Clippers Trade Tobias Harris and Company to 76ers in Surprising Deal

| Sports | February 7, 2019

by Diego Marquez

With the trade deadline right around the corner on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. ET, the Los Angeles Clippers front office made a surprising move to trade Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott to the Philadelphia 76ers in return for Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet. The two first-round picks and two second-round picks when news broke late Tuesday night and into the early morning on Wednesday.

Los Angeles will receive Philly’s 2020 first-round pick, along with Miami’s unprotected 2021 first-round pick, which the 76ers acquired last summer during the draft. LA will also get the 2021 and 2023 second-round picks. The news comes as a little bit of a shock for Clippers fans, as Harris and Marjanovic seemed to be crowd favorites because of their chemistry on and off the court. Not to mention, Harris just hit the game-winning jumper in the lane with 4.3 seconds left to rally and take down the Charlotte Hornets 117-115 on Tuesday.

The Sixers receive another all-star level talent in Harris, who is in the middle of a year that he is averaging 20.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game and 42 percent from 3-point range. Harris slides right into the 76ers starting lineup alongside Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid forming arguably one of the most potent and intimidating starting lineups in the NBA.

Los Angeles, after trading away super-star Blake Griffin last year, has positioned themselves to try and land upcoming free agents like Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant. The Clippers also walk away winners because they received a lot of picks in the upcoming years, the two expiring contracts of Chandler and Muscala, as well as a handy point guard that is still on a rookie deal in Shamet. Long-term, Los Angeles has enough ammunition and assets to try and offer up a trade proposal for that guy in New Orleans, Anthony Davis. Things will all play out in the coming hours as the trade deadline approaches, but for now, it looks like the Clippers have positioned themselves to be a contender to land a top free-agent in the coming months.

Athlete of the Week

| Sports | February 7, 2019

Ali’i Vasquez competed in Special Olympics (SO), participating in track and field and bowling. He was a participant in the Hart Games for four years while in high school.

Ali’i likes to be in SO because he can be surrounded by his peers. Right now, he is limited to only bowling, due to an increase in seizures that are affecting his health. However, he still gets outside with his family and goes for walks or strolls in his stroller, and he is a familiar face in the community.

“Special Olympics is about real athletes who demonstrate genuine sportsmanship and achievement, all with a smile on their faces,” said his mother, Kellie.

Ali’i participates in a day program during the week.

USC Men’s Basketball on Three-Game Winning Streak

| Sports | January 31, 2019

by Diego Marquez

Since dropping two straight games between Oregon State and Oregon University on January 6 and January 10 respectively, the University of Southern California men of Troy have gone on a three-game Pac-12 winning streak.

USC defeated their crosstown rival UCLA 80-67 on January 19. The Trojans achieved this with tough, hard-nosed defense and great play from their center Nick Rakocevic, who finished the game with a double-double scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Along with Bennie Boatwright, who did his part scoring 21 points while Prince Ali and Jaylen Hands chipped in with 15 points each.

The Trojans then headed off to Arizona to face off against the Wildcats and the Sun Devils in back-to-back games. The Bruins kept on rolling, defeating the Wildcats 80-57 on the road in dominant-style, defeating the Wildcats in the largest margin of victory since 1978. Rakocevic had a career game, tying his career-high with 27 points and 12 rebounds, finishing with his ninth double-double of the season. Boatwright recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Kevin Porter Jr. returned to action after a thigh injury sidelined him earlier in the year and finished with 14 points.

Moving on to Tempe to take on the Sun Devils on Saturday, Boatwright continued his scoring, pouring in 17 points and the game-winning three-pointer with 14 seconds left to sweep the Arizona teams, thus defeating the Sun Devils 69-67. The Trojans finished the game with four players in double digits as Rakocevic scored 15, Shaqquan Aaron’s 13 and Jonah Matthews with 11, along with Boatwright’s 17. With the current three-game winning streak, the Trojans move into a tie for second place with Utah, with a 5-2 record in Pac-12 play and behind the undefeated 7-0 Washington Huskies.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | January 31, 2019

Jerry Chandler has been in Special Olympics (SO) since he was a teenager. He has been in basketball for at least 10 years, with softball, bocce ball, floor hockey and bowling filling out the rest of his seasons.

