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Saugus Year in Review: More of the same

Posted: June 29, 2010 10:05 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Senior quarterback Zack Gauthier threw for 1,270 yards and seven touchdowns and led the Centurions in rushing with 416 yards and five touchdowns.

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Following up what many considered one of Saugus' best seasons ever in 2008-2009, this past year was more of the same on Centurion Way.

A fourth consecutive state championship in girls cross country? Check. Another dominating year for Saugus girls track and field? Check. Another successful season for girls soccer? Check.

Another solid season for football? Not so fast.

After its first-ever Foothill League title in 2008, Saugus football had forgettable campaign in 2009.

Even though Saugus' perennially successful teams stole most of the headlines, the Cents were not without impressive individual performances in other sports.

Baseball's Nick Lombardi batted .430 in 2010 and will be a key returner for the Cents in his senior season. Another junior, Ashley Butera, led the softball team in batting average, RBIs and home runs. Although they had inconsistent seasons, sophomore hitters Matt Coleman and Colby Wilson look like potentially budding forces in the future for boys volleyball.

So will these other programs break out in 2010-11? Or will it be more of the same?

Sept. 11
In the football season opener, the Centurions edge Pasadena 17-7, but the game is sloppy for Saugus which has three turnovers in the first half. Manny Padron leads the Centurions with two key interceptions and a field goal.

Sept. 17
Westlake dominates in every phase against the Centurions football team in a 42-20 win. The lone bright spot is Saugus quarterback Zack Gauthier, who has 136 yards rushing on 27 carries to go along with 110 yards on 12-of-19 passing.

Sept. 25
The Centurions football team struggles again, this time against Newbury Park, falling behind 34-0 midway through the third quarter. Saugus rallies back late to cut the final score to 41-21 behind 100 passing yards and 83 rushing yards from quarterback Zack Gauthier.

Sept. 30
Both Saugus cross country teams win the first Foothill League meet at Central Park, each going 5-0 against the rest of the league.

Oct. 2
The Saugus football team can't capitalize on three turnovers and 17 penalties by Taft in a 14-3 loss. The Centurions manage just 144 yards of total offense in the game.

Oct. 3
The Centurions' cross country teams impress again, this time at the McQuaid Jesuit Cross Country Invitational in Rochester, N.Y. The girls win the 3-mile varsity AAA race, led by Kaylin Mahoney's individual victory, while the boys team places third in its race.

Oct. 6
The girls volleyball team starts its Foothill League season with a dominating three-game win over Golden Valley. Outside hitter Jaclyn Clark leads the way with six kills and 13 digs.

Oct. 9
Crespi football scores on all six of its first half possessions to beat the struggling Centurions 50-0.

Oct. 16
After opening the scoring with a 55-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zack Gauthier to Manny Padron, Saugus allows Hart to score on three key turnovers in a 31-21 loss in the Foothill League opener. Gauthier has another standout performance, throwing for 292 yards and three touchdowns on 15-of-28 passing, while leading the Cents' rushing attack with 86 yards on the ground.

The Saugus girls golf team defeats Quartz Hill and Valencia in a tri-meet at Rancho Vista in Palmdale. The Cents get a team-low 39 from Nicole DeFrancisco and run away with a 21-stroke victory.

Oct. 23
Saugus football gets back on track with a 26-22 win over visiting West Ranch at homecoming. Zack Gauthier orchestrates a 19-play, 97-yard drive in the fourth quarter and tosses a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jon Aguirre with 1:13 remaining. Gauthier has 290 yards on 19-of-28 passing.

Oct. 30
Saugus football moves into a tie for second place in the Foothill League with a 42-26 win over Golden Valley.

Oct. 31
Losing only one game all weekend, Saugus girls volleyball wins the Crescenta Valley Tournament with a 2-0 victory over Pasadena Poly. Jaclyn Clark is named the tournament's most valuable player with 72 total kills and 66 digs.

Nov. 5
Saugus sweeps the boys and girls cross country team Foothill League championships for the fourth straight year. The Centurions' Kaylin Mahoney successfully defends her individual league title with a time of 17 minutes, 9.88 seconds.

Nov. 6
The Saugus football team is held to just 46 total yards in a 49-0 blowout loss to undefeated Valencia.

Nov. 13
Saugus football ends the season with a 17-10 loss to Canyon. The Cents hold a 10-3 lead in the fourth quarter but allow two touchdown passes down the stretch.

Nov. 14
The Saugus boys and girls cross country teams advance to the CIF-SS finals with solid performances in the prelims at Mt. San Antonio College. The girls win their heat and the boys qualify by finishing in the top four.

