We interrupt this prep sports blog for a feel good story from Korea that will blow you away

For those who don’t mind taking a break from preps, spend eight minutes during your break, lunch or whenever and check this out, an incredible story of perseverance on Korea’s version of American Idol…

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Charter Oak’s Rufus and Amat’s Orduno to compete in California/Arizona all-star game

Charter Oak High School receiver Dennis Rufus, who signed with San Jose State, and Bishop Amat offensive lineman Christian Orduno were selected to participate in the inaugural Southern California Interscholastic Football Coaches Association (SCIFCA) vs. Arizona Football Coaches Association (AZFCA) All-Star Football game on June 25 in Surprise, Ariz.

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Valle Vista All League: San Dimas’ Matt Lee and Courtney Hine earn top honors

Baseball
MVP
: Matt Lee, San Dimas, Sr.
First Team
Pitchers
: Jason Martinez, Covina, Sr., Steven Baltierra, Wilson, Sr., Eddie Gutierrez, Baldwin Park, Jr.
Infielders
Andrew Carillo, Covina, Jr., Matt Munoz, San Dimas, Sr., Brandon Yepiz, San Dimas, Sr., Fernando Gonzalez, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Outfielders
Albert Lemus, Nogales, Jr., Bobby Fraijo, San Dimas, Sr., Vinny Venegas, Covina, Jr.
Catcher
Nick Hynes, Covina, Jr.
Ryan Dominguez, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Utility
Rames Nava, Covina, Sr., Jake Ehret, San Dimas, Sr.


Softball
MVP
: Courtney Hine, San Dimas, Sr.
First Team
Pitchers

Ana Mejia, Northview, Fr.
Elizabeth Celaya, San Dimas, So.
Anita Llevanos, Wilson, Jr.
Infielders
Sarina Jaramillo, Northview, So.
Jazmin Chavez, Northview, Sr.
Molly Ross, Covina, Jr.
Miah Fernandez, Pomona, So.
Aleena Avalos, San Dimas, Sr.
Sarah Moore, San Dimas, Sr.
Outfielders
Mercedes Menchaca, Northview, Sr.
Candice Orozco, Covina, Jr.
Blanca Lopez, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Catcher
Janell Wheaton, San Dimas, Fr.
Utility
Erinn Jaramillo, Northview, So.

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All Del Rey League: Bishop Amat juniors Rio Ruiz and Cassie Padilla named most valuable players

Del Rey League
Baseball
Most Valuable Player:
Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Most Valuable Pitcher: Bowdien Derby, La Salle, Jr.
First Team
Bishop Amat

Adam Alcantara, OF, So.
Jay Anderson, OF, Sr.
David Berg, P, Sr.
Rio Ruiz, Inf, Jr.
Ryan Serrato, Inf, Sr.
Daniel Zamora, P, Jr.
Bernardo Zavala, C, Sr.
Bishop Montgomery
Andy Burschinger, Inf/P, Jr.
Alex DiGiris, OF/P, Jr.
La Salle
John Auer, Inf, Sr.
Bowdien Derby, P/SS, Jr.
Chris Williams, Inf, Jr.
St. Paul
AJ Gonzalez, P/OF, Sr.
Anthony Ybarra, C, Sr.
Jorge Zepeda, P/Inf, Jr.


Softball
Most Valuable Player:
Cassie Padilla, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Most Valuable Pitcher: Maxine Rodriguez, St. Joseph, So.
First Team
Bishop Amat

Jacki Carlin, C, Sr.
Alma Cortez, OF, Sr.
Alexis Gonzalez, Inf., So.
Cassie Padilla, Inf, Jr.
Natalie Sanchez, P, Sr.
Victoria Saucedo, Inf, So.
La Salle
Sterling Shuster, Inf, So.
St. Joseph
Katie Gripp, Inf, Sr.
Amanda Lara, Inf, So.
Allyson Painter, Inf, Fr.
Maxine Rodriguez, P, So.
St. Paul
Chanele Dresser, OF, Sr., Jasmin Dresser, OF, Jr., Krystal Gutierrez, Inf, Fr., Erica Lespron, Of, Sr.

