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Wolfe, Duraj reach peaks

Hart grad breaks Mountain West Conference record; GV swimmer is bound for the Rocky Mountains

Posted: October 28, 2009 10:42 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2009 10:41 p.m.

Back-to-back Foothill League 50-yard freestyle champion Michelle Duraj has verbally committed to the University of Denver, becoming Golden Valley’s first swimmer to earn a scholarship.

The senior has evolved into the face of the program over the last few years with strong finishes during league competition, the CIF-Southern Section Division I finals and the CIF-SS Masters Meet.

“I think that it is huge for our program,” said Grizzlies co-head coach Jenn Marsden of Duraj’s commitment. “It makes us more visible on the Golden Valley campus, which will increase our numbers and improve our chances against some of the powerhouse programs in this valley.”

Duraj, who also swims for Canyons Aquatic Club, was recently named a Scholastic All-American for the 2008-09 academic year by USA Swimming, and was awarded Swimmer of the Meet honors at the Foothill League finals on May 7 at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

Then a junior, she also finished second in the 100-freestyle in 52.84 seconds aside from winning the 50-freestyle in 24.28.

Last season, Denver’s women’s swimming and diving team finished second at the Sun Belt Conference Championships.

The Pioneers compete in the NCAA Division I.

Wolfe sets conference record
With 11 catches for 118 yards and one touchdown in Saturday’s 34-17 win over New Mexico, Hart High graduate and University of Nevada, Las Vegas wide receiver Ryan Wolfe pushed his career receptions total to 270, setting a new Mountain West Conference mark.

The previous record was 262, set by San Diego State’s J.R. Tolver from 1999 to 2002.

Wolfe now has 61 receptions and 657 yards on the season for the 3-5 Rebels, which have four more games left to play in the regular season.

He is also the NCAA Division I active career leader in receptions with 11 more catches than No. 2 receiver Bryan Anderson of Central Michigan. He is also the active leader in receiving yards with 27 more than University of Buffalo’s Naaman Roosevelt.

Wolfe has 3,392 yards through 44 games since 2006.

LeMar recommits
Canyon High senior Brooke LeMar will be playing basketball in the NCAA Division I next season.

The point guard, who originally committed to Division II Western New Mexico University, has now accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Southern Illinois University.

The Salukis finished 9-19 last season, with an opening-round loss to Evansville in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Southern Illinois currently has eight guards on its roster — two seniors, one junior, one sophomore and four freshman.

Two local golfers named to All-American teams
Valencia freshman Alison Lee and West Ranch junior Daniel Lee were named to the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Junior All-American first and second teams, respectively, on Tuesday.

It is the second year in a row that Alison Lee, who won the Newhall Land Cup by three strokes on Oct. 21, earned first-team honors.

It is also the second time that Daniel Lee has been named an All-American and it comes on the heels of a season in which he won his first ever AJGA event — the Thunderbird International Junior on May 27 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

He currently holds a Polo Golf Ranking of 17, while Alison Lee is ranked No. 7.

Alison Lee’s best finish in the AJGA this season came on July 16, when she took second by one stroke at the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship to AJGA No. 2-ranked golfer Yueer Cindy Feng.



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