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  • Softball
Norco grad is waiting for liver transplant

Taylor Dockins is smiling. She's also staying positive, which explains why she has become such an inspirational figure to those who have followed her ordeal dealing with liver cancer.

"I'm just a girl playing the sport I love," she said Tuesday at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey while waiting to be honored at the Gatorade athlete of the year awards dinner.

A standout softball pitcher at Norco headed to Cal State Fullerton, Dockins is awaiting a liver transplant. She refuses to let the ups and downs of her medical condition ruin any day of her life.

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  • Baseball
Giancarlo Stanton was All-CIF in three sports at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame
Giancarlo Stanton was All-CIF in three sports at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (Beatrice De Gea / Los Angeles Times)

The 818 area code in the San Fernando Valley will be represented in baseball's Home Run Derby on Monday at 5 p.m. in Miami by two of its best from the class of 2007 -- Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals.

The fact that Stanton and Moustakas graduated the same year in high school, from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Chatsworth, respectively, tells you a little about the talent of Southern California baseball.

Moustakas set a state career record for home runs with 52 and was a first-round draft pick of the Royals. Moustakas also played quarterback for the Chancellors until an injury caused him to give up the sport. Stanton pulled off an incredible feat -- he was all-CIF in football, basketball and baseball. He was a second-round pick of the Marlins.

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  • Football

Narbonne has been a dominant City Section team in seven-on-seven passing tournaments during recent summers. This summer, though, the Gauchos were pretty awful considering the expectations they've raised.

Narbonne went 0-4 on Saturday at the Edison tournament. Yes, the opponents were good, but the Gauchos' offense struggled throughout, raising questions.

Has Narbonne gotten too cozy and too confident after winning City titles in 2016, 2015 and 2014?

  • Baseball

The summer baseball season ends this coming week in the Valley Invitational Baseball League, with playoffs set to begin Monday in the single-elimination 14-team league. The championship game will be next Saturday at Burroughs.

Opening games: Crespi at Camarillo; Burroughs at Canyon; Golden Valley at Saugus; Kennedy at Santa Monica; Burbank at Chatsworth; Granada Hills at Royal.

Hart and El Camino Real, the top teams in the regular season, drew first-round byes. Hart will play the winner of Camarillo-Crespi on Wednesday. El Camino Real will play the winner of Santa Monica-Kennedy. The semifinals are Friday.

  • Football

Patrick Jacobs, a longtime Loyola High supporter, goes through college football rosters each year to see how many former Cubs are still playing the sport.

For this fall, Jacobs said he counts 36 former Loyola football players as playing college football, including 11 in the Pac-12.

Among the expected Loyola standouts are offensive lineman Coleman Shelton, a starter in 34 games for Washington; Myles Bryant, a starting defensive back at Washington; Chris Brown, a starting tackle at USC; Christian Rector, a defensive end at USC, and David Long, a sophomore cornerback at Michigan.

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Catcher Kameron Ojeda of St. John Bosco and pitcher Chandler Champlain of Santa Margarita have been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game on July 29 at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Ojeda and Champlain were top players in the Trinity League last season.

Both are expected to be prospects for the 2018 draft.

  • Basketball

Bryan Cantwell, who spent 13 years coaching basketball at Chaminade before going into the administrative field, is returning as the school's basketball coach.

He was head coach for eight seasons. He replaces Jon Palarz, who resigned to return to Calabasas after one season at Chaminade.

Former Chaminade standout Scott Borchart will serve as associate head coach.

  • Football

The San Fernando Valley football officials unit is seeking new officials for the upcoming high school football season.

It will hold a meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Heritage Christian High School in North Hills. Anyone interested in becoming an official is invited to attend.

Call 818-371-6487 for more information.

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Nolan Krutonog, left, and Alexandru Bucur helped a club team made up of Harvard-Westlake students win the 16-and-under title at the U.S. Club Championships.
Nolan Krutonog, left, and Alexandru Bucur helped a club team made up of Harvard-Westlake students win the 16-and-under title at the U.S. Club Championships. (L.A. Premier)

Harvard-Westlake is looking good in water polo thanks to a group of young players who helped the Los Angeles Premier Water Polo Club win the 16-and-under gold medal at the U.S. Club Championships in San Diego.

Leading the way were junior Pierce Maloney, an attacker who scored six goals in the final; sophomore goalkeeper Nolan Krutonog, a member of the USA National Cadet Team; and junior Alexandru Bucur, who was named tournament MVP after scoring 18 goals and getting 13 assists.

The team was coached by Harvard-Westlake's Brian Flacks.

  • Football
Dean Herrington, left, Mike Herrington and Rick Herrington before the Paraclete-Hart 11-on-11 summer football game on Wednesday.
Dean Herrington, left, Mike Herrington and Rick Herrington before the Paraclete-Hart 11-on-11 summer football game on Wednesday. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Seven-on-seven summer football competition has become routine. But 11-on-11 summer games with no pads and no tackling is also growing in popularity.

On Wednesday, Hart hosted Paraclete in an 11-on-11 game. Dean Herrington is head coach at Paraclete, and older brother Mike is head coach at Hart, with another brother, Rick, the defensive coordinator.

And that's one of the keys to successful 11-on-11 games — the teams and coaches must trust each other. That way there's no cheap shots, because there are no pads and players respect each other. Injuries are avoided. Blocking is allowed, along with rushing the quarterback, so it's a much better game situation for passers.