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Brent Dillard scores run at Angel Stadium

Last month at Angel Stadium, Cypress and Ocean View helped  Brent Dillard have a moment to remember.

Dillard is a senior at Cypress who has dealt with a number of health issues, from cerebral palsy to a congenital heart defect.

He has participated in the baseball program as an announcer, manager and statistician. He has played in Challenger leagues, with Cypress players supporting him along the way.

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It was quite a week for freshman Anthony Joya of Banning.

The left-hander was a standout on the mound and at the plate in games against Gardena, Garfield and Taft when Banning went 4-0.

He was 2-0 with 10 strikeouts and allowed three hits in six innings.




Tahquitz 11, Beaumont 0

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Gio Del Negro hit a home run, double and single and finished with three RBIs to lead an 18-hit attack that propelled Etiwanda to a 14-11 Baseline League win over Chino Hills on Monday.

Ryan Meza had four hits, and Tyler Bardowell added three hits and two RBIs.

Damien defeated Upland 2-1.

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Huntington Beach, Beckman and Arcadia hold down the No. 1 spots in this week’s Southern Section Division 1, 2 and 3 baseball polls.

Here’s the link to complete rankings.

Los Alamitos is No. 1 in Division 1 softball.


The Southern Section has reached 7,079 transfers reported by its member schools for the 2017-18 school year with two months to go, surpassing the 6,999 total for all of last school year.

There were 582 reported transfers in March, down from 594 last March.

There were 16,595 reported transfers statewide last school year, so it should be interesting to see if the statewide total moves past 17,000 by the end of May. The current state total for transfers is 16,401.

Two of the top baseball teams in Southern Section Division I, Harvard-Westlake (14-3, 6-0) and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (15-2, 6-0), are set to meet this week in a three-game series that could decide the Mission League championship.

Tuesday’s opener is at O’Malley Field in Encino, followed by Wednesday’s game at Notre Dame and Friday’s game back at O’Malley Field. First pitch is at 3:30 p.m.

What’s interesting is that both teams are thriving even though each has been without a preseason No. 1 pitcher. Harvard-Westlake lost Jesse Bergin to a knee injury. Notre Dame lost Lucas Gordon to an arm injury. Neither has pitched a single inning. But both teams have enough pitching depth to move on.

Greg Pond has developed into a top volleyball player for Verdugo Hills.
Greg Pond has developed into a top volleyball player for Verdugo Hills. (Will Reinhart)

Will Reinhart is never shy about expressing himself when he believes strongly in something, and the veteran Verdugo Hills volleyball coach has become a big fan of All-City middle blocker Greg Pond.

“I’m now certain he’s the best player in program history,” Reinhart said.

The 6-foot-6 Pond has more than 200 kills this season and is nearing 50 blocks. He’s the all-time career kills leader in school history.

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One team came in at 17-1, the other at 15-2. It was Mira Costa taking on Torrance for South Bay baseball bragging rights on Saturday. Torrance won 4-1.

Kai Hershberger finished with three hits. Neil Feist threw three innings of shutout relief. Mira Costa didn’t help itself by committing three errors to lose for only the second time in 19 games.

Esperanza knocked off La Mirada 8-2 in a battle of top 25 teams. Jason Fox and Tony Accordino each had three hits. CJ Larsen contributed four RBIs. Jacob Cespedes allowed seven hits.



Crean Lutheran 10, Brethren Christian 0