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Big names, big games

As the fall season begins, there are key dates and athletes to watch for

Posted: August 27, 2009 11:09 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Valencia freshman golfer Alison Lee reads the green at the U.S. Women's Open Championship in July. Valencia freshman golfer Alison Lee reads the green at the U.S. Women's Open Championship in July.
Valencia freshman golfer Alison Lee reads the green at the U.S. Women's Open Championship in July.
Valencia High graduate and Northern Arizona University quarterback Michael Herrick throws a pass in this undated photo. Valencia High graduate and Northern Arizona University quarterback Michael Herrick throws a pass in this undated photo.
Valencia High graduate and Northern Arizona University quarterback Michael Herrick throws a pass in this undated photo.
Circle the dates.

There are lots of them.

Whether it's the first Foothill League football game, Major League Baseball on the East Coast or college football, the fall season is full of local athletes being thrust into the limelight.

Here is your guide to the fall, featuring big names and big games.

Sept. 1
Hart graduate James Shields and the Tampa Bay Rays begin an arduous September loaded with playoff implications. That means two three-game series with Boston, a four-game series at Yankee Stadium and a three-game series with the Rangers. The game against the Red Sox on Sept. 2 will be televised at 4:08 p.m. on ESPN, as will Tampa Bay's game against the Yankees on Sept. 9.

Sept. 4
Hart and West Ranch open the 2009 football season against El Camino Real of Woodland Hills and Hueneme of Oxnard, respectively. Hart hosts ECR and West Ranch will hit the road.

Sept. 5
College of the Canyons football opens the season with a home game against Antelope Valley. Returning All-Western State Conference defensive backs Josh Gibbs and Arron Fisher will lead the defense, while running back B.J. Iverson looks to fill the shoes of Fred Winborn. Currently, Eric Brown and Justin Morales are battling for the starting quarterback job.

Sept. 9
The girls volleyball season gets underway as Canyon, Hart and Saugus are all in action.

Sept. 11
Canyon travels to Bakersfield, Golden Valley to Royal of Simi Valley, defending Foothill League champion Saugus to Pasadena and Valencia to Thousand Oaks to begin their football seasons.

Sept. 12
Defending CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-Man champion Santa Clarita Christian, led by player of the year running back/linebacker Collin Keoshian, opens up the season at Christian Life Academy of Escondido at Harry Welch Stadium.

Sept. 22
The first Foothill League girls golf event takes place. Indians sophomore and 2008 Foothill League Most Valuable Player Kendall Dusenberry, along with juniors Amanda Corr, the 2007 league MVP, Nikki Prichard and Brenna Carlson. Valencia freshman Alison Lee, who played in the U.S. Women's Open Championship in July, will make her league debut.

Sept. 24
The Foothill League heads to Central Park for the first league meet of the season. The Saugus girls return junior Kaylin Mahoney in hopes that the Centurions continue the program's dominance of the state of California. On the boys side, Golden Valley's Seth Totten surprised a lot of people last season with his fifth-place finish at the CIF State Division III Cross Country Championships. He looks to better that success this season.

The girls tennis season opens up when Hart meets West Ranch, Valencia hosts Canyon and Golden Valley plays Saugus. Hart's Anne Susdorf returns to defend her Foothill League title, while Valencia's Emily and Clarice Fraczek defend their doubles championship and the school's overall crown.

Sept. 26
The Cougars football team takes on Fullerton in a game loaded with potential intrigue after the two teams split close games over the last two years.

Oct. 2-4
The Rays and Shields' season comes to a close with a three-game homestand with the Yankees.

Oct. 3
Hart graduate Patrick Larimore and UCLA travel to Stanford, where they will meet fellow Hart graduate Delano Howell and the Cardinal. What might have been a head-to-head matchup of Larimore the linebacker against Howell the running back has changed after Howell's move to safety this season.

Valencia graduate Shane Vereen and the Cal Golden Bears host USC at 5 p.m. on ABC.

Oct. 6
Girls volleyball begins league play as the top two teams of 2008, Valencia and West Ranch, square off. The matchup will feature Wildcats senior captain Allison Summers and Vikings senior Katie Hank, the only two underclassman on last season's All-Santa Clarita Valley first team. Canyon meets Hart and Saugus hosts Golden Valley.

Oct. 16
Foothill League play begins on the gridiron as Hart is at Saugus, Canyon visits Valencia and Golden Valley is at West Ranch.

Oct. 17
Larimore and the Bruins host Vereen and the Bears.

Oct. 20-21
Girls golf holds the annual Newhall Land Cup.

Oct. 23
The rivalry is renewed on the football field as Canyon and Hart meet at Harry Welch Stadium.

Nov. 4
Girls tennis Foothill League prelims begin.

Nov. 5
League finals for girls tennis are held.

Girls volleyball season comes to a close.

Nov. 6
The Valencia football team will try to avenge its 2008 loss to Saugus, a game that determined last season's league championship.

The Centurions will have a different look this season as quarterback Zack Gauthier and running back Tyler Watt step into roles previously held by the one-two punch of all-everything quarterback Desi Rodriguez and running back Ryan Zirbel, the Foothill League Offensive Player of the Year.

Nov. 7
Valencia graduate Michael Herrick and the Northern Arizona football team travel to Oxford, Miss., to face Ole Miss, where Herrick used to play.

SCCS closes the regular season against Faith Baptist of Canoga Park, the team they beat the CIF-SS Division I 8-Man championship game a year ago.

Nov. 13
The final night of the Foothill League football schedule takes place.

The first round of the CIF-SS Division I 8-Man playoffs is played.

Nov. 14
Cross country prelims take place at Mt. San Antonio College.

Cardinal safety Howell gets his crack at the Trojans when Stanford travels to USC.

Cougars football meets rival Bakersfield in a game that promises intensity. It always does.

Nov. 20
The CIF-SS Divisional 11-Man playoffs begin with first-round matchups.

Nov. 21
Cross country finals will be held at Mt. San Antonio College.

Two of the best running backs in Foothill League history meet when Howell and Stanford host Vereen and Cal.
If COC football advances to the playoffs, the first round matchup takes place today.

Nov. 28
Cross country state championships will be held at Woodward Park in Fresno, the site of Saugus' CIF-State Division II championship a year ago.
Larimore and UCLA travel to the Coliseum to meet USC on FSN.

Dec. 4-5
The CIF-SS Division I 8-Man championship game is played.

Dec. 5
The sixth running of the Nike Cross Nationals will be held in Portland, Ore., where Saugus cross country has finished second the last two years.

Dec. 11-12
CIF-SS Divisional 11-Man championship games are played.

Dec. 12
The 2009 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship is held today. It is a destination that Cougars football plans on attending every year.

Dec. 18-19
The CIF State Championship football games are played at the Home Depot Center in Carson.


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