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Tyler Bardowell’s grand slam completes Etiwanda baseball team’s comeback over JSerra

  • Etiwanda’s Nick Kelsey, left, and teammate cheer Tyler Bardowell home after he hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inn for a 8-4 victory against JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) in Division 1 first round playoffs. Etiwanda hosts in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Etiwanda’s Nick Kelsey, left, and teammate cheer Tyler Bardowell home after he hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inn for a 8-4 victory against JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) in Division 1 first round playoffs. Etiwanda hosts in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Etiwanda’s Tyler Bardowell, center, scored a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inn for a 8-4 victory against JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) in Division 1 first round playoffs. Etiwanda hosts in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Etiwanda’s Tyler Bardowell, center, scored a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inn for a 8-4 victory against JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) in Division 1 first round playoffs. Etiwanda hosts in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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  • Etiwanda’s Tyler Bardowell scores a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inn for a 8-4 victory against JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) in Division 1 first round playoffs. Etiwanda hosts in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Etiwanda’s Tyler Bardowell scores a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inn for a 8-4 victory against JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) in Division 1 first round playoffs. Etiwanda hosts in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Etiwanda’s Joseph Mendez, foreground, and Tyler Bardowell embrace after Bardowell scores a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to defeat JSerra (San Juan Capistrano)  8-4 victory in Division 1 first round playoffs at home, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Etiwanda’s Joseph Mendez, foreground, and Tyler Bardowell embrace after Bardowell scores a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to defeat JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 8-4 victory in Division 1 first round playoffs at home, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Etiwanda’s Marcus Johnson’s cap only fell off twice, helped by voluminous, curly hair while pitching in the first six innings against JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) in Division 1 first round playoffs. Etiwanda hosts in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. and won 8-4 on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Etiwanda’s Marcus Johnson’s cap only fell off twice, helped by voluminous, curly hair while pitching in the first six innings against JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) in Division 1 first round playoffs. Etiwanda hosts in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. and won 8-4 on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Etiwanda’s Ryan Meza, left, tags out JSerra’s (San Juan Capistrano) Conner Longrie at third in Division 1 first round playoffs. Etiwanda won 8-4 hosting in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    Etiwanda’s Ryan Meza, left, tags out JSerra’s (San Juan Capistrano) Conner Longrie at third in Division 1 first round playoffs. Etiwanda won 8-4 hosting in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on Friday May 18, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) led most of game at Etiwanda in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on Friday May 18, 2018. It was lost 4-8 when Tyler Bardowell scored a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh during Division 1 first round playoffs. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

    JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) led most of game at Etiwanda in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. on Friday May 18, 2018. It was lost 4-8 when Tyler Bardowell scored a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh during Division 1 first round playoffs. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Inland Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> There must be something about Etiwanda and walk-off baseball wins. Last year the Eagles got a walk-off home run from since-graduated Steven Rivas in a first-round playoff win over Beckman. They went on to win a CIF Southern Section  Division 2 title.

Leave it to senior Tyler Bardowell to one-up that moment.

Bardowell blasted a walk-off grand slam to give the Eagles an 8-4 win over visiting JSerra in a Division 1 first rounder on Friday at Etiwanda. They advance to host La Mirada which defeated Woodbridge 6-2 in 12 innings, ironically, also on a walk off grand slam. The game will be played Wednesday because Etiwanda has graduation ceremonies Tuesday.

The blow capped quite a comeback as the Eagles trailed 4-0, only to score three in the sixth to give themselves a chance in the top of the seventh with the top of the order coming up.

“I didn’t know what else to say. That was a great high school baseball game,” Etiwanda coach Don Furnald said. “Both starters pitched really well. Our guys always believe and we were finally able to string some hits together when we needed them.”

The Eagles (21-7) came up in the seventh down 4-3. Cody Freeman was hit by a pitch and came around to score and tie the game on a hit by P.J. Torrez, who got to second on the throw home.

Lions coach Brett Kay then went to his bullpen and called for Zach Stephen who succeeded starter Jake Reed. Then came an intentional walk to Ryan Meza. Steve Ramirez worked a walk with one out to load the bases for Bardowell.

With a 1-2 count, he launched a high inside fastball off the second fence in left field, sending the Eagle faithful into celebration.

“I was really just trying to make good contact and at least drive in the run,” he said. “As soon as I hit it I knew it was out.  I have seen enough balls go out here and I knew. It felt good.”

Bardowell wasn’t the only hero. So was Dalton Ponce who was clutch both at the plate and on the mound.

He came to bat in the sixth after Bardowell doubled to cut the deficit to 4-1. With two outs and a 3-2 count he grounded a high, hard hopping single straight up the middle to knock home two runs and cut the deficit to 4-3.

Moments later he took the mound. There was an error and a hitter that reached base on a errant third strike but Ponce worked out of trouble and got an infield ground out to squelch that threat.

He admits having to calm himself going to the mound after such a pivotal moment at the plate.

“I have a completely different mindset when I go out there on the mound,” he said. “My job is to go out there and put up a 0 and give my team a chance to win.”

Etiwanda managed just two hits through the first five innings off Reed, who has signed with University of San Diego. Thanks to the last two innings they finished with eight. Torrez, Bardowell and Ramirez each had two hits.

JSerra (18-14) collected seven hits, six of those off starter Marcus Johnson. Offensive highlights for the Lions were a two-run double Conner Longerie in the third. The Lions got the others in the sixth on a run-scoring triple by Nick Lopez and a RBI single by Paul Roche in the top of the sixth.

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Alliance of American Football: Valley set to officially join league with conference Friday

The Alliance of American Football is coming to Tempe, as you may have heard, with Arizona’s entry playing at Sun Devil Stadium.

