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Crespi could be facing cutbacks

The student population at Encino Crespi is expected to drop from 550 to 525 in the fall, and that could result in cutbacks to coaching personnel, vice principal Jeff Thornton said Monday.

The future of Athletic Director Matt Luderer is also being discussed. Luderer, a 1990 Crespi grad, has been athletic director since 2008.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Tennis: Historic victory for University's Gage Brymer

UCLA-bound Gage Brymer from Irvine University made history on Saturday at the Ojai Tennis Tournament, winning the high school division singles championship for the third consecutive year. He's the first since Bobby Riggs (1934-36) to pull off the feat.

Brymer defeated Taylor Fritz from Torrey Pines, 6-3, 6-0.

-- Eric Sondheimer


Tennis: Gage Brymer seeks historic win at Ojai

Started in 1896, the Ojai Tennis Tournament has something for everybody _ college, pro and high school competition.

It begins on Tuesday, and one of the stars on display will be high school senior Gage Brymer from Irvine University.

He's a two-time Southern Section individual tennis champion headed to UCLA. He's trying to become the first three-time Ojai interscholastic champion since Bobby Riggs (1934-36) for a competitition that began in 1899.

His first match is Thursday.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Harvard-Westlake swimmer suffered from cardiomyopathy

Initial autopsy results for Justin Carr, a Harvard-Westlake swimmer who died Friday after collapsing in the school pool, indicate he suffered from cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle that can result in sudden cardiac arrest, according to a statement from the school Sunday.

Harvard-Westlake is scheduled to hold an assembly Monday morning in honor of Carr, who was 16.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Football: Westlake's Tomasi Laulile picks Brigham Young

Defensive end Tomasi Laulile of Westlake Village Westlake has signed with Brigham Young, Coach Jim Benkert said.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame to hold Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Seven former athletes will be inducted into the Sherman Oaks Notre Dame sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 23 during a ceremony and dinner at 6 p.m. on campus.

This year's inductees will be Tony Salas (1957), Bud Fabian (1969), Escamillo Viltz (1978), Nigel Miguel (1982), Chris Sailer (1995), Travis Johnson (2000) and Garrett Green (2006).

-- Eric Sondheimer

Track: Notre Dame is preparing for another state title run

The track and field season begins later this month, and all eyes will be on defending state champion Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Senior Khalfani Muhammad, who won state titles in the 100 and 200 last season, is back and should lead the Knights. 

"He better run faster than ever," Coach Joe McNab said.

Notre Dame returns three of its four 400-meter relay runners in Muhammad, Nick Holland and Koa Farmer. Max Leon or Kyle Ause will be the fourth runner.

"We should be good," McNab said.

Freshman Leo Lambert III has potential in the 400. He was a standout running back on the freshman football team.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Girls' soccer: Fulton College Prep has a sophomore star in Esmeralda Uribe

There's no doubt when it comes to girls' soccer in the City Section, one of the best players is sophomore Esmeralda Uribe of Fulton College Prep.

Entering last week's competition, she had 26 goals in 17 games with nine assists.

She has helped make Fulton one of the top teams in City Section Division III.

"She's quite a sight to see," Coach Carmen Aybar said. "She dribbles through people like they're cones."

The City pairings will be decided on Saturday. Each of the three divisions will have 20 playoff teams.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Cross country: Sarah Baxter is the Gatorade national runner of the year


Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley has been named the Gatorade national runner of the year in girls' cross country.

She was presented her award on Friday at school with a surprise visitor, track star Allyson Felix.

Baxter, a junior, hasn't lost a cross country race in high school during her three-year varsity career.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Sarah Baxter, left, is presented with the trophy as Gatorade's national runner of the year by Olympic sprint champion Allyson Felix. Credit: Susan Goldman / Gatorade.

Girls' soccer: Nine goals for Cleveland's Neaz Sedaghat

What a day on Friday for Reseda Cleveland junior soccer player Neaz Sedaghat.

In the Sylmar tournament, she scored five goals against Kennedy in a 6-0 victory and added four goals against Burbank Burroughs in a 7-1 victory.

She has 16 goals in helping Cleveland to a 6-0 record.

-- Eric Sondheimer


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