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CHATTER: CHOOSING BYU MADE SENSE FOR OLSON.

Byline: Lee Barnathan Staff Writer

Thousand Oaks High quarterback Ben Olson orally committed to Brigham Young on Sunday, but by simply connecting the dots, it was easy to see how he arrived at that decision.

Olson's top three college choices were Brigham Young, UCLA and Stanford.

UCLA received an oral commitment from two top quarterbacks, Drew Olson from Fremont and Hart of Newhall's Matt Moore. Also, the Bruins have St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge graduate (and UCLA legacy) John Sciarra redshirting.

Stanford has Chris Lewis, who will be a junior next year, and Hart graduate Kyle Matter redshirting. The Cardinal also is recruiting Trent Edwards from Los Gatos High.

BYU wasn't recruiting any other quarterbacks.

``You wouldn't want to go in there with two other quarterbacks so there's three of you,'' Olson said of UCLA's quarterbacks. ``Only one of you is going to play. You've still got to be confident in your abilities, but yet you've got to look at a situation to be given the opportunities to play.''

Olson committed at the BYU-San Diego State game Saturday. Interestingly, his teammate, receiver Dave Anderson, who BYU also is pursuing, attended the game as the guest of San Diego State. ...

For five weeks, the Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks football team had little offense, scoring just 106 points. In the past three weeks, the Knights have put up 189.

Granted, St. Bernard of Playa del Rey, Harvard-Westlake of Studio City and Chaminade of West Hills have a combined record of 2-20 (Chaminade has both victories). But one key is the play of Notre Dame's offensive linemen, seniors Robert Tintoc, Lou Ferrigno, Jeff Kahn, Joey Welden, Tim Volk, junior Kosta Ioakim and sophomore Verlondon Harris. Some were injured earlier this season, but now all are healthy and communicating well in the trenches, coach Kevin Rooney said. ...

Granada Hills utility baseball player Ryan Braun orally committed to Miami (Fla.). ...

Don't be surprised if in 2004 Nicole Giordano makes the U.S. Olympic softball team.

At last summer's USA softball shootout, Giordano, a former Saugus and Arizona standout, wowed USA Softball officials with her .400 batting average and stolen bases.

But, warned her mother, Cathy, the selection process is highly politicized, so Nicole's not getting her hopes up.

Giordano will be at the team tryouts Jan. 2-6 in Chula Vista. Also invited is Stanford outfielder Jessica Mendoza from Camarillo, who batted .211. Her mother, Karen, said Jessica is hopeful. ...

Former Houston Astros manager Larry Dierker is available to coach his alma mater, Taft High of Woodland Hills. Taft athletic director Mark Drucker said no one's trying to reach Dierker, just in case he would be interested.

Said Taft's current coach, Ed Gunny: ``Larry Dierker would turn it down. Trust me. If he had $100 billion, he'd turn it down.''

Gunny's rationale has nothing to do with Dierker's potential salary demands (the Astros paid him hundreds of thousands more than L.A. Unified could afford). Gunny said Taft's student body doesn't have a large pool of students who want to play baseball. ...

Not a single player on the World Series rosters is from this area. The closest: Arizona infielder Greg Colbrunn is from Fontana. ...

It took two seasons, but Camarillo earned its first boys' water polo victory by beating Hueneme 5-4 in double overtime Wednesday. Matt Laubacher scored the game-winning goal. Camarillo was 1-7, 1-4 in the Pacific View League after the victory. ...

Royal of Simi Valley graduate Brandon Kay scored his first collegiate goal Friday in UCLA's 5-1 victory over Saint Mary's in the Pacific Soccer Classic.

Staff writers Chris Cocoles and Heather Gripp contributed to this report.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

MERIDETH SHERMAN

Junior, Viewpoint volleyball

Viewpoint of Calabasas is perhaps the least-known dynasty in the region, but the Patriots took a 32-match Liberty League winning streak into Monday's match against Buckley, in large part because of Sherman.

Sherman, a junior outside hitter and the team's kill leader, led the Patriots, ranked No. 3 in Division IV-A last week, to three victories last week.

She had 21 kills Thursday in a victory over Brentwood, ranked No. 2 in Division IV-A, and also had 24 kills Saturday against Providence and 15 kills Tuesday against Windward.

``She plays a little middle and she is probably the best passer on the team,'' coach Frank Pontello said.

Viewpoint finishes the regular season with matches against Cate (ranked No. 9 in the division) today, Holy Martyrs on Wednesday and Buckley on Friday.

HUDSON GOSSARD

Senior, Crescenta Valley football

Gossard is getting attention this year for being a dominant quarterback despite being one of the shortest impact players in the region.

The focus needs to be on the big numbers he puts up rather than his size. Gossard, a shade over 5-foot-9, was at his best Friday in the Falcons' 42-17 victory over Glendale, ripping the Dynamiters for 416 yards and four touchdowns on 24-of-34 passing. Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta wasn't on top of its game - accumulating 195 yards in penalties - but thanks to Gossard, it didn't matter.

UP & COMER

RAJBIR SINGH

Cleveland High

Singh, a 6-foot-2 center on the sophomore basketball team, averages 14.1 points, 14.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks for the 10-1, 7-1 Cavaliers heading into Monday's West Valley League game with Taft. Singh also averages 26 minutes (out of 32) and shoots 53.8 percent from the field and 53.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Nominate other outstanding junior varsity and middle school athletes by calling (818) 713-3611.

HEAD TO HEAD

Matchup of the week:

PHIL BECKMANN

Notre Dame Quarterback

RICKY KNAUF

St. Francis Quarterback

Beckmann and Knauf are mirror images - efficient, accurate passers who avoid mistakes and complement their teams' running games with timely throws. Their passing attacks are sound and high-percentage, making Beckmann and Knauf the perfect quarterbacks for the system. Beckmann has completed 48 of 90 passes for 701 yards and four touchdowns and can also hurt teams with the run, gaining 475 yards on 63 carries. Knauf has 895 yards and eight touchdowns on 69-of-133 passing but isn't a running threat like Beckmann, having rushed for 149 yards on 61 carries. This is a key Mission League game and will be played with high intensity.

Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks

CAPTION(S):

5 photos, 5 boxes

Photo:

(1) MERIDETH SHERMAN

(2) HUDSON GOSSARD

(3) RAJBIR SINGH

(4) PHIL BECKMANN

(5) RICKY KNAUF

Box:

(1) STATILICIOUS

(2) ATHLETES OF THE WEEK (see text)

(3) UP AND COMER (see text)

(4) HEAD 2 HEAD (see text)

(5) ON DECK: Highlights of the coming week
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