The Long Beach Wilson High boys’ swim team remained undefeated in league competition for the 22nd consecutive year in the Moore League finals Friday at Belmont Plaza.
The Bruins, who finished 5-0 in league, won the team title with 369 points, followed by Long Beach Poly and Lakewood with 349 and 175, respectively.
Wilson will return to Belmont Plaza this afternoon and begin its quest to beat defending champion Crescenta Valley for the Southern Section Division II title. Preliminaries begin at 5 p.m. The finals are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.
Rick Westberg won the 100-yard freestyle (48.02 seconds), 100 backstroke (56.89) and swam a leg on Wilson’s 200 freestyle relay team of Pat Cochran, Keith Feldman and Matt Armato, which won in 1 minute 30.41 seconds.
Armato and Cochran, who won the 50 freestyle in 22.03, also joined Damon Baggs and Sean McEachern on the Bruins’ victorious 200 medley relay (1:42.43).
Tracy Bastain, Carrie Rowe, Kristie Barth and Lauren Westberg broke a 13-year Moore League record by nearly seven seconds in winning the 400-yard freestyle in 3:42.99 as the Wilson girls swam away from Poly, 375-296, for the team title Thursday.
St. Joseph High doesn’t figure to have another player such as Lisa Fernandez for some time. The 1989 graduate went on to UCLA, where she became a four-time All-American and three-time Honda-Broderick Award winner.
The Jesters, though, haven’t been short on pitching this season with a four-player rotation of Villanova-bound Kristin Bailey (6-3) and juniors Adrianna Paz (4-0), Carla Workman (3-0) and Shana Rizzo (2-1).
The four have combined for seven shutouts and 0.40 earned-run average. Rizzo and Workman have each pitched a no-hitter. Senior first baseman Monique Jimenez leads the team in batting with a .400 average and has nine runs batted in.
St. Joseph (14-5, 7-2), the defending Del Rey League champion, has clinched its 12th berth in postseason play and entered the week tied for first with Bishop Amat in the league standings.
MATTER OF TIME
Karl Williams of Richmond, Va., holds the age 15 national record of 37.9 for the 300-meter hurdles.
But freshman Kenyon Rambo of Long Beach Poly isn’t far behind the 1974 standard, running 38.07 at the Moore League finals Saturday at Veterans Stadium.
Statistically, Rambo, who ran 38.09 at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in April, has already surpassed the mark. Rambo’s fully automatic time is intrinsically superior to Williams’ hand time which converts to a 38.14 electronic mark.
Rambo, who also won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.44 at the Moore League meet, will get another shot at the record Friday in the Southern Section Division I preliminaries at Veterans Stadium.
LUCKY IN LAS VEGAS
The Long Beach State baseball team moved into a tie for first place in the Big West Conference in the loss column with a three-game sweep at Nevada Las Vegas.
Long Beach (35-14, 13-5 in the Big West) had 58 hits, including 15 home runs, and 47 runs against the Rebels. The 49ers had 26 hits and six home runs in a 19-8 victory Friday.
Kirk Pierce had three home runs and reached based 13 times in 16 plate appearances in the series. The junior catcher drove in seven runs and also scored eight runs.
Long Beach is tied with Cal State Fullerton (15-5) and Nevada (13-5) with a three-game Big West series against Pacific remaining Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Blair Field.
GOLF AND STUFF
Jin Park, 14, became the youngest player to win the Long Beach Match Play championship in the tournament’s 70-year history Sunday.
The freshman at Sunny Hills High in Fullerton won the 36-hole event at Skylinks golf course over Mike Davis of Yorba Linda with a par on the final hole. Park and Davis, 25, earned berths in the amateur field for the Long Beach Open.
Steve Yanagisawa became the first Moore League individual titlist from Long Beach Poly High in 18 years on May 4 at El Dorado Park. Yanagisawa finished with a three-day total of 221. Mike Hasselman of Millikan and David Cameron of Long Beach Wilson tied for second, two strokes back.
Joe Martin of St. John Bosco won the Del Rey League title at Hansen Dam and Han Lee of Cerritos was the winner in the San Gabriel Valley League at Los Serranos course.
The Long Beach City College softball team is seeded second in the 16-team Southern California Regional community college playoffs, which begin Friday.
The Vikings, along with defending state champion and top-seeded Palomar (33-11), third-seeded Orange Coast (29-13-2) and fourth-seeded Cypress (40-15) will play host as the region’s playoff sites in the 16-team double-elimination regional.
Winners at each of the sites advance to the state tournament.
Long Beach (35-5), the two-time defending South Coast Conference champion, opens play against 15th-seeded College of the Desert (16-16) Friday at noon, followed by Chaffey and San Diego Mesa at 2 p.m.
Cerritos is seeded eleventh in the Southern California Regional baseball tournament.
The Falcons (27-13) will visit Orange Empire runner-up and sixth-seeded Riverside (31-9) Saturday in the first game of a best-of-three series. Play will continue at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Cerritos is led by pitchers Steve Lopez (2-1) and Ryan DeWitt (3-1), who have compiled earned-run averages of 1.69 and 1.85, respectively.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart, Whittier, Lynwood and Bellflower high schools were honored as winners of the 12th annual Shake for Sportsmanship awards during ceremonies Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium before the Dodger-Houston Astros game.
Sponsored by Adohr Farms Dairies and the Dodgers, the awards honor high schools voted by their respective leagues for sportsmanship during the past school year.