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Washington State's Tyler Hilinski passes against Michigan State during the first half of the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28.
Washington State's Tyler Hilinski passes against Michigan State during the first half of the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28. (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

Tyler Hilinski, a former Upland High quarterback who was expected to contend for the starting job for Washington State this fall, was found dead in his apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, according to the Pullman Police Department.

Hilinski was 21.

Police reported a rifle was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found. Police detectives and the Whitman County coroner’s office will be conducting an investigation to confirm the suspected cause and manner of death.

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  • Basketball

Etiwanda (19-1, 3-0) continues to be the team to beat in the Baseline League.

Kessler Edwards scored 20 points in the Eagles’ 72-59 victory over Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday night. The big upset in the league was Upland knocking off Chino Hills 64-63. Kenny Chilson made six three-pointers for Upland.

Damien defeated Los Osos 68-55. Eric Hancik had 24 points and Cameron Shelton 20.

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First place in the Mission League will be on the line Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Crespi. It should be a packed crowd. Harvard-Westlake, with four talented sophomores and a freshman in its starting lineup, will take on the Brandon Williams-led Celts.

For basketball fanatics, the coaching battle will be something else. It’s Russell White going against David Rebibo. Rebibo was White’s freshman coach for one season, then left for El Camino Real, where he guided the Conquistadors to a City Division II championship. Then he went to the University of San Francisco to be an assistant before returning to Harvard-Westlake.

“It’s going to be a fun, festive, competitive game,” White said of facing Rebibo and the Wolverines. “Dave does a great job.”

  • Basketball

The Southern Section has released its latest basketball polls.

Here’s the link for boys’ teams.

Here’s the link for girls’ teams.

  • Football

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Thursday at Glenn High in Norwalk for the construction of new synthetic turf fields, buildings, bleachers and lighting.

It’s the start of a major project that will provide additions and renovations across more than 20 acres of the campus.

The $25-million project is funded through Measure G, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s improvement bond passed by voters in 2014.

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  • Baseball
Easton tournament schedule
Easton tournament schedule (Eric Sondheimer)

As usual, the Easton tournament is loaded with top baseball teams. The tournament begins on Feb. 24.

Harvard-Westlake, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Birmingham, El Camino Real, Simi Valley, West Ranch, Hart, Valencia and Oaks Christian lead the 36-team field.

Among the intriguing divisional games are El Camino Real at Simi Valley, led by standout pitcher Owen Sharts, on Feb. 27, and Newbury Park at Chaminade on Feb. 27.

BOYS BASKETBALL

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

Riverside Notre Dame 92, Aquinas 49

  • Football

Gardena Serra likes the Honor Bowl so much that it will play in both the Northern California and Southern California Honor Bowl football games this fall.

Serra will play San Mateo Serra on Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis in Mountain View. Then on Sept. 1 at San Diego Cathedral Catholic, Serra with play Cathedral Catholic at 7:30 p.m.

Also participating is Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, which will play at St. Francis on Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Notre Dame Coach Kevin Rooney is a former coach at St. Francis.

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UCLA-bound senior Devon Chang of Santa Margarita has been selected the Gatorade state player of the year in girls’ volleyball.

She’s a 5-foot-11 setter who led the Eagles to a 34-9 record and Division I state championship.

She has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average and is the first volleyball player from Santa Margarita to win the award.

  • Basketball

Unbeaten Bishop Montgomery took a quick trip to Utah on Monday to face Bingham and came away with a 61-40 victory. The No. 1-ranked Knights are 17-0.

David Singleton scored 25 points and Josh Vazquez had 16. Bishop Montgomery faces L.A. Cathedral in a league showdown on Wednesday and City Section power Westchester on Saturday.

In a Mission League game, Crespi (18-2, 5-0) set up a Wednesday matchup for first place against Harvard-Westlake with a 91-69 victory over Chaminade. Brandon Williams finished with 36 points, Kyle Owens 26 points and Taj Regans 19.