Jerry is a high-scorer in floor hockey. His teammates are his friends and the coaches help him with skills and game rules.

“Jerry likes to be a role model for the other players,” Coach Stephanie Liedblad said. “Last year, he went through the SO coaching training and became a coach. This season he wanted to play again.”

During the week, Jerry is part of a day work program.









Ray Crouse has been in Special Olympics since he was a teenager. He competes in floor hockey, track and field events, and soccer. Ray prefers sports that “let him run.”

“Floor hockey is my favorite,” Ray said. “I like to shoot the puck into the net.”

To Ray, the best part about Special Olympics is that the teams travel to tournaments. “Ray is team-oriented and loves applause,” said Coach Stephanie Liedblad.

Ray attends a work day program during the week.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | January 24, 2019

Rene Barcena has been in Special Olympics for over five years. He competes in floor hockey, basketball, soccer, swimming and bowling.

“Rene likes to take the initiative to help,” said Coach Steve Bratzel. “He is always ready and willing to help in practice and in games.”

During the week, Rene works in a local day program.



Tim Auten started competing in Special Olympics (SO) as a teenager in Van Nuys. He now competes in floor hockey and basketball in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“I like SO because it gets me out of the house,” Tim said.

“Tim is a competitor and steps up to do the best he can for his team,” Coach Steve Bratzel said.

During the week, Tim works in a local day program.

Los Angeles Rams Headed to Super Bowl for First Time Since 2002

| Sports | January 24, 2019

by Diego Marquez

After Greg Zuerlein sent a 57-yard field goal kick through the uprights in overtime, defeating the New Orleans Saints 26-23 in NFC Championship game on Sunday, the Rams are headed back to the Super Bowl for the first time in over 15 years.

For the first time since 2002, and the first time a Los Angeles team has made an appearance in the Super Bowl since the ‘80s, the Rams will face off against the New England Patriots in Atlanta in Super Bowl LIII. But, in spectacular L.A. fashion, there was controversy surrounding the win.

In the fourth quarter after Ted Ginn Jr.’s big third down catch, Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, threw a pass for TommyLee Lewis, who by the naked eye looked like he got hit before the ball was even close to getting there, but no “pass interference” call was given. If the call was given, the game would have been essentially over. The Saints could run down the clock to near zero and kick the game-winning field goal.

Instead, Brees threw an incomplete pass, stopping the clock, and let the Rams keep their precious timeouts. After the Saints kicked a field goal to put them up 23-20 with 1:41 left, the Rams took over to try and score on the last possession in regular time.

The Rams marched down the field and Zuerlein kicked a 48-yarder to send the game into overtime. The Saints won the coin flip and began to drive down the field, but just when things were going right, and after advancing to their own 40 yard line, Brees was hit in the backfield by Rams defensive end, Dante Fowler, throwing up a duck and allowing Joe Johnson III to get underneath the ball for the interception.

The interception proved costly for the Saints, as the Rams drove 15 yards and kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime to send the Rams to Super Bowl LIII. Since the conclusion of the game, the NFL front office contacted New Orleans head coach Sean Payton and accepted responsibility for the blown call. Unfortunately, that’s how the year ended for the New Orleans Saints, as the Rams got revenge from earlier in the season when the Saints handed the Rams their first loss of the season in Week 9.

The Los Angeles Rams will face-off against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET.

