Mark Titchener of the Valley Dodgers, a semipro baseball team based in the San Fernando Valley, was named co-pitcher of the week in the Golden State League after allowing five hits and no earned runs in a 2-1 victory Saturday against the Riverside A’s. Titchener, formerly of Crespi High and College of the Canyons, was 5-1 at Nevada Reno last season. Bob Chadwick of the Ventura County Royals shared the honor with Titchener. Eric Karros of Ventura was named player of the week. The Valley Dodgers lead the Golden State League with a 7-1 record.
Sean Luft of Southern Section 3-A champion Rio Mesa, a 6-5 first baseman who batted .417 with eight home runs, has been named player of the year in the division. Also named to the first team was Harvard outfielder Merritt Robinson, who batted .338, and pitcher Tim Nedin of Hart, who was 8-5 with a 2.01 earned run average. Robinson will attend Rice University in the fall. Nedin is head for UC Santa Barbara. In the 2-A division, third baseman Chris Joy of Saugus was a first-team selection. Derek Parks of Montclair was named player of the year.
Stan Oporski, a junior from Poland who attended Moorpark College last year, was named most valuable player of the men’s track team at Cal State Los Angeles. Oporski holds the Cal State L.A. record in the triple jump at 53-1.
Art Sims, a senior from Canoga Park High and Valley College, was selected as the team’s outstanding athlete after finishing second in the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. in the 400-meter hurdles (52.27) and third in the 100-meter high hurdles (14.69).
Yvette Maufas, a senior from Valley College, was named most inspirational member of the women’s track team. Maufas holds Cal State L.A. records in the high jump (5-10) and heptathlon (4534 points).
In baseball, Mike Mulligan, a junior from Agoura High and Valley College who doubled as the goalie for the nationally ranked water polo team, was given the 10th-Man Award by Coach John Herbold. Mulligan batted .385 as a reserve outfielder this season
Neil Coffman of Chatsworth High was named to the All-City 4-A first-team in volleyball. Player of the year honors were shared by Kent Steffes and J.B. Saunders of champion Palisades.
Sports Digest was compiled by David Morgan.