COLLEGE UPDATE:

GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Ramses Barden (Flintridge Prep, 2003) senior receiver, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo football: The former Flintridge Prep standout was selected to yet another All-American first team, making a clean sweep of sorts.

On Tuesday, Barden garnered a spot on the 2008 Sports Network All-America team.

Barden was one of three first-team repeat selections.

Monday saw Barden selected to the 2008 Fabulous Fifty Division I FCS All-American Team as selected by College Sports News. The two selections come on top of previous All-American honors.

For the second year in a row, the former Rebels three-sport star was named to the American Football Coaches Assn.’s Football Championship Subdivision All-America team, the Walter Camp Football Foundation FCS All-America Team and the Associated Press FCS All-America Team.

Barden, who finished fourth in the race for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in the FCS, caught 67 passes for 1,257 yards and 18 touchdowns in his senior year.

The 6-foot-6, 227-pound Barden finished up his Cal Poly career with school records of 206 catches, 4,203 yards and 50 touchdowns.

Projected to go as high in the upcoming NFL Draft as the third round, Barden has also decided to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 24 in Mobile, Ala., opting to forego an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 17.

The Senior Bowl, in which he will be the first-ever Mustang to play, is seen as the most prestigious pre-draft all-star game there is.

Zareh Zargaryan (Hoover High, 2007) sophomore forward, Citrus College men’s basketball: The former Tornadoes standout transferred from Glendale Community College, where he started last season, to Citrus, the defending Western State Conference and state champion.

Citrus is currently ranked No. 1 in the state and Zargaryan is steadily becoming a key point in their success.

He’s played in all 20 of their games, as the Owls have run off a 17-3 record, winning their WSC opener on Wednesday, beating College of the Canyons, 92-84.

Zargaryan had nine points on four-of-five shooting in the game.

In his team’s previous win, a 56-53 triumph against Ventura, Zargaryan contributed seven points, seven rebounds and three assists. And in a win against Diablo Valley on Dec. 29, he had a double-double, with 10 points and 10 boards to go with five assists and two blocks.

The former All-Area selection is averaging 4.7 points and 4.3 rebounds a game.

Citrus visits Glendale college on Jan. 21.

Cissy Butler (Flintridge Sa-cred Heart Academy, 2005) senior goalkeeper, Point Loma Nazarene women’s soccer: Butler saw her collegiate career end Nov. 4, when the eighth-seeded Sea Lions suffered a 1-0 overtime loss to top-seeded Azusa Pacific University in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament. Butler finished with two saves while competing in the first half.

Butler played 11 games, starting each of them. In 850 minutes played, Butler collected 24 saves and three shut-outs. She posted a 0.74 goals-against average while going 3-4-3.

The Sea Lions went 10-6-3 and 3-4-3 in conference this season.

Ray McDonough (Glendale Community College, 2008) junior defensive back, Hofstra University: McDonough, a St. Francis High graduate and a former All-Area member, made some contributions throughout the season for the Pride.

He recorded 29 solo tackles and 27 assisted tackles. McDonough also recovered a fumble to help Hofstra finish up at 4-8 and 2-6 in the Colonial Athletic Assn.


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