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SCV Sports: The Decade in Review

Posted: December 24, 2009 6:06 p.m.
Updated: December 25, 2009 4:30 a.m.
Canyon’s Christopher Kingsbury (22) rushes past Hart defenders during the Cowboys’ 21-13 victory over Hart in the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship on Dec. 9, 2005. It was the Cowboys’ first CIF title since 1985. Canyon’s Christopher Kingsbury (22) rushes past Hart defenders during the Cowboys’ 21-13 victory over Hart in the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship on Dec. 9, 2005. It was the Cowboys’ first CIF title since 1985.
Canyon’s Christopher Kingsbury (22) rushes past Hart defenders during the Cowboys’ 21-13 victory over Hart in the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship on Dec. 9, 2005. It was the Cowboys’ first CIF title since 1985.

Santa Clarita had a lot to live up to in 2005.

After sweeping success the year before, expectations were high.

However, the SCV proved more than able to live up them.

Three local football teams made it to CIF-Southern Section Division II semifinals with Canyon and Hart, the valley’s most storied rivalry, play a classic championship game.

Hart boys basketball, Valencia softball, Valencia girls tennis and Valencia boys volleyball all took trips to their respective CIF championship games.

Saugus’ Shannon Murakami continued her tear through the distance running world.

Records fell, some streaks ended and others began again.

It set up maybe the biggest year ever for SCV sports.

Jan 10 — Brian Stiman resigns as the head football coach at Valencia after 10 years with the team. He was the program’s only head coach to that point. The Vikings would name Larry Muir as Stiman’s replacement later in the month.

Jan 18 — Valencia girls basketball ends Hart’s 25-game league winning streak with a 53-32 victory. Hart’s Ashlee Trebilcock has a chance to win it with a late 3-pointer, but the shot rims out.

Jan 25 — Trebilcock and Kelley Tarver receive McDonalds All-American nominations. Trebilcock was named to the team and went on to attend UCLA before transferring to Ohio State, while Tarver played at Cal State Bakersfield. A few months later, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame requests Trebilcock’s Hart basketball jersey to honor her selection to the All-American team. After a year in Knoxville, Tenn., the jersey is returned to Hart High.

Feb 10 — Canyon’s girls soccer team wins its fourth straight Foothill League title with a different head coach. On the same day, Canyon’s boys soccer, Valencia girls volleyball and Valencia girls basketball all win league titles. For the Vikings’ girls basketball team, it is the first championship since the 2000-01 season. Meanwhile, Santa Clarita Christian boys soccer wins the Heritage League title.

Hart graduate and former The Master’s College player Jerry Owens is traded from the Washington Nationals to the Chicago White Sox. Owens is currently back with the Nationals after signing a one-year minor-league deal with the club on Nov. 30.

Feb 16 — College of the Canyons men’s basketball clinches its second consecutive Western State Conference South Division title with a 100-68 rout of Glendale. Carlton Spencer led the team with 23 points in the victory. Spencer went on to play at the University of Houston.

March 5 — Hart boys basketball loses 60-45 to Etiwanda in the CIF-SS I-AA championship game, ending its Cinderella run in the playoffs. Ryan Wolfe has 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss for the Indians, who finish 19-13 on the season. Etiwanda featured the one-two punch of Jeff Pendergraph and Darren Collison, who went on to play for Arizona State and UCLA, respectively, before being drafted in the 2009 NBA draft. Collison currently plays for the New Orleans Hornets and Pendergraph is with the Portland Trail Blazers. The loss caps off a postseason in which Canyon’s, Hart’s, Saugus’ and Valencia’s boys and girls basketball teams all made it to the playoffs.

March 8 — Saugus’ Nick Delio plays a round in the SBC Junior Classic at Valencia Country Club with Raymond Floyd. It is the second year the two are paired together. Delio went on to golf at Cal State Northridge.

March 13 — Des Smyth wins the 2005 SBC Classic, beating out D.A. Weibring and Mark McNulty by one stroke. Weibring and McNulty each missed puts that would have forced a playoff.

March 18 — The Master’s College women’s basketball team loses 69-67 to Georgetown College in the second round of the NAIA Tournament on a last-second shot. Tiffany Webb and Amy Van Doesburg are named All-Americans less than a week later. Van Doesburg signs a professional basketball contract with Perik Jumpers in The Netherlands later in the year.

March 23 — Burroughs and Burbank announce that they will be leaving the Foothill League for the fall of 2006. Both schools eventually join the Pacific League.

March 28 — College of the Canyons softball gets its third straight mercy-rule victory with a 14-2 rout of L.A. Valley College.

April 2 — Hart graduate Bryan Herta wins the Indy Racing League pole for the Honda Grand Prix. Herta would end up finishing fourth in the race and wins the Firestone Indy 400 later in the season.

