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Park wins tourney, honor

CV grad wins first-ever event and gets all-conference nod

GCC ballplayers excelling.

April 27, 2012|By Grant Gordon

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Katie Park (Crescenta Valley High, 2010) sophomore, Occidental College golf: During her time as a Falcon, Park was bestowed plenty an individual honor and it's continued during her time as a Tiger.

She was recently named to the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team.

It comes on the heels of Park winning the first-ever Women's Golf SCIAC Championship on Monday in Hemet, tallying a 12-over 156 (74-82) to win by five strokes, as she was buoyed by a first-day 74 that gave her a six-stroke lead. Her second-day 82 tied for the second-best mark on the day.

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"I just went into tournament thinking it was a normal tournament. I wasn't thinking about it being the first SCIAC (tournament)," Park stated on the school's website. "It didn't hit me that it was the first time that there was a women's tournament. I'm still processing that it's a big deal.

"Now I'm realizing it's going to be a bigger deal each year."

Park had five birdies and 17 pars over the event's two days.

"Katie has the amazing ability to stay in the moment and not let the surrounding circumstances affect her," Occidental Coach Erik Johnson stated on the school's website. "She is a great ball striker who can make a lot of birdies if she's putting well.

"I couldn't be prouder of Katie. The best part is her best golf is yet to come."

Leading up to the tournament, Park had top-five finishes in two of the three previous SCIAC tournaments.

Michael Noteware (Glendale Community College, 2011) junior, Lewis-Clark State baseball: After his stretch as a lights-out reliever for the Vaqueros during their historical state run as season ago, Noteware has opened eyes in a starting role for the Warriors.

Noteware currently boasts an 8-1 record with a stellar 1.98 earned-run average.

In his last start — a 13-2 win over Patten on Friday — he twirled seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, while striking out six and walking one.

For the season, in which Lewis-Clark is 37-10 and 25-6 in the NAIA West, Noteware has made 10 appearances, seven starts and chewed up 63 2/3 innings. He's tallied 56 strikeouts to just eight walks.

He's likely to get the start today when the Warriors, winners of six straight, open up a three-game homestand against Linfield College.

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