Burroughs wins its pool in El Segundo Tourney
The Burroughs High baseball team has gotten off to a great start
in Pool B of the Gold Division in the El Segundo Tournament. The
Indians won all three games and will face Arcadia on Thursday at a
time and place to be determined in the tournament’s semifinals.
The Indians opened the tourney with a 1-0 victory against Lynwood
on Friday. Mike Diaz went the distance, pitching a two-hitter and
striking out 13.
Kyle Williams had the game-winning hit, a two-out single in the
bottom of the seventh.
On Saturday, Burroughs defeated Redondo, 6-5. Josh Campbell earned
the win and Williams and Diaz delivered the offensive punch, each
collecting two run doubles in the fourth inning.
On Monday, the Indians routed Fremont, 16-1, in a game that was
called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. Brent
Fekety earned the win, and Diazk, Bryan Sheehey, Zack LeMaster and
Williams all had good days with the bat.
Providence volleyball tourney begins today
Over the past nine years, the Providence High boys’ volleyball
tournament has established itself as one of the best, if not the
premier small-school showcase, in Southern California.
But even with the departure of Village Christian -- the top-ranked
team in CIF Southern Section Division IV -- Pioneer Coach Andrew
Bencze still thinks the 10th annual installment of the tournament --
which kicks off today -- could be the best yet.
With four of the top five teams returning from last year’s event
and all 32 matches scheduled to take place in the school’s 9,800
square-foot gymnasium -- the featured attraction inside the Fritz B.
Burns Student Activity Center -- it’s easy to see why the
coach/athletic director is so optimistic.
“It’s just a better atmosphere because for the first time you’re
going to have all 16 teams on campus,” said Bencze, whose squad (2-1)
advanced to the tournament final the past two years -- losing to
Village Christian both times -- and last won it in 1997.
“Watching other teams play can only make the kids better. When you
have the opportunity to see big-time [matches], that’s where you want
The Pioneers’ road to a potential third straight appearance in the
final begins at 4:45 p.m. today against Ribet Academy. Providence
could earn a potential quarterfinal matchup with its junior varsity
team, which meets Santa Clarita Christian at 3:30 p.m. today.
Bellarmine-Jefferson is also in Providence’s half of the bracket,
as the Guards meet Armenian General Benevolent Union at 6 tonight in
The four-day tournament -- which concludes with Saturday’s
championship match at 8 p.m. -- follows a best two-of-three format
the first three days and a best three of five on the final day of
Other teams competing include L.A. Cathedral, Flintridge Prep,
L.A. Windward and Pasadena La Salle.