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Around the SCV: Locals to tackle ‘Beast’ again

Benefit scheduled for Dec. 11; GV grad helping Gophers

Posted: November 28, 2010 10:17 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

With the conclusion of the cross country season, another test of fitness is about to begin.

So is an opportunity to give back during the holidays.

For the fourth straight year, local outdoor enthusiasts will take to the “The Beast” to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 11.

“It’s scheduled to coincide with the conclusion of the cross country season so everyone can come out here and wind down and have a relaxing race if they want,” said Craig Leener, a former Signal sports writer and the event’s co-founder with local running enthusiast Don McLean. “The goal is pure and simple, to raise money for the local food pantry during the holidays. The need now is more acute than ever before.”

“The Beast” is a running/hiking trail that runs from the park-and-ride on Newhall Avenue to Los Pinetos Peak.

More information on the event is available at

GV grad helping team stay perfect

It hasn’t taken long for 2009 Golden Valley graduate Maverick Ahanmisi to be thrown in with the best of them.

The former basketball standout has helped Minnesota to a No. 15 ranking in the AP Poll and an undefeated start to the season, which includes wins over North Carolina and West Virginia en route to a Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament title.

The Golden Gophers are seventh in the RPI Rankings.

Ahanmisi has played in every game this year, with his best coming Wednesday during an 84-65 win over North Dakota State.

The freshman, who spent one year at Stoneridge Prep after graduating from Golden Valley, had three rebounds, thee assists and six points, including one 3-pointer.

Ralph Sampson III, the son of former college basketball great and three-time NBA All-Star Ralph Sampson Jr., is also on the team.

Minnesota plays again tonight against Virginia.

As a senior with the Grizzlies, the guard was named the All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year and the Foothill League Player of the Year.

Herrick named to All-Big Sky team

Valencia High graduate and Northern Arizona University senior Michael Herrick, whose college football career came to an end last weekend, has been named a Big Sky Conference honorable mention quarterback.

Herrick finished the 2010 season 194-of-306 with 2,061 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions through 10 games despite battling injuries.

The Lumberjacks (6-5) won their regular-season finale 62-14 over Portland State on Nov. 20. Herrick was 18-of-22 for 261 yards and four touchdowns in the game.

NAU wound up sixth in the Big Sky.


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