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Cal-Hi Sports Honors Calvary Chapel

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Calvary Chapel High School, which is 5 years old and has 550 students, has been named California’s small school of the year by Cal-Hi Sports.

The Eagles won more Southern Section titles (four) than any other small school. They won in boys’ and girls’ volleyball and wrestling (both dual meet and individual team tournaments).

Cal-Hi also named Mater Dei’s Schea Cotton (basketball) its state boys’ freshman athlete of the year and Marina’s Marcy Crouch (soccer, softball) its state girls’ junior athlete of the year.

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In addition, Cal-Hi released its 30-player all-state baseball team, which included the following county players: Dan Hoppie, catcher, Fountain Valley; Jaret Wright, pitcher, Katella; Seth Etherton, pitcher, Dana Hills; Derek Baker, infielder, Tustin; Brett Nista, infielder, Laguna Hills; Geoff Wilson, outfielder, Fountain Valley; Jim Livernois, utility player, La Quinta.

Fountain Valley’s Ron LaRuffa was named baseball coach of the year by Cal-Hi and his Barons (27-3-1) were honored as team of the year. Fountain Valley’s 3-2 victory over Lakewood in the section Division I championship was called the game of the year.

First baseman Joe Jones of Calvary Chapel was named to the all-state team in the small schools division.

Included on the underclassmen state team were Brea-Olinda pitcher Steve Trombly and Mater Dei infielder Brad Ticehurst, both juniors.

Cal-Hi’s all-state softball team included the following county players: Carolyn Wilson, catcher, Los Alamitos; Marcy Crouch, pitcher, Marina; Michelle Churnock, infielder, Foothill; Alison Johnsen, infielder, Woodbridge; Alycia Stevens, outfielder, Laguna Hills; Faith Fuata, outfielder, Marina; Debbie Wilson, utility player, Los Alamitos.

Foothill’s Joe Gonzales was named softball coach of the year after his Knights (25-7) reached the section Division I title game.

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Junior player of the year was Marina’s Crouch and freshman of the year was Toni Mascarenas, a pitcher from Pacifica. Other members of the underclassmen team--all juniors--were Lisa Pitt, pitcher, Kennedy; Michelle Schneider, infielder, Los Alamitos; Michelle Churnock, infielder, Foothill; Faith Fuata, outfielder, Marina.

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Cal State Fullerton first baseman Adam Millan has signed a contract with Philadelphia and has been assigned to the team’s Batavia, N.Y., team in the New York-Pennsylvania rookie league.

Millan batted .335 with three home runs and 35 runs batted in for the Titans this season.

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Trabuco Hills High has hired John Guinane as its boys’ soccer coach. Athletic Director Gary Sabella said Guinane played 12 years in the English soccer leagues and coached 14 years there.

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Ryan Fullerton, an All-County and All-South Coast League outfielder and first baseman for El Toro High, has signed a letter of intent with Fresno State, his coach, Tom McCaffrey said. Fullerton hit .512 this season.

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Kevin Rodgers, who won four letters in golf at Trabuco Hills High, has committed to the University of San Diego on a golf and academic scholarship, according to his coach, Gary Sabella.

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Some of Orange County’s top high school boys’ basketball players will face the Gold Coast all-stars from Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties in the seventh Vacation Classic at 7 tonight at Santa Barbara College.

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The county’s squad includes Darnell Adamson (Santa Ana Valley), Gil Gonzales (Orange), Tony Gonzalez (Huntington Beach), Thomas Harmon (Century), Micah Kroeger (Edison), Andres Nieto (Marina), Ryan Staniec (Los Alamitos), Jon Surface (Pacifica), Chris Vlasic (Pacifica) and Demitrius Zeigler (University).

Mater Dei’s Miles Simon, The Times’ player of the year, was removed from the roster after he recently tore ligaments in his thumb. Simon, who will attend Arizona in the fall, is expected to be sidelined six weeks.

Brothers Brian and Brad Finneran will join the team when it plays the San Diego County all-stars in the second Summer All-Star Classic at 7 p.m., June 25 at Torrey Pines High.

The Orange County all-stars are coached by Paul Hoover, an assistant coach at Santa Ana Valley.

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