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Golden Valley Year in Review

Posted: June 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Cross country runner Kristian Martinez finished third at the CIF-Southern Section Division III finals, the highest individual finish in school history.

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Despite its athletic reputation, some programs at Golden Valley High School are already postseason contenders year in and year out.

This past year, several others moved closer to joining them.

The football team is without a Foothill League win since joining the league in 2006, but this was by far the Grizzlies’ most competitive season.

The girls cross country team, meanwhile, took a big step forward by finishing second in the league in the fall. Then, the girls track and field team did the same in the spring.

While that was going on, the softball team earned its first league win since April of 2008, and showed more fight during league season than in years past.

Those programs are trying to get to the level of the boys cross country team, which made it to state for the third year in a row, and the boys volleyball team, which earned its second straight playoff berth and is starting to develop depth.

After winning back-to-back league titles the past two seasons, the boys basketball team fell from that plateau and endured a rebuilding year this past winter. After surprising the rest of the league in 2010, the baseball team had everyone’s attention and went through an up-and-down year.

Those two programs will try to rebound next year. The rest will try to keep closing the gap.

Sept. 3
Golden Valley football starts the 2010 regular season with a win at Simi Valley 31-19. It’s the first win in a season-opener in school history, and the first win of any kind for the program since a 7-6 victory over Kilpatrick of Malibu on Oct. 4, 2008. Grizzly quarterback Reid Soliman completes 23-of-41 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Soliman also scores a touchdown on a 1-yard run.

Sept. 10
Golden Valley comes up a yard short at home in the second game of the football season, losing to Royal of Simi Valley 20-19. The Grizzlies choose to attempt a two-point conversion after scoring a touchdown with 19.3 seconds left in the game, but Earl Johnson’s run is stopped short. The opportunity is set up after Golden Valley marches 78 yards and scores on a 1-yard run by Johnson. The junior tailback finishes with 69 yards on nine carries, while fellow junior running back Jeff Coprich has 11 carries for 111 yards.

Sept. 23
In a surprise result, the Golden Valley girls cross country team finishes second behind Saugus at the first league meet at Castaic Lake. Golden Valley is led by sophomore Chelsey Totten, who won her individual race with a time of 18 minutes, 26 seconds. Totten’s victory marked the first time any Golden Valley runner at any level has won a race individually. The boys team, meanwhile, also finishes second behind the Centurions, led by Kristian Martinez’s second-place time of 15:35.

Sept. 24
Golden Valley football blows out Channel Islands 33-3 on the road despite committing 14 penalties. The Grizzlies dominate the game on the ground with their running duo of Earl Johnson and Jeff Coprich. Johnson carries the ball six times for a total of 125 yards and two touchdowns. Coprich runs for 122 yards on 19 carries and also scores two touchdowns.

Oct. 1
In the fourth game of the season, Golden Valley football loses at Serrano of Phelan 34-15. The Grizzlies are held scoreless after two consecutive touchdowns in the second quarter. Running back Jeff Coprich leads the Grizzlies with 84 rushing yards on six carries. The only two touchdowns for Golden Valley are caught by receiver Isa Bey, who finishes with six catches for 81 yards.

Oct. 4
Golden Valley star pitcher Scotty Barlow announces his commitment to Fresno State to play baseball next season. Barlow is the first player to receive a college scholarship while playing for the Grizzlies.

Oct. 8
The Grizzlies football team beats San Marino 35-21 on the road behind a stellar performance from running back Earl Johnson. Johnson rushes for four touchdowns and 189 yards on 17 carries. The win marks the first time ever that Golden Valley enters Foothill League play with a winning record.

Oct. 13
The Grizzlies’ girls tennis duo of Alex Bohush and Jaimi Rosen delivered strong singles results to edge Saugus 81-72 on games after tying 9-9. Golden Valley controls the singles sets but does not fair as well in doubles. The win marks the Grizzlies’ second league win of the season.

Oct. 15
Golden Valley football loses its Foothill League opener to Hart 36-23 at Canyon High School. A 60-yard interception by Joey Cicoria returned for a touchdown ends up being a key play late in the game for the Indians. It is one of three interceptions thrown by Grizzlies quarterback Reid Soliman in the game. Soliman finishes 12-of-24 for 119 yards and a touchdown.

Oct. 22 
Golden Valley football falls to 0-2 in Foothill League play but comes as close as ever to beating a league foe in a 21-17 loss to West Ranch at Valencia High School. The Grizzlies have the lead late in the game until the Wildcats score a touchdown with 50 seconds left. Grizzlies running back Jeff Coprich has a career day, rushing for a school-record 202 yards on 19 carries.

Oct. 29
The Grizzlies football team loses to Saugus 27-12 at College of the Canyons due to key turnovers. Saugus defensive back Scott Hamilton has three picks in the game and returns one 102 yards for a touchdown. Grizzly quarterback Reid Soliman is 14-of-37 for 133 yards but the offense is plagued by turnovers. Golden Valley running back Jeff Coprich rushes for 117 yards on 22 carries and becomes the first Grizzly to ever eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a season.

