November 12, 2013 |
It was no surprise when the baseball world began watching Hagen Danner more closely. After helping his Huntington Beach team to the 2011 Little League World Series title, Danner continued to excel in youth tournaments, showing a strong arm and smooth swing. Still, he was taken aback when UCLA Coach John Savage offered him an athletic scholarship over the summer. "I had no idea what was going on," he said. "Coach Savage had to explain it. " The reason for Danner's confusion?
November 6, 2013 |
Eddie Vanderdoes Jr. vividly remembers his first football game. He was 8, but two things rush back at him. "I had seven tackles," the UCLA freshman defensive end recalls, "and the guy I was going against had B.O. " The memory inspires an impish grin that looked out of place on the face of a 6-foot-4, 305-pound football player. "He really smelled," Vanderdoes added. This is the happy-go-lucky Vanderdoes, the guy even his father calls a big lug. "He likes to be a little goofy," Eddie Vanderdoes Sr. said.
October 30, 2013 |
If it's Halloween eve, it's time for baseball players to dress up in their best costumes and try to scare their teammates, if not sportswriters. Simi Valley High held its annual Halloween baseball game, with players doing their best to impress everyone. Apparently the sophomores think they're good enough to dress up as Harlem Globetrotters. Maybe basketball Coach Ryan Bradshaw will give them a look. Photo: Back row left to right: Assistant coach Bob Alvarado, senior Austin Fields, Coach Matt La Belle, senior Taylor Campos.
October 17, 2013 |
Nearly two years since Granada Hills Kennedy Principal Suzanne Blake put former baseball Coach Manny Alvarado on administrative leave in November 2011, and later tried to suspend him 15 days after an alleged hazing incident involving students outside the school weight room, an arbitrator has ruled in Alvarado's favor. "I feel after so many years, my word should be trusted," said Alvarado, who was Kennedy's baseball coach for 24 years until he was replaced before last season. "It's nice to have somebody say I was right.
September 28, 2013 |
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks as some impressive second-half contributors. Tanner Roark SP | Washington In a rotation that also features Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez, it was Roark who turned heads during the Nationals' late and unsuccessful push for a playoff spot. Since his call-up in August, the right-hander is 7-1 with a 1.74 earned-run average and 0.96 WHIP. Michael Wacha SP | St. Louis Few outside of St. Louis knew Wacha's name until Tuesday night when he was an infield single away from a no-hitter.
September 27, 2013 |
Don't look for the next Yasiel Puig to begin paying taxes to the Cuban government just yet. But it could happen someday now that the island's communist leaders have agreed to allow athletes to sign contracts and compete in foreign countries. Although the move was being hailed in some circles Friday as a huge shift in policy, Cuba has been effectively selling many of its older athletes to foreign leagues in baseball and volleyball for more than a decade, mainly as a way for the cash-strapped country to make money.