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Around the SCV: Canyon hires two coaches

Wolitarsky picks up first offer while Blue Heat signs three more players

Posted: April 13, 2012 9:23 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2012 9:23 p.m.

The school hired former lower level coach Lou Aguilera earlier this month to replace Khris Savage for the boys team.

Savage had been the Canyon head coach since the 2005-06 season, but after a controversial end to the 2012 season, his tenure came to an end.

The Cowboys had to forfeit eight Foothill League games for use of an ineligible player.

Aguilera’s first varsity team will feature seniors who were on the new varsity coach’s 20-0 freshman Canyon team in 2010.

“He’s enthusiastic about being back,” said Canyon co-Athletic Director Rich Gutierrez. “He’s a great guy and an exceptional coach. I think he’ll be great for the program and great for the kids.”

On the girls’ side, Canyon has hired Derek Rusk, who works on campus as a math teacher.

Rusk replaces Andy Pringle, who was the Cowboys girls varsity coach for the last two seasons.

Rusk is a former Canyon High football star who was a member of the 1985 CIF-Southern Section Northwestern Conference championship team.

“He has a great delivery, great communication style, understands the game, works well with the kids,” Gutierrez said. “And he’s passionate about the game.”

Wolitarsky grabs colleges’ interest
It’s just a matter of time in Gutierrez’s eyes before Canyon wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky starts receiving more scholarship offers.

Late last week he received his first from Army.

Thus far, Gutierrez said, numerous Pac-12 schools have checked in on the record-breaking receiver.

“He’s got boxes of letters full,” Gutierrez said.

Wolitarsky caught a Foothill League-leading 75 passes for 1,628 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2011.

The Canyon High all-time leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns was also named to the All-CIF Southern Section Northern Division, All-Santa Clarita Valley and All-Foothill League first teams in 2011.

Blue Heat adds three more to its roster
The Santa Clarita Blue Heat women’s national amateur/semipro team added three more players to its 2012 roster, it was announced this week.

Taylor Ramirez, a central defender with the University of North Carolina, Brazilian defender Raquel Abrile and Panamanian national team member Amarelis De Mera have all been added to the squad.

Ramirez, a freshman from Anaheim, participated in the U18 National Team camp in 2011.

Abrile was a two-year starter at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and was named LMU’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009-10.

De Mera competed in the 2003 and 2007 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournaments.

The Blue Heat opens its season May 20 at Valencia High against the Pali Blues.


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