West Ranch shooter a junior Olympian


first_imgJake Wallace from Stevenson Ranch, who has won several large-scale trap-shooting tournaments, has been selected to the U.S. Junior Olympic team. The 15-year-old West Ranch High sophomore is scheduled to represent the USA in an international tournament in Kerrville, Texas, this weekend. Eighteen shooters ages 14-21 have been selected to the team. Wallace hopes to participate in the 2008 Olympics. After a Cinderella season that saw Hart climb from a wild-card berth to the Southern Section Div. I-AA boys’ basketball final last March, the Indians (13-13) hope to pull off another string of upsets beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. in a Div. I-A wild-card matchup at Santa Maria (12-13). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The 300-mile round trip to Santa Maria means Hart probably won’t return until after midnight, but coach Tom Kelly said the Indians are happy just to qualify for the tournament after finishing fourth in the Foothill League. “You know how the basketball playoffs are,” he said. “Anything can happen on a given night.” Hart’s record is misleading, because 10 losses have been by six or less points. “I actually like our draw, because we’ve been in every game,” Kelly said. “If we can get past Santa Maria, we get Ventura next, and we played them a few weeks ago and lost by just three points, so there’s a little familiarity there.” After rushing for 1,861 yards and scoring 36 touchdowns as a junior to lead Canyon High’s football team to the Southern Section Div. II championship, J.J. DiLuigi has dedicated himself to improving his speed, strength and skills. The 5-foot-9, 174-pound all-state selection is working regularly with local personal trainer Dave Eastham, who also has trained Manuel White and Pat Norton. DiLuigi has received recruiting interest from UCLA and Brigham Young. Canyon has upgraded its nonleague football schedule and will open next fall’s season at Moorpark on Sept. 1, following with home games against Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and St. Bonaventure of Ventura. Moorpark is a defending Div. IV finalist, Notre Dame has won three Div. III titles in the past four seasons, and defending Div. IV champion St. Bonaventure consistently is among the nation’s top teams. Canyon has won 21 of its past 22 nonleague games but figures to be in for quite an opening challenge. “I think we’ve overreached a bit,” coach Harry Welch said. “We believe Moorpark, Notre Dame and St. Bonaventure are three of the best teams in the nation. I don’t think any team in California or elsewhere has a more difficult schedule than us next season.” Canyon (13-1 in 2005) also plays Lancaster, Chaminade of West Hills and San Fernando Valley power Crespi of Encino. After going homerless during his senior year at Hart High two years ago and his freshman baseball season at Fresno State, Steve Susdorf has finally found his groove, homering in four consecutive games for the Bulldogs last week to gain Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors. Susdorf, a sophomore outfielder who bats leadoff, leads the league in batting average (.520), home runs (four), RBIs (11) and runs (11). Longtime Hart equipment manager Larry Fiscus celebrates his 50th birthday Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Hart cafeteria, preceding Hart’s 7:30 girls’ basketball playoff game. Athletic director Mike Herrington said all former Hart athletes and coaches are welcome. “It’s a big event, and everyone is invited,” Herrington said. “Larry has been involved with Hart athletics for 30 years.” Among Fiscus’ claims to fame: He’s never lost Hart’s keys in three decades of full-time service. “Are you kidding? Those keys are like gold to him,” Herrington said. “He never lets anyone touch them, and he never lets them out of his sight.” Hart’s baseball program is seeking donations to replace its scoreboard, which was destroyed by recent wind storms. For information, contact Herrington at (661) 259-7575. Saugus High’s softball team returns 12 underclassman – including sluggers Tiffany Huff and Victoria Kemp – and coach Rich Perez has yet to promote anyone else to the varsity, which began practicing Monday. “We have two spots open, and we’ll see what happens,” Perez said. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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