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Valencia Year in Review: View from above

Posted: June 30, 2010 10:04 p.m.
Updated: July 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia quarterback Alex Bishop was the Foothill League Player of the Year and set a California state record by completing 78.4 percent of his passes in the regular season. The Vikings finished undefeated during the regular season en route to their first league title since 2004.

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For many Santa Clarita Valley athletic programs, winning eight league championships would be deemed a landmark achievement.

But that may not be the case for Valencia.

With recent success at higher levels of competition leading to lofty expectations, the Vikings saw several highly touted teams get knocked out early in CIF-Southern Section competition.

Valencia softball and boys volleyball have proven that they can win CIF championships, but can the other sports that consistently win league titles make that next step?

Football appeared to be a worthy candidate, that is, until the Vikings ran into Moorpark again. Baseball is perennially dominant in league play, but hasn’t moved past the first round in the past two seasons.

Girls volleyball, boys basketball and boys and girls tennis all saw their postseason runs end in the CIF-SS quarterfinals.

Ultimately, success is one of many things that is largely judged by perspective, and for Valencia, success may be seen as taking that next step.

Sept. 11
The football team edges Thousand Oaks 39-36 on the road in both teams’ season opener. Junior running back Steven Manfro leads the Vikings with 319 total yards and three touchdowns.

Sept. 17
Quarterback Alex Bishop leads an explosive Viking offense with 245 yards on 11-of-14 passing and five touchdowns in a 56-31 win over Birmingham. Bishop’s offensive numbers all come in the first half as Valencia jumps out to a 49-7 halftime lead. Junior running back Steven Manfro has another strong effort, with 191 yards on 14 carries in the first half.

Sept. 24
Shenelle Trujillo sweeps her singles matches in Valencia girls tennis’ 16-2 league-opening win over Canyon.

Sept. 25
Quarterback Alex Bishop shines again, throwing for 244 yards and four touchdowns on 16-of-21 passing, leading the Vikings to a 35-14 win over Palmdale.

Oct. 2
The Vikings’ football team improves to 4-0 with a 63-7 rout of Santa Monica. Running back Steven Manfro has more than 100 yards rushing midway through the first quarter and Valencia scores on its first six possessions.

Oct. 8
The girls tennis team remains undefeated in Foothill League play with a decisive 14-4 win over Hart. Valencia’s doubles teams sweep all three matchups, behind top pair Chelsie Dietz and Andrea Zammit, who take three sets.

After losing its Foothill League opener to West Ranch, the girls volleyball team gets its first Foothill League win by beating Hart 3-1.

Oct. 10
Valencia football continues its solid start with a 35-14 win over Loyola at Los Angeles Valley College. Quarterback Alex Bishop has 200 yards passing and two touchdowns on 14-of-17 passing and running back Steven Manfro also has a 19-yard touchdown pass, to go along with 98 yards on the ground.

Oct. 13
The girls volleyball team gets a test from Saugus, but holds on for a five-game victory (21-25, 25-18, 16-25, 25-17, 15-8) behind a match-high 21 kills from outside hitter Katie Hank.

Oct. 16
After a slow start, the Valencia football team revs up its offensive attack en route to a 49-7 win over Canyon in its Foothill League opener. The score stands at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter, but quarterback Alex Bishop leads the rout with 276 yards and three touchdowns on 12-of-14 passing.

Oct. 21
Golfer Alison Lee wins the 27-hole, two-day Newhall Land Cup at TPC Valencia to qualify for the CIF postseason with a 2-under 106.

Oct. 23

Vikings running back Steven Manfro has five touchdowns, 150 yards rushing and 103 receiving in a 49-0 rout of Golden Valley to push Valencia to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in Foothill League play.

Oct. 27
Valencia girls tennis player Emily Fraczek ends Hart No. 1 Anne Susdorf’s two-year Foothill League win streak leading the Vikings to a 16-2 team win over the Indians.

