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Brice Turang of Corona Santiago continues to hit with the best

Junior Brice Turang of Corona Sanitago is about as good a hitter as there is in Southern California.

On Thursday, he hit a home run to center field, a double to left field and a double to left-center in helping Santiago defeat Norco, 7-0, to strengthen its hold on second place in the Big VIII League.

Cruz Barrios threw the shutout, striking out five and walking none. Corona stayed in first place with a 2-1 win over Corona Centennial in eight innings. Anthony Czerwinski drove in the winning run. Brendan Beck got the win in relief.

King defeated Roosevelt, 7-1. Brandon Ramey allowed two hits in six innings.

In the Mission League, Crespi defeated first-place Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 11-2. Taylor Dollard picked up the win and Caleb Shulman had a home run and three RBI.

Sierra Canyon won its 10th consecutive game with a 9-2 victory over Brentwood. Seth Stone struck out seven. Noah Levin and Billy Edwards had two hits each.

Bishop Amat defeated Cathedral, 6-0. Blake Archuleta threw a five-hitter. Jayson Gonzalez had a triple and double.



Chino Hills is looking for new basketball coach

Chino Hills has begun looking for a new basketball coach after apparently cutting ties with first-year coach Stephan Gilling, who guided the Huskies to a 30-3 record.

Gilling got into a war of words at the end of the season with LaVar Ball, the father of the Ball brothers.

Finding a replacement will be interesting, since the Huskies return LaMelo Ball for two more seasons.

Former Chino Hills coach Steve Baik, now at Fairfax, said he has no interest in returning to the Huskies and offered support for Gilling.

"I am disappointed," he said. "Stephan is a guy who came in understanding the whole dynamics of the job. I don't think this was a fair shake."

Because Gilling was a walk-on coach, the job was expected to be opened up to anyone in the district. One possible candidate is assistant John Gottbrecht, who's a teacher and has experience with the program.

LaVar Ball said on Thursday he had not heard of a coaching change and indicated the school would not make a change simply because of what he said.


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Rick Candaele is Carpinteria's new football coach

Carpinteria has named Rick Candaele its new football coach.

He's familiar in Carpinteria, having spent years as an assistant, and he's the father of former Carpinteria star Coley Candaele, who went on to become a successful coach at Vista Murrieta.

"Yes, that would be my dad," Coley said.

Rick Candaele, 69, just wants to keep coaching.


Tyler Asemota of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame is ready to turn up the speed

 (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)
(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Tyler Asemota of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame has given up football to focus on track. He's headed to UCLA. And he's also ready to keep the Notre Dame track tradition going in producing outstanding sprinters.

Following in the tradition of state champions Justin Fargas, Rodney Glass and Khalfani Muhammad, Asemota will try to be the fastest in the Mission League when prelims and finals are held next week at Occidental College. The prelims are Monday and the finals next Thursday.

He has run 10.40 seconds in the 100 meters. He has Joe McNab as his coach, so beware.


Alex McKenna is right on schedule to be a top prospect in 2018

Is it too soon to talk about potential first-round baseball draft picks for 2018?

If not, former Alemany outfielder Alex McKenna belongs on the list.

A sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, McKenna is hitting .368 with 26 RBI, nine doubles and four home runs. He's 11 of 16 on stolen bases.

McKenna, a former quarterback and one of the top athletes when he was at Alemany, was a 38th round pick by the Minnesota Twins as a high school senior.

Now he's a college star and should be considered a top prospect.

He's coming to town this weekend to face UCLA in a three-game series.

"He's very athletically gifted," Alemany Coach Randy Thompson said.

Baseball/softball: Thursday scores



•El Dorado 15, El Modena 2

•Foothill 9, Esperanza 8



•Garden Grove Pacifica 7, Tustin 2

•Placentia Valencia 6, La Palma Kennedy 4



• Troy 5, Fullerton 4



•Arlington 4, Canyon Springs 2

•Riverside Poly 5, Rancho Verde 1



•Tahquitz 8, Hemet 1



•Anaheim Canyon 3, Yorba Linda 2



•Hillcrest 11, Norte Vista 4

•Ramona 1, La Sierra 0



•San Gorgonio 6, Rim of the World 0



•Laguna Hills 1, Trabuco Hills 0



•Aliso Niguel 1, El Toro 0

•Mission Viejo 1, San Clemente 0



•Great Oak 1, Murrieta Mesa 0



•Edison 15, Newport Harbor 3

•Huntington Beach 4, Fountain Valley 3 (8)