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Bishop Amat and Damien camps ….

Bishop Amat Girls Basketball Camp
Bishop Amat High School girls basketball coach Richard Wiard is holding his annual Lady Hoopster basketball camp June 20-23 from 1:30-5p.m. daily at Amat. The camp is open to girls entering the fifth through ninth grades. Attendees will receive instruction in basketball fundamentals, a camp T-shirt and the chance to win daily prizes. The cost of the camp is $80. For more information contact Wiard at

Damien lineman camp
The Damien High football team is hosting the All-Pro lineman camp on June 25 at 9 a.m. at Damien. The camp, limited to the first 200 players who sign up, is designed to instruct linemen in pass protection, run blocking, pulling, trapping, downfield blocking and other techniques. The camp also will discuss the importance of nutrition and strength training. The camp includes a lunch and T-shirt and is open to high-school aged players. The cost is $120 per person or $100 per person with a group of five or more. For more information call (714) 348-1423.

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Are you ready for this: Loyola pole vaulter disqualified for cursing, costs Cubs state title

Just when you thought you’ve heard it all, hear this: There have been close to 4,000 comments made on a Yahoo.com story about the decision to disqualify Los Angeles Loyola pole vaulter Evan Barr last weekend at the state track and field championships when he uttered a profanity at the conclusion of a jump. That DQ cost the Cubs a state title. “You can’t be profane in a competitive area,” California state track and field rules interpreter Hal Harkness told the Times’ Eric Sondheimer. “He made an unfortunate lapse in judgment.” I know what you’re all going to say, rules are rules, right? I don’t know if this is justified and without hearing what was said and how he said it, it’s tough to know whether the officials made the right call, but why are the penalties always so severe? Ever heard of a verbal warning?

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Funeral services for Austin Lacy on Saturday

Funeral services for Austin Lacy, a senior at Pasadena High School and standout football player who also played for Bishop Amat his junior year, are scheduled for Saturday. Lacy died in a Maryland medical facility Friday from mesothelioma and complications caused by the cancer.
Funeral services will start at 10 a.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena. After the service, Lacy will be interred across the street at Mountain View Cemetery, 2400 Fair Oaks Ave. A gathering of friends and family will follow the interment at the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, 2020 North Fair Oaks Avenue.

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Covina and Cal State Fullerton’s Tyler Pill drafted in fourth round; Glendora’s John Alexander first area high school player taken in eighth round

Right: Cal State Fullerton’s Tyler Pill during his days with Covina High…

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
A childhood dream became a reality for former Cal State Fullerton teammates Noe Ramirez (Alhambra High) and Tyler Pill (Covina High) when they were selected Tuesday in day two of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Pill, a right-handed pitcher who also batted No. 3 in the Titans’ lineup, was taken in the fourth round (132nd overall) by the New York Mets. He was ranked 59th in Baseball America’s top 100 college draft prospects list and was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award as the nation’s top player. He went 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA and led the Titans with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 99-19.
Glendora’s big swinging lefty John Alexander was the first area high school player taken, selected in the eighth round by the Tampa Bay Del Rays.
Diamond Bar’s Kenny Mathews, who is expected to compete at Cal State Fullerton, was selected in the 12th round by the New York Mets and Bonita 6-foot-8 lefty Adam McCreery, who battled back from injury, was taken in the 14th round by the Minnesota Twins. Bishop Amat’s Wallace Gonzalez was taken in the 29th round by the Houston Astros.

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No surprise, Bonita’s Courtney Gano and Diamond Bar’s Stephany La Rosa hit homers and dominate in SGV star game, North wins 21-8

By John Honell, Correspondent
Tuesday’s San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star game would have been perfect for the late Ed Bruyninckx, who enjoyed wide-open games in which everyone got a chance to play and play well. The North scored in every inning but one en route to a 21-8 win over the South.
The game was played to honor the Wilson High School coach who died suddenly last summer. Bruyninckx’s 3-year old grandson Brody Schatzman, accompanied by Bruyninckx’s widow, Joyce, threw out the first pitch. “He would have been thrilled and excited to have this game dedicated to him,” Joyce said, “but he wouldn’t have liked all the attention. He didn’t like drawing attention to himself.”

