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Prep athletics: Cardinals, Knights are honored

Both schools pervade respective all-league teams

Posted: December 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Trinity senior wide receiver James Brooks (24) was named the Omega League’s co-MVP after leading the league in receiving yards.

 

Santa Clarita Christian School athletics underwent a major change this season when its perennial championship football team left the 8-man game it had always played for 11-man football.

For the Trinity Classical Academy football team, the opposite was the case. Entering its second season of varsity 8-man competition, the game that was new to the team last season was finally familiar.

And when you look at the all-league teams in both the San Joaquin and Omega leagues, it’s apparent that both situations turned out positive.

The San Joaquin League, which Santa Clarita Christian calls home, and the Omega League, where Trinity plays, announced their all-league teams earlier this month, and athletes from both schools can be seen up and down the lists.

In addition to the football success, both schools also saw members of the girls volleyball squads receive all-league honors.
In total, 12 Cardinals achieved the honor, as did 12 players from the Knights.

No one, though, received a higher honor than Trinity football player James Brooks. Brooks led the Omega League in receiving yards and pulled in 23 touchdowns to lead the Knights. For his efforts, Brooks was named co-MVP of the league.

Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan was named the Omega League’s Coach of the Year as well.

Trinity

The Knights football team finished its season in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division II 8-man playoffs with a 52-32 loss to Cuyama Valley.

The season continued the quick rise of the Knights’ program, after Trinity won the Omega League last season in its first varsity season before bowing out in the first round.

Playing for the first time with seniors on the squad, one senior in particular proved to be the ultimate go-to weapon for the Knights.

Brooks, a senior wide receiver, led the league with 904 receiving yards on 43 catches.

Senior Shane Larsen, senior Cameron Taylor, junior Dakota Prochnow, sophomore Patch Kulp and sophomore Spencer Klehn were all named to the first team and sophomore Eli Skorich and junior Donny MacAdam were named to the second team.

Larsen was a fixture on defense, racking up 94 tackles and 9.5 sacks, while also rushing for 177 yards at running back. Taylor tallied 44 tackles on the season.

Prochnow was an impressive dual-threat quarterback, throwing for 800 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushing for 778 yards and 14 touchdowns to lead the team in both categories.

Kulp and Klehn were also versatile athletes this season for the Knights, as Kulp rushed for 474 yards and caught four touchdowns, while Klehn ran for 523 yards and five touchdowns and caught 13 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns.

The girls volleyball team received similar honors after going 19-6 and finishing first in the Omega League. The Knights advanced to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VA playoffs before losing by a score of 3-1 to Baker High School.

The Knights’ Julia Howell, who led the team with 143 kills and a kill percentage of 47 percent, and Emily Kim, who tallied 70 aces and 42 digs, were named to the Omega League’s first team and Kaeli Massetto and Emily Sagardia made the second team.

Santa Clarita Christian

In their first season as an 11-man football program, the Cardinals had their ups and downs, going 5-6 and losing 69-0 to Salesian in the first round of the playoffs.

SCCS’s 2-1 league record was good for second place in their inaugural season in the San Joaquin League and Cardinals Derek Lewis, Jacob Nogle and Chris Fechtelkotter were all named to the first team.

Unlike most leagues, the San Joaquin League lists only 12 total first-team players — three MVPs and nine total players on the first team.

“I think it’s a big accomplishment,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss of having three players on the first team. “Two of the three are sophomores (in Lewis and Nogle), which is huge, and it shows the future we’ve got. And then Chris being one of the more dominant players on the field, both sides of the ball. To say 12 guys total, it’s a pretty select group.”

Nogle took over at the running back position during league play and ran for 100 yards in all three league games.

Lewis ran for 343 yards and three touchdowns on the year and caught 16 passes for 140 yards.

Fechtelkotter led the team with 621 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

Ethan Vernon, Christian Broadbent, Jake Dillon, Joe Zazzi and Danny Blake made the second team and Kyle Illanez was an honorable mention.

For the girls volleyball team, Christina Keoshian led the Cardinals with first-team honors.

Keoshian helped lead the Cardinals to a 6-11 record on the season.

Colette Blake and Logan Hermanson were named to the second team.

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