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Hand Wins Boys’ 18 Tennis Title

From Staff Reports

Chip Hand, a recent graduate of Anaheim Fairmont Prep, defeated Calabasas junior-to-be Gary Sacks, 7-6 (4), 6-3, to win the boys’ 18 division title Sunday in the Southern California Tennis Assn. Junior Championships at Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club in Fountain Valley.

Hand rallied from a 5-2 deficit to take the first set to a tiebreaker and then jumped to a 4-1 advantage in the second set.

Hand, of Placentia, and Sacks, a Calabasas Hills resident, split two previous meetings this year. Sacks prevailed in the last one, another tight two-set match in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section individual tournament last month.

Sacks went on to win that title to cap his sophomore season. Hand will attend Brigham Young University in the fall.

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Riza Zalameda of Los Angeles outlasted Chatsworth resident Jessica Nguyen, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4), to win the SCTA girls’ 18 division title Sunday.

Zalameda will be a senior at Beverly Hills. Nguyen played at Granada Hills as a freshman but is enrolled in an independent-study program.

-- Lauren Peterson

For the second time in two days, Quiet Fire broke the national 400-meter relay record in the Girls Youth Division (age 13-14) at the U.S.A. Track and Field Junior Olympic Region 15 meet at Trabuco Hills High.

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The team of Christina Black, Ebony Collins, D’Ambour Lewis and Shelise Williams ran 46.78 in the preliminaries Saturday to break the mark of 46.89 set in 1996. On Sunday, Quiet Fire won the final in 46.58.

Isaiah Green of the Southern California Runners, soon to be a Palisades freshman, also bettered the national record of 10.94 in the boys’ youth division 100 meters, running 10.91 but won’t get credit for it because it was wind-aided.

Jazmine Baldwin, who runs for the Southern California Chetahs and will attend Bishop Amat, won the young women’s division (17-18) 100 and 200 with times of 12.20 and 24.35.

-- Mike Kennedy


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