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Sports Reporter — LA Times
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Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976.

Girls' basketball: Mater Dei's Jayda Adams named to USA 16U national team — Jayda Adams from Santa Ana Mater Dei has been selected to the 12-team roster of the USA women's basketball U16 national team.

Baseball: Ace pitchers can come back on four days rest — For Tuesday's second round of the Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs, don't be surprised if the ace pitchers who threw on Thursday come back and throw again. Because the first round was held on a Thursday, they have four days rest.

San Dimas pitcher 'sets the standard' — Every year at this time in high school baseball, there's a player who rises up and does extraordinary things to lift his team toward a championship. It happened with Tyler Matzek at Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley, Cory Hahn at Santa Ana Mater Dei, Jack Flaherty at Studio City Harvard-Westlake and Griffin Canning at Santa Margarita, all outstanding players who were magnificent at playoff time.

Former Venice running back is now Dr. Byron Ellis — It was 12 years ago, when Byron Ellis was a senior All-City running back at Venice High, that I wrote a column about him. "Ellis is the reason coaches coach and teachers teach. Everything about him is inspirational." He was a straight-A student smart enough to attend Harvard or Yale but good enough in football that he signed with Colorado.

Football: Bill Redell is turning over victories and defeats to Jim Benkert — Back in January, Oaks Christian announced that Jim Benkert would be joining the football program as associate head coach to Bill Redell after a 26-year tenure at Westlake. But Redell said on Sunday that Benkert will get credit for victories and defeats as the official head coach.

Baseball: Mike Galindo, Isaac Gutierrez are East Valley League MVPs — Pitcher Mike Galindo and infielder Isaac Gutierrez, both from league champion Poly, have been named the East Valley League co-MVPs.

Volleyball: Palisades win City Section Division I title — Palisades pulled out a five-set victory over Carson on Saturday night to win the City Section Division I volleyball championship.

Football: Oaks Christian wins Pierce passing tournament — Oaks Christian, behind sophomore-to-be quarterback Matt Corral, won the Pierce College seven on seven passing tournament on Saturday, defeating Calabasas in the final.

Volleyball: Taft wins its sixth City title — Taft captured its sixth City Section title in volleyball on Saturday, defeating top-seeded Eagle Rock, 25-16, 25-17, 28-30, 25-20, in the Division II final.

High school track stars turn on the burners — It's hard to imagine two faster, more talented teenage track athletes in America than juniors Michael Norman of Vista Murrieta and T.J. Brock of West Hills Chaminade. Their speed came through on a breezy, sometimes overcast Saturday afternoon at Cerritos College.
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May 25, 2015

I've been watching too much Food Channel. Need to eat barbecue.

May 25, 2015

Watch out, Giancarlo Stanton. Junior Darius Vines of St. Bonaventure made all-league in football, basketball, baseball.

May 25, 2015

Appropriate name: Scandal was disqualified in the second race at Santa Anita and placed third for interference in stretch.

May 25, 2015

@mmolfie any team that's still unbeaten at this point is pretty good.

May 25, 2015

RT @latimes: Charter near deal valued at more than $55 billion to buy Time Warner Cable

May 25, 2015

UCLA is top-seeded team in NCAA baseball tournament for first time

May 25, 2015

Girls' basketball: Mater Dei's Jayda Adams named to USA 16U national team

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