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Aound the SCV: Cougar commits; Gillespie honored

COC LB Evan Harrington headed to Colorado

Posted: January 14, 2010 10:29 p.m.
Updated: January 15, 2010 4:30 a.m.
In the fall, the College of the Canyons football team remained strong through defensive consistency.

A primary reason was inside linebacker Evan Harrington.

After racking up 63 total tackles, 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss for the Cougars in 2009, Harrington verbally committed to continue his career at the University of Colorado last week.

He also forced two fumbles and recorded one interception.

The 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker also considered Utah State, the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Texas, El Paso, according to Scouts Inc.

Colorado finished 3-9 and fifth in the Big 12 South this season, with wins over Wyoming, Kansas and Texas A&M.

In their season finale, the Buffaloes fell 28-20 to eventual Holiday Bowl-champion Nebraska.

Of Colorado’s 16 rostered linebackers, five were seniors last season.

Gillespie enshrined
Former College of the Canyons head baseball coach and athletic director Mike Gillespie’s journey through the college baseball world has been lined with trophies, plaques and All-Americans.

Last Friday, he added one more milestone.

One of only two men to win NCAA national championships as a coach and player, the current UC Irvine skipper was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Dallas, Texas.

Gillespie won a national title in 1961 as a left fielder at USC and in 1998, as the team’s head coach, after which he was named Collegiate Baseball’s and the ABCA’s Coach of the Year.

He spent 16 seasons at COC, racking up a 418-165 record, 11 Mountain Valley Conference championships, three state titles and three California Community College Co-Coach of the Year honors.

In 1987, Gillespie took over at USC, where aside from his national title, the COC Hall of Famer won four Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards, five Pac-10 titles, two ABCA West Region Coach of the Year awards and produced 28 major leaguers.

He became the head coach at UC Irvine in 2007. Last season, Gillespie guided the Anteaters to a 45-15 overall record (22-2 in the Big West Conference) and the program’s first ever BWC title. He also won conference coach of the year honors.

With a 850-504-2 career coaching record, he is 24th in wins among active Division-I coaches.

Hart graduate invited to NFL Combine

According to an initial report from the Sporting News on Monday, Hart High graduate Ryan Wolfe has been invited to demonstrate his talent at the NFL Combine from Feb. 24 to March 2 in Indianapolis.

More players are expected to receive invitations in the coming days.

The wide receiver had 74 catches for 760 yards and two touchdowns for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in his final year with the team and was named to the All-Mountain West Conference first team for a third time in 2009.

In four seasons with UNLV, Wolfe had 283 receptions for 3,495 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Other wide receivers invited include Cincinnati’s Mardy Gilyard, Florida’s Riley Cooper, LSU’s Brandon LaFell and Texas’ Jordan Shipley and from the Pac-10, Arizona State’s Chris McGaha and Kyle Williams and Cal’s Nyan Boateng and Verran Tucker.

TMC soccer brings home another award
The Master’s College men’s soccer player Cody Jenison was honored as a Brine Method Champion of Character earlier this month.

Brine, which manufactures the official soccer ball of the NAIA, will donate $1,000 to TMC in recognition of Jenison’s achievement.

As a senior captain, he helped lead the team to the NAIA national championship game, where the Mustangs lost 1-0 to Lindsey Wilson.

For the third year, Brine selected male and female recipients based off of their conduct during the NAIA tournament.

Amanda Roward from Point Loma Nazarene received the award on the women’s side.


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