It’s summer break, and time to look back at some of my favorite stories, videos and moments covering high school sports. I’ll never forget Feb. 22, 2014, the day Neil Diamond came to open up the $3-million Sherman Oaks Notre Dame baseball stadium.
He sung “Sweet Caroline,” and it was so memorable.
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.