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PREP EXTRA LOCAL; ATHLETES OF THE WEEK.

SARA LEIBOWITZ

Senior

Chaminade soccer

Leibowitz, a goalkeeper, concluded her high school career with a Southern Section championship Saturday, as the Eagles of West Hills defeated Bishop Montgomery of Torrance 2-1 in the Division IV title match.

The Eagles' defense featured three seniors this season and provided ample support for Leibowitz. Chaminade allowed just two goals in its five playoff matches, both on penalty kicks.

Even when opponents were able to penetrate the Eagles defense, Leibowitz displayed the mobility and strength to prevent goals. In the final seconds of Chaminade's semifinal victory over Corona del Mar, Leibowitz prevented the game-tying goal by making a save while sitting on the grass.

``I've always told the girls that defense wins championships,'' coach Mike Evans said. ``With the type of offense we have, we are going to have a lot of chances to score goals, so it's really just a matter of playing strong defense.''

Chaminade won its fourth consecutive Southern Section title and finished 23-4-4.

DUSTIN VILLEPIGUE

Junior

Simi Valley basketball

A 6-foot-9 center, Villepigue was a big factor in the Pioneers' run to the Southern Section Division I-A championship game.

He scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in last Tuesday's 77-58 semifinal win over Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley. It was Villepigue's second consecutive double-double of the playoffs.

Villepigue, averaging 12 points and seven rebounds, led the Pioneers with 13 points in Saturday's 53-39 loss to Mater Dei at the Pond in Anaheim. With four starters graduating, Villepigue will be Simi Valley's marquee player next year.

``This year's been a good year for him. And I think it's going to be a springboard for him going into next year,'' Pioneers coach Christian Aurand said.

UP AND COMER

SAM HARRIS, Sylmar High

Harris, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, averaged 27 points a game, including three consecutive 30-point efforts. He also averaged five assists. His numbers were good enough for a promotion to varsity for the final three games of the regular season, plus the City playoffs.

(Nominate outstanding junior varsity and middle school athletes by calling (818) 713-3611.)

STATLICIOUS

Congratulations to both the Chatsworth and Chaminade girls' soccer teams, which won their five and fourth consecutive section championships, respectively, on Saturday. They become only the third area schools to accomplish the feat.

School.......Years

Agoura.......1986-89

Chatsworth...1989-93

Chatsworth...1996-2000

Chaminade....1997-2000

BY THE NUMBERS

5 -- Times the North Hollywood baseball team has completed the Los Angeles Marathon, including Sunday.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

``Highland baseball: The best is yet to come. I know. Next is ECR. Bring them on.'' --Highland's John Santor, after his grand slam on Saturday beat Thousand Oaks in the Daily News Invitational. The Bulldogs play at El Camino Real today.

HEAD TO HEAD

JUNIOR GARCIA, Birmingham Pitcher

vs.

CORY TAILLON, Westlake Outfielder

Garcia, the Patriots' freshman phenom, had quite a debut week. In two Daily News Invitational games, he became the first freshman in the school's 47-year history to win on opening day when he beat Monroe. Then against Paraclete, he went 3 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored. His test comes today against Westlake.

Taillon, a senior, is off to a fast start for the No. 2-ranked Warriors. In the opener against Granada Hills, he doubled. On Saturday at Chaminade, he kept the game alive by throwing out a runner at first base. At the plate, he walked and scored the winning run and doubled.

Daily News Invitational: Birmingham at Westlake, today, 3 p.m.

ON DECK: This week's must see:

Birmingham vs. Westlake baseball

Birmingham freshman Junior Garcia tries to continue his and the Patriots' fast start when they face hard-hitting Westlake in a Daily News Invitational game. Unranked Birmingham is much younger than the Warriors, who are ranked first by the Daily News, but both teams are off to 2-0 starts thanks to productive offenses.

--The vitals: Today, 3 p.m. at Westlake High

HIGHLIGHTS IN THE WEEK OF LOCAL SPORTS:

TODAY (7)--Girls' basketball: Division III state playoffs: Alemany at Wasco, 7 p.m.; Harvard-Westlake at Kearny, 7:30 p.m.

--Prep baseball: Birmingham at Westlake, 3 p.m.; Highland at El Camino Real, 3 p.m.; Poly at Thousand Oaks, 3 p.m; Camarillo at Sylmar, 3 p.m.

--Prep softball: Camarillo at Royal (DH), 3 p.m.; Buena at Newbury Park (DH), 4 p.m.

--Boys' tennis: Calabasas at Thousand Oaks, 3 p.m.

--College baseball: Pepperdine at CSUN, 2:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY (8)--Boys' basketball: Division I state playoffs: Simi Valley at Clovis West, 7:30 p.m.

--Prep baseball: Valencia at St. Francis, 4 p.m.

--Prep softball: Paraclete at Quartz Hill, 3:15 p.m.

--Women's tennis: LMU at Pepperdine, 1:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (9)--Prep baseball: Valencia at El Camino Real, 3 p.m.; Palmdale at North Hollywood, 3 p.m.; Poly at Notre Dame, 3 p.m.

--Prep softball: Harvard-Westlake vs. Calabasas at Valley College, 3 p.m.; Simi Valley at Chaminade, 3:30 p.m.

--Women's water polo: UCLA at USC, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY (10)--Prep softball: El Camino Real at Calabasas, 3:30 p.m.

--Prep track: Belmont at Taft, 2:30 p.m.; Thousand Oaks at Birmingham, TBA

--Boys' volleyball: Royal at Thousand Oaks, 6 p.m.

--College baseball: Houston at USC, 5 p.m.

SATURDAY (11)--Prep softball: Hart tournament; Simi Valley tournament

--Prep track: Burbank Invitational, 8 a.m.; Royal Invitational, 9 a.m.; Herb Wyre Relays at AVC

--College baseball: Portland at Pepperdine, 11 a.m.; Houston at USC, 1 p.m.; Valley at Moorpark, 1 p.m.

--College softball: New Mexico at CSUN (DH), noon.

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(1) Dustin Villepigue

(2) Sara Leibowitz

(3) Sam Harris
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