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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK

Little Parque Ringing Up Big Numbers

May 20, 1994

Crescenta Valley High's Jim Parque stands only 5-foot-9 but must look 10-feet tall to opposing batters.

The senior left-hander bound for UCLA has enjoyed a remarkable regular season. He will take a 10-2 record and an 0.40 earned-run average into today's first round of the Southern Section Division I playoffs.

He's also the area's strikeout king with 136 in 70 2/3 innings. Parque has struck out 10 or more in nine games and 14 or more five times.

He had double figure strikeouts in all but one of his eight league outings. He struck out 17 against Muir, 15 against Hoover and 14 against Arcadia.

"I knew he was going to be good, but he has done better than I thought," Coach Tony Zarrillo said. "He has gone above and beyond anything I expected. He's had a tremendous season."

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Parque's Partner

With Parque on the team, it's easy to overlook Garrett Lee, a senior who also had a remarkable season. He was 4-1 with an 0.50 ERA in league games.

"He was overshadowed because Jim had such a great season," Zarrillo said. "But his league stats were very impressive. He has pitched wonderfully well for us, especially in the last month. We certainly would not be where we are if it were not for Garrett."

Lee is 4-3 with a 1.33 ERA.

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Crescenta Valley's John Jenkins admitted that he might have been a little too relaxed when he won the 50-yard freestyle Saturday night in the Southern Section Division II swimming finals. He won by more than half a second but his time of 20.62 didn't match his 1993 record-setting 20.53 in 1993.

By the end of the evening, Jenkins' focus had changed. A raucous crowd of Loyola supporters seated behind the starting blocks had succeeded in firing him up for the 400 relay. "I wanted to make sure they didn't go home with everything," Jenkins said of Loyola, which had already locked up the team title. "We wanted to claim the last race as our own. I hadn't been that pumped up for a race in a long time."

The Falcons trailed Loyola by a length as Jenkins prepared for his anchor leg. After glaring at the Cub swimmer next to him, Jenkins made up the deficit in the first 25 meters and held on to win by a length.

CHANNEL LEAGUE

Not Worst, Young

When you ask Rio Mesa baseball Coach Richard Duran about his team's worst-to-first season, he quickly interjects.

"I think when you look at the word 'worst,' we look at that in a positive way," said Duran, whose team was 10-14, 4-10 in league play last season. "When we finished last, playing in the Channel League, which is a difficult league, our kids learned how to play.

"We weren't really poor last year, we were just young. I look at last year as being the building block for this year."

In '94, the Spartans finished the regular season 18-6 and 11-3, and they could be better next season. The team has only three seniors. Among the top juniors are Chad Snyder (.440, 23 RBIs), Steve Arneson (.397, 30 RBIs), Eric Flores (.360, 15 RBIs) and Richard Soliz (6-1, 1.82 ERA).

MARMONTE LEAGUE

Lancer Triple Play

Thousand Oaks became the first school in six years to qualify three runners for the Southern Section finals in the boys' 1,600 meters when Kevin Marsden (4 minutes 21.63 seconds), Jeff Fischer (4:24.12), and Chadd Aldrich (4:25.74) posted those respective times in Saturday's Division I preliminaries at Long Beach Veterans Stadium.

Agoura's Bryan Dameworth, Peter Oviatt and Bob Gorman placed third, sixth and ninth in the 1988 1-A--now Division IV--finals.

ALPHA LEAGUE

Telling Numbers

The L.A. Baptist baseball team picked the right time to peak. The Knights (19-5), who clinched their second consecutive league title last week and are seeded first in the Division V playoffs, are enjoying a 12-game winning streak with 11 of those victories coming against league opponents.

Five players with at least 18 at-bats in league play are batting .400 or better.

The Mr. Consistent award goes to Ryan O'Connell, who hit safely in all 12 league games, batted .450 (18 of 40) and had 17 RBIs. Leadoff batter Dana Berg had an on-base percentage of .500 and scored 19 runs in league games.

Matt Hernandez (9-1) gave up only four runs and went 5-0 in league play, beating each opponent at least once and finishing with an 0.82 ERA.

NORTH VALLEY LEAGUE

Wild Things

What if they held a North Valley League showdown and no pitchers showed up?

That's what happened last week when first-place Granada Hills and second-place Kennedy played twice.

On Tuesday, Granada Hills pitcher Josh Goldberg walked five batters and allowed eight earned runs in only 1 2/3 innings and Kennedy won, 12-2.

Thursday, Golden Cougar pitchers Keith Bryden and David Soto issued a mind-numbing 13 walks. Soto walked three batters with the bases loaded in the fifth inning in relief, and Kennedy lost, 5-3, to fall two games behind Granada Hills.

"Every single run they scored was either put on base by a walk or driven in by a walk," Kennedy Coach Manny Alvarez said. "It was frustrating."

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