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The SCV's Biggest Sports Stars are Ready to Reign
September, 2009 - Issue #59
Santa Clarita is filled with sports phenoms, both amateur and professional. As a special nod to "back to school," we'd like to introduce you to seven of the SCV's most impressive prep sport personalities.

Kaylin Mahoney
Saugus Cross Country

Two girls in the entire state of California ran faster than Kaylin Mahoney in last year's CIF State Cross Country Championships. Both have graduated. That leaves the Saugus junior, last year's state Division II champion, as the top returner of any school, any size. The tough as nails Centurion, 11th best in the country at the Nike Cross Country Nationals despite suffering from debilitating shin splints, will look to lead Saugus to a fourth straight state team title. Then she will likely contend for a state 3,200 meter title in the spring for the track team.

Trevor Wiseman
Golden Valley Basketball

Trevor Wiseman was Golden Valley's point guard two years ago. Last year, he was a center. This year, the 6-foot-8 senior will be both. "I don't know that there's a more versatile player in the country," says Grizzlies coach Chris Printz. The role for Wiseman, who averaged 17 points and nine rebounds last season, will depend on what the defense tries. If a smaller player defends Wiseman, watch out inside. If it's a tall player, look out for the point guard skills. "I don't think there's anyone in our league as good as Trevor," Printz says.

Kearsten Livingstone
and Keaunui Harris

Canyon Swimming

Since they were freshmen, they've been the dominant swimmers for their Canyon teams. Their names are already rubberstamped all over the Cowboys record books, leading the Canyon swim program from afterthought to the cusp. Now Kearsten Livingstone and Keaunui Harris, as they embark on their senior seasons, seek one final splash. Harris, seventh in the CIF-Southern Section Division I in both the boys 100-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke and Livingstone, second in the division in the girls 100 butterfly and fifth in the backstroke, make both boys and girls Canyon teams legitimate league championship threats.

Katie Trevino
Hart Soccer

Katie Trevino led the Foothill League in scoring with 19 goals as a sophomore. She isn't satisfied. "I hope I can get more than just 19 next year," she says. The speedy 16-year-old striker, who has already garnered interest from UCLA, Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State, also plays for the Select Cities Soccer Club. That's not Trevino's only method of staying in shape for what she's expecting to be a big junior season. She competed in hurdles on Hart's track and field team in the spring and will run cross country in the fall.

J.J. Holen
West Ranch Golf

In the school's brief existence, West Ranch High has had two Foothill League champions. Both are in boys golf. Both can be credited to the existence of J.J. Holen. The Wildcats' No. 1 player as both a freshman and a sophomore enters his first-ever season with the title of the league's No. 1 golfer. Holen matched Valencia's Max Homa for last year's best overall season score but was narrowly edged for the Most Valuable Player honors. This year with Homa out of the picture, the Wildcat junior gets his chance to take the next step.

Zach Tartabull
Valencia Football

The son of former major league baseball player Danny Tartabull and the grandson of former major leaguer Jose Tartabull, Zach is following his family's athletically-inclined footsteps on a different type of field. The senior receiver and defensive back for the Valencia football team has the combination of hands, speed and toughness that have college programs calling and opposing high school teams more than a little concerned. Tartabull, who as a junior racked up 1,118 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, should make the Vikings the favorites to win the second Foothill football championship in school history.
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