Nov. 4
The girls cross country team finishes second at the final league meet at Central Park, securing the highest league finish in program history. Chelsey Totten finishes fifth individually with a time of 18 minutes, 34.34 seconds. The boys team, meanwhile, finishes second as well, led by Juan David Garcia’s sixth-place time of 16:00.91.

Nov. 6
Golden Valley football remains winless in Foothill league play as it loses to Valencia 49-17 at Valencia High School. Big plays plague the Grizzlies as the Vikings average three plays per scoring drive. Grizzlies quarterback Reid Soliman finishes the game 10-of-21 for 137 yards, while running back Jeff Coprich leads the team with 65 yards on 18 carries.

Nov. 12
Golden Valley ends its football season with a 47-8 loss to Canyon at Canyon High School. The Grizzlies control the ball early in the game on the ground. Running back Jeff Coprich finishes with 122 yards rushing on 21 carries, and his running mate Earl Johnson carries the ball 12 times for 56 yards. The Grizzlies finish the season going 3-7 overall and 0-5 in league.

Nov. 20

The boys cross country team qualifies for the CIF State Cross Country Championships by finishing fifth in Division III at the CIF-Southern Section finals at Mt. San Antonio College. Kristian Martinez sets a program record for highest individual finish at Southern Section finals, coming in third with a time of 16 minutes, 3 seconds. This marks the third straight trip to the state meet for the Golden Valley boys. The girls cross country team, meanwhile, finishes eighth in Division III, one spot short of the state meet. Chelsey Totten finishes 13th in 19:14 to lead the Grizzlies.

Nov. 27
Golden Valley’s boys cross country team finishes seventh in Division III at the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. Kristian Martinez finishes 19th overall with a time of 15 minutes, 45 seconds to lead the team. After Martinez, junior Juan David Garcia is 20th overall with a time of 15:46 and sophomore Nolan Del Valle is 31st with a time of 16 minutes flat.

Dec. 15
Wade Rodriguez nails a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and the Golden Valley boys basketball team beats Highland of Palmdale 68-66 for its first victory of the season. The shot comes from near halfcourt, and it comes after a Highland turnover with 4.4 seconds left. Rodriguez goes 8-of-13 from downtown and scores 28 points to lead the Grizzlies, who are moving into a new era of boys basketball.

Jan. 4
Golden Valley boys soccer defeats Alemany 3-1. Francis Diaz scores two goals and Andres Lozano scores the other goal. Josh Torres contributes with two assists in the game. The win gives the Grizzlies momentum heading into Foothill League play.

Jan. 11
The boys soccer team falls 2-0 against Saugus in the Foothill League opener at Saugus High School. The Centurions strike for both of their goals after halftime.

The boys basketball team hangs tough for a half, but ultimately falls 81-47 at Saugus in the Foothill League opener. Guard Wade Rodriguez scores 16 points to lead the Grizzlies, while center Al Rapeta and guard Bijon Isles both chip in eight points.

The girls soccer team falls to Saugus 4-0 at Golden Valley High School in the league opener. The game is tied 0-0 at halftime, but the Centurions score all four of their goals in the second half.

Jan. 28
Golden Valley boys soccer gets its first win of the league season, beating Saugus 2-1 at Golden Valley High School. Francis Diaz and Guy Meyers lead the way by each scoring a goal. Both goals come within the first 10 minutes of the game off early throw-ins.

Feb. 8
Golden Valley boys soccer stuns league-leading Hart with a 1-0 upset victory. Grizzlies striker Andy Ruiz scores the game’s only goal off an assist by Francis Diaz in the 14th minute.

Feb. 10
Golden Valley boys basketball loses to Canyon 67-38 to end its rebuilding season. The Grizzlies finished the year going 0-10 in the Foothill League after winning the league in the previous two years. Guard Cecil Works leads the team with eight points.

Feb. 13
Golden Valley girls basketball head coach Marq Hawkins resigns from his position. Hawkins says he wants to spend more time with his children and as a teacher. The resignation comes after the Lady Grizzlies went 0-10 in league play for the second straight season.

March 9
Golden Valley boys volleyball wins its match at Rio Mesa 3-1. Alex Schlossman’s 24 kills help Golden Valley beat Rio Mesa by scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 25-16. Andrew Raulinaitis also adds six aces for the Grizzlies.

March 10
Golden Valley baseball defeats Eastside 13-6 in the final game before Foothill league play begins. The Grizzlies take advantage of three early errors by Eastside and begin to pull away with a two-RBI single by Billy Fredrick in the third inning.

March 24
Following in the footsteps of the girls cross country team, Golden Valley’s girls track and field team opens the season with a bang, beating Canyon for the first time in school history. The Grizzlies win 79-57 at Golden Valley High school, led by senior Lauren Hackney, who wins four events on the day, including the 200-meter dash (26.47 seconds), the 400 (59.46) and as part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. The boys team, meanwhile, falls to defending league champion Canyon 88-48, and the Grizzlies win just four events on the day.

