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Prep sports: Pair of Cardinals earn high marks in the Heritage

Prep sports: Football, volleyball all-league teams are released

Posted: December 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Award season has arrived for Heritage League fall sports, and 12 Santa Clarita Christian athletes found themselves on all-league lists in football or girls volleyball.

Seniors Christina Keoshian and Colette Blake led the way, earning co-Heritage League MVP honors in volleyball.

“(Keoshian’s) a very strong player and obviously her athleticism and strength was key,” said SCCS head coach Darcy Brown. “A lot of teams had trouble with her. Not only her serves, but how she performed in the middle and being able to hit. She was a great, solid player.”

Keoshian was also named All-CIF for Southern Section Division VAA earlier this month.

“(Blake) was able to keep the ball in play, which was a great benefit,” Brown said. “Defensively, she did a great job. Very athletic and that’s why it was a co-MVP. The league, they affected the teams in different ways, but couldn’t necessarily decide between the two and I thought their assets, they worked together so well, they were an asset as a pair. Both of them worked together really well and had strengths, which made our team so much better.”

The pair helped lead the Cardinals to a 10-10 overall record this season, 5-2 in league play, good for a league title, and a second-round playoff appearance.

Earning first team honors were junior Allie Acosta and freshman Kylie Brown.

A pair of juniors were named to the second team in Kimberly Curry and Madi Latch.

In football, six Cardinals took home honors among the 2012 Heritage All League team.

Running back Derek Lewis, who amassed 1,060 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, was named to the first team. Danny Blake, who had 88 total tackles, two interceptions and one sack on the season, also made the first team.

First-year quarterback Jonathan Saavedra (81-of-142 for 984 yards passing and 11 touchdowns to five interceptions), D.J. King (162 yards rushing and five touchdowns and 61 total tackles) and Jacob Nogle (440 yards receiving and 54 tackles) were named to the second team, and Johnny Costello was an honorable mention for SCCS.


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