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Hart grad makes Reds roster

Valaika added to 40-man list; Valencia co-head coach resigns

Posted: November 26, 2009 8:33 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.

After four strong seasons in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization, Hart High graduate Chris Valaika was added to the 40-man roster on Friday, according the Reds’ official Web site.

The shortstop batted .235 with six home runs and 36 RBIs for the Triple-A Louisville Bats last season, but missed time due to a fractured hand.

Valaika was a third-round pick of the Reds in 2006, and now stands as one of nine rostered infielders.

Currently, Paul Janish sits atop the depth chart at shortstop having hit .211 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 256 at-bats last season.
Valaika will also have competition from Adam Rosales and Drew Sutton.

Connelly calls it quits

Valencia High cross country and track and field co-head coach Pat Connelly resigned on Monday at the advice of parents and athletes, he said in a statement to The Signal.

“My resignation saddens me, but I feel to be an effective tool in the lives of young people on and off the running course of life that the responsibilities between athlete, parents and coach should be shared equally and not present an emotional barrier for the success of an athlete,” Connelly said.

“I want to thank Brian Stiman, director of athletics, and Vice Principal Ron Hilton for the privilege of allowing me to develop the athletic skills and charter strength in my athletes. To end my 45-year coaching career at Valencia High School is an honor and I am blessed to have worked under an excellent administration, partner with a talented faculty and peer coaches. I wish nothing but the very best for my former athletes while they prepare for the 2010 track season and beyond.”

Current co-head coach Jeff Gilkey will take over the Vikings program.

Seven COC players named all-conference

Led by defensive back Arron Fisher’s second straight all-conference award in the National Division, Northern Conference, College of the Canyons earned seven total selections following the 2009 season.

Fisher, a sophomore, was named to the first-team defense after accounting for 34 tackles, one interception and 14 pass breakups.

Also earning first-team recognition were sophomore wide receiver D.J. Stephens and freshman tight end Mychal Rivera.

Stephens caught 52 passes for 827 yards and six touchdowns, while Rivera recorded 27 receptions for 270 yards and two scores.

The Cougars’ defense also landed four second-teamers, including sophomore defensive tackle Jake Tepper, sophomore linebacker Evan Harrington, freshman defensive end Jeremy Boone and freshman safety and Canyon graduate Kenny Shanahan.

Shanahan led the team with 66 tackles and five pass breakups, and Harrington had 63 tackles to go along with 5.5 sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.

Boone added 51 tackles and 3.5 sacks and Tepper had 13 tackles with 1.5 sacks.

Wolfe’s collegiate career ends early

Hart High graduate Ryan Wolfe’s impact on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has been unprecedented in the school’s history.

Unfortunately, he will spend the final game of his collegiate career cheering on his teammates from the sideline.

According the school’s official Web site, Wolfe broke his foot during practice on Nov. 18 and will miss Saturday’s finale against San Diego State.

The wide receiver finishes his career with 283 receptions for 3,495 yards and 15 touchdowns.

His total catches is a Mountain West Conference record, while his yardage total was a mere 139 yards short of the top mark posted by Colorado State’s David Anderson from 2002-05.

This season, Wolfe has 74 receptions for 760 yards and two scores.


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