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Storm season opener comes up even in goalless draw.

| Sports | May 9, 2015

Santa Clarita Storm (1 pt, 0-1-0) were held to a goalless draw against Valley United (1 pt, 0-1-0) in their United Premier Soccer League season opener for the regular season on Saturday.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Santa Clarita Storm were held to a goalless draw against Valley United in El Clasico and their (UPSL) United Premier Soccer League season opener for the regular season today.

Coach Oscar Moreno and his men continued their lackadaisical approach to the start of games giving up six corner kicks in the first 15 minutes of play before waking up and seizing control of the match. Valley United keeper (0-0-1, 1 point) and x-Storm Keeper Casey Phillips kept his composure to make a few brilliant saves that keep the Storm from what seem like odds-on chances to score.

The Storm (0-0-1, 1 point) had a goal called back for offside when it appeared good adding to the list of many questionable calls by the referees against the Storm. Brett Croft Storm striker was close to earning the victory for the Storm after having a few good chances at scoring but was unable to convert. In the 40th minute Croft was called for a yellow card after a play at the end line was called against him and he yelled “Are you kidding me, how did you make that call?” at the sidelined judge who responded by halting the action to have the referee enforce what he deemed dissent.

Brett Croft, Storm striker seem to feed emotion into the team getting fired up leading to the Storm having many chances but just barely missing.

Brett Croft, Storm striker seem to feed emotion into the team getting fired up leading to the Storm having many chances but just barely missing.

The refs quickly followed Croft’s card up with another foul called against the Storm in the 42nd minute as a yellow card was issued to Anthony Armbuster after a collision in the middle of the field. The cards did not come back to haunt the Storm however seemed to wake them up as it appeared only Croft had come to play up until that point.

Croft seem to feed emotion into the Storm getting fired up leading to the Storm having many chances but just barley missing getting the one goal it could have took to open the season with three points instead of one for the draw.

As the second half began to wind down Valley United had one chance of only two that just went over the top of the net that would have scored if only a half ball lower. Surprisingly Storm keeper Kyle Cunningham had the complete opposite game as Phillips not having his best performance to open the season, with miscommunication with his defenders almost leading to an own goal and a few sloppy kicks that landed out of bounds.

Storm keeper Kyle Cunningham with miscommunication with his defenders almost leading to an own goal and a few sloppy kicks that landed out of bounds.

Storm keeper Kyle Cunningham with miscommunication with his defenders almost leading to an own goal and a few sloppy kicks that landed out of bounds.

The Storm defenders were able to keep Valley United’s striker Tristan Korras probably the fastest player on the field in check as Scott Landon and Juan Camacho played him close making sure one or both had him covered. As the clock winded down the Storm made a tactical change letting them release adding more attack opportunities that did not materialize.

The teams will face off again AUG 9 at Golden Valley High School with kickoff set for 5:15 p.m. PST.

Storm kicked off their United Premier Soccer League season opener for the regular season today.

Storm kicked off their United Premier Soccer League season opener for the regular season today.

Ready for a El Clasico in your backyard? Storm in action!

| Sports | May 5, 2015

Storm v. Valley United, May 9, 2015

By Malik Basurto

SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA – Santa Clarita Storm opens their inaugural season in the United Premier Soccer League with a very important match for Oscar Moreno and his men, this Saturday May 9, as the Storm visit Valley United in the first UPSL regular season game for both sides. With ties that bind this will be the first El Clasico of the season with both teams separated only by a short trip on the 5 freeway as Valley United represent the Northwest San Fernando Valley and many of the Storms players growing up in the Valley United youth system.

Even Storm head coach Moreno last coached for Valley United before signing on to lead the Storm and taking many of his Valley United players with him that now make up the Storm starting eleven. Valley United keeper Casey Phillips spent sometime as the starting Storm keeper before heading back to the team of his youth down the road. Scott Landon as well as Andrew Tusaazemajja had played in the Valley United youth system before signing with the Storm. Landon had played for Valley United since the age of 16, only signing with the Storm after being referred by Valley United to sign after the Storm had joined the UPSL last season and Valley United was not yet thinking making the leap.

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At stake more than just UPSL points to move up the table but more importantly to players bragging rights.

Both teams temperament will be tested by the brotherly atmosphere at Heritage Christian High School with many of the teams’ players having been teammates as youth now on opposite sidelines looking to achieve the same goal of winning the UPSL championship. Valley United head coach Laura Garcia is hoping both teams will shine with a tie not being the worst result to open the season. Coach Garcia after having worked with most of the Storm’s players and coaching staff only wants to see both sides walk off the field uninjured and everyone conduct themselves as professionals playing hard and no red-cards.

The Storm deploy a 4-4-2 formation with Zach Klindworth and Alex Barahona leading the way as the team’s strikers however the catalyst of the team will continue to fall on the tandem midfield play of Tusaazemajja and Landon. The Storm have found past success when able to cut off the passing lanes and stopping the opposing offensive before they can get into their plays.

The mechanism to success for the Storm will continue to fall on the midfield play of Andrew Tusaazemajja.

The mechanism to success for the Storm will continue to fall on the midfield play of Andrew Tusaazemajja.

Valley United’s head coach Garcia will stick with a 4-5-1 formation as the formula calls for striker Tristan Korras to continue the scoring prowess he displayed in earning seven goals as they continue their UPSL Admiral Cup dreams into the third round. With the midfield being the Storms true strength Valley United will rely on Saragon Barkawi and Nick Saldivia in the midfield to counter attack scoring on Korras rebounds or finding open shots.

Valley United had many players before they signed on to lead the Storm.

Valley United had many players before they signed on to lead the Storm.

