Tue 03 Jun 2014
(By Tim Haddock) Three athletes from the Foothill League are headed to the CIF State track and field meet in Clovis this weekend. Brian Zabilski from Saugus, Brett Molster from Canyon and Nathan Bultman from West Ranch qualified for the CIF state meet at the Masters Meet at Cerritos College.
Zabilski broke the Saugus school record in the 3,200 in 8 minutes, 59.98 seconds and finished in third place at the Masters Meet, a qualifier for the CIF state meet.
He broke the record of 9 minutes, 2.03 seconds, set by Daren Stonerock in 1986. Zabilski is the first runner from Saugus to break the 9 minute barrier in the 3,200.
Molster finished in a tie for second place in the high jump at 6 feet, 7 inches. The top jumpers cleared 6 feet, 9 inches.
Bultman was third in the shot put at 61 feet, 3 ¾ inches. He won the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship in the shot put a week earlier.
All three will compete in the CIF state meet at Buchanan High School starting on Friday.
Four more athletes from the Foothill League competed in the Masters Meet, but did not qualify for the CIF state meet.
Natalie Rodriguez from Canyon finished in ninth place in the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 42.38 seconds, a personal best.
Briana Pica from Valencia was tied for eighth in the pole vault. She cleared 11 feet, 1 inch. The qualifying height was 11 feet, 7 inches.
Two girls from Golden Valley competed in the Masters Meet.
Samiyah Hawkins fouled on all four of her attempts in the discus.
Nikaela Harris was 11th in the shot put at 39 feet, 6 ¼ inches.
Golden Valley’s Jonathan Kang reached the CIF/SCGA Southern California Championship at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena and ended one of the deepest playoff runs in school history.
Kang shot a 7-over 79 and finished in a tie for 67th place at Brookside.
Sage Casaga won the CIF/SCGA Southern California Championship with a 4-under 68. The cut to qualify for the CIF state tournament was even par.
Kang made five bogeys and a double bogey. He only had one birdie, on the par-5, 508-yard, sixth hole.
Kang won the Foothill League Player of the Year award and the Newhall Land Cup title.
The Santa Clarita Christian baseball team lost to Riverside Prep, 10-7, in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs.
Riverside Prep was up 8-0 in the fifth inning before Santa Clarita rallied to close the gap.
Santa Clarita Christian finished the season with a 20-2 overall record.
Mike Killinger is the new head coach at Valencia High School. He was the interim head coach after Jared Snyder took a leave of absence before the second Foothill League game of the season.
Snyder is being investigated by the Hart school district for ethical and financial misconduct.
The Valencia baseball team reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs under Killinger.
The Santa Clarita Blue Heat lost to the Bay Area Breeze, 2-0, in a United Soccer League W-League game.
The Blue Heat are 1-2 in their first three games.
They take on the Colorado Storm at The Master’s College on Friday night.
The doubles team of Chris Gaw and Noah Morrow from West Ranch won their first round match against Campbell Hall in the CIF Southern Section Individual Sectionals at Carpinteria High School.
But the doubles team lost to Harvard-Westlake in the second round and was eliminated.
West Ranch’s Harrison Collins won his first round match against Spencer Ekola from Bishop Diego, but lost to Chaminade’s Jose Quijano in the second round.
Valencia’s Chad LeDuff won his first round match against Morgan Hale from Santa Barbara and lost in the second round to Bryce Perreira from Campbell Hall.
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.