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Valencia Year in Review

Posted: June 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Lonnie Jackson accepted the first Santa Clarita Valley ACC boys basketball scholarship, then led Valencia to the Foothill League title.

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Making it to a CIF-Southern Section division quarterfinal or semifinal is becoming a common story for the Vikings.

For established teams like boys volleyball, which set a new state record by winning its 102nd consecutive Foothill League match this season, losing in a CIF-Southern Section quarterfinal is a disappointment.

The same could be said for football, which lost in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division semifinal for the third straight year and softball, which saw its 10-year reign as Foothill League champions come to an end this season.

Instead, the year was highlighted by historic individual performances. Running back Steven Manfro and basketball player Lonnie Jackson both broke school records, while track and field athlete Faith Anumba raised the bar with her appearance at the CIF State Track and Field Championships.

All three of those athletes will be competing at the Division I college level in their respective sports next year.

But they weren't the only ones to record standout performances during 2010-11.

Sept. 10
Anchored by a big all-around day from senior running back Steven Manfro, Valencia football wins its first game of the season 49-32 over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Manfro finishes with 174 yards rushing and 184 yards receiving. Quarterback Alex Bishop tosses 370 yards and four touchdowns.

Sept. 11
In the California High School Girls Tennis Classic, the Vikings emerge victorious and claim the overall Division II crown, beating Corona del Mar 6-0 in the finals. Valencia is one of 112 schools participating.

Sept. 14
Girls golfers Alison Lee and Allie Jin finish in the top six at the Foothill League opener at Vista Valencia Golf Course. Lee shoots a 35 for fifth place, and Jin cards a 39, tying for sixth place. The Vikings take second as a team.

Sept. 17
Running back Steven Manfro has another big day to boost the football team over Birmingham 47-6 at Birmingham High. Manfro tallies 337 total yards and scores five touchdowns to lead the way. Defensively, the Vikings hold Birmingham to less than 100 yards of offense.

Sept. 20
Senior basketball player Lonnie Jackson makes a verbal commitment to Boston College, becoming the first Santa Clarita Valley athlete to receive a men's basketball scholarship from an Atlantic Coast Conference school.

Sept. 23
In the first Foothill League cross country meet at Castaic Lake, Falco DiGiallonardo takes fourth place overall in 15 minutes, 48 seconds. Sarah Adams is the school's top finisher on the girls' side, finishing in 18:52 for seventh place.

Sept. 24
Football runs away with another convincing victory, crushing Palmdale 45-7 at Valencia High.

Sept. 25
Amanda Jansson and Andrea Zammit take the doubles title at the Fall Brawl girls tennis tournament at Valencia. The Vikings win the team title.

Sept. 28
Girls tennis edges Foothill League rival West Ranch to improve to 2-0 in league play and 5-1 overall. The Vikings win 73-70 in overall games, breaking the 9-9 tie at West Ranch.

Oct. 1
Defense comes into play in football's fourth game of the season, resulting in s a 63-28 win at Santa Monica. The Vikings force two early turnovers to set up a 14-point advantage and never look back. Alex Bishop contributes five total touchdowns.

Oct. 7
Meeting the No. 10 ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Division IA girls volleyball poll, the Vikings come back to beat Saugus 3-2 to improve to 2-0 in Foothill League play. Valencia wins the first game 25-17, loses the next two 20-25 and 23-25 before winning 25-16 and 15-9 to close it out.

Oct. 8
For the first time since a 2008 loss to Saugus, football loses a regular-season game. The Vikings fall 39-24 to Loyola, which limits the Vikings' offensive weapons and force multiple turnovers.

Oct. 13
Girls golf finishes second in league after the Newhall Land Cup/Foothill League finals despite starting the week in fourth place. The Vikings' final score of 1,194 edges third-place Saugus by a single point. Allie Jin is the top individual finisher for Valencia with a total season score of 219 for an eighth place tie.

Oct. 15
Steven Manfro breaks the all-time Santa Clarita Valley single-game rushing record, racking up 420 yards on 15 carries in a 55-28 win over West Ranch to open league. The performance breaks the record of 387 yards set by former Saugus back Ryan Zirbel.

Oct. 20
Girls tennis loses 10-8 to West Ranch at Valencia High. It's just the second Foothill League loss for the Vikings since 2004. The defeat puts both schools into a tie for first place in the league race.