The girls volleyball team takes over first place in the Foothill league with a 3-0 win over visiting Hart. Senior Katie Hank leads the way again for the Vikings with 21 kills, 10 digs and three aces.

Oct. 28
Golfer Alison Lee takes top honors at the Valencia Country Club Invitational with a 2-over 76. Lee, who is ranked No. 7 nationally by the American Junior Golf Association, opts out of CIF individual playoffs to play in the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Oct. 29
Valencia girls tennis clinches its eighth consecutive Foothill League title with a 17-1 win over Saugus, but shares it with West Ranch. Both teams finish 9-1 in league play.

A big 3-1 win over a hot Saugus team puts Valencia girls volleyball in prime position to win a Foothill League title. Katie Hank had a match-high 31 kills, set up primarily by Carly Carapella, who doled out 43 assists.

Oct. 30
Valencia football takes over sole possession of first place with a 56-7 drubbing of fellow league unbeaten Hart at Cougar Stadium. Running back Steven Manfro had five total touchdowns and 133 total yards.

Nov. 5
Two Valencia doubles teams meet in the Foothill League finals, with Emily and Clarice Fraczek coming out on top 6-0, 6-3 over Andrea Zammit and Chelsie Dietz.

Valencia girls volleyball clinches its eighth straight Foothill League championship with a three-game win over Golden Valley.

Nov. 6
Valencia football continues its reign of dominance over the Foothill League with a 49-0 win over Saugus. The Vikings hold the Cents to just 46 total yards and Alex Bishop throws for 426 yards and three touchdowns.

Nov. 10
As the No. 1 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs, Valencia girls volleyball rallies from a 2-1 deficit in games to Villa Park for a five-game victory in the first round.

Nov. 12
Valencia girls tennis easily dispatches Claremont 13-5 in the first round of the CIF-SS Division III playoffs. The doubles team of Andrea Zammit and Chelsie Dietz takes all three of its games 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to lead the way.

After dropping the first two games to El Toro, Valencia girls volleyball battles back to force a fifth and decisive game. But the Vikings fall 15-7 in the final game and are ousted in the second round of the CIF-SS Division I playoffs.

Nov. 13
Valencia football clinches an outright Foothill League title with another drubbing, this time at the expense of West Ranch 49-10. It is the first season the Vikings have ever finished undefeated and the first league title since 2004.

Nov. 14
Valencia girls tennis continues to roll through the CIF-SS Division III playoffs, scoring a convincing 16-2 second-round victory over Paramount. Top-seeded Paramount enters the match with an unblemished 18-0 record. Clarice Fraczek leads the way, winning all three of her singles matches 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0.

Nov. 15
Valencia girls tennis’ season ends with an 81-76 loss on games to San Luis Obispo in the CIF-SS Division III quarterfinals.

Nov. 20
Valencia safety Zach Tartabull intercepts Thousand Oaks’ two-point conversion attempt to seal a 28-27 victory in the first round of the CIF-SS Northern Division playoffs. Quarterback Alex Bishop throws for 254 yards and two touchdowns on 13-of-17 passing and Steven Manfro has 113 yards on 11 carries to go along with 77 yards receiving.

Nov. 27
After a close call in the first round, Valencia football returns to form with a 49-22 rout of Buena in the CIF-SS Northern Division quarterfinals. Quarterback Alex Bishop has 286 yards and four touchdowns on 12-of-14 passing in the first half as the Vikings take a 35-7 lead into the break.

Dec. 1
Valencia girls basketball opens its season with a 77-45 win over Oxnard in the Valencia High-Five Classic. Lauren Spargo finishes with a double-double, including 18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Dec. 5
Valencia football’s season ends at the hands of Moorpark for the second season in a row, losing 40-14. Quarterback Alex Bishop struggles for the first time all season, throwing for 193 yards and three interceptions on 17-of-31 passing. Running back Steven Manfro nets 60 yards rushing and 80 yards receiving.

