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Wrestling: San Fernando to host Sam DeJohn tournament Saturday

One of the best wrestling tournaments of the season is Saturday at San Fernando High, where the Sam DeJohn tournament will take place.

Among the schools participating are St. John Bosco, Crespi, Quartz Hill, Mira Costa, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Granada Hills and Rio Mesa.

Wrestling starts at 10 a.m. and the finals will be around 6 pm.

-- Eric Sondheimer

The luxuries of working for a private school

It never ceases to amaze me, the perks that come with working for a private school.

Studio City Harvard-Westlake has purchased two Chevy Volts that are available for use by faculty, administrators and coaches.

They were chosen because of their low environmental impact, according to a story in the school newspaper.

Harvard-Westlake has two campuses, with the middle school in Los Angeles, so the cars can be used for commuting or going to athletic events, among other uses.

We'll see how often baseball Coach Matt LaCour uses the Volt to commute to O'Malley Field in Encino.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Soccer: El Camino Real goalie gunned down at his home

Grief counselors will be at Woodland Hills El Camino Real on Thursday to help students after the death of soccer goalie Francisco Rodriguez, a 17-year-old senior who was shot and killed outside his home in Winnetka on Wednesday night not long after returning home after helping El Camino Real tie Taft, 0-0, in a West Valley League match.

Police are investigating the shooting that has stunned El Camino Real, which has annually produced one of the top soccer teams in the City Section.

"He was a great kid who had a love for soccer," assistant principal Vinnie Orlando said.

Here's a video report from KTLA.

-- Eric Sondheimer



Girls' cross country: Simi's Sarah Baxter is Gatorade state runner of year

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

It makes Baxter a finalist for the national runner of the year.

She won the Nike cross country national championship this past season with a time of 17:38 and was unbeaten this season.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Cross country: Sarah Baxter wins Nike national championship

Sophomore Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley won the Nike national cross country championship in Portland, running 17:38.

Last week, Baxter repeated as state Division II girls' champion.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Cross country: Saugus wins its sixth consecutive state girls' title

The Saugus girls' cross country team made history Saturday at the CIF state cross country championships at Woodward Park in Fresno, winning the Division II team title and coming away with its sixth consecutive state championship.

Sophomore Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley won her second consecutive individual title in Division II, running away with a time of 17:08, 31 seconds faster than her second-place finisher.

In Division I boys, Sergio Gonzalez of Arcadia won in 15:05. Trabuco Hills took the team title. In Division I girls, San Clemente won the team title.

In Division II boys, Santa Clarita Golden Valley won its first team title. In Division III girls, Palos Verdes won the team title.

Danny Martinez of St. John Bosco won the Division III boys' individual title in 15:11 despite being sick in the morning and almost not running. Palos Verdes edged St. John Bosco for the team title.

In Division IV girls, JSerra won the team title. Harvard-Westlake's Cami Chapus finished second.

In Division V boys, Billy Gaudreau led St. Margaret's to the team title with a winning time of 15:28.

-- Eric Sondheimer


Girls' volleyball: Granada Hills wins third consecutive title

Granada Hills won its third consecutive City Section Division I girls' volleyball championship, upsetting No. 1-seeded Woodland Hills El Camino Real, 25-21, 9-25, 25-20, 25-13, on Saturday at Los Angeles Roybal.

Sam Cramer had 13 kills for the Highlanders, who gave Coach Tom Harp his 10th overall City title in boys' and girls' volleyball. Laurel Weaver had 18 kills for El Camino Real.

Palisades won the Division II championship in three games over Woodland Hills Taft. It was the Dolphins' 27th City title in girls' volleyball.

Elizabeth won the small schools title over Northridge Academy.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Boys' golf: Chaminade duo sign with colleges

Two golfers from defending Mission League champion West Hills Chaminade have signed with colleges. Drew Miller has signed with Santa Clara and Jack Davis signed with Saint Martin's in Washington. Both have been best friends since kindergarten.

-- Eric Sondheimer


Web coverage for Southern Section finals will provide living streaming video for several Southern Section championships this weekend in girls' volleyball and boys' water polo.

The girls' volleyball finals start Saturday at 10 a.m. with Division 2A, Downey vs. Whittier Christian. Others: 2AA, St. Lucys vs. La Salle, 1 p.m.; 1A, Marymount vs. Corona del Mar, 4:30 p.m. The 1AA final at 8 p.m. between Los Alamitos and Newport Harbor will air on FS West.

In water polo, the Division 2 final between Corona del Mar and Long Beach Wilson will air at 2 p.m., with the Division 1 final between Mater Dei and El Toro at 6:30 p.m.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Girls' soccer: Flintridge Sacred Heart has colleges' attention

The Flintridge Sacred Heart girls' soccer team, ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 1, certainly has the attention of college recruiters.

There are nine players on the team with college commitments and three others have multiple offers.

The committed players include Katie Johnson (USC), Kayla Mills (USC), Breeana Koemans (Northeastern), Jill Jacobs (Loyola Marymount), Alexa Montgomery (Arizona), Tera Trujillo (New Mexico), Katelyn Almeida (New Mexico), Lindsey Espe (Belmont) and Sarah Teegarden (Wake Forest).

The team also added a highly prized freshman, Hanna Armendariz, who's a member of the U.S. 14U national team.

Longtime co-coaches Kathy Desmond and Frank Pace have put together quite a soccer program.

-- Eric Sondheimer


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