The Valencia boys volleyball team took its first step toward another CIF Southern Section Division II championship with a three-game sweep over Newbury Park.
Valencia’s Broc Oppler had eight kills to lead his team in the first-round playoff win. Jason Halliday had 18 digs and Steven Crane had 30 assists.
The Golden Valley boys volleyball team, making its first playoff appearance in school history, knocked out Arroyo Grande in five games. Alec Schlossman set a school record with 31 kills and Josh Escoe recorded a school record 68 assists in the first-round playoff win.
Ryan Kessler had 26 kills and Dalton Frost had five blocks for Golden Valley.
The Hart boys volleyball team lost in three games to Burroughs of Burbank and was eliminated from the playoffs. Hart middle blocker Taylor Gregory injured his thumb in the first game against Burroughs and sat out most of the match. J.J. Mosolf had 13 kills and 12 assists for Hart.
The Saugus boys volleyball team lost in four games to San Luis Obispo and lost its first-round playoff match. Ryan Mason notched 39 assists and Colby Wilson had 12 kills for Saugus.
The Canyon boys tennis team beat Charter Oak, 15-3, in the wild-card round of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs. Canyon will play Brentwood, the No. 2 seed in the playoffs and the reigning Division II champs, in the first round today.
In high school softball, Valencia made a fifth-inning RBI single stand up in a 1-0 win over Saugus. Shannon Fitzgerald drove in the game’s only run with a bloop single that scored Bethany Kemp.
Valencia pitcher Carly Mortensen tossed a three-hit shutout with nine strike outs.
The West Ranch softball team beat Canyon, 9-2, scoring five runs in the fifth inning. Bailey Foster was 3-for-4 with a double and drove in four runs. Madi Vogelsang collected three hits, including a double and a triple, scored three runs and drove in one for West Ranch.
The Hart softball team shut out Golden Valley, 14-0. Tracy Chandless was 3-for-3 with a double and scored two runs. Paxton Provost drove in three runs and Caitlyn Zimmerman was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and scored a run.
The Master’s College baseball team beat Concordia, 9-6, and is still alive in the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.
Matt Johnson hit a three-run home run in the second inning for The Master’s College. Jared Otto added a two-run single in a four-run seventh inning.
The Master’s College plays No. 14 Fresno Pacific at noon today in an elimination game.
Four players from the College of the Canyons baseball team made the All-Western State Conference first team. Hugo Hernandez, Cal Vogelsang, Nico Moreno and Tyler Pugmire earned spots on the all-conference first team.
Hernandez hit .410 and drove in 26 runs in 34 games for COC. Vogelsang had a .380 batting average and led the conference with eight home runs.
Moreno hit .395 with 11 doubles. Pugmire had a .451 batting average in 14 conference games.
Joe Perez, Brian Kernochan and Sean Gavin received honorable mentions on the all-conference team.
Two players from the College of the Canyons softball team earned All-America honors. Ruby Herrera, COC’s freshman shortstop, and Melissa Herndon, a West Ranch graduate and the team’s left fielder, earned spots on the All-America team. Herrera also earned All-Southern California honors and led the Western State Conference with nine home runs.
Herndon made the All-State team and was the Western State Conference Player of the Year. She hit .446 with five home runs for COC.
COC pitcher Ashley Imperial joins Herndon on the All-State team.
If the Dodgers could only play teams in the National League West. The Dodgers blasted the Arizona Diamondbacks, 13-3, scoring seven runs in the eighth inning.
Russell Martin hit a three-run home run and Ronnie Belliard drove in three runs for the Dodgers.
Arizona starter Dan Haren struck out nine Dodgers in a row to start the game. He finished with 10 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings, but gave up four runs.
The Dodgers have won three games in a row and five of their past six. They finish their three-game series against Arizona tonight. It will be Hiroki Kuroda for the Dodgers against former Dodger Edwin Jackson for the Diamondbacks. Pregame starts at 6 on AM 1220, KHTS.