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Tologs finish as No. 8 team in country

Sacred Heart's historic season sees them finish as eighth-ranked team in nation and No. 4 in state.

March 16, 2011|From News-Press, Staff Reports

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

FSHA ENDS YEAR AS

ESPN RISE NO. 8

Following the most successful season in area girls' soccer history, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team ended its run as the No. 8 team in the nation, according to the latest and final winter ESPN Rise Powerade Fab 50 poll, which was released Tuesday.

They also weighed in at No. 4 in the final state poll on Monday.

Sacred Heart entered its final match on Saturday as the No. 1 team in both polls, but suffered a 3-1 upset loss to Oaks Christian in the CIF Southern California Division III Regional Championships final.

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Oaks (26-2-1) finished its year as the No. 7 team in the country and No. 3 in the state.

Sacred Heart (23-2-1) ended its season having won its second Mission League title in program history and the area's first-ever CIF Southern Section Division I championship.

It will graduate reigning All-Area Player of the Year standout Natalie Zeenni and standout forward Alyssa Conti, who scored the game-winning goal in the team's Southern Section semifinal win.

However, it will return a multitude of standouts, including junior Katie Johnson, sophomore Kayla Mills and sophomore Sarah Teegarden. Johnson is ranked as the No. 17 club soccer player in her class by TopDrawerSoccer.com, while Mills is No. 18 in her class and Teegarden is No. 34. Rankings were released this week.

Other standouts returning will be Breeana Koemans, Tera Trujillo, Krista Meaglia and Alexa Montgomery. Mills, Meaglia and Jill Jacobs, another returning starter, did not play on Saturday, while Johnson was lost 10 minutes in due to an injury.

BIG MONTH

FOR SARKISIAN

Glendale Community College men's tennis player Alex Sarkissian was named the Male Athlete of the Month for February by the California Community College Athletic Assn. Sarkissian, the Vaqueros' No. 1 singles player, went 7-0 in singles matches in February. In addition, he teamed with Trevor Campbell to go 5-1 in doubles for the month.

Sarkissian finished 14-0 in singles sets, winning 10 of them by 6-0 scores. He bested preseason No. 2 singles player Oliver Andrzejenr of Cypress College, 6-2, 6-4, and topped No. 8 player Nikoliv Ivanov of Santa Barbara City College, 7-6, 6-0.

HONORS FOR RUSSELL AND KAZANGIAN

Flintridge Prep boys' soccer players David Russell and Eric Kazangian were recently voted to the All-Prep League team.

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