Valencia Wins USA Baseball Classic In Tennessee
The Valencia baseball team won the USA Baseball Classic tournament in Tennessee over the weekend. The Vikings beat Bishop Verot from Ft. Myers, Fla., 6-1, in the championship game.
Quincy Quintero was the most valuable player of the tournament. He went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the title game. Alex Bishop and Nick Rivas made the all-tournament team. Bishop had two hits against Bishop Verot.
Jason Spigner hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run for Valencia in the championship game. Valencia went 4-0 in the tournament.
The Canyon sofball team won a pair of games in the Birmingham tournament over the weekend. Canyon beat Kennedy, 11-1, and LA Baptist, 15-5.
Danielle Sullivan collected seven hits in the two games. She was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs with a double against Kennedy. She was 4-for-4 with two doubles and drove in a run against LA Baptist.
Jenny Wunderlich went 3-for-5, scored three runs and drove in a run for Canyon against Kennedy.
Courtney Ziese hit a three-run triple in the third inning to give Canyon an 11-0 lead over LA Baptist.
The West Ranch softball team lost to Bishop Amat, 7-3, in the third-place game of the Santiago Tournament.
Janelle Lindvall hit a two-run home run in the first inning and went 2-for-3 in the game.
West Ranch lost to Los Alamitos, 10-5, in its last game of pool play earlier in the tournament.
Canyon High’s Tiffini Stone set two school records at the Aracdia Invitational track and field meet over the weekend. She set school marks in the triple jump and the long jump.
The Saugus girls distance medley relay team finished second to Harvard-Westlake in the Acradia Invitational. The team of Kaylin Mahoney, Nicole Penick, Alex Hampton and Stephanie Bulder put together a time of 12 minutes, 3.09 seconds.
Harvard-Westlake won the race in a school record 11 minutes, 40.89 seconds, the 11th fastest outdoor time in US history.
The Trinity Classical Academy baseball team lost to LA Lutheran, 8-1. Patch Kulp had a single and scored the only run for Trinity.
The Master’s College split a doubleheader against Pt. Loma Nazarene, winning the first game, 5-3, and losing the second game, 2-1.
JT Adams hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to rally The Master’s College in the first game. The Mustangs scored five runs in the top of ninth to win the game.
Chris Talley drove in the only run for The Master’s College in the second game with an RBI single in the first inning.
In auto racing. RJ Johnson of Canyon Country won the season-opening NASCAR Super Late Model race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. He was making his debut for a new team, Position One Motorsports, and won the first Super Late Model race of his career.
In the Firestone Indy Lights Series, Duarte Ferreira, driving for Bryan Herta Autosport, finished seventh in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race at Barber Motorsports Park.
Ferreira started the race in the 15th and last position and worked his way into the top 10 for the team owned by Valencia’s Bryan Herta.
The Lakers lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 120-106, blowing a five-point lead in the fourth quarter and losing their fifth game in a row.
Kobe Bryant scored 31 points to lead the Lakers. Kevin Durant also scored 31 points as the Thunder won their fourth game in a row. It was the first road win for the Thunder against the Lakers since 2006.
Next up for the Lakers are the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on Tuesday night.
The Kings open the NHL playoffs as the seventh seed in the Western Conference and will travel to San Jose for the first game of the first-round series on Thursday.
The Kings lost two costly games to the Anaheim Ducks to drop to seventh place. The Kings lost three of their last four games of the season, including 3-1 to the Ducks on Saturday night at Staples Center.
To make matters worse, the Kings are without all star Anze Kopitar for the playoffs. He had ankle surgery two weeks ago and won’t be able to return to the ice for at least another month.
The Ducks, meanwhile, earned the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They start against the Nashville Predators at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Wednesday.