      

 

 

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Sold-out crowd for 14th annual Battle of the Mariachis at Mission San Juan Capistrano

  • Salma Martinez doffs her hat while Mariachi Corozon perform a warm up near the statute of Father Serra. The group later competed in Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Salma Martinez doffs her hat while Mariachi Corozon perform a warm up near the statute of Father Serra. The group later competed in Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Ballet Folklorico performs during an intermission from the musical competition  at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Ballet Folklorico performs during an intermission from the musical competition at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Mariachi Los Santos is from Santa Ana.  They performed at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Mariachi Los Santos is from Santa Ana. They performed at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Gracie Garcia claps as she celebrates her first birthday watching Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Gracie Garcia claps as she celebrates her first birthday watching Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Joanna Sanchez looks out into the Mission courtyard before going onstage at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Joanna Sanchez looks out into the Mission courtyard before going onstage at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mariachi Los Santos is from Santa Ana.  They performed at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Mariachi Los Santos is from Santa Ana. They performed at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Compton Junior High School’s Mariachi band performs at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Compton Junior High School’s Mariachi band performs at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Traditional dress mixes with modern  in the costumes of Ballet Folklorico at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Traditional dress mixes with modern in the costumes of Ballet Folklorico at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mariachi Juvenil Herenica Michoacana is from Costa Mesa they performed at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Mariachi Juvenil Herenica Michoacana is from Costa Mesa they performed at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mariachi Los Santos is from Santa Ana.  They performed at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Mariachi Los Santos is from Santa Ana. They performed at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Four-year-old Martin Garcia takes a nap in his grandmother’s lap during Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Four-year-old Martin Garcia takes a nap in his grandmother’s lap during Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mariachi Los Halcones de Jim Bridger Middle School perform at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Mariachi Los Halcones de Jim Bridger Middle School perform at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mariachi Los Halcones de Jim Bridger Middle School perform at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Mariachi Los Halcones de Jim Bridger Middle School perform at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mariachi Los Gavilanes de Monaco Middle School performs at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Mariachi Los Gavilanes de Monaco Middle School performs at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Parents of performers in Mariachi Corazon take photos during a warm up at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Parents of performers in Mariachi Corazon take photos during a warm up at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Ballet Folklorico performs during an intermission from the musical competition  at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

    Ballet Folklorico performs during an intermission from the musical competition at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 14th Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

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More than a dozen groups traveled from far and wide to lay claim to a title in the annual Battle of the Mariachis on Saturday, May 12.

The Mariachis played to a sold-out crowd at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. First and second place are awarded each year along with specialty awards in youth and open categories. This is the battle’s 14th year.

Locally, the Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Michoacana from Costa Mesa and the Mariachi Los Santos from Santa Ana were set to participate.

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Run4Water in Laguna Niguel nets $240K to fund water wells in Uganda

Over 700 attendees participated in Wells of Life’s fourth annual Run4Water fundraiser held in conjunction with Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 at Laguna Niguel Regional Park.

Organizers accomplished their fundraising goal of recruiting 50 teams to fund 40 sustainable water wells for rural communities in Uganda, Africa. The top fundraising team from San Francisco Solano Church, RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) in Rancho Santa Margarita raised $30,260.

Run4Water featured 5K and 1K runs/walks, sponsor exhibit booths, giveaways, Tesla auto exhibit, children’s activities and food trucks.

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Jamie Barria’s 21-pitch duel with Brandon Belt sets a major league record

ANAHEIM – Jaime Barria came to the ballpark Sunday hoping to prove he belongs in the Angels’ starting rotation. He would leave with a small piece of baseball history.

Barria threw 21 pitches to the San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt in the first inning, the longest at-bat on record since pitch counts have been recorded. The at-bat lasted 12 minutes. It was prolonged by four throws over to first base and 16 foul balls – one of which started in fair territory before curling in front of the right-field foul pole.

The duel finally ended with a pedestrian fly ball to right field, an easy catch for Kole Calhoun. Barria received a loud ovation and a visit from Angels pitching coach Charles Nagy.

The previous record was set in June 1998, when Bartolo Colon struck out Ricky Gutierrez to end a 20-pitch at-bat.

Barria, a 21-year-old right-hander making his second major league start, nearly didn’t make it out of the first inning. He loaded the bases on three singles and threw 49 pitches. According to Dan Hirsch of The Baseball Gauge, only two pitchers have ever thrown more pitches in a scoreless inning since at least 1988.

Angels reliever Blake Parker was warming up by the time Pablo Sandoval popped out to Andrelton Simmons to end the inning. The Giants left the bases loaded and nobody scored.

Coincidentally, the Angels had seven pitchers in their bullpen Sunday for the first time this season. They had kept eight relievers in every game, before right-hander Eduardo Paredes was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Barria.

OHTANI MOVES UP

Shohei Ohtani hit fourth against the Giants, the highest he’s batted in a major league lineup. When he decided to give Albert Pujols a day off, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Ohtani made the most sense for the cleanup spot.

“If Albert was in the lineup,” Scioscia said, “he (Ohtani) would not be hitting fourth.”

Ohtani also threw a 37-pitch bullpen session in advance of his next start Tuesday in Houston. Charlie Morton (3-0, 0.72 earned-run average) will start that game for the Astros.

Ohtani’s schedule Sunday was unlike that of any cleanup hitter since maybe Babe Ruth. Even Ruth did not claim pitcher as his primary position after the age of 23. For Ohtani, who turns 24 in July, it’s no different from what he was accustomed to in Japan.

“Everything is basically the same,” he said through his interpreter. “Similar practice menu. Similar rhythms.”

“We’re all going through this for the first time, Shohei included,” Scioscia said. “As we get some experience about what he needs and what’s going to make him the best player, the most productive player, obviously he’ll adjust from it. I think it’s a good starting point. We will certainly use all the information we gather from him playing and pitching and hitting and we can always make adjustments.

