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Walnut drops freshman football team after only 12 players come out

Walnut High School has dropped its freshman football team after only 12 players showed up to participate, Athletic Director Jerry Person said Wednesday.

Walnut had hoped more students would join the team once classes began, but the number had dropped to nine, Person said. The remaining players will join the junior varsity team.

Person said in years past, the team had reached at least 30 players.

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Football: Centennial is No. 1 in preseason Southern Section Division 1 rankings

Corona Centennial is No. 1, Mater Dei No. 2 and St. John Bosco No. 3 in the preseason Southern Section Division 1 football rankings.

Oaks Christian tops Division 2. La Mirada is No. 1 in Division 3.

Here's the link to complete rankings.

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Football: Week Zero schedule

Thursday, August 25th

CITY

8 MAN

NONLEAGUE

Los Angeles Jordan at East Valley, 7 p.m.

SOUTHERN SECTION

NONLEAGUE

Northview vs. Charter Oak at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saddleback Valley Christian vs. Northwood at Portola HS (Irvine), 7 p.m.

Santa Ana Calvary Chapel vs. Crean Lutheran at Irvine, 7 p.m.

Santa Ana Valley at Garden Grove, 7 p.m.

Southlands Christian vs.

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Baseball: Pat Valaika hits for the cycle

Former Hart and UCLA shortstop Pat Valaika had a night to remember in Triple-A ball on Monday night.

The Colorado Rockies minor leaguer hit for the cycle for the Albuquerque Isotopes, deliving a single in the eighth inning after hitting a home run in the first inning, a triple in the fourth and followed by a double.

Valaika was drafted in the ninth round in 2013 by the Rockies.

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Tomas Quiroz kicks, does ballet, sings, plays guitar and is St. Francis' most interesting kid

When it comes to most interesting teenagers on a football team, St. Francis has a top candidate in sophomore Tomas Quiroz, who's a kicker for the junior varsity team.

Since he was 2, he has been training in ballet. Two summers ago, he spent five days a week, five hours a day at the Joffrey Ballet Academy in Chicago.

His football coaches have been using the word pirouette on occasion.

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Water polo: SoCal players on USA Youth National team in Montenegro

A group of Southern California-based high school water polo players will try to help the USA team win the FINA World Championship Youth Water Polo tournament that begins this weekend in Montenegro.

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