USC Men’s Basketball Freshman Making Early Impact

| Sports | December 5, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The 2019-20 USC Men’s Basketball roster features six true freshmen players, but none have been more impressive in their total body of work through their first nine regular-season games than forward Onyeka Okongwu.

The Chino Hills High School alumnus and four-year varsity player leads the team in scoring, rebounding, blocks and field-goal percentage. He is averaging 17.9 points, nine rebounds, 2.9 blocks and a field-goal percentage of 61.6%.

Okongwu began his Trojan career with back-to-back double-doubles in a 20 point and 13 rebounds debut against Florida A&M and followed it up with a 20 point and 10 rebounds outing against Portland. The most impressive stat was that he just missed out on a triple-double with eight blocks against Florida A&M.

In a 91-84 road-win against Pepperdine Okongwu was almost automatic at the line sinking 17-of-21 free-throws for a season-high 33 points.

The most recent game in the Orlando Invitational on Sunday, the first-year Trojan recorded his fourth career double-double pouring in 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds in a 15-point, 77-62 win against Harvard to win third place. He averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in the three-game Orlando Invitational.

The Trojans are currently 7-2 overall and will face TCU in Forth Worth at 6 p.m. on Friday.

USC’s Quarterback Kedon Slovis Does Something No Freshman Has Done Before

| Sports | November 27, 2019

by Diego Marquez

At the start of the 2019-20 NCAA football season, the University of Southern California’s was still deciding who they would name at starting quarterback to begin the year. Incoming true-freshman Kedon Slovis along with four other quarterbacks battled it out with sophomore JT Daniels winning the starting job.

In a sudden turn of circumstances, in the first game of the year just before halftime, JT Daniels went down with an apparent right leg injury and Slovis was thrust into the starting job, just a half into his collegiate career with the Trojans’ program to lead the team to a 31-24 victory.

Since then, Slovis has made appearances in 10 games, guiding the Trojans to an 8-3 record overall. But it’s what Slovis did this past weekend against the UCLA Bruins that has some people flabbergasted how impressive his future can be.

In a 52-35 victory over the Bruins on Sunday, Slovis broke the freshman quarterback single-game passing record completing 37-of-47 passes and throwing for 515 yards. Slovis also threw four touchdown passes.

Former Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley set the record of 493 yards back in 2012.

A Trojans’ win was hardly ever in doubt on Saturday as they scored the most points all year long (52) and finished with a season-high in total yards (643).

Through 11 games, Slovisas has thrown for 3,242 yards, eclipsing the 400-yard passing mark three times this year. Over the past three games, Slovis has a 12:1 touchdown to interception ratio.

Los Angeles Is Baseball’s Biggest Winner

| Sports | November 21, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Baseball Writers Association cast their ballots last Thursday, Nov. 14th and awarded Angel’s outfielder Mike Trout his third American League MVP Award, while Dodger’s outfielder Cody Bellinger won his first.

Bellinger’s first MVP award comes in the same year that he wins the Gold Glove Award in right field after he cycled through multiple positions throughout the year in the outfield.

The Dodgers’ outfielder finished the season batting an average of .305 and had career-highs in hits (170), home runs (47), RBIs(115), runs (121) and stolen bases (15).

Finishing fourth in the final home runs totals, Bellinger set the franchise season record for home runs and becomes the 24th Major League Baseball Player to win the Rookie of the Year Award (2017) and the MVP.

Trout wins his third MVP award after missing the final 19 games of the season with an injury that required surgery on his right foot, but the writers thought his body of work over the previous 143 games of the season was enough to push him through.

The nine-year veteran tied a career-high in home runs (45) on his way to leading the American League in slugging (.645) and the entire league in on-base percentage.

Taking home his third MVP award, the 28-year-old Angels all-star becomes the 11th player in MLB history to win three MVP awards. Barry Bonds, who won seven, is the only player with more than three MVP Awards.

Two Dodgers in Hunt for Postseason Awards

| Sports | November 14, 2019

by Diego Marquez

After New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso was named the National League Rookie of the Year on Monday, and St Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Shildt was named the NL Manager of the Year on Tuesday, two more postseason awards have yet to be awarded: Cy Young Award and the NL MVP.

