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Julian captured a pair of titles at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 finals, winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 36.21 seconds and the 100-yard butterfly in 47.88 seconds. It was the second consecutive season he won a CIF title in the 100 butterfly.
The junior outside hitter helped lead the Crusaders to three CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoff victories with respective kill totals of 19, 15 and 14 in wins over Mission Prep, Hemet and El Segundo. The first two matches were quick sweeps, but Valley Christian had to hold off a furious comeback attempt on the road in a 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 16-25, 15-8 quarterfinal win Saturday night.
Chen played a giant role in helping Walnut win the CIF Southern Section Division 3 boys swimming championship last week at UC Riverside. Chen won the 100 backstroke (50.46) and was second in the 200 free (1:52.97). He was also integral in helping the Mustangs’ 200 medley relay team finish first after a disqualification of original winner Gabrielino. The team title was Walnut’s first in 24 years.
Stearns came up big on the mound in his last two starts of the regular season, notching complete-game wins against South Torrance and Torrance. When he went the distance against Torrance last Tuesday during West’s 5-1 win, it gave the Warriors the Pioneer League title outright. Stearns has led the way on West’s pitching staff this season.
San Juan Hills
The junior accounted for five of the Stallions’ seven runs during a two-game series sweep of San Clemente that put them in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs. Lacheman, a first baseman/pitcher, had three hits and three RBI over the two games. In the final game of the regular season, he led off the top of the eighth inning with a double that led to a 5-4 win for San Juan Hills. He is a grandson of former Angels manager Marcel Lachemann.
The 6-foot-5 outside hitter was the top player for the No. 1-ranked Spartans (30-7) in a 3-2 Division 5 quarterfinal win over visiting Santa Fe on Saturday night. He tallied 20 kills and three blocks as Damien rallied for the 25-15, 21-25, 24-26, 25-15, 18-16 victory. Spinney is team captain and one of three returning starters for a team that won its first CIF title last year. He plans to attend Seattle University and play club volleyball there.
Redlands East Valley
The senior capped off his Citrus Belt League season with an outstanding performance on the mound Friday, leading REV to a 1-0 victory over Yucaipa for a share of the CBL title. Miner pitched five shutout innings for the Wildcats, allowing just four hits. Miner, who had a perfect game through three innings, completes the regular season as the co-wins leader in the league with seven and was fifth in strikeouts (37).
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