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Valencia Year in Review: Powerhouse programs

Posted: June 27, 2009 10:33 p.m.
Updated: June 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia running back Jordan Thompson (33) weaves through defenders last fall. The Vikings finished 10-3 overall and second in the Foothill League.

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The talent in Valencia’s athletic program is widespread.

The Vikings win in the fall. They win in the winter. They win in the spring.

The boys volleyball team seems like it would win in any season. Valencia ran its Foothill League winning streak to 82 matches while winning its ninth straight league title.

Aly Drake had quite a senior year, winning the CIF state title in the 800-meter run and leading the girls soccer team to a Foothill League title as co-captain.

The softball team, baseball team, girls volleyball team, boys tennis team, and girls tennis team all added to their lengthy lists of league championships.

And while the football team finished second in 2008, there is no reason to think the Vikings won’t challenge for the league crown in 2009 with a slew of returnees.

If they come up short, chances are other teams will pick up the slack.
   
Sept. 12
The football team loses to Thousand Oaks 23-14 in the season opener. Quarterback Dominick Solley suffers an ankle injury in the first quarter, and Zach Tartabull is sidelined with a concussion. Nick Moss is 14-of-30 for 150 yards in replacement of Solley.

Sept. 19
The football team blanks Birmingham 24-0 behind Alex Bishop’s 208 yards passing and two touchdowns, Michael Hernandez’s interception return for a touchdown and Brock Vereen’s two picks.

Sept. 26
The football team upends Palmdale 35-24 thanks to Brock Vereen running two kickoffs back for TDs in the second half. The defense also holds down a potent Falcon attack.

Oct. 1
The girls tennis team wins its first match as the No. 1 team in the CIF-Southern Section Division III rankings by beating Buckley 13-5. No. 1 singles player Isabella Fraczek and No. 2 singles player Thalia Wilczynski sweep five total matches.

Oct. 2
The girls volleyball team beats Hart 3-0 in the league opener.

Oct. 3
Alex Bishop passes for more than 270 yards and four touchdowns as the football team beats Hueneme 42-0.

Oct. 10
Quarterback Dominick Solley returns from a three-game absence due to an ankle injury and throws for 148 yards in the football team’s 35-0 victory over Westchester.

Oct. 11
At the Valencia Fall Brawl tennis tournament, Isabella Fraczek wins the singles title by beating Thalia Wilczynski 9-7 in an eight-game pro set in the title match. Sisters Emily and Clarice Fraczek win the doubles final.

Oct. 17
Dominick Solley finishes 13-of-21 for 150 yards passing and rushes for 87 yards as the football team beats Canyon 49-29. Tailback Jordan Thompson has 23 carries for 204 yards.

Oct. 21
The volleyball team edges West Ranch 3-2 in a battle of league unbeatens, improving to 5-0 in league play. Shelby LeDuff has three big kills in the decisive fifth game, which Valencia wins 15-8, and she has 24 kills and 19 digs in the match.

Oct. 24
Jordan Thompson scores five touchdowns on the ground in the first half and the football team routs Golden Valley 48-6.

Oct. 27
The girls golf team shoots a collective round of 272 and winds up fourth at the Foothill League championships.

Oct. 30
The girls tennis team beats Canyon 18-0 to finish 10-0 in the Foothill League and win the league title for the seventh straight season. Isabella Fraczek returns from injury and sweeps her three matches.

Oct. 31
The football team tops Hart 38-7 as Jordan Thompson has 189 yards and four TDs on the ground and Dominick Solley accounts for 207 total yards. The win marks the second time in school history that Valencia has beaten Hart.

Nov. 4
The girls volleyball team clinches its seventh straight Foothill League title by sweeping Golden Valley 3-0. Second-place West Ranch’s loss to Saugus on the same day gives Valencia the crown. Shelby LeDuff has 14 kills and setter Christina Worth has 21 assists for the Vikings.

Nov. 6
The girls tennis doubles team of Clarice and Emily Fraczek wins the Foothill League title by dispatching Gavelynn and Lena Poonnapotam of West Ranch 6-0, 6-2. It is only the second time all season that the winning team has played together.

Nov. 7
With a chance to clinch a share of the Foothill League title, the football team falls to Saugus 31-24 at home. The Centurions led 28-10 at halftime before the Vikings rallied.

Nov. 14
The football team blanks West Ranch 49-0 on strength of Jordan Thompson’s 156 yards and two touchdowns rushing. The defense stymies West Ranch’s offense and the Vikings go on a scoring blitz late in the first half.