Oct. 22
The football team employs some strategy in a 52-31 win over Canyon. Leading by just four points in the third quarter, Vikings running back Steven Manfro is moved to defensive back to lock down speedy Canyon wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky. The move works, and the Vikings pull away.

Oct. 27
Sophomore Alison Lee shoots a 4-under 68 at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Divisional for the low round of the day at Soule Park Golf Club in Ojai. But it isn't enough, and the Vikings fail to advance to the section finals as a team.

Oct. 28
The girls tennis team clinches a share of a its ninth straight Foothill League title with an 18-0 win over Canyon.

Oct. 29
The football team beats Hart 24-17 at Valencia High with good defense and two key fourth-quarter touchdowns. Running back Steven Manfro runs in two touchdowns.

Nov. 4
Girls volleyball secures a ninth straight Foothill League title by beating West Ranch 3-1. Senior Alexa Schmidt and Emily Ellias co-lead with 14 kills.

Clarice and Emily Fraczek claim the doubles title at the Foothill League Individual finals at Paseo Club. It is their third consecutive league title.

Falco DiGiallonardo finishes third overall at the Foothill League cross country finals at Central Park to qualify for the postseason individually. DiGiallonardo runs the course in 15 minutes, 48.69 seconds to take third overall, though his team finishes fifth in league. The girls team finishes third.

Nov. 5
The offense goes to work quickly for the Vikings, who clinch at least a share of the league football title with a 49-17 win over Golden Valley. Alex Bishop contributes five touchdowns in the first half.

Nov. 9
The Vikings easily advance to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA girls volleyball playoffs by beating Estancia 3-0.

Nov. 11
A grind-it-out 14-3 win over Saugus gives the Vikings an outright Foothill League football title. Helped by a touchdown pass from Alex Bishop and a 76-yard scoring run from Steven Manfro, the Vikings clamp down on defense in the contest.

In four close games, girls volleyball tops El Dorado 3-1 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs. Emily Ellias has 15 kills.

The girls tennis team blanks Marymount 18-0 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs, dropping just 19 total games on the day.

Nov. 13
Tough serving costs girls volleyball in a 3-0 season-ending loss to Marymount in the third round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs.

Girls tennis advances to the third round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs, topping Oaks Christian 15-3.

Sarah Adams becomes the program's first runner to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division I cross country championships when she finishes fifth in her heat in 18 minutes, 44 seconds at the prelims. Falco DiGiallonardo fails to make it past the prelims, however. He finishes 15th in his heat with a time of 16:11.

Nov. 16
Depth keys girls tennis 11-7 past Lakewood in the CIF-Southern Section Division III quarterfinals.

Nov. 18
After falling behind early, girls tennis falls 11-7 to St. Margaret's Episcopal School in the CIF-Southern Section Division III semifinals. Valencia finishes the season 17-3.

Nov. 19
Against run-heavy Highland, the football team goes airborne and wins 42-17 in the opening round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. Alex Bishop is 14-of-19 with 247 yards and throws five touchdowns, two of which go to wide receiver Max Rodriguez.

Three wins at the CIF-Southern Section Individual Tournament in El Monte make Clarice and Emily Fraczek the first girls team to advance to the round of 16 in program history.

Nov. 20
Senior Sarah Adams finishes her career with the Vikings at Mt. San Antonio College at the CIF-Southern Section Division I Cross Country Championships. Adams finishes in 37th with a time of 19 minutes, 12 seconds.

Nov. 26
The football team beats Moorpark 40-21 after losing to the Musketeers in the playoffs the previous two seasons. The win comes in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division quarterfinals. Senior running back Steven Manfro finishes with 346 yards.

Nov. 30
Lonnie Jackson scores 27 points in an 88-55 win over Besant Hills in the Simi Valley Tournament to open the boys basketball season.

Dec. 2
Clarice and Emily Fraczek lose 6-1, 6-1 to Cassidy Spearman and Jessica Perez of Dana Hills in the CIF-Southern Section Individual Tennis Tournament round of 16.

Dec. 3
Football season comes to an end in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division semifinals with a 42-33 loss to Oaks Christian. For the third straight season, Valencia comes a win short of the championship game. Steven Manfro's 25-carry, 114-yard day breaks the Santa Clarita Valley 11-man single-season rushing record. He finishes the year with 2,553 yards and scores 41 touchdowns, good for third on the all-time single-season SCV list.

