9 Runners From Area Named to All-State Team

Nine area cross-country runners--six girls and three boys--were named to the All-California high school team selected by California Track & Running News magazine.

Marmonte League mates Deena Drossin of Agoura, Jeannie Rothman of Westlake and Channel Islands’ Veronica Barajas were ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 6, respectively, after finishing in top six in the Kinney national championships.

Drossin, undefeated before the national race, finished sixth, Rothman placed second and Barajas fifth. Drossin and Barajas finished 1-2 in the state Division I meet in November and Rothman won the Division II title.


Fillmore sophomore Maribella Aparicio ranked 13th, Tiffany York of Agoura 14th and Westlake junior Jessica Graham, in her first year of cross-country, was 18th.

Canyon senior Dave Hartman, who finished third in the national meet, ranked third on the list behind national champion Louie Quintana of Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo’s James Menon.

Jeff Wilson, a Newbury Park junior, and Fillmore senior Jorge Barajas were Nos. 5 and 11, respectively. Wilson won the state Division III title and Barajas was second in the Division IV meet.

Hart High point guard Anjanette Dionne was selected as Foothill League most valuable player for the second consecutive year.

Dionne averaged 20.5 points, 5.7 steals and 5.9 assists, including 7.1 assists during league play, in leading Hart (22-6) to a share of its third consecutive Foothill League title.

The 5-foot-7 junior, who will play her senior year in Oregon, shared the honor with teammate Sara Wilson last year.

Hart’s Carol Gruhlke, Burroughs’ Jeanie Russell and Burbank’s Renata Vavrusa also were selected to the first team.

Antelope Valley’s Paula Page, a 6-1 freshman forward, and Krischelle Gill, a 5-7 freshman guard, were chosen for the women’s All-Foothill Conference basketball team in voting by coaches.

Bill Paden, an assistant coach for the Chatsworth High track team the past four years, will replace Myron Gibford as head coach for the 1991 season.

Gibford, who will remain in the Chancellors’ track program as an assistant, elected to step down so he could devote more time to football. Gibford has coached the varsity football team at Chatsworth since 1980.

Under Gibford, the Chatsworth girls’ track team won the West Valley League title last year.

Members of the Los Angeles Raiders will participate in a fund-raiser basketball game at Antelope Valley High tonight at 7:30. Proceeds from the event will benefit the school’s athletic program.

Information: 805-948-8552, ext. 270.

Ventura Raceway has canceled the final two races in the Winter Motocross Series in order to prepare the Ventura County Fairgrounds racing facility for the ESPN Saturday Night Thunder U.S. Auto Club Midget Races in April.

The midget races--which will be held April 6, 13, 20, and 27--were moved from Ascot Speedway in Gardena after it closed last summer. Ventura Raceway, the only West Coast track that will participate in the series, will use the additional time to improve its facilities.

Information: 805-656-1122.