Los Angeles Preps: Darius Rudolph

LA North: Five things from the weekend

June, 6, 2011
  1. Simi Valley freshman Sarah Baxter won the 3,200 in the CIF State Track and Field championships at Buchanan High School in Clovis. Her time of 10:13 was the fourth-fastest time in the nation this year. She finished ahead of Rancho Bernardo’s Molly Grabill, in second, and Torrey Pines’ Alli Billmeyer in third. Harvard-Westlake’s Cami Chapus, who won the 1,600 in a personal-best time of 4:40.88, was ninth in the 3,200.
  2. The Oaks Christian boys 4-x-100 relay team set a school record and won the CIF State championship in 41.19 seconds. The team of Ronny Camacho, Ishmael Adams, Terry Johnson and Vincent Saucer won the first state relay championship in school history for Oaks Christian. Roosevelt was second in 42.18 seconds.
  3. The Canyon boys 4-x-100 relay team broke the Foothill League record at the CIF State Track and Field championships over the weekend. The team of Max Archuleta, Kenny Stone, Dominic Pennucci and Darius Rudolph ran the relay in 41.78 seconds in the preliminaries on Friday to set the Foothill League mark and qualify for the final race. The Canyon boys finished sixth in 42.18 seconds.
  4. Saugus runner Stephanie Bulder competed in two events at the CIF State Track and Field championships. She was sixth in the 1,600 and was 13th in the 3,200. Her time of 4:47.81 in the 1,600 was a personal best by six seconds. She was one of three runners from Saugus in the 3,200 race. Teammates Kaylin Mahoney finished 12th and Karis Frankian was 20th.
  5. Valencia’s Faith Anumba was the first athlete in school history to qualify in two events in the CIF State meet. She posted top-10 performances in the long jump and triple jump. She was seventh in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump.

LA North: Five things from the weekend

May, 16, 2011
  1. The Valencia baseball team won the Foothill League championship with a 6-2 win over Canyon. Hart finished a game behind Valencia in second place with West Ranch coming in third. Hart and West Ranch won their regular-season finales on Friday. Valencia was ranked No. 5 in last week’s CIF Southern Section Division I poll. Two of the Vikings' top pitchers are nursing arm injuries and might not be available when playoffs start. In the West Valley League, Chatsworth beat Birmingham, 11-1 in five innings, in the regular-season finale and won the league title. El Camino Real finished in second. Woodland Hills Taft, Cleveland of Reseda and Birmingham are tied for third place in the league standings. El Camino beat Taft, 8-6, in the regular-season finale. In the Valley Mission League, San Fernando beat Kennedy of Granada Hills, 4-2, to finish with a share of the league title. San Fernando and Kennedy are co-champions of the Valley Mission League. Kennedy handed San Fernando its first league loss of the season on Wednesday. San Fernando bounced back to beat Kennedy on Friday. The City Section playoff pairings will be announced Wednesday.
  2. Westlake and Thouands Oaks are representing the Marmonte League well in the CIF Southern Section Divison I boys volleyball playoffs. Both teams advanced to the semifinals and are in the final four. Westlake defeated fourth-seeded Newport Harbor in five games in the quarterfinals. Thousand Oaks knocked out St. John Bosco in five games. Westlake faces Mater Dei in Santa Ana on Tuesday. Mater Dei eliminated top-seeded Mira Costa in the quarterfinals. Thousand Oaks is home against second-seeded Santa Margarita, the last seeded team left in the playoffs. In the Division III bracket, top-seeded Burroughs of Burbank beat Cypress in three games and advanced to the semifinals. The Bulldogs play fourth-seeded South Torrance. Third-seeded Camarillo swept Arcadia in the quarterfinals. The Scorpions will play second-seeded Cerritos Valley Christian in the semis.
  3. The Foothill League will be well represented in the CIF Southern Section track and field finals at Cerritos College this weekend. Canyon’s Kenny Stone qualified for four events in Division II. He will compete in the 200 and 400 as well as on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. The 4x100 relay team of Max Archuleta, Dominic Pennucci, Darius Rudolph and Stone broke the league record at the CIF prelims in 42.00 seconds. James Weiner from Saugus qualified for three events in the Division II finals. He will compete in the 100, 200 and on the 4x100 relay team. Jenna Vincej of Saugus qualified in the 200 and 400 and is on the 4x400 relay team. Four girls from Saugus, Kaylin Mahoney, Stephanie Bulder, Karis Frankian and Jessica McCall, qualified in the 3,200. Valencia’s Faith Anumba qualified for two events in the Division I meet. She will compete in the triple jump and the long jump.
  4. Birmingham pitcher Marti Sementelli will continue her baseball career in college at Montreat College, an NAIA school in North Carolina. She is a pitcher for Birmingham High School and started against Ghazaleh Sailors from San Marcos in what is believed to be the first time two girls opposed each other on the mound in a high school baseball game. Sementelli earned the win in that game, 6-1 in favor of Birmingham. According to MaxPreps.com, Sementelli has appeared in 12 games and is 2-1. In 22 innings, she has struck out 14 and walked six.
  5. Doug MacKenzie, who coached the Canoga Park baseball team to a City Section championship in 1987 at Dodger Stadium in his final season, died Thursday at his home in Glendale, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 85. He coached at Canoga Park for 37 years and went to Eagle Rock High School and Occidental College. In addition to coaching at Canoga Park, he was a baseball coach at Ribet Academy and Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank.

LA North: Athletes of the week

November, 2, 2010
Darius Rudolph, Canyon, Sr.

The Canyon running back scored four touchdowns in his team’s 59-38 win over West Ranch. He gained 180 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground. He also caught a one-handed, 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jonathan Jerozal. Rudolph averaged 7.2 yards per carry against West Ranch.

Cory Nua, Saugus, Sr.

She won the Crescenta Valley Volleyball Tournament most valuable player leading her team to the gold division championship for the second year in a row. She set two school records in the tournament. The first was when she recorded eight aces in a pool-play win over Van Nuys. She also recorded 20 aces in the tournament and set the school record for career aces with 80. Finally, she was one of the top hitters on the team with a .351 hitting percentage in six games in the tournament.

LA North: Game of the Week: No. 16 Valencia vs. Canyon

October, 21, 2010
Canyon is the surprise team of the Foothill League. The Cowboys are undefeated at 6-0 and look like the only team that might be able to challenge Valencia for the Foothill League championship.

Valencia comes into tonight’s game against Canyon at Canyon High School with only one blemish on its record, a disappointing, 39-24, loss to Loyola two weeks ago.

Canyon has a balanced offensive attack. Quarterback Jonathan Jerozal has thrown for 1,495 yards and 15 touchdowns. He is completing 62 percent of his passes and has only thrown four interceptions. Running back Darius Rudolph has rushed for 765 yards and six touchdowns. He is averaging 127.5 rushing yards per game and has caught nine passes for 62 yards.

Canyon wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky has caught 43 passes for 810 yards and eight touchdowns.

But the biggest weapon for Canyon might be kicker Mohammad Roknipour. He has made seven field goals this season including a 57-yarder in a 36-3 win over Dos Pueblos.

Valencia running back Steven Manfro is having a season for the ages. He broke the Foothill League and school record for rushing last week against West Ranch. He rushed for 418 yards and scored five touchdowns in his team’s 55-28 win. He has scored 26 touchdowns in six games and has scored five touchdowns in a game four times.

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