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Around the SCV: Dawe earns conference honors

COC product takes part in NFL combine

Posted: March 2, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 2, 2013 1:55 a.m.

Last season’s All-Santa Clarita Valley girls hoops player of the year, Megan Dawe, is adding to her hardware in college.

The Saugus graduate was recently named the Rookie of the Year in the University Athletic Association after her first campaign with the New York University Violets.

She was also placed on the conferences Second Team All-UAA list.

Dawe averaged 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season for the 10-15 NYU women’s basketball team.

The Violets were 3-11 in the UAA, an NCAA Division II conference that includes Brandeis, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, Emory, the University of Chicago, Rochester, Washington University in St. Louis and NYU.

Her 52.2 shooting percentage was the highest in school history among freshman and ninth-best overall and second-best in the conference this season.

She was fifth in scoring and eighth in rebounding in the UAA.

Dawe also becomes the first Violet’s player in school history to earn Rookie of the Year honors.

COC product trys out at NFL combine

Former College of the Canyons standout Mychal Rivera made his case as a possible NFL draft prospect this past week.

In the fall, Rivera wrapped up a three-year career as a tight end for the University of Tennessee.

On Saturday, he participated in various physical and mental tests with a group of 20 tight end prospects in the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

At 6-foot-3, 242-pounds, Rivera performed best in the 20-yard shuttle, ranking seventh among tight ends with a time of 4.43 seconds in the agility drill.

His 40-yard dash time was 4.81 seconds, which was 11th among tight ends.

According to, Rivera graded out with a 53.9 overall rating, which places him in the category of a “draftable player.”

His scouting report on the website says he has potential to get picked up in a later round of the NFL Draft, which begins April 25.

While at Tennessee, he grabbed 76 catches for a total of 1,018 yards and six touchdowns across the past three seasons.

He was named to the 2012 Coaches All-Southeastern Conference first team as a senior.

In 2009, Rivera hauled in 27 catches for 270 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman for COC, earning first-team National Division, Northern Conference honors.

That was a year after he redshirted for a season with the University of Oregon, where he initially signed out of Birmingham High School in Van Nuys

Pair of Canyons Aquatics swimmers to swim at next level

West Ranch High senior and Canyons Aquatics swimmer Taylor Poliseno will attend Bryant University in Rhode Island next season. The Bulldogs are an NCAA Division I program and compete in the Northeast Conference.

Poliseno was named to The Signal’s 2012 All-Santa Clarita Valley swim team last season, winning a Foothill League title in the 50-yard freestyle for the second straight year in a school record 23.99 seconds. Poliseno also won a title in the 100 free.

Senior Hart High and fellow Canyons Aquatics swimmer Quincy Liu will continue his swimming career next season at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The Tartans compete in NCAA Division II and are a member of the University Athletic Association and the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Three local softball players to compete at Division I schools

Valencia’s Emma Stanley and Sydney Mundell and West Ranch’s Mollie Sorenson will each join major college softball programs over the next two season.

Stanley and Sorenson, both juniors, play together on the So Cal Choppers club softball team.

Sorenson, an outfielder, is verbally committed to attend Penn St. University.

Stanley, a third baseman, is set to attend the University of Connecticut.

The senior Mundell signed her National Letter of Intent in December with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is eligible to enroll in the fall.


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