With the National League’s Cy Young still up for contention, there remains one Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher still in the hunt as Hyu-Jin Ryu is battling Washington Nationals pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, New York Mets Jacob deGrom and St. Louis’ Jack Flaherty for the pitching award.

Throughout the 2019 MLB season, Ryu started in 29 games going 14-5 in that stretch and finished the season with a 2.32 ERA, 163 strikeouts and 24 walked batters. In 182.6 innings of work, the South Korean native recorded a 1.007 WHIP, striking out almost seven batters to every batter he walked, while still being mostly considered as the Dodgers No. 2 starting pitcher behind Clayton Kershaw, even with the year he had.

Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger seems to be the favorite to win the NL MVP race after a stellar campaign that saw is post a .305 batting average, .406 on-base percentage, .629 slugging average on his way to hitting 47 home runs, 115 RBIs and a 15 stolen bases.

The NL MVP is assumed to go to either Bellinger or Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich, but Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, Arizona’s second baseman/outfielder Ketel Marte and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. are the other candidates.

The Cy Young award will be handed out later today 3 p.m. while the MVP will be named on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Chargers Staying Put in Los Angeles, For Now

| Sports | November 7, 2019

by Diego Marquez

After picking up and leaving San Diego for Los Angeles ahead of the 2017 NFL season, the Chargers have shot down all notions of the team moving after reports surfaced that the team would listen to the possibility of moving to London due to low fan attendance earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Chargers owner Dean Spanos addressed the media and shot those rumors down.

“We’re playing in LA,” Spanos said. “This is our home, and this where we planning to be for a long (expletive) time. Period. OK? If you want me to say it again, I’ll say it again. (Expletive) (expletive) that story. OK? Thank you.“

The rumors are certainly true, the Chargers have a non-existent fan base in Los Angeles and have been out numbered in their temporary home at 30,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, that they share with the MLS soccer franchise L.A. Galaxy, almost 3 to 1 by the visiting teams’ fan base.

The Chargers spent 56 years in San Diego before picking up and moving north and have struggled to gain a healthy fan base, some think it’s because the fact that there are two teams in LA, the Chargers and the Rams, in a crowded sports town that isn’t particularly found of the NFL.

With both the Chargers and Rams set to move into the brand-new $4.5 billion SoFi Stadium in Inglewood next season in 2020, the NFL along with the other 31 teams should be concerned with the franchise’s future in Los Angeles.

UCLA Men’s Basketball Freshmen Gear Up for Debut

| Sports | October 31, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The UCLA Men’s Basketball team kicks off the season in less than a week with a non-conference home game at Pauley Pavilion against Long Beach State at 8pm on Wednesday.

But there remain some questions yet to be answered.

With the departures of guard Jaylen Hands and forward Kris Wilkes, along with center Moses Brown to the NBA, a new set of determined, but young student athletes step up into their roles with just as much talent and possibilities.

Redshirt freshman point guard Tiger Campbell has created a buzz with his ability to exert the opposing team’s players into submission with his suffocating defense. Campbell’s relatively small frame (5-feet, 11 inches) may catch some off guard, but make no mistake — the guard can distribute the ball to his teammates and score at will.
Shareef O’Neal, another redshirt freshman and son of NBA Hall of Fame player, Shaquille O’Neal, also prepares to make his debut. O’Neal is the length like his father, standing at 6’9, but his game is far from similar to his father’s. Shareef is well-rounded and can handle the ball in any situation with the ability to step back and hit a perimeter shot, something that his father was not known for. He is a mismatch for any guards because of his size and is a nightmare against opposing big men because of his lateral quickness and ball-handling abilities.

Throw in two true freshmen in 6’7 forward Jaime Jaquez from Camarillo High School and 6’6 forward/guard Jake Kyman from Santa Margarita High School, who can both handle the ball with elite versatility and have both proven that they can score.

City Announces Inaugural Santa Clarita Day With the L.A. Kings

| Community, Sports | October 31, 2019

Pull on your sweater and get out of the penalty box because the Santa Clarita City Council is inviting residents to participate in the inaugural Santa Clarita Day with the Los Angeles Kings. Tickets are on sale now to watch the Kings take on the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Tickets start as low as $30 per person, and can be purchased online at lakings.com/santaclarita.

A portion of each ticket sold to the game through this designated website will be donated to the SCV Youth Project, a local nonprofit organization serving the Santa Clarita community. The SCV Youth Project works to provide a safe, nurturing environment where teens and their families are strengthened, empowered and equipped with the tools they need to live successful and healthy lives.

