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Around the SCV: Former Hart star takes Saugus job

Golden Valley’s Schlossman commits to Harvard; Lee garners another golf honor

Posted: November 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Saugus High co-athletic director Jeff Hallman said he floated the idea to an old friend of taking over as the school’s head track and field coach earlier this year.

That old friend, a former classmate at Hart High named John McKenzie, thought Hallman was crazy.

Now McKenzie, a 1976 Hart High graduate and one of the best shot putters this valley has ever had, takes over the job.
Hallman informed The Signal on Monday of the hire.

Hallman said he had trouble at first replacing Christian Standley, who led the program from 2001 to 2011.

Standley oversaw the Saugus girls track and field team, which won a CIF-Southern Section Division II title in 2010.

“I gave him a call to see what his interest was and he (later) impressed with his interview,” Hallman said. “He seems to have the right philosophical approach to what we have here.”

McKenzie finished second overall in the shot put in the 1976 state meet and went on to throw for USC.

In 1977, he was on the Under 18 U.S. National Team.

McKenzie retired from the Beverly Hills Police Department last year, and said he can give the Saugus program time and leadership going forward.

“I’m not coming in to fix something that’s broken,” said McKenzie, a Saugus resident. This is his first prep coaching job. “I’m coming into a program that’s already excellent.”

Schlossman commits to Harvard

Golden Valley just had an athlete commit to an NCAA Division I men’s volleyball program.

And not just any program.

Senior Alec Schlossman was accepted on Monday to Harvard University, where he’ll begin playing volleyball next year.

“This is huge for him and for Golden Valley, too,” said Golden Valley boys volleyball head coach Jeff Cody. “His goal has always been to play college volleyball and whether that was going to happen out here in California or in the (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), that was his goal.”

The MPSF, consisting mostly of West Coast and California teams, is one of three Division I conferences.

Harvard is a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, which is also highly competitive, Cody said.

“Those East Coast schools are always looking for Southern California kids and especially a kid like him. He’s 6-3,” Cody said of Schlossman.

Top collegiate candidates for Schlossman also included Princeton and New York University, according to Cody.

An Ivy League school appears to be a fitting option for Schlossman, who has carried a high GPA throughout high school.
“He’s super dedicated to the team and has never ever missed practice or a game or any of that stuff, so in terms of managing time, he’s got it together,” Cody said.

Schlossman will be entering his fourth year playing outside hitter for Golden Valley’s varsity team in 2012. He earned All-Santa Clarita Valley honors for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Lee an All-American for fourth time

She might not have made an impact on the Foothill League, but Valencia junior golfer has made a national one.

The fifth-ranked junior golfer in the country was recently selected to the Rolex Junior All-America team.

This was the fourth time in the 16-year-old’s career that she has achieved the feat.

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