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The Acorn counts down the top five local sports stories of 2012

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The Rio Mesa boys’ track and field team snagged a section title in the spring. The Spartans 4x400 relay squad of Blake Selig, Darion Zimmerman, Cameron Roach and Anthony Teart won a state title.

With 2012 coming to a close, there were many memorable moments in Camarillo sports.

The Camarillo High football team continued dominating the Pacific View League while a former Scorpion made headlines in the NFL.

Rio Mesa High’s swim team had another outstanding season in the pool, and the Spartan boys’ 4×400 meter relay quartet captured a state championship.

These are the top five sports stories that made headlines in Camarillo:

5 Football in focus

Camarillo High’s football team won a fourth straight Pacific View League championship this fall.

Already a league powerhouse, the Scorpions are building one of the finest programs in Ventura County.

The Scorpions won 10 games this season—their highest win total since 2009—and went a perfect 5-0 in league action for the third time in the four years.
During Camarillo’s dominant run, the fast-paced offense has flustered opponents.

Senior quarterback Travis Valdez completed 291-of-398 pass attempts for 3,291 yards, 27 touchdowns and five interceptions.

The majority of Valdez’s passes went to senior wide receiver Corbin Cover, who nabbed 143 receptions.

Camarillo improved on the other side of the ball under firstyear defensive coordinator Jack Willard, the school’s softball head coach.

The Scorpion defense held seven teams to 14 points or less.

4 Race car ya-yas

Camarillo native Charlie Kimball became the first race car driver with diabetes to lead the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Kimball made history in the 96-year-old event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he led the 500-mile race for three of 200 laps.

A 2003 Rio Mesa graduate, Kimball finished eighth among 33 drivers in the Indy 500, America’s preeminent open-wheel race.

Kimball, 27, is currently ranked 19th in IZOD Indycar Series and had six top-10 finishes in 2012.

The second-year driver, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in October 2007, placed eighth in the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on June 3.

Kimball is a member of the Chip Ganassi race team.

3 A bright spot for Jacksonville

Fans and pundits expressed outrage when the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted a punter, Camarillo High graduate Bryan Anger, in the third round of April’s draft.

Anger is quietly enjoying a strong rookie season.

Anger, who graduated from ACHS in 2007, has established himself as one of the best punters in the NFL.

He’s averaging 48 yards per punt, including a 73-yard boot. Anger has punted the ball inside the 20-yard line 30 times this season.

Anger was picked up 70th overall. The last punter to be taken so early in the draft was Todd Sauerbrun of West Virginia. The Chicago Bears nabbed Sauerbrun in the second round (No. 56 overall) in 1995.

Anger was a three-time All- Pac-12 first-team selection for the California Golden Bears.

2 Covey can catch
Camarillo wide receiver Corbin Covey set the county single-season receptions record with 143 catches.

Covey broke Richard Mullaney’s record of 122 catches, which Mullaney set in 2010 for Thousand Oaks.

Covey’s 14 receptions against rival Rio Mesa helped the Scorpions crush the Spartans, 41-7.

Covey caught more than 10 passes in nine games this season, and he consistently put up big numbers every week.

He snagged a season-high 16 balls on Aug. 31 against Buena and another 16 on Oct. 26 against Pacifica.

The senior Scorpion had 1,377 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

Covey improved from his junior year. He missed the first five games of 2011, finishing with 32 catches for seven touchdowns.

1 Spartans rule the relay

Darion Zimmerman, Cameron Roach, Anthony Teart and Blake Selig won a track and field state championship for Rio Mesa in the boys’ 4×400-meter relay race.

It was the first time a Ventura County school captured a state title in the 4×400.

The Spartans dominated the race, crossing the finish line in three minutes, 16.21 seconds— capturing victory by more than two seconds.

Zimmerman, Roach, Selig and Roderick White nearly won the 4×100 relay at state. Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks slipped by the Spartans, 41.122 seconds to 41.125.

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