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Around the SCV: Cougars bound for nationals

Ice hockey team finishes regular season unbeaten

Posted: February 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Success is becoming a standard for College of the Canyons hockey.

After finishing the regular season undefeated and winning their third straight Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association championship, the Cougars have been invited to the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Tournament from March 9-12 in Holland, Mich.

COC finished fifth at the tournament last year.

The Cougars were 19-0 during the regular season this year and beat UC Davis 12-1 and Cal State Northridge 14-1 in the PCHA playoffs Feb. 5-6 to win their third straight Adam’s Cup.

During that run, the Cougars outscored their opponents 242-51 and garnered the ACHA’s No. 1 ranking for the Division III Pacific Region.

Other teams in COC’s division include Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa State and Nebraska.

Tyler Gilmore currently leads the team with 78 points — 40 goals and 38 assists through 19 games.

Not far behind is Brian Voogt, who has 48 goals and 24 assists.

Goaltender Michael McGrath is 15-0 with a 2.11 goals against average, including three shutouts.

On Saturday, College of the Canyons fell to ACHA Division I Arizona State 2-1.

Locals to take part in MLB showcase

Golden Valley’s Scott Barlow, West Ranch’s Ryan Keller and Valencia’s Quincy Quintero are set to compete at the MLB Scouting Bureau Southern California Invitational Showcase on Saturday at the MLB Urban Youth Academy at Compton College.

Barlow finished the 2010 season 5-3 with a 5.07 ERA and 80 strikeouts over 59 1/3 innings for the Grizzlies. He accepted a scholarship to Fresno State in September 2010.

The University of San Diego-bound Keller was 7-2 with a 4.23 ERA last year for the Wildcats, striking out 35 batters in 46 1/3 innings.

Quintero, who is headed to Pepperdine after graduation, batted .368 with four home runs, 22 RBI and 25 runs scored last season for Valencia. Pitching, he had a 0.36 ERA through 19 2/3 innings.

According to a release from the MLB Urban Youth Academy, “The event enables MLB scouts, scouting directors and general managers to assess leading Southern California high school prospects in one place at one time in anticipation of the June MLB First-Year Player Draft.”

Trevor Gretzky, the son of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, and Ryan Garvey, the son former Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres pitcher Steve Garvey, are also scheduled to attend.

Centurion headed to S.F. State

From one league-championship team to another.

Having already helped lock up the 2011 Foothill League girls soccer title, Saugus senior midfielder Lauren Cech has committed to play for the Gators, who won their first-ever California Collegiate Athletic Association championship this season.

Cech has scored four goals with one assist for the Centurions this season, and is the team’s third senior to sign a national letter of intent.

Nicole Penick is headed to the University of the Pacific and Colleen Ortega will play for Cal State Fullerton.

San Francisco State competes in NCAA Division II and finished the year 11-5-5 with the CCAA title and a first-round exit in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

MDP Elite team debuts

The Master’s College distance program has begun to establish itself over the last few years, and on Feb. 6, it opened up a new chapter.

The Master’s Distance Project Elite and former TMC runner Jeff Jackson debuted at the Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach, completing the course in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 56 seconds.

MDP Elite is a semi-professional team that could serve as a springboard to a professional career, according to head coach Zach Schroeder.

“I’m excited to see where this goes,” said Schroeder, who is also TMC’s head coach. “It really is hard for athletes. We have had a number of athletes that come through the program and weren’t able to flourish as athletes. After all the work in college, you are just starting to develop as a distance in your prime. ... We are doing something so year-round athletes to can take their distance running to a new level.”

Jackson earned NAIA All-American honors as a track and cross country runner during his time at TMC.

In 2010, he helped lead the Mustangs men’s cross country team to its first-ever Golden State Athletic Conference title and an 11th-place finish at the NAIA National Championships in November.

A time of 1:05:00 at Surf City would have qualified Jackson for the 2012 Olympic Trials, Schroeder said.

Jackson will have other opportunities later this year to qualify, Schroeder added.

Mustangs runners Josiah Downer and Holly Kopp also competed at the event, finishing in 1:12:07 and 1:23:52, respectively.


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