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April 20, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
A 26-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Sunday after he ran into a Sylmar hospital and stabbed an on-duty nurse, authorities said. Ramiro Carnalla entered Olive View - UCLA Medical Center about 2 a.m. and went around the hospital's weapons screening area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Carnalla then ran into the building with security guards and deputies trailing after him. As authorities searched the hospital, they heard a woman scream and found a nurse who had been stabbed several times in the upper and lower torso, authorities said.
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April 27, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Ever since Granada Hills Kennedy opened in 1971, it has been known to produce lots of baseball-playing brothers. Tagliaferri, Serr, Miranda, Avlas, Kane, Pinto, Ramirez, Sanchez, Bourne - they are just a few of the families that helped propel Kennedy to seven City Section championships. But no brother combination comes close to pulling off what Nick and Estevan Rodriguez did this month in a home game against Granada Hills. Batting third and fourth in the starting lineup, Nick, a senior shortstop, and Estevan, a junior first baseman, hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs.
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October 4, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Sylmar holds a 7-6 edge over rival San Fernando heading into the second quarter. Shontee Smith scored on a four-yard run to give Sylmar a 7-0 lead. Cristian Solano answered with a three-yard quarterback keeper for San Fernando but the extra point was blocked. 
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April 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jack Flaherty, 19-0 on the mound for Harvard-Westlake the last two seasons, faces another strong challenge on Tuesday from Mission Hills Alemany in a game for first place in the Mission League. Flaherty is 6-0 with an 0.70 ERA this season and has 85 strikeouts in 50 innings while surrendering just 24 hits. Alemany Coach Randy Thompson isn't backing down one bit. He's going to send out his junior ace, Brandon Ponticelli, who's 7-0 with an 0.63 ERA. Alemany has a history of not being intimidated by the Wolverines and their standout pitchers.
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October 4, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Tonight's Valley Mission League battle between crosstown rivals Sylmar and San Fernando has all the intensity of a playoff game and the first half lived up to the hype.  The stands on both sides are filled to overflowing and the fans have had plenty to cheer about.  Sylmar pulled even late in the half, 14-14, on a 20-yard pass from Clarence Williams to Anthony Muse. Williams is 7-of-12 for 94 yards.  Quarterback Cristian Solano has been sacked five times and has completed only six of 18 passes, but he scored on runs of three and 11 yards and added a two-point conversion for San Fernando, which hopes to claim the Victory Cup for the first time.
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October 4, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
The JV game has barely ended and already the bleachers on both sides are jam packed for tonight's Valley Mission League showdown between San Fernando and host Sylmar. The teams are not only playing for neighborhood bragging rights and first place in the league standings but the winning school also keeps the Victory Cup for the year. San Fernando has never won the coveted silver trophy in the four seasons it has been awarded but the fifth time could be the charm for the defending City Section Division II champion Tigers, who are 5-0 behind senior quarterback Cristian Solano.
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February 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 In his 19th season of coaching basketball, Bort Escoto of Sylmar is on the verge of doing something he's never done before _ make it through an entire season without getting at least one technical foul. He has four games left in the regular season, and his biggest challenge could be Saturday's nonleague game against host Sun Valley Village Christian. Is Escoto mellowing or is the officiating better? That's a question still to be decided. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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October 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Sylmar players got dressed up in their uniforms, boarded the bus and drove to Arleta on Monday afternoon to resume a game that was halted because of darkness on Friday tied, 36-36, after regulation. The two teams didn't take long to finish things up in overtime. Arleta scored first on a field goal. Then Sylmar won it, 42-39, when Marcus Gandy scored a touchdown on a three-yard run. Then Sylmar players went back on the bus and back to school to practice for a Friday game against Panorama.
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July 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Two teenagers are in grave condition following a fire that broke out in a one-story home in Sylmar on Saturday, authorities said. The blaze began at about 6:50 p.m. in the 13700 block of Sproule Avenue and more than 40 firefighters rushed to the scene, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Katherine Main. Main said the firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in 17 minutes but not before a 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old male were seriously injured. The two were taken to a hospital in grave condition, Main said.
