3 dead, 4 injured in Torrance bowling alley shooting

Police say three people were killed and four people were injured in a shooting late Friday night at a bowling alley in Torrance.

The Torrance Police Department says officers responded to calls of “shots fired” at the Gable House Bowl shortly before midnight.

Multiple victims were found with gunshot wounds inside Gable House Bowl, which is described on its website as a gaming venue that offers bowling, laser tag and a full arcade.

Police say three men died at the scene. Four male victims were injured. Two of them were transported to a local hospital for unknown injuries and the other two sought out their own medical attention.

Torrance is a coastal city about 20 miles from Los Angeles.

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White House chief of staff John Kelly to leave at year’s end

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year’s end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House.

Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, is Trump’s top choice to replace Kelly, and the two have held discussions for months about the job, a White House official said. An announcement was expected in the coming days, the president told reporters as he left the White House for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.

Kelly had been credited with imposing order on a chaotic West Wing after his arrival in June 2017 from his post as homeland security secretary. But his iron first also alienated some longtime Trump allies, and he grew increasingly isolated, with an increasingly diminished role.

Known through the West Wing as “the chief” or “the general,” the retired Marine Corps four-star general was tapped by Trump via tweet in July 2017 from his perch atop the Homeland Security Department to try to normalize a White House riven by infighting and competing power bases.

“John Kelly will leaving — I don’t know if I can say retiring — but he’s a great guy,” Trump said. “John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. We’ll be announcing who will be taking John’s place — it might be on an interim basis. I’ll be announcing that over the next day or two, but John will be leaving at the end of the year. … I appreciate his service very much.”

Kelly had early successes, including ending an open-door Oval Office policy that that had been compared to New York’s Grand Central Station and instituting a more rigorous policy process to try to prevent staffers from going directly to Trump.

But those efforts also miffed the president and some of his most influential outside allies, who had grown accustomed to unimpeded access. Kelly’s handling of domestic violence accusations against the former White House staff secretary also caused consternation, especially among lower-level White House staffers, who believed Kelly had lied to them about when he found out about the allegations.

Lauding Kelly, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the country was “better for his duty at the White House.” He called Kelly “a force for order, clarity and good sense.”

Trump and Ayers were working out terms under which Ayers would fill the role and the time commitment he would make, the White House official said. Trump wants his next chief of staff to agree to hold the job through the 2020 election. Ayers, who has young triplets, had long planned to leave the administration at the end of the year, but he has agreed to serve in an interim basis through the spring of 2019.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive personnel matters.

Word of Kelly’s impending departure comes a day after Trump named his picks for attorney general and ambassador to the United Nations, and two senior aides shifted from the White House to Trump’s campaign.

In any administration, the role of White House chief of staff is split between the responsibilities of supervising the White House and managing the man sitting in the Oval Office. Striking that balance in the turbulent times of Trump has bedeviled both Kelly and his predecessor, Reince Priebus.

White House aides say Trump has developed confidence in Ayers, in part by watching the effectiveness of Pence’s largely independent political operation. Ayers also earned the backing of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s daughter and son-in-law and senior advisers, for taking on the new role, White House officials said.

The Georgia native’s meteoric rise in GOP politics included a successful stint at the Republican Governors Association, time as campaign manager for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s failed White House bid and consultant work for dozens of high-profile Republicans, including Pence.

Ayers, 36, would be the youngest chief of staff since 34-year-old Hamilton Jordan served under Jimmy Carter. Kelly is 68.

Trump had discussed replacing Kelly on multiple occasions, including following the negative publicity surrounding Kelly’s handling of domestic violence accusations against then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter. Some lower-level White House staffers believed Kelly had lied to them about when he knew of the allegations and when he made clear to Porter that he’d have to leave.

Trump had often tossed around potential replacements, but sensitive to charges that his administration has been marked by record turnover, he said in July that he would keep Kelly in the job through 2020.

But inside the White House, it was viewed largely as an attempt to clamp down on speculation about Kelly’s fate during the midterm elections, rather than a true vote of confidence.

