Orange County scores and player stats for Saturday, June 12

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SATURDAY’S SCORES

BASEBALL

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS

Quarterfinals

DIVISION 2

Bonita 7, Los Alamitos 4

Bon: Mistone (W, 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 3K). Diaz 3-4, SB, 2R, RBI. Kozma 2-4, 3RBI. Bradshaw 3-4, RBI.

LosAl: Donegan (6IP, 9H, 3ER, 4K). Peters 2-4, 2B, 2RBI. Dowdell 2-4, 2SB. Emmons 1-3, RBI.

TRACK & FIELD

CIF-SS FINALS

Team standings

Division 1

Boys:  1. Long Beach Wilson 52; 2. Long Beach Poly 47; 3. Great Oak 43; 4. Rancho Cucamonga 36; 5. Upland 30; 6T. Cajon 28; 6T. Ayala 28; 8T. Murrieta Mesa 22; 8T. Loyola 22; 10. Vista Murrieta 21.

Girls: 1. Long Beach Poly 60; 2. Roosevelt 42; Long Beach Wilson 38; 4. Upland 34; 5T. Lakewood; 5T; Great Oak 26; 7T. Saugus 24; 7T. Mira Costa 24; 9. Etiwanda 23; 10. Aliso Niguel 22.

Division 2

Boys:

Girls:

Division 3

Boys: 1. South Pasadena 72; 2. St. John Bosco 66; 3. Cathedral 64; 4. Harvard-Westlake 49; 5. Servite 48; 6. Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks 44; 7. St. Francis 22; 8. Lompoc 21; 9. Esperanza 19; 10. Laguna Beach 18

Girls: 1. Harvard-Westlake 93; 2. Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks 70; 3. Santa Margarita 56; 4. Corona del Mar 47; 5. La Canada 43; 6. Orange Lutheran 42.50; 7. JSerra 39

 

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Huntington Beach pier swim marks 70 years

Another sign summer is here: Huntington Beach hosted its popular pier swim on Saturday.

  • The COVID-19 modified 2021 HB Pier Swim included a start every 15 minutes with no more than 25 people at a time. Race results were posted online to discourage people from milling around after their event. Swimmers hit the sand running on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Swimmers take part in the 2021 HB Pier Swim which included a start every 15 minutes with no more than 25 people at a time. Race results were posted online to discourage people from milling around after their race on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Laura Burlon checks the ocean for her husband who was competing in the 2021 HB Pier Swim on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Robin Samaddar celebrates with his daughter, Emma, 12, after making it to shore during the The COVID-19 modified 2021 HB Pier Swim on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A women waves to her fans after reaching the shore during the 2021 HB Pier Swim ion Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Greg Pfeifer stretches before taking part in the 2021 HB Pier Swim on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Patricia McDermott, left, gets congrats from her daughter Lauren, after finishing her race during the 2021 HB Pier Swim on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Both women competed.(Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The COVID-19 modified 2021 HB Pier Swim included a start every 15 minutes with no more than 25 people at a time. Race results were posted online to discourage people from milling around after their event. One heat of runners take off on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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This was the 70th swimming of the event, a tradition first started for kids in town that has grown to attract water babies of all ages.

Because of the pandemic, swimmers were put into groups that started out every 15 minutes. Some said they liked the change given how crowed the pier swim had become.

 

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Santa Cruz police recover $225K in stolen vintage guitars

SANTA CRUZ — Local police investigators played a role this week in recovering several stolen vintage guitars, part of a nearly year-old $2 million Southern California heist.


Police are continuing to investigate a Santa Cruz connection to a Marina Del Rey heist nabbing some $2 million in stolen guitars. (Santa Cruz Police Department — Contributed)

After receiving a tip from the Los Angeles Police Department, Santa Cruz Police Department detectives, with help from members of the Santa Cruz Police Neighborhood Policing Team and Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team, served search warrants Tuesday at three different city locations.