The game against the Coyotes will also be one of three Kings Kids’ Days, which are new for the 2019-20 season. In addition to the game, fans will also enjoy a variety of fun, kids-themed elements throughout the afternoon. All Santa Clarita residents in attendance are invited to stay after the game for a group photo.

Tickets range in price from $30 per person in the upper sections of STAPLES Center to $145 per person in the lower bowl. Limited quantities of tickets are being sold at each price point and are available while supplies last.

Clippers Send Lakers a Message on Opening Night

| Sports | October 24, 2019

by Diego Marquez

In front of a star-studded crowd at the Staples Center on Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers faced off in what has the makings of an intense rivalry given the All-Star firepower on both rosters.

Even without the newly signed Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, along with returning players, Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, showed up to hand the Lakers their first loss of the season in a 112-102 Clippers’ victory.
Leonard, a two-time NBA Champion, didn’t take long to get accustomed to the new system in Los Angeles, scoring a game-high 30 points, five rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

But Leonard didn’t do it alone. Williams chipped in with 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists and Harrell added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

The defensive-minded Beverly made his impact felt throughout the game with his tenacious defense and high-energy staple of play to finish with two points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a block in 31 minutes of action.

The Lakers two biggest stars, LeBron James and newly-acquired power-forward and former New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis, both had below average shooting performances from the field as Davis made 8-of-21 shots for 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and James was 7-of-19 for 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Danny Green, a former teammate of Leonard was the highest scoring Laker hitting 7-of-9 3’s and finishing with 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting. He added seven rebound and two steals in 32 minutes of play.

While this was just one game, the tide is starting to turn more and more in the Clippers’ favor that Los Angeles is becoming a Clippers’ town. Dating back to the 2016-17 NBA season, the Clippers have won nine of the last 14 games played. Although, the Lakers still hold the advantage in the head-to-head series (143- 73) it’s hard to say that most won’t have the Christmas Day matchup circled on their calendars.

Lakers Debut Less Than a Week Away

| Sports | October 17, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Lakers open up the 2019-20 NBA Season in less than a week as they play host to in-town rivals, the Clippers on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Staples Center and there is already a buzz about what the franchise can do with the roster they built this offseason.

On top of acquiring All-Star Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, the Lakers also acquired complementary pieces like, three-point specialists Danny Green and Troy Daniels, defensive stalwart Avery Bradley, along with veteran players DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard and Jared Dudley.

Among those named, there have been some pleasant surprises so far, as some players have turned some heads during the Preseason.

In Monday’s game against the Golden State Warriors, Howard was the one that looked to be in mid-season form and back to his old self finishing the night with 12 points, 13 boards (four of which where offensive), six assists and four steals.

Rookie’s Zach Novell Jr. produced impressive stat lines as the former scored 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting (3-of-8 from 3-point), 7-for-8 from the free-throw line, four rebounds, one assists and one steal in 33 minutes of action.

Demetrius Jackson came off the bench and scored 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes on the floor on Monday.

The Lakers conclude the preseason with two more games against the Warriors, tonight at the Staples Center and on the road on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Both games tip-off at 7:30.

Dodgers Let Opportunity Slip Away, Look to Close Out Series in Five

| Sports | October 9, 2019

by Diego Marquez
After leading the Washington Nationals 2-1 heading into the fourth game of the National League Division Series, the Dodgers’ chances of advancing looked good as Los Angeles’ third baseman Justin Turner launched a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the Dodgers the lead.

That run was negated when Nationals’ Anthony Rendon hit a sacrifice-fly to score a run, and one of his three RBIs of the night, to propel Washington past Los Angeles and survive to play at least for one more day with a 6-1 win on Monday.
The location, scenario and mood have all changed as Game 5 of the NLDS returns to Los Angeles tonight for the final and decisive game between the two clubhouses.

Los Angeles finished with the best home record in the National League with a 59-22 record at Chavez Ravine and are vying for their fourth consecutive NLCS while Washington is looking for its second appearance in franchise history.

Although the Dodgers are considered the favorites, Washington does not look at it that way as they will have one of their aces, and recent Game 2 starter, right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who is 18-6 in 2019 and has a postseason ERA of 0.64, struck out 10 Dodgers and allowed one earned run in the Nationals 4-2 win to tie the series up at 1-1 on Friday.