Kelly, too, made no secret of the trials of his job, and often joked about how working for Trump was harder than anything he’d done before, including on the battlefield. In private, Kelly, whom friends said took the job out of a sense of duty to his country, cast himself as safeguarding the public from an impulsive and mercurial president. Reports of those conversations infuriated the president, who is especially sensitive of attacks on his competence and perceptions he is being managed.

At an event celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kelly joked that he missed everyone in the department “every day,” offering a deadpan eye roll and smile that drew laughs and applause.

“At six months, the last thing I wanted to do was walk away from one of the great honors of my life, being the secretary of Homeland Security, but I did something wrong and God punished me, I guess,” he joked.

Kelly, who had threatened to quit on several occasions, told friends he would be happy if he lasted until his one-year anniversary: July 28.

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Associated Press writers Michele Salcedo and Catherine Lucey contributed to this report.

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Video: Mater Dei highlights, celebration from win over De La Salle in state championship

A recap of the exciting plays and turning points from Mater Dei’s 35-21 win over De La Salle in the CIF State Open Division championship game Saturday, Dec. 8, at Cerritos College. Also, hear what Coach Bruce Rollinson, receiver Bru McCoy, running back Shakobe Harper and quarterback Bryce Young had to say about the victory and their season.

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Comic-Con 2018: 5 ways Stephen King impacted ‘Castle Rock’ creation and actors

Even though Stephen King wasn’t around for the introduction of “Castle Rock” to Comic-Con International on Friday, the author’s name was on everyone’s lips.

Here are five ways the Master of Horror impacted not only the creation of the new Hulu series but also the showrunners and actors themselves.

1. Studying Stephen King

Creators and executive producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason said they grew up on King and revered the writer.

“We never would have done it without his blessing and a feeling that we were delivering something creatively that he was going to be happy with,” Thomason said. “I think that ultimately … every character choice, every setting of his that we wanted to use in this first season, we went to him and we made sure that he was comfortable with it.”

To create the series, they had to build a “graduate level seminar on Stephen King” to divide and conquer the library of King’s work, according to Shaw.

  • Sissy Spacek attends a panel discussion following the world premiere of “Castle Rock” on day two of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 20, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Melanie Lynskey, from left, Bill Skarsgard and Sissy Spacek attend a panel discussion following the world premiere of “Castle Rock” on day two of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 20, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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  • Jane Levy, left, speaks as Melanie Lynskey looks on at a panel discussion following the world premiere of “Castle Rock” on day two of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 20, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Jane Levy speaks at a panel discussion following the world premiere of “Castle Rock” on day two of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 20, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Jane Levy attends a panel discussion following the world premiere of “Castle Rock” on day two of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 20, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Bill Skarsgard, left, speaks as Sissy Spacek looks on during a panel discussion following the world premiere of “Castle Rock” on day two of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 20, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Melanie Lynskey, left, speaks as Bill Skarsgard looks on a panel discussion following the world premiere of “Castle Rock” on day two of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 20, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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“We’d sit around and try to anatomize what it is that makes a Stephen King story a Stephen King story,” he said. “What is essential to the DNA of the stories?”

The answer to that question is what helped Shaw and Thomason launch the “Castle Rock” series.

2. Small town tensions

According to Shaw, what lured him and Thomason down the path of “Castle Rock” was their love of the American small town and the secrets that can lie within.

“Part of what we always loved as readers of Stephen King was how specific his anthropology of New England and of Maine was in the sense that he really lovingly became an archivist of small town life there,” Shaw said during a press roundtable Friday. “And so it was exciting for us to check in there on this town that we’ve been reading about for a long time and re-imagine it in 2018.”

In just 5 days #CastleRock will open its gates. Come and join us July 25 on @hulu. pic.twitter.com/XnSBurHWBk

— Castle Rock (@castlerockhulu) July 20, 2018

3. Unexpected turns

“One thing that we love about Stephen King is the way that you can go on a Stephen King ride and never know exactly what ride you’re on,” Thomason said. “Sense of the unexpected is something that we really wanted to achieve.”

