Los Angeles Preps: Devin Harrison

1. Over the weekend, Torrey Bailey of Los Alamitos scored six goals to lift the second-seeded Griffins past third-seeded Beckman, 19-13, in the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. Los Al is the two-time defending champion. As good as Bailey was, Santa Margarita’s Adrienne Anderson was even better. She scored eight goals as fifth-seeded Santa Margarita upset top-seeded Foothill, 12-10. It’s the first time Santa Margarita has advanced past the first round of the playoffs. The teams will play Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., at Mission Viejo High.

2. Two teams poised to win league champions faced each other Saturday and El Toro scored an 8-5 victory over Esperanza. It was a playoff-worthy matchup pitting two of Orange County’s best second-tier teams against each other – the first tier being Edison, Mater Dei and JSerra. After that triumvirate, it’s open season. Ryan Joyce and Cole Tomlinson both had two RBIs and scored a run for the Chargers (23-6, 8-2), who won their 10th consecutive game and snapped Espy’s five-game winning streak. El Toro plays twice this week against Tesoro (17-12, 6-4), which was the last team to beat El Toro. El Toro can clinch the South Coast League title with a victory; if Tesoro sweeps, the title belongs to the Titans. Esperanza (18-9, 8-2) is in the same boat; it plays Foothill (16-10, 6-4) twice this week.

3. At the South Coast League swimming finals at Capistrano Valley Melanie Klaren of Aliso Niguel won two events. That’s not a big deal. But her time in the 500-yard freestyle, 4 minutes 45.69 seconds, was the eighth-best in county history. For perspective’s sake, Klaren broke Kaitlin Sandeno’s league record; Sandeno took a bronze in the 800 free at the 2000 Olympics while attending El Toro High. Klaren’s mark in the 200 free, 1:46.40, was the second-best in county history. The senior, who will attend California, appears primed for section meets.

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