At stake more than just UPSL points to move up the table but more importantly to players bragging rights as both teams’ continue to remain friendly helping each other out any chance they get. El Classico will be played out at Heritage Christian High School (South Campus) 9825 Woodley Ave in Northridge and admission is free to all.

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Canyon High School Says

| Gazette, Student Journals | April 12, 2012

Heroin Sneaks Up On the Santa Clarita Valley

by Erica Silvera
In the Santa Clarita Valley, heroin use is not just something that is read about in books like a myth anymore — it’s a reality and a nightmare. In fact, heroin in the SCV is increasing dramatically among teens and young adults.

Said Janine Prado, Santa Clarita’s community service administrator, from August, 2010 through October of 2011 there were 108 heroin related  arrests in Santa Clarita. Is heroin still just a myth in a book?

Let’s talk about facts. Nationwide, one out of 20 teens from grades 9-12 have abused heroin in their lifetime. The medical name for heroin is “Diamorphine,” and its street names include Smack, H, Skag, Junk, Black Tar, Hell Dust, and Dope.

Heroin is processed from the prescription drug morphine, and it is usually in the form of a white or brown powder or a tar-like substance.

Unlike the late 1800s when it first started appearing, heroin can now be smoked and snorted, not just injected.  Therefore, the “heroin junkie” stereotype with the blood spots and track marks on their arms is not commonly seen anymore.

Nowadays, a junkie can be a clean-cut, well-dressed, well-behaved individual.  He or she can be the least expected person, like a neighbor, a friend, or a co-worker. There is not just one face of heroin any longer . . . there are hundreds.

What is it that makes users addicted to this drug? It could be the fact that it gives the user a “euphoric feeling” caused by the drug binding to the opiod receptors in the brain, blocking all pain and triggering one’s pleasure pathway system.

It could also be that it is now 70 percent pure, as opposed to the old 7 percent. Not only is it more addicting, but also, it creates a huge increase in the likeliness of an overdose, especially for first-time users. One direct result of a heroin overdose is the suppression of the respiratory system and difficulty in breathing.

Someone overdosing on heroin can be compared to a fish out of water, in that both of them are struggling to catch a single breath. While overdosing, the user only breathes two to four breaths per minute, which is a devastating decrease from the normal 16 breaths per minute.

Dr. Darrin Privett, an emergency medicine practitioner at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, has seen 413 cases of drug overdose in the past two years. Privett says that, one-quarter of the overdose victims were under the age of 24.” Since December of 2009, there have been 10 reported deaths due to heroin overdose in the SCV.

Heroin is not the only drug in Santa Clarita, and Santa Clarita is not the only place with a heroin issue. Heroin is just more prevalent in the Santa Clarita Valley than other drugs, such as crystal meth, ecstasy, cocaine, etc.  Therefore, the City of Santa Clarita has decided to do something about it.  For example, law enforcement is becoming more dedicated to decreasing drug trafficking and the crackdown on drug dealers.

Cary Quashen from ACTION Family Counseling gave some startling facts at the Heroin Kills Symposium back in late August. Cary informed the audience that since January of 2010, 453 residents have gone into drug treatment programs.

Even though Santa Clarita is often referred to as “AWESOMETOWN,” drugs such as heroin can still find a way in . . . and they already have. “AWESOMETOWN” may not be so “awesome” anymore.

Xiomara’s Story

By Diana Malagon

One of the students at Canyon High School is changing her life and inspiring others through her determination. Her name is Xiomara Lara.

Last summer, Xiomara wrote to Dr. Drew Pinsky expressing her struggles and wishes regarding weight loss, and she was selected to be a part of the “Dr. Drew Life Changers” television show during the upcoming season. She heard about the show on twitter and decided to give it a try, because normally the programs usually require participants to be at least 18 years old.

The day that the cameras were on campus came as an unexpected surprise. Xiomara was in her foods class during second period when she noticed a hidden camera and couldn’t hold back her emotion. Wanting to scream and cry, she was overcome with joy and all she could say was, “Oh God!” as a camera crew made their way into the classroom to interview her.

Xiomara has said that she wants to begin living a healthy lifestyle and is hoping to inspire more teenagers than adults. To her, losing weight isn’t an effort to be skinny, but to be well and healthy. As of  this printing, she weighs 308 lbs, and as the show progresses her goal is to be at a target weight of 137 lbs, intending to lose 25 lbs a month over a period of a year and a half.

Like many, Xiomara has role models she looks up to, and both Jillian Michaels, a trainer from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” and grammy-winning singer Adele are people she considers inspirational. Xiomara has actually had the good fortune to meet Jillian Michaels on more than one occasion, the first being at a USC book signing and then again at the Staples Center. In fact, now they tweet each other.

Xiomara has always wanted to motivate others and now has an opportunity to demonstrate it on television.“Take it step by step. Hold onto the reason for what you are fighting for,” she says, and “do it because YOU want to do it. It has to come from the heart.”

We will be following Xiomara’s progress in the upcoming months, watching her inspiring journey unfold.

Cellular Church of the SCV

| Canyon Country Magazine, Slider Home, Spotlight News | February 28, 2012

Driving over a slight rise while heading east on Soledad Canyon Road, the sun shines brightly on a dramatic stone church highlighted by an artistic triple layered metal cross.  The newly opened Cellular Church of the Santa Clarita Valley is a living testament to a dream of the pastor and the faith of the congregation to bring it to life.

Edwin Recinos was called into the missions field by his church, United Bretheren in Christ Church in Burbank, in 1993.  He and his wife, Meri, moved with their two young children to Lakewood, CA to open a new church.  Discouraged by the lack of growth, Recinos returned to Burbank.  Although ready to accept the possibility that planting a church was not God’s call for his life, he was asked to move to Canyon Country because two families were interested in having a church nearby.  the families bonded and the first cell group was formed.

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