GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.


Both Zack Torres of the Crescenta Valley High boys’ cross-country team and the Falcons girls’ team will run today.

Torres is taking part in the Foot Locker West Regional at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut.

He will run in the boys’ seeded race at 10:50 a.m. in which the top-10 finishers will advance to next week’s Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego.

His stiffest competition will likely come in the form of Chris Schwartz of Bakersfield and Alaska’s Trevor Dunbar. The trio engaged in a memorable run earlier this year at the Mt. SAC Invite, with Dunbar winning.

The girls’ team, led by Claudia Pham and Michelle Callister, will run at the Nike Cross Nationals in the Girls Open Race at 8:30 a.m. The event takes place in Portland, Ore.


Glendale resident Jerry Price and Dan Pouliot of Burbank teamed up to capture the fifth annual Southern California Golf Assn. Senior Four-Ball Championship by two shots on Tuesday at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana.

The 55-year-old Pouliot and the 60-year-old Price, both members of Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake, led after shooting a three-under-par 68 in the first round. On the final round, they combined for a 69. Their 137 total, 5 under par, was two shots in front of Frank Flanagan of San Diego and former three-time SCGA Senior Amateur champion John Olive of Phoenix, who combined to shoot 69-70 — 139.

It marked the first time that the duo picked up an Assn. victory.

On the final hole, Price made a 15-foot par putt on the 423-yard 18th hole to clinch the win.


The Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays recently opted not to offer arbitration to Mark Loretta and Gregg Zaun, respectively. A return for the two St. Francis High graduates to their respective teams might happen, though they will both likely seek the option of looking to play elsewhere next season.

Loretta, a two-time All-Star, batted .280 (73 for 261) with four home runs and 38 runs batted in. In 101 games played, Loretta contributed 15 doubles and scored 27 runs. He committed four errors while playing all four infield positions.

Zaun, a Glendale native, batted .237 (58 for 255) with six home runs and 30 runs batted in. He ended the season with a four-game hitting streak and hit safely in eight of his last 10 games played. In 68 games played, Zaun registered 12 doubles and 29 runs.

Had Toronto offered a contract to Zaun — a Type B free agent — the Blue Jays would have been in line to receive a sandwich pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft next June if the catcher signed with another team.

The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday that the Astros have spoken to Zaun’s representative about possibly having him join the team as a reserve. Zaun played for the Astros in 2002 and part of the 2003 season before signing with Toronto after a brief stint with the Colorado Rockies.

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