Lakers’ LeBron James Still Out Due to Hamstring

| Sports | January 19, 2019

By Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Lakers will have to deal without NBA All-Star veteran LeBron James for a couple more games due to a nagging hamstring injury. He has been suffering with the injury since Christmas Day, when they Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors. Being re-evaluated sometime this week, James will most likely have to sit out for games against Oklahoma and Houston, bringing the total of games missed due to the injury to 13. Prior to this absence, the King never missed more than 13 games in a row during his 15-year NBA career.

Since suffering the injury on Christmas Day, the Lakers have gone 4-7 with the King not in the lineup, and they also took down the Chicago Bulls 107-100 on Tuesday. The Lakers currently sit in the last and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings, sitting 6.5 of first-place Golden State Warriors. And, according to FiveThirtyEight, they have the second-most difficult strength of schedule, as they will have to take on the Warriors and Bucks twice, with Toronto and Denver once each.

Before the injury occurred, James was off to yet another outstanding start to his career with the Lakers. James is the sixth-leading scorer, sitting at 27.3 points per game along with 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists. If the playoffs were to start today, James would be guiding the Lakers to their first postseason berth in five years. Some good news broke on Monday, however, as the Lakers found out point guard Rajon Rondo has been cleared by doctors to resume dribbling with his right hand. He broke his hand on the same Christmas Day game that James suffered the hamstring injury. Rondo is expected to be out for another four to five weeks.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | January 18, 2019

Larry Kim

Larry Kim has been in the Santa Clarita Special Olympics since he was 11 years old. He is on floor hockey, basketball, bowling, golf and swimming teams. His favorite sport is floor hockey, and he likes the uniforms.

He has many medals for his sports competitions, and the gold medals are his favorite. Larry wants to continue to try different sports.

“He is a new athlete and we are very excited to have him join our team,” said Coach Steve Bratzel.







Chad Childers

Chad Childers has been involved with Special Olympics in the Santa Clarita Valley since he was a teenager. He is playing floor hockey this season and likes to play defense to “stop the other team from making goals.” He also plays bocce ball, basketball, and is on a bowling team.

Chad likes his coaches in all sports because, “They teach me the sports and my teammates are my friends.”

“He is an honest and loyal friend to those he loves,” said Coach Steve Bratzel. “He is all about Special Olympics, and even trains on his own time.”

Chad is in a local day work program and is currently an actor with Major Impact Theater.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | January 10, 2019

Jesse Corralejo attended Valencia High school and has been in Special Olympics since he was in his teens. He competes in soccer, basketball, softball, and floor hockey.

Soccer is his favorite sport because he likes to run, and his position is forward. Forwards are the players who play nearest to the opposing team’s goal, and are most responsible for scoring goals.

“My teammates are my friends. We have fun and we work hard,” Jesse said.

During the week Jesse works in a local day program.

Jason Carreon began his involvement in Special Olympics when he was in high school. He plays softball, floor hockey, and basketball on the Makos team.

Jason had this to say about his coaches: “They are really nice to me and they teach me the sports. My teams are like my family.”

His motto is, “Do the best you can.”

Jason works at a local restaurant and at local business.

No Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Programs Ranked in AP Poll for First Time This Decade

| Sports | January 10, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The Pac-12 men’s basketball conference is having a down year.

For the first time sine the 2011-12 season, no Pac-12 schools are present inside the AP Top 25 polls. The last team to fall out was the Arizona State Sun Devils, who were ranked 17th during week 8 and have since fallen out thanks to an upset home-loss by Princeton. They are tied for the second best overall record in the conference sitting at 10-4 overall, but a mediocre 1-1. The Sun Devils have since dropped a road conference game to Utah by 10 points.

There’s no doubt that the Pac-12 is dealing with some hard-pressed issues of it’s own, with the firing of former UCLA head coach Steve Alford season after an embarrassing upset home-loss by 16 points to Liberty. Murry Bartow has since been named interim and has rebounded to lead the Bruins to two straight conference wins against Stanford and Berkeley.

