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The 16-team Southern California division for the 2018 Boras Classic in baseball is once again loaded with top teams and individuals.

Set to begin on April 3 at host schools JSerra and Mater Dei, the sixth-year tournament is led by defending Division 1 champion El Toro.

Harvard-Westlake, which returns UCLA-bound pitcher Jesse Bergin and Vanderbilt-bound pitcher Sam Hliboki, might be considered the top-ranked team. Then there's powerful Huntington Beach, the defending Boras champion.

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Bishop Montgomery and Etiwanda are ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the latest Southern Section Division 1 boys’ basketball poll.

Here’s the link to the complete rankings.

In girls’ basketball, Windward and Harvard-Westlake hold down the top two spots.

The one-day Rolling Hills State Preview Classic is set for Saturday at Cerritos College. There will be eight boys’ basketball games beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The schedule:

LB Jordan vs. Crean Lutheran, 9:30 a.m.; Heritage Christian vs. Brentwood, 11 a.m.; Durango vs. Maranatha, 12:30 p.m.; Loyola vs. Rolling Hills, 2 p.m.; Wasatch vs. Taft, 3:30 p.m.; Corona Centennial vs. Oak Park, 5 p.m.; Fairfax vs. Bishop Montgomery, 7 p.m.; Santa Monica vs. Chino Hills, 8:30 p.m.

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Cole Kitchen can hit

It’s a month before the prep baseball season begins, and teams are in full winter mode playing weekend games.

El Camino Real hosted a talented Ayala team on Saturday. Ayala should battle Simi Valley and Damien for supremacy in Southern Section Division 2. And ECR will once again challenge for a City title.

The Conquistadores have two top young players to watch. Junior Cole Kitchen should be one of the best hitters in the City Section. And sophomore pitcher Adam Christopher has grown to 6 foot 2 and will team with seniors Bryan Golnick and Jack Whisnant to give the Conquistadores the required trio to make it and win at Dodger Stadium.

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David Singleton scored 22 points in Bishop Montgomery's 64-61 win over Westchester.
David Singleton scored 22 points in Bishop Montgomery's 64-61 win over Westchester. (Nick Koza)

With 16.5 seconds left, unbeaten Bishop Montgomery held a three-point lead over Westchester on Saturday night. The Knights needed one last defensive push to improve to 19-0.

On the bench, injured guard Gianni Hunt was jumping up and down higher than some cheerleaders, letting everyone know he was close to returning from a broken ankle. But this was one last chance for the Knights to show how good they were without him.

Westchester inbounded the ball and got up four three-point shot attempts. None made it through the net. Game over. Bishop Montgomery won 64-61.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

ACADEMY LEAGUE

St. Margaret’s 70, Whitney 59

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Carl Lewis (left) of Lynwood scored 53 points against Dominguez.
Carl Lewis (left) of Lynwood scored 53 points against Dominguez. (Nick Koza)

Taft, playing without head coach Derrick Taylor (ejected in the last game), rose up and knocked off defending City Section Open Division champion Birmingham 67-66 in overtime on Friday night to create a three-way tie for first place in the West Valley League.

Assistant Aaron Courseault filled in and guided the Toreadors to the upset. Brandon Wilson scored 25 points and Kihei Clark 18 for Taft.

Devonaire Doutrive scored 28 points and Christian Koloko added 11 points and 15 rebounds for Birmingham.

The CIF Southern Section has released playoff groupings for spring 2018 for baseball, softball, boys’ volleyball and boys’ tennis. Under the section’s competitive equity model, playoff divisions are determined by a program’s performance over the last two seasons rather than by enrollment.

Softball: Click here


Boys’ volleyball: Click here

Boys’ tennis: Click here

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