Billy Bean of Loyola Marymount University and Brad Bierley of Pepperdine were named to the District 8 (West Coast) baseball team of the NCAA’s Division I. They were the only players from the West Coast Athletic Conference on the first team. Bean, a junior outfielder, batted .403 with a Loyola-record 67 runs batted in. Bierley, a senior outfielder out of Rolling Hills High, was WCAC player of the year and broke nearly every Pepperdine batting record. Bean is the first Loyola player to make the district first team in the 1980s.
Loyola Marymount University pitcher Tim Layana, a junior right-hander, was a fifth-round selection of the New York Mets in Tuesday’s professional baseball draft. Layana, a Culver City resident out of Loyola High, was 8-8 this season. Pitcher Phil Price and outfielder Robbie Hartwig, both of Harbor College, were taken in the third round of the secondary draft by Minnesota and Detroit, respectively.
Another high draft choice was Arizona pitcher Mike Young, a former Rolling Hills High and Harbor College star. The right-hander, taken by the Phillies in the second round, is recovering from surgery after being hit in the face by a line drive.
Pitcher Paul Johnson of Redondo High was named most valuable player and pitcher Charlie Plumley of Rolling Hills was named most outstanding player, topping the all-Bay League baseball team.
The first team also includes infielders Ernie Casillas of Santa Monica, Todd Johnston of Mira Costa, Matt Maestas of South Torrance and Damon Salisbury of Redondo; pitchers Jeff Beck of Mira Costa and Chris Chavez of Santa Monica; catcher Jon Berger of Palos Verdes and outfielders Derek Sholl of South Torrance and Dan Speltz and Kevin White of Rolling Hills.
Second team: infielders Mitch Brajevich of Redondo, Bill Cooper of Rolling Hills, Lance Honea of Mira Costa and Ted Quinn of South Torrance; pitchers Scott Recknor of Palos Verdes, Scott Reece of South Torrance and Mike Stewart of West Torrance; utility player Lance Larson of South Torrance, catcher Kelly Mann of Santa Monica and outfielders Kurt Bohney of Redondo, Jack Hollis of West Torrance and Peter Kaye of Palos Verdes.
Junior Andrea Bausch of Rolling Hills High was named most valuable girls softball player of the Bay League, topping the coaches’ all-league team. First team included Ginger Ales, Kristi Hannon and Mindy Morris of South Torrance, Bea Chiaradamont, Juanita Olloque and Isabel Olloque of West Torrance, Julie Innerasky and Cathy Wicks of Mira Costa, Deanne Fujimoto, Dani Pfeiffer and Lisa Tom of Rolling Hills and Lisa Satriano of Santa Monica.
Second team: Shawn Allen, Nancy Loeb and Monica Lucero of Mira Costa; Diana Gathe of Redondo, Gina Gaugler and Jana Stange of South Torrance, Abby Gleason and Ann Vasey of Palos Verdes, Mary Ann Gustafson and Jean Tschida of Rolling Hills, Lisa Hardy of Santa Monica and Nikki La Roche of West Torrance.
The 24th annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix bicycle races will be held July 7 on Valley Drive at Live Oak Park. The races, sanctioned by the U.S. Cycling Federation, begin at 7:30 a.m. with a men’s Category 4 race of 50 kilometers followed by a men-veterans 44 and under/45 and over 50-K at 9:15 and the women’s 40-K at 9:17. The featured race, the men’s Senior 1-2 100-K, begins at 11:30. The final race, a men’s Category 3 60-K, begins at 1 p.m. Preregistration will be accepted by mail through July 1 care of South Bay Wheelmen, P.O. Box 3224, Redondo Beach 90277.
Banning and Westchester high schools advanced to Friday’s City baseball semifinals with victories Tuesday. Banning will face Granada Hills in a 4-A semifinal after beating Grant, 7-5. Westchester had less trouble beating South Gate, 8-2, and will face Palisades in a 3-A semifinal.