Sports Roundup (April 2024)

Baseball race down to wire

Pacific Coast League

The Pacific Coast League baseball race could go down to the wire with Northwood, Beckman, Irvine, Woodbridge and University all in the hunt for the league title and the four California Interscholastic Federation automatic playoff berths. Entering the final month of the season, Northwood and Beckman held the top two spots, but other teams could also make a run for the title. Portola was also in the running for a CIF playoff berth. “The league is just dead even,” Irvine coach Gabriel Cota says. “It could be anybody on any given day.”

All-CIF in water polo

Northwood High School

Three Northwood High School girls water polo players were named to the All-CIF Division 4 team: senior Yoshi Elsefi and juniors Audrey Mariano and Nina Elias. Northwood, coached by Kyle Kim-E, advanced to the CIF finals this year for the first time in school history, losing to Rosary 8-6. With Mariano and Elias among the returning players, Kim-E says the future of the program is bright.

Players sign letters of intent

Woodbridge High School

Four members of the Woodbridge soccer team, which won the Pacific Coast League title this season, and two members of the swim team recently signed national letters of intent. From the soccer team, Maci Land, a first team All-PCL, signed with Loyola Marymount; Sabine Ramos, a first team all-league, signed with Cal Poly Pomona; Bella Venegas, a first team All-PCL, signed with Chico State University; and Milan Heisdorf, an all-league defender, signed with UC Irvine. From the swim team, Jacob Wang, a PCL MVP, signed with UC San Diego; and Dean Ko, a six-time PCL A finalist, signed with Claremont McKenna College.