Baseball Quarterfinals: Glendora’s Adam Plutko throws no hitter in return, Tartans beat Valencia 2-1; Bishop Amat knocked out by Torrance, 7-3; Bonita wins big, 11-1; Damien falls 7-0

Glendora’s Adam Plutko walked five but threw a no-hitter in a 2-1 victory over Placentia Valencia in the Division 2 semifinals. John Alexanders double scored Clinton Harwick and Jacob Smigelski in the first inning, and that was all the Tartans needed to advance to just its second semifinal ever, and first since 1989. Bishop Amat fell behind 6-1 early and never made it back, losing a shocker to Torrance, 7-3 in the D-4 quarterfinals. Bonita wins big, knocks off Lancaster 11-1 to reach semifinals for the fist time since 2001. We just learned that El Toro shutout Damien, 7-0


Above: Glendora’s Adam Plutko threw a no-hitter in Friday’s 2-1 victory.

Baseball
Friday’s games
Division 2

Glendora 2, Placentia Valencia 1
El Toro 7, Damien 0
Division 3
Bonita 11, Lancaster 1
Division 4
Torrance 7, Bishop Amat 3

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CIF Softball Results: Bonita wins 4-3 thriller, scores two in the bottom of the 7th; South Hills wins 10-3; San Dimas, Glendora both lose

Jacki Campa smacked a two-out hit to center to drive in two in the bottom of the seventh to give Bonita a dramatic 4-3 come-from-behind win over Mission Viejo. South Hills scored seven runs in the 7th to pull out a 10-3 victory while Glendora and San Dimas both lost after going to the seventh in tie games. Village Christian scored three in the bottom of the 7th to pull out a 3-0 win over the Saints and Glendora gave up a run in the bottom of the seventh to lose 3-2 to Warren.

Bonita game story
South Hills game story
San Dimas game story
Glendora game story

CIF-Southern Section Quarterfinals
Thursday’s results
Division 3

Bonita 4, Mission Viejo 3
Warren 3, Glendora 2
Division 5
Village Christian 3, San Dimas 0
South Hills 10, Cerritos Valley Christian 3

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR: Bonita will face Ayala’s Jessica Hall in Tuesday’s semifinals. After Ayala won, an O.C. reporter told Hall that Mission Viejo was beating Bonita and that’s who they would likely face next. Hall sounded disappointed she wasn’t going to face Bonita, noting that they wanted to face the Bearcats all along. This all stems from Bonita getting the No. 1 ranking, and No. 4 Ayala openly questioning the Bearcats’ credentials when the playoffs started. Well Ayala, now it’s time to walk the walk. You’re not the only team playing with a chip on you shoulder.

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Spring Football: Newbie coach Jim Arellanes busy identifying his playmakers at Los Altos

by Aram Tolegian, staff writer
Things are picking up at Los Altos as the Conquerors work through their second week of spring practice under new coach Jim Arrellanes. The Conquerors have 70 players in the program and not much in the way of position battles is known at this time. The quarterback position appears to be a two-headed monster in David Foyet and Shane Birnala, with the battle expected to continue well into the summer. One thing Arellanes does know is that returning skill player Scott Tibbs will get the ball in a lot of different ways. (To continue, click thread).

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Spring Football: Workman growing in numbers under first-year coach Scott Morrison

By Aram Tolegian, staff writer
Workman High School football coach Scott Morrison isn’t ready to talk about position battles or coaching staff roles. He’s too busy making up for lost time after being recently hired to take over the Lobos’ program earlier this month. Workman has started spring practice and the early numbers are good with Morrison reporting that about 65 players are in the program and that number could grow. (To continue, click thread).

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Boys Tennis: Arroyo, Rowland will compete for team titles on Wednesday in Claremont

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
The Valley will double its pleasure at next week’s CIF-Southern Section boys tennis divisional finals, scheduled for The Claremont Club on Wednesday. Arroyo and Rowland high schools both advanced with victories in the semifinals on Tuesday. The Knights, the top seed in Division 5 after being a finalist last season, scored a 12-6 victory over Linfield Christian and will face No. 2 Arlington at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Arroyo, which beat Arlington in the semifinals last year, lost to Segerstrom in the championship round last year.

