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Around the SCV: Jackson named all-state

Valencia’s star senior honored as a second-teamer by Cal-Hi Sports

Posted: May 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

When Lonnie Jackson first took the court for Valencia basketball, he was told he had little chance to gain any significant recognition for his talents outside of the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Valencia senior continues to prove that theory wrong.

Jackson was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Boys Basketball second team on Wednesday, according to ESPNRise.com.

The first, second and third teams each consisted of 10 players spanning the entire state and were selected by Cal-High Sports staff writers.

“It’s a blessing that my hard work these four years at Valencia paid off,” Jackson said. “A lot of people say that you can’t get an award from the SCV.”

The Boston College-bound Jackson also received first-team All-CIF recognition in the Southern Section’s Division IAA, in addition to being named the Foothill League Player of the Year.

During his senior season, he scored an average of 22.8 points per game to go with 6.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

He scored a school-record 39 points and drained 10 3-pointers, another school record, against Saugus on Feb. 8.

Of the 30 players honored by Cal-Hi Sports, nearly all of them have signed with Division I college programs.

Most come from more traditional prep basketball powerhouses like Long Beach Poly and Taft.

“I played against them all the time in AAU and travel ball situations,” Jackson said of his fellow honorees. “There are some advantages to going to a higher-up school like a Long Beach Poly.”

It turned out, staying at Valencia worked just fine.

Jackson said he hopes he’s contributed to the growing exposure of basketball in the SCV.

Hart hires new boys soccer head coach

The 2011-12 boys soccer team at Hart High will be coming off one of its best finishes in school history.

That torch has been passed to Adonay Jovel, who was announced as the program’s new head coach on Monday.

He arrives a season after the Indians advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division III quarterfinals for just the second time in team history and the first since 1983.

Jovel brings 12 years of coaching experience to the table at the club, high school and junior college levels, according to the announcement.

He most recently coached the varsity squad at Cleveland High of Reseda, where his team finished 8-9-4 overall and 2-5-3 in the West Valley League out of the Los Angeles City Section.

Hart High teacher Luis Fernandez will remain on the coaching staff, but Jovel plans to bring in outside assistants from Cleveland to fill the rest of the spots.

Jovel will continue his duties as an assistant coach for the Moorpark College’s men’s soccer team, which plays in the fall.

Former Olympian headed to SCV

One of the nation’s top distance runners will pay a visit to the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday.

Ryan Hall, a United States record-holder in the half marathon, will hold a meet-and-greet session at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Canyon Country beginning at 9 a.m.

The event is hosted by Santa Clarita Runners, a local fitness organization whose members range in age and ability.

“If you’re a basketball fan, it’s the equivalent of getting Michael Jordan,” said Brian Frank, SC Runners membership director.

Prior to the meet-and-greet, where anyone is welcome to see the 28-year-old champion runner, Hall will participate in a fun run.

The run is scheduled to last roughly an hour and will wind through bike paths around Dick’s Sporting Goods. Only SC Runners members are invited to run.

Hall, a Big Bear City High School graduate and current Mammoth Lakes resident, broke the U.S. half marathon record in 2007, when he posted a time of 59 minutes, 43 seconds. He’s also won multiple major distance races in his career, including the 2006 U.S. Cross Country event, according to his biography on asicamerica.com.

He took 10th in the 2008 Olympic Games Marathon.

The cross country teams from all six local public high schools have been invited to the event, as well as local youth running groups and organizations from the Antelope and San Fernando Valleys, Frank said.

G.V. grad named softball MVP

Ashley Jaramillo, a 2008 Golden Valley graduate, capped off a strong junior year at Francis Marion University by earning the title of Ashley Lynn Most Valuable Player Award for women’s softball.

She received the award during the school’s 41st annual Athletic Banquet held on the rural campus in Florence, S.C., on May 4.

MVP awards were given to players in 14 different sports at the event.

Francis Marion, which competes in NCAA Division II, finished 24-21-1 overall this season and 7-13 in the Peach Belt conference. Jaramillo started 45 of the team’s 46 games, hitting a team-high 28 RBIs to go along with an average of .293, which was second on the team.

She spent most of the season playing second base for the Patriots, who wrapped up their season on April 11.

Jaramillo has started all but one game since arriving at FMU in 2009 and has led the team in RBIs in each of her three seasons. Her career batting average is .314.

In her senior year at Golden Valley, Jaramillo was an All-Foothill League selection in a season when she batted .512 with 17 RBIs, three home runs and 19 runs scored.

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