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La Jolla Youth Baseball opens its 2014 season

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It was a picture perfect day for La Jolla Youth Baseball as president Jim Benham emceed a down-home kick-off to the 2014 season on March 15. Highlights included the National Anthem sung by La Jolla High School senior Vaill D’Angelo (third year running); a ceremonial First Pitch thrown out by Jim Weaver (who played in LJYB in 1950s, managed in the 1970s, and is now parent of twin Pinto players Louis and Alexander); and the official League photo taken on Bronco Field in Cliffridge Park.

BASEBALL: La Jolla Country Day comes off a league title, restocked

La Jolla Country Day School senior Matt Yandel delivers against visiting Vista in an Aztec-Foothiller Tournament game. Ed Piper

La Jolla Country Day School baseball has a lot of one family — the Weisz triplets who play shortstop, catcher and centerfield. As their mom Kimberly, telephoto in hand, said with a smile, “I have the middle of the diamond.” The triplets were born tightly bunched, at 8:30, 8:32, and 8:33 p.m. Under LJCD coach John Edman, they’ll play cohesive, aggressive baseball.

Softball: Canyon Crest Academy Ravens 13, La Jolla Country Day Torreys 7 — New head coach leads Country Day Torreys into future

La Jolla Country Day School’s Samantha Moothart takes a cut at the plate in the game against Canyon Crest.  Ed Piper

New Head Coach Lissa Lewis led the La Jolla Country Day Torreys into their home opener on their beautiful home field March 11 against visiting Canyon Crest Academy Ravens. They took their lumps, giving up three runs in the third inning and six in the sixth, falling, 13-7

La Jolla High School baseball team offers skills clinic to La Jolla Youth Baseball players

La Jolla High School Varsity Baseball Coach Gary Frank addresses the La Jolla Youth Baseball players at the end of the clinic. (Courtesy Photo)

La Jolla High School’s Varsity Baseball team hosted a clinic for La Jolla Youth Baseball’s Bronco and Pony players (ages 11-14) on March 9. A dozen Varsity players and six coaches under the direction of Head Coach Gary Frank organized a two-and-a-half hour clinic with multiple infield and outfield drills, base running instruction, pitching and catching sessions, and seven hitting stations with individual instruction. Some 35 LJYB players participated and got a feel for how things operate at the high school level, playing on the LJHS state-of-the-art field, hanging out in the varsity clubhouse, and having a debrief in the home dugout.

Water Warrior: La Jolla triathlete and coach beats skin cancer, urges others to enjoy sun safely

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Doctors, friends and family say Tom Atwell’s indomitable spirit helped him take on cancer twice, and live to serve as an inspiration to others.

La Jolla Vikings girls basketball make it to first CIF Finals in 15 years, but fall short of win

La Jolla Hish School's Vikings girls basketball team are 2014 Division III CIF runner-ups. Ed Piper

The La Jolla High School Lady Vikings, not at all star-struck by playing in the CIF Finals at Jenny Craig Pavilion at USD, led by 10 points with minutes to play in the third quarter. But Coach Dave Westhem’s crew couldn’t hold on, dropping a 51-48 decision to Central Union High Spartans of Imperial Valley in Division III March 8.

Boys Tennis: La Jolla Country Day seeks to ‘grind it out’ in pursuit of CIF title

Stephen Ferruolo of La Jolla Country Day returns a shot in doubles match with partner Brennan Foster March 4. Ed Piper

The La Jolla Country Day School Torreys tennis team took a walloping on their home court from Division II power La Costa Canyon High Mavericks, 12-6, March 4, but the Torreys look on track to be in their own Division III CIF Final again this spring if all indications hold out.

La Jolla Hoopster hits milestone: Viking Sophia Sowers tops 1,000 points

Practice has made perfect for Sphia Sowers, who is the third La Jolla High School player in history to score more than 1,000 career points. Ashley Mackin

While Senior Night is special for all players on the La Jolla High School girls varsity basketball team, this year’s on Feb. 13 was extra special for senior Sophia Sowers. As an announcer named each senior for her moment of fame, he revealed that Sowers had hit her 1,000th career point.

La Jolla High School girls basketball climbs mountaintop to CIF Semifinals

Sophia Sowers (13) of La Jolla High School drives on Fallbrook High’s Amanda Cunningham in the Vikings’ 62- 49 win in the CIF quarterfinals Feb. 28. Sowers finished with 26 points.

The Vikings entered the CIF Division III semifinals on the strength of their 62-49 victory at Fallbrook High Feb. 28, in front of a vocal partisan crowd, far from home, on a rainy, rainy night.

Girls Water Polo: Bishop’s wins fourth CIF title, Bushman scores 11 goals in 2 games

Lefty Scarlett Hallahan of La Jolla tries a shot attempt against Coronado’s Carolyn Gauvin (18) in the CIF semifinals Feb. 26. Hallahan’s shot this time failed, but she scored the winning goal with 19 seconds left in the match. Ed Piper

In the semifinals, the Knights lacquered Cathedral Catholic 12-4, and the Vikings came from behind to overtake Coronado 7-6 to force the fourth consecutive championship game between the cross-town rivals.

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