The creators of “Castle Rock” kept the detailed storylines a secret from the actors during the audition phase.

The secretiveness of the show almost scared Bill Skarsgård, who played Pennywise the clown in the 2017 remake of the film “IT” based on a King novel, away. Skarsgård, who became one of the main stars of the show, was a little hesitant to even apply for the role.

“I was reluctant. I just did something in that world and I don’t know how this interferes with the ‘IT’ narrative really,” Skarsgård said. “As soon as they allowed me to read the pilot that all changed. I fell in love with the show.”

After meeting the writers, Skarsgård said he was in all the way.

#BillSkarsgard discussing his initial hesitation taking the #CastleRock roll after recently being in the remake of #StephenKing’s #IT. #ComicCon #SDCC2018 pic.twitter.com/9AD4lOBqDP

— Sarah Batcha (@SarahBatcha) July 21, 2018

4. Appreciating horror

“With ‘IT’ the book was a bible to me because that was a source material that we were adapting,” Skarsgård said.

While Skarsgård said he’s only read about five to six of the novels by the prolific writer, costar Melanie Lynskey said she began reading King at a young age.

“I was a fan of a Stephen King probably too early. I think I was like 10 when I started reading his books, so I felt pretty well versed” coming into the role of Molly, Lynskey said. “I didn’t do any extra reading for the show, but I already loved his stuff.”

For Jane Levy coming into her role as Jackie on “Castle Rock” made her realize how much of King’s work she didn’t actually know, such as “The Shawshank Redemption” film being based off one of the author’s short stories.

Since taking the role, Levy says she’s become a huge fan of King.

“Such a fascinating person, really no comparison,” she said. “I’m honored to be part of the universe.”

Levy also noted that through her “Castle Rock” role she’s realized that she’s actually a fan of the horror genre, which is in tune with her character who loves the macabre.

“Maybe I am an actual huge horror fan,” she said. “Whenever a horror movie comes out it’s the only thing that without absolute fail will get me to the movie theater.”

5. Connecting worlds

Levy’s character’s last name is Torrance, a name any “constant reader” — what King calls his fans — should know hearkens back to the Torrance family in “The Shining.” It’s yet to be revealed exactly what Jackie’s connection may be to Jack Torrance, an alcoholic family man who became not so friendly to his family during their stay at the Overlook Hotel.

“She brushes up very close to a famous King character,” is all Levy would say about Jackie.

The Shawshank State Penitentiary becomes a predominant location that connects the “Castle Rock” characters — most notably Henry Deaver, an attorney from the “Needful Things” novel portrayed by André Holland, to Skarsgård’s character who has been in solitary confinement at the prison.

There are plenty of other connections that will be made clear as the series progresses, according to the creators. Shaw said that even PhD-level King fans will be able to find clues throughout the the series and King’s immersive universe.

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After the bubble burst: How homebuying fared in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano

Homebuying in inland South County — including Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and San Juan Capistrano — rose 114 percent in 10 years.

In the first quarter of 2008, housing’s bubble was bursting and it was just months before the global financial collapse that led to the Great Recession. This three-month period still stands as Orange County’s slowest-selling start to any year in CoreLogic’s database that dates to 1988.

ICYMI: O.C. housing’s rebound from the crash

We decided to see how neighborhood housing markets fared since, comparing homebuying’s start of 2008 vs. this year’s first three months.

CoreLogic found these 14 trends in 8 ZIP codes covered by the Orange County Register’s Saddleback News weekly, …

1. Purchases: Home sales in this period totaled 1,342 vs. 626 a decade ago, a gain of 114.4 percent.

2. Who’s up: Prices increased in 7 of the 8 ZIPs as sales rose in 8 ZIPs.

3. Countywide: $710,000 median selling price, up 38.4 percent. Orange County sales totaled 7,800 residences, existing and new, vs. 4,419 a decade ago, a gain of 76.5 percent. Prices rose in 79 out of 83 Orange County ZIPs and sales were up in 76 out of 83 ZIPs.

