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Four Santa Clarita Valley athletes named All-CIF

Prep basketball: Ako Kaluna, Alia McCoy, Spencer Klehn and Ryan Brooks honored among best in their d

Posted: March 29, 2013 10:32 p.m.
Updated: March 29, 2013 10:32 p.m.

West Ranch's Ako Kaluna rises to shoot over Ventura defenders Mason Pendleton (21), Mason McConkey (40), and Dustin Houck in a CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoff game on Feb. 15. Kaluna earned All CIF-SS Division IA honors this week.

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Four Santa Clarita Valley basketball players found themselves on CIF-Southern Section All-CIF teams when the lists were announced earlier this week.

Leading the way was West Ranch senior center Ako Kaluna, whose dominant play on both ends of the court was rewarded with All-CIF honors for the second straight season in one of the Southern Sections’ highest division — Division IA.

On the girls side, the Canyon Cowboys’ Alia McCoy was named All-CIF in Division IIAA for the second time in her career.

She also was named All-CIF Division IIAA her sophomore year.

“To get it again, it’s really nice,” McCoy said. “I feel like I’ve always played well during CIF time and I don’t know, this time I just didn’t think I would have gotten it. I’m just shocked. I actually am really shocked.”

Two Trinity Classical Academy Knights players were honored with All-CIF selections, as Ryan Brooks and Spencer Klehn were placed on the CIF-SS Boys Division VI team.

The pair was instrumental in leading the Knights to their first CIF-SS championship game appearance in school history, where they fell to Rio Hondo Prep, 47-40, before winning a first-round CIF Division V state playoff game, 63-49, over Tranquility.

Kaluna led the Foothill League champion Wildcats with 18 points per game this season, and pulled down a team-high 12.8 rebounds per contest.

The Northern Arizona University commit helped lead West Ranch to its second straight CIF-SS Division IA quarterfinal appearance this season, where the Wildcats fell 61-59 to Dana Hills.

Brooks and Klehn were the glue that held a young Trinity Knights roster that featured seven freshman together.

“It’s incredible because we’ve been playing together since third and fourth grade and the chemistry that we have, we challenge each other in games and we’re able to show off each other’s talents,” Klehn said.

Klehn led the Knights in scoring, posting 11.7 points per game to Brooks’ 11.3.

Brooks was a consistent all around threat, pulling down a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game and recording 55 steals on the season.

McCoy led the Cowboys to a co-Foothill League title with Valencia this season, averaging 16.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game as Canyon advanced to the CIF-SS Division IIAA quarterfinals.

For McCoy, a Saint Mary’s University commit, the honor is the culmination of four years of work that led her to become unrivaled leader as a senior.

“A lot of hard work went into this,” she said. “Countless times in the gym. Dribbling drills, cries, good times, bad times. But it was all worth it. I’m glad I started where I did because it made me work harder to get where I needed to be.”



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