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Around the SCV: Seniors get another game

Foothill baseball all-stars to play team from Bakersfield

Posted: June 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Foothill League seniors will get to take the field one more time as high school athletes.

Valencia head baseball coach Jared Snyder has collaborated with Bakersfield area coaches to put together a Santa Clarita Valley senior all-star team which will face a Bakersfield all-star team today at Bakersfield College.

The all-star team will draw some of the best senior players from all six Foothill League teams.

Most of the players invited have already agreed to participate in the inaugural event, which promises to be attended by college scouts.

"We decided it's a good thing," Snyder said. "It gives the seniors of Santa Clarita their own all-star game and allows a showcase for these kids."

In addition to helping players get exposure to area college programs, the idea is to promote the growth of the event in future seasons.

"We want to do this yearly - make it an annual game and give our kids an opportunity to play Bakersfield's teams and get seen by Fresno State and Cal State Bakersfield," Snyder said.

The game begins at 7:15 p.m.

Foothill's best to play hoops in Idaho
Recent Canyon High graduate and basketball standout Shorty Dent doesn't want to play for a big Division I college program. Not yet, anyway.

The 2011 girls basketball All-Foothill League and All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year instead found a junior college that suits her perfectly.

Next year, Dent will be playing basketball at the College of Southern Idaho, where she signed a letter of intent last weekend.

"I just don't think I'm ready for a university right now," Dent said. "I want to go to (junior college) just so I can build up that momentum and build up the confidence to play at the next level."

She made the decision after taking her official visit to the rural campus in Twin Falls, Idaho last week.

Right away, she recognized the university-like size of the campus and the school's emphasis on athletics.

"People are so nice, and they know you're a basketball player there," Dent said. "They say ‘Oh, you're a basketball player,' and they treat you like a queen."

After speaking with her future head coach Randy Rogers and learning of the program's tradition of sending players to Division I teams, Dent was fully on board.

"I'm so proud that they looked at me, and that they wanted me to play," said Dent, who plans to study kinesiology.

Two Wildcats headed overseas
West Ranch pitchers Ryan Keller and J.C. Cloney will travel to Japan to compete against the country's national team.

They'll play in four games spanning from June 15-26 in various professional baseball stadiums, where crowds are expected to range from 15,000-25,000.

Keller, a senior, had a 2.58 ERA this season for West Ranch, finishing 6-3 with 61 strikeouts in 12 appearances.

Cloney, a junior, carried a 2.98 ERA, a 4-5 record and 65 strikeouts through 12 appearances of his own. Cloney, who also played first base and outfield, hit .321 with 15 RBIs and four home runs.

Both players were voted to the All-Foothill League first team.

Local trio named All-Academic
The Pac-10 released the 2011 All-Academic softball teams on Thursday, and three former Santa Clarita Valley players showed up.

Of the three, Oregon senior Kaitlin Vitek was the only one to make the All-Academic First Team, posting a 3.52 GPA in a human physiology/psychology major.

The other two, Stanford senior Melissa Koutz and UCLA sophomore Devon Lindvall, were honorable mention.

It was Vitek's third first-team nod. The outfielder and Hart High graduate finished the season with a .297 batting average, nine home runs and 22 RBIs.

Lindvall, who also graduated from Hart, has a 3.30 GPA in history. The outfielder ended up with a .266 clip to go with 16 RBIs and three homers.

Koutz, a former Saugus player, is on track to graduate with a 3.04 GPA in psychology. She hit .233 with 20 hits, four doubles and 12 RBIs as an infielder this year.

Delio caps fine college career
Cal State Northridge senior Nick Delio finished his season by earning a spot on the 2011 PING All-West Region Team.

The announcement was made on Thursday by the Golf Coaches Association of America after Delio, a 2007 Saugus High graduate, recorded a school-record 71.48 scoring average.

That brought his four-year average to 71.91, also a school record.

Delio's 2010-11 season concluded with an 11th-place standing at the NCAA West Regional on May 21.

It was the second straight year he was named one of the best college golfers on the West Coast. It also adds to his four-year run as a Big West Conference first-team honoree.



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