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Janicek guides Austin Peay to first NCAA tourney

Posted: December 5, 2010 9:28 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Former Canyon High volleyball standout Haley Janicek hasn’t wasted any time in her first year as the head coach for NCAA Division I Austin Peay State University.

The 2004 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Volleyball Player of the Year led the Governors to their second-ever Ohio Valley Conference title, and their first since 1991, with a 3-1 win over Morehead State on Nov. 20.

That achievement earned them their first NCAA national tournament appearance. Austin Peay’s foray into the national tournament ended Friday night with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-19) loss to Illinois in the opening round.

The Illini were the No. 8 seed in the tournament and 14th-ranked team in the nation.

The Governors finished the season 26-8 overall.

Janicek graduated from the University of Idaho in 2009, where she set the record for career kills with 1,775.

She was also named to the All-Western Athletic Conference first team in 2007 and 2008 while with the Vandals.

Austin Peay is located in Clarksville, Tenn.
BJMUTA nets four wins, two state titles

It was a big weekend for Valencia-based Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy, highlighted by a pair of state titles.

Bantamweight German Baltazar won a unanimous decision over Jordan Felix at the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization State Championship Tournament on Saturday night at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, while heavyweight Jim Johnson claimed a first-round knockout of Justin Willis.

Baltazar, a Saugus resident, improved to 6-0 with the win, while Valencia resident Johnson upped his record to 2-0.

With the state championships under their belt, both fighters will now turn professional, said BJMUTA head coach Brian Peterson.

Saturday night’s card also featured several pro fights, giving Saugus resident Dave Weber, a welterweight with BJMUTA, and teammate Vinc Pichel, a lightweight, a chance to put their skill on display.

Weber (4-2) won by unanimous decision, and Pichel (4-0) grabbed his fourth straight knockout.

Swim club sends four to nationals

West Ranch senior Riley Mita, Valencia senior Bob Hwang, Hart senior Alex Ngan and Saugus sophomore Caitlin Baker will represent locally based Canyons Aquatic Club at the USA Swimming Junior National Championships starting Wednesday in Atlanta.

Mita will compete in six events at the short-course event, including the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle, while Hwang will swim the 100- and 200-yard butterfly and 200 individual medley. Ngan will race in the 100 and 200 backstroke.

Baker, the club’s lone female representative, will swim the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

All four swimmers are scheduled to compete in the Section Championships later this month.


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