The Dodgers are just as confident sending Game 1’s winning pitcher, Walker Buehler, out on the mound for the decisive Game 5 today. Buehler struck out eight batters and walked three others in a one-hit performance.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:37 p.m. at Dodgers Stadium.

Dodgers Gear Up to Face Nationals in NLDS

| Sports | October 3, 2019

by Diego Marquez

After the Washington Nationals come-from-behind 4-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in the Nationals League Wild Card Game on Tuesday the Nationals League Division Series is set to begin on Thursday at 5:37 p.m.

The Los Angeles Dodgers head into the postseason at the seven-time defending NL Champions after finishing with the NL’s and a franchise best 106 games.

The Dodgers were lethal throughout the year on offense scoring the most runs (886) while being just as stingy on defense allowing (613) to end with a run differential of plus 273.

This will come in handy when they face Washingtons’ equally impressive starting pitching rotation, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasbourg and Patrick Corbin.

The trio have combined to pitch 583.1 innings, struck out 732 batters and earned 43 wins throughout the season.

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger heads up a nightmare induced lineup that has hit 279 home runs on the season with Bellinger (47), Joc Pederson (36), Max Muncy (35) and Justin Turner (27) all hitting 25 or more home runs.

Things look good for the Dodgers who pulled out four of seven wins from the visitors this season.

It Was Quite a Weekend for College Football in Los Angeles

| Sports | September 26, 2019

by Diego Marquez

It began with USC football rebounding from last week’s road loss at BYU to defeat Pac-12 opponent Utah, and UCLA football completed the wild weekend with a come-from-behind road win against Washington State.

Taking over for injured quarterback Kedon Slovis, USC’s third string quarterback Matt Fink entered the game in the first quarter of Friday night’s home contest against the No. 10 ranked Utah Utes and led the Trojans to a 30-23 victory.

Finishing out the game, Fink took command of the Trojans’ offense and completed 21-of-30 passes for 351 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Spreading out his throws amongst six receivers, Fink connected with his favorite target, Michael Pittman Jr., 10 times for 232 yards and one receiving touchdown.

Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns also finished the night with a receiving touchdown each as the former caught five passes for 68 yards, while the latter pulled down four catches for 49 yards. Redshirt freshman Markese Stepp scored the lone rushing touchdown.

The Trojans are on the road this Saturday against No. 17 ranked Washington at 12:30 p.m.

Entering the fourth matchup of the 2019 season, the Bruins were still winless going up against No. 19 Washington State in Saturday night’s Pac-12 matchup. Overcoming a 32-point deficit, the Bruins escaped with a 67-63 win for the record books.

UCLA’s quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson was 25-of-38 for 507 yards and five touchdowns and one interception, and ran another two in. Chris Costa and Joshua Kelly each caught a touchdown while Demetria Felton pulled down two on his way to 150 yards on seven receptions.

With the win, the Bruins can use the momentum to turn things around after a 0-3 start to the season and will be on the road for the second-straight week as they face the Arizona Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Trojan Football in the Hot Seat After BYU Upset

| Sports | September 19, 2019

by Diego Marquez

Coming off a big program win over then No. 23 ranked Stanford a week ago on Saturday, Sept. 7, freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis proved the majority of critics wrong winning his first career start.

The freshman quarterback was brilliant in the win, completing 28-of-33 passes for 377 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He added six rushes for 12 yards.

But in his second career start against BYU Saturday, Sept. 14, it all came crashing down in a 30-27 overtime-loss.

In his first road start, Slovis showed his inexperience as a freshman throwing three interceptions, none more costly than the costly throw that was picked off by BYU defensive back Dayan Ghanwoloku.

Throughout the night, Slovis forced bad pass after bad pass into tight windows and the BYU defense dropped back into zone coverage making the throws and windows that much tighter. Slovis finished completing 24-of-34 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns for a QB rating of 54.0.
With the loss the Trojans (2-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-12 South) fall out of the College Football AP Top 25 Week 4 Rankings where they previously held the No. 24 spot and the road doesn’t get any easier as USC faces three ranked opponents, two of which are from the Pac-12, in No. 10 ranked Utah (Friday, Sept. 19) and No. 22 Washington (Saturday, Sept. 28) and have a bye week before facing No. 7 Notre Dame on the road (Saturday, Oct. 12).

