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March 08, 1997

A trip to San Jose for the state tournament beginning Thursday is at stake tonight for five junior college basketball teams from the region.

In women's action, Ventura, the state's top-ranked team, plays host to Compton, and second-ranked Canyons plays host to Valley. In men's games, Valley plays at top-ranked L.A. City and second-ranked Antelope Valley plays host to Chaffey. All games start at 7 p.m.

Earlier today, softball fans can watch an Olympic gold medalist--UCLA freshman pitcher Christa Williams--in action when the No. 3-ranked Bruins (20-4) play at No. 18 Cal State Northridge (8-5-2) in a nonconference doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

Other events today involving teams from the region include:

High school baseball: At 10 a.m., Providence at Flintridge Prep (doubleheader). At 11 a.m., St. Monica at Moorpark, Rio Mesa at Canyon, San Pedro at Taft, Westchester at Ventura, University at Buena, Loyola at Chatsworth, Palisades at Camarillo, Santa Monica at Sylmar, Hawthorne at Channel Islands, Alemany at Saugus, Montclair Prep at Hueneme, Hart at Notre Dame, Venice at Newbury Park, Harvard-Westlake at Valencia (doubleheader), Ridgecrest Burroughs at Highland (doubleheader), Antelope Valley at Crescenta Valley, Hart at Notre Dame. At noon, Palmdale at Apple Valley (doubleheader). At 4 p.m., St. Francis at La Canada.

High school basketball: Girls Southern Section championship games, at the Pyramid, Long Beach State. Division III-A--Nordhoff vs. Bishop Montgomery, 1 p.m.; Division III-AA--Alemany vs. Muir, 2:45 p.m.; Division I-AA--Oxnard vs. Lynwood, 8:30 p.m.

High school soccer: City Section championship games, at East L.A. College. Girls 3-A Division--Cleveland vs. Hamilton, 10 a.m.; Girls 4-A Division--Chatsworth vs. Granada Hills, noon; Boys--El Camino Real vs. Belmont, 2 p.m. Southern Section championship game, at Cerritos Gahr High. Girls Division III--Chaminade vs. El Modena, 8 p.m.

High school softball: Simi Valley tournament, at Rancho Simi Park--At 9 a.m., Dos Pueblos vs. Apple Valley, Lompoc vs. Burroughs, Hueneme vs. Royal, North Hollywood vs. Buena. At 1:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. Westlake, St. Bonaventure vs. Alemany, Burbank vs. Simi Valley. At 10 a.m., Palmdale at Victor Valley (doubleheader). At 1:30 p.m., La Reina at San Marcos.

High school track and field: At 9 a.m., Alemany-Northridge Relays at Cal State Northridge; Don Green Invitational at Moorpark High. At 10 a.m., Quartz Hill Relays; Eagle Rock Invitational; Leadbetter Games at Santa Barbara City College.

College baseball: At 11 a.m., Claremont-Mudd at Cal Lutheran (doubleheader). At 1 p.m., UC Riverside at Master's, Moorpark at Ventura, Glendale at Mission, Valley at Pierce.

College softball: At noon, Cal Lutheran at Pomona-Pitzer.

Men's tennis: At 11 a.m., Westmont at Cal Lutheran.

Track and field: At 2 p.m., Valley, Santa Monica and Hancock at Canyons.

Men's volleyball: Pepperdine at USC, 7 p.m.

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