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Sports Briefs: Glendale Community College alum riding hot start

The Kansas City Chiefs, coached by former Glendale Community College football player Andy Reid, are the only undefeated team in the National Football League after defeating the Houston Texans, 42-34.
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Reid, Chiefs still undefeated

The Kansas City Chiefs, coached by former Glendale Community College football player Andy Reid, are the only undefeated team in the National Football League.

Kansas City posted a 42-34 road win against the Houston Texans on Sunday to improve to 5-0. The Chiefs scored 20 points in the second quarter to build a 23-7 halftime lead and tallied 19 points in the fourth quarter to turn back the Texans (2-3).

Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith completed 29 of 37 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns.


Kansas City will meet the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, who eliminated the Chiefs in the playoffs last season, at 1:25 p.m. PDT Sunday.

St. Francis High Hall of Fame inductees

St. Francis High inducted its latest group into the school’s athletic hall of fame on Friday during halftime of the Golden Knights’ 24-7 win over St. Paul.

Those inducted were Vincent Ryan (class of 1956) in football and track and field, Daniel Welsh (1972) in football and track and field), Reyes De Leon, II (1981) in football and track and field, Brian Coffin (1984) in swimming, David Kluth (1984) in swimming and Art Hernandez (1984) in tennis. Roger and Nila Barkley were inducted as alumni parents.


Ryan was a two-year starter on the varsity squad and earned three varsity letters in track, mastering the hurdles. He helped St. Francis go 6-1 in football in 1955 and advance to the playoffs for the first time in school history. Ryan earned All-Catholic Conference first-team honors.

Welsh was a lineman and long snapper, helping the Knights win two straight Del Rey League championships in 1970 and 1971. He was named to the East West San Gabriel Valley Shrine game.

De Leon helped the football team reach the semifinals for three straight seasons. He picked up All-Del Rey League honors twice in football and was a three-year varsity letterman in the shot put.

Coffin helped St. Francis field a swimming team and secured a CIF and Prep School National Championship in the 100- and 50-yard backstroke events in 1984. He received All-American honors three times.

Kluth excelled in swimming, earning an appearance at CIF in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. He earned All-American honors in 1984 in both events.

Hernandez played varsity tennis for four years, winning the Del Rey League championship three times. As a senior, he was part of the top-ranked doubles team in the Southern California Tennis Assn.

The Barkleys contributed to the community after moving to the area in 1967. Roger was involved in many community organizations, ranging from the Boy Scouts to the Childrens Bureau of Southern Californnia, while Nila dedicated herself to the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce where she is a lifetime member.

Darabedyan wins decision


Under some unforeseen circumstances, Glendale’s Karen Darabedyan claimed a unanimous decision on Saturday night.

Darabedyan, usually a 155-pound lightweight, claimed a welterweight (170 pounds) win over Dave Terrel, who reportedly missed weight by 11 pounds, at Saturday night’s “Ready for War” show at the Long Beach State Pyramid.

Darabedyan, a Glendale High product who often trains at Main Event Gym in Glendale, improved to 14-6 with his fourth victory over his last five fights and his second in a row. Terrel was a replacement on less than two weeks notice as Darabedyan was originally supposed to fight Antonio McKee. Terrel, who hadn’t fought in nearly five years, dropped to 7-8.

Jackson, Browns sink to 0-5

Even a quarterback change couldn’t spark the Cleveland Browns and coach Hue Jackson, a former Glendale Community College player.

The Browns coach replaced starting quarterback DeShone Kizer with backup Kevin Hogan to start the second half Sunday against the New York Jets. But the change didn’t translate to a win, as Cleveland was defeated, 17-14, and failed to pick up its first win of the season.

Kizer completed eight of 17 passes for 87 yards, but threw an interception inside New York’s five-yard line and contributed to a fumble for the Browns, who trailed at the half, 3-0.

“We had our chances. Obviously, like I talked to the team a second ago, the turnovers, we can’t turn the ball over,” Jackson said in a postgame press conference. “We were in the scoring zone twice and came away with nothing. Not so much is coming with it when the other team has the ball. Missed a couple field goals. That is the difference in the game.”


The Browns look to get win No. 1 on Sunday when they visit the Houston Texans.

Huh misses cut at Safeway Open

John Huh, a Crescenta Valley High graduate, didn’t make the cut at the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort and Spa North in Napa.

Huh, the 2012 PGA Rookie of the Year, opened the event Thursday with an even-par 72 before carding a 74 Friday to finish at 146. The cut was 143. Brenden Steele won the event by two strokes over Tony Finau.

Sarkissian in Abierto GNP Seguros Tournament

Former Glendale Community College men’s tennis player Alex Sarkissian suffered a 6-3, 7-5 defeat against Sebastian Fanselow of Germany in a round-of-32 match at the Abierto GNP Seguros at Monterrey, Mexico on Wednesday.

CV Soccer Club registration

The Crescenta Valley Soccer Club is opening up registrations for its fall programs to youth athletes born between 2006 and 2009.

The first step in the club process is the FC Bayern Pre ID program, which is opened to kids born in 2008 and 2009. The program runs from Oct. 6 to Dec. 1 and runs on Fridays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45. The cost is $145 and training will take place at Crescenta Valley High.

The next step of the process is for the more seasoned player and is known as the Elite Training Center. Similarly, the program will run from Oct. 6 to Dec. 1 on Fridays, but from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15. The cost is $175 and training takes place at Crescenta Valley.

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