Junior Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley set a course record on Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College, winning the girls' team sweepstakes race of the Mt. SAC Invitational in 16:00, a performance some long-time observers are calling is one of the best ever by a high school athlete.
Baxter has won the last two state championships and hasn't lost a high school race.
With lots of football players providing vocal fan support, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame opened Mission League play in girls' volleyball with a surprising sweep of preseason favorite Studio City Harvard-Westlake, 28-26, 25-22, 25-23.
Any team with sophomore Zana Muno on it has a good chance to win. Muno, who won three major beach volleyball tournaments over the summer, uses her all-around skills to help Notre Dame. She had 25 kills Thursday.
Muno's presence also helps attract a crowd, because her brother JJ, is a standout linebacker on the football team.
On Vin Scully bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium earlier this week, Mackenzie Luderer, the daughter of Crespi High Athletic Director Matt Luderer and the granddaughter of Scully, sang the national anthem and "God Bless America."
She's a sophomore volleyball player at Woodland Hills Louisville.
"I was a nervous wreck," the father said.
Father, mother, grandfather and grandmother were proud.
-- Eric Sondheimer
Photo: Mackenzie Luderer sings the national anthem before the Dodgers game on Thursday night. Credit: Ken Fancher
It's stunning in its size. That's all I have to say about the new $5 million, 50-meter pool at Studio City Harvard-Westlake. The dedication ceremony was scheduled for Monday afternoon. Water polo players started using it last week and were offering rave reviews.
"It's so new you feel you're going 10 times faster," senior Andrew Miller said.
Coach Brian Flacks said, "This has to be one of the three nicest pools in the country."
It's a Myrtha stainless steel pool, and the frame was shipped from Italy. The aquatics programs will surely benefit.
Flacks, 24, a former UCLA water polo player, has some of the best young players in Southern California, including 6-foot-4, 200-pound incoming freshman Ben Hallock, who might be the best 14-year-old in the nation. Three freshmen and three sophomores play for USA development teams.
The team had been driving to San Fernando for more than a year to practice. It was clearly worth the wait.
What a summer it has been for Susannah Muno, a sophomore at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. She won her eighth beach volleyball championship on Sunday, teaming with Gianna Guinasso of Huntington Beach to win the 16-and-under championship at the AAU Best of the Beach finals in Santa Monica.
She has won championships with seven different partners.