Hi again everybody and welcome once again to another edition of Inside Sports. I'm Dave Caldwell. And for the next 30 minutes we are going to give you highlights of the high school football and volleyball playoffs, a FIRST for The Master's College in women's volleyball, and, by popular demand, we are going to re-visit a story we did here nearly two months ago on a special cheer team at Valencia High School. Let's jump right in to the first round of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs where wins and records were on the line. At Harry Welch Stadium, the Canyon Cowboys hosted the San Luis Obispo Tigers. Senior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky needed just three catches to tie Steve Smith's California state record with 271 career receptions. His first catch of the night was a simple screen that he turned into a 65-yard touchdown. The record came later in the first quarter. Another simple short pass for a relatively short gain. But with that, Drew Wolitarsky has caught more passes in his high school career than any other player in the state of California. On the very next play, Woli makes a great move to get wide open for the end zone for his second touchdown of the game. He would finish with nine receptions for 128 yards and the two touchdowns. In the second quarter, quarterback Cade Apsay goes deep for Liam Cabrera who out-runs the Tigers secondary for a 62-yard touchdown play. Cabrera had 118 yards receiving on four catches. Moving to the third quarter where it was the ground game that took over for the Cowboys. Dominic Penucci takes the hand off, goes up the middle, makes a couple moves but goes 43 yards untouched for the score. Penucci had 139 yards rushing in the game. Not to be outdone, his senior running mate Daniel Castro takes the hand off on virtually the same play, uses a GREAT stiff arm, and gets in on the 36-yard score. The Cowboys go on to defeat San Luis Obispo (42-9). After the game, we caught up with the young man who now holds two of the three major records in the state for a receiver.
As for the game itself, head coach Rich Gutierrez said it was good to get a playoff win in front of the home crowd.
Over at Dr. Paul Pries Stadium, the Foothill League champion Valencia Vikings took on the Paso Robles Bearcats, a team that finished fourth in the PAC-7 League, in a game that one veteran fan of Santa Clarita High School sports said was one of the greatest football games he had ever seen. It started well for the Vikings. James Berkeley takes the hand off on the delay and goes 38 yards down to the seven. It set up a Stone Jackson touchdown catch from quarterback Sean Murphy. But the Bearcats would not let Valencia take momentum just yet. Quarterback Garrett Nelson, in for the injured Matt Willkomm, throws deep to Bailey Gaither for the 43-yard gain. That set up a touchdown run by Colton Madrigal to even the score at 7. On the next Bearcat possession, Nelson again finds Gaither for the bomb, and this time it ends with a 65-yard touchdown. The point after was missed. The Vikings drive and Murphy throws into the end zone intending his pass for Malik Townsend only to have it picked off by Paso Robles's Rudy Binkele. After a Bearcat field goal made it 16-7, Murphy looks deep for Nick Jones, who tumbles down after the 35-yard catch. That led to a touchdown plunge by Jackson. With 3.3 seconds in the half, Paso Robles kicker Bryce Pasky kicks this 47-yard field goal that just $%^&... makes it over the cross bar to give Paso Robles a 19-14 halftime lead. The Vikings came out in the second half determined. On 4th and 8, Tedric Thompson makes the spectacular grab for a Vikings first down. That set up an easy touchdown by Jay Jay Wilson. On their next possession, Murphy showed how much he wanted it, eluding the rush, then finding Townsend for the score. After a two-point conversion, the Vikings led by three. On Valencia's NEXT possession, Berkeley takes the handoff, gets great downfield blocking, and goes 37 yards for the score. Paso Robles gets the ball back, Nelson throws deep for Jaylon Davis, only to have the ball picked off by Spencer Hixon of Valencia. The Vikings, though, could not get points off the turnover. In the 4th quarter, Nelson dumps the ball off to Madrigal, who takes it 69 yards to the end zone to cut the Valencia lead to three. But after a Valencia touchdown and a Bearcat field goal, the Vikings's James breaks it 70 yards down the left sideline, showing off the speed as he does, to get in the end zone. Berkeley had 170 yards rushing in the game as the Vikings hold off the Bearcats to get a round one win. (43-36)
Senior lineman Grayson Largman knows this is just one step toward Valencia's bigger goal
The Hart Indians had to travel up to Arroyo Grande to face the Eagles. Sophomore quarterback Brady White threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns and Connor Wingenroth returned a punt for a touchdown in the Indians big win (48-6)
So all three Foothill League teams move on to the second round of the playoffs, with the Vikings playing at Quartz Hill, Canyon travels to Atascadero, the team that knocked off No. 1 seed Palmdale to get this second round game, and Hart hosts Bay League champion Palos Verdes. All games will be played this Friday night at 7:30.