Dec. 12
Emily Ellias is named to the All-CIF-Southern Secition Division IA team for girls volleyball.

Dec. 21
A 62-54 win over St. Bernard gives girls basketball the Burroughs Varsity Tournament championship. Lauren Spargo scores 15 points and is named tournament MVP.

Dec. 22
Boys soccer wins its first-ever varsity tournament - the San Gabriel Valley Classic. The Vikings beat Sierra Vista of Baldwin Park 2-2 (4-2). Josh Motto and Matt Peters score goals in the championship.

Jan. 11
In its Foothill League opener, boys basketball jumps out to an early lead and holds off West Ranch 59-57. Max Sommer finishes with a game-high 27 points.

Girls basketball falls in its first Foothill League game 64-52 to West Ranch. Senior Lauren Spargo scores 13 points.

Penalty kicks help the Vikings score two late goals to top West Ranch in the boys soccer league opener.
Rebecca Harrison and Haleigh O'Connel score for the Vikings, who beat West Ranch 2-1 in the Foothill League's first match of the season.

Jan. 14
Six goals from six different players give boys soccer a crushing 6-0 win over Golden Valley. The goals are scored by Michael Fischback, Michael Tapanes, Josh Motto, Ryan Arima, Kyle Johnson and Zack Klindworth.

Jan. 16
Highly rated baseball prospect at Valencia junior Trey Williams commits to play at Pepperdine University.

Jan. 18
Kyle Johnson scores a goal in stoppage time to helps preserve a 2-2 tie for Valencia boys soccer against defending Foothill League-champion Canyon.

Jan. 21
Lauren Spargo and Kalia Summerlin combine for 34 points in a 57-49 win over Saugus girls basketball. Spargo leads with 22 points to go with six rebounds, and Summerlin adds 12 points for the Vikings.

Jan. 23
Senior running back Steven Manfro announces his decision to play football at UCLA.

Jan. 25
Boys basketball hangs on for a 59-56 win against Hart. Despite fouling out midway through the fourth quarter, senior Lonnie Jackson leads the Vikings with 17 points.

Jan. 27
Football players Steven Manfro, Alex Bishop, Zach Wermich and Ryan Gorman receive All-CIF-Southern Section Northern Division honors.

Jan. 30
Running back Steven Manfro makes the Cal-High Sports all-state first team in football. Quarterback Alex Bishop makes the third team.

Feb. 8
Lonnie Jackson breaks his own school record by scoring 39 points and sets another record by hitting 10 3-pointers in a 95-73 win over Saugus.

Feb. 10
In a low-scoring affair, boys basketball survives a scare from Hart, winning 38-36 to clinch an outright Foothill League championship in the league finale.

Feb. 16
Lonnie Jackson, Troy Hammel and Zach Davis each score in double figures in the Vikings' 66-55 win over Oxnard in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IAA playoffs.

Feb. 17
Girls basketball rides a 19-0 run to start the game and beat Diamond Bar 45-28 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs.

Girls soccer loses 1-0 in overtime to Mission Viejo in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

Feb. 18
Lonnie Jackson scores a postseason-single-game record 36 points to help boys basketball advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division IAA quarterfinals. The Vikings beats Murrieta Valley 77-70.

Boys soccer goes one-and-done in the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs, falling to Paramount 3-1 in the first round. Senior Aubrey Gierard scores the lone goal for the Vikings.

Feb. 19
The girls basketball team loses 60-48 to Corona in the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs. Lauren Spargo records a team-high nine points for the Vikings, who finish 21-8.

Feb. 22
A second-half rally isn't enough as boys basketball gets knocked off in the CIF-Southern Section Division IAA quarterfinals 70-58 to Etiwanda. The Vikings finish 21-8.

Feb. 28
Singles players J.R. Macalutas and Tayven Townsend both sweep their sets against Crescenta Valley in a 15-3 season-opening win.

March 12
With a five-inning, 9-0 win over Santa Margarita, softball claims the championship of the Tournament of Champions in Bullhead City, Ariz. Freshman Maddy Jelenicki hits five home runs in the tournament and takes MVP honors.

