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Sherman Oaks Notre Dame junior runs 11.03 100 meters

Sprinters are hardly in shape right now. They’re just starting to loosen up the muscles and turn on the speed.

For Sherman Oaks Notre Dame junior Christian Grubb, Thursday’s Mission League meet against Loyola offered a chance to face off against fellow football player Alex Johnson, a senior headed to UCLA to play cornerback.

Grubb won the 100 meters in 11.03 seconds. Johnson, who anchored his 400-meter relay team to victory, finished second in 11.23. Both should be among the favorites for the league title in the sprints.

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Sherman Oaks Notre Dame junior runs 11.03 100 meters

Sprinters are hardly in shape right now. They’re just starting to loosen up the muscles and turn on the speed.

For Sherman Oaks Notre Dame junior Christian Grubb, Thursday’s Mission League meet against Loyola offered a chance to face off against fellow football player Alex Johnson, a senior headed to UCLA to play cornerback.

Grubb won the 100 meters in 11.03 seconds. Johnson, who anchored his 400-meter relay team to victory, finished second in 11.23. Both should be among the favorites for the league title in the sprints.

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  • Baseball

A competitive Sunset League began baseball action Thursday, and Marina came away with a 2-0 win over Edison.

Blake Partis was magnificent on the mound, throwing a complete game with zero walks while scattering five hits. Cory Lewis and Braden Wylde each had RBIs. Lucas Hansen allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings for Edison.

Huntington Beach defeated Newport Harbor 8-6. Josh Hahn struck out seven in four innings. Justin Brodt had two hits and three RBIs.

Chaminade acquired a shopping center near campus.
Chaminade acquired a shopping center near campus. (Mark Holtzman / West Coast Aerial Photography)

West Hills Chaminade has acquired a shopping center near its high school campus off Saticoy Street and Woodlake Avenue for $14 million, school president Rob Webb said Thursday. The 4.8-acre parcel is one of last in the area that has not been developed for residential use. It currently contains 16 businesses.

No final decision has been made about what  the school will do with the land, but it could be used for parking, more classrooms and additional facilities.

“For us, yesterday we were a debt-free organization,” Webb said. “Today we aren’t. A big chunk came from capital reserves. It’s an exciting time. Schools are landlocked in this neighborhood and for us to find a parcel that became available for the first time in 50 years is transformational.”

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Etiwanda started the basketball season unranked in The Times’ top 25 rankings (who’s the person responsible for that foolish oversight?), but the Eagles are following the philosophy it’s not how you start but how you finish. They are one win away from a trip to Sacramento to play for the state Open Division championship.

At 30-3, Etiwanda will face talented Sierra Canyon on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Long Beach State in the Southern California Regional final.

In making the preseason rankings, I failed to take into account that Coach Dave Kleckner really was fully committed after briefly retiring after last season.

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ALMONT LEAGUE

Alhambra 10, Keppel 0

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There’s lots of good pitchers in the Mission League this season, and one of them is Cal State Northridge signee Blaine Traxel of Alemany. He struck out six and allowed four hits on Wednesday in a 3-0 victory over Chaminade.

Noah Cardenas and Ethan Hagen had two hits each and Jesse Parraz had a home run and two RBIs.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame improved to 8-0 and 3-0 in the Mission League with a 6-1 win over St. Francis. Tyler Stromsborg and Ian White combined on a three-hitter. Daylen Reyes and Lucas Gordon each had two hits. Diego  Baquerio had a two-run single.

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MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE

Tahquitz 4, Citrus Hill 0

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When it comes to sophomores, Daylen Reyes of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame is one of the best.

The UCLA commit hit a grand slam on Tuesday to help Notre Dame defeat St. Francis 11-5. The Knights are 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mission League.

DJ Vergini improved to 3-0 in pitching Birmingham past Marshall 4-0. He struck out six and gave up one hit in 6 1/3 innings. Johnny Tincher had three hits.

  • Baseball

When it comes to sophomores, Daylen Reyes of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame is one of the best.

The UCLA commit hit a grand slam on Tuesday to help Notre Dame defeat St. Francis 11-5. The Knights are 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mission League.

DJ Vergini improved to 3-0 in pitching Birmingham past Marshall 4-0. He struck out six and gave up one hit in 6 1/3 innings. Johnny Tincher had three hits.