Oregon sits at 1-1 in the conference after losing Bol Bol, their prized freshman and son of NBA legend Manute Bol after he suffered a stress fracture to his navicular bone on his left foot. Bol has decided for surgery and will be out the remainder of the season. Arizona, USC, Washington State and Oregon State, along with UCLA are the lone unbeaten teams in the Pac-12 with Arizona State being the last ranked team and the last Pac-12 team to receive a vote in the AP Poll with one vote during Week 10.

It’s still early enough in the season for the Pac-12 to turn it around, but they need to take a look around the league and figure out what they need quickly, before they are forgotten amongst the top Power Five conferences in the country.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | January 3, 2019

Nathaniel French is originally from Antelope Valley, but he has lived in Santa Clarita and has participated in Special Olympics (SO) since he was a teenager. Currently, Nathaniel is training for the floor hockey season, but he also competes in soccer, basketball (Tiger Sharks), bocce ball and swimming.

Nathaniel enjoys SO because the “coaches are nice and do a good job.” He works well with his teammates while they train and compete, and he has the medals to prove it. He also traveled to Long Beach to compete in basketball at the Walter Pyramid.

“Nathaniel is one of the fastest and assertive players in making goals and taking the puck down the court,” Coach Chris Bratzel said.

During the week, Nathaniel is in a local day work program.

Scott Strauss has been in SCV Special Olympics (SO) for over 25 years. He is currently training for the 2019 floor hockey season, but he also competes in basketball, softball, bocce ball and soccer.

Scott ran the Torch of Hope for the Law Enforcement Torch Run at the opening ceremonies of the Santa Clarita SO summer games at Hart High School.

He loves winning gold medals in his competitions, and he is also a fan of the LA Kings.

“Scott has a lot of energy and makes practice and games fun for all,” Coach Chris Bratzel said.

During the week, Scott is in a local day work program and is active in Major Impact Theater.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games.

The LETR for Special Olympics engages law enforcement worldwide championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Over the years,the Torch Run has evolved and now encompasses a variety of innovative fundraising platforms to include Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, and more. Since inception, LETR has raised over 700 million dollars and changed millions of attitudes.

For more information, visit www.letr.org.

UCLA Men’s Basketball Parts Ways with Head Coach After Shaky Start

| Sports | January 3, 2019

by Diego Marquez

The UCLA men’s basketball team has decided to part ways with six-year head coach Steve Alford on Monday. Alford’s firing comes on the heels of a home blowout 73-58 loss to Liberty in which the Bruins turned the ball over 24 times on Saturday. The loss drops the Bruins to 7-6 on the season as they open up Pac-12 League play on Thursday against Stanford.

Since Alford took over the Bruins program in 2013, signing a seven-year $18.2 million contract, the men’s basketball team has a 124-63 record over the span, ending his career with a winning percentage of 66 percent. Alford also won a Pac-12 tournament title and made four trips to the NCAA tournament.

“I’m extremely appreciative to everybody at UCLA for what has been a tremendous run and the chance to work with such special student-athletes and coaches,” Alford said in a statement issued by the school. “While I wish we could have had more success, my family and I are so grateful for our time in Westwood. We wish the program nothing but the best. I sincerely hope that the UCLA community will rally around this team, its players and the coaching staff as Pac-12 play begins.”

Assistant coach Murray Bartow will take over as the interim coach for the rest of the season while UCLA searches for a permanent replacement for Alford. Bartow has some previous coaching experience, serving as the head coach at Alabama-Birmingham from 1996-2002, compiling a 103-83 record over the six seasons. Bartow was in his first season as an assistant under Alford and served as interim head coach at the University of South Florida during the 2016-17 season.

The Bruins are expected to begin the search for a replacement immediately with former NBA coaches Fred Hoiberg (Chicago Bulls), who also held the head coach position at Iowa State, and UCLA alumnus Earl Watson (Phoenix Suns). College coaches Tony Bennett (Virginia), Mike Brey (Norte Dame), Jamie Dixon (TCU) and Bobby Hurley (Arizona State) are all expected to be in the mix for the position, as well.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | December 28, 2018

Gerry Haughnberry has been in Special Olympics (SO) for over 20 years. His list of sports includes floor hockey, soccer, track, bocce ball and swimming.

