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Herrick goes off; two commit

Former Valencia QB nominated for top NCAA honor

Posted: November 24, 2009 10:47 p.m.
Updated: November 25, 2009 4:30 a.m.

In case you missed it, Valencia High graduate Michael Herrick had one of the biggest passing games in NCAA history on Saturday.

Herrick, a junior at Northern Arizona University, threw for a school record 574 yards in a 49-45 loss to Eastern Washington in the Lumberjacks’ season finale.

All told, Herrick was 47-of-65 with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Northern Arizona had an opportunity late in the game and drove down to Eastern Washington’s 32-yard line.

But on fourth-and-3, Herrick was unable to complete his 65th pass of the game.

Yet Herrick was added this week to the Walter Payton Award ballot.

The award goes to the top Football Championship Subdivision player. It will be announced in early January.

Herrick finished the season 270-of-407 for 3,356 yards and 22 touchdowns to eight interceptions.

Herrick is fifth in the FCS (NCAA Division I-AA) in passing yards this season.

The 574 yards on Saturday were the 11th most in NCAA history.

Jamie Martin of Weber State has the record of 624, set in 1991.

The Lumberjacks finished the season 5-6.

Herrick, by the way, is California’s all-time prep passing yardage, completions and attempts record holder.

Kelly commits to UNC
According to her father, Bill, Saugus High softball player Jenna Kelly has verbally committed to play softball for the University of North Carolina.

The junior infielder took official visits to the University of Washington and UNC.

Kelly batted .349 with three home runs and 17 RBIs for the Centurions as a sophomore in 2009.

In 2008, Kelly batted .354 with four homers and 24 RBIs.

“I’m very excited,” Kelly said. “I worked really hard for it. I’m glad it’s finally done.”

Kelly said two things stood out about her — her hitting and her grades.

Keller bound for University of San Diego
West Ranch High junior pitcher Ryan Keller has verbally committed to play baseball at the University of San Diego, according the Wildcats head coach Casey Burrill.

A 6-foot-4-inch right-hander, Keller was 4-1 with a 7.84 ERA as a sophomore for the Wildcats in 2009, pitching 25 innings.
Burrill said Keller, who tops out at 92 miles per hour with his fastball, had an impressive run this past summer with the Milwaukee Brewers’ Area Code team.

“Ryan has a tremendous future. The front part of the season (in 2009), he had some big wins,” Burrill said. “Ryan has a terrific fastball. If he can continue to gain mastery of his off-speed pitches, the future is very bright.”

Keller is currently at Hart High after an interdisciplinary transfer, but will return to West Ranch in 2010.



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