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Around the SCV: Canyon alum is holding camp

Urbina will train young receivers, defensive backs

Posted: April 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Former Canyon High wide receiver and defensive back Mark Urbina made the most of his abilities through hard work.

Now, he’s giving local kids the opportunity to do the same.

Urbina is conducting a two-month program at Central Park in Saugus called Mark Urbina’s Wide Receiver Training, during which he will teach kids ages 12 and up his knowledge of the position.

“My program will focus on teaching the athletes the core fundamentals of focus, eye-hand coordination and some of the inside secrets I learned about route-running and reading body positions,” Urbina said.

The training program, which started on Saturday and lasts until June 4, offers four packages. The basic package includes training sessions every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for $160, while the advanced package includes those training sessions plus a two-hour one-on-one coaching session every week for $300.

The pro package includes everything in the advanced package plus an extra one-on-one training session every week and costs $400, and the per Saturday package includes one two-hour training session for $25.

Urbina was a member of Canyon football’s 2006 state championship team, hauling in a team-high 43 catches for 498 yards and three touchdowns.

After graduating in 2008, Urbina played at Moorpark College before transferring to College of the Canyons for the 2009 season.

“I realized at an early age that I wasn’t the fastest or the strongest on the field, so for me to be a starter I had to work two times harder and two times longer than anyone else,” Urbina said.

Urbina said he’s also offering two scholarships to kids from the Santa Clarita Valley, and they will have to write a one-page essay explaining why they deserve the scholarship and submit it to [email protected] by April 22.

For more information, interested parties can email Urbina or go to They can also register by calling (805) 368-9733.

TMC baseball gets a commitment

The Master’s College baseball program is about to get a talented and versatile addition.

This past week, the school announced the commitment of Chatsworth outfielder and pitcher Steven Karkenny, an All-CIF Los Angeles City Section honoree for the Chancellors.

Karkenny was a member of Chatsworth’s 2009 CIF championship squad, batting .300 in limited action.

Last season, he batted .425 and drove in 22 runs while scoring 30 more. He also served as the closer and went 5-1 with a 1.63 ERA. For his efforts, he was named co-MVP of the West Valley League.

This spring, Karkenny has a .575 on-base percentage and is 2-0 with one save in five appearances on the mound.

Karkenny carries a 4.6 grade point average and has been nominated for CIF/Farmers Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, according to TMC’s press release.

Ex-SCV resident on fire for Orioles

Zach Britton spent his freshman year at Canyon High School.

Now, he’s spending his time leading the pitching staff of the Baltimore Orioles.

Britton is 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA this season for the Orioles, who started 4-0 but are in the midst of a seven-game slide.

Mike Newman coached Britton on Canyon’s freshman team in 2003, and he could see the potential right away.

“He was very good,” Newman said. “He had great control. Watching him on TV now, even the pros don’t get more than two feet off the base because he has such a great move to first.”

Britton also spent several seasons in the Hart PONY League. After his freshman year at Canyon, Britton’s family moved to Texas, where he finished his prep career before being drafted in 2006 by the Orioles.

Britton spent the past four seasons bouncing among Baltimore’s minor league teams before making his Major League debut this season, when he beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on April 3.


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