Police in Southern California had already arrested several suspected burglars in August, tying them to a July burglary of some $2 million in musical equipment and personal belongings from a storage unit in Marina Del Rey. Investigators later learned that some of the stolen guitars were being sold from Santa Cruz through the online site reverb.com, a legitimate online website.

Nine stolen vintage guitars were recovered from a Delaware Avenue warehouse and two associated residences, according to Lt. Arnold Vasquez. The guitars ranged in value from $5,000 to $50,000 each, with a combined recovery total of $225,000, according to Santa Cruz police. The Santa Cruz police have made no arrests in the local case, “as it remains unclear how the stolen property came into the possession of subjects associated to the searches,” according to Vasquez.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact detective Trevor Kendall at 831-420-5963 or to leave information on the Crime Tip Line at 831-420-5995.

Recovered guitars included:

• 1958 Gretsch Country Club.

• 1957 Gretsch Country Club.

• 1960 Gretsch Chet Atkins.

• 1959 Rickenbacker Capri.

• Rickenbacker 12-string.

• Rickenbacker 12-string.

• Gibson Chet Atkins Classical Electric.

• Fender Stratocaster limited release.

• Hofner 500 bass.

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The Latest: Brazil president fined for not wearing mask

By The Associated Press

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro led a throng of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask.

Sao Paulo’s state government press office said a fine — equivalent to about $110 — would be imposed for violation of a rule that has required masks in public places since May 2020.

Bolsonaro’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bolsonaro, who tested positivie for the coronavirus last year, also was fined for failure to wear a mask during a rally with supporters in May in the northeastern state of Maranhao.

The conservative president waved to the crowd from his motorcycle and later spoke from atop a sound truck to helmeted but largely maskless backers. They cheered and chanted while he insisted that masks were useless for those already vaccinated — an assertion disputed by most public health experts.

Vaccines are designed chiefly to protect recipients from getting sick, not necessarily from being infected. While studies show many vaccines reduce viral load and likely spread, not all varieties have been fully studied.

Less than 12% of Brazil’s population has received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Ministry of Health.

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MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:

— Brazil President Bolsonaro fined for no mask during motorcycle rally

— U.S. governors weigh ending emergency orders as virus cases wane

— US air travel at 2 million on Friday, rebounds with more vaccinations

— Aid groups appeal to G-7 for logistical support, cash to get shots into arms to limit variants, dent global pandemic

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— Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

FALMOUTH, England — Public health experts and humanitarian groups are calling for money, increased vaccine production and logistical support to help developing countries where the coronavirus is still rampant.

They say rich nations must do more than donate surplus vaccines if they hope to end the COVID-19 pandemic. While almost half of the G-7′s combined population has received at least one dose of vaccine, the worldwide figure is less than 13%. In Africa, it’s just 2.2%.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped leaders of the Group of Seven nations meeting in England will agree to provide at least 1 billion vaccine doses for poorer countries. The G-7 leaders continue to debate other forms of vaccine aid.

Wealthy nations must act quickly not only out of altruism, but to protect their own citizens, said Lily Caprani, head of COVID-19 vaccines advocacy for UNICEF. She says the virus will continue to mutate if allowed to spread unchecked, resulting in potentially more dangerous variants.

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LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hinted the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed because of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India.

At the Group of Seven leaders’ summit in southwest England, Johnson conceded Saturday that he has grown more pessimistic about allowing the removal of legal limits on social contact on June 21. He is set to make an announcement Monday about the timetable.

Government figures Saturday showed 7,738 new daily cases, slightly down from the previous day’s 8,125, which was the highest one-day figure since Feb. 26.

The government has said it wants every adult to have received at least one vaccine dose by the end of July. Around 62% of the British population has one shot so far, while about 44% has two.

The U.K. has registered nearly 128,000 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths, more than any other European nation.

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DALLAS — The airline industry’s recovery from the pandemic passed a milestone as more than 2 million people streamed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Friday for the first time since early March 2020.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Saturday that 2.03 million travelers were screened at airport security checkpoints on Friday. It was the first time in 15 months that the number of security screenings has surpassed 2 million in a single day.

