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Antelope Valley College

The softball team hopes Tara Jensen's bat continues to be hot this weekend when the Marauders open the Southern California Regionals with Saturday's game against Long Beach City (36-8).

Jensen finished the regular season batting .374 with 13 doubles and 28 RBI. Antelope Valley (12-26), which has its lowest seed in the last 10 years at No. 14, will look to pitcher Lauren McDonald (8-10, 2.88 ERA).

- Sean Ceglinsky

HIGH SCHOOLS

Antelope Valley

Interviews for the boys' basketball position vacated by Tom Hegre concluded Wednesday. A coach could be named by the end of next week. Hegre announced this month he would be leaving to coach basketball at the new Knight High opening in Palmdale next fall. He already has been replaced as athletic director by softball coach Kristi Speir.

- Matthew Kredell

Highland

With senior pitcher Nikki Secrease out for the season, Lauren Tantlinger responded to the challenge with one of her best overall games of the season Tuesday.

Tantlinger went 3 for 4 at the plate, scored two runs and drove in two runs. She also held first-place Quartz Hill to a 4-4 tie entering the fifth inning. Ultimately, though, she ran out of gas and Highland lost 9-5.

The loss drops the Bulldogs three games back of Quartz Hill in the Golden League but only one game back of second-place Lancaster, which lost to Littlerock on Tuesday.

- Ramona Shelburne

Lancaster

The softball team has an ideal chance to avoid falling too far back in the Golden League title race. After dropping two games behind first-place Quartz Hill with a 4-1 loss to Littlerock on Tuesday, the Eagles (8-12, 3-2) will host Quartz Hill (17-3, 5-0) today at 3:15 p.m.

- Heather Gripp

Littlerock

The boys' volleyball team played Quartz Hill on Wednesday night to open up a week critical to the Lobos' hopes of advancing to the playoffs. With a record of 6-5 overall and 2-4 in the Golden League, Littlerock sits in fourth place and needs to win its final four matches, coach Rachel Behen said, to ensure a spot in the Southern Section postseason. ``It's definitely possible,'' Behen said. ``We have an incredibly talented and incredibly athletic team. It's just whether they want to play that day or not.''

Behen also hopes to send her team's seniors out on a positive note, including outside hitter and captain Jason Duncan, one of Littlerock's most consistent players this season. Littlerock will play Friday at Highland.

- Ross Siler

Palmdale

At the midway point of league play, things are looking up for the formerly struggling Palmdale softball team. The Falcons came to life Tuesday, beating rival Antelope Valley 8-5. Palmdale handed Antelope Valley ace pitcher Jessie Dunn one of her worst outings of the season as Kristine Gutierrez had three hits. Palmdale (6-13, 2-3) starts the second half of Golden League play today with a game at Littlerock.

- Matthew Kredell

Paraclete

The baseball team had the Olympic League's best team on the ropes Tuesday. But what was looking like an upset of Valley Christian of Cerritos crumbled in the late innings, and the Spirits will have to beat the Lions on their home field to gain a split of a two-game series.

Paraclete jumped out to a 5-1 lead through five innings but allowed the Lions to rally and pull out an 8-5 win heading into today's rematch in Cerritos. The Spirits dropped to 11-5-1, 2-3.

The Spirits are running out of time to record quality wins in one of the more competitive leagues in Southern Section Div. V. Just one league series, against Village Christian of Sun Valley in two weeks, remains.

- Chris Cocoles

Quartz Hill

The boys' tennis team can clinch its 13th consecutive Golden League title when the Rebels host Palmdale at 3:15 p.m. today. Quartz Hill secured at least a share of the title by defeating Antelope Valley 14-4 Tuesday despite playing without its usual No. 1 singles player.

- Heather Gripp
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