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January 13, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Catholic school attended by two children who died with their parents in a Sylmar fire informed students of the tragedy Monday and sent letters home offering grief counseling, officials said. The four family members were found unresponsive by firefighters in the 4:37 a.m. blaze in the 13700 block of Eldridge Avenue. The father -- identified by family and friends as Uriel Estrada, 41 -- was found just a few feet from the front door, and his children and wife were huddled nearby, Los Angeles Fire Capt.
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April 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A nurse remained in critical condition Monday after being stabbed multiple times in a Sylmar hospital, officials said. “She's said to be a fighter, and she's hanging in there,” said Lt. Denise Stephenson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's County Services Bureau. A man entered the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center around 2 a.m. Sunday and bypassed a weapons screening checkpoint, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies ran after him and were searching the hospital when they heard a woman scream.
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April 20, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
A 26-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Sunday after he ran into a Sylmar hospital and stabbed an on-duty nurse, authorities said. Ramiro Carnalla entered Olive View - UCLA Medical Center about 2 a.m. and went around the hospital's weapons screening area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Carnalla then ran into the building with security guards and deputies trailing after him. As authorities searched the hospital, they heard a woman scream and found a nurse who had been stabbed several times in the upper and lower torso, authorities said.
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April 18, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A Sylmar couple has pleaded not guilty to accusations that they paid to have a 9-year-old girl smuggled to the U.S. from Central America and forced her to work at their restaurant. Dora Alicia Valle, 50, and her live-in boyfriend, Estrada Melvin Sandoval, 40, were charged with one count each of human trafficking and slavery. The girl, now 11, was brought to the Los Angeles area from El Salvador in 2012, according to the L.A. County district attorney's office.  The pair allegedly forced the girl to work four days a week at Costa Del Sol, a Pacoima restaurant that Valle owned.
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April 9, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Two time defending City Section Division II champion San Fernando will open its football season on Aug. 28 at home against Chatsworth Sierra Canyon. The Tigers also have games at Taft, at Sun Valley Poly and home against Arleta before a showdown game against Sylmar at home. Arleta, under new Coach Bill Coan, will face Eagle Rock, El Camino Real and Roosevelt before opening league play against Monroe and Verdugo Hills. Arleta plays San Fernando on Oct. 10.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
It's going to be hot, but that shouldn't bother the players from Sylmar or San Fernando facing off in Tuesday's Valley Mission League showdown at San Fernando. Sylmar is 12-3 and trying to show it belongs in the conversation as a top City Section team. The Spartans knocked off Narbonne on Saturday. San Fernando is 8-8 and the defending City champion. The Tigers have been losing to some very good teams. Victor Ramirez is expected to get the start on the mound for Sylmar. Alonzo Garcia will be the starter for San Fernando.
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April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Encino Crespi announced its football schedule for this fall, and the Celts will open the season with a zero week game against Sylmar at home on Aug. 29. Other nonleague games will be home games against Oak Hills on Sept. 5, Lawndale on Sept. 12 and Gardena Serra on Sept. 19, a road game against Salesian on Sept. 26, a home game against Loyola on Oct. 10 and a road game against Bishop Amat on Oct. 17. The Celts will open league play against Chaminade at home on Oct. 24. Crespi ends the season with road games at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Oct. 31 and at Alemany on Nov. 7. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 When San Fernando was on its way to winning the City Section Divison I championship last season, the Tigers were relying on pitching and defense. Now Sylmar (13-3, 5-0) is showing the Tigers how it's done. On Tuesday in the first game of a big two-game Valley Mission League series, pitcher Victor Ramirez allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none in Sylmar's 2-0 victory over San Fernando. The Spartans handed two-time All-City pitcher Alonzo Garcia his first-ever loss in league play over the last three seasons.
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April 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Tim Frost has been named football coach at Granada Hills. He has been the track and cross country coach for the Highlanders. He used to be an assistant coach at Sylmar under Jeff Engilman, coaching lower levels. He hasn't coached football in recent years.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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