“I would be surprised if there weren’t any adjustments. I think it’s a real good template that has a lot of historical data from what he did in Japan that’s applied to it. We’re going to adjust however we have to.”

REMEMBERING MERCKER

The baseball community set its thoughts and prayers on Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar, who suffered a brain aneurysm during Friday’s game against the Houston Astros. Farquhar remained hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition, according to various reports.

The incident evoked haunting memories of the Angels’ game against the Texas Rangers on May 11, 2001. On that day, Angels pitcher Kent Mercker had to leave in the second inning because of a brain hemorrhage. Scioscia remembered it well.

“(Mercker) was pitching here on the mound, he came out,” Scioscia recalled. “He was kind of like out of sorts. He thought his ears were popping. You knew something was happening. He was having trouble focusing.”

Mercker was examined by team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum and athletic trainer Ned Bergert, who sent the pitcher to a local hospital for further evaluation. Only then was the hemorrhage diagnosed. Mercker didn’t pitch for the Angels for three months and a day.

Staff Writers Jeff Fletcher and Elliott Teaford contributed to this story.

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Max Muncy’s measured opportunism fits the Dodgers’ m.o.

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game agains the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 18, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game agains the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 18, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, is greeted by teammate Chase Utley (26) after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, is greeted by teammate Chase Utley (26) after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy talked ground balls prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy talked ground balls prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy watches his hit for a single during the eleventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy watches his hit for a single during the eleventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy has a skill set the organization values – the ability to lay off bad pitches and draw walks when needed. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy has a skill set the organization values – the ability to lay off bad pitches and draw walks when needed. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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LOS ANGELES — In his final season of college baseball, Max Muncy wasn’t Baylor’s best hitter. He didn’t lead the team in batting average, home runs, RBIs, or stolen bases. He wasn’t the tallest or the fastest.

Muncy was, however, the first Baylor player chosen in the 2012 draft. When the fifth round arrived, the A’s could not overlook Muncy’s special talent: he knew the strike zone.

“With Oakland, something they like to teach is working the count,” Muncy said. “That was something I was always proud of. When I grew up doing that, whether it was high school, college or pro ball, I’ve always been a guy that I wait to get a good pitch to swing. I don’t know where I got it or how I got it.”

When Muncy was released by the A’s last April, the Dodgers quickly signed him to a minor league contract. Since then, he’s used his trademark patience to post a .415 on-base percentage at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

In spring training, three of Muncy’s four hits went for extra bases. In his Dodger debut Thursday in San Diego, Muncy hit his first major-league home run since August of 2016.

The Dodgers don’t seem to care where Muncy discovered his discipline at the plate, as long as he keeps it. On Sunday, they won their first of four consecutive games by beating the Diamondbacks 7-2. They drew seven walks in that game, and averaged 5.8 walks per game during the streak. They had averaged 3.1 walks per game to that point in the season.

Manager Dave Roberts said “a concerted effort to get guys on base and to win pitches” has been key to the Dodgers’ reversal of fortunes.

“At times you start to lose the importance of winning every pitch,” he said. “It’s a small sample, it’s four games, but I think we’ve done that.”

Muncy fits the Dodgers’ mission statement well. So does Breyvic Valera, the utility player who last week became the first position player summoned from Triple-A. Both players had walked more than they’d struck out at the time of their call-ups.

Few expected Valera and Muncy to be the first two position players to leave Oklahoma City for Los Angeles. But with their specific skill set in vogue, each has been able to add to his nominal major league service time this month.

“For our lineup, I think it’s important for us to be aggressive in the strike zone, not be passive,” Roberts said. “If you watch any video of Max Muncy, if the ball’s over the plate, he can do some damage. He still can differentiate between strike and ball and take a walk, which we value.”

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Third baseman Justin Turner swung a bat Friday for the first time this month and hit off a tee, Roberts said. Turner has been relegated to the 10-day disabled list since he was hit by a pitch in spring training, fracturing his left wrist.

“He said the soreness has really started to dissipate,” Roberts said.

Turner participated in some light infield pregame drills but hasn’t been cleared to catch a ball in his glove hand.

Pitcher Rich Hill, who was scratched from Friday’s start with a wound on the tip of his left middle finger, played catch from 120 feet.

“I could have started today,” he said.

Roberts said Hill’s next start has not been determined. He can’t be activated from the DL until April 28. Hill expects to throw a bullpen session Sunday.

Infielder Logan Forsythe (right shoulder inflammation) took dry swings in the batting cage, Roberts said, and participated in infield drills alongside Turner without throwing.

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Monday’s starting pitcher has not been decided yet, Roberts said. Of the five starters at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Brock Stewart, Justin De Fratus and Tyler Pill would be required to pitch on short rest. That leaves Manny Banuelos (scheduled to start for OKC on Monday) and Walker Buehler (Sunday) as the most likely options on the farm. … The Giants pushed their April 29 game against the Dodgers back an hour, to 2:05 p.m. AT&T Park will open its gates at 12:05 p.m.