Nov. 21
The Saugus girls cross country team wins the CIF-SS Division II team championship and junior Kaylin Mahoney wins the division's individual championship for the second straight year with a time of 17 minutes, 22 seconds at Mt. San Antonio College. The Saugus boys finish fourth and both teams advance to the state meet.

Nov. 28
Saugus girls cross country wins an unprecedented fourth consecutive CIF State Division II title in Fresno. After winning the 2008 individual state title as a sophomore, Kaylin Mahoney finished third overall with a time of 17 minutes, 35 seconds to lead the Centurions. The boys finish 10th at the Division II meet.

Dec. 2
Saugus boys basketball gets its first win of the season in an 83-61 rout of non-league opponent Rio Mesa. Jawhar Purdy leads the Centurions with 21 points and six rebounds.

Dec. 4
Kaylynn Martin scores 15 points to lead the girls basketball team to its first win of the season. Megan Dawe adds 10 points and six rebounds in the 55-35 victory over Palmdale.

Dec. 5
The Saugus girls cross country team finishes fourth in the Nike Cross Nationals with a team time of 1 hour, 34 minutes, 56.40 seconds. The team figures to return six of its top seven runners for 2010-11.

Dec. 9
Jamie Molacek scores two goals as Saugus girls soccer wins 3-1 over Westlake.

Jan. 6
Brad Buchignani has 20 points, seven rebounds and five steals in the Centurions' 62-46 win over West Covina. Joey Fredrick adds a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Jan. 12
Behind goals from seniors Shasta Fisher and Jamie Molacek, Saugus girls soccer opens its Foothill League season with a 2-0 win over West Ranch.

The boys soccer team doesn't fare as well in its opener, dropping its match 2-0 to West Ranch.

The Saugus boys basketball team beats West Ranch 57-54 in its Foothill League opener. Jeremy Gatewood leads the way with 19 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Kaylynn Martin and Bayley Mizelle have 13 points apiece, but the Saugus girls basketball team falls in its Foothill League opener to West Ranch 53-46.

Jan. 17
Saugus girls basketball dominates Golden Valley in a 70-19 victory. Kaylynn Martin leads all scorers with 17 points and Megan Dawe, Sierra Carpenter and Crystal Makous all finish in double figures.

Jan. 29
Senior Jamie Molacek has a hat trick to lead the Cents' girls soccer team to a 4-0 win over West Ranch. Brittanie Sakajian adds the other Saugus goal and has two assists.

Feb. 2
Manny Padron scores all three Saugus goals in a 3-3 tie with Golden Valley in boys soccer. Padron scored his final goal in stoppage time to tie the game up.

Feb. 5
The girls soccer team scores three goals in a three-minute span in the second half en route to a 3-1 win over Canyon. Jamie Molacek had two goals and Ysabel Padron tallied the other.

Feb. 9
Shasta Fisher scores the lone goal on a penalty kick in a 1-0 win over Hart to clinch at least a share of the Foothill League title for the Centurions' girls soccer team.

Feb. 11
Saugus girls soccer clinches an outright Foothill League title with a 2-2 tie against Valencia. Saugus senior Brittanie Sakajian's second goal of the day ties the game up and gives the Centurions the league crown.

Feb. 16
Saugus boys soccer falls to Santa Ynez 4-1 in the CIF-SS Division III wild-card round. Manny Padron scores the only goal for the Centurions, his 13th of the season.

Feb. 17
Saugus boys basketball upsets ninth-seeded Cypress with a 79-69 overtime win in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs. Joey Fredrick scores 25 points and has 11 rebounds and Jawhar Purdy nearly has a triple-double with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the win.

Feb. 19
The boys basketball team continues its unlikely run in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs with a 71-56 win over Sunny Hills of Fullerton. Joey Fredrick has a game-high 18 points and 15 rebounds in the win.

Saugus girls soccer dominates Arcadia in the first round of the CIF-SS Division II playoffs, cruising to a 6-1 win. After allowing a goal to the Apaches in the fifth minute, the Cents went on a 6-0 run, led by two goals from Kaitlyn Hamersky.

Feb. 23
Saugus boys basketball's season ends at the hands of top-seeded Summit of Fontana, 76-49, in the CIF-SS quarterfinals.

Feb. 24
Saugus girls soccer gets five goals from five different players in a 5-2 win over Yucaipa in the second round of the CIF-SS Division II playoffs.

Feb. 26
The girls soccer team's run ends in the CIF-SS quarterfinals with a 3-2 loss to Flintridge Sacred Heart. Bianca Lorenz and Shasta Fisher have goals in the loss.

