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Lions roar to 10th straight victory


Considering how dominant San Diego Jewish Academy pitching sensation Michael Fagan has been in three-plus seasons, nothing he does at this point should really come as a surprise.

But Fagan turned in another jaw-dropping performance — even by his own ridiculously high standards — as he led the torrid Lions to their 10th straight victory to start the season.

Fagan struck out all 15 batters he faced in five innings to lead the Lions to a 12-0 Citrus League West victory over Lutheran of Chula Vista on March 29.

He breezed through the game throwing just 56 pitches.

Santa Fe Christian’s winning combo: Heavy hitting, solid pitching


- Santa Fe Christian hits well enough to win even on days when the Eagles don’t pitch especially well.

When they get both, the Eagles are practically unbeatable.

Such was the case on March 23, when Graham Gomez and Nolan Gannon combined on a five-hitter to lead the Eagles to a 5-1 nonleague victory over Patrick Henry of San Diego.

The Eagles improved to 5-1-1 overall for the season as they won for the fifth time in six games.

The team has relied heavily on an offense that three weeks into the season has been on a tear, averaging 9.4 runs per game.

San Diego Jewish Academy maintains perfect baseball record


- The little engine has kicked into overdrive.

Tiny San Diego Jewish Academy won its sixth straight baseball game to start the season, trouncing Christian Life Academy of Escondido, 9-1, in a Citrus League West game on March 18.

Decisions, decisions: Cathedral standout has options


As problems in the life of a high school baseball player go, Cathedral Catholic standout Daniel Camarena’s qualify as pretty good ones to have.

Considered one of the nation’s most highly regarded juniors, Camarena is a top-flight left-handed pitching prospect who’s already verbally committed to University of San Diego.

Torrey Pines pitcher DeNato shows versatility in season opener


- Torrey Pines pitching standout Joey DeNato can beat you just as easily with his bat as he can with his arm.

The University of Indiana-bound DeNato showcased both tools in a 4-1 victory over Point Loma of San Diego on March 13 as the Falcons improved to 3-1 in the season-opening Falcon-Pirate tournament.

DeNato pitched a five-hitter, and for a second straight game he homered and drove in three runs.

Torrey Pines alumna to compete in Kia Classic

The shelves at most chain bookstores overflow with golfing instruction guides.

Comb through all of them — from Jack Nicklaus’ “Golf My Way,” considered the genre’s timeless classic, to the current hit, Golf Magazine’s “The Best Instruction Book Ever!,” and the thousands in between — and you’ll be hard pressed to find any of them claim training horses can cut shots off your game.

Kaitlin Drolson won’t promise it’ll remedy that stubborn slice, but the amateur sensation cites her experience training horses in San Diego County as a key factor in her golfing development.

Falcons fall in boys basketball semifinal

Boys basketball:

- Torrey Pines High came up short in its bid for a CIF San Diego Section title.

The Falcons lost to El Camino of Oceanside 49-46 in a Div. I semifinal on March 2.

The top-seeded Falcons had high hopes of winning the title after an exciting regular season campaign that included winning an Avocado League title on the last day of the regular season.

The loss snapped a six-game winning streak and dropped the Falcons overall record for the season to 26-4. The Falcons had won 11 of their previous 12 games and 20 of their last 22.

Falcons make final push for Avocado title

Boys basketball:

- An Avocado League title turned out to be all the incentive Torrey Pines needed for that extra crunch time push.

Trailing by 5 points going into the fourth quarter in a pivotal league showdown against La Costa Canyon, the Falcons rallied for a 57-49 victory in a regular season finale for both teams.

The Falcons, who two days earlier defeated San Pasqual 71-43, improved to 9-1 in league and 24-3 overall for the season.

Falcons, Mavericks dominate league

Boys basketball

- Torrey Pines survived a scare to remain deadlocked atop the Avocado League standings.

The Falcons held on to defeat upset-minded Mission Hills, 62-60, in a league game on Feb. 12.

The victory sets up a pivotal showdown against La Costa Canyon on Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m., at LCC, with sole possession of the league title likely at stake.

The Falcons improved to 7-1 in league and 22-3 overall for the season. They were tied with the Mavericks, 7-1, 22-3, going into league games scheduled for Feb. 17 (Torrey Pines was slated to play San Pasqual, and LCC was scheduled to play Mission Hills).

Nick Kerr scored a career-high 34 points to lead the Falcons, and Amir Begovic added 12 points.

Dons basketball team wins 4 straight games

Boys basketball:

- Tough-to-figure Cathedral Catholic has never been tougher to figure out.

The Dons, who stunned area hoops circles last season advancing to the San Diego Section Div. III finals after finishing third in Western League play, are at it again.

This time, after a 0-4 start in league play, the Dons are suddenly near the top of the league standings after winning four straight league games.

The torrid Dons improved their overall record for the season to 11-8 after defeating St. Augustine of San Diego 60-52 on Feb. 2 and then trouncing La Jolla 69-50 three days later.

The Dons’ fourth consecutive victory was especially perplexing considering they’d lost to La Jolla 52-34 on Jan. 15 in the first round of league play.