Gerry is proud of his medals, – especially the gold medals. He enjoyed going to the competition in San Diego where he was able to spend the night in a hotel with his fellow athletes and enjoy all of the activities SO had planned for them. “Special Olympics teaches me how to be a good player and to how to be a goalie,” Gerry said.

Gerry’s roommate also plays on his floor hockey team.

“Gerry is a team player and really likes to score goals,” Coach Chris Bratzel said.

During the week, Gerry is in a day work program.


When speaking to Patricia Vare for the first time, it takes a moment to realize that she is speaking French, which is a challenge for a non-French speaking interviewer. Through her coach, Chris Bratzel, Patricia said that she has competed in Special Olympics with bowling, bocce, basketball, tennis and softball teams. She now plays on the Thresher Sharks floor hockey team for the season.

She has “a lot” of medals from competitions, and says she likes her coaches because they help her learn the sport and they make the learning fun.

During the week, Patricia is involved in a work training center.

Dodgers Continue to Make Moves in December

| Sports | December 27, 2018

by Diego Marquez

The Los Angeles Dodgers are continuing to make moves before the end of 2018. The team will be trading away starting pitcher Alex Wood and outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. Los Angeles’ President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman, was able to acquire right-handed pitcher Homer Bailey along with other prospects, including infielder Jeter Downs, right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray and catcher/ infielder Kyle Farmer. The Dodgers will also send $7 million in cash considerations to the Reds. The move significantly opens up salary cap space and allows Los Angeles to position themselves to make a bigger splash in free agency moves and acquisitions.

Trading away their two most expensive outfielders, Kemp and Puig, the Dodgers clear enough room for their suspected move to pursue free agent Bryce Harper, along with other suitable players. Los Angeles is reportedly trying to stay under the luxury tax threshold, but trying to pick Harper would not fit into that mindset, since the free agent will probably demand a contract upwards of $300 million for 10 years. If the Dodgers decide they want to go elsewhere, A.J. Pollack, the former Arizona Diamondbacks centerfielder, will be a suitable fit as well. Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto could also be a viable addition to the Dodgers lineup, as well.

It’s bittersweet for Dodgers fans who endured a “frustrating” relationship with Puig during his time in Los Angeles. He fell out of favor with the organization in 2016 after not living up to the hype with the promising flashes he showed as a rookie. Picking his game back up over the last two years, Puig was able to figure out a way to be a productive staple in the Dodgers lineup. Despite Puig’s departure, Los Angeles still has Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Andrew Toles who can all play in the outfield.

There is no telling what Los Angeles’ next move is, since the Dodgers made two very aggressive moves this in the last two weeks: picking up former Boston Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly last week, and now this seven-player trade. The rest of the league will just have to wait and see what’s next for the defending National League Champs.

Los Angeles Dodgers Sign Righty Joe Kelly

| Sports | December 20, 2018

by Diego Marquez

Right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on the final night of the winter meetings on Wednesday Dec. 12. Acquiring the reliever from the Boston Red Sox, months after losing to them in the World Series, Los Angeles bolsters some reliable pitching in the back end of their bullpen.

The 30-year-old finished the 2017-18’ season 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and a 2.13 strikeout-to-walk ratio and recorded two saves in 73 appearances for the Red Sox. He did most of the damage against the Dodgers, pitching in all five games of the World Series, not allowing a run and striking on 10 batters in six innings of work.

Spending the first five seasons of his seven-year career, Kelly alternated between a rotation pitcher and the bullpen, and now joins a roster that features Pedro Baez, Dylan Floro and Josh Fields, as well as left-handed pitchers Scott Alexander, Tony Cingrani and Adam McCreery. Kelly might only have two saves under his belt, but provides an additional bullpen arm to begin the season with Kenley Jansen coming off a second heart procedure last month.

