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Around the SCV: Coach decides to stay

Valencia game to be televised; Balta leads team to title

Posted: August 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Golden Valley head baseball coach Scott Drootin was offered the head coaching position at Taft High in Woodland Hills two weeks ago.

He turned it down.

Drootin had a meeting with some of his players on Tuesday and informed him he’s staying at Golden Valley.

After four seasons with Golden Valley, Drootin said he couldn’t leave because of a loyalty he felt to the school’s administrative staff, his players and parents  and because he has unfinished business.

“In my 20 years of coaching, I haven’t had a more loyal group (of administrators),” Drootin said. “They’ve been pretty awesome.”

Golden Valley has never been to the postseason in seven varsity years.

Drootin provided the Grizzlies with stability after the team had three head coaches in the first four years of the school.

He has also taken Golden Valley to the doorstep of the CIF-Southern Section postseason twice — in 2010 and 2011.

Though the Grizzlies were 5-20 this past season and 1-14 in the Foothill League, the Grizzlies finished fifth this summer in the American Legion California Championship Tournament.

Valencia back on the small screen
Valencia football’s Sept. 7 game at Chaminade has been picked as one of Fox Sports West’s “Game of the Week” for the 2012 season.

The Vikings will take on Chaminade at 7 p.m. that day and the game will be shown on tape delay on Fox Sports West at 10:30 p.m.

A postgame show will air after the telecast.

Fox Sports West has a 17-game schedule for this year’s CIF-Southern Section football season, including playoff games.

There are five to-be-determined games on FSW’s schedule, meaning other Foothill League games could be added.
Last year, FSW televised the Hart-Valencia game.

Valencia won its third straight Foothill title last year, but lost 14-10 to Chaminade in Week 2.

Chaminade finished 10-3, making it to the Western Division semifinals.

Balta contributes to championship
Valencia High senior baseball player A.J. Balta was a major contributor to the Connie Mack World Series winning Renegades travel ball team.

The Southern California-based Renegades won the title by defeating the Midland Redskins, winners of 13 Connie Mack World Series, last Friday 9-1 in a run-ruling, five inning game at the 48th CMWS at Ricketts Park in Farmington, N.M.

The Connie Mack World Series is one of the nation’s top amateur baseball tournaments.

Tournament MVP and Renegades teammate Tim Robinson had high praise for Balta, a University of Oregon commit, in the The Farmington Daily Times.

“Balta did a great job. He definitely deserved MVP, not me,” Robinson said.



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