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  • Baseball

John Herbold, a Hall of Fame baseball coach who coached for 49 years at the college and high school level, died on Wednesday, Cal State Los Angeles announced. He was 88.

Herbold was the head coach at CSLA for 21 years, winning 455 games from 1984-2004. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Assn. Hall of Fame in 1998.

At Long Beach Poly and Lakewood, he had a record of 483-176. He won Southern Section titles at Poly in 1963 and at Lakewood in 1970 and 1976.

  • Baseball

Among the 72 players from across the country invited to participate in the USA Baseball U15 national team trials are two from Southern Section champion Etiwanda.

Pitcher Kyle Anderson and infielder Matthew Bardowell will be in Cary, N.C., when tryouts begin this weekend. A 20-man team will be selected to represent USA in Cartagena, Colombia.

Also participating are Pete Crow-Armstrong from Harvard-Westlake; Michael Flores from Corona; Jacob Gonzalez from Glendora; Lucas Gordon from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; Emilio Morales from La Mirada; Eli Paton from Loyola; Alberto Rios from Mayfair; Christian Rodriguez from Orange Lutheran; Roc Riggio from Chaminade, and Maxwell Shor from Palm Desert.

  • Volleyball

Brian Jacobs was an All-American offensive lineman at Hart High in 1987. He ended up signing and playing for UCLA. He met his wife, Tricia, on campus. And now they're sending two daughters to UCLA as volleyball players.

Kate joins the Bruins this season after graduating in June at West Ranch. And Allison, a sophomore at West Ranch, has just committed to UCLA.

Jacobs said he and his wife "are thrilled."

Kawasan Falls.
Kawasan Falls. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

You can't start football practice without taking a brief break. It's not good for your health. Even sportswriters need to clear their minds for the long season ahead.

So I spent six days in the Philippines. No, I wasn't searching for people who know basketball player Kobe Paras (everyone does). I was just hanging out at the pool and beach. But I did travel three hours on a local bus in Cebu to Kawasan Falls. It was worth it even though my back hurt on the three-hour trip home.

Showing great agility, I made it over a bridge composed of four bamboo poles.

  • Football

Hawkins High School has hired Richard Dax Sanchies to be its football coach.

He was scheduled to take over running the program on Wednesday.

Sanchies is a former Granada Hills Kennedy assistant who had been hired in May to be head coach at East Valley High.

  • Football

Quarterback Brevin White of Paraclete has committed to Princeton, Coach Dean Herrington said Tuesday night.

White, who played at Alemany as a freshman and sophomore and at Chaminade last season, is expected to be a standout at Paraclete, where his former coach, Dean Herrington, is entering his second season.

He has strong academics. He is the younger brother of former Hart QB Brady White, a quarterback at Arizona State.

  • Football

With Sun Valley Village Christian unavailable to participate after dropping its program for the 2017 football season, Boron High has agreed to take the spot in the Honor Bowl on Sept. 1 at San Diego Cathedral Classic.

The football team will travel 172 miles to play El Cajon Christian in a 4:30 p.m. small schools game.

The 7:30 p.m. game will have Cathedral playing Orange Lutheran.

  • Baseball

The Area Code Games are set for Aug. 6-10 at Blair Field in Long Beach. Pro and college scouts get to see top high school baseball players from around the country considered to have pro potential.

The Milwaukee Brewers team is the one filled with Southern California products.

Here's the link to the roster.

  • Football

City Section teams officially began football practice on Monday.

One team that didn't begin practice is Hawkins, which has been undergoing major changes in the offseason after the dismissal of the coaching staff. There's also new administrators overseeing the program.

Hawkins will play football this season, an LAUSD athletics spokesman said. The school hopes to name a new coach this week.

  • Football

The City Section has finalized creation of its first Open Division football playoffs for this fall after a coaches' meeting on Saturday.

At the end of the regular season, the top eight teams in Division I will be placed in the Open Division. The remaining 16 teams will form the Division I playoffs. Thus the 24 teams already placed in Division I have earned automatic playoff spots for 2017.

State playoff entries will be determined after the Open Division championship game. The City Section has three entries. The Open Division champion is automatic. Head-to-head matchups will be reviewed. If the Division I champion defeated the Open Division runner-up during the regular season, that team would go, along with either the Division II or III champion.