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Golden Knight-laden Cal Lu wins title

Younker and host of others team up to down Collis and Oxy for outright crown.

November 16, 2010|By Grant Gordon,

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

Rian Younker (St. Francis High, 2009) sophomore, defensive tackle, Cal Lutheran University football: For only the second time in program history, Cal Lutheran won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title outright and it came in the final game played at Cal Lu's Mt. Clef Stadium.

Ryan Younker led a strong contingent of St. Francis High graduates that played a significant role in the Swordmen's title-clinching 24-0 win over Occidental College on Saturday.


Younker had four tackles, including a sack of Oxy quarterback Luke Collis, who's also a St. Francis graduate.

Younker was one of four former Golden Knights to start for Cal Lutheran and one of five who played.

On offense, Nick Sabatella started at left tackle with John Schachtner at center and Darryl Carter at fullback. Carter had just one carry for two yards, but as a team, the Swordsmen rushed 58 times for 309 yards and two touchdowns.

Chris Cabrera also notched a tackle on special teams.

For the season, Younker has notched 31 tackles, 5.5 for a loss with 3.5 sacks in nine games played. Cabrera has seen time in five games and has tallied 12 tackles.

Carter has carried the ball just six times for 13 yards and caught three passes for 47 yards in eight games.

On Saturday, Cal Lutheran (8-1) will play Linfield of Oregon on the road in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Swordsmen opened their season with a 47-42 victory over Linfield.

In Saturday's game, Collis was held to just 97 yards passing, as he completed 17 of 33 passes and threw one interception. For the season, Occidental went 5-4 and 3-3 in SCIAC. On the year, Collis completed 150 passes in 235 attempts at a 64% clip for 1,773 yards and 13 touchdowns to five picks in seven games.

Rosa Del Toro (Glendale Community College, 2010) junior, Long Beach State women's cross-country: Del Toro continued her stellar rookie season for Long Beach in the NCAA Division I West Regional on Saturday in Oregon.

Del Toro broke the Long Beach school record in the women's 6,000 meters with a time of 20 minutes 45.51 seconds to finish 26th overall. As the team's No. 1 finisher, as she's been most of the season, she led the 49ers to an 11th-place finish. She broke the school record by roughly seven seconds.

Nina Moore, also a former GCC standout, was the No. 5 runner for Long Beach, finishing in 21:56.99 for 103rd place.

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