Dec. 8
Valencia junior Lonnie Jackson erupts for a school-record 38 points to lead Valencia past Grant of Van Nuys 96-50.

Dec. 10
Valencia boys soccer dominates Alemany in a 5-0 win, to earn its first victory of the year. Forward Adam Eisen leads the way with two goals.

Dec. 26

Lauren Spargo finishes with 21 points, leading the Valencia girls basketball team to a 63-49 win over Marlborough in the Harvard-Westlake/Beverly Hills Tournament. Jenny Lentz adds 13 points and Lindsey Hill has 12.

Jan. 12
The Valencia boys basketball team wards off a physical Hart team in a 65-47 win in both teams’ Foothill League opener.
A 23-point fourth quarter carries the girls basketball team past Hart 59-54 in its Foothill League opener. Vikings forward Lauren Spargo leads the team with 14 points and has key rebounds and blocks down the stretch.

Jan. 21
Valencia boys tennis standout Tyler Gottshall commits to play at Loyola Marymount and becomes the first boys player in program history to go straight to a Division I university out of high school.

Jan. 22
Valencia girls basketball moves into a first-place tie with Canyon after a 54-51 win over the Cowboys, who came into the game with an undefeated Foothill League record. Faith Anumba and Jenny Lentz each post 16 points to pace the Vikings.

Jan. 25
The boys soccer team gets two goals from midfielder Ben Beilin and acrobatic goalkeeping from Alex McIntyre to rally past Golden Valley 2-1.

Jan. 26
Valencia boys basketball bounces back from two consecutive losses to beat Saugus 74-48. Lonnie Jackson leads the way for the Vikings with 33 points.

Continuing its hot start, Valencia boys soccer tops Saugus 2-1 to remain undefeated in league play thanks to goals from Ben Beilin and Renato Sanchez.

Jan. 29
Valencia girls soccer avenges its league-opening loss to Hart with a 1-0 win. Kristin Bos scores the lone goal.

Feb. 1
In a meeting between undefeated Foothill League teams, Valencia boys soccer falls to Canyon 1-0.

Feb. 2
Lonnie Jackson shines again for the boys basketball team with a game-high 35 points, in the Vikings’ 78-73 win over West Ranch.

Feb. 5
Valencia boys basketball moves into a three-way tie for first place with Golden Valley and Canyon following a 65-59 win over the Grizzlies. Lonnie Jackson has a game-high 25 points in the win, including 13 in the fourth quarter.

Feb. 9
Canyon holds standout Lonnie Jackson to only 10 points, but the Vikings’ boys basketball team prevails with a 50-41 win. The Vikings knock Canyon into second place and stay tied for first with Golden Valley.

Feb. 11
Valencia boys basketball clinches a share of the Foothill League title with Golden Valley after a 79-59 win over Saugus in the final game of the regular season.

Jenny Lentz scores 22 points and Lauren Spargo has 19 points in the girls basketball team’s 59-50 win over Saugus in its Foothill League finale.

Feb. 17
Valencia swingman Lonnie Jackson scores 25 points and assists on the game-tying layup by Brandon Bennett that forces overtime in the boys basketball team’s 70-67 win over Highland of Palmdale in the CIF-Southern Section Division IA first round.

Feb. 18
The boys soccer team gets knocked out in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs with a 1-0 loss to Santa Maria.

The girls basketball team gets 16 points and 10 rebounds from Faith Anumba, but cannot knock off sixth-seeded Crescenta Valley in the CIF-SS Division IA playoffs. Valencia loses 53-48.

Feb. 19
Vikings boys basketball ends its season in the second round of the CIF-SS Division IA playoffs with a 52-50 loss to Mission Viejo.

Kristin Bos’ goal in overtime vaults the girls soccer team to a 2-1 win over Walnut in the first round of the CIF-SS Division II playoffs.

