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Valencia Running Back Steven Manfro Commits To UCLA

manfro_-small_copyValencia running back Steven Manfro is headed to UCLA to play for Rick Neuheisel and the Bruins football team.

Manfro broke the Valencia school record for rushing and touchdowns in his senior season.

He will be joining a UCLA Bruins team that went 4-8 in 2010.

In more football news, Canyon High has found its next coach. Rich Gutierrez, the school’s athletic director and an assistant football coach, will take over as head coach next season.

Gutierrez was an assistant under Chris Varner, who resigned after leading Canyon to its first playoff victory since 2006, to spend more time with his family.

Gutierrez is a graduate of Saugus High School and played for the Centurions and LA Valley College before becoming a high school football coach. He was also an assistant coach at West Ranch and Saugus.

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The Hart boys basketball team won its third Foothill League game in a row, knocking off Golden Valley, 58-45. Hart outscored Golden Valley, 23-9, in the second quarter to build 14-point lead at halftime.

John Green scored a team-high 17 points and had eight rebounds. Teammate Roman Delgado scored 11 points and had six assists.

Julian Madison scored a team-high 10 points for Golden Valley.

The Valencia boys basketball team rebounded from its first Foothill League loss by beating Saugus, 62-55, behind 27 points from Lonnie Jackson.

Jackson scored 22 points and made 16-of-17 free throws in the second half. Brad Buchignani led Saugus with 19 points.

The West Ranch boys basketball team squeaked past Canyon, 60-59, after erasing a 16-point deficit.

West Ranch’s Ako Kaluna made two free throws with 28 seconds left in the game to give his team the win. He scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds in the game.

Coley Apsay scored a game-high 22 points for Canyon. Teammate Darnel Haggerty scored 21.

The Canyon girls basketball team improved their Foothill League record to 4-0 with a 66-51 win over West Ranch. But Canyon lost a non-league game to Sierra Canyon, 47-44 in overtime, at Oaks Christian High School over the weekend.

Canyon went on a 16-2 run in the fourth quarter to force overtime against Sierra Canyon. It was only the third loss of the season for Canyon.

In the game against West Ranch, Alia McCoy scored 20 of her 23 points in the first half and had 15 rebounds for Canyon.

Alexus Bryant scored 12 points for West Ranch.

The Valencia girls basketball team beat Saugus, 57-49, behind 22 points from Lauren Spargo. Megan Dawe led Saugus with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hart girls had four players score in double figures in an 86-23 win over Golden Valley. Christina Falcone led Hart with 21 points. Madyson Staley scored 14 for Hart.

The Kings will take on the Boston Bruins at Staples Center tonight. The Kings are coming off a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

The Bruins beat the Colorado Avalanche, 6-2, for their fourth win in a row.

Listen to the game tonight on AM 1220, KHTS. The puck drops at 7:30.