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Livingston Chosen All-Big Ten

From Staff Reports

Sherisa Livingston, formerly of Royal High, was selected All-Big Ten Conference in women’s volleyball.

Livingston, a 6-foot-2 sophomore middle blocker, led Wisconsin with 1.58 blocks per game and a .320 hitting percentage during the regular season.

Livingston was the conference freshman of the year last season.

FOOTBALL

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* Paul Soto, a senior linebacker for Highland High, has been selected Golden League player of the year.

Soto led the Bulldogs to their first outright league championship and the Southern Section Division III quarterfinals.

Tony Ortiz, a junior running back and defensive back for Lancaster, was chosen the league’s back of the year.

Ortiz rushed for 1,191 yards and eight touchdowns and intercepted a league-best five passes for the Eagles, who tied Antelope Valley for second place.

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SOCCER

* The Valley United under-16 girls’ team won the Nike San Diego Surf Cup last weekend for the fifth time.

Among the players leading Valley United were Lauren Nussbaum and Lindsey Weening of Chaminade High, Ashleigh Garmon of Buena, Erin Fitzpatrick of Calabasas, Jenna Fodor and Lindsey Redlin of Chatsworth, Jaime Rendich of Canyon, Jill Oakes of Harvard-Westlake, Jenny Farenbaugh and April Millado of Louisville, April Cline of Palmdale and Ali Pavoni, Diana Sanguinetti and Cristin Deckers of Hart.

* Senior defender Ashley Scott, junior midfielder Betsy Fisch and freshman forward Alix Rucinski of Cal Lutheran were selected to the All-West Region NCAA Division III women’s team.

Senior midfielder Heidi Theis and junior forward Alia Khan were chosen to the second team.

* Senior midfielder Pete Vagenas from St. Francis set up McKinley Tennyson for the first goal and unseeded UCLA went on to upset No. 3-seeded Saint Louis, 2-0, in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

“Pete is a great midfielder,” said Tennyson. “I was trying to play forward and get behind the defenders. (Pete) found me, and I was able to finish it.”

BASKETBALL

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* Crespi High will compete in Division IV-AA this season after the Southern Section office received an incorrect enrollment figure for the Encino school that originally placed the Celts in Division III-AA.

Crespi has 702 students, not 752 that was first reported by the section.


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