Shane Carney is a 5-foot-9, 165-pound bundle of inspiration.
Nearly two years ago, the Hancock College basketball guard Carney was laying on a deathbed – all from injuries he sustained during a horrific car accident.
Confined to a hospital bed and wondering if he would ever wear the Hancock uniform ever again, Carney underwent bypass surgery and – as his head coach Tyson Aye described it on Monday during the Northern Santa Barbara County Round Table – almost died from that collision.
But Carney went from nearly seeing his life come to an end to helping end his opponents’ seasons with his leadership and scoring touch – and that makes him this week’s headliner for Zo’s Gold Mines.
Carney dropped 32 points on a San Bernardino Valley team that was the No. 2 seed entering its contest at the Inland Empire on Saturday. Aye has praised him for his leadership and play. We, in the North 805, need to laud him for his perseverance during the Bulldogs’ historic run, as AHC has never gone this deep into the state postseason since 1974.
And it’s largely because of a young scorer from Narbonne High who said ‘no’ to death but said ‘yes’ to guiding the Bulldogs on the court.
Other gold mines:
Cabrillo girls basketball: Despite the overtime loss down in Ontario against Downey Warren on Saturday, the Conquistadores still earned another basketball game after their first-ever CIF Southern Section title game appearance. They’ll welcome Bakersfield Golden Valley in the first high school state playoff girls basketball game in the history of Vandenberg Village.
Haley Calderon, Lompoc High swimming: There’s new enthusiasm for aquatics at LHS – and Calderon has been a large reason why, following her four first place marks against Cabrillo last Friday.
Justin Allen, Lompoc baseball: Allen smashed the game-winning RBI in the 4-3 road win over Cabrillo last Tuesday.
Santa Maria High baseball: There’s clearly no CIF title hangover with the Saints, as SMHS has gotten off to a 4-0 start on the baseball diamond.
Armando Tamayo and Craig Ragan, Pioneer Valley boys volleyball: Both Panthers pounded nine kills in the 3-2 win over Orcutt Academy last Thursday.
Isaac Williams, Cabrillo track and field: Williams planted the stick on the ground and earned the highest finish in the pole vault at the Oaks Christian Invitational on Saturday, by finishing with a mark of 11-06.00.
Ty Hernandez, Cabrillo track and field: Stellar day for Hernandez on Saturday. Hernandez ran his way to a 16.06 mark at the Oaks Christian Invitational on Saturday in the 110 meter high hurdles, good enough for second place in the event. He also took second (45.63) in the 300m hurdles. Lastly, he claimed fifth in the high jump (5-08.00).
Michael Macias, Cabrillo track and field: Macias threw his way to a 37-10.50 mark in the shot put down at Oaks Christian on Saturday, giving him second place. He also took third in the discus with his mark of 104-00.
Kim Deming, Cabrillo track and field: Deming earned second in the girls’ pole vault with a mark of 10-06.00 down at OCHS.
Zach Torra, Hancock baseball: Torra fanned eight batters in the Bulldogs’ 5-4 win over Taft on Wednesday.
Lorenzo J. Reyna covers Lompoc Valley sports through Lee Central Coast News. He can be reached at email@example.com.