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Standout pitcher/shortstop Hunter Greene of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame could be done pitching for the Knights this season.

Greene, a candidate to be the No. 1 draft pick in June, isn't throwing in this week's Boras Classic and a decision about his availability for the Knights on the mound for the rest of the season will be made by Coach Tom Dill.

Dill has promised to protect Greene's arm, and the Knights have developed pitching depth in recent weeks. Freshman Lucas Gordon shut out Aliso Niguel, 6-0, on Tuesday in an opening game of the Boras Classic.

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Ryan McGuire (left) and son Connor McGuire.
Ryan McGuire (left) and son Connor McGuire. (Kristy McGuire)

There’s a group of sons and daughters of former UCLA men’s and women’s standouts reaching the high school ranks.

The latest is Connor McGuire of Beckman, the team's starting second baseman as a sophomore.

His father, Ryan, was a standout baseball player at El Camino Real and UCLA and played six years in the major leagues. His mother, Kristy, was a swimmer at UCLA.

“Our sports were such a big part of our lives growing up,” Ryan said. “It’s so fun to watch them be able to share the same experiences I had.”

Connor has an eighth-grade brother, Cade, who’s a catcher, and a sixth-grade sister, Maggie, who swims.

Ryan grew up in Woodland Hills before moving to Orange County 10 years ago. Both of his sons are going to have to get a little stronger to hit a baseball as far as he used to do, but he said, “They’re both farther along at their age than I was.”

Connor is known for his strong defense, athleticism and quickness. He’s right-handed. The father is left-handed.

And the mother might be the best athlete in the family.

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Senior pitcher Armando Yanez of Birmingham can be found singing whenever there's a country music tune playing on the public address system.

It's gotten to the point that teammates have nicknamed him, "Country lover Mundo."

He lived in Utah until moving back to Southern California this past year. A friend got him listening to country music and now he thinks it's the best.

  • Basketball

Ty Nichols, who had a 125-27 record in five seasons as basketball coach at Chatsworth Sierra Canyon, has resigned and will be replaced by assistant Andre Chevalier.

Nichols will stay at the school as a consultant and is pursuing a master's degree.

"It was time for me to move forward and recharge my batteries," Nichols said.

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El Camino College in Torrance will be the site for the City Section track and field championships on May 25.

The prelims will be held on May 18 at Birmingham High.

The state championships are June 2-3 in Clovis.

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When your batting average is way higher as a college freshman than it was your senior year of high school, that means you've improved a lot.

Kyle Cuellar of UCLA has done just that.

The freshman outfielder batted .321 last season at Pasadena La Salle. Now he's hitting .411 with 30 hits and 19 RBI for UCLA, which is in third place in the Pac-12 Conference.

More than 70 schools are expected to have competitive cheer teams when it becomes an official sport in the City Section next school year. Competition is scheduled to begin in spring 2018.

City Section Commissioner John Aguirre said there likely will be three divisions.

Competitive cheer is different than sideline cheer, and students and coaches will be subject to CIF rules, meaning no recruiting of other schools' athletes and no working out with eighth-graders.

  • Track

Leave it up to the Inland Empire to keep producing track standouts.

Shae Anderson of Norco showed off her ability on Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Anderson won the girls' 400 in 51.99, the top time in the nation. It's also the fastest time by a Californian in 17 years, according to PrepCalTrack.com. She defeated two-time state champion Kaelin Roberts of Carson.

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Chatsworth defeats ECR, 4-1

Chatsworth is 20-2 and considered the No. 1 team in the City Section thanks to its outstanding pitching depth.

The Chancellors get to show off their pitching at this week's Boras Classic, opening on Tuesday against Vista Murrieta at 3 p.m. at JSerra.

Coach Tom Meusborn has no less than five quality pitchers to choose from.

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Jake Gonzalez has been hot this weekend for Glendora. After getting four hits on Friday, he added two more on Saturday, including a two-run triple, to help his team defeat Yorba Linda, 8-3.

Glendora is 17-4 overall.

Corona pulled out a 5-3, 12-inning victory over Norco when Jayden Kiernan hit a walk-off two-run home run in the Big VIII League game. Brendan Beck threw seven innings in relief.