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San Gabriel Valley All-Star Baseball game on Sunday, June 6 at Alhambra’s Moor Field

The annual San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star baseball game is on Sunday, June 6 at Alhambra High School’s Moor Field instead of Mt. San Antonio College, where the game has been in recent years. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. Alhambra coach Steve Gewecke and Nogales’ John Romano run the event, and have released the rosters …

Blue Team
Head Coach:
Nick Lemas (Arcadia), Assistants, Brad Blackmore (Monrovia), Dave Moore (Monrovia), Joe Laski (Gabrielino)
Infielders: Brian Tuttle (Bonita) SS, Erik Lewis (Damien) 2B, Evan Heighley (Bonita) 1B, Robert Nakamura (Monrovia) 2B, Mike Maldonado (Montebello) 1B, Garrett Tuck (Arcadia) SS/1BJonathan Larson (Arcadia) 2B/1B
Outfielders: Bobby Oatman (Damien) LF, Joseph Eusebio (Amat) LF, Greg Saldate (Alhambra) RF, Justin De La Nuez (Monrovia) CF, Anthony Ramos (Bonita) LF, Jonathan Tom (Arcadia) LF/CF
Pitchers: Paul Paez (Amat), Brandon McNitt (Amat), Dylan Covey (Marantha), Jonathan Beltran (Alhambra), Aaron Murphree (Monrovia), Derek Penilla (San Dimas), Danny Beckwith (Marantha), Ruben Chavira (Walnut)
Catchers: Jerry McClanahan (Amat), George Ortega (Damien), Keith Clapp (Gabrelino). Chris Alas (Alhambra)

Red Team
Head Coach: Kevin Smith (South Hills), Assistants, Barry Bacon (TC), Rich Remkus (Gladstone), Jacob Barendregt (Baldwin Park)
Infielders: Brandon Cage (Glendora) 3B, Jake Shirley (South Hills) 3B, Christian Ibarra (South Hills) SS, Alan Gonzales 1B, Adrian Carillo (Pasadena) 2B, Dusty Sanderson (TC) 2B, Tom Remkus (Gladstone) 1B, Charlie Baxter (Pas. Poly) SS.
Outfield: DJ Wallace (Charter Oak) RF, Jeff Crowe (Diamond Bar) RF, Chester Pak (Diamond Bar) CF, Chris Holden (Charter Oak) LF, Branden Pultz (TC) RF, Louis Torres (Sierra Vista) LF, Efren Aguilera (Baldwin Park) CF
Pitchers: Adam Plutko (Glendora), Jacob Smigelski (Glendora), Dakota Behr (South Hills), Brian Hill (La Salle), Eddie Pedroza (Northview), Justin Smith (TC), Christian Huerta (Sierra Vista)
Catchers: Joe Winterburn (Glendora), Cody Doyle (South Hills), Arman Valenzuela (Northvew)

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We can peak ahead, coaches can’t …

Coaches and players can’t talk about the “next” round, but reporters can. Huge semifinal coin flips were held at the CIF-SS office on Wednesday, with the results as follows. In D-2 baseball, Glendora would be at home against Mira Costa and on the road at La Mirada. Damien is home no matter what against either Yucaipa or Santa Barbara. In D-3, Bonita is on the road at either San Gorgonio or Paloma Valley and Bishop Amat would be home over sweltering Indio (thank goodness) and on the road against Fullerton. In softball, Bonita would be on the road at Ayala or Aliso Niguel in D-3 while Glendora would be home against Chino Hills, or on the road at Oaks Christian. In D-5, San Dimas would be home against Whittier Christian or on the road at San Marino. South Hills would be at home against either Savanna or La Canada.

Below: Bonita coach Ken Carlson, hoping to guide his No. 1 Cats all the way to the finals.

