The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.
BELL SHOWING OLD FORM IN SPRING
Doing his best to make some noise as a non-roster invitee for the Cincinnati Reds, Trevor Bell has been outstanding out of the bullpen thus far this spring.
On Thursday, Bell twirled a perfect sixth inning for the Reds in an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.
Bell, a former News-Press Athlete of the Year during his days as a Crescenta Valley High phenom, struck out two.
In five spring appearances, he’s thrown 4 2/3 innings and has produced outstanding results with just two hits and a walk given up, no runs and eight strikeouts. Opposing batters are hitting just .125 against him and his WHIP is at a tidy 0.64.
Bell played in double-A for the Reds last season and blossomed in the closer role. He was originally drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2005 and played parts of three Major League Baseball seasons with them.
HUH TRYING TO REGAIN FORM
It’s been a bit of a tough stretch thus far on the PGA Tour for John Huh, a 2008 Crescenta Valley High graduate. Huh, who was named the tour’s rookie of the year in 2012, is competing this week in the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. He opened the event Thursday with a two-over-par 73 to put him in a tie for 70th.
The best finish for Huh came in the Northern Trust Open, which was held Feb. 13-16 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Huh tied for 35th after failing to make the cut in the previous three tournaments.
Entering Thursday, Huh is ranked 155th on the PGA Tour money list at $155,435.
REBELS QUARTET RECOGNIZED
Following another trip to the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs after navigating their way through the Prep League, four players from the Flintridge Prep boys’ soccer team picked up all-league accolades.
Cole Rademacher was named to the first team and Hamilton Evans, Bryce Delgado and Daniel Enzminger were tabbed to the second team. Flintridge Prep finished 11-6-3, 3-2-5 in league to tie for third place.
Despite missing four matches because of an ankle injury, Rademacher, a senior forward, still finished with a team-best 12 goals and five assists for 29 points.
“He brought a ton to the field, from his speed to goal scoring,” Flintridge Prep Coach AJ Yates said. “He created scoring opportunities for the other players.
“When we didn’t have him, it had an effect because our goal-scoring production decreased.”
Evans, a sophomore goalkeeper, posted nine shutouts and collected 110 saves.
Delgado, a sophomore midfielder, contributed five goals and one assists for 11 points.
Enzminger, a senior defender/ midfielder, finished with three goals and two assists for eight points.
ANDERSON, VEIGA COLLECT HONORS
Though the St. Francis High soccer team missed the playoffs for the first time since 1997, the Golden Knights had a pair of players who turned in successful seasons.
Jake Anderson and Frankie Veiga earned spots on the All-Mission League team after the Golden Knights finished 6-10-4 and 3-7-2 in league.
Anderson, a sophomore midfielder, earned a spot on the first team after registering six goals and eight assists for 20 points. Veiga, a senior forward, finished with eight goals and 11 assists for 27 points en route to being tabbed to the second team.
“Jake has a real good understanding for the game,” St. Francis Coach Glen Appels said. “He was the guy who other teams worried about because he knew how to do well in so many areas around midfield.
“Frankie gave us a lot of energy and he’s very unselfish. He was one of our leaders.”
TWO TOLOGS GRAB ACCOLADES
A pair of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy water polo players earned All-Mission League accolades.
Senior Goalkeeper Elizabeth Hinckley and senior hole/set Devin Aubert were tabbed to the first and seconds teams, respectively.
Hinckley shined in goal, finishing with 246 saves, 34 steals and 22 assists.
“She was almost expected to make the big save all of the time,” said Flintridge Sacred Heart Coach Carlos Ponce, whose team finished 14-16 and 4-4 in league for fourth place. “It’s only her second year playing in goal and she handed the pressure very well.”
Aubert collected 29 goals and 18 steals.
MARIN, WEST GARNER RECOGNITION
Holy Family soccer players Hannah Marin and Justine West were tabbed to the All-Horizon League second team.
Marin, a freshman, showed her versatility for the Gaels (0-10, 0-8 in league) on defense and goalkeeper. West, a junior, played defender.
PHILLIPS NETS LEAGUE ACCOLADE
Flintridge Prep girls’ water polo player Arin Phillips, a senior driver, earned a spot on the All-Prep League second team. The Rebels finished 0-16 and 0-14 in league for seventh place.