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Around the SCV: Legacy club shows well

Two teams reach nationals; TMC inducts four to Hall

Posted: January 23, 2011 7:38 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2011 4:55 a.m.

This spring, local volleyball players will have their sights set on the Foothill League title.

After high school season is over, some of them will have their sights on something bigger.

Locally based Legacy Volleyball Club is sending two of its teams to the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships from June 29 through July 6 in Minneapolis.

Legacy’s 17-1 and 18-1 teams, which are loaded with players from Foothill League schools, qualified by recording top-10 finishes at the SCVA Junior Boys Invitational in Anaheim this past weekend.

The 18-1 team upset the defending national champion in that age group during pool play. The Shorebreak 18Mikasa G club won the championship last summer under a different moniker but returned most of its players this year.

Overall, Legacy’s 18-1 team went 8-1 at the invitational, reaching the semifinals.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” said head coach Teddy Goetz. “To put it all together was a lot of fun.”

The 17-1 team went 5-2 and finished ninth in its age group.

Goetz credited Kevin Ker, who coaches the 17-1 team, with developing the players he coaches at the 18-1 level.

“Before we started working with them, they were a bunch of athletes trying to play volleyball,” Goetz said. “They’ve really improved.”

Local members of the 18-1 team include Valencia High’s Griffin Ender, Kurt Fults, Shane Nazarian, Griffin Nichols, Hart High’s Taylor Gregory and J.J. Mosolf and Saugus’ Caleb Pilarski.

The 17-1 team features Valencia’s Austin Csiszar, Eric Ensing and Daniel Salovich, Saugus’ Matt Coleman and Colby Wilson, Canyon’s Michael Foster and Golden Valley’s Alec Schlossman.

TMC inducts four into Hall of Fame

The Master’s College inducted four members into its Mustang Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The group includes men’s soccer head coach and former player Jim Rickard, former baseball player Tim Kane, former golfer Chad Wensel and former women’s soccer player Deann Lewis (née Matteson).

Rickard is a 1990 graduate of The Master’s College who starred on the men’s soccer team. As sweeper, he led the program to a pair of National Christian College Athletic Association national championships in 1987 and 1989, and he was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American both years.

After graduation, Rickard became an assistant coach for TMC and then head coach a year later. He’s led the school to 247 wins, 16 playoff appearances, three NAIA National Tournaments and three NCCAA National Championships in 1994, 2001 and 2007.

Kane played at TMC from 1984-88 and graduated as the program’s all-time leader in hits (172), runs (130), RBI (118), doubles (42) and at-bats (518). He was named the college’s Athlete of the Year as a freshman after hitting .405 with nine home runs and 46 RBI.

Wensel is a 2004 graduate who won the 2004 NAIA Men’s Individual Golf Championship, and he was also a member of two NCCAA national champion squads. He also finished third at the 2003 NAIA National Tournament.

When Lewis graduated in 2005, she left as TMC’s second-leading career scorer with 36 goals. Her best season came as a freshman in 2001, when she scored 16 goals and was named MVP of the NCCAA National Tournament after leading the Mustangs to a runner-up finish. She is married to current women’s soccer head coach Curtis Lewis and has served as his assistant coach since 2007.

Saugus sweeper headed to TCU

Saugus girls soccer player Serena Smith-Banas said she never wanted to move to Texas.

But after seeing Texas Christian University, the senior sweeper couldn’t resist.

Smith-Banas has committed to TCU, where she said she hopes to play on the team’s defense next season as the Horned Frogs look to improve on 2010’s 7-10-2 record.

“It’ll be a fun experience to be able to build it up,” Smith-Banas said.

The tall and imposing senior first took over the Centurions’ sweeper position during the 2009-2010 season after an injury to then-starter Kaitlyn Hamersky. Smith-Banas has been a mainstay on the back line ever since.

Smith-Banas has four goals and one assist this season for Saugus, which is currently 13-2-4 overall and 4-0-0 in Foothill League play.


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