In other high school football playoff action, Trinity advances to the semi-finals for the second consecutive year in 8-man division 2 as they defeat Cornerstone Christian (58-18) behind 270 yards of rushing offense, led by Patch Kulp's 106. The Knights will now play Joshua Springs Friday night.
Turning to college football where the College of the Canyons Cougars won another wild one, their third in a row, this time over the Bulldogs of Allan Hancock to close out the regular season. The Cougars will now play in the Southern California Bowl against Santa Ana College this Saturday at a location to be determined. Matt Barkley added three more touchdown passes to his record total as the Trojans took care of the Sun Devils, and Brett Hundley also threw for three touchdown in the Bruins win. That sets up the showdown this Saturday as the No. 21 Trojans go to the Rose Bowl to play the No. 17 Bruins. The winner will represent the South Division in the Pac-12 championship game.
We are going to take a break here on Inside Sports, and when we return the league championship in girls volleyball was decided on the court and runners took to the streets on Sunday in the (how many) Santa Clarita Marathon. That's all coming up on Inside Sports.
Welcome back to Inside Sports. For the first time in school history, The Master's College womens volleyball team will be competing in the NAIA Division 1 national championship tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. The Lady Mustangs finish the regular season ranked 6th in the country and thus have received a first round bye. The Master's defeated San Diego Christian Saturday night in three games to finish the regular season 26-5 overall, 10-4 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Last Tuesday the Mustangs came within three points of knocking off the Concordia Eagles, the No. 1 team in the country. The national championship tournament runs November 27th thru December 1st.
The Master's College mens and womens basketball teams are both 3-0 on the young season. The Lady Mustangs played in the Westminster Fall Classic in Salt Lake City last week, not only winning all three games they played but knocking off two top 20 teams in the process. Kimmy Iverson led the Lady Mustangs with 17 in their win over Montana Western in the final. The men's team was at home Saturday night, getting 19 points from Leif Karlberg as the Mustangs scored a season-high 84 points in their win over the Eagles. Both teams will be in action this Friday at Bross Gym starting with the women playing at 5:30 and the men at 7:30.
The High School Girls Volleyball Playoffs were not kind as every team's season came to an end. At Hart Thursday night, the Indians hosted El Dorado in the quarterfinals in front of a loud and raucous Indian crowd. Game 1 belonged to the Golden Hawks with plays like this. Kelly Claes provides a long set to Rebecca Bonaker, who hammers down the near sideline for the kill. But the Indians came back in game 2. Erin Indermill provides the cross court set to Kathryn Cambra to get the point. But the Golden Hawks, the Century League champions, came back in game 3. A great rally that saw great defense ends with a surprise dump by setter Claes for the point. El Dorado now leads 2 games to 1. But game 4 saw Hart come back. Another great rally full of defense, blocks and finally the hit on the over-pass by Amanda Plante finds the empty court and the match is tied at 2 games a piece. In the fifth and decisive game, Hart had a 5-point lead, only to see the Golden Hawks come back and tie it at 15. And when Cambra hits this shot long, the El Dorado Golden Hawks escape from Newhall with a 5-game win and advance to the Division 1-A semi-finals.
Foothill League champion Valencia lost in four games to Canyon of Anaheim, and the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals lost their Division 5 Double-A quarterfinal to Coastal Christian in four games
We are going to take a break here on Inside Sports and as we do I want to introduce you to Kyle Cantu, the Wendy's of Santa Clarita Student Athlete of the Week.
(Student Athlete of the Week)
Welcome back to Inside Sports. A few weeks back we introduced you to a group of special needs students who wanted to do something that had never been done before. What started as one girl's dream has become reality not only for the students in the Valencia special education program, but a few other unsuspecting students as well.
That's going to do it for us today on Inside Sports. Thanks for being here everyone. We will see you again next time.