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Sabrina Hatzer excelling at L.A. Valley College

Former Falcon women's water polo standout is second in state in scoring.

October 26, 2012|By Charles Rich and Andrew Shortall

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

Sabrina Hatzer (Crescenta Valley High, 2012), freshman utility player, L.A. Valley College women's water polo: Hatzer, the 2012 All-Area Girls' Water Polo Player of the Year, has had little difficulty making the transition to the collegiate level.

One of six starting freshmen on the revamped Valley squad, coached by former Crescenta Valley Coach Pete Loporchio, Hatzer has compiled gaudy numbers for the Monarchs (16-8, 3-2 in the Western State Conference). Through Friday, Hatzer has accumulated a team-leading 121 goals, 66 steals and 39 assists.

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According to Loporchio, Hatzer ranks in the top five in the state in goals scored.

"She's playing with a lot of confidence, more than it was in high school," Loporchio said. "She feels like she can play with anybody we've seen this year, and she's continuing to get better in all areas of the game."

In a four-team mini tournament at Pasadena City College on Friday, Hatzer finished with two goals, two assists and four steals to lead Valley to a 10-3 victory against Pasadena. She then contributed six goals, three steals and three assists in Valley's 13-7 win against Miramar in another tournament match.

Valley will next participate in the conference tournament, which will begin at 10:15 a.m. Friday at Ventura Community Park. Third-seeded Valley will meet sixth-seeded Santa Monica City College in an opening-round match.

Patrick Donahue (Glendale Community College, 2010) senior wide receiver, Southern Oregon University football: Scoring hasn't been lacking this season for the Raiders offense, which is averaging nearly 55 points a game, and Donahue, a veteran playmaker, is certainly one person to thank for the production.

The former Vaquero remains Southern Oregon's most-trusted target after leading the team in receptions (54) and receiving yards (616) and touchdowns (seven) in 2011. Donahue has already bested most of last year's numbers through seven games in which he's hauled in a team-high 61 receptions for 795 yards and five scores.

Donahue's numbers also rank at or near the top of the National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics. He is first in all purpose yards a game (191.4), fourth in total receptions and seventh in total receiving yards.

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