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High school sports participation in California reached an all-time high of 763,306 participants during the past school year, according to the CIF's annual survey released ast week.
Lacrosse had the largest percentage increase at 3.9 percent, adding 580 participants (303 girls, 277 boys). Cross country (1,234) and soccer (1,241) also increased participation.
Football led the 10 boys sports with 103,464 participants. Track and field was second with 54,062, followed by soccer (48,564), basketball (44,097) and baseball (43,482).
For girls, track and field led the way with 44,567 participants. Soccer was second with 43,820 and volleyball was third at 40,751.
There are 1,540 CIF member schools that participated in the survey.
GREENE, DEARTH HELP U.S. 15U BASEBALL EARN SILVER
Hunter Greene and the U.S. 15U baseball team saw their unbeaten run come to an end Sunday night in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Cuba used a three-run eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and defeated the U.S., 6-3, in the gold-medal game of the 15U World Cup. Greene, a sophomore from Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks who came into the game with a 2-0 record and a 0.82 ERA in the tournament, pitched a scoreless seventh inning before getting into trouble in the eighth.
The U.S. team, which included South Hills pitcher John Dearth, finished 9-1 in the 18-team tournament and reached the title game with a 10-9, 10-inning walk-off victory against Mexico.
Greene celebrated his 15th birthday last Wednesday when he struck out seven, walked one and gave up six hits and one run in six innings to lead the U.S. to a 10-2 victory over Cuba.
RUTH TEAM HEADS INTO WORLD SERIES QUARTERS
Crescenta Valley's Brian Gadsby pitched a complete game and Glendora's Justin Cage and former Chatsworth player Raul Camas also stood out in helping San Gabriel Valley's 18-and-under all-star baseball team to a 3-1 start at the Babe Ruth Senior World Series for 16- to 18-year-olds in Ephrata, Wash.
San Gabriel Valley, which finished second in its five-team pool, was to meet the Columbia Basin (Wash.) Desert Dogs in a quarterfinal late Tuesday night.
Gadsby, a UCLA commit, allowed four hits, struck out six and surrendered two unearned runs for San Gabriel Valley, which rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Columbia Basin (Wash.) River Dogs, 7-2, in its American Division pool-play opener on Thursday.
CANCER CLAIMS SAN FERNANDO'S BLUNT
Sean Blunt, an All-L.A. City Section defensive back at San Fernando in the 1980s who went on to play at UNLV and came back to coach and teach at his alma mater, died Sunday night at his home after a bout with cancer. He was 48.
More than 600 people had come together in February in San Fernando trying to raise funds to help Blunt with his treatment.
Blunt, who had been helping coach at St. Genevieve, spent more than 20 years at San Fernando as an assistant and head coach. Blunt became head coach at San Fernando in 1993 and ran the program for 11 years. He continued as a physical education teacher in the L.A. Unified School District.
NORTH TORRANCE'S ROMERO TO COLGATE
North Torrance softball standout Meghan Romero committed to play at Colgate University after helping North win its fourth straight Pioneer League championship and reach the CIF-SS Division 3 quarterfinals.
The senior second baseman, a first-team All-Pioneer League selection, hit .333 with 17 runs scored, 15 RBI and six doubles while leading the team in walks (12) and sacrifice bunts (7) last season. She has a weighted GPA of 3.96.