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Westlake Left Waiting on the Tee by Calabasas

April 19, 1998

It may have been the best high school golf match never played.

Calabasas (6-0) and Westlake (20-1-1), two of the area's powerhouse golf teams, were supposed to meet in a three-way match with Agoura on Thursday at Westlake Golf Course.

Problem was, Calabasas didn't show up.

The Coyotes were at Sunset Hills Country Club playing Thousand Oaks, making up a match they were supposed to play Wednesday. That match was canceled because of a tournament at Sunset Hills.

"I didn't know anything about it," Calabasas Coach Bill Bellatty said of the match against Westlake.

Bellatty said, according to his schedule, his team is playing Agoura next Tuesday at Westlake Golf Course, but Westlake High is not on the schedule.

Agoura Coach Frank Greminger, whose team was host of Thursday's match, said he does not have a match scheduled next Tuesday.

"Somebody has their wires crossed," Greminger said. "I assumed the match for [Thursday] was confirmed but [Calabasas] didn't show up."

Westlake, which defeated Hart on Monday, was upset about being denied the opportunity to knock off two area powers in the same week.

"It's really too bad because our kids were pumped up to play them," Warrior Coach Dave Costley said. "It would've been fun, and the way we played it would have been tough for them to beat us."

Westlake shot three-over-par 338.

Aaron Levine, a Calabasas player, said he would have liked the opportunity to play Westlake, especially since the Coyotes were touted as a top team entering the season, but have had just six matches so far and haven't been challenged.

"We really wanted matches against Hart and Westlake," Levine said. "There was a great article about us in [the paper] and we wanted to back that up."

If both qualify as expected, Westlake and Calabasas will meet May 11 in the Southern Section North Regional tournament.


Power outage: So what was the elevation at Quartz Hill again?

Quartz Hill entered the Pomona baseball tournament last week with 24 home runs. The Rebels hit at least one home run in each of 11 games before the tournament.

But Quartz Hill went without a home run in three games at the tournament.

"I guess we just left the sticks at home," said David Stradling, the Quartz Hill coach.

"Ryan West had two 400-foot triples. Those would have been gone anywhere else."

Two of the games were played at a field where it is 410 feet to the fence in left field.


Playing catch-up: Moorpark High played only four games before last week, but the Musketeers (7-2) have made up for lost time.

They played five games in six days, culminated by a doubleheader sweep of Harvard-Westlake on Saturday.

"That's kind of scary," Coach Tom Humphreys said.


Pitching in: Crescenta Valley's Michelle Greco, The Times' two-time Valley player of the year in girls' basketball, threw out the first pitch at a Falcon baseball game, and milked the opportunity.

"I got on the mound, checked [imaginary] runners on third and first, shook off a couple of pitches from the catcher, then I stepped off [the rubber]," she said.

Then she fired a pitch over the catcher's head.

"I'm disappointed," the basketball All-American said. "It wasn't just a pitch to me. It was a tryout."

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