Lea of Camarillo Commits to Arizona, Passes on UCLA
Matt Lea of Camarillo High, runner-up in the boys’ 400 meters in the Southern Section Division I track and field championships last month, has committed to Arizona.
Lea, who set a Ventura County record of 47.38 seconds in winning the county title on May 1, chose Arizona over UCLA and Drake.
“I just really liked their coaching staff,” Lea said. “They’re also pretty close to home and they’re a [Pacific 10 Conference] school.”
Lea’s 47.38 clocking ranks fifth on the all-time region list and is the second fastest in the state this year.
Dennis Riedmiller, girls’ track coach at Channel Islands High for the past four years, has stepped down from that position to spend more time with his children.
Riedmiller, boys’ coach at Camarillo from 1992-94, will continue as an assistant football coach at Channel Islands.
Tim Feirfeil of L.A. Baptist High has been selected by Cal-Hi Sports magazine as boys’ athlete of the year for small schools.
Feirfeil was an all-state selection by Cal-Hi Sports in football and baseball for small schools. He was Alpha League and Southern Section Division IV champion at 100 meters.
Catcher Joe Yingling of Camarillo, outfielder Woody Cliffords of El Camino Real and infielder Chris Martinez of Chaminade were selected to the Cal-Hi Sports all-state team.
Joining the three seniors on the all-state team were junior pitchers Mike Kunes of Chatsworth and Jordan Olson of Crescenta Valley, who were also selected to the all-state underclass squad. Other underclass selections were junior infielder Kevin Howard of Westlake and sophomore infielder Mark McCauley of Crescenta Valley.
Martinez earned a spot on the medium schools all-state team, while senior outfielder Tim Feirfeil of L.A. Baptist was selected to the small schools all-state squad.
Senior Cindy Ball of Camarillo and junior Jodie Cox of Quartz Hill were selected by Cal-Hi Sports to the all-state team. Ball was chosen as a pitcher and Cox as a utility player.
Cox, who helped the Rebels win the Southern Section Division II championship, was chosen the state’s junior player of the year. She also was on the medium schools and underclass all-state teams with sophomore infielder Oli Keohohou of Newbury Park. Chaminade junior pitcher Maureen LeCocq was also selected to the medium schools all-state team.
Earning spots on the small schools all-state team were sophomore catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest of La Reina, senior pitcher Jaclyn Aranda of Village Christian and senior infielder Julia Tamai of Cornerstone Christian.
Pitcher Kate Levin has transferred from Cleveland High to Chaminade.
Levin, a freshman right-hander, was 10-6 with a 1.71 earned-run average at Cleveland.
Devin Montgomery and Jason Tubbs of San Fernando High have transferred to Alemany, Indian Athletic Director Dudley Rooney said.