Airline bookings have been picking up since around February, as more Americans were vaccinated against COVID-19. In the U.S., travel restrictions, such as mandatory quarantines, have eased.

The crowds Friday were only 74% of the volume compared to the same day in 2019. However, the 2.03 million was 1.5 million more travelers than the same day last year, according to the TSA.

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NEW YORK — With COVID-19 cases declining and vaccinations increasing, governors across the U.S. are wrestling with when to issue an end to the emergency declarations.

More than a half-dozen states already have ended their coronavirus emergencies. That includes South Carolina and New Hampshire, where Republican governors ended their emergency orders this past week. More states could join that list soon.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, says his emergency declaration will end Tuesday. The state had an indefinite state of emergency for 15 months. He credited the state’s high vaccination rate with helping turn the tide in the fight against the coronavirus.

In many states, emergency declarations have been routinely extended by governors every few weeks or months since the start of the pandemic. Republicans generally are leading the push to end emergency orders, but some Democrats also are supporting such moves.

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BEIJING — Top U.S. and Chinese diplomats appear to have had another sharply worded exchange, with Beijing saying it told the U.S. to cease interfering in its internal affairs and accusing it of politicizing the search for the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi and Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a phone call Friday that revealed wide divisions in a number of contentious areas, including the curtailing of freedoms in Hong Kong and the mass detention of Muslims in the northwestern Xinjiang region.

Yang said China was “gravely concerned” over what he called “absurd” stories that the virus escaped from a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where cases were first discovered.

The U.S. and others have accused China of failing to provide the raw data and access to sites that would allow a more thorough investigation into where the virus sprung from and how it initially spread.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia says this year’s hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The kingdom made the announcement Saturday on its state-run Saudi Press Agency. It cited the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for making the decision. It says this year’s hajj, which will begin in mid-July, will be limited to those ages 18 to 65. Those taking part must be vaccinated, the ministry says.

Each year, up to 2 million Muslims perform the hajj, a physically demanding and often costly pilgrimage that draws the faithful from around the world. The hajj, required of all able-bodied Muslims to perform once in their lifetime, is seen as a chance to wipe clean past sins and bring about greater humility and unity among Muslims.

The kingdom’s Al Saud ruling family in this oil-rich nation oversees and protects the hajj sites. Saudi Arabia had closed its borders for months to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

It has administered some 15.4 million doses of vaccines among a population of more than 30 million, according to the World Health Organization. The kingdom has reported more than 462,000 confirmed cases and 7,500 confirmed deaths.

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MOSCOW — Russia’s national coronavirus taskforce reports the country’s tally of daily new infections has risen by almost half over the past week and more than doubled in Moscow.

It says there were 13,510 infections recorded in the previous day, sharply higher than the 9,163 reported on June 6. Nearly half of the new cases were in Moscow — 6,701 compared with 2,936 a week ago.

Moscow’s mayor on Saturday ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight the spread.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered that enterprises that do not normally work on weekends remain closed for the next week while continuing to pay employees. In addition, food courts and children’s play areas in shopping centers will close for a week and restaurants and bars must limit their late-night service to takeout.

Moscow authorities say enforcement of mask- and glove-wearing on mass transit, in stores and in other public places will be strengthened and violators could face fines of up to 5,000 rubles ($70).

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ISTANBUL — Turkey is stepping up its COVID-19 vaccination program, with nearly 600,000 doses administered in the previous 24 hours.

Health minister Fahrettin Koca also tweeted Saturday that human trials for a domestic vaccine are in the final stage.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month announced an intensification of vaccinations in June as the country seeks to revive its struggling economy, particularly the tourism industry.

Since vaccinations began on Jan. 14, more than 33 million doses have been administered, including 13.6 million second injections, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Turkey’s population is nearly 84 million.

The daily infections dropped from a high of 63,000 in mid-April to 6,261 on Friday, according to official data.

Tourism remains restricted due to a Russian ban on most flights and Britain’s requirement that travelers from Turkey pay for quarantine hotel stays and PCR tests. But Germany says it will relax quarantine requirements on July 1.