March 2
Valencia boys golf wins its season opener against Brentwood 203-238. Daniel Kim shoots a 3-over 38 in the nine-hole contest.

March 5
Valencia softball wins its season opener 10-1 over El Dorado. Madison Shipman leads a balanced Vikings attack with a home run and two RBIs.

March 6
Valencia boys tennis sweeps through several top programs in the California High School Tennis Classic in Clovis, taking top honors with a 5-0 record in the 112-team tournament’s third division.

March 19
Valencia baseball gets three-run home runs from Adam Tapia and Kyle Eaton in its Foothill League opener against Canyon. The Vikings win 10-4.

March 20
Tyler Gottshall defeats teammate Ben Inchalik to win the singles crown and the Vikings take the team title at the Valencia-hosted Spring Smash tournament.

March 23
Vikings singles players Tyler Gottshall, Ben Inchalik and J.R. Macalutas win all nine of their sets to lead the boys tennis team to a 16-2 win over West Ranch in both teams’ Foothill League opener.

Valencia boys swimming opens up its Foothill League season with a 94.5-75.5 win over Canyon. Only leading by four points with two events remaining, the Vikings finished 1-2-3 in the 100-yard breaststroke to put the meet out of reach.

March 25
Carly Mortensen has 10 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout in the Valencia softball team’s 3-0 win over Bingham of Utah at the Nike Faster to First tournament.

March 26
Trey Williams hits two home runs, including a grand slam, in Valencia baseball’s 8-4 win over West Ranch.

March 31
After a 5-6 start in the non-league season, Valencia boys volleyball gets its 83rd consecutive Foothill League win by beating Saugus 3-1 in both teams’ league opener. Middle blocker Josh Duarte leads the way with 18 kills for the Vikings.

April 1
Jasmine Hall wins the 100-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and high jump to lead the girls track and field team to an 87-49 win over Hart.

April 2
Valencia catcher Alex Bishop gets the game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning for the baseball team in its 13-12 win over Saugus.

April 9
Carly Mortensen throws her second no-hitter in as many days in the softball team’s 2-0 win over Aliso Niguel in the Michelle Carew Tournament. Valencia’s runs come in the first inning on a two-run single from Caitlin Rooney.

April 10
Valencia softball wins the Michelle Carew Tournament championship with a 4-0 win over Norco. Pitcher Carly Mortensen earns tournament MVP honors and strikes out 10 batters in the title game.

April 13
Sarah Enriquez pitches a complete game and strikes out 11 in the softball team’s 12-1 Foothill League-opening win over Golden Valley. Megan Foglesong is 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs.

April 23
Valencia baseball snaps a two-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over Golden Valley. Senior starting pitcher Justin Hanks throws a perfect game through five innings and surrenders two runs off three hits to collect the win.

April 27
Valencia boys tennis locks up its eighth Foothill League title in nine years with a 17-1 win over Canyon.

April 28
Trey Williams sets a Valencia single-game record with three home runs, leading the baseball team to a 15-5 win over West Ranch. Williams went 3-for-4 with six RBIs.

Jonathan Chang wins the Newhall Land Cup and the Foothill League MVP with an even-par 72 at TPC Valencia.
Valencia boys and girls swimming sweeps Saugus led by a pair of individual wins from Bob Hwang, Stephen Haw, Micaela Velasquez and Allison Harada.

May 6
Valencia boys volleyball clinches its eighth consecutive Foothill League title and wins its 92nd straight league match with a 3-0 win over Hart.

Jasmine Hall wins the girls Foothill League high jump title.

Valencia softball wins its 16th straight game of the season with a 6-3 win over Hart. Bethany Kemp goes 3-for-3 in the game, just a home run short of the cycle, and has three RBIs.

J.R. Macalutas wins the Foothill League singles title, while Tyler Gottshall and Ben Inchalik team up to win the doubles title at the league finals.