Coach Joseph Maiale Blazing New Trails

| Canyon Country Magazine, Sports | September 13, 2019

Less than a year ago, Joseph Maiale got married, started a new job and took over the Canyon High School football team. With so many transitions at one time, it’s safe to say this new cowboy is a trailblazer.

Coach Joseph Maiale with team captains Evan Cox (#24) and Aydyn Litz (#12)

“It’s been amazing – I’ve loved every second at Canyon,” said the 38-year-old Maiale, who joined the special education staff at the school last semester when he also began working with the football team. “They are both, in many ways, full-time jobs. But it doesn’t feel like work. I spend a lot of time here at Canyon – I like teaching and coaching is a pleasure on top of that.”

Just last month he moved to Santa Clarita from Oxnard, where he coached a successful football program. He joined them during a rebuilding phase, which he’s also been a part of at other schools.

“I’ve worked on several staffs – St. Genevieve, Harvard-Westlake – it’s something I have experience with and the process is really fun,” said the coach, who may apply similar rebuilding strategies at Canyon, which he describes as having “a couple of rough years.”

Maiale’s strategy? Consistency.

“Do we do the little things right? Do we do them all the time?” he posed. “Consistency is good in whatever we do. The lessons are consistency and effort.”

Maiale grew up in Reseda and played football at Cleveland High School and Pierce College. He then joined the football team at Menlo College in Northern California.

He’s been coaching about 15 years, but changed careers a few years ago when he left a job in sales to become a special education teacher. He also worked as a substitute teacher.
“I’m used to transitions,” he said, “but I’m looking forward to staying here.”

So, while a lot has changed in the new coach’s life, he’s no maverick on the field. He just believes everyone is the sum of their experiences.

“I’m new here. I bring my experience working at different schools,” he explained. “I have some success and some experience helping programs rebuild. And I’ve been where the facilities are not this good and there’s not this much support.”

Canyon High School football is a Maiale family experience. Maiale’s brother George was on the Cowboys coaching staff last year and continues as a defensive coordinator, while Joe’s specialty is offensive coordinating and line coaching.

“I’ve been fortunate to coach as long as I have,” Coach Joe Maiale said. “I’ve pretty much coached every position on the field.”

Joe and George’s parents, who still live in Reseda, attend the games along with other family members. Their father coached them through Pop Warner and Little League and now enjoys watching from the stands.

“I’ve been around a lot of really successful coaching,” Coach Maiale said when asked about his style. “We’re teachers. Are we teaching the kids the right way?”

The new Cowboys coach hopes to improve the program, of course, but he also wants to foster a positive family atmosphere, inviting the community to attend games.

“I want them to come out and be a part of it. We want it to be a family … we want you at the games,” he said. “We welcome Canyon alumni to be part of something special. It brings up the school and the culture.”

And so far, so good.

“Everyone is very supportive,” he said. “Everyone’s been so kind and welcoming. I’ve had the time of my life.”

Dodgers Clinch 7th Straight NL West Title

| Sports | September 12, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Dodgers have punched their ticket to the postseason with a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles that clinched their seventh consecutive National League West title on Tuesday.

With the win, the Dodgers clinched the NL West in their 146th game this season, moving to 93-52 overall and breaking the old record set back in 2013 when the Dodgers won the division in their 151st games.

“Under the situation that we put ourselves in last year, this doesn’t seem as dramatic,” said Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts in an interview with MLB.com’s Zachary Silver. “It was more subdued. It was kind of just of organic. It was one of those things where we expected it. It’s obviously early in September, but it doesn’t take away from what we as an organization accomplished. As a game, it’s a tough grind. So when you do get moments like this, we do a good job of appreciating what we have accomplished, and it’s special. To win one division, but to win seven in a row — the consistency of the organization to do what we’ve done, a lot of credit goes to a lot of people. Now is the idea of just refocusing in everything we do going forward is to win 11 games in October.”

Los Angeles has been atop the NL West since mid-April and has been led by clutch batters like Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Joc Pederson, and mixed in with strong arms like Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, the Dodgers have looked like the team to beat for a while

Highly-regarded rookie Gavin Lux added to the night’s excitement as he hit his first-career home run in the top of the fifth inning. Corey Seager added two, one in the first and another in the third inning.