April 7 — Hart girls track ends Canyon’s League dual-meet winning streak at 64 with a 77-58 victory. The Indians go on to win their first Foothill League title in 10 years.

April 23 — Former College of the Canyons running back J.J. Arrington is drafted in the second round — 44th overall — by the Arizona Cardinals. One day later, Valencia grad Manuel White is drafted 120th overall by the Washington Redskins. Hart grad Pat Norton signs as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs three days after the draft.

April 25 — College of the Canyons men’s golf wins it’s ninth straight Western State Conference championship.

April 28 — Hart boys tennis clinches its first Foothill League title since 1987 with a 10-8 victory over Canyon. The Indians are led by Matthew Taoatao, who goes on to win the individual title.

May 4 — Hart boys golf wins the Foothill League title led by Joe Greiner, who earns MVP honors. Greiner wins the individual title one day later and goes on to play at COC and professionally on the Canadian Tour.
On the same day, SCCS baseball clinches the Heritage League title with a 5-2 victory over Faith Baptist.

May 5 — Hart’s boys and girls swim teams win their respective Foothill League titles. It is the boys’ ninth straight championship and the girls’ 22nd in the last 23 years.

May 6 — Saugus wins its first-ever Foothill League baseball championship. The Centurions clinch the title with a 9-2 victory over Burroughs.

Additionally, the CIF approves a State Bowl football game for December 2006.
Also, Saugus’ Shannon Murakami sets Foothill League records in the 1,600-meter run and 3,200 in the finals. Her time of 4 minutes, 50.59 seconds breaks the previous mark set by Canyon grad Lauren Fleshman in 1997 (5:00.39). Murakami ran the 3,200 in 10:47.42.

May 12 — Canyon boys tennis wins its first playoff match since 1986, beating Righetti 13-5.
On the same day, College of the Canyons pitcher Erica Duhart wins the WSC Softball Player of the Year award to highlight 18 all-conference honorees in softball and baseball.

May 13 — Saugus’ Tommy Milone throws a perfect game and hits a three-run home run in an 8-0 win over Canyon. He became the fifth Saugus pitcher to boast a perfect game in the program’s history. Milone went on to pitch at USC and is currently in the Washington Nationals organization.

On the same day, fellow Centurion John Criste wins the 100-yard breaststroke at the CIF finals, finishing with in a personal best of 56.06.

May 21 — Murakami and teammate Matt Swarbrick win CIF-SS Division I titles. Murakami takes the 1,600 and 3,200, while Swarbrick wins the discus.

May 28 — Valencia boys volleyball falls 3-0 to Corona Del Mar in the CIF-SS Division II finals. The loss ends the Vikings bid for a three-peat.

June 3 — Valencia softball loses 2-0 to Royal in the CIF-SS Division I finals. The Vikings, which won their fifth straight league title on May 12, start senior Courtney Baughman, who is replaced by Jordan Taylor after giving up two runs in the first inning.

June 7 — College of the Canyons baseball player Nick Pertucci is drafted 334th overall by the Cleveland Indians and teammate Kris Krise is picked 376th by the Dodgers. On the second day of the draft, Cougar Brian Chavez is taken 771st by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Hart graduate John Curtis is drafted 874th overall by the Indians.

June 9 — Valencia golfer Louis Amira wins the Nike Junior Golf Tournament, while Delio finishes tied for fifth place.

June 19 — Hart graduate Jason Gore’s Cinderella run in the U.S. Open ends with a final round 84 at the par-72 Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. Gore was paired with the leaders going into the last day of the competition, but his late collapse drops him from three shots off the lead to a tie for 49th.

June 24 — Alysia Johnson finishes third in the 800 at the U.S. Outdoor Junior Nationals. Fleshman takes second in the 5,000.

July 2 — Milone is named to the All-State first team, Hart’s Shane Carlson is named to the second team and Stephen Mercier earns All-State Small Schools first-team recognition. Carlson went on to play at UC Santa Barbara and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 32nd round of the Major League baseball Draft in 2009. Mercier attended Vanguard.

July 11 — Valencia’s Michael Herrick commits to Ole Miss. He would eventually transfer to Northern Arizona University, where he is currently the starting quarterback.

Aug. 4 — Hart High graduate Joe Kapp is named The Signal’s Greatest Athlete in SCV History, capping off a 20-day, top-20 countdown series.
Additionally, Criste finishes fourth in the 200 breaststroke at the National Championships, but takes first for his age group (U-18).

Aug. 5 — Gore shoots a 12-under 59 at the Nationwide Tour Cox Classic. He would go on to win the tournament, earning an automatic PGA Tour promotion.
Additionally, Matt Moore is named the starting quarterback at Oregon State University.