On Monday, Turkey is expected to start vaccinating people ages 40-49.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order that will lift most of the state’s coronavirus rules.

The order Newsom signed Friday takes effect Tuesday. It will end the state’s stay-at-home order and its various amendments.

Starting Tuesday, there will be no capacity limits or physical distancing requirements for businesses. Fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most places.

Newsom said he will not end the statewide declaration of emergency. That ensures the governor has the power to alter or suspend state laws in the future. That has angered Republican lawmakers who say the declaration is unnecessary.

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HONOLULU — Honolulu is loosening some restrictions on social activity now that more than half its population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The new rules allow outdoor social gatherings of up to 25 people and indoor gatherings of up to 10.

Karaoke bars and nightclubs may operate at 50% capacity if all attendees are tested for the disease or show proof they have been fully vaccinated.

The city will allow gatherings of 25 indoors and 75 outdoors once 60% of the population has been vaccinated. All limits will be lifted when the vaccination rate tops 70%.

Honolulu reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, down 25% from two weeks earlier.

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CHICAGO — Officials declared Chicago fully reopened on Friday, ending a requirement that people wear face masks in most indoor places and lifting capacity limits intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Chicago sometimes veered from the state’s restrictions and opted to be stricter or more lenient than the state required. But city officials decided to join the rest of Illinois in lifting restrictions Friday, nearly 15 months after Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued the first stay-at-home order as coronavirus cases began to rise.

People who aren’t vaccinated must still wear a mask indoors, and everyone will still need to wear masks inside health care facilities, jails, shelters, schools, taxis, ride-hailing vehicles and on public transportation. Businesses can still opt to require people to wear masks on their premises.

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FALMOUTH, England — U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres welcomes commitments by the U.S. and Britain to share millions of coronavirus vaccine shots with struggling countries. But he says it’s not enough.

Without a global effort, Guterres says the coronavirus could “spread like wildfire” in much of the developing world.

Leaders from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are expected to commit to share at least 1 billion vaccine shots with poorer countries, with half the doses coming from the U.S. and 100 million from the U.K.

Guterres says to defeat the virus, countries producing vaccines need to form an emergency task force to coordinate an effective response to COVID-19.

“We need a concerted effort, we need a global vaccination plan,” says Guterres, who will join the summit. “If not, the risk is there will still be large areas of the developing world where the virus spreads like wildfire.”

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Denmark soccer star Christian Eriksen collapses during Euro 2020 match

COPENHAGEN — The European Championship game between Denmark and Finland was suspended Saturday after Christian Eriksen needed urgent medical attention on the field near the end of the first half.

Eriksen was given treatment for about 10 minutes after collapsing on the field before being carried off on a stretcher. UEFA then announced the game had been suspended “due to a medical emergency.”

A stadium announcer asked fans to stay in their seats until further information could be provided.

Eriksen had just played a short pass when he fell face-forward onto the ground. His teammates immediately gestured for help and medics rushed onto the field. Eriksen was given chest compressions as his teammates stood around him in a shielding wall for privacy.

The Finland players huddled by their bench and eventually walked off the field while Eriksen was still getting treatment, as did the referees.

Eriksen was eventually carried off to a loud ovation, with his teammates walking next to the stretcher.

More to come on this story.

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How California theme parks will verify visitors have been vaccinated

Coronavirus guidelines call for Disney, Universal and other California theme parks to verify that visitors have been vaccinated once the state’s economy fully reopens on June 15 — but what does that mean and how are the parks supposed to pull off that massive undertaking?

Fully vaccinated Californians will no longer be required to wear masks at the state’s theme parks on June 15, but people attending “mega events” must provide either proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

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Turns out, the new state requirements sound more onerous than they really are — for both theme parks and their unvaccinated visitors. But as has often been the case throughout the pandemic, the state’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines are complex and confusing.

