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Athletics: No break for summer in Santa Clarita

Olympic Trials, football camps and other competitions on the way

Posted: June 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.

School may be out for the summer, but local athletes won’t be taking much of a break.

This summer, fans in the Santa Clarita Valley can catch local football and baseball teams in action, and follow local athletes as they try to qualify for Olympics.

The summer’s marquee event is the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, and The Signal will be following all of the valley’s athletes as they go for gold.

Led by SCV resident Allyson Felix, who is expected to qualify in the 200-meter race, and possibly another sprint race, at the USA Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., from June 21 to July 1, the SCV will have three athletes trying to make the Olympic team.

Felix previously won the silver medal in the 200-meter race in the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Games.

Canyon graduates Alysia Montano and Lauren Fleshman are also expected to compete at the Olympic Trials.

From June 25 to July 2, nine local swimmers will head to Omaha, Neb., for their shot at making the Olympic team.
Former Hart swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin — making a comeback after a 12-year hiatus — will attempt to qualify in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle races.

USC swimmer and former Indian Jordan Danny is qualified in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke, and seven current Canyons Aquatics swimmers will also compete in Omaha.

Former Hart swimmers Konrad Antoniuk (1,500-meter freestyle) and Nick Korth (200 breast), former Valencia High swimmer Bob Hwang (200-meter butterfly), West Ranch grad Riley Mita (400-meter free and 1,500 free) and Golden Valley grad Michelle Duraj (200 breast) will be competing.

A pair of current Foothill League swimmers in Saugus freshman Abbey Weitzeil (50- and 100-meter freestyle) and Hart sophomore Matt Johnson (1,500 free) will also be competing.

The valley will be represented in another sport, too, as Valencia graduate and BMX biker Mike Day will look to complete his return from a back injury with a gold medal in London.

Day previously won the silver medal in the 2008 Beijing games.

Day will compete at the Olympic Trials on June 16th at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

Locally, the valley’s football teams will be in action throughout the summer, with Valencia hosting a passing tournament Wednesday against Oaks Christian, Alemany and Notre Dame high schools.

Saugus High will host its annual Under the Lights passing tournament on June 29 and 30 at Central Park.

Sixteen teams will be represented, with all six Foothill League schools participating.

Long Beach Poly, Palmdale, Alemany, Oaks Christian, Notre Dame, Crespi, Moorpark, Crescenta Valley, Thousand Oaks and Westlake will also play.

The Indians will be busy this summer, also participating in passing tournaments at Bonita on June 22 and 23, and the Under Armour and COC passing tournaments at El Toro and COC, respectively, on July 7.

Hart will also take part in two lineman competitions, heading to COC on June 27 and Golden Valley on July 7.

Four of the league’s baseball teams will take part in the Valley Invitational Baseball League from now through July 17.
Hart, Valencia, West Ranch and Saugus started their summer seasons this week.

Outside of the valley, former Valencia softball player Jordan Taylor will be competing with the 2012 USA Women’s National Team this summer, which will play for the World Cup of Softball from June 27-July 2 in Oklahoma City.

Hart graduate and University of Oklahoma catcher Jessica Shults, and Valencia graduate and University of Tennessee infielder Madison Shipman, will try out for the final five spots on the team from June 10-12 in Ashlan, Ohio.

West Ranch volleyball player Haley Lind will play libero for the 2012 USA Girls’ Youth National Team, which will compete at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, from July 19-29

In college baseball, Hart grads Trevor Brown and Pat Valaika and Valencia grad Shane Zeile will look to help the UCLA baseball team reach the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., on June 15.

To get to Nebraska, UCLA will need to defeat TCU in the Los Angeles Super Regional best-of-three series beginning today at 6 p.m.. Game two is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. and an if-necessary game will be played Sunday.

Professionally, Hart graduate Trevor Bauer, currently playing for Triple-A Reno of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, is a front-runner to represent the United States team in the 2012 MLB Futures Game on July 8 at Kauffman Field in Kansas City, Mo.


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