Local diver qualifies for national championships

Brandon Loschiavo of Huntington Beach turned in a strong performance last weekend at the USA Diving Region 9 Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz., earning a trip to the upcoming USA Diving Junior West Championships.

Loschiavo, a seventh-grade student at Dwyer Middle School, finished in second place in the 1-meter and fourth in the 3-meter springboard in the boys’ 14-15 division. Other local youth competing at the Region 9 event were Jacqueline Cleugh of Goldenview Elementary School (girls’ 11U division) and Erica Curry, a junior at Fountain Valley High who competed in the girls’ 16-18 division.

Loschiavo will compete April 8 through 10 at the national championships in Lubbock, Texas.

The three divers train at McCormick Divers at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach.

— Jessica Pollack, Community Correspondent



The Huntington Beach National Junior Basketball seventh-grade All-Star team posted a 1-2 record last weekend in tournament play at Saddleback High in Santa Ana.

Led by the scoring of Luke Williams, John Keegan, Nicolas Draheim and Reed Slack, Huntington opened the tournament Saturday with a 59-31 victory over Irvine. On Sunday, Huntington hit a last-second shot to force overtime against Los Alamitos but ended up falling, 57-54. Matthew Johnson, Joshua Benitez and Mark Schenkelberg led the offense and Williams, Joseph Waked and Brendan Spainhour led the defense. Also Sunday, Slack and Cade Benard led a second-quarter comeback against Tustin but Huntington lost on a last-second shot, 49-46.

Huntington next will enter the upcoming NJB State Championships in San Diego.