Wed 25 Jun 2014
(By Tim Haddock) The CIF Southern Section made good on an error. Valencia’s Keston Hiura was added to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 baseball team a day after all the All CIF teams were released on Monday.
He was omitted from the original team despite have one of the best seasons statistically in California.
Hiura led the state in home runs with 14. He batted .500 and drove in 30 runs in 28 games for the Vikings.
With Hiura’s addition to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 team, Jackson Simonsgaard from Thousand Oaks was removed.
Perhaps another error by the CIF.
Hart’s Nick Valaika was also selected to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 team. He hit .400 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in his senior season.
Noah Dent from Santa Clarita Christian was selected to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 7 team.
Devin Davis from Valencia and Roy Verdejo from Saugus earned spots on the All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 second team.
Tommy Curry, Clint Ross and Colt Huckabone from Santa Clarita Christian were selected to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 7 second team. Caleb Wilson from Trinity Classical Academy is on the Southern Section Division 7 second team.
Four softball players from the Santa Clarita Valley earned spots on the All CIF Southern Section softball teams.
Mariah Lopez from Saugus, Julia Lombardi from West Ranch and Dominique Salgado from Valencia are on the All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 first team.
Santa Clarita Christian’s Shelby Boswell was selected to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 7 first team.
Lopez was 9-1 with a 0.54 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 64 innings.
The Hart PONY Shetland team won the SoCal North Region District championship, going 4-0 in the tournament.
The team of 6 and 7 year olds won the championship game, 15-2, over a team from Lancaster.
The Santa Clarita Blue Heat women’s soccer team lost to the Seattle Sounders, 2-1, in a USL W-League game.
The Blue Heat took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Kassandra Massey. She scored in the 28th minute.
The Sounders scored two goals in the second half to take the lead. They scored the game winner in the 78th minute.
The Blue Heat dropped to 3-4. They play the LA Blues on Thursday night at The Master’s College.
The East All Stars beat the West, 10-1, in the San Fernando Valley All Star Classic at Birmingham High.
Canyon’s Kaelie Doyle had two doubles and scored a run for the East All Stars. West Ranch’s Mollie Sorenson singled and scored a run. Canyon’s Tiffany Dyson had a single and an RBI.
Valencia High graduate Madison Shipman won a Honda Sport Award. She completed her senior season at the University of Tennessee.
She is a finalist for the Collegiate Women’s Athlete of the Year and the 2014 Honda Cup.
Shipman is the second female athlete to win a Honda Sport Award. She led the Volunteers in hitting with a .417 batting average, 18 home runs and 54 RBIs.
The Hart High School District agreed to bring back wrestling as a sanctioned sport. Valencia is putting together the first team, possibly beginning competition in the 2014 school year.
Wrestling was a sanctioned sport in the Hart district, but was cut in the 1970s.
Trinity Classical Academy has a wrestling team. It began competing in 2012.
Canyon High graduate Greg Pursley leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings after six races.
He was the runner-up at the K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma Raceway over the weekend.
Pursley finished behind Kyle Larson, a rookie on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, in the Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway.
Pursley has a 21-point lead over Dylan Lupton. Pursley has won one race, at Kern County Raceway Park, and has yet to finish outside the top five in six West Series races.
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.