More on CIF-SS Blue Book Rule 313 …

Overheard a conversation between two high school basketball players (not from Daily News area) discussing how they would handle the summer practices. Both apparently also play baseball and it seems that while the basketball coach didn’t say it outright he implied (or at least they inferred) that the number of team’s “get togethers” this summer will be increased and might overlap some baseball workouts/games.
Both players were wondering if they would have to choose between the two.

Now that coaches have pretty much unrestricted contact opportunities in coaching their athletes, is the plight of these two athletes going to become the norm. Most coaches talk about sharing their athletes with other sports, but some of that charitable attitude may have been because the rule limited the amount of time and when they could coach their athletes.

With the restrictions lifted, it will be easier to place more demands on the athletes’ time.

The newly adjusted “association” rule: Good idea, or bad idea?

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La Serna softball champs!!!

Ashley Holmes’ two-run home run in the first inning gave pitcher Holly Consterdine all the offense she needed and she did the rest with a 10-strikeout, no-walks perfomance that carried the Lancers to a 5-1 victory over Paloma Valley in the CIF-SS, Division III championship game.
Holmes had two hits and three rbis, Consterdine had two hits and an rbi, and sophomore Danielle Cabrera had two hits, a walk and scored a run.
La Serna finished the season with a 27-4 record and a stirring rendition of “We are the Champions” sung as a group behind the left field fence following the game.

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Call or noncall? You make it …

The “non-call” in the final seconds created a huge controversy in the Lakers’ 93-91 win over San Antonio Tuesday, and you hear high school coaches talk about calls made or not made in the final minutes all the time, especially in football.
Unless it’s flagrant, should game officials whistle a rule infraction in the final minutes/seconds, or should they swallow their whistle and let the game take its own course?
Make the call, or non-call, that is the question.
Is their responsibility (in high school games) to officiate the entire 48 minutes (football) or 32 minutes (basketball), or is it acceptable/important to ignore an infraction/incidental contact that has/has not the potential to change the outcome in the final moments so long as neither player gained an advantage?

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La Serna draws 4:15 p.m. game Friday

La Serna High School will continue its quest for the CIF Southern Section, Division III softball championship in the title game against Paloma Valley at 4:15 p.m. Friday at Deanna Manning Stadium in Barber Park in Irvine.

The rest of the championship playoff schedule:

Div. VI, 2 p.m. - Calvary Murrieta vs. Riverside Christian
Div. II, 6:30 p.m. – El Modena vs. Glendora

Div. V, 10 a.m. - Torrance vs. North Torrance
Div. IV, 12:30 p.m. - Bishop Amat vs. Ocean View
Div. VII, 3:30 p.m. - Faith Baptist vs. Viewpoint
Div. I, 6 p.m. - Simi Valley vs. Valencia/Valencia

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St. Paul, La Serna, one more time

St. Paul and La Serna high school will play this weekend for the CIF Southern Division championships in their respective sports.

St. Paul used a bases-loaded base-on-balls in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat visiting Paraclete, 6-5, in a Division V baseball semifinal game Tuesday.

The Swordsmen will play Bishop Amat, a 17-8 winner over Bishop Montgomery, in Saturday’s 7 p.m. championship game at UC Riverside.

Southern Section Championships

Thursday at Dodger Stadium
Div. III: South Hills (23-5) vs. #2 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (26-4), 4:30 p.m.
Div. II: #1 Redlands East Valley (26-3) vs. El Toro (24-7), 7:30 p.m.

Friday at Dodger Stadium
Div. IV: #1 Northview (25-4) vs. Diamond Ranch (17-11), 4:30 p.m.
Div. I: #4 Simi Valley (24-8) vs. Wilson/Norco winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday at UC Riverside
Div. VII: Upland Christian (19-10) vs. Avalon (15-10), noon
Div. VI: #1 San Jacinto (21-8) vs. Maranatha (18-10-1), 3:30 p.m.
Div. V: #1 Bishop Amat (26-4) vs. #3 St. Paul (22-11-1), 7 p.m.