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Nationals (RHP Stephen Strasburg) at Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu), 6 p.m., KTLA/5, SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only)

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Swim: Northwood, Foothill boys pace Wednesday’s leaderboard

Northwood and Foothill’s boys swim team prepped for this weekend’s Foothill Swim Games by posting several good times Wednesday in league meets. Here’s the leaderboard:

BOYS SWIMMING

CRESTVIEW LEAGUE

Foothill 123, Villa Park 47

Brea Olinda 112, Esperanza 58

FREEWAY LEAGUE

Sonora 100, Sunny Hills 85

Troy 120, Fullerton 47

GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE

La Quinta def. Los Amigos

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

El Dorado 94, El Modena 76

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

University 118, Woodbridge 52

Northwood 126, Beckman 44

200-yard medley relay 01:45.9 – Nor 1:38.82, AN 1:40.53, Uni 1:41.16, Foot 1:41.33,
200 free 01:46.9 – Mykkanen (Foot) 1:43.88, Munoz (Nor) 1:44.71, Pang (AN) 1:45.20
200 IM 02:01.0 – Lou (Uni) 1:57.16, Hitchens (Nor) 1:58.39., Ingram (Foot) 1:59.25, Taylor (TH) 2:00.88
50 free 00.22.2 – Scott (Foot) 21.63, Lee (Uni) 21.77, Slusiewicz (AN) 21.99, Sim (Nor) 22.03, Press (Nor) 22.13,
100 butterfly 00.54.1 – Lou (Uni) 52.66, Ingram (Foot) 53.63,
100 free 00.48.2 – Munoz (Nor) 47.25,
500 free 04:51.9 – Hitchens (Nor) 4:43.98, Harrison (Foot) 4:49.84
200 free relay 01:32.9 – Nor 1:30.33, Foot 1:30.85, Uni 1:31.56,
100 back 00:55.9 – Stovner (Foot) 53.73,
100 breast 01:01.9 – Wu (Nor) 58.35, Nguyen (Beck) 1:01.35,
400 free relay 03:28.9 – Foot 3:22.05, Nor 3:23.34, Beck 3:28.24

GIRLS SWIMMING

CRESTVIEW LEAGUE

Esperanza 99, Brea Olinda 71

Foothill 95, Villa Park 75

FREEWAY LEAGUE

Sunny Hills 104.5, Sonora 78.5

Troy 99, Fullerton 72

GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE

La Quinta def. Los Amigos

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

El Dorado 96, El Modena 71

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Woodbridge 108, University 62

Northwood 101, Beckman 69

200-yard medley relay 01:59.9 – VP 1:53.23, Uni 1:54.77, Nor 1:57.88, Son 1:58.91, Ful 1:59.62
200 free 01:58.9 – Sommer (VP) 1:57.12
200 IM 02:14.9 – Hsieh (Nor) 2:10.50, Anderson (Wood) 2:11.29, Lee (SH) 2:11.92. Hoyt (VP) 2:13.97
50 free 00.25.1 – Jang (Uni) 25.07, Witting (Wood) 25.09,
100 butterfly 01:00.9 – Yeh (Wood) 57.27, Mykkanen (Foot) 57.76, Hsieh (Nor) 59.20, McCance (Wood) 59.37, Cho (Ful) 1:00.16, Hoyt (VP) 1:00.57, Presiado (Son) 1:00.68
100 free 00.54.9
500 free 05:15.9 – Lee (SH) 5:06.19, Harper (Son) 5:06.35
200 free relay 01:48.1 – Wood 1:43.56, VP 1:43.63, Uni 1:46.59, Beck 1:48.16,
100 back 01:01.5 – Yanagawa (Beck) 1:00.64, Witting (Wood) 1:01.37, Yee (SH) 1:01.94,
100 breast 01:09.9 – Yeh (Wood) 1:06.72, Sommer (VP) 1:07.86, Okubo (Wood) 1:09.19
400 free relay 03.54.9 – Wood 3:47.81, Nor 3:47.82, Foot 3:49.76, Son 3:49.91, VP 3:50.01

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How crew chow became a new restaurant concept at Bueno Bueno in San Juan Capistrano

 Bueno Bueno Mexican Kitchen, which opened in March, serving lunch, dinner and weekend breakfasts, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 11. Rob Quest, owner and founder of Sundried Tomato American Bistro and this new restaurant said the concept started with what was known as “the family meal” in the catering kitchen at Sundried Tomato.

“Everything is put onto a butcher block table, and whoever is around is always welcome,” Quest said. “Now we’re very excited to launch this concept as its own restaurant and share it with everyone.”

The fast-casual restaurant will serve “Mexican-American” food, including tacos and quesadillas ($5-$6); plates, from an empanada ($4) to a 16-ounce ribeye ($26); sides ($2-$4); and a few desserts such as Jalisco Jericalla ($5) which is described as “if flan and crème brule had a baby!”

An array of beverages includes horchatas, agua frescas, tequila and mescal-based craft cocktails, 12 Mexican and craft beers on draft, and wines from the Guadalupe Valley of Mexico. There will also be a tequila bar and a tortilla-making station. Bueno Bueno is at 26762 Verdugo St., Suite C, in San Juan Capistrano.

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Frumpy Middle-aged Mom: My taxes are done early this year. Now I can have a dinner party.

I’m excited to say I actually have filed my income taxes, so now I can have a dinner party. I know that sounds like I’ve been smoking the grass clippings again, but stick with me.

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but it’s almost the federal tax deadline, by which you’re supposed to file your income tax returns. This may have slipped your mind, but it has not slipped the mind of Uncle Sam, nor of a few businesses that annually try to use it to market to you by giving you a free doughnut, for example, as solace for having to send the U.S. government $19,222.

Now, believe it or not, you actually get an extra two days to file your returns this year, because they’re not due until Tuesday, April 17. No, I’m not playing a late April Fool’s Day prank on you, though that would be funny.  The reason you get two extra days is because April 15 falls on a Sunday – when the post office is closed – and then April 16 falls on Emancipation Day, which is a legal holiday in Washington D.C. even though no one else has ever heard of it.

Regardless, we’re all happy that D.C. celebrates this day, because it gives us two extra days to procrastinate about filing our returns.

This year, for the first time in this century, I can actually be smug about these dates, because I’ve actually already filed my return. And I even owed money.