May 7
Brian Mundell goes 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs to lead Valencia baseball’s offensive onslaught in a 19-12 win over Saugus.

May 11
Valencia boys volleyball advances to the second round of the CIF-SS Division II playoffs with a 3-0 win over Newbury Park. Daniel Johnson paces the Vikings with a match-high 13 kills.

May 12
Valencia boys tennis breezes through the first round of the CIF-SS Division II playoffs with a 14-4 win over Atascadero. The Vikings lose just one set in doubles play, with the team of John Schmidt and Sam Yun winning their sets 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3.

Valencia baseball wins its second straight Foothill League title with an 11-3 win over Canyon. Senior Kyle Eaton has a pair of home runs and Brian Mundell adds a solo shot in the victory.

May 13
Valencia boys volleyball wins in straight games for the second match in a row, beating Villa Park 3-0 in the second round of the CIF-SS Division II playoffs.

May 14
Valencia boys tennis’ team season ends at the hands of Temple City in a 10-8 loss in the second round of the CIF-SS Division II playoffs.

Trey Williams’ 10th home run of the season sparks a five-run third inning to break the game open in Valencia baseball’s 9-1 win over Canyon. Catcher Alex Bishop goes 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

May 15
Valencia boys volleyball’s season ends in the CIF-SS quarterfinals with a four-game loss to Claremont.

May 17
Valencia golfer Jonathan Chang qualifies for the CIF-SS Individual Final with a 2-over 74 at the CIF-SS Northern Individual Regional at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard.

May 20

Despite being held to six hits, Valencia softball edges Pacifica of Oxnard 2-0 in the first round of the CIF-SS Division I playoffs. Pitcher Carly Mortensen strikes out four in five innings and Pacifica strands 10 baserunners.

Valencia baseball exits the CIF-SS Division I playoffs in the first round for the second year in a row, losing 4-1 to El Dorado. The only Valencia run comes in the first inning on a solo home run from Kyle Eaton.

May 21
Teaming up for doubles competition, Tyler Gottshall and Ben Inchalik earn Valencia’s second-ever All-CIF-SS Division II honor by advancing to the round of 16 in the CIF-SS Individuals.

May 24
Valencia’s Jonathan Chang shoots a 4-over 76 in the CIF-SS Individual Final/SCGA Qualifier, barely making the cut to qualify for the SCGA Tournament.

May 25
The Valencia softball team rattles off 14 hits, while Vikings’ starter Carly Mortensen allows just two hits in a 10-1 win over Valencia of Placentia in the second round of the CIF-SS Division I playoffs.

May 26
Valencia freshman golfer Alison Lee qualifies for her second consecutive U.S. Women’s Open by finishing second overall at a 36-hole qualifier at Mission Viejo Country Club. At age 15, she is the top amateur finisher at the event.

May 27
Valencia rallies back from an early deficit to beat Orange Lutheran 5-3 in the CIF-SS Division I softball playoffs. Caitlin Rooney has the go–ahead two-RBI single in the fifth inning.

May 28
The doubles team of Ben Inchalik and Tyler Gottshall advance to the CIF-SS Individuals round of eight by beating a team from Valencia of Placentia, but fall later in the day to Brentwood’s T.J. Dura and Chris Lord in the quarterfinals.

Valencia’s Jasmine Hall qualifies for the state finals in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 7 inches at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet.

June 1

Valencia softball’s season ends at the hands of Santa Margarita in the CIF-SS Division I semifinals with a 2-1 loss. Bethany Kemp plates the only run for the Vikings on a sacrifice fly in the third inning.

June 4
Jonathan Chang’s 2-over 74 at the CIF/SCGA Southern California Golf Championship leaves him short of a CIF State Championship berth.

June 5
Jasmine Hall finishes tied for fifth in the high jump at the CIF State Track and Field Championships. Her mark of 5 feet, 6 inches is the highest mark by a junior.


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