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Royal's Guerra Signs With Arkansas State

March 05, 1997

Royal High girls' volleyball player Nikki Guerra has signed a letter of intent with Arkansas State.

A 6-foot middle blocker, Guerra was a Times' all-region selection last fall. She chose Arkansas State over Central Connecticut and Cal State L.A.

"I walked in their gym," Guerra said, "and it seats about 10,000 people and I said, 'Oh my God . . . I can see myself playing here.' "

Santa Clara High's Marianne Moll committed to play for Cal Lutheran. The 5-10 Moll, who played middle blocker and outside hitter, is a two-time All-Frontier League selection.

Distinguished career: Yutaka Shimizu, the City Section boys' basketball coach with the longest tenure, will not be rehired by Kennedy High despite leading the Golden Cougars to the West Valley League co-championship this season.

Shimizu was the coach at Kennedy for 14 seasons. Assistant Tim Guy, whose responsibilities increased this season, is a candidate to replace Shimizu.

Searching, searching: Taft, which suffered through a 7-12 season, is seeking its fifth girls' basketball coach in as many seasons after the resignation of Brandy Price.

Price took a team decimated by the transfer of four players to Kennedy and finished last in the West Valley League with a 2-8 record.

Ratings game: Kennedy High is ranked No. 23 in the nation in Baseball America magazine's preseason poll. Other Southland teams in the poll include second-ranked Anaheim Canyon and 12th-ranked Capistrano Valley.

Quarterback crowd: Jason Godbolt, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback from Fremont High, has signed to play at Cal State Northridge, making him the seventh quarterback who will be on the team next fall.

Ready to move: Kevin Singleton, a former assistant at Arizona and Mesa College in Arizona, is expected to accept an offer to join the Cal State Northridge football staff, Athletic Director Paul Bubb said Tuesday.

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