Doubles teams prevail as boys tennis beats Buckley 4-1 in the championship of the Southern California Tennis Association First Serve Boys High School Team Tournament.

March 18
Five home runs help baseball take down Canyon 12-2 in the Foothill League opener. Alex Bishop goes 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Starting pitcher Nick Rivas gets the win on the mound.

March 19
Valencia takes the singles and doubles championships at the Spring Smash boys tennis tournament. J.R. Macalutas beats Camarillo's Justin Anderson 8-5 in the singles final. Valencia's Anders Jansson and Joey Fernicola beats West Ranch's Evan Abbott and Brandon Lee 8-5 in the doubles final.

March 22
In a perfect start to the Foothill League season, boys tennis blanks Hart 18-0.

March 23
The boys and girls swim teams fall in a league-opening dual meet with Hart. The boys lose 91-79, and the girls fall 108-62.

March 24
Valencia girls track and field beats Hart 86-50 to begin Foothill League competition, while the boys lose 78-58 to the Indians.

March 29
Boys golf ties for second place at the first Foothill League match of the season at the Robinson Ranch Mountain Course. Daniel Kim and Glen Lee shoot rounds of 76 to lead the team.

March 30
Senior shortstop Shane Zeile belts a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give baseball an extra-innings 9-8 win over Hart, which came into the game tied with Valencia for first place in the Foothill League.

March 31
Boys track and field grabs its first Foothill League dual-meet victory since April 26, 2007, besting West Ranch 98-42. The Vikings sweep the 400-meter race, the 3,200, the 300 hurdles, the high jump and the pole vault. Girls track and field beats West Ranch 90-46.

A 2-1 win over Corona of Santiago gives softball its second tournament victory of the season, this time in the Stu Penter Classic in Norco. Pitcher Carly Mortensen is named the tournament's MVP.

April 12
Against the Foothill League's only other remaining undefeated team in Foothill League play, boys tennis edges West Ranch 10-8 at Valencia High School behind strong play from J.R. Macalutas at No. 1 singles and Anders Jansson and Joey Fernicola at No. 1 doubles.

Senior basketball player Lauren Spargo issues a verbal commitment to Long Beach State.

April 14
In three closely-contested games, boys volleyball beats Foothill League second-place Hart 3-0. The win marks the 96th consecutive league match won by Valencia, which ties an all-time state record set by Loyola High of Los Angeles in 2006. The game scores are 27-25, 25-23 and 25-17.

Despite its national ranking, softball loses its first Foothill League game of the season 7-6 to West Ranch after star pitcher Carly Mortensen leaves with a forearm injury. It marks the Vikings' first loss to the Wildcats in program history.

April 19
Boys volleyball wins a state-record 97th consecutive league match, beating Saugus 3-1 by scores of 25-17, 25-14, 21-25 and 25-20. The streak started on April 5, 2001.

Paced by a 2-under 69 from Daniel Kim, boys golf wins the fourth Foothill League match at Robinson Ranch. It ends a 12-match league winning streak for West Ranch.

April 27
The boys golf team finishes second as a team in the Foothill League, capping off the regular season at the Newhall Land Cup at TPC Valencia. Jonathan Chang is the event's individual winner, posting a two-round score of 151.

A 15-3 win over West Ranch helps boys tennis complete a 10-0 league season, extending its Foothill win streak to 51 straight matches. J.R. Macalutas caps a 22-0 season as a singles player, and the doubles team Anders Jansson and Joey Fernicola finishes 25-0 as a pairing.

April 29
Valencia graduate and University of California, Berkeley running back Shane Vereen is drafted 56th overall in the second round of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He is the second Viking ever drafted into the NFL after running back Manuel White in 2005.

May 5
Bob Hwang is named boys swimmer of the meet at the Foothill League finals after winning league titles in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly. His times of 1 minutes, 53.71 seconds in the 200 IM and 49.49 seconds in the 100 butterfly both set league records. The two victories make Hwang a perfect 8-for-8 in Foothill League title attempts in his career.

Boys volleyball finishes 10-0 in Foothill League play, extending its league-winning streak to 102 matches with a 3-0 victory over Saugus.

J.R. Macalutas and Anders Jansson team up to win the league doubles championship, beating fellow Valencia pairing John Schmidt and Joey Fernicola 6-1, 6-2 in the final.