Jansen is expected to return for the start of Spring Training, but his future in still uncertain because his contract expires after this upcoming season. Los Angeles was on the receiving end of his dominant performance during the World Series and hope that he can replicate the same success in Los Angeles with his strong pitching.

2019 Winter Softball Clinic

| Sports | December 20, 2018

Canyon High School Softball will be hosting a winter softball clinic for children ages 6 to 12 on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Instructing the clinic will be Canyon Softball coaching staff, as well as the 2018-2019 Cowboys Softball team.

Clinic participants will receive training in all areas of softball, including hitting, fielding, throwing, running, pitching and catching. Attendees should arrive wearing the appropriate practice clothing and bring personal protective equipment (i.e. bat, batting helmet, glove, cleats).

The price to attend is $60 after Dec. 21. The event will be held at the Canyon High School softball fields from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch, snacks, beverages, and T-shirts will be provided to all participants. Same-day registrations are welcome; however, T-shirt availability is not guaranteed unless registered by Dec. 21, 2018.

For more information, contact the Cowboys Softball Booster Club at wearecanyonsoftball@gmail.com or Scott Goodspeed at scott@canyonsoftball.org.

One Final Meeting Between Friends: LeBron vs. D-Wade

| Sports | December 13, 2018

by Diego Marquez

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade played against each other for the 31st time on Monday night during a Lakers 108-105 win over the Miami Heat at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The game was tight for all four quarters, coming down to the final shot. Down three points with 22.5 seconds to go in the game, the two met for one last possession. Wade attempted to put up a 3-point shot, but the wily veteran James accosted him with smothering defense as he missed the contested 3-point shot to the dismay of Heat fans.

Los Angeles has won six of the last seven games and is now 17-10 overall, ranking them 5th in the Western Conference, while the Miami heat drop to 11-15 and a half-game back of the eight-seeded Orlando Magic. James finished the heart-touching game recording 28 point, 12 assists and nine rebounds, just missing a triple-double by one rebound. Wade was able to turn heads as well, recording his first double-double of the season finishing with 15 point and 10 assists.

The once-dynamic duo really savored what is most likely going to be the final time the share the court in their respective careers, after beginning their journey together in the 2003 NBA Draft Class. Starting out as foes in the Eastern Conference, LeBron on the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dwyane on the Miami Heat, the two finally teamed up as James decided to sign with the Miami Heat in 2010. They would go on to win two NBA Championships while reaching four consecutive NBA Finals. They even played half a season together in Cleveland when Wade decided to join the Cavs, and it did not work out as well as the other pairings.

In a sign of respect, the pair of friends traded jerseys after the final whistle and met at half-court, embracing each other and sharing one last special moment on the court together. With the win, LeBron leads the all-time matchup over Dwyane, winning 16 games, while Dwyane is sitting at 15 with one less win in the series. It’s clear that both of these athletes are at different points in their NBA careers, but one thing is certain, that they made the most of their time on the court together and will be forever immortalized as two of the most formidable teammates of all-time.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | December 13, 2018

Janelle Spindt has been a Special Olympics athlete since she was 11 years old. She has competed in soccer, basketball, floor hockey, and swimming. Floor hockey is her favorite sport, and she likes her coaches because they “cheer me on,” Janelle said.

Janelle works part-time at a local fitness center, is a client of Avenues Supported Living, participates in Major Impact Theater, and is an active volunteer.


Jonah Stacey has been in Special Olympics (SO) for nine years. He competes in basketball, floor hockey, snow boarding and flag football.

“I love all of the coaches the same,” Jonah said. “They help me play better. SO has great sports where I can meet new friends and be with old friends too. I cherish every moment.”

Jonah is in a local week day work program.