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Quarterfinal Shakers: The Glendora’s and Bonita’s looking swell, leading eight to the Elite Eight

Three of the four softball teams hit the road in the quarters while three of the four baseball teams are at home. I’m starting to really, really wonder if Bonita and Glendora are on a collision course in the D-3 softball playoffs. When you hear of how the Tartans won it, surviving in 12 innings after La Habra’s dramatic comeback, and Bonita getting another shutout from the big lefty, it makes you wonder if this is destined to happen. San Dimas and South Hills in particular have looked great in the D-5 playoffs, but now they’re both facing powerful Olympic League teams, which also boasts No. 1 Whittier Christian, which is still in the playoffs. In baseball, there have been some upsets in D-2, particularly Damien, which knocked off No. 3 Redlands East Valley. It’s appearing more and more that with some fortune, Glendora and Damien could reach the semis, then who knows? Is that too much to ask? Bonita, Bonita, Bonita, the baseball team we (I) keep overlooking. All they’ve done is win, and now they’re doing it dramatically in the form of seventh-inning rallies, the formula teams use to stretch chemistry to championships. If you’re not pulling for them, you don’t like feel-good stories. Bishop Amat? I got the text they were trailing 6-4 in the 6th and almost dropped my cell. Twenty minutes later, they were up 14-6 and cruising. Now at home, or uh, at Rio Hondo College and with the “Animal” on the mound, should Amat honks really be worried?


Above: Glendora’s “Gnarly” Carly Argyle survives a 12-inning marathon in a win over La Habra.

CIF-Southern Section Quarterfinals
Thursday’s games
Softball
Division 3

Mission Viejo at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Glendora at Warren, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
San Dimas at Sun Valley Village Christian, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills at Cerritos Valley Christian, 3:15 p.m.

Baseball
Friday’s games
Division 2

Placentia Valencia at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Damien at El Toro, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Lancaster at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Torrance vs. Bishop Amat at Rio Hondo College, 3:15 p.m.

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Baseball Results: Bishop Amat, Damien, Bonita, Glendora advance; South Hills, Northview lose

Long trips worth it for Glendora, Bishop Amat, but not South Hills … Read on

Damien knocks off third-seed Redlands East Valley, behind more strong pitching and timely hitting.
Mier lifts Bonita to dramatic win in the bottom of the seventh.

CIF-Southern Section baseball playoffs
Today’s second round results

Division 2
Glendora 5, Harvard-Westlake 3
Damien 6, Redlands East Valley 2
Division 3
Lancaster 8, South Hills 7
Bonita 2, Downey 1
Division 4
Bishop Amat 14, Colony 6
Indio 14, Northview 4
Division 5
Lompoc 4, Sierra Vista 0

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Softball Results: Glendora wins marathon in 12 innings, San Dimas, Bonita, South Hills win; Arroyo, Northview, Bishop Amat all bow out


San Dimas pitcher Kortnie Clark shows her relief after the Saints held on for a 7-5 win over West Covina. San Dimas took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but a homer and grand slam got the Bulldogs back in it. They actually brought the tying runner to the plate, but a pop out ended it.

Today’s CIF-SS Playoff Results
Softball
Division 2

Bonita 1, Sunny Hills 0
Glendora 11, La Habra 6, 12 innings
Division 4
Aquinas 3, Bishop Amat 2
Division 5
San Dimas 7, West Covina 5
South Hills 18, Barstow 0
La Canada 4, Northview 3
Division 6
Grace Brethren 10, South El Monte 8
La Salle 2, Arroyo 1

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Spring Football: Walnut trio making it tough to name a starting quarterback

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Walnut High School’s football team has gotten an early jump on the season, but that hasn’t made the quarterback battle an easier decision for coach Mike O’Shields. The Mustangs are auditioning three would-be signal callers for the job of throwing to Washington-bound receiver Aubrey Coleman. The race is between senior-to-be Brandon Roach and juniors-to-be Kevin Lopez and Chris Mendez. (To continue, click thread)>

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Muir’s legendary football and track coach, Jim Brownfield, passed on Monday. He was 81

Jim Brownfield, who coached John Muir High School to national prominence in the 1980s and 90s, died Monday. He was 81. The two-time national coach of the year spent 16 years at Muir – from 1980-1996 – compiling a 191-14-1 record, 22 league titles and six CIF championships. Under Brownfield, Muir won two CIF-Southern Section football titles in 1985 and 1986. He led the girls Mustangs track team to four CIF-SS track tiles and two CIF State tiles in 1985 and 1989.

