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Prep sports: SCCS senior named MVP

Stratton among Cardinals, Knights honored in winter season

Posted: March 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.

SCCS senior forward Daniel Stratton (10) has been selected as the Heritage League Most Valuable Player by the coaches as the all-league teams were announced.

Daniel Stratton dominated play for the Santa Clarita Christian boys soccer team this season, scoring a team-high 33 goals in 19 games.

That scoring output completed a three-year run in which Stratton posted 74 goals for the Cardinals.

And as a result, when the Heritage League’s coaches got together to decide on a league most valuable player, there was little debate.

“They all clearly said that he was (the MVP),” said SCCS head coach Steve Cooper. “We all came to the conclusion that he was best-suited for the MVP of the league.”

Stratton was named the Heritage League Most Valuable Player when the all-league selections were released Tuesday by the coaches.

“He’s one of those pure guys that not only can receive the ball and take the ball, but he’s able to hang on to it when going at pace,” Cooper said. “He finishes well. He knows where the goal is, and he can finish the ball pretty much at will.”

The Cardinals were well-represented elsewhere on the list, as well.

Chad Latch, Trenton Garrison and Timu Sarri all made the first team, with Chris Marquez, Ryan O’Neill and Matt Subrahmanyam being named to the second team.

“When you add the pure attacking power that we bring to the field in Daniel and Chad, and then you add Garrison and Sarri — they’re the two standout center midfielders on the team — we scored a lot of goals,” Cooper said. “But the last couple games, we had very few goals scored against us, and that’s because of Garrison and Sarri.”

In addition to the Cardinals’ individual accomplishments, the team as a whole was given the sportsmanship honor by the coaches for demonstrating sportsmanship on the field.

“That was kind of nice,” Cooper said. “It’s always nice when a coach from the other side comes to you and they really enjoy playing you no matter what the outcome is because you guys are so nice. It’s one thing to score a goal. It’s one thing to score a goal and rub it in someone’s face. And I don’t see a need for that. My guys don’t do that, and I wouldn’t tolerate it if they did.”

On the girls side, SCCS had five players on the first team in Megan Gallagher, Colette Blake, Christina Keoshian, Lauren Gallagher and Tiffany Shroyer.

Madison Utley, Allie Habberstad and Brianna Reade were named to the second team, along with Trinity Classical Academy’s Kaeli Massetto and Beth Weil.

The Knights received the sportsmanship honor on the girls all-league team.

The Trinity Classical Academy boys team, which plays in the Omega League, had three players receive first-team honors.
Michael Stratton, the freshman brother of Daniel, led the Knights with 16 goals on the season.

Joining Michael on the first team were sophomore Patch Kulp and senior Roberto Martinez.

James Almeida, Rafael Castro and Nick Spinello made the second team for the Knights.

In boys basketball, Trinity Classical Academy had two players listed to the Omega League first-team in senior James Brooks and sophomore Spencer Klehn.

Brooks was a leader on the floor for the Knights and scored a team-high 338 points to lead Trinity to a perfect 10-0 mark in league.

Klehn was second on the team with 269 points and led the Knights with 24 3-pointers.

James’ younger brother, Ryan Brooks, was also named to the second team.


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