•Los Alamitos 1, Marina 0



•Santa Margarita 4, St. John Bosco 3

•Servite 2, Orange Lutheran 0



•Dana Hills 5-1, Capistrano Valley 1-0










•Canyon Springs 8, Arlington 3

•Riverside Poly 23, Rancho Verde 9



•Beaumont 16, San Jacinto 3



•Vista del Lago 31, San Bernardino 4



•Estancia 14, Laguna Beach 3



•Norte Vista 5, Hillcrest 4

•Patriot 13, Jurupa Valley 0

•Ramona 16, La Sierra 0



•Santa Rosa Academy 9, Calvary Murrieta 1



•Temecula Valley 9, Murrieta Valley 0



•Orange Lutheran 14, JSerra 0



•Mater Dei 13, West Ranch 9




•Dana Hills 2, Rosary 1



No. 2 Loyola defeats No. 3 Corona del Mar

There was plenty of volleyball drama at Loyola High on Wednesday night, where No. 3 Corona del Mar took No. 2 Loyola to five sets.

The Cubs finally prevailed, 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-10.

It was a rematch of last year's Division 1 championship match.

Will Bantle had 15 kills, Brady Wedbush 12 and JP Reilly 11.


Three-way tie for second place in the West Valley League

Chatsworth has opened a three-game lead in the West Valley League, but the most competitive baseball race is for second place, where El Camino Real, Birmingham and Cleveland are all tied with 4-3 records.

El Camino Real picked up a critical 3-2 victory over Cleveland on Wednesday. The Conquistadores broke a 2-2 deadlock in the top of the seventh when Joseph Avrahamy put down a successful squeeze bunt.

Sophomore Gabe Achucarro struck out eight in Chatsworth's 3-2 win over Granada Hills. Gabriel Gonzalez had a home run.

Birmingham defeated Taft, 14-2, in five innings. Eddie Rosales hit a grand slam and finished with five RBI. Johnny Tincher and Matt Garcia each hit a home run and had four RBI.

Simi Valley pulled off the upset of the day, ending Moorpark's 18-game win streak by scoring three runs in the seventh to defeat the Musketeers (20-3), 3-1. William Parker had an RBI double and Brady Miles had a squeeze. Jack Hodgins threw a complete game, allowing three hits. Simi Valley had been shut out for six innings by Travis Weston.

In the Marmonte League, Jake Miller and Tyler Kennedy combined to lift Newbury Park to a 1-0 win over Agoura. Miller threw 6 1/3 innings and also had a home run. Oaks Christian defeated Thousand Oaks, 7-3. Dane Morrow threw six innings.

Calabasas defeated Westlake, 14-4. Diego Ramirez had three hits and six RBI. Michael Odman added three hits.

In the Palomares League, Glendora defeated Bonita, 3-1. Wyatt Regis got the save and Christian Heflin and Bryce Woodridge each had two hits. Ayala defeated Claremont, 3-1. Joe Naranjo struck out seven. South Hills defeated Diamond Bar, 9-1. Karlos Morales went three for three and also picked up the pitching victory.

In the Baseline League, Damien picked up a 5-4 win over Los Osos with a run in the bottom of the seventh on a game-winning RBI single by Andrew Garriola. He finished with three RBI.

Etiwanda defeated Rancho Cucamonga, 13-2. Matt Bardowell and Tyler Bardowell each had two hits and combined for four RBI.

Tanner Bibee threw the shutout in Mission Viejo's 1-0 win over San Clemente. He struck out six.

Aliso Niguel upset El Toro, 1-0. Quinn Mathews threw a two-hit shutout. Jake Jackson struck out nine in suffering his first defeat.

Raul Salazar struck out five and allowed five hits in a 4-0 Cypress win over Western.

Cantwell-Sacred Heart defeated Salesian, 5-1. Emilio Jimenez and Javy Espinoza each had two hits and two RBI.

Joey Estes struck out 13 in Paraclete's win over Crossroads.

Great Oak defeated Murrieta Mesa, 1-0. Owen Janes had an RBI single in the sixth after a double by Worth Planer. Trent Topping threw six shutout innings.

