Wed 14 May 2014
(By Tim Haddock) Two players with Santa Clarita Valley ties were selected in the NFL draft. Two more signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents. The Chicago Bears took Valencia High graduate Brock Vereen in the fourth round of the draft. The defensive back played at the University of Minnesota. He was selected to the All Big Ten team in his senior season.
Tavon Rooks, who played at College of the Canyons, was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round.
Karim Barton and Will Latu, who also played at College of the Canyons, signed undrafted free-agent contracts. Barton signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Latu signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rooks was the 12th player from College of the Canyons to be drafted by an NFL team. He was the first offensive lineman from COC to be drafted.
He played at COC in 2010 and spent his final two years of college at Kansas State.
Barton played for COC in 2009. He went on to finish his collegiate career at Morgan State.
Latu started his collegiate career at Northern State University, a Division II school in South Dakota. He played one season at COC before transferring to Abilene Christian University.
There are four players from College of the Canyons in the NFL. Domato Peko plays for the Bengals, Jason Pierre-Paul plays for the Giants, Mychal Rivera plays for the Raiders and Caylin Hauptmann plays for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
The Master’s College lost to Vanguard, 2-0, and was eliminated from the NAIA national tournament.
Joe Riddle had the only hit for the Mustangs against Vanguard.
The Master’s College was shut out twice in the tournament. The Mustangs lost to Davenport from Michigan, 4-0, on the first day of the tournament.
The Hart baseball beat Saugus, 2-1, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game.
Paul Richan knocked in both runs for Hart. Jack Ralston gave up one run on four hits and struck out four.
The Indians are in first place in the Foothill League standings at 11-3.
Valencia beat Golden Valley, 4-1. Jacob Silva was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. Kyle Fleischman was 2-for-2 and drove in a run for the Vikings.
Valencia is a game behind Hart at 10-4. Golden Valley dropped to 0-14.
The West Ranch baseball team beat Canyon, 3-2. Nick Ruffino went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
West Ranch and Saugus are tied for third place in the Foothill League at 9-5. Canyon dropped to 3-11.
The Saugus softball team shut out West Ranch, 1-0, and ended the Wildcats’ 26-game winning streak in the Foothill League.
Saugus and West Ranch are also tied for first place in the Foothill League standings at 7-1.
Saugus starter Mariah Lopez tossed a five-hitter. She struck out six and did not walk a batter.
Alyssa Rodriguez drove in the only run of the game with an RBI single in the first inning.
The Valencia softball team beat Canyon, 13-9. The Vikings are 5-3 and all alone in third place in the Foothill League standings.
Canyon is 2-6 in the Foothill League.
The Hart softball team beat Golden Valley, 18-17 in extra innings. The Indians won their first Foothill League game of the season.
Hart scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning.
The Hart and Golden Valley boys won their wild-card matches in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.
Hart beat Buena Park, 17-1, to advance to the first round of the playoffs.
Elliot Miller swept his sets, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0. Stephen Dick swept too, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.
Hart plays Windward, the Delphic League champion, in the next round.
Golden Valley knocked out Pacifica from Oxnard, 11-7. Brandon Yu swept his sets, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 to pace the Grizzlies.
Golden Valley plays Pasadena Poly, the Prep League champion, in the next round.
The Hart boys won the Newhall Cup at the TPC at Valencia by 17 strokes over West Ranch.
Hart also won the Foothill League championship, ending West Ranch’s six-year run at league champ.
Golden Valley’s Jonathan Chang won the Newhall Cup individual title. He is the first player from Golden Valley to win the Newhall Cup.
Tim Haddock is the Sports Director at KHTS AM 1220. He writes for the SCV Beacon, the Ventura County Star, the Team USA website and covers auto racing for the K&N website. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @thaddock.