May 6
Two Valencia athletes break meet records on the girls side of the Foothill League individual finals at College of the Canyons. Jasmine Hall sets a record in the 200-meter dash with a run of 24.75 seconds, and Faith Anumba breaks her old record in the triple jump with a distance of 39 feet, 1 inch.

May 10
A two-run home run in the eighth inning sinks Valencia softball 4-2 against Saugus, ending its 10-year run as Foothill League champions.

Boys volleyball easily moves past Highland of Palmdale in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs, winning 3-0 by scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-20.

May 11
Valencia basketball player Lonnie Jackson is named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Boys basketball second team, a state-wide honor.

As the bracket's No. 4 seed, Valencia boys tennis routs Atascadero 15-3 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

May 12
Broc Oppler lands 14 kills, and Shane Nazarian totals 39 assists to boost Valencia to a 3-0 win over Righetti in the second round of the CIF-Sothern Section Division II playoffs, giving the Vikings a 10th straight appearance in the CIF-SS quarterfinals.

Softball finished the regular season with a needed 6-3 win over Canyon, earning an automatic berth into the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. The Vikings go 6-4 in league play to finish third.

May 13
A 6-2 defeat of Canyon High helps baseball clinch an outright Foothill League title for the eighth time in 10 years. Valencia goes 12-3 in league play.

Boys tennis can't overcome the stellar singles players of Beverly Hills, losing 12-6 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs to round out the season 20-1 overall.

May 14
A grinding, back-and-forth match ends the season for Valencia boys volleyball in the CIF-Southern Section quarterfinals. The Vikings lose 3-2 to Beckman of Irvine on the road by scores of 24-26, 25-20, 25-22, 23-25 and 15-11. Eric Ensing leads with 18 kills as Valencia wraps up the year 21-8.

May 17
Freshman swimmer Sophie Fiscella wins the 50-yard freestyle in 24.16 seconds at the Masters Meet in Irvine, while teammate Micaela Velasquez posts an All-American consideration time in the 200 freestyle of 1:51.76.

May 20
After falling behind early, Valencia baseball rallies to a 17-7 win over Moorpark in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. Alex Lightfoot goes 2-for-3 in the game, and James Bonds hits a home run.

Softball turns in a dominant performance in beating Edison of Huntington beach 10-1 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

The doubles teams of J.R. Macalutas and Anders Jansson and John Schmidt and Joey Fernicola both lose in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section boys tennis individual tournament.

May 21
Senior Faith Anumba qualifies for the Masters Meet in the long jump and triple jump with her performances at the CIF-Southern Section Track and Field Championships in Norwalk.

May 23
Freshman Glen Lee posts a 1-under 70 for the best score in the field at the CIF-Southern Section Individual Final in Industry Hills. He ends up in second place after losing in a playoff, but qualifies for the CIF/SCGA Tournament.

May 24
Carly Mortensen puts together a big pitching performance as softball defeats Vista Murrieta 1-0 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. Andrea Brackpool knocks in the lone run of the game in the sixth inning.

Despite leading periodically in the game, the baseball team can't keep up with Dana Hills, losing 8-6 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. Valencia finishes 21-7.

May 26
The postseason run ends for Valencia softball in a 5-4 loss to El Modena in the CIF-Southern Section Division I quarterfinals. The Vikings finish the year 23-7.

May 27
Faith Anumba becomes the first athlete in school history to qualify for the CIF State Track and Field Championships in both the long jump and triple jump at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet.

May 31
Glen Lee's freshman season comes to a close when he shoots a 7-over 79 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena in the CIF/SCGA Tournament, which was as far as any golfer in the Foothill League advances in the postseason.

June 4
Faith Anumba finishes seventh best in the long jump at the CIF State Track and Field Championships in Clovis, leaping 17 feet, 10 1/2 inches. She comes in at ninth place in the triple jump with a distance of 37-8 1/4.

June 7
Former Viking baseball player Christian Lopes is selected by the Tampa Bay Rays 229th overall out of Edison High School during the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

June 8
Valencia graduates Josh Corrales and Justin Shults get picked on the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Corrales is drafted out of Cal State Dominguez Hills 1,323rd overall by the Seattle Mariners, Shults is taken 1,390th overall out of University of California, Riverside by the Houston Astros.



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