Writers have many fine qualities (yes, we do. Stop laughing) but none of them involve filing paperwork in a timely manner. We tend to be stubborn and iconoclastic and generally refuse to do what we’re supposed to, even when we’re being told what to do by the IRS.

Still, last year my stubborn streak resulted in me having to pay some unfortunate penalties, and after that I had a “come to Jesus” moment. Gee, if I file my tax returns on time, the IRS won’t yell at me, and I won’t have a vaguely disquieting sense of unease waiting for the inevitable letter to arrive in the mail.

So, personally, I plan to spend Tuesday, April 17, drinking wine all day and thinking about all you poor procrastinators out there who are sweating heavily, trying to figure out how you can justify deducting your new lawnmower.

The secondary benefit to me of filing my taxes on time is that I actually get my dining room table back. It’s been covered with paid bills, invoices and paperwork that needs to be filed for so long I could no longer remember what type of wood was underneath.

I recently decided that this was a big waste of my dining room, because theoretically I might someday actually like to have a meal at this table. So, now that the taxes are filed, I can clear it off and use it once again for its intended purpose. So far, I’ve sighted wood underneath the clutter, and I’m planning to soon dive in and uncover the rest.

My friend Monica and I were thinking about the fact that neither of us has held a dinner party in decades, and that it might just be time to do it again. These days, I mostly just meet friends at restaurants, partly because my house is too messy and I don’t want them to judge me.

I wrote about my yen for a dinner party last year, after watching the final season of ‘Downton Abbey.’ Oh, to have a party like that. Though, technically speaking, I don’t have any footmen. Or a Mrs. Patmore to cook for me. Or a beautiful beaded gown to wear. And, as I mentioned, my house is a mess.

I woke up from a sound sleep last week and realized this is a self-inflicted condition and I could, if absolutely necessary, clean up my house and start inviting people over again.

I recently did an Extremely Scientific Poll of my friends and 92 percent of them also said they don’t invite people over because their houses are too messy.

Now, I don’t want to destroy the restaurant industry in America, which could very well happen if everyone cleaned up their houses and started entertaining at home again, but, for my part, now that my personal tax season is over, I intend to reclaim my dining room.

Stay tuned for the dinner invitation.

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Former CU Buffs star Chidobe Awuzie gained confidence in rookie NFL season

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch caught a pass from quarterback Derek Carr, turned and locked his eyes on a Dallas Cowboys defender.

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Suspect in January shooting in Orange arrested

Kevin Coleman, pictured, was arrested on Thursday as a suspect in a shooting that occurred in late January in Serrano Heights. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)
Kevin Coleman, pictured, was arrested on Thursday as a suspect in a shooting that occurred in late January in Serrano Heights. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

With help from the Buena Park and Torrance police departments, the Orange Police Department Thursday arrested a suspect in an Orange shooting that happened earlier this year.

The suspect, Kevin Michael Coleman, was arrested on suspicion of shooting a man after being caught trying to steal items from his car, Orange police Sgt. Phil McMullin said.

On January 29, the victim, a resident of the Serrano Heights area, caught the suspect while leaving for work and chased him around the neighborhood before being shot in the torso. He survived and has since been released from the hospital, McMullin said.

Coleman was also a suspect in lesser crimes in the cities of Torrance and Buena Park, prompting their police to assist in the arrest, McMullin said.

He has been booked at Orange County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Mater Dei football adds another top prospect via transfer

Evan Bennett, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman has transferred to Mater Dei, according to the Sacramento Bee that covered Bennett when he played at Sacramento’s Capital Christian High this past fall.

The Bee describes Bennett as a “powerhouse two-way lineman with swelling recruiting interest.”

Quarterback Bryce Young, who was All CIF-Southern Section Division 2 this past fall as a sophomore at Cathedral of Los Angeles, transferred to Mater Dei in January.

 

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UMBC, Virginia and the death of surprise

Virginia lost to Chaminade, an NAIA school, in 1982. At the time it was the ultimate test of whether you can believe what you read in the newspaper..Russell Turner was a 12-year-old, growing up in Virginia. He actually delivered that Roanoke Times.

On Friday night, Turner watched Virginia play UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The UMBC coach was Ryan Odom, son of Dave Odom, who was coaching Tim Duncan at Wake Forest when Turner was an assistant there. Ryan also began his playing career at Division III Hampden-Sydney the year after Turner left..

Turner is UC Irvine’s coach now, and he watched the Retrievers lead by six and eight and 12, with little resistance from the Cavaliers. He marveled at Odom’s mystical calm.

Eventually UMBC won, 74-54. It was the first time a top-seeded team ever lost to a 16 seed, but realistically it was No. 64 over No. 1. The Retrievers never will forget it. The Cavaliers never will be spared.

“UMBC was quicker at three positions than Virginia was,” Turner said Monday. “They had three really good senior guards. Then you saw Virginia start to get uptight, and you saw UMBC start hitting threes and gaining confidence.

“A critical component of the tournament is the pressure on the favorite. There’s all the social media, there’s the brackets, there’s all the people who want to see the upset. But this wasn’t a good matchup for Virginia, and it’s a one-and-done tournament. Can you imagine what the NBA playoffs would be like if it was one-and-done?”

There’s a match play tournament in golf that starts Wednesday in Austin. When it was at La Costa, Tiger Woods lost twice to Aussie lefthander Nick O’Hern.

Buster Douglas beat Mike Tyson. Jack Fleck beat Ben Hogan. Rulon Gardner outwrestled Aleksandr Karelin.

And there was a Miracle on Ice.

That is why Leicester City’s Premier League championship in 2016 is the most incredible sustained upset in sports history. It was a miracle that lasted 38 games.

But the secret of the NCAA tournament is that it always delivers surprise, or its illusion.