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Amat’s Rio Ruiz and South Hills’ C.J. Saylor have been selected for AFLAC All-American Classic

By Steve Ramirez
Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz and South Hills’ C.J. Saylor, two of the area’s top baseball players, have been selected to compete in the AFLAC All-American Classic. The announcement was made Monday at Petco Park in San Diego before the Padres-Rockies game. The All-Star game is scheduled for later this summer in San Diego.
Ruiz helped Bishop Amat win the school’s eighth CIF-Southern Section title. He hit a key double in a 5-4 victory over Torrance in last Tuesday’s semifinals and a home run in the Lancers’ 7-0 victory over Palm Desert in the championship game on Friday.
Saylor has been a key cog for South Hills the past two years and helped the Huskies earn a share of the Sierra League title this past season.
Ruiz and Saylor are familiar with each other, having played on youth ball teams since they were 3 years old. They also are members of the San Gabriel Arsenal travel ball team.
Tyler France, Saylor’s teammate at South Hills, is expected to be added to the team later this month.

More highlights from Amat-Palm Desert Division 4 championship, video quality is very good.

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Covina’s McClain headed to the Big Apple

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Now that Covina High School’s Remontay McClain put his name in the California track and field history books, what does he do for an encore? He says hello to New York.
McClain, who on Saturday became just the third competitor to win the 100 and 200 meters at the CIF State championships in back-to-back years, will take part in the adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium in New York City.

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San Gabriel Valley All-Star softball game Tuesday at Mt. San Antonio, 6:30

All-Star Preview: The annual San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star Game is today at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. San Antonio College. Bishop Amat softball coach Jesse Mendez will coach the South team and Monrovia’s Randy Medina and Bonita’s Ken Carlson will coach the North in a game that will honor late Wilson softball and basketball coach Ed Bruyninckx, who died last year.


The San Gabriel Valley senior all-star softball game is set for Tuesday at Mt. San Antonio College. Bishop Amat’s Jesse Mendez will coach the South, and Monrovia’s Randy Medina and Bonita’s Ken Carlson will coach the North. The game will start at 6:30 p.m., and parking is $2. It’s still undecided whether there will be a fee for admission. The game will honor late Wilson softball and basketball coach Ed Bruyninckx, who passed away last year. Bruyninckx’s daughter, Lindsay Schatzman, who replaced Bruyninckx as Wilson’s softball coach, will coach the top of the first inning at first base in honor of her dad. Bruyninckx’s 3-year-old grandson will throw out the first pitch, accompanied by Bruyninckx’s widow, Joyce.

North coach: Randy Medina (Monrovia) and Ken Carlson (Bonita)
North Roster
Arroyo-Paige Medina
Azusa-Veronica Ramirez
Bonita-Courtney Gano, Breanna Sandoval, Kate O’Malley
Charter Oak-Cassie Andrews, Jennifer Gonzales
Duarte-Auryanna Erhardt, Vanessa Medrano
Gabrielino-Breanna Delgadillo
Glendora-Caryle Argyle, Audrie Becerra
La Canada-Lauren O’Leary, Anna Edwards
Monrovia, Kelly Williams, Schae Simpson
Northview-Mercedes Menchaca, Jazmin Chavez
San Dimas-Aleena Avalos, Sara Moore, Courtney Hine
Sierra Vista-Monica Gomez
Temple City-Jessica Loicano

