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Around the SCV: G.V. football wins in class

Two Grizzly players receive academic awards

Posted: April 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Golden Valley is trying to boost its football program in every possible way.
That includes academics.

One of the team’s captains in 2010, senior linebacker Sean Tate, received the award for most improved GPA at the National Football Foundation banquet for the San Fernando Valley Chapter in Studio City on Tuesday.

Early in his senior year, Tate checked in with a 3.83 GPA, far above his sophomore-year mark of 1.83.

His schoolwork took a turn for the better soon after football head coach Andy Campbell took over the program.

“(Campbell) talked to me and said, ‘Hey you’re better than this,’ and it just started to click and I said, ‘Hey, I am better than this,’” Tate said.

He was one of two Golden Valley players to receive awards for academic accomplishments, including Tate’s senior teammate Sean Stephan.

“It was really cool because I just turned around and he was smiling right behind me as much as I was,” Tate said.

Tate garnered All-Santa Clarita Valley second-team honors for his contributions at Golden Valley this season, which included three fumble recoveries, an interception and 72 tackles.

Other Santa Clarita Valley athletes receiving awards were:

Montgomery puts on a show

Former Hart pitcher Mike Montgomery threw four innings of no-hit ball in an exhibition game where he represented the Kansas City Royals Class Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers who took on the Class Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

The Royals’ No. 1 pitching prospect helped the Storm Chasers to a 4-1 victory in the exhibition game, which took place immediately after a MLB game between Kansas City and the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday.

Of the 17,000 or so in attendance for the Royals game, about 10,000 fans stuck around to watch the first part of the exhibition game, according to reports from the game.

The game was loaded with top 50 MLB prospects, including Montgomery, who is ranked No. 14 on MLB.com.

In a winning effort, Montgomery struck out four and walked one while throwing 51 pitches.

He pitched a total of five innings in relief with the Royals during Spring Training, but was moved to Triple-A in the final days before the MLB regular season began.

Official opening day for the Storm Chasers is April 7.

Local pair swims to NCAAs

Canyons Aquatic Club is the only club team to produce both a male and female swimmer represented on their respective NCAA Division I swimming teams this year.

Canyon graduate and current University of California, Berkeley freshman Kearsten Livingstone helped lead Cal to the NCAA championships by competing in various butterfly and breaststroke races throughout the season.

She and fellow Canyons Aquatic product Nolan Koon both took part in seasons, which resulted in the championships for the men‘s and women’s teams in the past two weeks.

Koon, a junior, participated in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke as well as the 200-yard individual medley during the finals last weekend.

Livingstone didn’t compete in the NCAA Championships, but did in the Pac-10 Championships and raced frequently during the regular season.

SCV Trifecta put on hold

Due to the increasingly complicated logistics and new sponsorship opportunities, the SCV Trifecta has been pushed back to June 1-3 of 2012.

It was originally scheduled for June 2011, but the hosts, Tri-California and the city of Santa Clarita, made the decision to delay it this week.

The three-day event will included three triathlons, three cycling races and three runs, hence the name.

All the races vary in length, ranging from 33 miles to 110 mi in cycling and 5k to a half marathon runs.

The triathlons go from sprint distance to long course distance, which appeals to all levels of participants.

Most of the races will begin at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, while the triathlon events start at Castaic Lake.

Kids races will be held the day before the main races begin, on May 31.

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