was hired last week to become Golden Valley's girls basketball head coach.

Johns was a varsity assistant at Carmel High in Carmel, Ind.

The team won a state championship in 2008.

Souza to Ivy League school
Hart High two-sport athlete Spenser Souza has committed to play football at Cornell University.

The Indians starting quarterback in 2008 will play wide receiver and defensive back for the Ivy League school, according to his father Stephen Souza.

Spenser currently leads the Indians with eight home runs this season as the squad's starting second baseman, but has decided to continue his football career.

As a junior at Hart in 2007, he caught 28 passes for 436 yards and two touchdowns.

West Ranch kicker's football career continues
West Ranch football kicker Colin Amsler has signed on with NAIA Southern Oregon to be the school's placekicker.

Amsler, a senior, made three field goals for the Wildcats in 2008.

He was also an All-Santa Clarita Valley and All-Foothill League second-teamer in soccer in 2008-09.


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