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Around the SCV: Cougar duo could move on to Div. I

Pair of COC football players move closer to playing in the NCAA; local girls show off skills in San

Posted: January 1, 2010 10:46 p.m.
Updated: January 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
A pair of College of the Canyons football standouts could be headed to the NCAA Division I ranks.

Offensive lineman Louiszell Alexander has made a "soft verbal" commitment to Syracuse, according to Rivals.com, on which he is listed as a two-star recruit.

The sophomore also had interest from UCLA, Oregon and Washington.

Alexander's teammate, tight end Mychal Rivera, has been offered a scholarship from the University of South Carolina, according to the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga.
It would not be the first time that Rivera has played in Division I. He spent one year at Oregon before transferring to COC.

Last season, Rivera caught 27 passes for 270 yards and two scores and was named to the All-Western State Conference first-team offense.

Other schools looking at the tight end are USC, Utah State, Kansas State, Cal and potentially Syracuse.

The Orange finished 4-8 and eighth in the Big East Conference in 2009, while the Gamecocks, coached by Steve Spurrier are 7-5 and will play Connecticut today in the PapaJohns.com Bowl as the fourth-place team in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division behind Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.

Local girls put skills on display
Two Santa Clarita sisters, Stacey and Ashlyn Storaker, had standout showings at the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition's national semifinals before the San Diego Chargers' 27-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 20.

The skills competition, which has been held since 1961, is "the oldest NFL Youth Football program," according to the organization's official Web site and can boast more than three million contestants nationwide.

Ashlyn, 13, won the Chargers team competition with a total score of 269 feet and nine inches, finishing eighth in the nation for 12- to 13-year olds. The top four qualified for that National Championship.

Stacey, 11, took fourth in San Diego for the 10- to 11-year-old age group with 196 feet.

The Storaker sisters won the Santa Clarita Punt, Pass and Kick competition in 2008 and 2009 for their respective age groups, and advanced to the event in San Diego by winning the regional competition and the Southern California Sectionals in November.

The National Championship will be held before the NFC Championship game on Jan. 24.

USA Football gives equipment grant to two SCV programs
Golden Valley High School and the Santa Clarita Youth Sports Association have each received equipment packages from USA Football valued at $1,500 and $1,000, respectively, the organization announced earlier this month.

According to its official Web site, USA Football is an independent non-profit and "the official youth development partner of the NFL and NFLPA."

USA Football has been actively involved in certifying coaches at various levels and has given out over $2 million in equipment across the country since 2006.

The grants were awarded on the basis of merit and need to 800 programs nationally.


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