There’s only one month left before the 2018 high school football season begins on Aug. 17, and Mission Viejo will be the site on Saturday for one of the final seven-on-seven tournaments of the summer season.
The big three — Mater Dei, St. John Bosco and Corona Centennial — lead the 16-team field. Mission Viejo, which finished a surprising second at last week’s Edison tournament, also figures prominently.
Other contenders should be Orange Lutheran, Narbonne and Culver City. Long Beach Poly is entered, led by its new quarterback, CJ Montes, a transfer from Arcadia via La Salle.
A funeral for former Crespi and Reseda track and field coach Steve Caminiti will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Paschal’s Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks. He died on July 1 after a battle with pancreatic cancer at age 71.
Caminiti was a star hurdler during his high school days at Crespi in the 1960s. He set two national records on May 9, 1964, running the 120-yard highs in 13.7 seconds and the 180 lows in 18.1. He went on to run for New Mexico.
He spent 35 years coaching track and cross-country at Crespi and Reseda. He was the recipient of several outstanding coach honors at Reseda and helped shape the lives of numerous student-athletes through his years of teaching and coaching.
The West Valley League powers are still playing well in summer baseball. The same three teams that advanced to the City Section Open Division semifinals — El Camino Real, Chatsworth and Cleveland — have earned spots in the Valley Invitational Baseball League semifinals.
Chatsworth will host Saugus and El Camino Real will host Cleveland in semifinals on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Stevan Gomez threw five innings and had two hits and four RBIs in Chatsworth’s 14-2 quarterfinal win over Royal.
He scores 26 points in 71-51 win over Sir Francis Drake
It’s summer break and time to look back at some of my favorite videos, stories and moments. Chaminade’s 2014 Division III state basketball championship, led by guard Michael Oguine, produced quite a performance.
Oguine wasn’t particularly highly recruited in high school. He committed to Montana. But he was athletic, could shoot the three and delivered in big games.
In the Division III championship game in Sacramento, he scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half as Chaminade defeated Sir Francis Drake 71-51. He was three of five from three-point range. His coach, Todd Wolfson, always believed in him.
Ryan Hilinski, Bryce Young, D.J. Uiagalelei all in action
It didn’t take much time for former St. John Bosco offensive coordinator Chad Johnson to make an impact as head coach at Mission Viejo. Johnson has been spending the summer putting in his new offense, and it must be going well, because the Diablos made it to the championship game of the Edison seven on seven passing tournament on Saturday.
They beat St. John Bosco in the Gold Division semifinals on a touchdown catch by Jojo Forest from quarterback Joey Yellen.
In the other semifinal, Mater Dei defeated Orange Lutheran. In the championship game, the Monarchs triumphed, just like they did last summer on their way to a 15-0 season.