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LA South: Five things from the weekend

5/2/2011

1. Long Beach Poly had a field day at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, returning to California with championships in both the boys' and girls' 4x800 relays. The Poly girls also easily won the 4x100 and 4x400 events, while the boys came in second in the 4x400, behind champion Gardena Serra. Poly's 4x800 group registered the fastest time in the country and third-fastest all-time at 7:31.69. Myles Andrews anchored in 1:49.54.

2. Maybe reaching the top of the state rankings wasn't so good for the Bishop Amat baseball team. The Lancers lost twice last week -- 2-1 to Bonita on Monday and 13-9 to Torrance on Saturday in the Redondo Tournament final -- to fall out of the No. 1 spot in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 poll. Amat (21-4) had won 22 straight before stumbling against Bonita (19-4), the top-ranked team in Division 3, at Mt. SAC.

3. Things aren't much different on the softball diamond, as Bonita and Bishop Amat are arguably the best teams in Los Angeles County. Bonita (18-4), hitting .399 as a team, fell twice last week and slipped to No. 2 in the Division 2 poll; Amat (20-2), hitting .372 and averaging over six runs per game, is top-ranked in Division 3 and riding a nine-game winning streak.

4. The Mira Costa boys' volleyball team's position amongst the elite varies depending on whom you ask. The Mustangs helped their case Saturday, capturing their second consecutive Redondo Classic title behind wins against 10th-ranked San Clemente in the final and fifth-ranked Westlake in the semifinals. Weston Carico, who has been filling in for injured Jake Miller (leg), was named tournament MVP. Mira Costa wraps up the regular season with games at eighth-ranked Redondo Union and Palos Verdes this week.

5. St. John Bosco offensive lineman Beau Boyster gave a nonbinding verbal commitment to Arizona on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Boyster is part of a stellar group of returnees that includes receiver Bryce Treggs and quarterback Raymond Medina. Boyster also has offers from Nevada and San Jose State.