In the Foothill League, Golden Valley defeated Hart, 4-3. Will Chambers had a three-run double in West Ranch's 5-4 win over Saugus. Chase Farrell struck out seven and allowed one hit in six innings in Valencia's 6-0 win over Canyon.

El Dorado defeated El Modena, 15-2.

In the Mission League, Harvard-Westlake defeated Loyola, 3-2. Sam Hliboki struck out eight in six innings. RJ Schreck had two hits. Daniel Ritcheson threw a two-hitter in Alemany's 3-1 win over St. Francis. He struck out 12.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Crespi, 9-1. Noah Taylor had three hits.

Vista Murrieta defeated Chaparral, 11-4. Jake Moberg hit two home runs and a double.

In the East Valley League, Danny Pimienta struck out 13 in Poly's 10-0 win over Arleta.

Royal defeated Temple City, 8-3. JT Soporito had three hits and three RBI.

No. 1 Huntington Beach held on for a 4-3, eight-inning win over Fountain Valley. Josh Hahn struck out consecutive batters with runners on first and third in the bottom of the eighth. Edison defeated Newport Harbor, 15-3. Los Alamitos defeated Marina, 1-0.

Riverside Poly defeated Rancho Verde, 5-1. Junior Nathan Hemmerling threw a complete game and sophomore Connor Timko had four RBI. Poly leads the Inland Valley League.

Brandon Taylor threw nine shutout innings and Cameron Watts threw six shutout innings as Laguna Hills defeated Trabuco Hills, 1-0, in 15 innings. Broox Mahr and Ryan McCarrell each threw six shutout innings for Trabuco Hills.

Temecula Valley defeated Murrieta Valley, 9-6. Jorge Murillo threw three innings in relief to pick up the win.

Peninsula defeated Redondo, 4-3, in nine innings on a walk-off hit by Nick Frasso.

La Mirada defeated Norwalk, 9-0.

In the Trinity League, Santa Margarita defeated St. John Bosco, 4-3, by scoring a run in the bottom of the 12th on a single by Milan Torentino. Wyatt Thilken threw 6 1/3 shutout innings of relief. Charles Nasuti of St. John Bosco had four hits.

JSerra defeated Mater Dei, 8-3. Royce Lewis had three RBI and Andrew Miller threw 6 1/3 innings.

Servite was held hitless and scoreless for seven innings by Jason Farese of Orange Lutheran, but thanks to shutout pitching from Michael Frias, the Friars won in eight innings, 2-0.

Andrew Cromwell and Matthew Doan had RBI singles in the eighth. Frias struck out three, walked two and gave up two hits in eight innings.

In the Del Rey League, Isaac Esqueda struck out eight and threw a two-hit shutout in Bishop Amat's 3-0 win over Cathedral. Jesus Maldonado had two hits and three RBI.

In the Golden League, Quartz Hill defeated Palmdale, 2-0. Joey Bigelow threw five shutout innings.


Deschon Winston of Birmingham commits to Cal

All-City guard Deschon Winston of Birmingham has committed to Cal, Coach Nick Halic said Wednesday.

"It's the perfect school for him," Halic said.

Winston helped lead Birmingham to its first City Section Open Division championship.

He's an outstanding ball handler and can shoot.


Billboard touting Narbonne football rises up near Carson High

Billboard touting Narbonne football near Carson High. None
Billboard touting Narbonne football near Carson High.

As if the Narbonne-Carson football rivalry needed any more attention, someone has put up a giant billboard on Carson Street several miles from Carson High touting the Gauchos.

It reads, "Narbonne High School. 2014-2015-2016 City Champs. 2015 California State Champs." And there's a photo of Coach Manuel Douglas.

When reached Wednesday about the billboard, Douglas expressed surprise and said he had "no idea" about it.

"Certainly not me," he said when asked who did it. "I have no money for any of that."

Douglas decided to drive by the sign to see it for himself "to believe it" after receiving a photo.

Messages left for Outfront Media, which appears to own the billboard, have not been returned.

Former Oaks Christian Coach Bill Redell was featured on three billboards after winning a state championship in 2006.

Carson Athletic Director Mike Kline was not very enthusiastic when told about the billboard. Asked if it might cause a commotion, Kline said, "Oh, I would imagine it might."