The confusion starts with the definition of a “mega event” — the state’s new designation for large gathering places like theme parks, sporting events, concerts, conventions, conferences, food festivals, car shows, marathons and parades. But not all mega events are created equal.

Indoor mega events are “required” to confirm the vaccination status of each attendee while outdoor mega events are “strongly recommended” to verify that visitors have been fully vaccinated for coronavirus or received a recent negative COVID-19 test.

California theme parks fall into the category of outdoor mega events — which the state’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines says should ask, but not require, unvaccinated visitors to wear a mask while in attendance. The mega event vaccination and testing mandates run through Oct. 1 and will be reassessed on Sept. 1.

SEE ALSO: 6 Disneyland restaurants and bars set reopening dates — including Oga’s Cantina

What does all that mean for theme parks?

The state — by way of the theme parks — is putting the onus on unvaccinated visitors to voluntarily wear a mask while at the parks.

There is no requirement for theme parks to check for proof of vaccination or collect results from a COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the start of the event. Theme parks are also not required to ask visitors if they’ve been vaccinated or make unvaccinated visitors wear a face covering.

How will California theme parks verify the vaccination status of visitors?

Most California theme parks will post a statement on their websites or inside their parks about the state’s mask recommendation. Some will include the state’s reminder with ticket purchases and advance reservations.

Parks that still require masks after June 15 will cover all their bases — ensuring that unvaccinated visitors are wearing face coverings alongside vaccinated guests.

SEE ALSO: Disneyland’s new Spider-man ride delivers absurd web slinging fun with an upper-body workout

Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and California’s Great America currently require visitors to wear masks, but the parks have not announced if those policies will change on June 15 or how they will handle unvaccinated visitors.

Universal Studios Hollywood will follow state requirements regarding masks while the park continues to refine its guidelines, according to Universal officials. The latest updates on Universal’s mask policy can be found on the park’s website.

Unvaccinated Universal visitors are strongly recommended to wear a mask in accordance with state COVID-19 guidelines. Universal will post vaccination signage in the park and notices online, but will not check for proof of vaccination.

SeaWorld San Diego visitors will no longer be required to wear masks starting June 15 — with one exception. SeaWorld will remind visitors of the state’s vaccination and mask recommendations, but won’t require proof of vaccination starting June 15.

Legoland California will continue to encourage mask usage and physical distancing after June 15. Unvaccinated visitors are strongly recommended to follow state mask guidelines and will be required to agree to those terms when purchasing tickets and making advance reservations on the Legoland website.

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CIF-SS baseball playoffs: Friday’s scores, schedule for semifinals Tuesday, June 15

The scores from Friday’s CIF-SS baseball quarterfinals and the updated schedule for the semifinals on Tuesday, June 15.

CIF-SS BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

(Semifinals start at 3:15 p.m.)

DIVISION 1

Quarterfinals

JSerra 7, Yucaipa 1

Ayala 7, Corona 3

Orange Lutheran 2, Bishop Amat 1 (8)

Harvard-Westlake 11, Cypress 4

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

JSerra at Ayala

Orange Lutheran at Harvard-Westlake

DIVISION 2

Quarterfinals

Thousand Oaks 12, San Dimas 1

Bonita at Los Alamitos (Saturday, 11 a.m.)

Camarillo 6, Yorba Linda 5

Trabuco Hills 2, Sierra Canyon 0

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Thousand Oaks at TBD

Trabuco Hills at Camarillo

DIVISION 3

Quarterfinals

Hart 3, Calabasas 2 (8)

Millikan 9, Saugus 0

Palos Verdes 2, Fountain Valley 1

Arlington 6, Capistrano Valley Christian 5

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Hart at Millikan

Arlington at Palos Verdes

DIVISION 4

Quarterfinals

Murrieta Mesa 6, Monrovia 2

Rancho Cucamonga 4, Downey 0

Royal 3, Charter Oak 2

Paraclete 3, Heritage 0

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Murrieta Mesa at Rancho Cucamonga

