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City Section no longer has a Division II football champion, or a runner-up

In an embarrassing final note to the 2016 prep football season, the City Section announced Wednesday that Division II champion Los Angeles and runner-up Hawkins have each vacated their final spots after ineligible players were discovered.

Los Angeles, which finished 11-4, will drop to 1-14. Hawkins, which was 13-1, will be 1-13. The title will stay vacant.

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Edison passing tournament does not disappoint, and Mater Dei provides a surprise

From drones hovering in the sky and sounding like a pack of bees to teenagers making spectacular one-handed catches, Saturday’s 20-team seven-on-seven passing tournament at Huntington Beach Edison lived up to expectations as the summer tournament of the year for fans of high school football.

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Hunter Greene has reached agreement with Cincinnati Reds for $7.23 million

Hunter Greene appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine as a 17-year-old. That tells a little about the expectations people have for Greene.

Now he’s ready to embark on a professional baseball career with the Cincinnati Reds after reaching agreement on a $7.23-million signing bonus on Friday just minutes before the 2 p.m. PDT deadline, according to his father, Russell.

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Harvard-bound Spencer Freedman wants to take Mater Dei basketball to the next level

With a 4.2 grade-point average and the ability to think clearly and make wise decisions in pressure situations, senior point guard Spencer Freedman of Santa Ana Mater Dei fits the mold of a future Harvard student.

“One of his goals is to be president of the United States,” Coach Gary McKnight said. “I would have voted for him this year without a doubt.”

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The Times' high school all-star baseball team

The Los Angeles Times’ 2017 high school baseball all-star team, as selected by Eric Sondheimer:

Pitcher: Jake Jackson, El Toro, Sr. The Nevada signee led the Chargers to the Southern Section Division 1 championship. He had a record of 12-1 with a 0.61 ERA and walked just seven batters in 92 innings.

Pitcher: Jonathan Guardado, Nogales, Sr. The Arizona signee had a 14-0 record with a 0.33 ERA.

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Another record-setting, highlight-filled high school sports season comes to a close

The 2016-17 high school sports season has officially come to a close, and the achievements and lessons learned will be hard to duplicate.

Birmingham became the first City Section school in 54 years to win upper division championships in basketball and baseball. Fremont was the last in 1963.

Junior infielder Brice Turang of Corona Santiago struck out once in 101 at-bats. He’s the new Rod Carew.

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