Buehler picked up his 13th win of the season after a seven-inning, four-hit performance that saw him fan 11 batters and give up no earned runs.

With the division clinched, the Dodgers turn their attention to another battle — the battle for the best record in the Majors and home field advantage in the playoffs.

COC Football Kicks Off their Season this Saturday

| Community, Sports | September 5, 2019

The College of the Canyons football program will kick off the 2019 season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Saddleback College, in the first of 10 regular season games.

Once again, all Cougar home games will be live streamed to fans through a broadcast partnership with SoCalCollegeSports.com. Home games will also be replayed on SCVTV Channel 20 and SCVTV.com throughout the weekend.

In addition, COC head coach Ted Iacenda and the Cougars have announced a series of special free community group invites for each home game.

On Sept. 28, the college will host a 50th Anniversary Homecoming celebration prior to the game vs. Cerritos College. Fans and community members are invited to enjoy pre-game family activities, food and concessions, music, photo opportunities, T-shirt and rally towel giveaways and a special on-field half-time presentation. Festivities begin at 4 p.m., with kickoff scheduled at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are both free for this event.

2019 Schedule:
(home games in bold)

Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Saddleback College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All scv school students/staff admitted free of charge (w/ valid ID)

Saturday, Sept. 14 vs. Grossmont College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All first responders admitted free of charge (w/ valid ID)

Saturday, Sept. 21 @ Santa Barbara City College
6 p.m. — La Playa Stadium

Saturday, Sept. 28 vs. Cerritos College
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration. All fans admitted free. Pre-game celebration w/ food, family activities, music and giveaways begins at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. Golden West College
1 p.m. — Golden West Stadium
Thursday, Oct. 17 vs. Moorpark College*
7 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
SCFA National Division, Northern League Opener
All SCV Youth Football & Cheer Teams Admitted Free of Charge (w/ uniform)

Saturday, Oct. 26 @ East Los Angeles College*
6 p.m. — Weingart Stadium

Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Ventura College*
6 p.m. — Ventura College Sportsplex

Saturday, Nov. 9 vs. Long Beach City College*
6 p.m. — Cougar Stadium
All veterans and active duty military admitted free (w/ valid ID).

Saturday, Nov. 16 @ Bakersfield College
6 p.m. — Memorial Stadium
*Denotes Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division, Northern League contest.

General admission tickets to all Cougar football games are $10. Children under 10 and seniors over 60 are $5.

Stay up-to-date on all this season’s action by following College of the Canyons Athletics on social media at @COCathletics on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

“El Traffico” Soccer Match Ends in a Deadlock

| Sports | August 29, 2019

by Diego Marquez

One of Major League Soccer, and possibly one of Los Angeles’ biggest rivalry games between the LA Galaxy men’s soccer team and LAFC, did not disappoint with fireworks and dramatics as the bitter rivals finished in a 3-3 draw at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The night’s scoring began early as one of the MLS’s biggest international superstars, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, netted an early 2nd-minute goal on a pass from Cristian Pavon.

LAFC answered with a Latif Blessing goal just under

10 minutes later to tie the game, but once again Ibrahimovic stole the spotlight returning the favor for his second goal of the night in the 15th minute of play.

Not a minute later, Pavon found himself on the opposite end as he netted his first-ever MLS goal to put the Galaxy ahead 3-1, just 16 minutes into the first half.

LAFC rebutted playing inspired soccer for the rest of the first half until Blessing scored his second goal of the game off a Vela rebound to pull the home team with one point heading into halftime.

Eight minutes into the second half, striker Carlos Vela unleashed a left-footed equalizer that beat the Galaxy’s goalkeeper to tie the game and what would be the final result at 3-3.

With the draw, LAFC is winless in the last five meetings between the two squads and although LAFC is the MLS’s best team sitting at 19-15-3 overall, a clear 14 points ahead of the MLS’s second-best team Atlanta United, they are still left wanting more.

The Galaxy are 13-11-3 overall and currently sit in fourth-place in the Western Conference standings.

USC Names JT Daniels Starting Quarterback

| Sports | August 22, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The University of Southern California football team has named a starting quarterback, sophomore JT Daniels.