Loyola-Chicago is no pop-up doll. The Ramblers are 28-5 and won at Florida. But when they hit the final shot to beat both Miami and Tennessee, and when they have a 98-year-old chaplain named Sister Jean who gets hugs from the winning players, they become part of Madness Culture.

The other secret is that fans get involved in the upset and sometimes convince themselves they’re responsible. They play along with the teams in a way that doesn’t happen anywhere else. When Marshall knocked off Wichita State, thousands nodded knowingly. “I had that one,” they said.

The truth is that the teams really aren’t very different, except for their TV time. Some are laden with future pros, like Duke and Kentucky, but they can be betrayed by their youth. Some are senior-dominated and lack the one great takeover player.

Depth is an issue. When Xavier’s J.P. Macura and Cincinnati’s Jarren Cumberland fouled out, their teams crumbled. When Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter broke his wrist last week, that jangled the team’s nerve endings.

Ryan Odom knows the landscape. As a kid he was Virginia’s ballboy. His dad was an assistant during the Ralph Sampson years. Ryan passed out water during time outs.

He is 43. He and his wife Lucia raise a son with severe OCD issues. He makes $230,000 a year, and an NCAA win like this one gets the attention of athletic directors who need a coach and like to win the press conference. It is an overnight shot of credibility.

Before Odom arrived, UMBC had won 41 games in seven seasons. Now it has won 46 in two seasons. But UMBC lost to Albany by 40, and had lost 23 consecutive games to Vermont before Jarius Lyles’ jumper won the America East tournament on Vermont’s floor.

The Retrievers lost Sunday to Kansas State, but only by 50-43. K-State coach Bruce Weber saw Dave Odom in between games and told him UMBC was a great story.

“It is,” Odom replied. “Don’t ruin it.”

Meanwhile, a UMBC student team won a national cybersecurity competition and the school celebrated its first Rhodes scholar. It has been a chess powerhouse for years. None of that was known before Lyles shot 9-for-11 and scored 28 on Friday.

“There are a lot of players out there,’ Turner said. “It’s not just finding them, it’s developing them, getting them to find their confidence. Now, a lot more of them will believe they can do this.’

More of us will, too. UMBC-over-Virginia might or might not have been the alltime upset. It probably was the last one.

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Plane flying from UAE to Turkey crashes in Iran, killing 11

By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL

TEHRAN, Iran — A Turkish private jet flying from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul carrying a group of young women crashed Sunday night in a mountainous region of Iran during a heavy rain, killing all 11 people on board, authorities said. The doomed aircraft days earlier carried a bachelorette party bound for Dubai.

Iranian state television quoted Mojtaba Khaledi, the spokesman of the country’s emergency management organization, as saying the plane hit a mountain near Shahr-e Kord and burst into flames. Shahr-e Kord is some 230 miles south of the capital, Tehran.

Khaledi later told a website associated with state TV that local villagers had reached the site in the Zagros Mountains and found only badly burned bodies and no survivors. He said DNA tests would be needed to identify the dead.

Villagers near the crash earlier said they saw flames coming from the plane’s engine before the crash, according to a report by Iran’s state-run judiciary news agency Mizan.

The plane took off around 4:41 p.m. (6:11 a.m. PST) Sunday and reached a cruising altitude of just over 35,000 feet, according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website. At around 6:01 p.m. (7:31 a.m. PST), something appears to have gone wrong with the flight as it rapidly gained altitude and then dropped drastically within minutes, data published by the website showed.

The General Civil Aviation Authority in the UAE said the flight took off from Sharjah International Airport on its way to Istanbul. A private company that handles public relations for the Sharjah airfield, the home of low-cost airline Air Arabia, declined to immediately comment. Sharjah is a neighboring emirate of Dubai.

Turkey’s private Dogan News Agency identified the plane as a Bombardier CL604, tail number TC-TRB. Turkey’s Transport Ministry said the plane belongs to a company named Basaran Holding, which The Associated Press could not immediately reach.

Basaran Investment Holding is active in the food, finance, energy, construction, tourism and travel industries, according to the company’s website.

Mina Basaran, the 28-year-old daughter of Basaran’s chairman who is part of the company’s board of managers and is in line to run the business, posted photographs on Instagram of what appeared to be her bachelorette party in Dubai.

Among those photographs was an image of the plane posted three days ago. In it, Basaran poses on the tarmac carrying flowers, wearing a denim jacket reading “Mrs. Bride” and the hashtag “#bettertogether.” In another picture, she holds heart-shaped balloons inside the plane.

One day ago, Basaran posted a picture with seven smiling friends from a Dubai resort. The last videos posted to her account showed her and friends enjoying a concert by the British pop star Rita Ora at a popular Dubai nightclub. There was no further activity on her account after that.

It wasn’t clear who was on the plane at the time of the crash, though Iranian emergency management officials described all the passengers as being young women, according to IRNA.

Sunday’s crash comes after an Iranian ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, crashed in southern Iran, killing all 65 people on board in February.

 

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Football recruiting: Orange quarterback Jason Wilkinson commits to Redlands

Orange quarterback Jason Wilkinson (6-4, 197), who helped the Panthers capture their first CIF-SS title since 1929, has committed to Redlands as a quarterback, Orange football coach Robert Pedroza said.

The Panthers (13-3) are planning to honor Wilkinson’s achievement today with a signing day event. They won CIF-SS Division 13 and SoCal regional titles to finish as a state runner-up.

Wilkinson passed for 3,049 yards and 32 TDs last season. He also starred at safety, a position he played in the Orange County All-Star Classic in January.

Redlands finished second to Chapman this past season in the Division III SCIAC.

Please send football news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

 

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MLB: No pitch clock in 2018, but mound visits, warm-up times limited

The 2018 season will mark a cap on the number of mound visits per game and decreased times for relievers entering the game and between-inning breaks.