Carson Smith, Saugus Football

Committing to play football for Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Smith finished his senior year with nine sacks, first on the team and second in Foothill League, along with 42 tackles and a team-high 12 tackles for loss. The 6-foot, 5-inch defensive end was recruited to play defense, but could dabble at tight-end for the Division 1 FCS school catching four passes, two of which were touchdowns and a two-point conversion in his final season at Saugus.

Aaronya Crosswhite, SCCS Girls’ Basketball

Crosswhite led the Santa Clarita Christian School girls’ basketball team to a 60-8 win over de Toledo High School, scoring 14 points in the rout on Monday. Playing tenacious defense, Crosswhite, along with the rest of the Cardinals, allowed the Jaguars to score just five points in the first half.

Clippers Recognized for Fast Start to the Season

| Sports | December 8, 2018

By Diego Marquez

Jumping out to a 16-7 record through the first 23 games, the Los Angeles Clippers have taken the NBA and the city of Los Angeles by storm early in the 2018-19’ season. Estimated to win 33-37 games this year, some NBA fans would say that the Clippers sharing the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference means something and is no fluke. On Monday, two of the Clippers – Tobias Harris and head coach Doc Rivers – were recognized for contributing to the amazing start to the season.

Harris was named the Western Conference Player of the Month after leading the NBA in effective field-goal percentage, shooting 59.4 percent form the field and is averaging 21.7 point and averaging almost nine rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from 3-point territory. Contributing to the NBA’s second-best record, which is the franchise’s fourth-best record through 21 games, Harris has managed average career highs in points, rebounds, field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage and minutes played.

Through the first six weeks, Rivers has led the Clippers to the fourth-best start in the franchise’s history, and they are currently tied for the NBA’s second-best record. Winning nine home games in a row and winning the 11-of-13 games in the month of November, the Clippers hold the longest active home winning streak. Along with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell providing big sparks off the bench, Patrick Beverly and Avery Bradley playing some of the league’s most stout defense and the emergence of rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander there should be no question as to why Doc Rivers was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for both October and November. Putting all the pieces together to make one beautiful puzzle; Los Angeles wouldn’t have it any other way.

Paseo Aquatics Club’s Teia Salvino Breaks Southern California Swimming Record

| Sports | November 29, 2018

Paseo Aquatics Club swimmers Sydney Zancanaro, Teia Salvino and Cameron Snowden.

Teia Salvino has put herself with some very elite company. Recently, at the Kevin Perry Meet in La Mirada, Salvino clocked in an impressive 23.71 in the 50-yard free, bettering the previous Southern California Swimming (SCS) record by .15. She beat out previous record holder Claire McClean from Westside Aquatics. In the process Salvino had also propelled herself to No. 1 in the nation in the 11-12 girls 50-yard free.

The SCS organization dates to 1928 under the old regime of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) In 1978 the AAU folded into the US Olympic Committee (USOC). The SCS is a National Governing Body of the USOC. Yearly, tens of thousands of swimmers pass through Southern California Swimming, which is arguably one of the toughest conferences in the nation.

“Typically, if you break a SCS record or even come close you are probably up there with some of the top swimmers in the nation,” said Paseo Aquatics Club head coach Chris Dahowski.

Savino’s swim also made her the fastest 11-12-year old 50-freestyler to come out of Santa Clarita Valley. The previous record was held by Jennifer Parmenter (24.03) of Canyons Aquatics back in 1994. Currently, Salvino holds multiple records in the SCV including the 100IM (59.55) and 50 butterfly (26.62) as well.

“If you think about the sheer number of swimmers that have come before and will continue to come after it is quite an accomplishment,” Dahowski continued. “To think one day a young athlete will be eyeing this record set by a Paseo Aquatics Athlete is really neat. Paseo Aquatics works hard at its culture of developing athletes for success in and out of the pool.

“It wasn’t but 18 months ago that we hired Teia’s current coach. I can tell you Coach Daiki Sato and I have spent countless hours at the white board going over training plans, energy systems, training modalities and methodologies. He is a true ‘thinker’ of the sport. We have a ton of fun doing this.”

