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Around the SCV:COC baseball's Alex Bishop headed to Long Beach

Hart has new girls soccer head caoch

Posted: April 28, 2013 8:25 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2013 8:25 p.m.


It’s been quite a weekend for Valencia graduate Alex Bishop.

On the heels of a stellar sophomore season at College of the Canyons, Bishop committed Saturday to Long Beach State University, fulfilling his dream of playing for an NCAA Division I baseball program.

The next day, Bishop was informed that he was named Western State Conference, South Division Player of the Year.

“It’s weird. It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Bishop said Sunday. “It doesn’t seem real. I don’t know how to describe it. The season went by fast and I just focused on continuing to win.”

COC concluded its regular season on Friday. In 35 games this season, Bishop batted .424, which is the second best among all community college players in the state. He also leads the team in runs (35), hits (61), doubles (12) and triples (five).

Bishop has driven in 22 runs this year and he’s been the most consistent bat on the team, as well as a solid starting catcher.

He came into the season under the radar after being lightly recruited out of high school and playing one season at Moorpark College last year.

This year, he came out on fire for COC, slowly generating interest from various four-year schools

“Luckily, I got in to the groove early and then I felt good,” Bishop said. “And luckily, some schools started talking to me.”

Though Cal State Northridge and Abilene Christian in Texas showed interest, Bishop said he was quick to accept Long Beach State’s offer during his campus visit on Saturday.

Next season, Bishop will be teammates with West Ranch graduate J.C. Cloney on Long Beach State.


Hart picks new

soccer coach

Hart High School announced this week it has filled the position of varsity girls soccer head coach.

The school chose Guilherm Mitrovich on Tuesday to replace previous head coach Justin Lundin, who coached the team for one season before resigning.

Last year, Mitrovich, 32, coached the junior varsity boys soccer team at Cleveland High School in Reseda and often helped out with the varsity squad.

He’s also coached numerous club soccer teams since 2007 and continues to do so.

As a player, Mitrovich spent two seasons as a successful defender for The Master’s College in 2008 and 2009. He transferred to TMC after two seasons with CSU Bakersfield, which was the team he joined in 2005 when he first came to the United States from his home country of Brazil.

Mitrovich also played two seasons with the Ventura Fusion, a semi-pro soccer team out of the United Soccer League.

He’ll take over a Hart team coming off a second-place finish in the Foothill League and a 13-8-7 record after the team’s exit in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

“I’ve always heard great things about Hart athletics, the way the school is behind athletics and support their coaches,” Mitrovich said. “They have a lot of tradition in the soccer program so I am looking forward to that and exited to be a part of it.”


Montano’s team breaks U.S. record

Canyon High graduate Alysia Montano took part in a record-breaking 4x800-meter relay time on Saturday at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Montano ran the anchor leg of the 4x800 race, helping the team finish in 8 minutes, 4.31 seconds. The time broke the previous American record of 8:17.91 in the event set in 2009.

Also running legs in the relay with Montano were Lea Wallace, Brenda Martinez and Ajee’ Wilson. Montano’s split time of 1:58.6 was the fastest of the four.

Also participating in the Penn Relays on Saturday was Santa Clarita Valley resident Allyson Felix, a four-time Olympic gold medalist.

Felix’s 4x100 relay team, which also included Tianna Bartoletta, Bianca Knight and Jeneba Tarmoh, finished third with a time of 42.66.



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