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Dominguez Hills Men’s Team to Play NAIA Power Biola on Saturday

The Cal State Dominguez Hills men’s basketball team will play host to perennial National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics District III power Biola in a nonconference game at 8:05 p.m. Saturday.

Biola is 7-2 and Dominguez Hills is 3-3.

Biola, 26-7 last season, is led by 6-foot-10 senior center Emilio Kovacic--the district player of the year last season. The Eagles also feature 6-9 forward Jeff Baker and 6-5 forwards Rodney Camper and Mike Coffin.

That could cause difficulty for Dominguez Hills, whose only starter over 6-5 is 6-7 senior Michael Moore. Moore has averaged 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds to lead the Toros.

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Dominguez Hills’ guard Rick Robison, a transfer from El Camino College, is averaging 10.2 points and ranks among team leaders in three-point baskets. Guard Chris Thompson, a 6-1 freshman from Artesia High, averages nine points and a team high of 2.7 assists.

The struggling Cal State Dominguez Hills women’s basketball team plays host to Point Loma Nazarene in a nonconference game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Point Loma, which won the Golden State Athletic Conference and NAIA District III title last season, is 6-3. Dominguez Hills is 2-4.

Point Loma has five players with scoring averages in double figures, including 6-1 senior center Rochelle Lightner, a former South Torrance High standout. Lightner is averaging 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds.

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The Crusaders also have excellent guards in sophomore Christy Stevens (5-5) and senior Camille Armijo (5-6). Stevens averages 16.3 points and Armijo 13.4 points.

Dominguez Hills is led by 6-1 senior forward Cheri Bullet, who averages 13.8 points and 9.4 rebounds. Toro sophomore guard Karee Bonde averages 10.8 points and has a team-high 14 three-point baskets. Junior forward Erika Manning averages 5.3 rebounds.

The Cal State Dominguez Hills baseball team has been ranked No. 18 in NCAA Division II in a preseason poll by Collegiate Baseball magazine.

Dominguez Hills was listed as high as fifth last season, when the Toros finished 27-23-1 and fourth in the California Collegiate Athletic Assn.

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The Toros, who open their season next month, are expected to be led by pitchers Mark Tranberg and Armando Plascencia. Tranberg is a Division II All-American.

Infielder Chris Donnels of the New York Mets, a former All-American at Loyola Marymount, is among guest instructors at the third annual South Bay Baseball Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 21-24 at Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach.

The camp, for youths ages 7 to 17, has a fee of $195, which includes a T-shirt.

Information: Matt Kerster at (310) 318-1577.

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Loyola Marymount will hold its fourth annual Bullpen Club Golf Classic at noon Jan. 20 at the Via Verde Country Club in San Dimas.

The cost is $150 and includes green fees, cart rental, lunch and dinner. The cost is $40 for the dinner only.

Proceeds go toward the Loyola baseball program. Information: (213) 338-2765.

The Pops All-Pro Baseball and Softball Camp will hold its fifth annual Christmas Vacation Camp for youths age 7 to 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 26-30 at Lunada Bay Baseball Field in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Among the instructors will be infielder Jose Mota of the San Diego Padres and Jim Reynolds, former coach at El Camino College.

The cost is $175 and includes a T-shirt. Information: Paul Ivanovsky at (213) 373-3805.


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