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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 19, 2013
Having concluded a successful standout season at St. Francis High, but still searching for a future gridiron destination, the wait and worry has subsided for Jared Lebowitz, replaced by the fulfillment of a longtime dream. The 2012 All-Area Football Player of the Year gave his verbal commitment to accept a scholarship and play for UNLV on Thursday and was headed to visit the campus on Friday morning. “Immense relief,” said Lebowitz of his feelings on committing. “I probably lost 20 pounds of relief off my shoulders.
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June 4, 2003
Edgar Melik-Stepanyan Fernando Valenzuela Jr. (St. Francis, 2000), junior first baseman, University of Nevada at Las Vegas baseball -- The Rebels (47-17) had their season come to an end at the hands of Arizona State on Sunday in the final of the NCAA Regional at Tempe's Diablo Stadium in Arizona. Arizona State (53-12) advanced to the 16-team Super Regional with a 16-1 victory against UNLV, which finished the season with the second-most wins in program history.
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July 17, 2004
Charles Rich For some, it's the quality of life to visit a casino or attend a concert in the backdrop of the bright lights of Las Vegas. For Stephanie Rigamat, there's more to life than winning in blackjack or listening to Wayne Newton sing his classic tunes. Nor will she keep a low profile. Rigamat will be heading south of the Las Vegas strip to become the assistant coach of the UNLV women's soccer program. Rigamat, who starred at Crescenta Valley High from 1993-97, was hired July 8 and will begin tackling her responsibilities July 26. She will take over for take over for Todd Abdalla, who resigned his position but will still work with the squad as a volunteer assistant.
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By Charles Rich | March 17, 2009
GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level .   Brett Kanda (Flintridge Prep, 2005) redshirt junior, UNLV men’s golf: Kanda, the 2005 All-Area Boys’ Golfer of the Year, helped UNLV capture the three-day Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship at Southern Highlands Golf Course in Las Vegas. Kanda, a former Prep League individual champion, carded a final round three-under-par 69 on Sunday to finish fourth overall in the event.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | July 27, 2010
Before the sun is all the way up, Brett Kanda is hard at work on the golf course. By the time the blazing mid-morning desert heat begins to scorch Las Vegas, he's already off the links and headed to the gym, a daily regimen that has become the norm after graduating from UNLV in the spring. Since starring at Flintridge Prep and then going on to a standout four-year career at UNLV, golf has been at the forefront of Kanda's life as a student-athlete. Now, it's his job. "College golf's tough because it's an individual sport, obviously, but you're still playing for your team," Kanda says.
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June 13, 2003
Hamlet Nalbandyan Since leaving the friendly confines of the area's baseball scene, Fernando Valenzuela has gone on to make quite a name for himself, not that he needed any help in that category. The son of the former L.A. Dodger great with the same name, Valenzuela was recently drafted in the 10th round (281st pick overall) by the San Diego Padres, and on Sunday, the 20-year-old first baseman was one of 17 players selected by the Padres in the first-year player draft that came to terms with the club.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 27, 2013
The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level. Matt McCallister (Glendale Community College, 2012) UNLV baseball junior: In his debut season with the Runnin' Rebels, McCallister immediately asserted himself. He started in 53 of UNLV's 57 games, playing in 55 and turning in solid numbers to the tune of a .283 average (53 for 187), 31 runs, 23 runs batted in and 10 doubles. McCallister added a pair of home runs, 15 walks, three stolen bases and was hit by a pitch a team-high 12 times to equate to a .374 on-base percentage.
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By Jeff Tully | January 24, 2008
GLENDALE ? Looking back, Mike McDonald knows he made the right decision. A highly touted quarterback out of Burbank High in 2005, McDonald earned a full scholarship to play college football at UNLV. McDonald, who also played defensive back and linebacker for the Bulldogs, went to the Rebels? program expecting to get a shot at competing for the starting quarterback job. After redshirting as UNLV?s third-string quarterback in 2005, McDonald was switched to linebacker, a move he was not fond of. ?
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | June 27, 2013
The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level. Matt McCallister (Glendale Community College, 2012) UNLV baseball junior: In his debut season with the Runnin' Rebels, McCallister immediately asserted himself. He started in 53 of UNLV's 57 games, playing in 55 and turning in solid numbers to the tune of a .283 average (53 for 187), 31 runs, 23 runs batted in and 10 doubles. McCallister added a pair of home runs, 15 walks, three stolen bases and was hit by a pitch a team-high 12 times to equate to a .374 on-base percentage.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | March 21, 2013
The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level. Mark Saatzer (St. Francis High, 2010) junior infielder, Chapman University baseball: As good a start as Saatzer got out to this season, his numbers have only ballooned as the season's gone on. While Saatzer is coming off a near-perfect game, the Panthers are looking to snap a two-game losing streak that's brought them back down to .500 (11-11, 9-6 in the Southern California...
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 19, 2013
Having concluded a successful standout season at St. Francis High, but still searching for a future gridiron destination, the wait and worry has subsided for Jared Lebowitz, replaced by the fulfillment of a longtime dream. The 2012 All-Area Football Player of the Year gave his verbal commitment to accept a scholarship and play for UNLV on Thursday and was headed to visit the campus on Friday morning. “Immense relief,” said Lebowitz of his feelings on committing. “I probably lost 20 pounds of relief off my shoulders.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | January 28, 2011
GLENDALE — Looking to move on from a tough 2010 season, the rebuilding UNLV Rebels added a potential cornerstone on Wednesday. Patrick Carroll added his name to UNLV's expanding foundation for the future, as the St. Francis High senior standout offensive lineman made his verbal commitment to the Rebels, with whom he plans to formally sign his letter of intent on Wednesday, National Signing Day. "It feels great, UNLV is a great program,"...
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | July 27, 2010
Before the sun is all the way up, Brett Kanda is hard at work on the golf course. By the time the blazing mid-morning desert heat begins to scorch Las Vegas, he's already off the links and headed to the gym, a daily regimen that has become the norm after graduating from UNLV in the spring. Since starring at Flintridge Prep and then going on to a standout four-year career at UNLV, golf has been at the forefront of Kanda's life as a student-athlete. Now, it's his job. "College golf's tough because it's an individual sport, obviously, but you're still playing for your team," Kanda says.
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By Gabriel Rizk | June 3, 2010
GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level. Brett Kanda (Flintridge Prep, 2005) senior, UNLV golf: Kanda's Rebels are in a three-way tie for 17th after the second round of play of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. was suspended due to rain at 8:45 p.m. EST Wednesday. Kanda had compiled a two-over par 74 on Wednesday to help his team shoot a four-over-par 292 on the day prior to the suspension of play.
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By Grant Gordon | May 26, 2010
GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level. Christian Bergman (St. Francis High, 2006) UC Irvine baseball : With the Anteaters pushing toward the postseason, Bergman is rounding into top form. He displayed it on Friday, twirling eight shutout innings in leading Irvine to a 5-0 home win against UC Riverside. Bergman allowed six hits and two walks, while striking out five. It also continued a scoreless innings streak that now sits at 15 1/3 . Bergman owns a 7-3 record with a 4.21 earned-run average over 18 appearances and 14 starts.
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