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* Ron Ponciano, fired July 16 as coach at Cal State Northridge, said he has been offered a job as defensive coordinator at McPherson College in Kansas. Ponciano is considering an offer to become an assistant at Valley College.

Ponciano said he will accept an offer after completing his family’s move from Northridge to his in-laws’ home in Alta Loma.

“I’m weighing all the differences but my priority now is moving my family out of this house,” Ponciano said. “The decision will be made soon.”


Valley has hired Bob Frasco and Scott Ponciano, Ron’s cousin, as assistants.

Frasco, a former quarterback at San Jose State and in the Italian Football Federation, will work with quarterbacks. Ponciano, a graduate of Portland State and former Cal State Northridge assistant, will be assistant offensive line coach.

* Quarterback Matt Cassel of Chatsworth is one of three high school players featured in the NFL preview edition of Blitz magazine. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior has accepted a scholarship to USC.


* Troy Dumais, from Buena High, won the bronze medal in three-meter springboard diving Thursday at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada.

Dumais, who won Southern Section Division I titles in 1997 and ’98 and attends the University of Texas, scored 667.20 points to place third behind gold-medal winner Mark Ruiz of Orlando, Fla., who had 675.21 points, and silver medalist Fernando Platas of Mexico, who finished with 674.25.

* Leanne Dumais, Troy’s sister who will be a freshman at Buena, placed second in the girls’ 14-15 division of the one-meter springboard competition with 423.78 points Wednesday at the Speedo Junior Olympic National Diving Championships at YMCA Aquatics Center in Orlando, Fla.

Brooke Sullivan of Team Orlando Diving won with 431.25 points.

Brice Dumais, 1999 Southern Section Division I diving champion who is bound for SMU, was eighth in the boys’ 16-18 division on the three-meter springboard.


Dumais scored 502.73 points. Phillip Jones of Kentucky Dive Club won with 593.02.


* Zach Gordon, a sophomore shortstop for Moorpark College, was selected Junior College All-American by Collegiate Baseball News.

Gordon, from Simi Valley, was an all-state selection last season, when he batted .367, drove in 59 runs and hit 18 home runs. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 43rd round.


* The Encino-based Mid-Valley Magic’s 10-and-under and 12-and-under fast-pitch travel teams won Players Choice national tournaments last weekend in Salem, Ore.

The 10-and-under team went 6-0, and the 12-and-under team posted a 7-0 record.


* Gene Sharp has been hired as the men’s and women’s coach at Oxnard College.

Sharp replaces Dale Smith, who was interim coach last year after Oxnard’s cross-country program was revived shortly before the season started.