South coach: Jesse Mendez (Bishop Amat)
South Roster
Bishop Amat-Natalie Sanchez, Jackie Carlin, Alma Cortez, Katie Cunningham
Diamond Bar-Stephany La Rosa
Los Altos-Julia Mendoza
Mark Keppel-Cecily Ramirez
Rowland-Mercedes Cundiff
Montebello-Jacquelin Lopez
Nogales-Deanna Alfaro
Rosemead-Lily Marie Jimenez
Schurr-Megan Coronado
South El Monte-Salina Gonzales
South Hills-Samantha Nieves, Vanessa Molina, Keira Portell
Walnut-Justine Chavira
West Covina-Alyssa Gutierrez, Dakota Monarrez
Wilson-Amanda Salazar

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Season’s over, time to start pondering boys and girls athlete of the year

The Monday after the baseball, softball and track championships begins the final leg of the award season, all-area, all-league and all-CIF announcements follow later this month, which also includes the special award we created two years ago, the boys and girls athlete of the year, which celebrates the multi-sport athlete. Last year South Hills’ Dekota Behr and Melinda Gomez won, any thoughts on who that should be this year?

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Bonita’s Robert Mier named MVP after helping Red to a 3-1 win over blue in SGV all-star game

San Gabriel Valley all-star photo gallery
By Nathan Cambridge
Sunday’s 16th annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star baseball game at Moor Field featured stellar defense, but superior pitching and hitting by the Red team led to a 3-1 victory. Bonita’s Robert Mier, playing for the Red team, won the game’s Most Valuable Hitter Award. The second baseman, who will play at Mt. SAC next year, hit a run-scoring double in the seventh inning to put his team ahead for good, 2-1. “It’s neat,” Mier said. “You get to play with guys you played against all year. It’s different but it is still competitive baseball. I was just happy to help and contribute to my team’s win.”

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Former locals push UCI into Super Regionals


UC Irvine players celebrate at rallying for a 4-3 victory over host UCLA in the NCAA Division I regionals. The Anteaters advanced to face No. 1 Virginia in next weekend’s Super Regionals.

Sunday was a big day for former local baseball players Jordan Leyland, of San Dimas, and Tommy Reyes, of Bishop Amat. Both helped UC Irvine rally for a 4-3 victory over UCLA to advance to next weekend’s NCAA Division I Super Regionals, facing No. 1 national seed Virginia.
Leyland and Reyes went 2 for 4, with Leyland knocking in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth with double. UCI rallied to score two runs in its last at-bat to win 4-3. Reyes had an infield single in the rally.
UCLA’s Jeff Gelalich, of Bonita, went 1 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs.
It was also a good day for former Glendora standout Adam Plutko, who gave up just one hit in 7 2/3 innings as UCLA advanced to face the Anteaters with a 4-1 victory over San Francisco earlier in the day.

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High School Baseball season ends with today’s San Gabriel Valley All-Star game at Moor Field

The annual San Gabriel Valley senior all-star baseball game is today at Alhambra’s Moor Field, located a block and half from Alhambra High School. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., and will honor two former coaches, Edgewood’s Karl Major, who coached arguably the greatest back-to-back CIF champions in area history, the 1977 and 78 Trojans, and El Monte’s Nick Montero, whose long tenure included 23 years with the Lions before retiring from teaching in 2000.

All-Star Preview: Fifty-two Valley seniors will wear their high school uniforms for the last time in today’s 16th annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game at Alhambra’s Moor Field.

The gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start. Each team (blue and red) will have 26 players. The West Valley blue team will be coached by Pasadena Poly’s Wayne Ellis and La Salle’s Harry Agajanian. The West Valley Red team will be coached by Sierra Vista’s Brett Stevens and Temple City’s Barry Bacon.