Nov. 17
The girls volleyball team falls 3-0 to Santa Barbara in the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A quarterfinals. Shelby LeDuff leads the Vikings with 16 kills and Lindsey Lawmaster has 23 digs.

Nov. 19
The girls tennis team beats South Pasadena 12-6 in the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs. The No. 1 doubles team of Emily Fraczek and Amanda Jansson sweeps its three sets, and the doubles teams win eight of their nine sets to lead the way.

Nov. 20
The girls tennis team advances to the CIF-Southern Section Division III finals for the fourth year in a row as a team. Thalia Wilczynski and Isabella Fraczek lead the way as the singles players sweep all nine of their matches.

Nov. 21
The football team triples up Ventura 42-14 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs thanks to five touchdown plays of 10 yards or more and five forced turnovers. Trevor Smyth has two fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown.

Nov. 22
Emily and Clarice Fraczek are stopped in the round of 32 of the CIF-Southern Section Individual Tennis Championships by Palos Verdes duo 6-1, 6-2.

Nov. 24
The girls tennis team falls 13-5 to Valencia of Placentia, its fourth straight loss in the CIF-Southern Section Division III team finals.

Nov. 28
The football team beats Westlake 55-26 in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs on the strength of great defense, including a 33-yard fumble return by Drew LaVoise. Zach Tartabull finishes with six receptions for 113 yards.

Dec. 2
The girls basketball team kicks off the season by downing Nordhoff 86-22 at the High Five Classic at Valencia High School. Starla Wright scores 21 points.

Dec. 3
The boys basketball team beats Knight 69-63 in overtime in its season opener at the Simi Valley Tournament. Lonnie Jackson scores 23 points and Emmanuel Anumba scores 19.

Dec. 7
Moorpark ends the Vikings’ playoff run in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division semifinals with a 30-8 victory. Valencia finishes 10-3, including 4-1 in league.

The Vikings win the championship game of the High Five Classic on their home court over crosstown rival Saugus, 79-75. Starla Wright scores 27 points and is named to the all-tournament team for Valencia. Lindsey Hill added 15 points and is named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Dec. 14
After winning its four games in the tournament by an average of 18 points, the boys basketball team beats Lancaster 68-54 to win the Canyon Classic. Lonnie Jackson leads the team in scoring with 27 points and earns the Canyon Classic MVP award.

Jan. 14
The girls basketball team opens league play at home with a loss to Saugus 55-53. Lindsey Hill leads the team in scoring with 17 points.

The boys basketball team (11-5, 0-1) loses a double-overtime thriller to Saugus 69-65 to open league play.  
Kristin Bos nets her 12th goal of the season to go along with two assists as the Vikings girls soccer team opens league play with a 4-2 win at Saugus.

Jan. 21
Lonnie Jackson leads the boys basketball team with 28 points and Cory Otavka chips in 17 for the Vikings’ first Foothill League win of the season, an 80-65 victory over West Ranch.

Jan. 31
The girls basketball team hands Saugus its first league loss of the season, beating the Centurions 81-70 behind a 26-point effort from Starla Wright and an 18-point outing from Lindsey Hill.

Feb. 7
In front of a packed house for Senior Night, David Stroud, who was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma in April of 2008, scores Valencia’s first basket thanks to a pre-arranged agreement between the Vikings and West Ranch, and the moment inspires the boys basketball team to a 70-64 victory.

Feb. 13
The boys basketball team clinches third place in the Foothill League and guarantees itself a spot in the postseason by beating Canyon 73-49 on the road.

After 80 scoreless minutes in the regular-season finale, the girls soccer team splits the Foothill League championship with Canyon, its opponent in the game.

Feb. 19
The boys basketball team overcomes a sluggish start to cruise to a 67-56 victory over Troy in its first-round CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoff matchup. Lonnie Jackson scores a game-high 23 points.

Feb. 20
A crucial turnover leads to a goal by Arcadia and an upset loss for the Valencia girls soccer team, 2-1, in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs. Aly Drake scores the team’s lone goal on an assist by
Tiffany Geer.

The girls basketball team gets 17 points and 17 rebounds from Starla Wright and opens the CIF-Southern Section Div. IIAA playoffs with a 63-40 win over Pioneer Valley.

Feb. 21
Jake Kelfer scores two of his five points at the charity stripe in the waning seconds to lift the boys basketball team past Katella 39-38 in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.

