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Hirsh competes at AAU Nationals St....

Hirsh competes at AAU Nationals

St. Francis High graduate Matt Hirsh recently finished competing

with his Van Nuys Thunder travel baseball team at the 32-team Amateur

Athletic Union Division I 18-and-under National Championship at Terry


Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

Hirsh -- a News-Press All-Area first-team selection -- pitched the

Thunder to a 7-1 win against Naples Select on Sunday, scattering two

hits and an unearned run in a complete-game effort, lifting his team


into the championship round.

Unfortunately for Hirsh and his teammates -- who lost to Louisiana

All-Star baseball, 9-2, in their opener before rebounding to beat the

Sacramento Cannons, 7-2 -- they lost all three games in their

championship pool Monday and Tuesday.

The Thunder dropped a 13-8 decision to Tallahassee Baseball and

then followed with setbacks to Southwest Florida Baseball (9-7) and

Denver Rox (9-8).


In the game against Denver, Hirsh belted a three-run home run that

measured more than 400 feet.

Baseball camp for area’s boys and girls set

California Coast Baseball Academy will be having a week-long

baseball camp for boys and girls at Pasadena’s Marshall High.

The first camp began July 8, but the other two will resume July 29

and Aug. 5, starting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The director of instruction is Andy Owen, the 1994 College


Baseball Player of the Year for UC Riverside.

To register or for more information, call (626) 797-0157.

MLS to have soccer camp in La Crescenta

Major League Soccer will be having its MLS Camps Summer of Rising

Stars at Dunsmore Park. The final session runs from Aug. 19-23.

The fee ranges depending on the age. For 5- and 6-year-olds, the

cost is $70 per player. For participants ages 7-18, cost is $110.

All campers will receive an MLS gift, a T-shirt and a free

companion ticket to an MLS game.

A free coach’s clinic will also be held for parents and coaches.

For more information, call Frances Miganno at 95708845 or Karen

Royer at 541-9166, or visit

Summer kicking camp open to all ages

The National Kicking Service will conduct a football placekicking

and punting camp in California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks

from Wednesday through Friday. For more info, call 1-800 660-7176 or


Tim Goldrick Jr. Golf Tournament held

The fourth annual Tim Goldrick Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament will

be held Aug. 17 at Vista Valencia Golf course, in Valencia.

Goldrick, who died at the age of 35 because of colon cancer,

attended Glendale Community College.

The tournament is to honor his memory and raise money for

charitable causes.

The cost per golfer is $75. The deadline for entry is Saturday.

YMCA seeks t-ball players for league

The Crescenta-Canada YMCA has announced that it’s seeking 3- to

6-year-old children to participate in the T-ball program at its

Verdugo Hill branch.

The teams will practice on Mondays at Foothill Christian School

and play games twice a week at Sunland Park and Mount Gleason Middle


The season starts July 31 and costs is $60 for YMCA members and

$80 for nonmembers. For more information, call 352-3255.