Head coach Clay Helton named Daniels the starting quarterback after the Mater Dei alumnus lead the offense to a 5-6 overall record in his freshman season with the Trojans. In 11 games, Daniels threw for 2,672 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The quarterback battle ramped up when the Trojans hired a new offensive coordinator, Graham Harrell. The three reminding quarterbacks on the roster: redshirt sophomore Jack Sears, redshirt junior Matt Fink and freshman Kedon Slovis.

Just two weekends away from the season opener on Saturday August 31st against Fresno State, Daniels steps back into the role that he started in last year, and Slovis is expected to be named the backup after beating out Fink and Sears in the offseason.

Daniels and the Trojans have a rough schedule this year playing No. 13 Washington on September 28th and No. 9 Notre Dame on October 12th on the road, and hosting No. 25 Stanford on September 7th, No. 14 Utah on September 20th and No. 11 Oregon on November 2nd at home.

LA Dodgers and NY Yankees First MLB Teams to Reach 80 wins on Same Day

| Sports | August 15, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees are in familiar company after both teams got their 80th win of the 2019 MLB season on Tuesday.

Earning a 15-1 win over the Miami Marlins in Miami, the Dodgers become the first National League team to complete the feat. The Yankees accomplished the goal earlier in the day in a 8-3 home win against the Baltimore Orioles.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the major league teams match each others’ win total for the third time in the teams’ history by reaching the 80-win mark on the same night since the 1947 season and again in the 1953 season.

The Dodgers earned an even more impressive conquest by launching six balls over the fences for home runs and are the first team to reach 200 home runs in a season, in dominant fashion, for a third year in a row. The Dodgers home run total is at 203.

Justin Turner and Corey Seager each hit two-run home runs in the seventh and in the fourth, respectively. Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run in the seventh and Matt Beaty a solo in the eight inning. Will Smith had the biggest night, hitting a solo and a two-run home run in the fourth and sixth innings in the Dodgers’ win.

With a solo homer in the seventh, Bellinger’s home run total now comes to 39 on the year, which ties him for MLB lead with crosstown rivals Angels Mike Trout, and the Milwaukee Brewers, and California-native, Christian Yelich.

Smith recorded his first multi-home run game of his career and passed Bellinger with 26 RBIs in 23 games for most RBIs in their first 23 games in the franchise’s history.

Los Angeles Dodgers After Trade Deadline

| Sports | August 8, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The MLB trade deadline came and went on Wednesday, July 31, but did the team with the best record in the big leagues make any significant additions to increase their chances of going to a third straight trip?

The Achilles heel of the Dodgers this season, and quite frankly for the past couple seasons, has been the ineffectiveness of their bullpen as a whole. The Dodgers picked up Joe Kelly and signed him to a three-year $25 million deal from the Boston Red Sox over the offseason. Adding Kelly to a bullpen that already has Kenley Jansen and Pedro Baez, who have both had their shares of woes over the past couple campaigns, still left Los Angeles needing work.

Before the deadline, the Dodgers added five players: Jedd Gyorko, Kristopher Negron, Tyler White and picked up Tampa Bay’s reliever Adam Kolarek. Kolarek was the only addition to the adequate bullpen rotation, but will figure to shoulder some of the load in the later innings
Since Kolarek’s debut in 2017, he has compiled an ERA of 4.17 while striking out 56 batters in 86.1 innings. This year Kolarek has an ERA of 3.92 through 43.2 innings of work and struck out 36 batters in 56 appearances.

With Jansen, Kelly, Baez, Julio Urias and now Kolarek, the Dodgers’ front office will have to wait and see if the moves that they made before the trade deadline were fruitful or just another whiff.

The “Freeway Series” – Dodgers vs. Angels

| Sports | July 26, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The “Freeway Series” at Chavez Ravine lived up to the hype as the Angels were able to stave off a ninth inning comeback by the Dodgers to win 5-4 on Tuesday night.

The Angels handed the Dodgers the third straight loss to their rivals thanks to Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun. The pair of Angels’ sluggers each finished the contest with a home run and key defensive plays to keep the Dodgers from obtaining the win.

Trout delivered his home run blast in the fifth inning off of Kenta Maeda and threw Max Muncy out at home plate in the second inning to keep the Dodgers off the board.

