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Another strong week lands Herrick Big Sky honor

Posted: October 13, 2009 10:29 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia High graduate and California’s all-time prep passing yardage leader Michael Herrick had the best game of his collegiate football career last Saturday.

Herrick was 30-of-40 for 388 yards and a touchdown in leading Northern Arizona to a 23-10 victory over Montana State.

For his efforts, Herrick was named Big Sky Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

Northern Arizona is 3-2 this season.

Herrick has had a stellar season for the Lumberjacks, tossing 12 touchdowns to three interceptions, completing 70.6 percent of his passes and throwing for 1,575 yards.

LeMar commits
Canyon point guard Brooke LeMar recently accepted a basketball scholarship from Western New Mexico University.

LeMar was the Foothill League’s assist leader in 2008-09, averaging 5.2 per contest. She also scored 13.0 points per game.

She started her varsity career at Golden Valley as a freshman and will be entering her third season as the Cowboys’ starting point guard.

Western New Mexico University is based in Silver City, N.M.

The Mustangs play at the NCAA Division II level.

They finished 8-19 in 2008-09.

The scholarship can’t be made official until National Signing Day, which is Nov. 11.

Balta plays well, but is left off Team USA roster
Despite a strong showing in the USA Baseball 14U National Team Trials, Valencia High freshman A.J. Balta was not selected for the final team that will represent the country in the Pan Am Championships in Ecuador beginning Saturday.

Balta singled and had an RBI in a game on Sunday, then tripled and knocked in a run Monday. In the final game of the trials, the outfielder went 0-for-2 with a run and a walk.  

Local swimmers honored for academics
Six local swimmers have been named Scholastic All-Americans for the 2008-09 academic year by USA Swimming, according to the organization’s official Web site.

Recent Hart High graduates Chris Weber, Jordan Danny and Chelsea Griffiths earned the honor for the third straight year, while Canyon senior Kearsten Livingstone, Golden Valley senior Michelle Duraj and Hart junior Hayley Good were selected for the first time.

According to, “The Scholastic All-America program is open to all 10th- to 12th-grade USA Swimming members who earn a 3.5 GPA or better and achieve a Junior National Bonus Time Standard or swim in a selected disability championship meet or the Open Water National Championships.”

Nationally, 905 girls and 595 boys were named Scholastic All-Americans.

All five local girls were honored for event times achieved as members of the Canyons Aquatic Club, while Weber represented Rattler Swim Club.



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