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No. 1 Chatsworth Starts Playoffs With Fremont

From Staff Reports

As expected, Chatsworth was seeded No. 1 in the City Section baseball playoffs by a committee of league representatives Tuesday night at Los Angeles Hamilton High.

The West Valley League champion Chancellors (29-1), ranked No. 1 in the nation in at least one poll, will play host to 16th-seeded Fremont (21-10), the Coliseum League champion, in the first round Friday at 3 p.m.

Eastern League champion Roosevelt (26-3) was seeded No. 2, Marine League co-champion Carson (21-9) was No. 3 and Valley Mission League champion San Fernando (18-11) was No. 4.

“The meeting went a lot smoother than it has the last few years,” said Roosevelt Coach Scott Pearson, whose team will play host to Northern League champion Marshall (17-12) in the first round. “There were still a few manipulations going on, but overall I think we did a good job picking the top eight teams. I really felt [defending champion Reseda] Cleveland belonged in the [championship division]. They are better than some of the teams that won league titles.”

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Wilmington Banning, which tied Carson for first in the Marine League but lost a coin flip, was seeded fifth and hosts 12th-seeded Birmingham (19-11). Cleveland, which finished fourth in the West Valley, was seeded No. 1 in the Invitational division, a tournament for the teams rated 17-32.

-- Steve Galluzzo

Los Alamitos, Santa Barbara and Calabasas Viewpoint advanced to the semifinals in the Southern Section boys’ tennis playoffs with 10-8 victories in quarterfinal play.

Kevin McQuaid swept 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in singles to help Los Alamitos (18-3) eliminate No. 2-seeded Harvard-Westlake (22-3) in a Division I quarterfinal at Old Ranch Tennis Club in Seal Beach. George Canete won two of three sets at No. 2 singles and the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles teams each won two of three for the Griffins (18-3).

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Freshman A.J. Stine swept his singles sets, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, to lead Santa Barbara (16-3) over host Beverly Hills (13-5). The No. 1 doubles team of Chase Muller and Kerry Wheeler swept their three sets, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

Viewpoint’s No. 3 doubles team of David Lawrie and Arjun Kolachalam defeated Bosco Tech’s No. 1 team of Robert Azurin and Sammy Sok, 7-6 (3), in the last match of the day to give Viewpoint (18-1) its 11th consecutive victory in a Division V quarterfinal at Calabasas Tennis and Swim Club. If the pair had lost, the score would have been tied, 9-9, and the Patriots would have lost on games.

After four months of appeals, reviews and investigations, quarterback Rudy Carpenter has been given approval by Athletic Director Richard Urias to compete for Westlake Village Westlake.

Carpenter was the top offensive player in the Marmonte League last season at Newbury Park. He transferred to Westlake in February.

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Urias said the school will continue to monitor Carpenter’s residence to make sure he’s following Southern Section rules.

-- Eric Sondheimer


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