January 11, 2020
-Kevin Connelly Royal High of Simi Valley distance runners Danny Benson and Jun Reichl have committed to UCLA, joining teammate and two-time defending state 3,200-meter state champion Michael Cybulski with the Bruins. Four Royal distance standouts have signed with UCLA in the past 12 months, including former Highlanders runner Kevin Sullivan. UCLA’s 2007 track and field recruiting class is considered among the best in the nation, with defending 800-meter state champion Cory Primm (Westlake High) having also signed with the Bruins. -Kevin Connelly UCLA sophomore shortstop Brandon Crawford was named Pac-10 Player of the week for his .533 average (8 for 15) for the week of Feb. 12-18. Crawford hit the game-winning grand slam in the Bruins 9-7 come-from-behind win against East Carolina Saturday afternoon. Crawford also led UCLA with a 3-for-4 outing and scored two runs in the Bruins’ 3-2 win against UC Riverside Feb. 13. Crawford has hit in each of UCLA’s 10 games this season. -Heather Gripp Still looking for a place to create your very own high school fantasy sports team? Look no further than dyestatcal.com, a prominent track and field Web site, which is offering a free fantasy sports league based on the performances of the top boys and girls distance runners in the state. “If there’s one thing kids and fans keep asking us for, it’s to start fantasy leagues,” Dyestatcal editor Rich Gonzalez said. “They like being involved in contests and seem especially excited as this one centers around their peers.” In order to join, persons must choose a team of seven prep distance runners, with the quality of the runners separated into tiers. Each team must have two elite runners from tier one, two runners from tier two, two runners from tier three, and one at-large runner from tier four. The local “tier one” runners on the boys’ side are Michael Cybulski (Royal of Simi Valley) and Cory Primm (Westlake), while Shannon Murakami (Saugus) and Anna Sperry (Simi Valley) both received the distinction on the girls’ side. The scoring is complex, and it is described in detail on the site. The site promises to update the results on weekly basis, while the prize for first place includes a pair of adidas running shoes. It does not yet include a format for other track and field events, but promises to do so as the concept becomes more popular. -Kevin Connelly Royal runners commit to UCLA Bruins SS named week’s Pac-10 player Your fantasy come true All-Star basketball game set for April 21 The 2007 valley sports foundation senior All-Star basketball game is set for Saturday, April 21 at Cal State Northridge. The game will feature all the best seniors from the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. Rosters will be announced the third week of March. For more info on this year’s event please contact Jack Pollon at (818) 425-8737 or [email protected] – Gerry Gittelson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Area football players among nation’s best Eight local football players from the class of 2008 have been recognized among the top athletes in the nation by rivals.com, which released its 250 players to watch list for next season. The list includes: Wes Horton (Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks), Dayne Crist (Notre Dame), Anthony McDonald (Notre Dame), Milton Knox (Birmingham of Lake Balboa), Malik Jackson (Birmingham), Delano Howell (Hart of Newhall), E.J. Woods (Crespi of Encino) and Joseph Fauria (Crespi). Horton, Knox and Woods were also named to the Rivals top 100 list. Former Moorpark running back Darrell Scott was also recognized. Scott has transferred to St. Bonaventure of Ventura for his senior season.