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first_img 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 On Saturday, Hart won its first girls’ basketball title since 1990 with a 54-37 victory over Canyon, which has won four football titles but until this season had never advanced past the first round of the girls’ basketball playoffs. “I think the fact that Hart and Canyon made it the finals and are both still around for the state playoffs says a lot,” Hart’s KaLana Inemer said. “I was rooting for Canyon all the way through the playoffs because all my friends are on that team. It just shows that Santa Clarita is very good in basketball, too.” Canyon isn’t expected to last much longer, but Hart, which has won 15 in a row by an average margin of more than 24 points, has a chance. The Indians come into the Southern California Regionals as one of the state’s hottest teams, and they have a seasoned leader in senior Taylor Lilley, an Oregon-bound senior who is among California’s most accurate 3-point shooters with a career mark of 50 percent. San Diego has won 25 in a row and was awarded a home game, so Hart can expect a challenge. “You never know what’s going to happen, but if we play together like we’ve been playing, who knows?” Lilley said. “There are a lot of good teams in the state playoffs, but I think we can compete.” SANTA CLARITA – Santa Clarita isn’t just a football town anymore. The area has made a huge statement in high school girls’ basketball, with Hart (27-4) and Canyon (23-8) qualifying for the Southern California Regionals this week after advancing to Saturday’s Southern Section Div. I-A final in Long Beach. Canyon opened regional competition Monday, and Hart plays at San Diego (30-2) tonight at 7. Three months ago, Canyon defeated Hart in the Southern Section Div. II football championship, and Valencia’s Michael Herrick finished as California’s all-time passing-yardage leader. San Diego defeated Hart by 31 points two years ago in the regionals; Lilley was a starting guard and Inemer a starting forward on that team. “That year we had lost the section title. This year, we won it, so I don’t understand why we have to go all the way to San Diego again,” Lilley said. “We’re just going to have fun and do what we do. San Diego is a pretty place, but it’s a long drive.” As far as Canyon’s Nikki Leon is concerned, nothing can tarnish a historic season. “It’s just great that we’re finally a noticed team.” she said. Hart has won three section titles, two under 17-year coach Dave Munroe, who ended a 16-year dry spell with Saturday’s championship victory. After winning titles in 1989 and 1990, Hart lost in the section final in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Hart is 2-5 all-time in regional competition. “The CIF championship was our goal,” Munroe said. “Once you get to the state playoffs, that’s just icing on the cake. We’re just going to go out there and battle. Yes, there are a lot of good teams, but we’re one of them.” Valencia High softball pitcher Jordan Taylor opened the season with consecutive complete-game shutouts in a tournament Saturday, extending her scoreless innings streak to 72 dating to last season. The 6-foot-1 right-hander struck out 25 in the two games, and nothing was hit past the infield – something Valencia’s lonely outfielders have grown accustomed to. “I suppose it does get kind of boring playing outfield when Jordan is pitching,” center fielder Torrie Anderson said. “Maybe we’ll get one or two fly balls the whole season.” Third baseman Jessica Spigner, taking over for Danielle Maricle (who has decided to sit out her senior season after receiving a Villanova scholarship), hit two home runs in a 7-0 victory over South Hills in the opener. Spigner hit four homers in two days, including Valencia’s prior scrimmage against Santa Monica. Quarterback guru Dean Herrington, a College of the Canyons assistant coach who through the years has coached 15 quarterbacks who received college football scholarships, continues to conduct clinics on Saturdays. Information: (661) 212-8141. The Master’s College men’s basketball coach Bill Oates has been fired after 13 seasons. His career record is 283-137, 12-17 this season. Oates was not available for comment. “Bill and the athletic director (Paul Berry) had different philosophies,” assistant coach John Mosley said. “It was not a popular decision for the players and a lot of the alumni. Bill doesn’t even come into the office anymore. A lot of people are upset, but that’s the way it is.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgFour young inventors from Mountcharles have won the Innovation Arena’s People’s Choice Award at the National Ploughing Championships 2018. The IT Sligo Mechanical Engineering students built an ingenious ‘Monte Loader’ product which gained 25 per cent of the overall People’s Choice vote on the Irish Farmers Journal website and app.The winning team members are: Patrick Masterson, Brian Griffin, Dylan McBrearty from Mountcharles and Cormac Donnelly from Donegal Town. Monte LoaderThe Monte Loader is a fully registered design and is universal to any tractor via the three point linkage. The loader can lift to a height of over three metres and is designed to safely lift one tonne weight. It is compact in size allowing it to tuck neatly behind a tractor and it is possible to tow a trailer while having the loader attached.The Donegal based company, founded by Patrick Masterson is one of 50 companies exhibiting at the 2018 Innovation Arena at the Ploughing Championships, which opened today after Storm Ali cancelled activities on Wednesday.James Maloney, Senior Regional Development Executive, Enterprise Ireland said: “Patrick Masterson represents entrepreneurial talent at its best, providing a concept which cuts down on costs and improves efficiency on working farms. We wish Patrick and Monte Loader all the best and Enterprise Ireland looks forward to working with him in the future.”Eoin Lowry, Deputy Editor, Irish Farmers Journal said: “The Innovation Arena showcases the agri-technology that will help farmers both here and abroad to become more productive and competitive into the future. We are pleased with the overall response to the competition through the Irish Farmers Journal website and our Ploughing App. I’d like to congratulate Patrick and Monte Loader, an excellent example of the great possibilities that lie in the Irish agricultural sector.” Anna May McHugh, Managing Director, National Ploughing Association said: “The strong levels of engagement in the Innovation Arena’s People’s Choice Awards this year is testament to the appetite from a digital audience to engage and promote Irish agri products and services. This award gives the public the chance to have their say and acknowledge the great work and innovation within the agri-tech sector that is being produced across the country. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Patrick and Monte Loader on the Award and wish him every success for the future.”  Local team ‘ploughs’ through competition to win People’s Choice Award! was last modified: September 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IT Sligo Mechanical Engineeringmonte loadernational ploughing championshiplast_img read more