Rice Signs Pact With Baltimore

From Staff Reports

Scott Rice, a left-handed pitcher from Royal High, said he has signed a deal with the Baltimore Orioles worth about $800,000.

Rice, selected with the 44th pick in the amateur draft last month, will report to the club's rookie league team in Sarasota, Fla., next week after meeting with Oriole executives and players in Baltimore.

"I'm excited," Rice said. "I can't wait to get out there and play. It's going to be tough, but it's going to be a lot of fun."

Rice, 6 feet 6 and 205 pounds, possesses a 90-mph fastball and sweeping curveball. He had a 6-2 record with a 3.79 earned-run average last season, helping the Highlanders reach the Southern Section playoffs.


* Marcus Turner, a former player for UCLA, the Phoenix Cardinals and New York Jets, has been hired as defensive backs coach at Moorpark College.

Turner was an assistant at Camarillo in 1996 and junior varsity coach at Oxnard last season.

Jeff Martin, former player at Saugus, Pierce and California, has been hired as offensive line coach at Moorpark College.


* Will Svitek of Newbury Park High finish second in the decathlon in the young men's division of the USA Track & Field Youth Athletics national championships at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Svitek, who won the Southern Section Division II title in the shotput in May, totaled 5,809 points in the two-day event.

Deandre Free of Kansas City, Mo., placed first with 6,077 points.

Svitek, a senior, had marks of 16.55 in the 110-meter high hurdles, 136-2 in the discus, 11 feet in the pole vault, 130-8 in the javelin and 5:39.21 in the 1,500 on Thursday.


* Sebastian Lareau of Canada and Alex O'Brien defeated Mike and Bob Bryan of Camarillo, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 10-8, in a third-round doubles match at Wimbledon.

The Bryan twins, who turned pro after leaving Stanford in June, 1998, defeated Ellis Ferreira of South Africa and Rick Leach, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), in the second round.

The Bryans, who played at Rio Mesa, defeated Lee Childs and Simon Dickson of Great Britain, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), in the first round.


* Erin Misaki, The Times' regional girls' player of the year last season, had four goals and three assists in six matches to help the Mission Viejo Mirage win the girls' under-18 Far West regional in Bakersfield last weekend.

Misaki, a Hart graduate, scored twice in a 2-0 victory over FC Portland in the final. The Mirage outscored six opponents, 13-1. Mission Viejo advances to a national tournament July 20-26 in Orlando, Fla.


* Jeremy Ryan, 19, of Port Hueneme won the Explorer men's division title at the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. national championships on Saturday at Lower Trestles Beach in Huntington Beach.

Robert Weiner, 37, of Ventura, won the Explorer seniors division title. He was the 1995 Masters national champion.


* Village Christian is seeking teams for a summer boys' basketball tournament on July 30-31.

Cost is $90. Each team is guaranteed three games.

Information: Patrick Hamblin, (818) 767-8382, Ext. 294.

* A youth basketball camp for boys and girls 8-18 and a clinic for guards are scheduled for Monday through Thursday at Moorpark College.

The camp is 8 a.m.-noon and costs $75. The guard clinic is 1-3 p.m. and costs $50.

Another camp and a clinic for post players is scheduled for July 12-15 at Moorpark. Times and costs are the same.

Information: Sherry Ruter, Moorpark women's basketball coach, (805) 378-1400, Ext. 1677.

* Camp sessions for beginning and advanced volleyball players are scheduled for Monday through Friday and Aug. 9-13 at Cal State Northridge.

Information: (818) 677-3221.

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