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Around the SCV: Honors roll in for COC

Lewis named first-team all-state; four Cougars honored on all-conference teams

Posted: March 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The College of the Canyons women’s basketball team won the Western State Conference, South Division title and reaching the California Community College Athletic Association SoCal semifinals.

It was another impressive season for the Cougars.

Now, they’re being recognized for it.

Sophomore guard Kelli Lewis was selected first-team All-State by the California Community College Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, while freshman forward Jazzmyn Davis was a third-team selection.

Lewis said she found out about the honor on Saturday, before the Cougars fell to Mt. San Antonio College in the CCCAA SoCal semifinals.

“Honestly, I’m shocked,” Lewis said. “It was kind of bittersweet because we lost. I would have rather gotten the state championship, but it’s a great honor and I’m thrilled about it.”

Lewis, Davis and freshman guard Tinky Dahte were also named first-team All-WSC selections, and sophomore guard Dominique Turner was an honorable mention.

Lewis, a Hart High graduate, was runner-up for conference MVP and received the most votes of any player in the conference during the selection process, according to head coach Greg Herrick.

Lewis averaged 14.7 points, 4.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals while shooting 38 percent from downtown during the regular season. She said she’s in talks with Northern Colorado, Cal State L.A., Cal Poly Pomona and Chico State about continuing her career.

Davis, meanwhile, led the team in shooting, hitting at a 51 percent clip, and she averaged 13.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

Dahte scored 13.7 points per game during conference season and was second on the team in shooting at 47 percent overall.

Turner averaged 9.6 points and 6.4 assists during conference play.

COC finished 24-8 overall and 11-1 in WSC play.

TMC guard named All-GSAC

The Master’s College point guard Erica Inge was named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference team this past week.

Inge led the team with 16.5 points and 5.3 assists per game during her senior season. She also led the conference with 90 steals and free-throw shooting, hitting 143-of-187 shots for a 76.5 percent average.

The Mustangs finished the regular season 17-12 overall and 10-10 in the GSAC, and they fell to Cal Baptist 69-46 in the first round of the GSAC Tournament on Wednesday.

Canyon guard takes part in skills event

Canyon guard Shorty Dent took part in the first CIF-Southern Section/94Fifty Basketball Skills Challenge, which was held over the past five days during the CIF-SS basketball championship games.

Dent participated on Saturday, and the event was held on a separate court at the Anaheim Arena.

She finished seventh overall among the girl participants, accumulating 75 percent of the points available in a series of dribbling and shooting drills.

“It was pretty cool, because the technology and how they test you on every little thing makes you want to improve on your skills,” Dent said. “I got a little frustrated because I could have done better.”

The skills challenge was the first in what the Southern Section and 94Fifty Sports Technologies hope to be an annual event. Each league in the Southern Section nominated one boy and one girl to participate in the event.

Valencia High senior Lonnie Jackson was nominated but said he didn’t make the trip because he’s still healing a foot injury he suffered this past season.

Hart senior sets soccer record

Hart goalkeeper Kayce Perkins played every minute of every game this past season.

In doing so, she set the program record for most consecutive minutes played in her four-year varsity career, according to head coach Mike Gomez.

Perkins’ final mark is 8,360 minutes played for the Indians over 105 career varsity games. She had 45 shutouts in her career, and Hart finished 11-8-5 this season, including second in the Foothill League.

Former Indians standout Sarina Coutin still holds the record for most games played with 109.

SCCS releases football schedule

The Santa Clarita Christian football team has released its 2011 varsity football schedule as the program enters its first year of 11-man football.

The Cardinals have applied for admission to the San Joaquin League, which includes Saddleback Valley Christian, Fairmont Prep, Bloomington Christian, Twin Pines and Animo Leadership.

SCCS will open with two road games, traveling to Lucerne Valley on Sept. 9 and Vasquez on Sept. 16. The Cardinals will host Windward on Sept. 24 at Canyon High.

SCCS will then host Desert Christian of Lancaster on Oct. 1, St. Monica on Oct. 8 and Twin Pines of Banning on Oct. 15. The Cardinals will travel to Saddleback Valley, which is the defending San Joaquin League champion, on Oct. 21 before visiting Fairmont Prep of Anaheim on Oct. 28.

The Cardinals will host Animo Leadership of Inglewood on Nov. 5, while the final opponent of the regular season has yet to be announced.


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