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Collis returns to spark Tigers to win

Former Knight comes back from injury to lead Oxy to key conference victory.

October 05, 2010|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Luke Collis (St. Francis High, 2007) Occidental College junior quarterback: Having been sidelined for four weeks due to a leg injury, Collis returned and with his return, Occidental defeated rival Whittier, 25-22, in the annual battle for "the shoes," a pair of bronzed cleats bestowed upon the winning team.

Of utmost importance, as well, was that Saturday's game was the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Collis, a former All-Area selection with St. Francis and a Nevada transfer, sparkled in his return. He completed 22 of 30 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns against no interceptions.

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His touchdown pass to Nate Sullivan served as the game-winner before throwing for a two-point conversion, as well.

On the season, which for Collis has been just two of the Tigers' three games, he has completed 40 of 75 passes for six touchdowns, one interception and 516 yards.

The Tigers (2-1, 1-0 in conference) were coming off consecutive bye weeks and will now play at the University of La Verne in a conference contest.

Amanda Rose Johnson (Crescenta Valley High, 2010) New Mexico Highlands soccer freshman: A former All-Area and All-CIF standout, Johnson was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday.

Johnson tallied a match and a half worth's of shutout play.

In a 1-0 loss to Adams State on Sept. 22, she held the opposition scoreless in her 45 minutes of play and made one save. Against Regis University on Sept. 26, she notched her first college shutout with five saves in a 1-0 win.

"Johnson played well for us and had two big saves against Regis to keep the Rangers scoreless," Coach Justin Wagar stated in a press release. "She played great for a freshman stepping up and we expect big things from her."

On the season, Johnson's played in eight games, starting in seven, with a 1.82 goals-against average. She's made 28 saves with a .737 save percentage and a 3-2 record.

New Mexico Highlands is 5-4-1 and 3-2-1 in conference with a road match at Colorado Christian University on Friday.

Eric Kleinsasser (Crescenta Valley High, 2008) Occidental College cross-country junior: The former Falcons standout was the top Division III runner at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday.

He was 10th overall in the 8,000 meters run in 26 minutes 10.1 seconds.

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