While the illustrious career as a 12-year-old closes its doors, Salvino will begin a new journey into the ever-fierce 13-14 age group.

As she currently stands, she is just a mere 6/100ths away from setting yet another SCV record in the Girls’ 13-14 50 free. That record was set in 1992 by another well-respected athlete Lindsay Gassner.

Stay tuned as she gears up for the Winter Age Groups Championships on Dec. 6-8 in Ventura County.

If any swimmers are interested in joining, contact paseoaquatics.org.

Athletes of the Week

| Sports | November 22, 2018

Peter Goldbach has been involved with Special Olympics (SO) since he was in his twenties. Today, he is 65 years old and still participating in SO. Peter likes playing bocce ball, but stated, “My feet don’t like bocce ball.”

Bowling and volleyball are the two sports he favors now. Peter will play tennis if it is held inside. He likes to compete and “beat the other teams.” Peter likes his coaches and he said of his current coach, Jay Schubert, “Jay is a good man.”

Peter is in a local day work program and is married to Ana Goldbach, who was featured as female SO athlete in the Oct. 19 – Oct. 25 issue of the Santa Clarita Gazette.

Eric Hoffman is a very busy Special Olympics athlete. He plays flag football, bowling, floor hockey (his favorite sport), volleyball, bocce ball, soccer and tennis. Volleyball Coach Jay Schubert said, “Eric hits the ball

harder than any player on our team.”

Eric is very proud of the many trophies he and his teammates have earned over the years.


Stephanie Soares
The Master’s University Women’s Basketball

On the way to the Mustang’s third win of the season in a 107-45 rout of Westcliff University, the freshman forward/center scored a career-high 29 points while pulling down six rebounds, four blocks and three steals in 24 minutes of action on Friday. In four games, Soares is averaging 15.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game.

Delewis Johnson
The Master’s University Men’s Basketball

Surpassing 1,000 career points in Saturday’s 96-84 win over the University of Saint Katherine, the senior guard put up a game-high in both points (23) and rebounds (13), adding five assists and three steals on the Mustangs’ third-straight win of the season.

Bruin Football Tops Trojans in Cross-Town Rivalry

| Sports | November 21, 2018

by Diego Marquez

Defeating their cross-town rivals 34-27, UCLA football held their heads high after going down 3-0 early in the game and came out victorious at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. It is the first time the Bruins defeated the Trojans since 2014, and the first loss to an opponent with eight losses or more in over fifty years. The Bruins have improved to 3-8 overall and 3-5 in Pac-12 play. Meanwhile, the Trojans have fallen to 5-6 and 4-5 and are on the verge of being bowl ineligible if they don’t turn things around on this troubled season.

In a game where the Trojans allowed Bruins running back Joshua Kelley to rush for 289 yards on 40 carries and two touchdowns, the USC defense was abysmal. Allowing the junior running back to rush for the third-most yards in school history and the most a UCLA player has rushed for since the schools started playing. The Bruins employed a scheme that focused heavily on running the ball. In the game, UCLA head coach Chip Kelly decided that they would rush the ball 52 times compared to 22 pass attempts.

Averaging 7.0 yards per rush, Kelley was able to control the pace of the game with a pair of touchdowns, none more electrifying that the 55-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter to put the Bruins up ahead in the game – for good.

The Trojans were able to put together a final drive down 34-27 in the 4th quarter, after a couple of insurance field goals by Bruins kicker JJ Molson from 19 and 48 yards out, but a JT Daniels pass fell incomplete with under a minute to go in the contest. The Trojan’s quarterback finished the game throwing for 337 yards and two touchdown passes on 20-of-34 pass attempts.

USC must win on Saturday against Notre Dame at the Coliseum to salvage a lackluster season while UCLA hosts Stanford at the Rose Bowl to finish the season on a two-game winning streak.

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