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Featured Athletes

Featured Athletes Trained by Kevin Purtell:

Runners Magazine

Lauren Collins finished 13th at NCAA Indoor Championships The 2009-10 Big West Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year from the nine conference institutions were honored today at a special banquet Thursday (Mar. 11) morning at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Garden Grove, Calif. The winners were selected by each institution from one of 18 conference-sponsored sports. UC Irvine’s Big West Scholar-Athletes of the Year are seniors Lauren Collins (track & field) and Daniel Bibona (baseball). Lauren, a four-year recipient of Dean’s List honors, set UCI’s school record in winning the high jump at last spring Big West Conference Championships with a mark of 6-1 ¼. She finished 10th at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

She also holds the school record in the heptathlon with 5,549 points that she set at the Northridge Spring Break Open in March 2009. That total qualified her for the NCAA and USA Championships last year.

Lauren, who has participated in outreach activities for K-12 youth in the local area, is a sociology major who has goals of becoming a professional high jumper and physical trainer.

Kyle Hendricks. – Capo Valley High School, First Team All League Pitcher and Scholarship Athlete to Dartmouth. In his first year, Dartmouth won its first conference championship in over 40 years.

Hendricks Chosen in Eighth Round by the Texas Rangers:

In the eighth round, with the 264th pick of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the Texas Rangers selected Dartmouth junior Kyle Hendricks (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.). Hendricks is the 27th Big Green player to be taken in the amateur draft since its inception in 1965, and it is the second time he has been chosen having been selected in the 39th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out of high school in 2008. He is also the only Ivy League player to be taken in the first 10 rounds this year. Hendricks had four complete games in nine starts, with a 2.47 ERA in 62 innings pitched. He also had 70 strikeouts and 11 walks.

Taylor Ross has amassed an incredible list of athletic achievements in his four years at Sage Hill School! His hard work and commitment to athletic teamwork and leadership has been rewarded by his selection as the Academy League Athlete of the Year. Taylor participated on Varsity Football, Soccer and Lacrosse teams for all four years, and in that time won numerous awards and honors. In addition to being the first male athlete to graduate from Sage Hill School with 12 Varsity Letters, some of Taylor’s other athletic accomplishments include:

9th Grade: JV Football – Co-MVP

10th Grade: Varsity Football – Offensive MVP and 2nd Team All-Academy League; Varsity Soccer — 2nd Team All-Academy League

11th Grade: Varsity Football — Team Captain, Offensive MVP, 1st Team All-Academy League, Academy League Kicker of the Year and Daily Pilot Dream Team (Safety); Varsity Soccer — 1st Team All-Academy League, 2nd Team All-CIF, set Sage Hill Soccer Single Season Scoring Record with 21 goals; Varsity Lacrosse — Team Captain, Sage Hill MVP and Honorable Mention All-Sunset League

12th Grade: Varsity Football — Team Captain, Sage Hill MVP, 1st Team All-Academy League, Academy League Offensive MVP, Academy League Kicker of the Year, 1st Team All-CIF, 2nd Team All-State (CalHi), 1st Team All-State (MaxPreps), Daily Pilot Offensive Player of the Year, #2 in Scoring in Orange County with 216 point and 26 TDs, #3 in Rushing in Orange County with 1,869 yds on 203 carries (9.2 yd. avg.), and set all Sage Hill Football Career and Season Rushing & Scoring Records; Varsity Soccer — Team Captain, 1st Team All-Academy League and set Sage Hill Soccer Career Scoring Record (53 goals); Varsity Lacrosse — Team Captain

Boys’ Athletic Director JR Tolver says, “It was an honor to have Taylor represent Sage Hill School through Football, Soccer and Lacrosse. He epitomizes hard work and dedication. Taylor could always be counted on to rise to the occasion and elevate his teammates’ expectations and level of performance in the process. He’s well deserving of this award and his legacy will forever live on at Sage Hill School.”

Taylor was recruited as a preferred walk on for the USC Trojans football team and we wish him all the best in his future athletic career.

Alexe Lowry is a dynamic and favored soccer player who originally started playing for the Mission Viejo Diablo’s. Now with Trabuco Hills Mustangs she is one of the best players with her breakthrough style making her a primary player in every game. Alexe is a consistent player creating winning starts and scoring the winning goal in a game.

Jack Fadule, Trabuco Hills High School. First Team all Ivy League, First Team all Boston. Graduated Harvard; played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, currently playing for the New England Patriots. Fadule, 23, was signed by New England as a first-year free agent on February 6, 2004.

He was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie free agent on May 2, 2003. He spent 2003 training camp with the Steelers and played in the first preseason game for Pittsburgh last season. The 6-foot-5-inch, 316-pound native of Orange, Calif., attended Harvard University and was an All-Ivy League first-team selection as a senior in 2002.

Tony D’Amato, Villa Park High School, Century League MVP, First Team All County Santa Ana Junior College, Defensive Player of the Year. Utah State – Defensive Player of the Year 1998 (Big West). Middle Linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints.
PJ Vallier: Trabuco Hills High School, 1st Team All League & All CIF, 1st Team All State, MVP All Star, Attended UC Davis, currently enrolled at Humbolt University.