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:

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

Saturday
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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