San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group Managing Editor Steve Hunt, the Pasadena Star-News prep editor during Jim Brownfield’s tenure at Muir, wrote a touching column on Monday honoring Jim:

James Lewis Brownfield was one of the most amazing men I ever had the good fortune to know, report on, and count as a friend. I was unprepared for his death Monday, even though I knew he had been in poor health since he underwent heart surgery more than a year ago. (To continue, click thread)

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Track: Kylie Price leads the way at CIF Finals

CIF-Southern Section Division 1-4 finals results with videos.

Above: Bishop Amat High School’s Kylie Price wins in the 100 meter race during the CIF-SS Track and Field Finals at Cerritos College.

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Kylie Price was right Saturday. The Bishop Amat High School junior won two events to highlight area performances during the CIF-Southern Section track and field championships at Cerritos College. Price finished first in the Division 3 long jump and 100-meter run and also was a solid second in the 200. Covina’s Remontay McClain, who won the Division 3 100; Bonita’s Jabre Millon, who won the Division 3 triple jump; and Diamond Ranch’s Marquise Cherry, who was first in the Division 3 long jump, were the other area competitors with first-place efforts. (To continue, click thread)

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Breaking News: South Hills baseball field vandalized, Huskies to practice at Covina

By Brian Day, staff writer
WEST COVINA
- The baseball field at South Hills High School was found vandalized Saturday, a day after athletic authorities ruled in favor of the school in a contested victory. The vandalism resulted in an estimated $500 worth of damage, West Covina police Lt. Dave Rozeboom said. The incident is being investigated as felony vandalism. (To continue, click thread).

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Just Tribbin on the spirit of the rule .. Precedent setting? Probably not, but enlightening for sure


The most interesting part of the CIF-Southern Section’s decision to deny Montebello’s protest that South Hills took an illegal pre-game batting practice, and thus should forfeit its 3-2 victory, was the section’s acknowledgment that a rule was violated, but not severe enough to warrant a disqualification from the playoffs. “At the end of the day, nobody is here to penalize kids,” Southern Section Director of Information Thom Simmons said. “Did a penalty occur? Sure. Did a team gain a competitive advantage? No. Did they (South Hills) win on the field? Yes. In the rules, it says a team `may’ be removed from the playoffs for something like this. Not that they `will’ be. The rule allows us that leeway. We don’t think it was worthy of removing a team from the entire playoffs.” I’ll be honest, I thought if you violated this rule it was a slam-dunk disqualification. Simmons’ remarks and explanation were enlightening, to say the least. It’s good to know the section has the power in some instances to ask, “does the punishment fit the crime?” To weigh the rule versus the spirit of the rule, which Steve Ramirez so elegantly explained commenting on a previous thread, should be used in more situations. Click the thread to read what Steve wrote

For the record, Steve wrote this prior to CIF’s ruling.
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Baseball Friday: Damien, Bishop Amat, Northview, Glendora all win, San Dimas falls to Garey; BREAKING NEWS: CIF denies Montebello’s protest, South Hills’ 3-2 victory is upheld …


Above: Dorian Granados hit a three-run homer to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning to lead Damien to a 6-3 victory over Palos Verdes.

Friday’s first-round results
Division 2

Damien 6, Palos Verdes 3: Damien High School junior Dorian Granados is proof that playoff heroes aren’t predictable, they’re timely. After Damien rallied from three runs down in the fifth inning to tie the score 3-3, Granados hit a two-out, three-run homer off the scoreboard in left to lead the Spartans to a come-from-behind 6-3 victory over visiting Palos Verdes.

