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Volleyball Father Pleads Not Guilty

The father of a La Canada High volleyball player pleaded not guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor battery charges.

Peter Claridge, whose daughter, Kate, was a middle blocker for La Canada, is charged with attacking a volleyball official after a tournament in September.

Peter Claridge was not present at his arraignment in Ventura Superior Court, but his attorney entered the plea. A trial has been set for Dec. 11.

Police said Claridge attacked the veteran official shortly after La Canada lost a semifinal match against Lakewood at Ventura High. If found guilty, Claridge faces a maximum $2,000 fine and a one-year jail term.

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Harvard-Westlake High will play at home and La Reina will hit the road for second-round State championship volleyball matches Saturday at 7 p.m.

The top-seeded Wolverines (24-1) will face fourth-seeded Lemoore (13-2) of the Central Section in a Division III match.

The Regents (20-2), seeded fourth in Division IV, will play at top-seeded Tollhouse Sierra (22-3).

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Contributing: Darin Esper, Irene Garcia.


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