Calhoun also delivered at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a leadoff home run in the seventh inning off of Yimi Garcia. But Calhoun’s biggest contribution of the night wasn’t his bat, it was his arm.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, with two outs and Cody Bellinger on second base, Dodgers Kike Hernandez sent a ball into right field, Calhoun got the ball and hurled a blazing throw to home plate. As Bellinger rounded third, it looked as if he would be called safe at home, but Calhoun’s throw made it in time to end the game with an Angels’ victory.

Paseo Aquatics Setting Pace as a Recognized and Accredited Safe Sport Club

| Sports | July 12, 2019

In March of 2019, Paseo Aquatics became one of the first sanctioned swimming clubs in the nation to be recognized by USA Swimming as a Safe Sport club and the first in Southern California Swimming. To date, less than 40 clubs out of some 2500 clubs nationwide have been able to satisfy the requirements set forth by USA Swimming to be recognized.

Paseo Aquatics worked through an accreditation process offered by USA Swimming set forth by the US Center for Safe Sports to ensure clubs are meeting requirements to educate families, coaches and athletes in the preventative measure that can be taken to create a safe environment for kids.

This badge found on Paseo Aquatics website (www.paseoaquatics.org) represents that Paseo Aquatics is a Safe Sport compliant swim club.

“Being such an advocate of youth sports, I was eager to help guide Paseo Aquatics on this most pivotal certifica
tion of becoming an accredited Safe Sport Club,” said Kelly Zancanaro, who serves as Paseo Aquatics Safe Sport representative. “The protection, mentally and physically, of our athletes is imperative to their continued growth, progression and love for the sport of swimming.”

Paseo Aquatics is currently working very diligently to satisfy the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP), another part of the U.S. Center of Safe Sport.
Paseo Aquatics has been in existence for eight years and for the last six years a USA Sanctioned Swim Club.

As summer approaches and the pools get busy, give Paseo Aquatics a call at (661) 388-5301 to set up an evaluation for your kids to enter the program. Paseo Aquatics offers private lessons, group lessons, pre-competitive swim and competitive swim programs for all ages.

Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Passes Away

| Sports | July 3, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Angels Baseball organization received devastating news that their left-handed pitcher, Tyler Skaggs, 27, died in a Southlake, Texas hotel on Monday. The Angels were scheduled to play the Texas Rangers, but the game was postponed as a result of the day’s events.

Skaggs was pronounced dead at the scene after police received a distress call of an unconscious man at a hotel room. There is no foul play suspected and an autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death.

“It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas,” said the Angels organization in a statement. “Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Carli, and his entire family during this devastating time. There are no other details at this time, please keep Tyler’s family in your thoughts and prayers.”

It was a somber scene at the Texas Rangers’ ballpark as both teams arrived and left before either clubhouse were open and no players or coaches made any comments to the media before leaving the stadium.

Skaggs was drafted by the Angels in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft with the 40th selection out of Santa Monica High School. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks ahead of the 2010 season and made his MLB Debut with Diamondbacks on Aug. 22, 2012. Skaggs was traded back to the Angels after the 2013 season.

There will be a moment of silence held before today’s game against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Prepared to Take on France

| Sports | June 27, 2019

by Diego Marquez

In a highly-anticipated 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup match, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will take on France in the quarterfinals in Paris at 12 p.m. on Friday.

The USWNT has picked up some detractors along the way, because of how they beat their first three opponents in the group stages, beginning with a 13-0 thumping of Thailand, a 3-0 shutout against Chile before rounding out with another shutout against Sweden, winning 2-0.

Then, in the Round of 16, the USWNT conceded its first goal of the tournament, defeating Spain 2-1 in what most would call the Americans’ first real test to advance to the quarterfinals.

“Hopefully a complete spectacle. Just an absolute media circus,” said Megan Rapinoe in a postgame interview with USA Today’s Nancy Armour about the match with France. “I hope it’s huge and crazy. That’s what it should be. This is the best game, this is what everybody wanted.”

Similarly, France has defeated all four of its opponents thus far, beating South Korea 4-0 in the opening match of group stages before defeating Norway 2-1 and Nigeria 1-0 in the third group stage match.

Drawing Brazil in the Round of 16, France came away with a narrow 2-1 win in extra time to defeat the South American nation and advance to play the USWNT on Friday. If the USWNT were to defeat France, they would match the World Cup record of 15 straight games without a loss set by Germany over the course of games played between 2003-11.

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