LOUIS, VOICE OF HART ATHLETICS, RETIRES.
Beloved local sports figure Dick Louis, a public-address announcer who's been the voice of Hart High football, baseball and track for the past 28 years, has retired.
He announced his last game during Hart's baseball playoff loss to Riverside Poly on Friday, and his plan is to spend more time with his family.
``I told my wife 10 years ago I'd stop when she retired, and she has retired, so that's what I'm going to do,'' Louis said.
A few moments prior to the baseball game Friday, Hart athletic director Mike Herrington took the microphone and broke the news, and Louis was given a standing ovation.
``Dick has been our voice for three decades. We're really going to miss him,'' Hart principal Gary Fuller said. ``For us, he's practically at the level of Vin Scully. There's no question about it.''
--David Curiel, a standout defensive lineman from Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks, plans to play football at College of the Canyons. He's following in the footsteps of his brother, Tom, who started at linebacker at Canyons before committing to Cal Poly SLO.
``Tom probably will switch to linebacker, too, just like his brother,'' Canyons coach Chuck Lyon said.
The younger Curiel has helped Notre Dame win three consecutive Southern Section Div. III titles. He's participating in the 54th annual Shrine Classic all-star football game June 25 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.
--In other Shrine news, Canyon High receiver Dejon Negron's name has been removed from the final roster - but on Saturday morning, Negron said he still plans to play in the game.
``There was a problem because I wasn't sure if I was going to graduate, but I just found out I'm graduating,'' said Negron, an exciting breakaway threat who played only during his senior year because of academic problems. ``I'm going to send in all my paperwork (for the Shrine) today or tomorrow.''
--As expected, Valencia quarterback Michael Herrick, a senior-to-be who's on pace to break California's all-time passing yardage record, impressed during a high-profile Nike-sponsored scouting event in Berkeley last weekend.
``Michael Herrick had a great camp on Saturday and was one of the top three signal callers in the camp,'' said Brian Stumpf, recruiting analyst for studentsportsfootball.com. ``He has a live, accurate arm and can make all the throws. He moves well in the pocket and throws very well on the run. He was the top signal caller from California both Saturday and Sunday and is a definite high Division I athlete.''
Canyon quarterback Ben Longshore, a junior, worked out with the underclassmen and left a good impression. He was considered among the top three junior prospects, according to Cory Nagatoshi, who helped organize the event.
--Santa Clarita Christian High's softball team, nicknamed the Cardinals, defeated the Mesa Grande Cardinals in the Southern Section Div. VII playoffs on Thursday, and now they face the Cardinals of Cantwell Sacred-Heart in the semifinals Friday.
--Tyler Lyon, who has received six scholarship offers from major-college football programs, finally can devote himself to spring football on a full-time basis now that Hart's baseball team has been eliminated from the playoffs.
Lyon, who hurt his pitching arm early in the year but has recovered well enough to throw a football without restriction, rejoined the baseball team as a measure of support.
--Saugus baseball coach George Lopata has resigned after one season. Meanwhile, Canyon coach Chuck Crim said he is committed to return for his third season despite rumors he was leaving because his son, Cody, is graduating.
``I heard those rumors, too, but it's not true. I've told (vice-principal) Sal Frias I'm coming back,'' Crim said.
Crim's son plans to walk on at San Diego State.
--Saugus athletic director Kevin Miner's home run streak in the annual alumni game ended this year after hitting homers in 2002 and 2003, then sitting out last season.
``I guess this is what happens when you don't pick up a bat for two years,'' he said.