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Around the SCV: Hart soccer coach steps down

Arana leaves program after best postseason run in almost 30 years

Posted: April 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.

When Fausto Arana took over the Hart boys soccer program in 2008, he knew it would take a couple of years to create a winning team.

Three years later, now that he’s turned things around with the program, Arana has resigned.

“I’d rather leave the program in a winning season than leave the program on a losing season,” he said.

This season, the Indians finished with a 13-5-4 record and advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division III quarterfinals.
It was the furthest a Hart boys soccer team had gone since 1983.

Given the height of the success, Arana officially decided on March 31 to step down at Hart and pursue other coaching opportunities.

“I talked to my coaching staff and I told them, ‘If we do this, we might have to go to another program. We might be able to top this,’” Arana said.

In his first two seasons, Hart went a combined 10-30-4 overall and 2-17-1 in Foothill League play.

This season, the Indians put together a surprisingly quick turnaround with the development of some holdovers and the return of seniors Uriel Rodriguez and Andrew Trejo, both of whom sat out last year.

After finishing dead last in league play last year, the Indians went 6-2-2 this season to finish second.

Arana attributes the success to the patience of the school’s administration to give him time to get players to buy in to his system.

“We got a little resistance from the players, but then they saw what we wanted us to do,” Arana said. “Then this year, everything clicked.”

Given the circumstances, Arana said his resignation was met with significant surprise.

He finished with a 23-35-8 overall record and an 8-19-3 record against Foothill opponents.

Triple-A matchup goes to Eveland

This time, the experience beat the potential.

Former College of the Canyons pitcher Dana Eveland pitched the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes to a 10-5 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers during opening day on Thursday.

Eveland beat former Hart High standout Mike Montgomery, one of the top pitching prospects for the Kansas City Royals organization.

Eveland, 27, went 5 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out four for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate.

At age 21, Montgomery made it through five innings but allowed five runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked two in the outing.

The Storm Chasers trailed 5-3 when he came out.

Before Thursday, Montgomery had pitched nine innings in four appearances with the Royals in Spring Training. The 2008 Hart graduate gave up just one run, struck out seven and walked eight before being sent down to the minors.

Eveland pitched for COC in 2003, and he’s been in and out of the majors since 2005. He has played for six different MLB organizations, most recently with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He signed with the Dodgers in November.

Five local football players recognized

The Santa Clarita Valley had plenty of representation in the Scholar-Athlete awards given to high school senior football players for maintaining high grade point averages.

The San Fernando Valley chapter of the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame named 50 players in a ceremony held on March 30 in Studio City.

Five of them played for local teams, including Valencia’s Max Rodriguez (3.68 GPA), Golden Valley’s Sean Stephan (3.75), Golden Valley’s Sean Tate (3.83), Hart’s Hayden Scott (3.95) and Saugus’ Tyler Peacock (4.05).

The recipients included players from both private and public schools located in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

Hart High grad gets national recognition

Hart graduate Jenzen Torres is making a name for himself in his junior baseball season at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

He was named the NCAA Division II National Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performance in the previous week’s games.

The honor was issued by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, which gives out the weekly award to both a hitter and pitcher.

Torres batted 6-for-13 in four games played during the final week of March, and the catcher hit four home runs and tallied 13 RBIs.

During that stretch, Cal Poly beat Cal State East Bay in three of four games and Torres accounted for 18 of the team’s 42 runs scored in the series.

For the 2011 season, the catcher is batting .344 with a team-high 31 RBIs to go along with five home runs and a .552 slugging percentage.

Cal Poly is 21-11 overall and 14-11 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

California baseball program saved

Good news for University of California, Berkeley first baseman and 2009 Hart graduate Devon Rodriguez: His baseball team will be sticking around for the long haul.

Thanks to a massive fundraising campaign, the school announced Friday that it had raised enough money to save the baseball program after it had announced the program’s possible elimination in February.

In all, around $9 million was gathered through donations by alumni, former players and area philanthropists, which should sustain the program for several years, school officials said.

Rodriguez, a sophomore, has started all 26 games for the Golden Bears this season. He is hitting .317 with 16 RBIs, 19 runs and a pair of home runs.


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