      

 

 

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Laguna Niguel social media star says ‘yes’ to a dance invitation from Chicago teen with cerebral palsy

Sometimes life can be sweet –– like glazed with pink sprinkles sweet.

That’s why Chicago-based teen June Osborn, 14, took a shot in the dark when she asked a social media star from across the country, Michael Gilgan, 16, of Laguna Niguel, to her winter formal.

Osborn, whose suffers from cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, wasn’t planning on going to the dance. It was only two weeks away. Then, on a whim of “why not?” she tagged his handle in a post featuring an opened box of assorted donuts with the lid inscribed in multi-color markers, asking “I donut know if you’ll go to the Winter Formal with me but … it’d be really sweet if you did.”

To her surprise, Gilgan commented one week later with “I would love to go with you! When is it?”

“It was so sweet,” he said. “The post caught my eye, and her story inspires me –– she’s a fighter.”

Osborn had no expectations. She didn’t even have a dress.

“Honestly, I think I was taking a nap at the time,” she recalled. “When I looked up, I had so many Instagram notifications.”

June Osborn, 14, opens a shirt gifted to her from her date, social media star Michael Gilgan, 16, screen-printed with one of his tweets that reads "You are my everything." (Photo by Ireland Gilgan)
June Osborn, 14, opens a shirt gifted to her from her date, social media star Michael Gilgan, 16, screen-printed with one of his tweets that reads “You are my everything.” (Photo by Ireland Gilgan)

Arrangements were funded by NSI Investigations, a local business in Laguna Niguel that helps locate missing children. The sponsorship included traveling Gilgan and his sister, Ireland, over 2,000 miles to Herscher, Illinois for the weekend to attend Herscher High School’s winter formal on Saturday, Feb. 10.

“I’m looking forward to meeting her (again), getting to know her more and just hanging out with her,” Gilgan said during a phone interview before the dance.

Osborn previously met Gilgan last month at Good Times Live in Chicago, a convention where internet influencers connect in-person with other creators, brands and supporters. The two shared conversation and photos at the meet and greet, but Gilgan’s kindness and the welcoming nature of his accompanied family are what made the lasting impression, she said.

This interaction is what ultimately inspired her to continue following him and create the fan page “smile_Gilgan.”

Gilgan currently has 822,000 followers on his most successful platform –– Instagram –– and is constantly creating content. His portfolio is largely comprised of amateur, modelesque selfies and silly, smartphone videos partial to slapstick and character comedy.

“It’s just funny. If you’re in a mood or having a bad day you can just go watch it and laugh,” Osborn said. “It could just be something really random and they just manage to make me laugh.”

Osborn was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 3. Cerebral palsy is a congenital, neurological disorder that affects movement, posture and coordination. It is caused by brain damage while the brain is still in development and impedes fine, gross, and oral motor functions.

Gilgan has used his influencer status to dabble in philanthropy. He has donated money to children’s hospitals in Indonesia and participated in bully-awareness rallies.

“I had nothing (growing up). My mom is a single mom who raised me –– and I’m a triplet,” Gilgan explained. “That’s why I decide to donate my ticket sales (from appearances) to charities (involved with) palliative care.”

In the future, he wants to help those suffering from terminal diseases, chronic conditions, and/or cancer, he said.

But in the meantime, that means matching a corsage with a boutonniere and hitting the dance floor.

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CIF-SS girls soccer playoff pairings

The CIF-SS girls soccer playoff pairings were released Monday, Feb. 12.

GIRLS SOCCER

DIVISION 1
First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Los Alamitos bye
Rancho Cucamonga at Northwood
Vista Murrieta at San Clemente
Long Beach Poly at La Mirada
Dana Hills at JSerra
Beckman at Chino Hills
Westlake at Hart
Millikan at Santiago/Corona
Santa Margarita bye
Esperanza at Long Beach Wilson
Los Osos at Edison
Aliso Niguel, bye
Foothill at Troy
Moorpark at Harvard-Westlake
Huntington Beach at San Juan Hills
Upland bye

DIVISION 2
Wild-card round, Tuesday, Feb. 13
A: Lakewood at South Torrance
B: Mission Viejo at Roosevelt/Eastvale

First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Winner A at South Hills
Mira Costa at Canyon
Cypress at Royal
San Marcos at Oaks Christian
Marina at Temecula Valley
Santa Monica at Corona del Mar
Trabuco Hills at Quartz Hill
Redlands East Valley at El Dorado
Chaminade at Redondo
Claremont at Yucaipa
Agoura at San Luis Obispo
Rosary at Warren
Yorba Linda at Sunny Hills
Valencia/Valencia at Flintridge Sacred Heart
Glendora at Bishop Amat
Winner B at Villa Park

DIVISION 3
Wild-card round, Tuesday, Feb. 13
Arroyo Grande at Redlands

First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Wild-card winner at Pacifica
Camarillo at Oxnard
Canyon/Canyon Country at Sierra Canyon
Thousand Oaks at Marymount
Cajon at Oak Hills
La Salle at Riverside Poly
Pasadena Poly at North Torrance
Crescenta Valley at Centennial/Corona
Flintridge Prep at Buena
Knight at Culver City
Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks at Arcadia
West Torrance at Alta Loma
Estancia at Serrano
Sonora at Peninsula
Atascadero at La Serna
Downey at Mayfair

DIVISION 4
Wild-card round, Tuesday, Feb. 13
A: Bellflower at Paramount
B: Ocean View at Crean Lutheran
C: Brentwood at Burroughs/Burbank
D: Granite Hills at Montclair
E: Cerritos at Kennedy
F: Highland at Mayfield
G: Paso Robles at Windward
H: San Marino at Great Oak
I: Diamond Ranch at Apple Valley

