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Valencia Boys Volleyball Team Sweeps Righetti in CIF Playoffs

khts_sportsThe Valencia boys volleyball team swept Righetti in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs.

Valencia got off to a bit of a rought start before putting away Righetti, 25-22, in the first game. Then Valencia rolled, winning the next two games, 25-15, 25-13.

Broc Oppler led Valencia with 14 kills and had three blocks. Eric Ensing added 10 kills. Shane Nazarian had 39 assists and Griffin Ender had 15 digs.

Valencia moves on to the quarterfinals on Saturday.

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The Hart volleyball team lost to top-seeded Corona del Mar in three games and was eliminated from the Division II playoffs.

JJ Mosolf had a team-high 11 kills for Hart. Teammate Taylor Gregory had eight kills and three blocks. Setter Chris Leclair notched 27 assists.

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TheTrinity Classical Academy baseball team finished its first varsity season with a 10-4 win over Ventura Country Christian. Eli Skorich was 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.

The Saugus softball team showed no mercy against Golden Valley in the Foothill League season finale.

Saugus won, 20-3 in five innings, and clinched the league championship outright. The Centurions ended Valencia’s 10-year reign as Foothill League champions.

Saugus scored 11 runs in the second inning. Jenna Kelly and Karlee Bickford each homered in the second.

The West Ranch softball team beat Hart, 10-4, to finish in second-place in the Foothill League standings.

West Ranch hit three home runs, two by Lauren Lindvall. She also drove in six runs. Janelle Lindvall hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

West Ranch starter Bailey Foster took a one-hitter into the seventh inning.

Valencia beat Canyon, 6-3, and finished in third place in the league standings. Maddy Jelenicki and Andrea Brackpool each homered and drove in three runs for Valencia.

Hart finished in fourth place in league with a 5-5 record and will have to apply for an at-large bid into the CIF playoffs. The top three teams in the league standings earn automatic bids to the CIF playoffs.

In high school golf, the West Ranch boys team finished in a tie for 15th at the CIF Southern Section team finals at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs.

The Saugus boys were 21st.

West Ranch’s JJ Holen shot an even-par 71 and was one of only five golfers to shoot par or better.

Three other golfers from West Ranch shot in the 70s. Joey Downey, Isaac Kim and Brandon Dooley each shot 8-over par 79s.

Zack Leonard led Saugus with a 6-over par 77.

Servite won the team finals with a score of 371. Westlake was second at 374, followed by Righetti and Santa Margarita. The top four teams advance to the SCGA Tournament at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena on May 31.

In the NHL playoffs, the San Jose Sharks finally put away the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The Sharks were up 3-0, but the Red Wings tied the series, winning the next three games.

The Sharks will face the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference finals.

In the NBA playoffs, the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks, 93-73, to win the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Bulls won the series, 4-2, and will face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.