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Year in Review: SCCS - core strength

Posted: July 2, 2013 9:03 p.m.
Updated: July 2, 2013 9:03 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian quarterback Jonathan Saavedra and the Cardinals' football team rallied late to finish 7-3 in 2012.

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For Santa Clarita Christian, the 2012-2013 season can be boiled down to a few teams that carried the program this season.

For many years, the SCCS Cardinals ran unopposed as the Santa Clarita Valley’s only private school with athletics.

But with the additions of Trinity Classical Academy into the sports realm in 2010 and Albert Einstein Academy starting many teams this year, times are changing.

Can SCCS keep up?

In its core sports, the answer appears to be yes. Other teams are up-and-coming, including boys golf for the first time and a revival of girls basketball.

As for the success stories this year, the Cardinals won league championships in girls volleyball, girls soccer and baseball and the football team wasn’t far behind.

It started in the fall when the girls volleyball team bounced back from missing the playoffs the previous year to win the Heritage League this season.

The Cardinals were led by All-CIF selection Christina Keoshian, who shared All-Heritage Player of the Year honors with teammate Colette Blake.

Together, those two helped SCCS advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division VAA quarterfinals.

Right around the same time, the football team was embarking on its second season as an 11-man team after switching from 8-man the season before.

After starting off the season with a pair of losses, SCCS rallied back and finished the season 7-3 with a junior-heavy roster.

Despite the late-season surge, the Cardinals were left out of the playoff picture despite holding a better record than three teams that made the playoffs in the same division.

Junior running back/linebacker Derek Lewis paved the way all season for the Cardinals, rushing for 1,060 yards and 16 touchdowns to go with a team-high 106 tackles.

Head football and baseball coach Garrick Moss didn’t leave the season empty handed, though, as he guided the baseball team to a Heritage League crown in the spring.

All-around player Davis Muxlow earned All-CIF honors for the season, which ended in the second round of the CIF-SS Division VII playoffs.

Also making the playoffs was the girls soccer team, which put together an outstanding regular season that ended in an Omega League title.

Senior Megan Gallagher along with younger sister and sophomore Lauren Gallagher were both named All-CIF and nearly the entire starting lineup of the team were All-Omega selections.

Megan Gallagher was the Omega Player of the Year and nine of the 11 Omega first-teamers were from SCCS.

That team was eliminated in the second round of the CIF-SS Division VII playoffs.

The only other postseason team for the Cardinals this year was softball, which finished fifth in the Liberty League and lost in a CIF-SS Division VII wild-card game.

For the first time in school history, SCCS fielded a boys golf team.

Freshman London Taylor led the way for the Cardinals by earning a spot in the CIF-Southern Section individual postseason.

The other new team this year was girls basketball, which was resurrected this season after it was discontinued for the 2011-12 season due to lack of participation

With just six players on the team, SCCS finished 0-7.

Two more teams that experienced growing pains this season were boys basketball and boys soccer.

On the hardwood, boys basketball fielded an array of young, but promising players who transferred to the school from the Cayman Islands. Despite that, the Cardinals fell into a rough stretch during difficult Heritage League play.

The boys soccer team was simply inexperienced after losing several quality players to graduation.

For SCCS this season, it was all about the three league champion teams. If the others can continue to grow, the school has a chance to make its case as the area’s private school power.

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