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Local volleyball club finishes 5th

Foothill League products compete with Legacy Volleyball’s 18-1 team at Junior Nationals

Posted: July 9, 2010 10:03 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Comprised largely of Santa Clarita Valley residents, Legacy Volleyball Club’s boys 18-1 team took fifth place last weekend at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships in Austin, Texas in the 18 Boys Club bracket.

Coached by Valencia graduate Teddy Goetz and Walt Ker, the team featured former Vikings Steven Crane, Josh Duarte, Jason Halliday and Daniel Johnson and Canyon’s Curtis Van Grinsven.

Also on the team were Village Christian of Sun Valley’s Ryan Kapuschinski and Ashish Cleophas, as well as Oaks Christian of Westlake Village’s Carter Franciskovic.

“To take them as far as we did was very satisfying,” Goetz said. “It is a testament to their work ethic and their improvement. They dedicated themselves to improving throughout the year.”

The team included multiple players who had not played club previously, Goetz said.

Legacy opened the tournament with eight straight victories, going the full three games in four matches.

“They showed a lot of resilience, a lot of determination and a lot of mental toughness, which was a huge thing we were trying to communicate in the last couple weeks,” Goetz said. “Even when they weren’t playing their best, (they were) still trying to find a way to win.”

Following the strong start, Legacy dropped its final two matches to close out the tournament.

Nonetheless, eyes were drawn to the SCV-based program.

“It’s huge because there are a lot of players who have had siblings or had parents who for years have played with other clubs,” Goetz said. “To see the success of not only my team, but the 16s and 17s that were also strong at (the Junior National Championships) at the open division, which is even tougher to qualify for, brings a lot of attention. And for a start-up club, that is the biggest challenge.”

Glasnow competes at nationals

Former Hart High football player and track and field athlete Ted Glasnow made his way to Des Moines, Iowa a few weeks ago to compete at the 2010 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Entering his second year at Notre Dame, Glasnow placed seventh in the decathlon with 6,454 points.

Neamen Wise took first in the event with 7,300 points.

The meet was held from June 23-27 at Drake University.

Glasnow closed out the NCAA season with a seventh-place finish in the decathlon at the Big East Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the University of Cincinnati from April 30 to May 2.

Notre Dame’s men’s team won the meet for the third straight year.

Saugus thrower commits

After winning a Foothill League championship in the shot put and finishing second in the discus, recent Saugus High graduate Daniel Whitham Jr. will soon be trading the Santa Clarita Valley for the NCAA Division I ranks.

Whitham Jr. has verbally committed the University of Montana, where he will continue his track and field career.

His commitment makes it two years in a row the Centurions have sent a thrower to an NCAA Division I college.

Daniel Swarbrick moved on to Iowa State the year before and redshirted this spring.

Whitham Jr. will compete in the shot put and hammer throw for the Grizzlies, while majoring in sociology.


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