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Fick, Kennedy Cut From Olympic Team

Robert Fick and Adam Kennedy of Cal State Northridge were cut from the Olympic baseball team after Thursday night’s 10-2 USA victory over Australia in Millington, Tenn.

In six games, Fick was four for 13 with a home run and two doubles, but was only one for eight in his last two games.

Kennedy was six for 13, including two hits in two at-bats Thursday.

An ear infection kept Fick sidelined for two days earlier this week and Kennedy was playing with a severely bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch.

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Three pitchers from the area remain on the roster: right-hander Jeff Weaver (Fresno State, Simi Valley High) and left-handers Randy Wolf (Pepperdine, El Camino Real) and Jim Parque (UCLA, Crescenta Valley).

Thirty players remain from the original 52 invited to try out. By Sunday the roster must be reduced to 25, which includes five alternates.

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Outfielder Will Skett (Reseda High) and first baseman Jeff Tagliaferri (Kennedy) of Long Beach State, and left-handed pitchers Rico Lagatutta (Westlake) and Chris Garza (Notre Dame) of Nevada have signed with professional teams that drafted them last week.

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Skett was drafted in the 20th round by the Toronto Blue Jays, Tagliaferri in the 22nd round by the Detroit Tigers, Garza in the 18th round by the Minnesota Twins and Lagatutta in the 26th round by the Oakland Athletics.

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Cal State Northridge is ranked 10th in the final Collegiate Baseball poll, matching the school’s highest ranking in Division I. The Matadors were ranked 10th in the final 1991 poll.

Northridge is ranked 11th in the final Baseball America poll.

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Cal Lutheran is ranked second in the final Division III poll behind William Paterson. The Kingsmen were runners-up to William Paterson for the national championship.

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Andrew Barber, a senior right-handed pitcher from Cal Lutheran, was chosen Division III third-team All-American.

Barber had a record of 8-3 with a 2.30 earned-run average.

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Brent Hirsh, a right-handed pitcher from Thousand Oaks High, has signed a letter of intent with the University of San Diego.

Football

Westlake High linebacker Bobby DeMars and Hart wide receiver Kevin McLaughlin have committed to USC.

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DeMars is a junior who has decided to end the recruiting battle early, and McLaughlin is a senior who will enroll at USC in the fall.

Golf

Sophomore Drew Weilbacher will transfer from Buena High to Oxnard next school year, according to Buena Coach Gerry Carruthers.

Weilbacher, an All-Channel League selection this season, had a stroke average of 75.14. He is transferring because his family is moving.

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Softball

Pitcher Jackie Aranda of Village Christian High has been selected the most valuable player of the Alpha League.

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Contributing: Dana Haddad, Steve Henson, Bryan Rodgers.

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