March 27
Golden Valley baseball rallies from five runs down to beat Saugus 8-7 at Saugus High School. The Grizzlies give up five runs in the first inning, and considering they had been shut out in their first two league games, a comeback seems like a tall order. But Golden Valley scores five times in the fifth inning to go ahead 8-6 and staves off a late rally to earn its first league win of the season.

March 31
Golden Valley baseball defeats West Ranch 5-4 to even its league record at 2-2. The Grizzlies’ knack of scoring runs in spurts is evident, as a four-run fifth inning propels them to the win. A pair of two RBI hits and timely hitting were keys to the Grizzlies’ success.

April 7
Golden Valley varsity baseball wins the Coachella Tournament by defeating Brawley High 7-4. The Grizzlies come back from a four-run deficit to win in extra innings when Billy Fredrick hits a three-run walk-off home run. The walk-off was one of the three hits in the game for Frederick. Starting pitcher Scotty Barlow pitches three scoreless innings to get the win.

April 14
Golden Valley softball wins its first Foothill game since April 15, 2008, by beating Canyon 4-3 at Canyon High School. Sydney Herrera pitches a complete game and plates Branndi Melero on a squeeze play for the go-ahead run in a four-run fifth inning. Golden Valley had been trailing 3-0 entering the fifth, and the win snaps a 27-game losing streak in league play.

April 17
Golden Valley baseball routs Littlerock 16-0 behind a no-hit gem thrown by Riley Sherwood, the first no-hitter in school history. Sherwood goes five innings, totaling 11 strikeouts and two walks. The Grizzlies have 11 hits on the day, with Chris Galvez leading the way by going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs.

April 22
Golden Valley boys track and field defeats Hart 71-1/2-64 1/2 behind a strong performance by Kristian Martinez at Hart High School. Martinez wins the 800 in 1 minute, 57.30 seconds and the 1,600 in 4:28.90. Also, Josef Lucien leaps 43-4 to win the triple jump. Golden Valley’s girls track and field team also beats Hart 84-52 behind key performances from Lauren Hackney and Natalie DeLasCasas. Hackney wins the 200 and 400, while DeLasCasas wins the long jump and triple jump.

April 27
Golden Valley baseball defeats Saugus 5-3 behind a 134-pitch effort from ace Scotty Barlow. Ryan Alvarez and Anthony San Miguel are each key contributors for the Grizzlies with clutch hits in the game. The Grizzlies snap a five-game losing streak in the Foothill League with the victory.

April 28

Golden Valley boys volleyball earns a playoff berth beating Canyon 3-0 at Golden Valley High School. The Grizzlies win by scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-12. They’re led by the strong hitting of Alec Schlossman and his match-high 14 kills.

The girls track and field team, meanwhile, beats Valencia 80-56 at Golden Valley High School to clinch a second-place finish in the Foothill League, the highest league finish in program history. Lauren Hackney wins the 200-meter dash in 25.4 seconds and the 400 in 58.6 seconds, while the Grizzlies sweep the 100 hurdles (Sky Harbin, 15.1 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (Maddie Hardesty, 48.7 seconds).

May 6
Two Golden Valley athletes win individual titles at the Foothill League track and field finals at College of the Canyons. Kristian Martinez starts fast and keeps up the pace to win the 800-meter race in 1 minute, 55.78 seconds, and Josef Lucien leaps 44 feet, 2 1/2 inches to win the triple jump title.

May 10
Golden Valley boys volleyball falls to Trabuco Hills 3-1 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II Playoffs. For the Grizzlies, Colton Korn blocks six shots and assists 38 points while libero Ryan Holcombe has nine digs. This marks the second straight season that the young boys volleyball program has reached the postseason.

May 14
The track and field teams qualify six athletes for the finals at the CIF-Southern Section Division III prelims at Estancia High School, the most finalists in one year in school history. Kristian Martinez qualifies in the 800 with a time of 1 minute, 56.90 seconds, while he also joins Kyle Cornes, Aquil Yorke and Corey Chaisson to qualify in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:24.67. Sky Harbin finishes the 100 hurdles in 15.4 seconds to advance, while Lauren Hackney wins her heat of the 400 in 57.91 seconds to qualify.

May 21
Golden Valley sees its track and field seasons come to an end at the CIF-Southern Section Division III finals at Cerritos College in Norwalk. The boys 4x400-meter relay team of Kyle Cornes, Kristian Martinez, Aquil Yorke and Corey Chaisson finishes fifth with a school-record time of 3 minutes, 22.76 seconds, while Martinez is also fourth in the 800 at 1:56.12. Lauren Hackney ends her career with a third-place finish in the 400 at 57.24 seconds, and Sky Harbin finishes fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.39 seconds.

June 6
Golden Valley pitcher Scotty Barlow is taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 194th overall pick in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He is the second player ever drafted out of Golden Valley High School, following outfielder Jordan Yallen, who went to the Chicago White Sox in the 47th round in 2009.

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