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CHATTER: MISSION'S RETURN TO ATHLETICS ON TRACK.

Byline: Lee Barnathan Staff Writer

Soccer is out and cross country and track are in as two sports Mission College will field should it reintroduce athletics.

Mission College president Adriana Barrera said the committee exploring athletics recommended that cross country and track and field join baseball and softball because Mission doesn't have the soccer fields. In the past, Mission teams practiced and played at Pierce College.

The college also doesn't have a track. However, Barrera says it's easier to find or build a track than to travel to Pierce.

Barrera said as long as there are available funds - and she doesn't foresee a problem - athletics will return.

``There's no specific date,'' Barrera said, ``but I assume the next academic year, which would be 2001-2002. . . . We have much hope for it.''

The budget committee meets in January.

Local activist Duke Russell welcomed the news but expressed regret Barrera wasn't implementing former interim president Tom Oliver's September 1999 plan to return athletics in 2000-01. He also feared a future economic downturn would cause Barrera to suspend athletic plans.

``I am living in the past,'' Russell said. ``I hope there's something good for the future.'' . . .

USC tennis player Andrew Park was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national player of the month for November.

Park repeated as singles champ at the ITA Southern California Championships in Malibu, beating UCLA's Jean-Noel Grinda. The title was his second of the season.

In addition, Pepperdine's Paola Palnecia and Ipek Senoglu earned the ITA's women's doubles team of the month award. The two won the ITA West Region doubles title in Irvine and went 5-0 in November. . . .

Thanks in part to former Muir forward Ricky Maiden, Cal State Los Angeles is ranked 14th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll. Maiden, a senior at CSLA, averages 11.3 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds a game. . . .

Gold Coast officials are looking for softball umpires. Information: (805) 529-4303. . . .

Tierra Rejada golf instructor Roger Gunn, a two-time U.S. Open participant, will have a benefit for Toys for Tots from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Westlake Village Inn. Gunn will be joined by actor Thomas Calabro from ``Melrose Place,'' former pro volleyball player Gabrielle Reese and Ryder Cup golfer Steve Pate in the photograph and interview session. Admission is an unwrapped new toy. Information: (818) 597-6330. . . . Woodland Hills Sunrise Little League is registering boys and girls ages 5-12 for the spring season, which begins in March. Registration is Jan. 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: (818) 883-3038. . . .

Southern California Diamonds Under-12 girls fast-pitch softball will have open tryouts this month. Information: Steve Polk, (818) 706-1469. . . .

Registration for the Santa Clarita Roller Hockey League will continue until Jan. 5 for adult players and those 17-under. The adult season begins Jan. 7; the youth season starts Jan. 18. Cost is $125-$175 per person. Information: (661) 887-2333. . . .

USC baseball will have a camp Dec. 26-27 for high school-aged students and Dec. 29-30 for ages 6-14. Cost is $150. Information: (213) 740-5762. . . .

Cal Lutheran will have a winter camp Dec. 26-28. Information: (805) 493-3398. . . .

Pepperdine soccer will have a winter camp Monday through Dec. 20. Information: (310) 317-7774. . . .

The Pierce College men's volleyball team will have a chalk talk at 6:45 tonight at the Pierce South Gym. Featured speakers are Pepperdine coaches Marv Dunphy and Jeff Stork. Information: 710-2820. . . .

Santa Clarita Valley Magic club soccer team seeks under-13 players. Information: Matthew Rahimzadeh, (661) 298-5979.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

KYLE MATTER

Hart football, Senior

Matter capped his two-year career as Hart's starting quarterback with a brilliant performance in the Indians' 34-11 Southern Section-championship victory over Mira Costa. Matter, who is headed to Stanford next season, completed 27 of 31 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns as Hart won its third consecutive section title and sixth overall. Matter has engineered the last two championship victories.

``This is the best feeling in the world,'' Matter said. ``We just came in so focused and we were ready to play from our first possession. This was just an awesome, great performance.''

KIM TAYLOR

Chaminade soccer, Senior

Taylor, a forward, scored both of the Eagles' goals in a 2-1 victory over El Segundo in the finals of the El Segundo Tournament Saturday.

The Eagles, who tied Westlake on Thursday, improved to 6-0-2 with the victory and will face two more area powers this week, with matchups against Buena of Ventura on Tuesday and Hart of Newhall on Thursday.

Taylor scored 13 goals as a starting forward last season.

UP AND COMER

NICK GREEN

Crespi High

Green, a sophomore driver/2-meter player, scored 75 goals on the junior varsity water polo team, breaking an eight-year school record, and had 20 assists. One key to his success: He's left-handed, which gives him an advantage over unsuspecting goalies. He was promoted to varsity for the playoffs and scored three goals.

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

HEAD TO HEAD

DUSTIN VILLIPIGUE

Simi Valley Center

SCOTT JOHNSON

Chatsworth Center

Chatsworth is off to an encouraging 4-2 start and a large part of its success is the play of 5-foot-10 point guard Shane Berry, who is averaging a team-high 28.7 points and five assists per game. But it is Johnson, the Chancellors' tallest starter at 6-5, who could be the key against Simi Valley and Villipigue, the top center in the region. Villipigue, who is headed to Gonzaga, has averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds thus far for the Pioneers. At 6-9, his height is a major problem for opposing teams, but it's his quickness and athletic ability that truly set him apart. He's crafty around the basket, but he can also step out and hit the perimeter shot. Johnson must be aggressive, body Villipigue up and force him away from his favorite spots. When Villipigue gets the ball down low, Johnson needs to push him toward Chatsworth's help defense to minimize Villipigue's open looks.

7:30 p.m. Thursday at Chatsworth High

CAPTION(S):

3 photos, 5 boxes

Photo: (1) KYLE MATTER

Hart football, Senior

(2) KIM TAYLOR

Chaminade soccer, Senior

(3) NICK GREEN

Crespi High

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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