March 2
Saugus boys volleyball begins the season with a three-game sweep of Lancaster. Senior T.J. Jeffris has a team-high 12 kills.

March 8
Nick Lombardi hits two home runs and has six RBIs in the baseball team's 15-4 win over Verdugo Hills in the Southern California Invitational. Michael Soucy also hits a home run for the Centurions.

March 9
Saugus softball wins its season opener 6-4 over Stockdale of Bakersfield. Jackie Shimamoto hits a three-run home run for the Centurions.

March 15
Chris MacDonald wins all three sets from the top singles spot to lead the boys tennis team to a 13-5 win over Moorpark.

March 19
Saugus baseball jumps out to a 2-0 after an RBI triple from Brad Buchigani, but ultimately falls to West Ranch 9-3 in its Foothill League opener.

March 20
Ashley Butera has two home runs to lead Saugus softball to a 10-2 win over Highland in the semifinal of the High Desert Classic in Lancaster.

March 24
Behind two home runs and four RBIs from Nick Lombardi, the baseball team holds on to win its first Foothill League game of the season over Hart, 6-5.

March 25
The girls track team looks impressive in its victory over Canyon in the Foothill League opener. The Cents win 11 of 16 events, including two wins apiece by sprinter Amber Wright and thrower Alex Ecsedy.

March 31
The boys golf team finishes a surprising second in the second Foothill League match of the year with a team score of 412. Andrew Moore leads the way for the Cents with a 3-over 75. Saugus would eventually finish second overall in league.

April 1
Both Saugus track and field teams take victories over West Ranch. The girls team leans on sprinters, with top-three sweeps in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 300-meter hurdles.

April 13
The boys volleyball team collects 11 aces en route to a 3-0 win over West Ranch.

April 15
The softball team scores three runs in the seventh inning off four Hart errors in a 5-2 win. Saugus starter Kimmie Lockhart is strong through 5 1/3 innings, striking out six and allowing two hits and an earned run.

April 27
With 27 assists, seven digs and three blocks, Ryan Mason leads Saugus boys volleyball to a 3-0 win over Golden Valley.

April 29
The Saugus girls track and field team claims its fifth straight Foothill League title with a 91-45 win over Valencia. Senior Amber Murakami wins the 1,600-meter run and Stephanie Bulder wins the 3,200 on her birthday.

May 6
Saugus sprinters Jenna Vincej and Amber Wright had big nights at the Foothill League track and field finals, setting a meet record as a part of the 4x400 relay championship team, to go along with a win in the 4x100 relay. Vincej also smashes her own school record in the girls 400 to win the league title. Wright wins the 200.

May 11
Saugus boys volleyball ends its season with a 3-1 loss to San Luis Obispo in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs. Junior Colby Wilson has 12 kills and senior setter Ryan Mason has 39 assists in the losing effort.

May 12
Justin Sheehan's three-run home run in the fourth inning gives the Saugus baseball team a decisive cushion in an 11-8 victory over West Ranch. It is Sheehan's eighth home run of the season, a new school record.

May 13
Saugus starting pitcher Kimmie Lockhart gives up only four hits and strikes out 14 in a complete-game 11-0 win over Canyon. The Cents clinch fourth place in the Foothill League and become eligible for an at-large bid to the CIF-SS playoffs.

May 18
Saugus softball scores six runs in the top of the seventh inning and holds on for a 7-1 victory over Roosevelt of Corona in the CIF-SS Division I wild-card round. Shortstop Jenna Kelly breaks a 1-1 tie with a grand slam in the inning.

Saugus baseball doesn't fare as well as its softball counterparts, dropping its wild-card game to Thousand Oaks 3-0. Justin Sheehan is one of the few bright spots for the Cents, with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate.

May 20
Saugus softball takes No. 4 seed Simi Valley to extra innings but falls to the Pioneers 3-2 in the first round of the CIF-SS Division I playoffs.

May 22
Jenna Vincej wins the CIF-SS Division II individual championship in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.09 seconds, as Saugus wins the first girls team championship in SCV history.

May 28
Saugus sprinter Jenna Vincej qualifies for the CIF State Track and Field Finals in the 400-meter dash and the 4x400 relay with qualifying times at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet.

June 4
Jenna Vincej finishes fifth in her heat and 18th overall in the 400 at the CIF State Track and Field prelims in Clovis, while the 4x400 team of Vincej, Amber Wright, Alex Hampton and Nicole Penick finishes fourth in its heat and 11th overall. Neither Vincej nor the relay team advances to the state finals.



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