Sports Briefs: Crescenta Valley diver finishes phenomenal season

Sports Briefs: Crescenta Valley diver finishes phenomenal season
Former St. Francis High standout Christian Bergman struck out a career-high nine in a career-best 7 1/3 innings to spark the host Seattle Mariners to a 4-0 win against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Shaheen places eighth at state final

Crescenta Valley High’s Katelyn Shaheen completed a very successful sophomore season by placing eighth in the one-meter diving championships at the CIF State Finals at Clovis West High on Friday morning.

Shaheen placed eighth with 474.50 points as she merited 6.17 per event with an average of 40.12 points per round. Menlo-Atherton senior Mia Paulsen won the title with 529.55 points, which was an event record.

Overall, Shaheen finished No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section with the fourth-best mark posted by an underclassmen.


"Katelyn dove well and she battled all the way," Crescenta Valley Coach Peter Kim said. "The competition was stiff and she made it through the first and second round and she did real well."

Shaheen was one of 28 competitors in the diving championships and advanced past the first round in sixth place with 266.15 points.

In the semifinals, Shaheen moved into fifth place with 354.15 points before taking eighth in the finals. Though Shaheen finished among the top 10 divers in state, the sophomore was resolute in improving next season.

"The first thing, when she came over afterward, her mother and I were talking and she came over and we both congratulated her on a fantastic job today and a fantastic season," Kim said. "The first thing out of her mouth was, 'What did I finish?' When we told her eighth, her following statement was, 'It will be better next year.'"

Shaheen entered the state finals fresh off winning the CIF Southern Section Division II title on May 8 at Riverside City College, which marked the school's first diving title since 1998.

Bergman throws gem for Mariners

St. Francis High graduate Christian Bergman, a former All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, turned in arguably the best outing of his career in his latest appearance Wednesday.

Bergman struck out a career-high nine in a career-best 7 1/3 innings to spark the host Seattle Mariners to a 4-0 win against the Oakland Athletics. Bergman, 29, allowed just two hits in a 106-pitch effort.

The right-hander posted his first victory since May 5, 2016, when he played for the Colorado Rockies. It was Bergman’s first victory as a starter since Sept. 21, 2014.

"If I strike out five or six in a game it feels like 10. It's not something I normally do," Bergman told the Associated Press. "It felt like a lot tonight. It was a good night."

Bergman is 1-1 with a 2.25 earned-average in three appearances with Seattle.

Falcons Summer Baseball Camp

The eighth annual Falcons Summer Baseball Camp, conducted by Crescenta Valley High baseball coach Phil Torres, will run from 9 a.m. to noon June 12-15 at Stengel Field.

The camp, designed for ages 7-13 entering the 2017-18 school year, will be geared toward hitting, pitching and more. The cost is $175 per person and includes a T-Shirt.

For more information, contact Torres at (818) 249-5871, ext. 6110, or at

Hoover seeking coaches

Hoover High is looking for a new head girls' volleyball coach and assistant girls' basketball coaches.

For more information, contact Hoover Athletic Director Jack Van Patten at