OTHER SPORTS : Northridge’s Rouse Loses a School Record for Home Runs in a Season on a Technicality
Priscilla Rouse was the proud owner of the Cal State Northridge record for home runs in a season--but only temporarily. Rouse, a senior, hit her fourth homer of the season in the third inning of the first game of a doubleheader last week against UC Riverside only to have it taken away on a technicality--the game was forfeited.
Later in that inning, CSUN’s Barbara Flynn collided with Riverside catcher Stephanie Grootboed on a play at the plate, injuring Grootboed and leaving UCR with only eight healthy players.
Riverside forfeited, negating Rouse’s record hit. According to NCAA rules, statistics from a softball game are not official unless the game lasts five complete innings.
Gymnastics: Dave Moriel, a junior from UCLA, recorded a 9.95 on the high bar Saturday at the NCAA championships, winning the event and helping the Bruins to the team title. UCLA finished with 285.30 points, 0.55 in front of Nebraska. As a senior at Monroe High, Moriel became the first gymnast in City Section history to win all seven individual championships.
Football: Mike Kane’s frustration over not being selected in Tuesday’s NFL draft might have been compounded by the Raiders’ choice of Rob Harrison in the 10th round.
Harrison, 6-2, 225, from Cal State Sacramento, gained 1,334 yards rushing, second behind Kane’s 1,565 in the Western Football Conference. He was the 254th player picked. Eleven choices later, Sacramento tackle John Gesek, 6-5, 280, also was taken by the Raiders. They were the only players drafted from the WFC.
Kane, Northridge’s all-time leading rusher and the WFC’s Offensive Player of the Year in 1986, has signed a contract with agents Doug Brenner and Neil Allen of the L.A.-based Professional Management Group, who expect to land him an NFL tryout as a free agent.
The chances of Kane catching some teams’ attention would appear good. Several teams drafted only one running back and one, New Orleans, did not draft any.
Swimming: Pierce College and Valley College each have qualified three swimmers for the state junior college championships this weekend at Merced College.
Norm Skorge of Pierce qualified in the 100-yard butterfly, 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle. Brent Hermanson of Pierce qualified in the 400 individual medley and 200 butterfly, and Kim Reese will race in the women’s 50 butterfly and 50 and 100 freestyles.
Pierce tied for fourth place in the Western State Conference meet’s team standings, and its women’s team was sixth in competition at Cuesta College last week. College of the Canyons, which failed to qualify any of its swimmers for the state meet, was seventh among men’s teams and eighth in the women’s standings.
Valley placed second in the men’s standings and qualified Geremy Bauman in the 400 individual medley and the 500 and 1,650 freestyles and Mario Kjona in the 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley.
The Valley women’s team, which finished fourth in the conference, was led by Shawna Sacks, who qualified in the 200 and 500 freestyles. Diver Kim Gaboury registered Valley’s only conference championship, in 3-meter board diving, and was second in the 1-meter.
Golf: Moorpark was third, Canyons fifth and Pierce eighth in the 36-hole Western State Conference tournament last week at the Simi Hills Golf Course. Canyons was second at the halfway point but slipped three places over the last 18 holes. Ventura and Cuesta, the top two finishers, qualified for the 36-hole regional playoffs at Spring Valley Country Club in Victor Valley on May 4. Jim Pirtle of Canyons and Chris Kaczke of Moorpark were among the individuals who qualified for the tournament.
Volleyball: The Pierce men’s volleyball team won’t be able to defend its state championship this season.
The Brahmas (14-6, 10-7 in the South Coast Conference) defeated Westmont College in their final conference match last week but did not qualify for the playoffs.
Ron Graening, Jeff McClean, Tom Ribarich and Mike Bird of Cal State Northridge were among the statistical leaders in the Western Intercollegiate Volleyball Assn.
Graening placed fourth in the conference with 87 blocks, and McClean was sixth with 83. Ribarich was ninth with 13 service aces and Bird was seventh in digs with 124.
Northridge finished eighth in the 10-team WIVA with a 4-14 record. The Matadors (15-21) were ranked 10th in the nation.
Name in the News: Lee Kanon Alpert, an Encino attorney, has been elected president of the Cal State Northridge Athletic Foundation.