Glendora 4, Peninsula 1: Glendora High School set the tone early and let its dominant pitching do the rest in a 4-1 CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round baseball playoff victory Friday against visiting Peninsula.

Division 4
Bishop Amat 10, Patriot 0: The Lancers rode ace Paul Paez to a 10-0 victory over Patriot that sends the Lancers into Tuesday’s second round where they’ll face Colony.

Northview 7, Barstow 2:Damien Chico had three RBIs and a key two-run double in the first inning and Northview jumped to a quick six-run lead en route to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Aztecs on Friday.

Garey 9, San Dimas 1: Apparently no one told Garey High School ace Vincent Velasquez that he was facing the reigning CIF-Southern Section Division 4 baseball champions. The senior right-hander threw a complete game, allowing just an unearned run and striking out a career-high 17 batters to lead the host Vikings to a 9-1 victory over San Dimas in the first round of the playoffs on Friday afternoon.

Montebello files protest of South Hills’ 3-2 win: Montebello has apparently filed a protest in South Hills’ 3-2 win, alleging that South Hills took illegal batting practice before the game. The Montebello staff told our Steve Ramirez they will discuss it with their athletic department to see if they have a case. South Hills coach Kevin Smith has denied it.

South Hills wins protest — CIF officials denied Montebello’s protest of Thursday’s Division 3 first-round playoff win by South Hills, 3-2. The Oilers argued the Huskies conducted an illegal batting practice before the game. After watching video of the incident provided by Montebello, CIF ruled there was in fact a an illegal batting practice, but it was not enough to warrant a disqualification of South Hills from the playoffs. The rules allow CIF to make a judgment call in situations such as this.

“At the end of the day, nobody is here to penalize kids,” Southern Section Director of Information Thom Simmons said. “Did a penalty occur? Sure. Did a team gain a competitive advantage? No. Did they (South Hills) win on the field? Yes.”

“In the rules, it says a ‘may’ be removed from the playoffs for something like this. Not that they ‘will’ be. The rule allows us that leeway. We don’t think it was worthy of removing a team from the entire playoffs.”

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Second Round Baseball/Softball playoff schedule

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Tuesday’s second round games

Baseball
Division 3

South Hills at Lancaster, 3:15 p.m., (pending protest)
Downey at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Sierra Vista at Lompoc, 3:15 p.m.

Softball
Division 2

Glendora at Sunny Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Ayala at Burbank Burroughs, 3:15 p.m.
Glendora at La Habra, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Aquinas at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
San Dimas at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills at Barstow, 3:15 p.m.
La Canada at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Division 6
South El Monte at Grace Brethren, 3:15 p.m.
La Salle at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.

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Thursday’s Results: South Hills wins 3-2, game under protest; Huerta hits two HRS for Sierra Vista in win, Bonita advances. Softball: San Dimas, WCovina, Amat, South El Monte, Bonita, South Hills all advance

BREAKING NEWS: Montebello has apparently filed a protest in South Hills’ 3-2 win, alleging that South Hills took illegal batting practice before the game. The Montebello staff told our Steve Ramirez they will discuss it with their athletic department to see if they have a case. South Hills coach Kevin Smith has denied it.

Softball
Story: Bonita 6, Kaiser 0
Story: San Dimas 12, Pasadena Poly 0
Story: West Covina 3, Temple City 1
Story: Whittier Christian 1, Rowland 0

Baseball/Softball Roundup: Sierra Vista High School baseball standout Christian Huerta is used to taking matters into his own hands. And that’s exactly what he did on Thursday to advance the Dons to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. Huerta had a two-run home run, an RBI double and went the distance as he struck out nine to get Sierra Vista past San Jacinto, 3-2.

