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Around the SCV: Respect for two Hart guys, COC hockey

Statman and Gore in the news; Cougars on to nationals

Posted: February 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The Hart baseball program will honor the late Mike Gaber on Saturday during its annual alumni game.

Gaber, who was the team’s official statistician from 1987-2011 and a beloved member of this valley’s baseball community, died on Nov. 26 after a battle with lung cancer.

Gaber was 78 years old.

The score booth at Hart High’s Bud Murray Field, where Gaber spent so many years meticulously keeping statistics, is being renamed the “Mike Gaber Pressbox.”

A silhouette painting done by former Hart player and current coach Kyle Boggio of Gaber is also being added to the score booth.

“It’s really where he stood for a lot of years. We’re honoring his dedication and we invited his family and his wife,” said Hart baseball head coach Jim Ozella. “It’ll be a fun time for people who knew Mike and knew the dedication and love he had for Hart baseball.”

As part of the festivities, former Hart players Chris Wright and Lee Vinyard will be added to the program’s Wall of Fame, which has recognized some of the great players and figures in program history.

Introductions will begin around 9:30 a.m., followed by the alumni game.

Historic win for COC hockey

The College of the Canyons club ice hockey team made history this weekend.

The Cougars became the first team to win the Adams Cup four straight seasons by beating Cal State Northridge 10-4 in Sunday’s championship game. The Adams Cup is awarded to the champion of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, which was formed in 1972.

COC fell behind 4-0 but took back the lead by one goal through two periods. Ben Conroy scored two goals and added five assists for seven points, while Justin Wilmers recorded a hat trick with three goals and two assists. Brian Voogt had two goals and an assist, and Chris Remsburg had four assists.

Before attempting to defend their American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III national championship, the Cougars will travel to face ACHA Division II Arizona State on Friday and Saturday.

ACHA Nationals will be held from March 14-17 in Vineland, N.J.

Gore is top ‘player to watch’

Jason Gore hasn’t played an official round of golf yet this year in a PGA tournament, but his expectations are on the rise.

On Wednesday, the Hart High graduate was named the No. 1 Nationwide Tour “player to watch” on the PGATour.com’s Top 20 list.

The article previewing the 2012 season for Gore mentioned his seven Nationwide tournament victories and his multiple successful stints on the PGA Tour.

Gore’s most recent Nationwide win was the Miccosukee Championship in Florida in October 2010.

Last year, Gore played just 10 Nationwide events and made five cuts while also playing six PGA Tour events and making three cuts.

His season was cut short by a shoulder injury, which eventually required surgery and kept him off the golf course for three months in the middle of the year.

Gore finished the year strong and lost a substantial amount of weight, two reasons cited by the article for his high expectations.

It went on to say Gore is a strong candidate for a “battlefield promotion” to the PGA Tour. That means if he wins three Nationwide tournaments this year, he’ll automatically step up to the PGA Tour in 2013.

Gore’s season will begin on Feb. 16 when he takes part in the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades.

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