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Damien captured the Platinum Division championship of the Maranatha basketball tournament with a 66-55 victory on Saturday night over Harvard-Westlake.

Malik Thomas finished with 17 points. Amar Brown, Austin Cook and Jarred Hyder added 14 points apiece. Hyder, a transfer from Cajon, was tournament MVP.

Spencer Hubbard finished with 18 points for Harvard-Westlake. Fairfax took third place with a 62-58 overtime win over Long Beach Poly. Justin Gladney scored 22 points.

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  • Baseball

USA Baseball has named four Southern California-based high school players to the group of 43 players selected for the trials for the 18U national team.

The team will be cut down to 20 in the fall.

Among the players: Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake; Jared Jones, La Mirada; Joe Naranjo, Ayala; Max Rajcic, Orange Lutheran.

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The semifinals are set for the Maranatha basketball tournament on Friday night.

It will be Damien taking on Fairfax at 7:30 p.m., followed by Long Beach Poly playing Harvard-Westlake at 8:30 p.m.

Here’s the rest of the schedule:

Isabella D’Aquila of JSerra has been named the Gatorade national player of the year in girls’ soccer.

She learned of the award on Thursday after a surprise visit by Seattle Reign FC’s Morgan Andrews.

D’Aquila, a junior, scored 39 goals and had 15 assists this past season.

  • Football
Saturday's seven on seven tournament brackets at Cal Lutheran
Saturday's seven on seven tournament brackets at Cal Lutheran (Los Angeles Rams)

One of the best seven on seven passing tournaments of the summer should be Saturday’s 34-team tournament at Cal Lutheran sponsored by the Rams.

There are eight different pools, with action starting at 9 a.m. The championship competition comes in the afternoon.

Narbonne, Westlake, Gardena Serra (correction from graphic), Cajon and Alemany are among the top passing schools participating.

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Three players from Southern California high schools are among the 18 finalists for the USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup team.

Joshua Christopher of Mayfair, Johnny Juzang of Harvard-Westlake and Evan Mobley of Rancho Christian are finalists after three days of training camp.

The 12-man team will be named prior to departure on June 23. The World Cup is June 26 to July 8 in Argentina.

Isabella D’Aquilla of JSerra has been selected the Gatorade state player of the year in girls soccer.

The junior forward led JSerra to a 22-2-3 record and the Southern Section Division 1 championship.

She scored 39 goals. She had the lone goal in the championship game. She also has a 4.31 grade point average and is committed to Santa Clara.

  • Basketball

The Maranatha basketball tournament is set to begin in Pasadena on Monday and run through the championship game on Saturday night.

There are four brackets, broken down into north, south, east and west.

Damien is in the north bracket and is scheduled to open against St. Francis at 6:25 p.m. Monday

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Loyola junior center is making progress

It’s summer break, which means it’s time to look back at some of my favorite stories, videos and high school athletes.

The NBA draft takes place on Thursday, and Thomas Welsh from UCLA could be taken. I remember when Welsh was playing basketball at Loyola High in 2012 as a junior and beginning to make real progress. He had just reached 7 feet.

As coach Jamal Adams put it, one of the best qualities for Welsh was his character and work ethic.

Johnny Tincher of Birmingham is the City Section Open Division player of the year.
Johnny Tincher of Birmingham is the City Section Open Division player of the year. (Eric Sondheimer)

Junior catcher Johnny Tincher of Birmingham has been selected the City Section player of the year in the Open Division.

He was Birmingham’s leadoff hitter and an outstanding defensive player in helping the Patriots win the Open Division championship.

Sophomore Albert Garcia was selected the pitcher of the year.