Red Team
Coaches: Brett Stevens (Head) Sierra Vista, Barry Bacon (Assistant) Temple City
Players, Position, High School
Rouric Bridgewater, 3B Diamond Ranch
Mark Chen, C San Marino
Jacob Ehret, P San Dimas
Gabriel Esocobar, 1B Schurr
Daniel, FarFan, P El Monte
Matt Gelich, OF Bonita
Fernando Gonzalez, SS Baldwin Park
Alex Guerrero, P Montebello
Caleb Halverson, OF Temple City
Andres Hernadez, OF Sierra Vista
K.C. Huth, OF Bonita
Jimmy Jacobo, 1B La Puente
Julian Jarrard, SS Temple City
George Johnson, OF West Covina
Robert, Lain, 3B Pasadena
Matt Lee, P San Dimas
Kevin Lengvel, P Diamond Ranch
Chris Marentes, C Gladstone
Kenny Mathews, P Diamond Bar
Robert Mier, 2B Bonita
Anthony MIllan, P Montebello
Matt Munoz, SS San Dimas
Elias Novello, P Sierra Vista
Nathaniel Sarkar, 1B Gabrielino
Jeff Villalobos, OF Rowland
Will Walters, P Walnut

Blue Team
Coaches:
Wayne Ellis (Head) Pasadena Poly, Harry Agajanian (Assistant) La Salle
Players, Position, High School
Nick Bueno, INF Monrovia
Adrian Velasco, C Monrovia
Wallace Gonzalez, OF Bishop Amat
Ryan Serrato, 1B Bishop Amat
Bernardo Zavala, C Bishop Amat
Hunter Merryman, 1B Pasadena Poly
Matt Saeta, C Pasadena Poly
Jordan Kutzer, P Pasadena Poly
John Auer, INF La Salle
Gary Goebel, P La Salle
Steve Petrovich, OF La Salle
Nick Cooksey, INF Glendora
Brennan Salgado, C Glendora
John Alexander, OF/1B Glendora
Tyler Dominguez, INF Arcadia
K.J. Edson, P Arcadia
Haram Park, INF/OF Arcadia
Mark Roche, P Arroyo
Roman Davalos, P Arroyo
Dom Martinez, OF South Hills
Richie Rollice, OF South Hills
Frankie Wright, P/INF Alhambra
Antonio Gonzalez, P Damien
Tony Veiller, P South Pasadena
Kyle Peck, P Los Altos
Steven Baltiera, P Wilson

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Baseball: Bishop Amat wins eighth championship, beats Palm Desert 7-0 for Division 4 crown

Bishop Amat championship photo gallery.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When Bishop Amat High School’s baseball team reaches CIF-Southern Section championship games, it almost always closes the deal, even when that includes taking down the defending champion and top seed and avenging a season-opening loss with a season-ending masterpiece.
Bishop Amat won its eighth divisional title in nine finals appearances, knocking off top-seed Palm Desert 7-0 in the Division 4 championship at Dodger Stadium on Friday, giving the Lancers their fifth championship since 2001, and first since 2008. (To continue, click thread)

L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer reflects on Amat’s big win: It’s astounding that people have paid me for some 35 years to watch and report on high school sports. It’s more privilege than job because there’s nothing like chronicling the stories and accomplishments of teenage athletes in Southern California, where future college and professional icons are raised and tutored………It was Bishop Amat’s eighth section title and ended any debate about who’s the best team in Southern California for 2011.

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South Hills falls in championship for second straight year, losing to Oaks Christian 10-1

By Steve Ramirez
IRVINE –
South Hills High School used its offense and defense to advance to the CIF-Southern Section softball championships for the second consecutive season.
It was the lack of each which did the Huskies in Friday.
Kelly Spear and Ava Jensen each hit home runs and Kiana Quolas was solid in the circle and top-seeded Oaks Christian took advantage of six South Hills errors to score a 10-1 victory in the Division 3 title game at Deanna Manning Stadium.
The Lions, getting four RBIs from Spear and two from Jensen, finished 30-5. It was also Oaks Christian’s third win over a team from the Sierra League after earlier in the playoffs beating St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills.
South Hills, in the championship game for the second consecutive
season, finished 21-8. The Huskies lost 4-0 to Whittier Christian in
2010.
“That’s what it is,” said South Hills coach Scott Fisch, referring to the Huskies six errors. “We had the game Lakeside (in the quarterfinals) had, the game Bishop Amat had (in the semifinals). We had that game.
“That’s what happens when you’re in (the championship game). We’re fortunate to be here. I’m sure there are a lot of teams who would have wanted to trade places with us. We’re disappointed.”