Paraclete at Royal

DIVISION 5

Quarterfinals

Citrus Valley 7, Sultana 3

Laguna Hills 4, Crean Lutheran 2

Cajon 4, Malibu 3

North Torrance 6, Hemet 4

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Laguna Hills at Citrus Valley

North Torrance at Cajon

DIVISION 6

Quarterfinals

Aquinas 1, Buena 0

Elsinore 5, South Pasadena 3

Barstow 6, Calvary Chapel/SA 4

La Habra 11, Linfield Christian 1

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Aquinas at Elsinore

La Habra at Barstow

DIVISION 7

Quarterfinals

Hesperia Christian 9, Temecula Prep 2

Arroyo Valley 13, Milken 5

Lancaster 12, Tarbut V’Torah 3

Western Christian 16, Vasquez 2

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Hesperia Christian at Arroyo Valley

Western Christian at Lancaster

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Angels catcher Max Stassi enjoys offensive explosion since return from concussion

PHOENIX — Max Stassi seems to have made the most of his time on the concussion list.

“Anytime you go through rehab, you always try to look at things you can improve on,” Stassi said. “Maybe some of the finer things of your swing or catching or throwing, whatever you can turn into a positive.”

The Angels catcher, who missed nearly a month with a concussion, said he made some tweaks to his approach at the plate, and it’s clearly helped.

Stassi has 11 hits – including three doubles and three home runs – in 23 at-bats since coming off the injured list, good for a .478 average and a 1.520 OPS. For the season, he’s now hitting .346 with a 1.038 OPS.

“I was shortening up my swing and really trying to keep it compact and keep my balance at 50-50 at not be on my backside,” Stassi said of his most recent adjustments. “So far so good. One day at a time.”

Stassi has hit so well that Manager Joe Maddon made the unusual decision to have him catch three games in a row against the Kansas City Royals earlier this week. He got Thursday off because of the scheduled off day and on Friday night Kurt Suzuki started because Shohei Ohtani was pitching.

Maddon said he’s been impressed with Stassi ever since his first spring training with the Angels in 2020. The player who had been known as a defense-first catcher who didn’t hit was nowhere to been when Maddon arrived.

“I’ve only seen this guy hit,” Maddon said. “I’ve seen him actually be a good hitter. I’ve never seen a time where he wasn’t.”

Last year, Stassi hit .278 with an .886 OPS, a far cry from the .136 and .378 numbers he posted in 2019, with the Houston Astros and Angels.

Maddon has only heard about how that swing looked.

“There was kind of lag in the swing, like a golf club where you kind of shallow the club,” Maddon said. “He was trying to lift everything. Now he’s way more direct to the ball.”

QUARANTINE WORK

Kean Wong got his fifth start in right field on Friday night, continuing to earn more time there with surprisingly playable defense. He has already robbed a home run and made a sliding catch.

Wong had played one game in the outfield prior to this season, and he’d spent his entire career as an infielder.

But during the first half of 2020, when the game was shut down because of the coronavirus, Wong worked out at home learning to be an outfielder.

“I knew I could play infield,” Wong said. “I knew if I played outfield it would help my stock a little bit, so me and dad went out every morning and he hit me fly balls. I made the hard plays with the machine. I got used to it. It’s going good so far. I feel comfortable.”

Maddon said Wong “runs good routes and reacts well,” but the question would be his arm. The Angels have Juan Lagares to come off the bench late in a game – moving Taylor Ward from center field to right – to replace Wong.

NOTES

Starting pitcher José Quintana (shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session on Friday and came through it “feeling great,” Maddon said. “It’s not OK. He’s feeling really good.” There is still no timetable for his return. …

Patrick Sandoval’s earned-run average improved to 3.62 on Friday even though he didn’t pitch. A wild pitch from his June 6 start against the Seattle Mariners was changed to a passed ball, making one of the runs unearned.

UP NEXT

Angels (RHP Alex Cobb, 4-2, 4.24 ERA) at Diamondbacks (RHP Caleb Smith, 2-2, 3.14), Saturday, 1:10 p.m., Bally Sports West, 830 AM

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Villa Park’s Grace Gamal, Troy doubles capture CIF girls tennis titles

Orange County girls tennis produced a historical sweep at the CIF Southern Section individual championships in Seal Beach on Thursday, June 10.

