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Football: QB Lars Nootbaar is having big season for unbeaten El Segundo

USC already has quarterback commitments from Ricky Town of St. Bonaventure and Sam Darnold of San Clemente, but there's another QB having a big season committed to the Trojans.

That would be El Segundo's Lars Nootbaar, who has passed for 1,443 yards and 17 touchdowns. Nootbaar, though, is committed to USC for baseball.

"He's having an unbelievable season," El Segundo Coach Steve Shevlin said.

El Segundo is 7-0, and Nootbaar certainly would like to play two sports in college if available.

"He loves football," Shevlin said.

But he's also a standout shortstop-pitcher for El Segundo. He's just another standout quarterback in the year of the quarterback in Southern California.

What's interesting is that Town and Nootbaar enter week eight having not thrown a single interception. Not bad for future Trojans.




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Boys' basketball: Damien, with five returning starters, is dangerous team

With a little more than a month to go before the basketball season begins, don't be surprised if Damien gets off to a fast start.

Five starters are back, led by San Diego State-bound Jeremy Hemsley and 6-foot-5 Malik Fitts.

The team was 22-7 a year ago and struggled against league rival Chino Hills, but lots of experience and some talented newcomers make the Spartans very dangerous.

It's also going to be fun to see how two pairs of brothers like playing together.

There will be the Hemsley brothers, Jeremy, a senior, and Justin, a sophomore, along with the McCullough brothers, Isaiah, a senior, and Elijah, a freshman.

That's four brothers motivated to outshine the other.




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Baseball: 16-team field set for National Classic

The 16-team field has been finalized for the National Classic that will be held April 6-9 in Orange County. The championship baseball game will be at Cal State Fullerton.

El Dorado and Esperanza are hosting the tournament.

The teams: El Dorado, Esperanza, West Ranch, Loyola, Santa Margarita, Utah Spanish Fork, Cypress, Gahr, Orange Lutheran, Ayala, Agoura, Florida IMG Academy, New York Xaverian, De La Salle, Riverside North and Tennessee Christian Brothers.




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Basketball: Bosco Tech and Palisades are sites for clinic, camp

Bosco Tech will be the site on Nov. 5 for a basketball coaches clinic for elementary, middle school and high school coaches. Representatives from the Lakers, Cal State Fullerton, Pepperdine and East Los Angeles College will participate.

Cost is $20 and includes dinner. Information:

UCLA's women's basketball coaching staff will be holding a camp for girls in grades 3 through 8 on Nov. 8 at Palisades High from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $30.

Here's the link to register.




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Girls' volleyball: North Hollywood forfeits match for wearing black uniforms

There's a City Section rule, Bylaw 1305, that requires schools to wear uniforms in official school colors, and North Hollywood's girls' volleyball team was forced to forfeit a victory over Arleta on Sept. 29 because the team wore special black uniforms. North Hollywood's school colors are blue, gray and white.

North Hollywood self-reported the violation, but others are grumbling why adult athletic officials didn't recognize the violation prior to the players coming onto the court and were held accountable instead of the players.

That forfeit leaves North Hollywood with two losses in the East Valley League, the same as Verdugo Hills, in the battle for first place.




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Cross country: Mt. San Antonio Invitational is set for this weekend

The Mount San Antonio College Cross Country Invitational is set for Friday and Saturday at Mount San Antonio College.

Dozens of teams and individuals will be competing in what could be a preview of Southern Section and state competition.

The competition will be at all levels for boys and girls.




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