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March 20, 1997

A quest for an unprecedented third consecutive City Section baseball title resumes for Kennedy High when the Golden Cougars play host to El Camino Real in a Northwest Valley Conference game at 3 p.m. today.

Kennedy (4-2) showed signs of shaking a sluggish start Tuesday when standout right-hander Jon Garland pitched six innings in a 6-4 victory at El Camino Real.

Beyond Garland, however, the Golden Cougars lack a definitive No. 2 pitcher. But there is no shortage of candidates.

Senior right-hander Alex Lopez (1-1) was shelled against South Gate but pitched five strong innings in a victory over Highland.

Junior left-handers Wes Crown (1-0) and Tim Arroyo are battling for a spot in the rotation. So is junior right-hander Jack Cassel, a transfer from Notre Dame.

"If we can put together a pitching performance on the second day of the week, we could be awesome," Kennedy Coach Manny Alvarado said.

Other events today involving regional teams include:

College baseball: At 2:30 p.m., Antelope Valley at Victor Valley, Pierce at Valley, Mission at Glendale, Hancock at Oxnard, Bakersfield at Canyons, Ventura at Moorpark.

College golf: At 1 p.m., Cal Lutheran at University of Redlands.

College softball: At 2 p.m., Cal State Northridge vs. Florida at Cal State Fullerton tournament. At 3:30 p.m., Moorpark at Canyons. At 7:30 p.m. Cal State Northridge vs. Fresno State at Cal State Fullerton tournament.

Men's tennis: At 2 p.m., Pierce at Santa Barbara. At 2:30 p.m., Metropolitan State College (Colorado) at Cal Lutheran.

Women's tennis: At 1:30 p.m., Pepperdine at USC.

Men's volleyball: At 7 p.m., USC at Cal State Northridge.

High school baseball: At 2:30 p.m., Sylmar at Van Nuys. At 3 p.m., Reseda at Grant, North Hollywood at Monroe, Canoga Park at Poly, Granada Hills at Chatsworth, Birmingham at Cleveland, San Fernando at Taft, Lincoln vs. Verdugo Hills at Sunland Park. At 3:30 p.m., Hueneme at Oak Park.

High school golf: At 1 p.m., Moorpark vs. Royal at Wood Ranch, Simi Valley vs. Thousand Oaks at Sunset Hills CC. At 2 p.m., Nordhoff vs. St. Bonaventure at Buena Ventura GC.

High school softball: At 2:15 p.m., Grant vs. Taft at Shoup Park. At 2:30 p.m., Granada Hills at Fairfax, Wilson at North Hollywood, LACES at Poly, Fremont at Reseda, Jefferson at Sherman Oaks CES, Calabasas at Hart (doubleheader). At 2:45 p.m., Kennedy vs. Verdugo Hills at Sunland Park, Monroe at Chatsworth, Cleveland at Venice, Van Nuys at Palisades. At 3 p.m., Sylmar at Chaminade, Canoga Park at Birmingham, San Fernando vs. Bell at Veteran's Park, Westlake vs. Simi Valley at Rancho Santa Susana Park. At 3:15 p.m., Pasadena Poly at La Canada, Saugus at Crescenta Valley, Agoura at Calabasas. At 3:30 p.m., Thousand Oaks at Camarillo, Newbury Park at Channel Islands, Royal at Agoura, La Reina at Crossroads, L.A. Baptist at Oak Park, Flintridge Sacred Heart at Immaculate Heart.

High school swimming: At 3 p.m., Hart, La Canada, Thousand Oaks in Southern Section girls' relay prelims at Belmont Plaza, Littlerock vs. Burbank at Verdugo Pool.

Boys' tennis: At 2:30 p.m., Sylmar at North Hollywood, Van Nuys at Poly, Monroe at Reseda, Sherman Oaks CES at Grant, Cleveland at Granada Hills, Taft at Kennedy, Chatsworth at San Fernando, El Camino Real at Birmingham, Verdugo Hills at Hollywood. At 3:15 p.m., St. Bonaventure at Santa Paula, Quartz Hill at Ridgecrest Burroughs, Palmdale at Canyon, Hoover at Burbank, Crescenta Valley at Saugus.

High school track and field: At 2:45 p.m., Santa Paula at Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley at Westlake. At 3 p.m., Agoura at Camarillo, Newbury Park, Royal at Channel Islands, Littlerock at Quartz Hill, Highland at Palmdale, Nordhoff at Buena. At 3:15 p.m., Burbank at Hoover, Harvard-Westlake at St. Francis, Crespi at Loyola, Fillmore vs. Village Christian at Burroughs High, Crescenta Valley at San Marino, L.A. Baptist at Valencia, Burroughs at Blair.

Boys' volleyball: At 2:30 p.m., Reseda at North Hollywood, Monroe at Sylmar, Van Nuys at Grant, Poly at Canoga Park, Belmont at Verdugo Hills. At 3:15 p.m., South Pasadena at Hoover. At 3:30 p.m., L.A. Baptist at Saugus. At 4 p.m., Bell-Jeff at Flintridge Prep. At 5 p.m., Quartz Hill at Hart, Antelope Valley at Moorpark, Nordhoff at Villanova Prep, St. Francis at La Canada. At 7 p.m., Santa Barbara at Buena, Ventura at San Marcos, Dos Pueblos at Rio Mesa, Bishop Diego at Oxnard.

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