Aug. 12 — Allyson Felix wins gold at the World Track and Field Championships in the 200. Felix won the gold medal as a member of the 4x400-meter relay in Beijing in 2008, where she also took silver in the 200. It was her second silver medal, having finished second in the 200 in Athens in 2004.

Aug. 29 — Canyon grad Nate Longshore is named the starting quarterback at Cal. Four days later, he breaks his leg in a 41-3 win over Sacramento State and is lost for the season. After finishing his career with the Golden Bears, Longshore had a tryout with the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2009 NFL season, but did not make the team.

Sept. 9 — Golden Valley plays its first varsity football game and loses 66-0 to Burbank.

Oct. 22 — Moore returns to UCLA and loses 51-28 as the quarterback for Oregon State. Moore transferred to OSU prior to the 2005 season after injuries and a constant position battle with Drew Olson limited his playing time.

Oct. 24 — Valencia girls golf wins the Foothill League title and Viking Stevy Loy wins the MVP award. Loy attended the University of Columbia, where she continued her golf career.

Oct. 28 — Hart football beats Valencia 17-14 off Paul Weinstein’s 45-yard game-winning field goal in a highly anticipated rematch from the season before.

Oct. 29 – Golden Valley football wins it’s first-ever varsity game, beating Salesian 24-14.

Nov. 1 — Valencia girls volleyball clinches its fourth straight Foothill League title with a 3-1 win over Canyon.

Nov. 3 — Valencia girls tennis sweeps at the Foothill League finals. Cassie Strange wins the singles title, while the team of Kristin Anderson and Monique Palmera win the doubles championship. Cassie and her twin sister Alexa both played collegiate tennis at Marist.

On the same day, Murakami sets a new course record of 18:20 to win the Foothill League cross country title. Hart’s Alfredo Coronado wins the boys individual championship, while Canyon wins the girls team title and Hart and Burroughs are co-champs on the boys’ side.

Nov. 4 — Canyon football beats Valencia 49-21 behind J.J. DiLuigi’s five touchdowns. One week earlier, DiLuigi scored six touchdowns in a 55-7 win over Saugus.

Nov. 10 — Canyon beats Hart 16-14 for its first-ever Foothill League football title. Canyon’s last title was in 1989 as a member of the Golden League.

Nov. 11 — Herrick breaks the state passing yardage record in a 34-7 win over Saugus, racking up his 10,003th yard by game’s end. The previous record was 9,971 by Keith Smith of Newbury Park in 1993. He would run the record total to 11,022 by season’s end.

Nov. 16 — Three players are dismissed from Hart’s football program for a hazing incident, including Weinstein.

Nov. 19 — Saugus girls cross country takes third at the CIF-SS Division I finals.

Nov. 21 — Valencia girls tennis becomes the first SCV girls tennis team to reach a CIF-SS final, but loses 10-8 to Brentwood.

Nov. 26 — Murakami wins the CIF State Cross Country Division I championship.

Nov. 28 — Golden Valley girls basketball wins the program’s first-ever varsity game, beating Quartz Hill 44-39 in the its season-opener.

Dec. 3 — Canyon football beats Valencia 42-13 to advance to its first CIF section final in 17 years. Canyon quarterback Austin Civita throws for 342 yards and four touchdowns, while DiLuigi breaks former Hart running back Ted Iacenda’s SCV record for touchdowns in a season with his 42nd score. The Cowboys’ victory sets up an all-SCV final. Hart had beaten Mission Viejo 24-12 the day before. Mission Viejo was the No. 2 team in the nation at the time.

On the same day, College of the Canyons football falls 24-19 to Grossmont in the Southern California Regional Championship game after committing seven turnovers. The loss ends a 26-game winning streak, dating back to COC’s 2004 national championship season. A few days later, COC linebacker Joey La Rocque is named a first-team All-American by J.C. Grid-Wire. WSC Northern Division Player of the Year Marcel Marquez, the team’s quarterback, is named to the second team along with defensive back Justin Tryon and return specialist Ja Vonte Holmes. Linebacker Michael Carr earns honorable-mention recognition. La Rocque went on to play for Oregon State and the Chicago Bears in the NFL. Marquez attended Sacramento State, Tyron went to Arizona State and currently plays for the Redskins, Holmes played at San Diego State and Carr went to Mississippi State.

Dec. 9 — Canyon beats Hart 21-13 in the CIF-SS Division II title. It is the program’s first title since 1985. Welch is named the California State Coach of the Year by later in the month. DiLuigi gets his 43rd touchdown on the season. He currently plays for Brigham Young University.

Dec. 16 — Golden Valley boys basketball beat St. Bonaventure 67-49 to get the program’s first-ever varsity win.


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