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Juniors lead win over El Camino Real

Long Beach Poly coach Shelton Diggs and Taft coach Derrick Taylor have spent all season trying to figure out how to win big games with starting lineups relying solely on guards. The strategy has been to fight like heck for rebounds and loose balls and make some outside shots.

Both schools came through Wednesday night in Southern California Division I regional playoff openers.

Poly had four players score double digits in a 69-53 victory over host El Camino Real. Junior guards Malik Salahuddin, Justin Rene and Giordan Williams were outstanding, scoring 22, 13 and 11 points, respectively. Senior guard Darryl Polk Jr. added 14 points. Eddy Egun led El Camino Real with 26 points.

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Pitcher Ryan Taurek struck out four, walked none and allowed two runs in five innings to lead Foothill past No. 1 Corona 5-2 on Wednesday in prep baseball.

Kyle Ashworth had a triple and Chad Castillo finished with two hits.

West Ranch defeated Ventura 6-1. Will Chambers finished with three hits, including two RBI doubles. Christos Stefanos and Nicholas Balingit added two hits apiece.

Connor Skertich throws five shutout innings in 9-0 win

A 5-0 start and a championship in the Easton tournament is a pretty good indication that Sherman Oaks Notre Dame is a team to watch in high school baseball this season.

The Knights’ 9-0 victory over Camarillo on Tuesday night at Birmingham was all about their pitching depth. Connor Skertich, a sophomore left-hander who threw mainly in relief last season, got a chance to start as the Knights search for a No. 3 starter. He struck out six and allowed no hits in five innings.

Camarillo pitchers had trouble throwing strikes, giving up seven walks. A seven-run fourth featured two runs coming home on bases loaded walks and two more scoring on a wild pitch. Michael Whiteside, a linebacker for the football team, scored three runs and walked three times. Lucas Gordon had two hits for the Knights.

A dream matchup between the two downtown Los Angeles high school soccer powers is going to happen after all.

Loyola and Cathedral were close to making it to last week’s Southern Section Division 1 soccer final, but Loyola lost to Santa Barbara in overtime 1-0.

Now the matchup is set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Cathedral in the semifinals of the Southern California Regionals. The schools are five miles apart.








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Freshman Bryce Bond threw a complete-game shutout to lift Sierra Canyon past Buena 3-0 on Tuesday in the championship game of the SoCal Invitational at San Fernando. Sierra Canyon is off to a 5-0 start.

Billy Edwards drove in two runs. Sierra Canyon used three freshmen to pitch in the opening two weeks. Besides the 6-foot-4 Bond, Josh Bryan has two saves and Patrick DeMarco also has pitched well. They’ve combined to give up one unearned run in 24 1/3 innings.

Mira Costa (4-0) received six shutout innings from Joey Acosta in  a 1-0 win over West Torrance.


The prestigious Arcadia Invitational is April 7 at Arcadia High School.

This month’s invitationals will serve as preparation for the top track and field contenders. The Redondo Track Festival is this weekend at Redondo High, the Maurice Greene Invitational at Oaks Christian and the Triton Invitational at San Clemente are March 17 and the Trabuco Hills Invitational and Distance Carnival are March 30-31, among others.

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Vinnie Alfino delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to give Camarillo a 6-5 victory over Calabasas on Monday in a semifinal game of the Easton tournament.

Camarillo will play Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Tuesday in the 6 p.m. championship game at Birmingham.

Andrew Lucas had two hits for the Scorpions. Calabasas rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game in the seventh on a three-run double from Shawn Goosenberg. Andrew Snyder also had a two-run home run.