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Steven Rivas of Etiwanda finishes with 11 RBI; No. 1 South Hills falls to Glendora

Steven Rivas of Etiwanda enjoyed a day hitters can only dream about.

In a Baseline League game against Chino Hills on Wednesday, Rivas hit two home runs, a triple and double and finished with a school-record 11 RBI in a 23-3 victory for Etiwanda.

Tyler Freeman went five for five.

The upset of the day was produced by Glendora, which knocked off No. 1-ranked South Hills, 1-0, in a Palomares League game.

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Hagen Danner's curveball helps send Huntington Beach past Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 8-2

For those wondering what it might be like playing in the Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs in one month, all you needed to do was take a peek at Huntington Beach the last two days in the Boras Classic.Coach Benji Medure turned loose his one-two punch of Nick Pratto and Hagen Danner, and what a duo they are. Pratto struck out 12 in a 4-1 win on Tuesday.

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Hagen Danner, Nick Pratto continue to deliver in pressure situations

Moments after Huntington Beach defeated rival Edison, 1-0, at Angel Stadium last month, Hagen Danner pulled out his smartphone near the visiting dugout and started to FaceTime with a former teammate. He grabbed pitcher Nick Pratto, and the two smiled and laughed while letting their friend know baseball is pretty fun these days.

“They’re two grounded kids,” Huntington Beach Coach Benji Medure said.

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Sydney McLaughlin has a dazzling season debut in 300 hurdles at Arcadia Invitational

Sydney McLaughlin is quite comfortable being the center of attention and with all eyes fixed on her the 17-year-old phenom with textbook form and supermodel looks treated Southern California track and field fans to a performance they will never forget Saturday night in the 50th annual Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High.

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Tate Curran rides high as surfer, pole vaulter

At 6:43 on a Monday morning, Tate Curran is charging straight ahead, barefoot on wet sand adjacent to the Hermosa Beach Pier.

He plunges head first into the 61-degree ocean water, quickly rising on his surfboard before disappearing under a wave. He then begins paddling out for his morning adrenaline rush.

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On the field and in the classroom, these guys score

When you’re down, disillusioned or questioning whether education can make a difference, think of Jordan Blackman, a 17-year-old senior at Panorama City St. Genevieve.

In May, he will graduate with a 4.83 grade-point average. He’s the student body president, the football team’s standout defensive back and is headed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

His life has not been easy.

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