With curly hair and a 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame, St. Francis senior Greg Dulcich is easily spotted during a seven-on-seven passing game. Cornerbacks initially underestimate him, thinking he doesn't look very quick.
Then he accelerates with a long stride, puts out his huge hands and catches the ball with a confidence and strength that makes him a good candidate to become a tight end one day.
That's the position coach Jim Bonds thinks Dulcich might play in college. He looks the part of the 21st century tight end, someone who's big, athletic, versatile and doesn't drop passes.
The semifinals are set in the Valley Invitational Baseball League playoffs.
El Camino Real knocked off Kennedy, 5-0, on Wednesday and will host its West Valley League rival, Chatsworth, in a 5 p.m. semifinal on Friday. Adam Christopher threw three shutout innings and Felix Campos added four shutout innings. Cole Kitchen had two hits.
Chatsworth defeated Royal, 19-4, in its quarterfinal game.
In an embarrassing final note to the 2016 prep football season, the City Section announced Wednesday that Division II champion Los Angeles and Division II 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.
Both schools have been placed on two years' probation but will be eligible for the 2017 playoffs.
Track standout Sydney McLaughlin from Union Catholic High School in New Jersey and left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore from Whiteville, N.C., were named the Gatorade female and male high school athletes of the year during an awards ceremony Tuesday night at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.
McLaughlin is the first back-to-back winner in the 32-year history of the female award. She's a hurdler and sprinter who was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2016.
Gore was the No. 3 pick overall by the San Diego Padres. He had an 0.19 ERA in high school baseball this season.