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Golden Knights on the move

Former St. Francis standouts reunite in Carolina; Appels to coach CVSC.

April 03, 2010|By Grant Gordon

GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.


St. Francis High graduate Sean O’Connor has reunited with former Golden Knights teammate Daniel Paladini all the way in North Carolina.

On Friday, it was announced on the team website of the Carolina RailHawks that O’Connor, a goalie, had been signed by the team, of which Paladini is a midfielder.


“I’m just looking forward to working really hard and being a part of this group of guys,” O’Connor stated in a press release on

O’Connor was brought onto the team after a tryout in which he obviously impressed Coach Martin Rennie.

“Sean is a young goalkeeper with a bright future,” Rennie stated in the release. “He stood out at the tryout and we wanted to bring him [in] and help him continue to develop.”

The RailHawks are part of the North American Soccer League.

The team is currently 1-1 on the season with its next game on April 10 when it hosts St. Louis.

O’Connor played in college at Belmont Abbey, leading the program to its first-ever conference title.

Along with Paladini, he also helped the Golden Knights win a CIF title in 2001.

Paladini, a former Chivas USA and L.A. Galaxy player, is a midfielder on the squad.

He is the team’s reigning MVP and had seven goals and five assists last season.



Longtime St. Francis High Coach Glen Appels has joined on with the Crescenta Valley Soccer Club and will coach the club’s boys’ U12 squad.

“We at CVSC are very excited to have such a high-level and well-respected coach in our community [join] our program,” said Reggie Rivas, the club’s director of coaching and also the CV High girls’ soccer coach.

Appels, who holds a United States Soccer Federation National ‘A’ coaching license, has coached future Major League Soccer players and led the Golden Knights to multiple CIF titles, will hold tryouts for his team on April 13.

The tryouts will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Crescenta Valley High.

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Glendale boxer Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan is set to fight on April 10 on the undercard of an ESPN Friday Night Fights event at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage.

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