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Chargers win South Coast League title

Jake Jackson of El Toro, a senior pitcher who didn't throw a single inning as a junior, has been selected the Southern Section Division 1 player of the year.

Jackson helped lead El Toro to the Division 1 championship and is headed to Nevada. He was 12-1 and threw a 4-0 shutout at Dodger Stadium.

Tyler Freeman of Etiwanda was selected the Division 2 player of the year. Brandon Godoy of Walnut is the Division 3 player of the year.

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El Camino Real baseball Coach Josh Lienhard has put together a 16-team summer  tournament this week that he's calling the Battle of the Valley.

It begins Wednesday and the championship game will be Saturday at Birmingham.

First-round games at 5 p.m. on Wednesday: Crespi at El Camino Real; Poly at Taft; Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at San Fernando; Burroughs at Cleveland; Calabasas at Birmingham; Kennedy at Alemany; Sierra Canyon at Sylmar; Verdugo Hills at Chatsworth.

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Downey's soccer team, led by goalie Ricky Guerra, won the fifth annual 7x7 Summer Soccer Classic at Downey, defeating Long Beach Wilson, 5-1, in the championship.

Teams included Cathedral, Warren, Baldwin Park and Bellflower.

Guerra had four shutouts and allowed only three goals in seven games.

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This 2002 photo of the Valaika brothers. All four were baseball draft picks. Chris (center) with brothers Matt, left, Nick, center, Patrick, right.
This 2002 photo of the Valaika brothers. All four were baseball draft picks. Chris (center) with brothers Matt, left, Nick, center, Patrick, right. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

The Santa Clarita Valley should hold a parade for the Valaika brothers. Each went to Hart High and each was chosen in baseball's amateur draft.

Nick Valaika, a shortstop from UCLA and Hart, was taken in the 24th round on Wednesday by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brother Patrick is with the Colorado Rockies. Oldest brother Chris played in the major leagues with the Reds and another brother, Matt, was taken in the 20th round by the Reds in 2009.

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The CIF has announced 29 Academic Team Champions for the 2016-17 school year. Each school that wins will receive a banner to display in their gym. The Southern Section had eight teams recognized.

They are Whitney in girls' track; Crossroads in boys' tennis and baseball; Pilibos in girls' basketball; Pasadena Poly in boys' volleyball and football; Santa Barbara Providence in boys' basketball; Saddleback Valley Christian in boys' swimming.

Here's the link to the complete list.

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Patriots win City Division I title, 4-3

Eddie Rosales of Birmingham has been selected the City Section Division I player of the year in baseball.

The senior center fielder-pitcher helped the Patriots defeat Chatsworth in the City final at Dodger Stadium. He had two hits and picked up the save.

Catcher Daniel Zakosek of Chatsworth was named the most outstanding player.

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On the second day of baseball's amateur draft, there was a group of Southern California players taken through round 10.

World Series-bound Cal State Fullerton had pitcher Connor Seabold (Newport Harbor) taken by the Phillies and outfielder Scott Hurst (Bishop Amat) taken by the Cardinals. Both were third-round picks. Also selected in the third round was former Loyola outfielder Quinn Brodey of Stanford by the Mets at No. 97.

Long Beach State catcher David Banuelos went to the Mariners in the fifth round.

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What a day it is for Southern California high school baseball. The top two draft picks on Monday were Royce Lewis from JSerra and Hunter Greene from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

"It was an amazing feeling," Lewis told from his home in Orange County after the Minnesota Twins made him the No. 1 pick.

Greene was taken No. 2 by the Cincinnati Reds. Greene was in New York for the draft.


It's always fun to see what the next group of high school baseball stars will look like. The Southwest Future All-Star Series held this weekend at Cal State Northridge saw players step up and make a positive impression.

According to former Oaks Christian coach Tim Penprase, these were among the most impressive:

Patrick Collins, the Mission League pitcher of the year from Chaminade, threw three shutout innings. Justin Campbell, who will be a junior at Simi Valley, threw three shutout innings and hit 88 mph.

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L.A. Cathedral football fans have a right to be excited about the Bryce Young era. The sophomore starting quarterback has already directed two summer passing tournament championships.

The latest was Saturday with a win in the Rams tournament that featured the likes of Santa Ana Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, Crenshaw, Westlake, Oaks Christian and Newbury Park, among others.

Young is on his way to becoming one of the top quarterbacks in Southern California. The Phantoms defeated Orange Lutheran in the final.