First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Winner A at Paloma Valley
Barstow at Palm Desert
Winner B at Laguna Beach
Pacifica/Oxnard at Eastside
Winner C at Santa Ynez
Winner D at Bloomington
Valley View at Walnut
Winner E at St. Margaret’s
Winner F at Valley Christian/Cerritos
Temescal Canyon at La Canada
Chino at Bishop Montgomery
Winner G at Ventura
El Segundo at Viewpoint
Winner H at Silverado
Grand Terrace at California
Winner I at La Quinta

DIVISION 5
Wild-card round, Tuesday, Feb 13 (updated)
A: Ontario Christian at Tahquitz
B: Sage Hill at Cathedral City
C: Godinez at Santa Fe
D: Jurupa Valley at Arlington
E: La Reina at Immaculate Heart
F: Glendale at Summit

First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Winner A at Patriot
San Dimas at Rancho Mirage
Winner B at Jurupa Hills
Lompoc at Gabrielino
Winner C at Westminster
Anaheim at Animo Leadership
Nogales at Western Christian
Winner D at Hemet
Winner E at St. Genevieve
Los Amigos at Rowland
Hillcrest at Sierra Vista
Santa Ana at Katella
Schurr at Ontario
San Gorgonio at Beaumont
Maranatha at Santa Paula
Winner F at South Pasadena

DIVISION 6
Wild-card round, Tuesday, Feb. 13
A: Keppel at Pacifica Christian/Santa Monica
B: Vistamar at Arroyo
C: Aquinas at Academy of Academic Excellence
D: Templeton at de Toledo
E: Palm Springs at Arrowhead Christian
F: CAMS at South El Monte
G: Heritage at University Prep
H: Pomona at Wilson/Hacienda Heights
I: El Monte at Pomona Catholic
J: Carpinteria at Alverno
K: Santiago/Garden Grove at Moreno Valley
L: Hueneme at Orcutt Academy
M: Pacifica Christian/Newport Beach at Century

First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Winner A at Mission/San Gabriel
Winner B at Da Vinci
Winner C at Vista del Lago
Savanna at Nuview Bridge
Winner D at Palmdale Aerospace
Winner E at Mammoth
Winner F at Foothill Tech
Winner G at Coachella Valley
Winner H at Santa Rosa Academy
Winner I at Archer
Winner J at Montebello
Winner K at Riverside Prep
Winner L at Nordhoff
Lennox Academy at Oxford Academy
Rialto at Garey
Winner M at Garden Grove

DIVISION 7
First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Glendale Adventist at Vasquez
Azusa at Dunn
Ramona Convent at Calvary Murrieta
Avalon at St. Bernard
St. Paul at Saddleback Valley Christian
Yucca Valley at San Jacinto Valley Academy
Pacific Lutheran at Pilibos
Mojave at Santa Clarita Christian
Capistrano Valley Christian at Ganesha
Big Bear at Orange Vista
St. Monica at Fillmore
Santa Clarita Valley International at Providence/Burbank
Rubidoux at Southlands Christian
Thacher at Laguna Blanca
St. Monica Academy at St. Pius X-St. Matthias
Cobalt at Wildwood

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CU looking forward to quiet national signing day

National signing day used to be somewhat of a holiday on the sports calendar.
This year, however, it’s more like getting a late Christmas present.

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Girls basketball notes: Surprising Dana Hills catches fire in Sea View League

Count Dana Hills’ girls basketball team as one of the surprises in Orange County.

After starting the season 8-8, the Dolphins have won their first five games in the Sea View League, including a 45-40 victory against defending champion Trabuco Hills.

Coach Anne Honey and her squad are aiming for their first league crown and the school’s first since 2013.

Honey said Dana Hills (13-8, 5-0) has successfully blended two up-and-coming younger with senior leaders.

The Dolphins are led statistically by emerging sophomore point guard Maicie Saia and junior post Maya McArthur, a transfer from Mater Dei.

Saia is averaging 20 points in league and 13.7 on the season.

“She’s having a great year,” Honey said of Saia.

Last week, Saia dueled fellow rising sophomore Kayla Chang of Laguna Hills. Saia scored 22 points – just behind Chang’s 25 – to help Dana Hills collect a 69-49 victory.

“Very good shooter,” Laguna Hills coach Jim Martin said of Saia. “Certainly down this way (in South County), they’re two of the better sophomores.”

McArthur didn’t play varsity last season because of her transfer but is averaging 13.8 points and 13.7 rebounds. She grabbed a season-high 20 rebounds against Laguna Hills and ranked second in the county in clearing the glass.

Saia and McArthur combine with senior captains Peyton Romo, Dani De La Fuente and Honey’s daughter, Megan.

Romo, a guard, was averaging 11.1 points but suffered a knee injury Jan. 4 against San Clemente.

Junior Oliva Chambers helped fill the void last week by averaging 15 points in two games.

“They got a lot of ways they can beat you,” Martin said of Dana Hills.

Dana Hills plays Capistrano Valley and Laguna Hills in league this week before a showdown against visiting Trabuco Hills on Feb. 7.

The Dolphins are ranked eighth in CIF-SS Division 2-A this week; Trabuco Hills is ninth in Division 3-AA.

NOTES

Chang, Orange County’s leading scorer with a 29.9 average, plays with her twin sister, Lina. The point guard averages 9.7 points and 3.7 assists. …

Mater Dei is ranked fourth this week in Division 1 behind Windward, Harvard-Westlake and Sierra Canyon. The Monarchs also are contenders for the Open Division. …

A much-improved Anaheim avenged an earlier loss against Katella with a 45-37 victory last week in the Orange League. It was the Knights’ first league loss. The Colonists are ranked third this week in Division 5-AA. …

Brea Olinda plays at fellow Division 1 contender Serra of Gardena on Saturday.

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