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17 locals named to All-CIF

Valencia, SCCS each have eight honored; Hart senior recognized

Posted: January 22, 2010 10:43 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2010 4:30 a.m.

The CIF released its top honorees for fall sports earlier this month, and several local athletes picked up top nods for their accomplishments in the CIF-Southern Section.

Between football and volleyball, Valencia and Santa Clarita Christian each had eight All-CIF selections. Hart was the only other Foothill League team with representation on an All-CIF team.

Viking juniors Alex Bishop and Steven Manfro made the All-CIF-SS Northern Division Offensive Team at quarterback and running back, respectively. Bishop passed for 3,416 yards and a school-record 36 touchdowns against only seven interceptions. Manfro rushed for 1,666 yards and 29 touchdowns in 13 games.

One of Bishop’s favorite targets, senior Zach Tartabull, made the offensive team as a wide receiver. Tartabull led the team in catches with 42 for 890 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Valencia’s senior center, Nolan O’Sullivan, made the team for his part in controlling the line of scrimmage for the Vikings’ potent offense, which averaged 43.9 points per game.

C.J. Reyes, Hart’s senior quarterback/kicker, earned a nod on the offensive team as a utility player. Reyes threw for 2,731 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also averaged 39.8 yards per punt on special teams.

Three Viking seniors garnered spots on the All-CIF-SS Northern Division Defensive Team.

Brock Vereen, the University of Minnesota-bound defensive back, made the team with 51 tackles, a sack and a Foothill League-leading eight interceptions.

Vikings senior defensive linemen Kevin Rush and Ryan Wermich also made the team, each player tallying a dozen sacks. Wermich also finished with 79 tackles, forced three fumbles and got an interception. Rush added 47 tackles and recovered three fumbles.

Santa Clarita Christian head coach Garrick Moss took home the Coach of the Year honors after leading the Cardinals to another CIF-SS Division I 8-Man football championship.

The Cardinals’ Heritage League MVP running back Collin Keoshian took home the division’s top honor on offense, earning Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year. He finished the season with 1,709 rushing yards, and his 36 rushing touchdowns pushed his career total to 102, which is No. 1 all-time in the Santa Clarita Valley.  

SCCS senior running back Colin Mayhugh was named to the offensive team for gaining 1,253 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He was also a potent threat in the passing game with 148 receiving yards.  

Last year, Keoshian committed to play for Brigham Young, which recruited him as a linebacker.

Cardinals senior lineman Daniel Chaplin earned Defensive Player of the Year after leading the team in tackles with 129. SCCS nose tackle Adrian Mosley, also a senior, made the defensive team with 113 tackles and two sacks. He was joined by senior defensive lineman Ethan Espinosa, who also had two sacks to go with 92 tackles. Senior Brandon Harris made the squad as a linebacker with four sacks, four fumble recoveries and 44 tackles.

Girls volleyball in the Santa Clarita Valley also picked up two honors.

Katie Hank, a Valencia senior and Delaware State-bound outside hitter, made the All-CIF-SS Division I second team after finishing her season with 383 kills, 249 digs and 24 blocks.

SCCS junior setter Joanna Masopust made the first team for Division V after she helped lead the Cardinals to the second round of the playoffs this season.



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