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  • Baseball

Frank Mutz has resigned as baseball coach at Chaminade. He will be moving to Las Vegas to become a high school athletic director at Calvary Christian.

Mutz enjoyed success at Chaminade for 11 seasons, sending numerous players on to college and several to pro ball while making the Division 1 playoffs.

Chaminade athletic director Todd Borowski said he plans to open up the position to outside candidates.

  • Football
4-year-old Robert Garcia Jr. is future lineman

At 4 years old, standing 4 feet tall and weighing 78 pounds — plus a little bit more while wearing shoulder pads and carrying around a big yellow helmet — Robert Garcia Jr. sure looked like he was having fun running around the San Fernando High football field on Friday.

The son of San Fernando coach Robert Garcia won’t arrive for high school until 2027, but he already resembles a future lineman. He’s huge for his age and seems to enjoy the physicality of the sport while dressing up with San Fernando players for fall practice.

His father won’t need his son’s help this season. The Tigers have plenty of linemen and lots of talent, but the younger Garcia won’t be a pushover against anyone.


Taft has begun searching for a new football coach after the resignation of Matt Holly last week.

Holly was head coach for one season.

Holly hired a number of quality assistant coaches, and all of them are staying, Assistant Principal Neezer McNab said. They have been running practice this week.

Saturday is going to be a big day for former Harvard-Westlake pitchers Lucas Giolito and Max Fried, along with their former coach, Matt LaCour.

Giolito will be the starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox at home against the Toronto Blue Jays. Fried will be the starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves at home against the Dodgers. Both games start at 4:10 p.m. PDT And LaCour will be doing his best to watch both while watching his daughter play water polo.

“Saturdays were made for the iPad and iPhone while watching water polo on a pool deck,” he said.

  • Football
Mason White is a 15-year-old junior receiver-defensive back at Birmingham.
Mason White is a 15-year-old junior receiver-defensive back at Birmingham. (Eric Sondheimer)

West Valley League football has been inconsistent in recent years with coaching changes and players coming and going. This season, from top to bottom, stability appears to have returned.

There’s one new head coach, Rick Hayashida at Chatsworth, and he had been a fixture at the school previously. Taft, though, is looking for a new head coach after the resignation of Matt Holly last week.

Cleveland made it to last year’s Division II championship game. Birmingham and El Camino Real continue to be the teams to beat. Granada Hills should be competitive after winning two Division II playoff games last season.


These are uncertain times for City Section football teams hoping to have more than just a varsity team this season.

Practice began on Monday, and with school not starting until Aug. 14, there’s a shortage of players for the freshman-sophomore teams.

Take perennial power Crenshaw. Coach Robert Garrett said he has a total of 33 players out for football for his two teams, including nine freshmen. If he had to play tomorrow, there would be no freshman-sophomore team.

Former Santa Margarita quarterback K.J. Costello takes over as starter at Stanford.
Former Santa Margarita quarterback K.J. Costello takes over as starter at Stanford. (Getty Images)

USC and UCLA are loaded with their usual group of former Southern California high school football standouts, but let’s take a look at other players from the Southland who could produce big seasons at schools across the country.

David Long (Loyola) should be one of the best defensive backs in the Big Ten playing for Michigan.

Greg Gaines (La Habra) is a key senior defensive lineman at Washington. Myles Bryant (Loyola) and JoJo McIntosh (Chaminade) will be important players in the secondary for the Huskies.

Junior quarterback Bryce Young of Mater Dei committed to USC on Wednesday.
Junior quarterback Bryce Young of Mater Dei committed to USC on Wednesday. (Patrick T. Fallon)

USC has been having success with quarterbacks from Santa Ana Mater Dei, so why not keep the connection going? The Trojans received another strong endorsement on Wednesday when junior quarterback Bryce Young announced he has committed to the Trojans.

Young transferred to Mater Dei in January from L.A. Cathedral after quarterback J.T. Daniels announced he was leaving Mater Dei a year early to enroll at USC. Now Young will probably join Daniels on the Trojans’ roster in 2020.

Matt Barkley and Matt Leinart are former Mater Dei quarterbacks who enjoyed great success at USC.

  • Football

Which school has won the most City Section football championships? Most would say Carson or Banning. Maybe even Narbonne.

The correct answer is Manual Arts with 17. But the Toilers haven’t won a title since 1984, when Jeff Engilman was head coach.

Now there’s new hope for Manual Arts, which has left the Coliseum League and joined the Exposition League that includes Angelou, Washington Prep, Jefferson, Rivera, Santee and West Adams. Manual Arts also plays in Division III.

The 27th annual Commissioner’s Cup in the Southern Section has been completed, with Santa Ana Mater Dei emerging as the top sports programs for boys and girls during the 2017-18 school year.

The Southern Section previously announced this week that Oaks Christian and Culver City had finished first in boys and girls but revised its standings on Wednesday following a miscalculation in point totals.

The winners are determined by a point system that provides: five points for a divisional championship; three points for a divisional runner-up finish; two points for advancing to the semifinal round or a third-place finish in a team-place finish sport (i.e. cross country, golf, swimming and diving, track and field); and one point for a fourth-place finish in a team-place finish sport.