Here is how prices and sales moved at the community level …

4. Mission Viejo 92691: $680,000 median, up 39.2 percent. Price rank? 47th of 83. Sales of 158 vs. 87 a decade ago, a gain of 81.6 percent.

5. Mission Viejo 92692: $695,000 median, up 31.9 percent. Price rank? No. 43 of 83. Sales of 178 vs. 77 a decade ago, a gain of 131.2 percent.

6. Lake Forest 92630: $739,500 median, up 76.1 percent. Price rank? No. 34 of 83. Sales of 260 vs. 83 a decade ago, a gain of 213.3 percent.

7. Foothill Ranch 92610: $570,000 median, down 0.9 percent. Price rank? No. 65 of 83. Sales of 38 vs. 26 a decade ago, a gain of 46.2 percent.

8. Rancho Santa Margarita 92688: $575,000 median, up 42.0 percent. Price rank? No. 63 of 83. Sales of 157 vs. 119 a decade ago, a gain of 31.9 percent.

9. Trabuco/Coto 92679: $982,500 median, up 24.3 percent. Price rank? No. 12 of 83. Sales of 131 vs. 75 a decade ago, a gain of 74.7 percent.

10. Ladera Ranch/Rancho Mission Viejo 92694: $710,500 median, up 15.5 percent. Price rank? No. 40 of 83. Sales of 280 vs. 89 a decade ago, a gain of 214.6 percent.

11. San Juan Capistrano 92675: $892,500 median, up 44.2 percent. Price rank? No. 20 of 83. Sales of 140 vs. 70 a decade ago, a gain of 100.0 percent.

Let’s toss in three more countywide trends …

12. Single-family homes resales: 4,614 Orange County sales vs. 2,853 a decade ago, a gain of 61.7 percent. Median: $760,000 — a rise of 32.2 in the period.

13. Condo resales: 2,097 sales vs. 1,080 a decade ago, a gain of 94.2 percent. Median: $495,000 — a rise of 32.0 in the period.

14. New homes: 1,089 sales vs. 487 a decade ago, a gain of 123.6 percent. Median: $873,000 — a rise of 63.8 in the period.

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Coachella 2018: Eminem closes Sunday with guests like Dr. Dre and 50 Cent over a career-spanning set

Eminem no longer wears the hip-hop crown that once he owned, the younger rap princes like Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper having surpassed him in commercial and critical acclaim in recent years.

And the 45-year-old rapper even acknowledged as much on Sunday when he headlined the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, making light of his elder statesman status during a so-so comedy bit that included a “mean tweet” a la Jimmy Kimmel that posed the question, “Remember when Em was really dope?”

“Can I take you back to a time when I was actually dope?” Eminem asked the crowd, and with that launched into “My Name Is,” his 1999 single and the first to crack the charts, and then “The Real Slim Shady,” the 2000 single that was his first to make the Top 10.

Time has passed, but those songs, and many, many others in his set on Sunday still resonate with fans, and over the course of his hour and 40 minutes on stage, during which he brought out guests such as Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, Eminem proved that if his name has slightly faded, his talent on the mic is as powerful and impressive as ever.

  • Eminem performs with special guest Skylar Grey at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Eminem performs with special guest Skylar Grey at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Eminem performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Eminem performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Eminem performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Eminem performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Eminem performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Eminem performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Eminem performs with special guest 50 Cent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Eminem performs with special guest 50 Cent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Eminem performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Eminem performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Eminem performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Eminem performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans dance during Eminem’s performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Fans dance during Eminem’s performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Eminem performs with special guest Skylar Grey at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Eminem performs with special guest Skylar Grey at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A fan is photographed during Eminem’s performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A fan is photographed during Eminem’s performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Eminem performs with special guest 50 Cent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Eminem performs with special guest 50 Cent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The opening portion of the show featured mostly early hits, such as “Till I Collapse” from the 2002 album “The Eminem Show,” and “Kill You” from 2000’s “The Marshall Mathers LP.”