Feb. 22
The Vikings girls basketball team races by Valencia of Placentia 58-47 and into the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs. Starla Wright leads the team with 18 points, and Jenny Lentz adds 17.

Feb. 25
Valencia can’t keep pace with Leuzinger and sees its season end in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA quarterfinals with an 88-66 loss despite 20 points from Lonnie Jackson and 11 points and 10 boards from Cory Otavka.

Feb. 26
Brea Olinda, ranked second in the nation, overwhelms the Valencia girls basketball team 82-43 and ends the Vikings’ season in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA quarterfinals. The Vikings wind up 22-7.

March 5
The Vikings boys golf team gets off to a fast start with its second straight win at Harding Golf Course, this one over Harvard-Westlake 403-377. Jonathan Chang birdied five holes to lead the team with a 73.

March 25
The Valencia boys tennis team sweeps the singles matches and eight of nine doubles contests to pick up a 17-1 victory over Golden Valley in its league opener.

March 26
Valencia dominates its first Foothill League meet of the year, with the boys beating Saugus 122-48 and the girls handling Saugus 118-52. William Kutylo, Bryan Kitchener and Bob Hwang all have strong individual performances for the team.

April 1
The Vikings boys golf team battles but can’t catch West Ranch at Robinson Ranch’s par-71 Mountain Course. Senior golfer Alex Macaluso plays well despite the team’s loss, recording two birdies and 16 pars.

The defending national champion Valencia boys volleyball team is pushed to the limit by rival Hart, but the Vikings pull out a 3-2 win in their Foothill League opener and run their winning streak in league play to 73 matches.

April 3
The Vikings tennis team extends its winning streak to nine matches with big performances from Tyler Gottshall and Ben Inchalik, who sweep in straight sets over Saugus 14-3.

April 15
The boys tennis team finishes the first half of Foothill League play undefeated with a 15-3 win at Canyon.

The Valencia softball team begins defense of its eight straight Foothill League titles by escaping with a 3-2 win on an unearned run against Canyon.

April 22
Carly Mortensen pitches a no-hitter to lead the softball team past West Ranch 4-0.

April 23
The baseball team battles back from an eight-run deficit with an 11-run seventh to beat Hart 17-10. It is only the second double-digit inning in school history.

May 1
The boys tennis team wins its seventh league championship in eight years with a decisive 14-4 victory over Canyon. The Vikings are led by Ben Inchalik and Tyler Gottshall, who both win in straight sets.

May 8
The boys volleyball team earns its 82nd consecutive league win and ninth consecutive league championship by disposing of West Ranch 3-0.

May 9
Senior Aly Drake wins three league titles and sophomore Jasmine Hall wins four at the Foothill League track and field championships. Drake and Hall both run legs for the league-champion 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, while Drake wins the 800-meter run and Hall wins the high jump and the 200.

May 13
The Valencia boys golf team reaches the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Divisional playoffs for only the second time in school history. The Vikings advance after a second-place showing at Soule Park Golf Club.  

May 14
The Vikings clinch the Foothill League baseball title with a 10-3 win over Saugus, capping a 12-game win streak to end the regular season.

May 15
The softball team earns its ninth straight Foothill League title and shares the crown with Hart for the second straight season with a 7-2 win over Saugus. The Vikings earn the better playoff seed by virtue of beating Hart twice.

May 17
Aly Drake qualifies for the CIF-Southern Section Division I finals in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 14.13 seconds. Jasmine Hall qualifies in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 2 inches.

For the second year in a row, tennis powerhouse Palm Desert eliminates the Vikings in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II tennis team playoffs, this time by a score of 17-1.

May 20
The Valencia boys volleyball team survives a stiff test from El Modena to advance to the third round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs with a 3-2 win.

May 22
Carly Mortensen pitches a one-hitter to lead her team to an 8-0 shutout of Agoura in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

May 23
The baseball team is stunned in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs by Vista Murrieta 10-9, despite a two-run home run by senior Christian Lopes, who goes 3-for-4 on the afternoon.

May 24
Aly Drake adds one more milestone to a stellar senior season by winning the CIF-Southern Section Division I girls 800-meter race with a time of 2 minutes, 9.95 seconds.

May 27
Riverside Poly knocks off the Valencia softball team 4-2 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs, ending the Vikings’ bid for a third straight softball title.

June 6
Aly Drake earns a CIF State championship in the 800 meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 7.45 seconds, the best mark in the history of the Santa Clarita Valley.

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