By Steve Breazeale
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Brothers, Feagler Advance to CIF-SCGA SoCal Regional Golf Tournament
For a fourth consecutive year, Dana Hills senior Clay Feagler advanced to the CIF-SCGA Southern State Regional Championship golf tournament. This year, he will have company as junior Blake Brothers also advanced to the penultimate stage of the high school golf postseason.
Feagler and Brothers both competed at the CIF-SS Individual Finals at Mission Lakes Country Club on May 19 and both golfers had good showings. Feagler, the defending CIF-SS Individual champion, finished in a tie for fifth place after carding a 73 (+1). Brothers finished tied for ninth following his round of 77 (+5).
The two were set to play at Brookside Country Club in Pasadena for the CIF SoCal Golf Championships on May 26. Results were not available at press time. A handful of golfers competing in the SoCal Championships will earn a berth into the California State Golf Championships on June 1.
Dolphins Blanked by JSerra in First Round of Playoffs
The top of the JSerra batting order has proven it is as tough a group as any in Orange County high school baseball this season. They consistently get on base, grind out at bats and make game-changing swings.
The top-3 in the Lions order flexed its muscle against visiting Dana Hills in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships on May 20.
JSerra senior shortstop and No. 3 hitter Chase Strumpf clubbed a breaking pitch that was left over the middle of the plate by Dolphins junior starter Hans Crouse in the third inning for a three-run home run that proved to be the deciding factor in a 3-0 victory.
Dolphins head coach Tom Faris made a bit of a gamble at the start of the postseason, starting senior pitcher Kayl Cota in a wild card play-in game against Great Oak on May 18 instead of giving the ball to Crouse, the team’s ace. The gamble paid off, as Cota delivered a complete game gem and allowed Crouse to face the top-ranked team in Division 1 two days later.
Crouse breezed his way through the first two innings, recording four strikeouts. Crouse even got two quick outs to start the third inning, but then the JSerra lineup flipped to the top of the order. Junior third baseman Royce Lewis, the Lions’ leadoff man, collected JSerra’s first hit and promptly stole second base. Senior Brady Shockey then worked a two-out walk, bringing Strumpf to the plate. Crouse got ahead of Strumpf in the count, 1-2, but the senior UCLA commit came through with the clutch home run.
The game featured one of the better pitching matchups in the first round, as the Lions countered with senior Collin Quinn, a side-arm pitcher who entered the game with a perfect 9-0 record as a starter.
The Dolphins had their chances against Quinn and advanced runners to scoring position in three different innings. Dana Hills’ best chance came in the third inning when senior Max Mircovich singled, stole second and advanced to third on an infield single. Shawn Kany then hit a hard ground ball to the left side, but Lewis made a diving grab to his left to end the threat.
The loss ended the season for the Dolphins (14-7, 5-7 league), who placed third in the South Coast League.
Dolphins Compete at CIF-SS Track and Field Finals
Several Dana Hills athletes competed at the CIF-SS Track and Field Finals in Norwalk on May 21.
Senior Jake Ogden placed sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:11.00.
Senior Mason Coppi took third in the 3,200-meter, posting a time of 9:03.19. Sophomore standout Jack Landgraf finished fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 9:04.33.
Junior Jackson Rager’s throw of 47-07.25 in the shot put earned him a ninth-place finish.
In the 800-meter run, junior Jennifer Daly placed fourth (2:12.27).
The Dolphins 4×100-meter relay team of Daly, Jillian Hutchison, Ximena Bustos and Hailey Ray placed sixth (3:54.04).
Rosalie Ball placed ninth in the discus (99-07).