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Around the SCV: Canyon grad joins UTSA

Linebacker Reeves will play for Coker with new program

Posted: January 16, 2011 9:13 p.m.
Updated: January 17, 2011 4:55 a.m.
 

Larry Coker won a national championship while coaching the Miami Hurricanes football program.

Now, he’ll try to get the University of Texas at San Antonio’s football program up and running.

He’ll have some help from a local product.

Former Canyon High linebacker Brandon Reeves, a member of the 2006 state championship team, recently committed to play for Coker and UTSA after spending the last two seasons at Pierce College.

“It’s very exciting,” Reeves said. “(Coker) is one of the reasons I wanted to come here. His background, who he’s worked with, all that experience that he has. It’s an honor to play for him.”

UTSA is entering its first season of play in 2011. The Roadrunners will compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA, and play as an independent.

The program will become an official member of the Western Athletic Conference on July 1, 2012.

The 6-foot, 215-pound Reeves was a two-year starter at Pierce and a first-team All-American Pacific Conference selection this past season. He led the league with 175 tackles and the Brahmas finished with an 8-3 overall record and won the conference.

“It’s really improved my leadership skills,” Reeves said of his experience at Pierce. “All the things I’ve been through and adversity I’ve been through, I’m kind of being the leader and helping out coaches.”

He will report to UTSA’s campus for the spring semester.
     
Local fighter stays hot

Lightweight mixed martial artist Vinc Pichel went into his bout with Emilio Chavez on a four-fight winning streak, all by knock out.

Make that five straight wins.

Pichel, a locally based fighter, earned a second-round stoppage of Chavez on Saturday night at Respect in the Cage in Pomona.

Fighting out of Valencia’s Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy, Pichel (5-0) remained undefeated in his professional career.

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