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Around the SCV: Change, honors and an ending

Valencia goes to the beach; Delio comes so close to victory

Posted: March 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The competition will look different next season for most of the Trinity Classical Academy athletic teams.

With the exception of boys soccer and varsity golf, the Knights will move all sports to the Heritage League for the 2012-2013 season.

The Heritage League does not have boys soccer or golf.

“(The reasons for the move were) a couple things,” said Trinity athletic director Matt Dixon. “Probably the two biggest would be proximity, wanting to play schools that are nearby, and recognizing we’re at a point that the competition level for us would be best suited for everyone involved for us to move up. That’s a good problem to have, so that’s a good thing.”

The Knights football team has won the Omega League in each of its first two seasons as a varsity unit.

Trinity’s boys basketball team won the Omega League title this season.

“I think it will be (a good thing),” Dixon said. “Some of our sports are stronger than others, particularly we’ve done fairly well in football and basketball. I was able to meet with all of our coaches and hear their thoughts on it, and as a whole everyone thought it would be a good transition. Anytime a change occurs we know it might be difficult and might come with some challenges, but we think it will be a good thing.”

The Heritage League currently consists of Windward, Faith Baptist, Lancaster Baptist, Hillcrest Christian and Milken in football, and Santa Clarita Christian, Milken, Pacifica Christian, Faith Baptist and Hillcrest Christian in all other sports.

Valencia to field beach volleyball team
Valencia High School will become the first school in the valley to field a beach volleyball team when it takes part in the inaugural season of the Girls Interscholastic Beach Volleyball league beginning today.

The league will be operated by the Southern Pacific Volleyball Committee, which is part of the Amateur Athletic Union, better known as AAU, and is not affiliated with the CIF.

In addition to Valencia, the league will include Carson, El Segundo, Marlborough, Marymount, Mira Costa, Harvard-Westlake and Palos Verdes high schools.

The team will be coached by Valencia girls volleyball coach Ray Sanchez and former boys volleyball coach Mark Knudsen.

The matches will be played at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica and Dockweiler State Beach.

Each school will face two schools on each day of competition and the format will consist of three doubles teams from each school.

Valencia opens the season today at Dockweiler State Beach against Palos Verdes at 10 a.m., and Harvard-Westlake at Noon.

Ford plays last game for Cal Poly Pomona
Hart graduate Megan Ford saw her senior season at Cal Poly Pomona University come to an end Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Tournament.

Ford played all 40 minutes for the sixth-seeded Broncos, and led the team with 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds in a 49-48 loss to No. 3 seed Grand Canyon.

She went 7-for-10 from the free-throw line as the Broncos ended the season with a 19-9 record.

Ford ends her Broncos career with 1,275 total points and 785 rebounds in four seasons with the school.

She averaged 12.3 points per game, and 7.5 rebounds per game.

In high school, Ford played on the Indians 2006 CIF-Southern Section Division IA championship team, and was twice named an All-CIF selection and Foothill League Player of the Year.

Trio of Cardinals named all league
The Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball team had two players named to the All-Heritage League First Team, as chosen by the league’s coaches.

Tikko Moore and Chris Fechtelkotter led the Cardinals this season and were rewarded with first-team honors.

The Cardinals finished the season with a 7-16 record, 4-5 in league play and lost 35-33 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VA playoffs to Valley Torah.

Larue Nixon was named to the league’s second team.

Delio comes up short in playoff
Saugus graduate Nick Delio nearly won the $150,000 Golfweek National Pro Tour Pacific Open on Friday at Sandpiper Golf Course.

Delio was tied at 11-under after 72 holes with Scott Harrington, but fell in the first playoff hole.

Delio nearly won the hole, when his third-stroke pitch shot hit the back of the hole and spun out before missing the next putt.

This was the first event of the Golfweek National Pro Tour.

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