Boys' tennis: City championship results




Championship, Tuesday

Palisades 21.5, Granada Hills 8




Championship, Wednesday

Los Angeles Hamilton 20, Grant 9.5



Baseball/softball: Tuesday scores



Linfield Christian 12, Woodcrest Christian 2



Corona Santiago 3, Norco 1

King 4, Eastvale Roosevelt 1



Redlands 11, Miller 0



Rancho Alamitos 2, Garden Grove 0

Westminster La Quinta 1, Bolsa Grande 0



Segerstrom 5, Loara 1



Riverside North 11, Valley View 3



Cerritos Valley Christian 6, Whittier Christian 1



Anaheim 4, Savanna 1

Century 17, Magnolia 0

Katella 18, Santa Ana Valley 0



Estancia 12, Saddleback 0

Laguna Beach 10, Godinez 0

Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 6, Costa Mesa 5



Beckman 5, Irvine University 3

Northwood 6, Irvine 5

Woodbridge 2, Corona del Mar 0



Gahr 3, Paramount 0



Capistrano Valley Christian 9, Saddleback Valley Christian 4



St. Anthony 8, St. Genevieve 6



Temescal Canyon 23, Lakeside 9



Grand Terrace 6, Fontana 3



Servite 4, Orange Lutheran 0

St. John Bosco 16, Santa Margarita 0





Carnegie 14, Anza Hamilton 0



Corona Centennial 5, King 2

Norco 1, Eastvale Roosevelt 0



Redlands 11, Miller 1

Yucaipa 7, Citrus Valley 6



Anaheim Canyon 10, Foothill 0

Yorba Linda 3, El Modena 1



Garden Grove Pacifica 7, Placentia Valencia 0



Sunny Hills 16, La Habra 4



Garden Grove 5, Garden Grove Santiago 3

Los Amigos 14, Bolsa Grande 9



Long Beach Jordan 13, Long Beach Cabrillo 2

Long Beach Wilson 3, Long Beach Poly 1



Esperanza 4, Brea Olinda 3

Villa Park 8, El Dorado 4



Anaheim 3, Century 0

Katella 12, Magnolia 1



Northwood 5, Corona del Mar 1

Woodbridge 10, Beckman 6



Dana Hills 12, Trabuco Hills 2

Tesoro 16, El Toro 5



Mission Viejo 3, Aliso Niguel 0



La Mirada 8, Norwalk 2



Colton 4, Summit 2



Fountain Valley 5, Edison 3

Los Alamitos 12, Huntington Beach 1



Orange Lutheran 7, Santa Margarita 0

Rosary 5, JSerra 4



Capistrano Valley 2, San Clemente 0



Hunter Greene won't pitch the rest of the regular season

Hunter Greene won't be pitching the rest of the regular season, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame Coach Tom Dill said Wednesday.

Dill said a decision will be made later whether Greene throws in the playoffs but he remains undecided. Dill said he told the team it won't be relying on Greene to pitch.

Greene told Baseball America on Tuesday that he was done pitching for the rest of the season.

Greene is healthy but Dill said last week he wanted to protect the 17-year-old's arm. Greene has been clocked throwing up to 102 mph and is under consideration to be the No. 1 pick in the June draft.

He will continue to play shortstop for the Knights, who are in first place in the Mission League.

The development of freshman pitcher Lucas Gordon and sophomores Carter Kessinger and Cole Dale has helped the Knights become strong enough to perhaps overcome the absence of Greene on the mound.



Palisades tennis wins its 42nd City title under Coach Bud Kling


QB Re-Al Mitchell begins spring practice with new throwing motion

Defending Southern Section Division I and state champion St. John Bosco began spring football practice on Tuesday. Returning quarterback Re-Al Mitchell looked as quick as ever. But he also has an improved throwing motion that should help his passing accuracy.

"High release," offensive coordinator Chad Johnson kept saying to Mitchell.

Mitchell worked on his release with private coach Steve Calhoun, and it appears to have produced results. He was throwing strong, accurate spirals.

"See what I told you?" Johnson said.

Everyone knows about Mitchell's speed, and if his passing accuracy continues to improve, that should make him even more valuable.

Mitchell is also planning to compete in the Trinity League track finals next month. He has started training to see how fast he can run in the 100 and 200.

St. John Bosco is breaking in a group of new receivers, but the Braves aren't lacking in talent. A steady line of college recruiters figure to be making campus visits in the coming weeks.


St. John Bosco is in first place in the Trinity League

St. John Bosco hasn't played in a baseball playoff game since the 2011 season. The drought is about to end. The Braves are in first place in the Trinity League with an 18-4 overall record and 6-1 league mark.