Thursday’s first-round playoff results
Baseball
Division 3
Hemet 8, Diamond Ranch 4
Colton 6, Charter Oak 5
Gahr 10, Walnut 9
South Hills 3, Montebello 2
Bonita 3, Elsinore 1
Division 5
Sierra Vista 3, San Jacinto 2
Campbell Hall 12, South El Monte 5
Lompoc Cabrillo 28, La Puente 5

Softball
Division 3

Bonita 6, Kaiser 0
Glendora 7, Quartz Hill 1
Ayala 7, Patriot 0
Division 4
Bishop Amat 10, Rancho Alamitos 0
Division 5
Whittier Christian 1, Rowland 0, 10 innings
West Covina 3, Temple City 1
San Dimas 12, Pasadena Poly 0
Village Christian 2, Duarte 0
South Hills 23, Azusa 1
Mayfield 3, Covina 0
Northview 6, Calvary Chapel 4
La Canada 15, Sierra Vista 0
Division 6
South El Monte 5, Mary Star 0
Arroyo 25, Whitney 0

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Spring Football: Glendora QB Chad Jeffries proving that we might have one of the best in the country in the San Gabriel Valley

We called him Mr. Accuracy because he was on the money with every throw,” lead quarterback coach Matt James said in an ESPN report. “I can only remember one ball hitting the ground all day, and that was late in the camp on a post-corner route.

By Aram Tolegian
Glendora’s Jeffries adds to growing list of laurels. Weeks after being named the top quarterback at the Nike Camp at USC, Glendora’s Chad Jeffries wowed scouts and recruiters at last weekend’s Elite 11 regional camp at Cal-Berkeley. “We called him Mr. Accuracy because he was on the money with every throw,” lead quarterback coach Matt James said in an ESPN report. “I can only remember one ball hitting the ground all day, and that was late in the camp on a post-corner route. He’s being way under-recruited right now and is a definite Division I prospect. He has good enough size, can make all the throws and is an athletic kid. He was probably my No.1 guy today.”

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Spring Football: Ryan Merrill is handling offensive play calling at Damien, QB battle heating up

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Just because school is out when the Damien High School football team hits the field for practice doesn’t mean the Spartans don’t have something to learn. In fact, that’s about all Damien will be doing this spring and summer as coach Greg Gano tries to make do with a youthful roster the veteran coach is asking to do many things differently on offense. “We’re putting in a lot of new things on offense,” Gano said. “We’re going to do a lot of different things, so a lot of what we do this spring is teaching.”

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Baseball: Northview’s Eddie Pedroza using other leadership skills while waiting for arm to heal

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
From day one, Eddie Pedroza has been the Northview High School baseball team’s leader. That won’t change when the Vikings open up the CIF-Southern Section playoffs with a first-round home game against Barstow on Friday. The manner in how the left-hander leads will. Pedroza, one of the top pitchers in the area the past three seasons, and the guy most have tabbed as the key to the Vikings making deep run through the Division4 playoffs, has had to change his modus operandi a bit after injuring a tendon on the elbow of his throwing arm two weeks ago.

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Was it right to identify the high school baseball player for urinating in public during the national anthem? This columnist thinks so

It happened at Powell Valley High School in Virginia, and a local columnist defends his decision to identify the teenager for doing it. It’s one of the ironies of journalism: We can spend 13 months on a controversial series that eventually wins the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and not receive a single criticism from readers. And then we run a daily story on a high school athlete urinating on a baseball field during the National Anthem and the floodgates open. Such was the case with our Thursday story about a Powell Valley High School student in Big Stone Gap, Va. The sophomore and star quarterback, the son of a coach/physical education teacher, urinated in public last month on a $20 bet. What if this happened in our backyard, how do you think we should handle it?

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Baseball: Thursday and Friday’s first-round games

Question: What games do you want covered the most?

Thursday’s first-round games
Division 3

Diamond Ranch at Hemet, 3:15 p.m.
Colton at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Gahr at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Montebello at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Elsinore at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
San Jacinto at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Paraclete at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte at Campbell Hall, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Lompoc Cabrillo, 3:15 p.m.

Friday’s first-round games
Division 2

Peninsula at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Palos Verdes at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Patriot at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Barstow at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Garey, 3:15 p.m.

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