New material from his ninth studio album “Revival” popped up, too, including the rapid-fire rapping that’s been his trademark and still impresses on “Chloraseptic,” and “Walk On Water,” which Beyonce sang on the album but Eminem’s longtime collaborator and “Revival” co-producer Skylar Grey sang here.

Grey stuck around for two more songs, the hits “Stan” and “Love The Way You Lie,” but the first of the bigger names arrived soon when 50 Cent arrived on stage for a handful of songs, including “Patiently Waiting,” a track that Eminem had originally contributed verses, and Fiddy’s own “In Da Club,” a huge crowd-pleaser on the Coachella field.

After Bebe Rexha came out to sing on “The Monster” a song or two later, Dr. Dre, Eminem’s longtime friend and collaborator, came out for a quartet of songs including “Forgot About Dre” and Tupac Shakur’s “California Love.”

The show seemed to end with “Not Afraid,” a song Eminem dedicated to anyone struggling with addiction — it was released on the 2010 album “Recovery,” which dealt with Eminem’s struggle to stay clean. It was midnight, the curfew for Sunday, and fans started rushing to the exits.

But then the lights on stage came back on and Eminem returned for a show-closing run through “Lose Yourself,” a hit and Academy Award-winning best song from the soundtrack to “Eight Mile,”

The song begins with the question of what you would do if you had one shot, one opportunity. “Would you capture it or just let it slip?” he asks.

Eminem’s message was clear on Sunday. He’s not letting it get away without a fight.

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Arcadia baseball stays perfect with win over Mater Dei

SANTA ANA – It is still early in the season, but Arcadia and Mater Dei are two teams trending in opposite directions.

The Apaches used a four-run third inning to propel them to a 5-3 victory over the Monarchs Friday night at Mater Dei High.

Arcadia, the top-ranked team in CIF-SS Division 3, improved to 9-0 this season while Mater Dei fell to 1-4.

The Monarchs took a 2-1 lead in the second inning as Apaches starter Jacob Morales struggled with his command, hitting two batters and walking two more.

But that lead was short lived as Arcadia responded by loading the bases in the third and using a couple of squeeze plays to take the lead 3-2.

Andrew Scanell provided the pivotal hit, a two-RBI single that gave the Apaches a 5-2 lead.

“For us to respond right away (in the third) and answer back just shows the character of our team.” said Arcadia coach Nick Lemas.

Morales was pulled after the second inning and gave way to relief pitcher Chris Wilson, who collected the win with six strikeouts in five innings of work.

Wilson got stronger late in the game as he struck out the side in the fifth in the midst of retiring 13 batters in a row.

“Without him we’re not 9-0. Hhe’s done a tremendous job for us coming out of the pen.” Lemas said of his star reliever.

The Monarchs threatened Arcadia late as Emilio Rosas supplied an RBI double to bring Mater Dei within two, but Chad Call grounded out to shortstop Jeffrey Castillo to end the game.

Mater Dei coach Burt Call said he is not too concerned with the team’s lack of offensive production so far. After five games, the Monarchs are averaging just 2.4 runs per game.

“It’s early and we’re trying to find our rhythm, so it’s just a matter of our team just relaxing and playing the game.” said Call.

“We have to be able to swing the bats better and that will come.”

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Schlomovits makes sure University gets back on track with win over Irvine

IRVINE – University pitcher David Schlomovits came up big in crucial situations Friday afternoon, going the distance and striking out 11 in the Trojans’ 4-2 Pacific Coast League victory over Irvine at University High.

The game was moved to University because Irvine’s field was unplayable after Thursday’s rain. University (8-2, 1-2) was the designated visiting team.

University scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning without the benefit of a hit: three walks, two hit batters and two wild pitches to move ahead 4-2.

Schlomovits, who allowed six hits while improving his record to 4-1, then blanked Irvine (4-6, 0-3) in the final two innings. He worked out of trouble in the second and third innings without allowing a run.

“It was a good team effort, Irvine battled,” Schlomovits said. “We started out strong in the pre-season and lost our first two (in league). It was good to come back and get a victory and bounce back.