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Very sad news to report, Austin Lacy, who played football for Bishop Amat and Pasadena High School, passed after battle with rare illness

Updated: A standout football player and senior at Pasadena High School died Friday after a yearlong battle with a rare illness that baffled his doctors.
Austin Lacy fought the illness until the very end, surviving cardiac arrest twice over the past several days.
But at 11:12 a.m. Friday, in a Maryland hospital, his family members told doctors to disconnect the life support system that had kept air flowing to his lungs since Tuesday, said his mother, Karen Rogers

If you remember, we wrote a story more than a year ago in which doctors diagnosed Lacy with a heart infection and attempted to drain his chest of fluid when his heart stopped. It’s devastating news for all that knew him and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. This is an interview I had with Austin last summer, what an incredible young man he was.

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Some friendly advice: “Just play the game”

For the selected few who get the chance, there’s nothing like playing a high school championship game in a major league baseball stadium, and Bishop Amat gets that chance today when it takes on Palm Desert for the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 title at Dodger Stadium.
They key to winning, is putting in perspective and just playing a game of baseball, which sometimes is hard to do when you are in awe of the venue.
In this aspect, I thought I would post a bit of advice for the Amat players, and the softball players from South Hills, who will take on Oaks Christian for the Division 3 title, in a bigger venue then they are used to – Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.
This from Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema, who made these comments prior to his Badgers stepping on to the Arroyo Seco turf for the Rose Bowl Game in January:
“I think they have to not get consumed by the moment. It’s so breath-taking to walk into that stadium. Right when we landed (in Southern California), the first thing I did was take them to the stadium so they could see and experience it and see what it is. When you walk in it (for the game), if you let it, it can consume you. I want them to focus on the game.”

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Track: Covina’s Remontay McClain runs sizzing 10.31 in 100 prelims; Amat’s Kylie Price finishes with second best overall mark in 100

STATE PRELIM STORY: In Friday’s qualifying session at Clovis’ Buchanan High, McClain equaled his season best, running a 10.31.
That is the second fastest time in the nation this year.
“In the 100 I have to get out of the box, drive and I could probably get it,” he said of the record. “My head was up too quickly in the 100. I have to get the little things right.”

Heat Sheets: CIF-State Finals Prelim heat sheets

LIVE RESULTS: Results of the state meet posted immediately on state webpage, click here.

STATE PREVIEW: The fastest athlete in the state slowly walked off the Cerritos College track with a slight limp.
Covina High School’s Remontay McClain slightly pulled his left hamstring at the finish line of the 200 meters at last Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet.

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Amat’s Ace is the Big Z, Daniel Zamora, who gets the nod at Dodger Stadium on Friday

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
When Bishop Amat High School’s baseball program graduated the pitching duo of Paul Paez and Brandon McNitt from last year’s team, there were quite a few fans who figured the Lancers might be in big trouble heading into this season. Most thought the Lancers would have to score a load of runs every time out to have a chance to win. The term Johnny Wholestaff was even bandied about in reference to how Amat would make up for the fact that it didn’t have the one or two aces that fans had grown used to over the years.
So much for that.
Thanks to starting pitcher Daniel Zamora and the cast of other arms on head coach Andy Nieto’s staff, the Lancers are on the verge of completing one of the best seasons in school history Friday against Palm Desert at Dodger Stadium in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship game.

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South Hills Sydney rolling through postseason again to lead Huskies back to to title town

By Steve Ramirez
Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr once said that the one thing that separates the good player from the champion is what that individual does at the brink of elimination. South Hills High School softball player Sydney La Follette fits the “champion” definition perfectly. She’s played her best during the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, and is a big reason why the Huskies will play for the Division 3 title Friday when they take on top seed Oaks Christian at 7:30 p.m. at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park in Irvine.

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