Villa Park High’s Grace Gamal captured the singles title while Troy’s duo of junior Nadia Kojonroj and senior Jenna Sabile won the doubles crown to give each school their first CIF individual champions.

The last time Orange County swept the singles and doubles tournaments at CIF was 2007.

Gamal, a junior, defeated sophomore Samantha Wang of Arcadia 6-4, 6-2 in the championship to complete a dominating run. The North Hills League champion didn’t drop a set in four matches Wednesday and Thursday.

Last month, Gamal helped Villa Park win the Division 3 team title.

In the doubles final, Kojonroj and Sabile, the Freeway League champion, rallied to defeat Arcadia’s Makaila Cheng and Cara Hung 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

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Why are investors buying empty buildings?

As an owner of commercial real estate, you fall into one of two categories. You either are entirely divorced from the occupant.

In other words, you have no ownership in the resident company or you do. We refer to the latter as an owner-occupant and the former as an arm’s length investor.

If we then dissect the genres of arm’s length investors – those who rely upon a tenant to pay rent – myriad classes unfold.

The folks next door might own a small strip center housing a nail salon, fast food joint and an animal hospital. We’d call them a “mom and pop”.

As their holdings grow over time and more properties are acquired, so does their class. Now, they fall into the heading of a private investor.

Private investors generally use as seed capital money made from other sources such as a business, inherited wealth or savings. Thus, a private investor uses its own money to buy buildings. Sure, a bank loan might assist,  but the down payment is from a personal account.

Now, contrast the use of “your own money” to “other people’s money” and a capital market investor is identified. Capital market investors rely upon Wall Street dollars (real estate investment trusts, pension funds (California Teachers, CalPERS, State of Washington), or in some cases insurance company premiums (John Hancock, Aetna) to complete buys.

OK, with that preamble, let’s talk about a trend we’ve seen since the beginning of 2020. Investors of all types are buying empty buildings! Remember, they require rent to survive. They’re not occupying a location with their business. So, with no rent and no tenant, why is this happening? Indulge me as I proffer a few opinions.

Origination costs: Every leased parcel acquired comes at a price. Included are time on market, rent concessions, improvements and professional fees. From all these expenditures eventually comes an income stream. Currently, because available buildings are in short supply for those who need them to operate, all four categories of costs have been compressed.

It’s quite common to commence construction on a new project and have the entire square footage leased prior to completion. Time on the market evaporates! With more groups looking for space and fewer places to consider, concessions and offered improvements are slim. Consequently, it’s fairly easy these days to compute the cost of new occupancy. Plus, captured is the current market rent vs waiting on a below-market rent to catch up.

Lack of quality: A brand new and vacant building comes equipped with all the goodies – tall warehouse ceilings, ample truck loading and is in pristine condition. Those operations targeted benefit operationally with more efficiency. This appeals more to potential tenants.

Musical chairs: Akin to seven players and six chairs, competition for fully leased assets is fierce. It’s quite common for a new offering to generate multiple interested parties. Therefore prices get bid up and returns suffer. Faced with the need to deploy dollars into real estate, vacant buildings have now gained favor.

Cost and time to produce: We concluded several meetings this week with some of the largest developers of real estate in Southern California: Birtcher, Hillwood, REDA, IDIL and Blackcreek. They build ‘em, then lease or sell the finished buildings to occupants or investors.

You see, a buyer we represent was in town from the East Coast. We are trying quite diligently to find a building for our client to purchase. Good luck! We heard over and over that land prices, government overreach, environmental impact studies and increasing construction costs ALL are pinching the supply of new inventory.

Therefore, if an investor can avoid the hassle of construction and simply buy existing – even vacant – it makes good sense to do so.

Allen C. Buchanan, SIOR, is a principal with Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services in Orange. He can be reached at abuchanan@lee-associates.com or 714.564.7104.

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