“I was a little erratic at times, but my defense backed me up and I settled down and I felt good throughout the whole game.”

University, which had seven hits, was led by Adam Barnett who had three hits and an RBI, Jake Rome, who had an RBI single, and John Rizzo, who had a single and scored two runs.

“There were two competitive ballclubs,” said University coach Mike Gerakos. “It was a dogfight and we got a couple breaks at the end. David threw the ball exceptionally well when he had to and made some great pitches. It was a nice win, obviously. He could have rolled over, but he just kept competing.”

Marc Filia was 1 for 3 for Irvine and drove home Grant Lockwood, who singled and stole second base in the fifth inning, on a groundout.

David Schofield scored Irvine’s other run when he scored on a wild pitch in the third inning.

“We came out and competed early, we just had a bad inning and we just couldn’t find the zone a little bit,” said Irvine coach Gabriel Cota. “We had our opportunities. We just have to go out there and complete them when we get them. They cashed in on our mistakes.”

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Girls water polo: Orange Lutheran, Foothill post upsets at Santa Barbara TOC

The first day of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions on Friday produced two upsets in Orange County girls water polo.

Sixth-ranked Orange Lutheran knocked off No. 3 Corona del Mar, 9-6, in the quarterfinals to crash Saturday’s semifinals against Trinity League rival Mater Dei.

The match will serve as a tune-up of sorts for the teams’ league clash Tuesday at Mater Dei at 5 p.m.

Fifth-ranked Foothill earned some revenge against No. 4 Los Alamitos, posting a 9-8 victory in overtime. Val Ayala scored her fourth goal, on a power-play with 1:17 left in the fourth period, to force overtime and Malia Allen scored the winner with 1:34 left in sudden-death overtime.

Foothill plays top-seeded Dos Pueblos in the semifinals Saturday.

Bayley Weber scored five goals for Los Alamitos, which led, 8-5, going into the fourth.

Last Friday, Los Alamitos rallied edge Foothill, 11-9, in a nonleague match. The Griffins rallied from a 7-4 deficit in the third period and scored the final four goals of the match.

The Knights will face playoff nemesis and O.C. No. 1 Mater Dei in the semifinals Saturday.

Mater Dei advanced with an 11-7 victory against San Marcos behind six goals by left-handed junior Hannah Constandse.

In a notable roster development, standout sophomore Tia Poljak (finger) returned for Monarchs. She didn’t play last Saturday in Mater Dei’s upset of top-ranked Laguna Beach.

 

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Stanton homebuying jumps 50%: 6 trends to ponder

Here are Stanton highlights of ReportsOnHousing house-hunting data for resales of existing detached and attached residences in the community.

This analysis includes October trends based on closed sales: sale counts; average price vs. average list price; highest and lowest price paid in the month; average cost per square foot and average size; plus, based on broker listing networks stats on Nov. 20, the “market time” metric comparing supply of listings to new escrows opened in past 30 days.

Trends we saw in Stanton …

1. Sales: 18 sold vs. 12 a year ago, a 50 percent jump!

2. Average sales price: $448,222 that ranked No. 44 out of 46 Orange County markets tracked and was up 7.5 percent in a year.

3. Compared to list: Sellers got 99.3 percent of what they typically asked for, ranking 4th of the 46 markets.

4. Range: High sale of $700,000 vs. the $355,000 low.

5. Sizing: On average, buyers paid $343 per square foot — up 5.6 percent in a year and 43rd highest out of the 46 tracked.

6. Market speed, as of Nov. 30: 23 days, listing to escrow opened vs. 77 days a year ago and 80 days two years ago.

Compare these patterns to five October trends we saw in all of Orange County …

1. Sales: 2,553 sold vs. 2,575 a year ago.

2. Average sales price: $868,090, up 10.4 percent in a year.

3. Compared to list: 98.4 percent.

4. Sizing: On average, buyers paid $464 per square foot — up 11.3 percent in a year — on a 1,870 square-foot residence.

5. Market speed, as of Nov 30: 62 days vs. 73 days a year ago and 75 days two years ago.

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