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    Mission Viejo’s track and field teams produced six finalists and two champions at Saturdays CIF finals. 

    Diablo Devalle Pedrogo won the 100 meter hurdles and teammate Sean McNanny was champ in the pole vault.  Mission’s sprinter Joey Branker took 4th in the 100 meters and 3rd in the 200 meters.  James Cameron finished 7th in the 1600 meters.

    Trabuco Hills placed 4th in the 1600 meters.  Chad Rozean was 6th in the 400 meters for Trabuco, and Michael Miela came in 5th in the 110 meter hurdles for the Mustangs.

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    Capo Valley defeated Long Beach Wilson 8-4 in the first round of the CIF baseball playoffs.  They will next face Orange Lutheran.

    Tyler Maztek was pulled from the game after pitching four no-hit innings and leading 4-0.  He had struck out six and thrown only 38 pitches, but now will be able to throw against Lutheran on Tuesday.

    “I’d rather win CIF than get a no-hitter,” he told the Times.

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    Mission Viejo’s Capistrano Valley High School boy’s swim team dominated at the CIF-SS Division I swim finals. The team placed first and is ranked number one in Orange County by OC Varsity.

    In the 400 meter relay Capo Valley’s Spenser Goodman, Chris Colgan, Tyler DeShon and Lucas Norman touched second in 3:05.70.  Capo Valley’s boys teams didn’t win an event but used their depth to improve on a projected fourth-place finish to win a tight overall race. The Cougars scored 188.5 points to outdistance runner-up Loyola of Los Angeles at 169.5.

    “Everyone stepped up,” Cougars coach Steve Yancey said. Colgan made one of the biggest leaps, going from 16th seed to a tie for 10th in the 50 free (21.63).

    In addition, Mission Viejo High’s Jon Daniec won the 500 free in a lifetime-best 4:22.19 — 10th-best in county history.

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Softball Schwartzburg    Mission Viejo’s Heather Schwartzburg, a freshman pitcher for Quinnipiac College in New York, was named last week as the Northeast Conference Rookie of the year.

    The right-hander set a Quinnipiac Division I record with 206 strikeouts. The previous record was 122 strikeouts in 2007.

    Heather led the conference during the regular season for ERA, strikeouts and opponent batting average, ending the season with a 1.68 ERA in 35 outtings. 

    She earned 15 wins – five were shutouts.  Her opponents were limited to a .196 batting average.

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Soccer Matheson    MVHS  soccer  player  Lauren  Matheson  has  been named Gatorade’s California Girl’s Soccer Player of the Year. Matheson maintained a 3.49 grade average while leading the Diablos into the CIF Souther Section playoffs.

    Lauren is now a candidate for national player of the year, which will be decided soon. She has also been a member of the Southern California Blues Soccer Club and will play for Santa Clara next year, according to the Times.

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    Diablo Ben Hayes led scorers for all six All-Star games played at the MVHS gym Saturday.  Hayes poured in 29 points in leading the South’s Elite Underclassmen to a 97-85 victory.  The South All-Stars won most of the contests.

    In the other games the North squeaked its only victory in a 102-100 win over the South in the Senior Boys game.  In the Big Schools Senior Girls contest, the South defeated North, 78-63.  The Girls Elite Underclassmen from South won 68-59.    Among Small Schools the Southern Senior Boys dumped the North 71-54, according to OC Varsity“““““““.

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    The City today announced two public workshops for reviewing a Master Plan for the Marguerite Aquatics & Tennis Center.  The hearings will be at 7pm in the City Hall Chambers on May 19 and 27. 

    The workshops raise questions:  1) Where is the plan? It hasn’t been released and the Council was told last Monday it probably wouldn’t be ready until June.  2) The announcement now says “preliminary elements” of the plan will be discussed. What does that mean?  3) The Tennis Club only asked for one new tennis court originally, so why is a “Master Plan” required?  4) Wasn’t the plan supposed to be for upgrades to tennis facilities? If so, why is it now being called the Marguerite Aquatics and Tennis Centers Master Plan? 5) Will a large contingent from the Tennis Club and Aquatics Center (Nadadores, etc.) attend the workshops and urge a large spending plan for their interests? 

    The original request for a $700,000 tennis court has morphed into a $3.7 million project which the Council has asked to be expedited, despite economic uncertainties.  Did the Council shelve the Montanoso Locker Rooms and Pavion Park projects simply to free another $2 million for the Tennis/Aquatics plan? How much will it end up costing?

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