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Monty ranks high, COC brings in awards

Posted: November 25, 2008 7:42 p.m.
Updated: November 26, 2008 4:55 a.m.
Former Hart pitcher Michael Montgomery ranks as the fourth best prospect in the Kansas City Royals' organization, according to Baseball America's Top 10 prospects list.

The list is based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. Montgomery was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as the No. 36 overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

The 6-foot-5 left-hander completed his rookie season with the Surprise Royals of the Arizona League striking out 34 batters in 42.2 innings. He had a 1.69 ERA.

Cougar honors
The College of the Canyons football team received 15 All-Western State Conference awards following the Cougars' 10-0 regular season.

The Cougars also swept the conference's top three honors in Coach of the Year for Garett Tujague, Offensive Player of the Year for sophomore wide receiver Hayo Carpenter and Defensive Player of the Year for freshman defensive lineman Marquis Jackson.

Carpenter and Jackson are the seventh and eighth COC players to be named the conference players of the year.

The all-conference players were:

(First Team Offense) sophomore kicker Ricky Drake, sophomore offensive lineman Joe Evinger, sophomore offensive lineman Shawn Johnson, sophomore wide receiver Jovan Leacock, sophomore quarterback Brad McClellan and sophomore running back Fred Winborn.

(Second Team Offense) Sophomore wide receiver Nate Jones, sophomore offensive lineman Joe Thompson and sophomore running back Sean Quinn.

(First Team Defense) Freshman defensive back Aaron Fisher, sophomore linebacker Joey Guarascio, sophomore defensive lineman Jonathan Hollins and sophomore linebacker Eric Wells.

(Second Team Defense) Sophomore safety Nick Tepea and sophomore defensive lineman Dejuan Yates.

Getting his kicks
Evan McNiel of Castaic was a starter on the 2008 junior college national championship team Yavapai College crowned this past weekend in Phoenix, AZ.

McNiel played for Arsenal FC soccer club of Alta Loma winning two national championships.

He is a second-year starter for the Roughriders, who earned their seventh national championship. McNiel has verbally committed to UC Santa Barbara for the spring 2010 season.

Keeps on keepin' on
Former Hart baseball player Chris Valaika ended the Arizona Fall Baseball League season with the Peoria Javelinas hitting .311. The 6-foot-1-inch shortstop also added two home runs and 16 RBIs.


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