SKATE HAVEN: In almost any sports store in the county, the busiest section will be where they sell in-line skates--Rollerblades to most people. Now the sport has its own convention--the World Inline Skating Expo--Saturday through Monday at UC Irvine. . . . Organizers say the best in the world on these blades--including members of the Anaheim Bullfrogs roller hockey team--will demonstrate their talents. . . . . "But bring your own skates too," says spokeswoman Dee Bowers. "There will plenty of public skating time."
TOURNEY TIME: Orange County continues to dominate in community college baseball. Cypress and Rancho Santiago--along with two Northern California schools--advance to the state tournament Saturday at Cerritos College. . . . Defending state champ Rancho Santiago plays Hayward's Chabot, followed by Cypress, which won the state title in 1991, against Susanville's Lassen. The double-elimination tournament continues Sunday, with the title game Monday.
BOB'S LITTLE BOY: Dante Lara's mother says it's not the claim to fame she necessarily wanted for her almost-3-year-old son. But when she dressed him up last Halloween as a look-alike of Bob's Big Boy--from the restaurant chain--friends said he was perfect. . . . Which led to Brandee Lara, a high school teacher from Rancho Santa Margarita, taking Dante to Detroit this week as a finalist in a Bob's Big Boy look-alike competition. Says Lara: "He didn't win, but he loved it, and everyone thought he was adorable."
BABS BLUES: It's not just ticket-holders upset about Barbra Streisand's throat problems. Don Myers, manager of The Catch restaurant across from Anaheim Stadium, had planned a whole Streisand look-alike and Streisand karaoke songfest tonight. It would have been for more than just laughs--contest winners were to receive free tickets to hear Streisand at the Pond. Says Myers: "Obviously, we have to call it off if she doesn't sing."