Their latest triumph came on Tuesday, when they hit three home runs in a 16-0 win over Santa Margarita. Charlie Nasuti, who just committed to Purdue, hit a grand slam and had six RBI. Sebastian Orduno and Jack Collette each had three hits. John Beller threw five shutout innings.

It's taken three years for Don Barbara to turn around the Braves, and they are ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 2.

Servite added to the intrigue in the Trinity League with a 4-0 win over Orange Lutheran. Christian Ciuffetelli threw the five-hit shutout. Brendan Sullivan had two RBI. Tristan Hanoian had three hits for Orange Lutheran.

Mater Dei took advantage of 10 walks to defeat JSerra, 10-8. Royce Lewis had two hits for JSerra.

In the Mission League, Loyola knocked off second-place Harvard-Westlake, 5-2, to secure only its second league win. Diego Avila gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Joe Fortin had a two-run double, and Kevin Parada hit a home run.

Alemany defeated St. Francis, 7-0, behind Blaine Traxel, who struck out seven and allowed three hits. Dirk Ryan had three RBI.

Beckman defeated Irvine University, 5-3. Matt McLain had a double and triple. Connor McGuire had two RBI.

John Schultz pitched Woodbridge past Corona del Mar, 2-0.

In the Big VIII League, King defeated Roosevelt, 4-1. Sante Grossi struck out seven in six innings. Corona Santiago defeated Norco, 3-1. Ryan Williams had two hits and two RBI. Tyler Frazier threw 6 2/3 innings.

Michael Hobbs struck out 12 and hit a home run and double in Corona's 9-1 win over Corona Centennial.

In the Pacific League, Arcadia defeated Burroughs, 5-3. Crescenta Valley defeated Muir, 11-1. Scott Vinceri struck out six in five innings. Nico Arredondo went three for three.

Sierra Canyon is 7-0 in the Gold Coast League after a 5-0 win over Brentwood. Chris Torres struck out seven in a complete game. Jake Patterson had two hits.

La Canada clinched the Rio Hondo League title with a 7-2 win over San Marino. Connor Buchanan had two hits and two RBI.

In the Western League, Venice lost for the first time, dropping a 6-5 game to University. Palisades defeated Westchester, 12-4.

In the Marine League, San Pedro defeated Banning, 1-0.


Receiver Jalen Hall goes from Hawkins to Long Beach Poly

Receiver Jalen Hall, who will be a senior next season, has transferred from Hawkins to Long Beach Poly, reported.

It comes as no surprise that he has left Hawkins after three seasons at the Los Angeles school. Hawkins has no coach after Malik James left.

Hall is considered one of the top college prospects in Southern California. Poly already picked up Oaks Christian quarterback Matt Corral, a USC commit.

Both will have to move to be eligible immediately.


No. 3 Corona del Mar to face No. 2 Loyola on Wednesday in volleyball

In an important late-season boys volleyball match, No. 3-ranked Corona del Mar will travel Wednesday to face No. 2 Loyola in a 6 p.m. match at Loyola.

The winner should be the No. 2 seed in Division 1 behind No. 1 Oak Park.

Loyola is 19-1 on the season.


Reseda Cleveland is staying tough with Chatsworth in West Valley League

The big surprise in the City Section is that Reseda Cleveland is 18-8 and 4-2 in the West Valley League despite losing its best pitcher, four-year starter Sam Villa, to an injury in the first game of the season.

The Cavaliers swept Birmingham last week and are in second place behind Chatsworth. They face El Camino Real beginning Wednesday in a two-game series.

Credit goes to Coach Sid Lopez for developing more pitchers to make up for Villa's loss.

Max Yourist, a senior who hardly pitched last season, is 5-0 and using off-speed pitches to disrupt hitters. He has shutouts against Birmingham and Sylmar this season.

Bryan Suppan, the nephew of former major leaguer Jeff Suppan, came from Chaminade and has five saves. And Christopher Lozano, Villa's cousin, has made major contributions.

Senior Ben Schecter leads the offense with a .415 batting average.

If Cleveland can finish in second place, it should get the No. 2 seed behind Chatsworth for the City Section Division I playoffs because the Cavaliers played a strong nonleague schedule and have wins over Kennedy, San Fernando and Narbonne.

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