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Foothill League fall sports: All-CIF teams released

Local fall sports earn 15 total awards

Posted: January 21, 2010 9:53 p.m.
Updated: January 22, 2010 4:55 a.m.
The All-CIF-Southern Section teams were officially announced earlier this month, putting the final touches on the Santa Clarita Valley's fall sports.

And several players proved themselves among the best in Southern California at their sport by earning a mention on the All-CIF squads.

Valencia finished with six total honorees in football and volleyball combined, Hart had one, and Santa Clarita Christian tallied eight, including all three top CIF-SS Division I 8-Man honors.

Viking juniors Alex Bishop and Steven Manfro made the All-CIF-SS Northern Division Offensive Team at quarterback and running back, respectively. Bishop threw for 3,416 yards and a school-record 36 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. Manfro rushed for 1,666 yards and 29 touchdowns this past season.

C.J. Reyes, Hart's senior quarterback, also made the offensive team as a utility player. Reyes threw for 2,731 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also averaged 39.8 yards per punt on special teams.

Reyes attended several postseason kicking camps and said Oregon and Fresno State have expressed interest in giving him a walk-on spot. He added he is waiting to see if a scholarship opportunity presents itself before making a final determination.

"It's always been a goal of mine. I grew up watching college football," said Reyes, whose brother Adam just finished up his career at Humboldt State.

Three senior members of Valencia's defense made the All-CIF-SS Northern Division Defensive Team as well.

Brock Vereen was picked as a defensive back. The senior cornerback is headed to the University of Minnesota after notching 51 tackles, a team-leading eight interceptions and one sack.

Vikings senior defensive linemen Kevin Rush and Ryan Wermich also made the team. The pair notched 12 sacks apiece. Wermich added 79 tackles, an interception and forced three fumbles. Rush also contributed 47 tackles and recovered three fumbles.

In 8-Man football, Santa Clarita Christian head coach Garrick Moss took home the Coach of the Year award after SCCS repeated as CIF-SS Division I champions.

SCCS running back Collin Keoshian took home 8-Man football's top honor, earning Offensive Player of the Year honors in Division I for a second straight year. He finished the season with 1,709 rushing yards, and his 36 rushing touchdowns pushed his career total to 102, which is No. 1 all-time in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Colin Mayhugh, a senior running back for the Cardinals, was named to the offensive team after finishing the year with 1,253 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

Last year, Keoshian committed to play for Brigham Young, which recruited him as a linebacker. Mayhugh, who is also a talented track athlete, is still weighing collegiate options.

Cardinals senior lineman Daniel Chaplin earned Defensive Player of the Year after leading the team in tackles with 129. SCCS nose tackle Adrian Mosley, also a senior, made the defensive team with 113 tackles and two sacks. He was joined by senior defensive lineman Ethan Espinosa, who also had two sacks to go with 92 tackles. Senior Brandon Harris made the squad as a linebacker with four sacks, four fumble recoveries and 44 tackles.

Girls volleyball also earned a pair of recognitions.

Valencia senior outside hitter Katie Hank, who is bound for Delaware State, made the All-CIF-SS Division I second team, while SCCS junior setter Joanna Masopust made the first team for Division V.

Hank finished the season with 383 kills, 249 digs and 24 blocks. But more than individual honors, she said she was most proud of the Vikings' four straight Foothill League titles won during her high school career.

"Yeah, it's a big honor, especially to be the only one in the Foothill League," Hank said. "This year definitely turned out to be a great year for me."

Masopust helped lead the Cardinals to the second round of the playoffs this season and also starts for the soccer team.


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