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Thursday, Oct. 4

SOUTHERN SECTION

DEL RIO LEAGUE

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Sophomore Daniel Rodriguez of Highland has emerged as one of the best young cross-country runners.
Sophomore Daniel Rodriguez of Highland has emerged as one of the best young cross-country runners. (Din Le)

In the Antelope Valley, there’s a rising young cross-country standout. His name is Daniel Rodriguez, and he’s a sophomore at Highland High in Palmdale.

Last year, he won the Golden League varsity competition as a freshman.

This year at the Woodbridge Invitational, he ran one of the fastest times for a sophomore in 14:45.6, finishing third in the rated race.

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Scott Barlow, a Golden Valley graduate, will be honored by the school on Oct. 13.
Scott Barlow, a Golden Valley graduate, will be honored by the school on Oct. 13. (Golden Valley)

Golden Valley will honor Kansas City Royals pitcher Scott Barlow by making him its first athlete to have his athletic jersey retired.

As part of the fourth annual Battle of the Bats, the school’s home run derby, Barlow’s retired No. 42 uniform will be unveiled during an Oct. 13 ceremony at the Santa Clarita campus.

Barlow was Golden Valley’s athlete of the year in 2011.

  • Football

Prime Ticket has announced that Oct. 12 Trinity League showdown between St. John Bosco and Santa Ana Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium will be televised. Mater Dei is ranked No. 1 and St. John Bosco No. 2 in the Southern Section Division 1 poll.

Prep Zone games include:

Corona Centennial-Norco; St. Bonaventure-Oaks Christian; Orange Lutheran-JSerra; Linfield Christian-Aquinas.

Members of the Palos Verdes tennis team that won the Point Loma Invitational.
Members of the Palos Verdes tennis team that won the Point Loma Invitational. (Palos Verdes)

Palos Verdes recently won its second state girls’ tennis tournament, taking the championship of the Point Loma Invitational.

Palos Verdes knocked off highly regarded Campbell Hall.

Madison Olsen and freshman Cara Hung won in No. 1 doubles with a 10-point tiebreaker set.

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Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod told members of the Southern Section Council on Tuesday that playoff attendance dropped for the third consecutive year in 2017-18, with more than 100,000 fewer tickets sold in the last three years.

Despite a drop in nearly $500,000 in attendance revenue, the Southern Section hasn’t raised fees to schools because of increases in sponsorships, investments and broadcast rights fees.

But Wigod warned, “These next couple of months are critical,” referring to the upcoming football and girls’ volleyball playoffs.

Thursday, Oct. 4

SOUTHERN SECTION

DEL RIO LEAGUE

With another week to go before Mater Dei faces St. John Bosco in football, the two schools continue to be ranked No. 1 and 2 in the Southern Section Division 1 poll.

Here’s the link to the complete rankings.

Redondo Union is No. 1 in girls’ volleyball.

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Taft girls' volleyball coach Arman Mercado has visited 27 of 30 MLB ballparks in his pursuit of visiting each one.
Taft girls' volleyball coach Arman Mercado has visited 27 of 30 MLB ballparks in his pursuit of visiting each one. (Eric Sondheimer)

Besides being one of the top girls’ volleyball coaches in the City Section, Arman Mercado of Taft has a lot of travel pursuits.

He has been to 49 of 50 states. Only Alaska is left.

His latest pursuit is visiting every major league baseball park. He has been to 27 of 30, with the Astros, Rangers and Braves still to go.

Prime Ticket is taking a brief break from its focus on Trinity League football by televising Culver City (5-1, 1-0) at Lawndale (4-2, 1-0) on Friday night in an Ocean League showdown (next week it’s St. John Bosco vs. Mater Dei).

It’s a neighborhood game that features USC-bound running back Jordan Wilmore of Lawndale going against an improving Culver City team that has relied on quarterbacks Zevi Eckhaus and Nick Lucero.

Games that will be shown on Prep Zone include Orange Lutheran-St. John Bosco, Gardena Serra-Bishop Amat, Calabasas-Sierra Canyon and Alta Loma-Bonita.