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  • Baseball

Freshman Bryce Bond threw a complete-game shutout to lift Sierra Canyon past Buena 3-0 on Tuesday in the championship game of the SoCal Invitational at San Fernando. Sierra Canyon is off to a 5-0 start.

Billy Edwards drove in two runs. Sierra Canyon used three freshmen to pitch in the opening two weeks. Besides the 6-foot-4 Bond, Josh Bryan has two saves and Patrick DeMarco also has pitched well. They’ve combined to give up one unearned run in 24 1/3 innings.

Mira Costa (4-0) received six shutout innings from Joey Acosta in  a 1-0 win over West Torrance.

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The prestigious Arcadia Invitational is April 7 at Arcadia High School.

This month’s invitationals will serve as preparation for the top track and field contenders. The Redondo Track Festival is this weekend at Redondo High, the Maurice Greene Invitational at Oaks Christian and the Triton Invitational at San Clemente are March 17 and the Trabuco Hills Invitational and Distance Carnival are March 30-31, among others.

Here’s the link to the list of early state leaders from PrepCaltrack.com.

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Vinnie Alfino delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to give Camarillo a 6-5 victory over Calabasas on Monday in a semifinal game of the Easton tournament.

Camarillo will play Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Tuesday in the 6 p.m. championship game at Birmingham.

Andrew Lucas had two hits for the Scorpions. Calabasas rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game in the seventh on a three-run double from Shawn Goosenberg. Andrew Snyder also had a two-run home run.

El Toro is ranked No. 1 in the Southern Section Division 1 baseball rankings.

Here’s the link to complete rankings.

Los Alamitos is No. 1 in the Southern Section Division 1 softball rankings.

Katja Osteen of Chaminade was the CIF state wrestling champion at 160 pounds. Brother Erich finished fifth at 220.
Katja Osteen of Chaminade was the CIF state wrestling champion at 160 pounds. Brother Erich finished fifth at 220. (Osteen family)

The brother-sister tandem of Erich and Katja Osteen from Chaminade High sure knows how to wrestle.

Katja won a CIF state championship for girls at 160 pounds.

Erich finished fifth in the state at 220 pounds.

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There were 664 sports transfers reported by schools to the Southern Section in February, a rise of more than 100 compared with February of last year, according to the latest monthly numbers supplied by the Southern Section.

So far for 2017-18, there have been 6,497 transfers reported. The transfer total for 2016-17 overall was 6,999 for the Southern Section. The data suggests there will be more than 7,000 reported transfers this school year.

If the Southern Section totals are rising, that means statewide there could be a record number of transfers reported. In 2016-17, there were 16,595 transfers statewide. The projection is for more than 17,000 this school year.

The Golden 1 Center in Sacramento will be the site for the CIF state basketball championships through 2021.
The Golden 1 Center in Sacramento will be the site for the CIF state basketball championships through 2021. (Eric Sondheimer)

The CIF state basketball championships will be staying in Sacramento through the 2021 season.

The CIF announced on Monday that the Golden 1 Center, home to the Sacramento Kings, has been awarded a three-year contract.

The Golden 1 Center opened last year and hosted the state championships last March. It is is set to host the finals for the second consecutive year March 23-24.

  • Football
City Section football rankings
City Section football rankings (Eric Sondheimer)

The City Section advisory committee for football has finalized the playoff divisions for 2018 with only a few changes.

In Division I, every team made the playoffs. This coming season, two teams in Division I will not make the playoffs.

Moving up to Division I from Division II are Reseda, Eagle Rock, Huntington Park, Cleveland, Granada Hills and South East.

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  • Basketball

El Camino Real’s boys’ basketball team appears to be taking advantage of getting a second chance after losing to Fairfax weeks ago in the opening round of the City Section Open Division playoffs.

Remember the Conquistadores opened a large lead against the Lions before falling. They haven’t lost since after entering the consolation bracket, defeating Crenshaw, Granada Hills and Narbonne.

Their reward is to open the Southern California Regionals on Wednesday with a Division I home game against Long Beach Poly.

  • Basketball

When Fremont basketball coach George McLin went to see the City Section championship game last weekend, he was surprised and angry that he was not admitted after showing his coach pass.

“I’m outraged,” he said in a text message. “The City Section just clapped every coach in the face that showed up with a coaching pass tonight and was denied.”

When the City Section was part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, coaches were given free admission to championship games with their passes.