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Volleyball: Loyola's Matt Douglas is MVP of Santa Barbara tournament

It's not every volleyball tournament that a libero earns MVP honors, but that was the case this past weekend at the Santa Barbara tournament, where Matt Douglas of Loyola was chosen MVP after leading the Cubs to the championship over Corona del Mar.

"He was the catalyst behind our defense," Coach Michael Boehle said.

Douglas is headed to USC.

Loyola won the final, 25-22, 25-23, 25-16.

The Cubs are 20-1 on the season, with their only loss to No. 1 Huntington Beach. Also making all-tournament were Davis Boehle and Casey McGarry.




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Baseball: Sophomore Michael Thomas pitches Mater Dei to 5-0 victory

 Sophomore Michael Thomas of Santa Ana Mater Dei threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout to lift the Monarchs past Santa Margarita, 5-0, on Monday in a Trinity League game.

Brandon Perez and Josh Stephen broke a 0-0 deadlock with RBI singles in the fifth inning. Stephen finished with two RBI and Perez had two hits. Mater Dei improved to 11-7 and 2-3.

Thomas came in with an 0.55 ERA.

"He's throwing strikes," Coach Burt Call said. "He's just very consistent, hits his spots and works in and out. He's done a great job for us."

Henry Martinez threw six innings in St. John Bosco's 6-3 win over Servite.

Orange Lutheran scored five runs in the seventh inning to toppled No. 1 JSerra, 8-3. Zach Busalacchi had two hits and two RBI. Zachary Lew and Andre Riverroy added two hits apiece for the Lancers. Cole Spears threw the final three innings to shut down the Lions.

In the Valley Mission League, Kennedy defeated Canoga Park, 26-0. Alejandro Vasquez had two hits and three RBI.

Concordia defeated Newbury...

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Boys' tennis: Palisades wins its 33rd City title

Palisades has won the City Section tennis championship _ again.

The Dolphins defeated Granada Hills, 26-3.5, to win their 33rd title and seventh in a row.

Ben Goldberg, RJ Sands, Jake Sands and Lucas Bellamy led a dominant performance in the singles competition.

Diego Huttepain and Barron Chavez led the doubles team.




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Soccer: Kayvon Parsa, Erick Padilla top All-City team

Kayvon Parson of El Camino Real and Erick Padilla of Sylmar have been named the offensive and defensive players of the year in City Section soccer.

Here's the link to the complete All-City team.

Shelby Vasich of El Camino Real and Alex Best of El Camino won the same awards in City Section girls' soccer.

Here's the link to the All-City girls' team.



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Baseball: JSerra's Royce Lewis is taking his time to decide college choice

In an era where players are comitting to college before they even begin their first day of high school, standout sophomore third baseman Royce Lewis of JSerra is taking his time.

Schools are lining up and would love for him to make a decision, but Lewis isn't budging.

"He's not in a rush," Coach Brett Kay said.

What a concept _ he's taking his time to get his college choice right.

And he will have lots of options, because he's a top player. He leads the No. 1-ranked Lions in hitting with a .386 batting average and has 13 RBI.



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Baseball: Players with impressive statistics

Statistics can tell the story of a player having a terrific season.

Senior Peter Lambert of San Dimas is 7-0 with an 0.30 ERA for the 20-0 Saints.

Freshman Brice Turang of Corona Santiago is batting .527 with 39 hits, including 10 doubles.

Senior Chase Aldridge of Harvard-Westlake is batting .474 with one error at second base.

Junior Trevor Franklin of Mira Costa is 7-0 with an 1.07 ERA.

Senior Easton Lucas of Grace Brethren is 5-0 and hasn't allowed any runs in 33 innings.

Senior Grant Mona of Verdugo Hills is batting .482 with 27 hits.

Junior Scott Ogrin of Valencia is batting .562 with 36 hits, including 11 doubles.

Senior Patrick Sandoval of Mission Viejo is 5-2 with an 0.81 ERA.



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