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April 18, 1998 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite fears of gang violence, a determined group of parents, teachers and neighborhood activists today will celebrate the start of a new children's baseball league at David M. Gonzales Park. "This is a good beginning," said Francisca Gutierrez, whose 10-year-old son, Jose, woke up at 5 a.m. on Friday because he was so anxious to play ball. "We need to fight to get a safe place for our children. If we are going to be afraid all the time, this isn't good for us."
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April 3, 1998 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cash-hungry youth leagues and their powerful corporate sponsors are now asking parents to buy more than peanuts and Cracker Jack when they bring slugger to the ballpark for a weekend youth league game. Borrowing pages from marketing game plans crafted by pro teams and collegiate programs, youth leagues are expanding their sponsorship rosters to include credit card companies, airlines and health plans that are eagerly staking claims to the last open territory in sports.
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March 27, 1998 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Watching Ignacio "Nacho" Pineda talk about running is like watching him run. The 17-year-old holds his head up as he talks. Determination spreads across his face. His arms pump in even strokes. "Step by step, every day, keep pushing yourself until you get it," he said, his arms pumping the air as he sat outside his home in Sunland. "That's how I got it." On Sunday, Ignacio, who has been in foster care since he was in the fifth grade, will compete in the Los Angeles Marathon.
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March 3, 1998 | ALLISON COHEN
Eighth-grader Steve Moss brought home three gold medals last weekend from the AAU National Youth Indoor Track and Field championships in Indiana. Steve, 14, won the top prize in the pentathlon--consisting of 55-meter hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and 1,000-meter run. "I was really tired," the Brentwood School student said Monday. "I wasn't really expecting to win. But I was in kind of a groove and everything just came naturally."
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February 3, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, Times Staff Writer
It's nearly spring, a time when young hearts turn to, well, baseball and softball, of course. Thousands of boys and girls recently took the field at the William S. Hart Baseball and Softball Complex, hoping to play ball on league teams when the new season opens Feb. 21. Youngsters ages 5 to 17 showed off their batting, fielding, throwing and base-running skills under the watchful eye of league directors and managers.
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December 29, 1997 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Simi Valley Thunder hockey players clambering onto the ice are all raw preteen energy and testosterone. Except for No. 5. She's the smallish one with long, black hair hanging halfway down her jersey. But don't judge 12-year-old Jessica Koizumi by her size or gender. Measure Jessica by her speed--by the way she chases pucks, plows through bigger opponents and fires slap shots at the goal.
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October 30, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
With an assist from a professional hockey team, students enrolled in the Verdugo YMCA's after-school program were all kings for a day Tuesday. Wielding curved wooden sticks rather than jewel-encrusted staffs, about two dozen boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 11 participated in a free clinic sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings. The students didn't seem to mind that none of the Kings players was there.
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October 9, 1997 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brian Ealy of Lake Forest didn't want to give up water polo or his athletic 19-year-old life. Because of a heart condition, a doctor would not clear the former El Toro High School player to compete at Saddleback College this season. But Ealy vowed to play competitively again. Meanwhile, he became a water polo referee and stayed physically active by playing pickup basketball.
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October 7, 1997
Embezzlement charges against leaders of a Bell Gardens youth soccer league have been dismissed after witnesses for the prosecution could not be found. "We were unable to proceed to trial because we could not locate sufficient witnesses," Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Rundle said. Supporters of Danny and Martha Lopez steadfastly maintained that the couple were innocent after their arrest last October on suspicion of misdemeanor embezzlement.
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August 6, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
Raylina Flores didn't mind dressing from head to toe in pounds of bulky ice hockey gear on one of the hottest days of summer. Flores, 14, was playing it cool. She is among 50 youngsters participating in the first hockey camp at Disney Ice skating rink. "At least we get to play on the ice instead of in the sun," Flores said. The summer camp is offered through Disney GOALS--Growth Opportunities through Athletics, Learning and Service.
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