La Serna, which stunned Division III’s No. 1 seed Crescenta Valley, 3-2, in a softball semifinal Tuesday, advances to the title game to be played either Friday or Saturday at Deanna Manning Stadium in Barber Park in Irvine.
The softball playoff schedule will be posted later this week.

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Too many Ks for the Heralds …

Whittier Christian struggled at the plate and dropped a 2-0 decision to visiting Torrance in a CIF-SS, Division V quarterfinal softball playoff game Saturday afternoon.

The loss ends the Heralds’ season with a 19-9-1 record that includes the Olympic League (6-2) championship.

Pitcher Courtney McGee struck out five, walked three and gave up just four hits, but two of the hits and one of the walks accounted for the Tartars’ runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Torrance pitcher Jessica Moon gave up a leadoff double to Rebekah Kikuchi in the bottom of the first inning, and Nicole Fett’s bloop single that landed just inches fair inside the right field line in the bottom of the seventh. In between, Moon struck out 16, including 11 in a row.

The Heralds’ loss leaves the area with two teams still in postseason play.

La Serna will be on the road Tuesday to face unbeaten Crescenta Valley (29-0) in a Division III softball semifinal game. The Lancers edged Beckman, 2-0, in Friday’s replay of Thursday’s game that was halted after one inning due to rain and lightning.
Crescenta Valley, the division’s No. 1 seed, blanked Santa Monica, 3-0, to advance.

St. Paul will be home Tuesday to host Paraclete in a Division V baseball semifinal game. The Swordsmen downed Serrano, 6-2, as Gabriel Encinas struck out 11 Friday.
Paraclete advanced via a 15-1 rout of Hesperia.

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Cantwell season ends on sour note

Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary’s softball season ended abruptly when athletic director Pete Smolin and ;principal David Chambers opted not to pursue a protest the coaches had filed against Marymount following a 3-2, nine-inning second round playoff loss Tuesday.

Assistant coach Oscar Alvarado said the protest was filed because he and head coach Alex Blanco felt the Sailors had broken the rule concerning pre-game batting ;practice.

Asked Thursday morning if the protest had been acted upon, a CIF Southern Section spokesperson said that “Cantwell has withdrawn it’s protest.”

Contacted later Thursday mornring, Smolin said he had received a fax from the CIF-SS office explaining the ;protest had been denied, and that the school could appeal the decision if so desired.

“We have decided against filing an appeal,” Smolin said

Smolin said gthe decision then was made not to appeal the decision.

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Area baseball, softball games scheduled Tuesday …

CIF-SS Baseball playoff schedule:
Division III
Second round

Crespi at La Serna
Westminster La Quinta at California
Division V
St. Paul at Azusa

CIF-SS Softball playoff schedule:
Division III
Second round

La Serna at Garden Grove
Division V
Temple City at Whittier Christian
Schurr at San Dimas
Division VI
Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary at Marymount

All games initially scheduled for 3:15 p.m. starts.

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El Rancho stunned … and some other scores

Downey led for only 12 minutes of a two-hour baseball game, but it was
enough to bring a premature end to El Rancho’s baseball season in
Thursday’s CIF-SS Division III first round playoff contest.

Trailing 3-0 after six innings as Dons’ right-hander Chris Villalobos’
dominant one-hit effort on his way to a 10-strikeout
performance, the Vikings took advantage of a break in focus and belted a
pair of two-run home runs in the top of the seventh to win, 4-3.

In other area baseball games Thursday;
(Division III)
California upset No. 3 seed Cajon, 4-2, behind left-hander Tyler Leibert;
La Serna rallied for a come-from-behind 6-1 victory over visiting Montebello;
La Mirada lost to Paloma Valley, 6-1;

(Division V)
Host St. Paul got big relief from Bobby Santoyo in downing Montclair Prep, 16-6;
Whittier Christian lost to Bishop Montgomery, 5-0;

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