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New NCAA recruiting rules passed earlier this week are expected to eliminate early scholarship offers to high school freshmen and sophomores.
Under new rules, athletes in sports other than football and basketball cannot take official visits until Sept. 1 of their junior year. In football, it’s April 1 of their junior year. In basketball, it’s Jan. 1 of their junior year.
The big change is with unofficial visits. No longer will coaches or athletic department representatives be allowed to take around freshmen or sophomores on campus tours. They can’t participate in unofficial visits until Sept. 1 of the prospect’s junior year.
It's only fitting that the winningest program in City Section history won the section's first Open Division boys tennis championship Friday at Balboa Tennis Center in Encino.
Top-seeded Palisades (22-2) won six of the nine doubles sets to defeat Granada Hills 17-12.5 for its 10th consecutive City title and 36th overall.
Each team won eight single sets. Karapet Vardanyan and Daniel Lin swept at the No, 1 and No. 2 spots while Andrew Kang and Alex La were swept at No. 3 and No. 4 for Granada Hills (13-3), which didn't quite have the depth to dethrone the Dolphins.
El Camino Real has found its ace pitcher in Bryan Golnick.
For the second consecutive week, Golnick threw a shutout against a West Valley League team. Last week it was Birmingham. On Friday, he shut down Granada Hills 6-0 to enable the Conquistadores to pull into a first-place tie with Granada Hills at 3-1.
Golnick is throwing strikes and letting his defense take care of the rest. Right-fielder Amauri Thomas made a spectacular diving catch in support of Golnick, who allowed three hits, struck out two and walked none.