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HART TO HONOR FORMER PLAYER.

Byline: GERRY GITTELSON Community Sports

Today is a special day for Hart High baseball, as the late Nolan LeMar is scheduled to be inducted posthumously into Hart's Wall of Fame during the team's annual alumni event beginning 11 a.m. at the baseball field.

LeMar was killed by a drunk driver in Canyon Country in April 2001, sadly ending a life filled not only with love and commitment - but also a promising baseball future.

``Although his life was cut short and ended tragically, bringing grief to our entire community, Nolan achieved many accomplishments that continue to be an inspiration today,'' event organizer Joe Valacious said. ``It's these accomplishments and the positive role model that he is that we choose to focus on. We're proud of Nolan's accomplishments and we will use his life and baseball career to motivate us to do better.''

LeMar also was injured in a previous automobile accident during his senior year but recovered, helping Hart (27-4) to the Southern Section Div. II championship. He finished with a .431 batting average and five home runs - including four in consecutive games - in 51 at-bats.

At College of the Canyons, LeMar twice earned All-Western State Conference honors. He was batting .368 with two home runs in the midst of his sophomore season before the tragedy.

Larry Fiscus, a longtime campus assistant and utility worker, also is scheduled to be inducted today, along with former All-Southern Section standout Brian Baron, who is playing minor-league baseball in the Minnesota Twins organization.

Fiscus, who operates the scoreboard and also is the team's equipment manager, has been at Hart for 27 years.

After starring at Hart in the mid-1990s, Baron played at UCLA before being drafted.

--Several local youth hockey teams based at Ice Station Valencia are living it up after winning international tournaments a few weekends ago.

The Valencia Express pee wee team placed first in Montreal at the CAN/AM tournament, avenging a loss to a team from Massachusetts by beating it in a rematch in the final. The Express squirt team placed first in Phoenix, defeating the host team in the final.

The Southern California Vipers won the pee wee championship at the Pikes Peak Invitational in Colorado Springs, beating the host team 4-3 in the final.

And finally, the Vipers midget team finished first in Long Beach by beating the California North Stars 3-1 in the championship.

``These exciting and rewarding tournament experiences will definitely help our clubs get ready for the upcoming playoff season,'' said Ice Station director Larry Bruyere, who also coached the pee wee Vipers. ``While not all of our teams came home champions, we can proudly say that we once again made hockey fans across the country stop and take notice of the high quality of hockey coming out of Southern California.''

--In other Ice Station news, the facility has been selected to host the California Amateur Hockey Association Tier II state playoffs Thursday through Sunday. The Ice Station is located at 27745 Smyth Dr. in Valencia. For information, contact Bruyere: (661) 775-868, Ext. 204.

--The Saugus Crush AYSO soccer team (10-under) is off to a fine start. In the team's first tournament, it finished second at the recent Coyote Classic in Victorville. The members are: Katlyn Grams, Jessica Weber, Amber Pilch, Kayla Quintanilla, Janelle Grover, Jenna Vincej, Becky Gragas, Casey Wesley andJessica Heade. The coach is Loreto Pilch, and the assistant coach is Adrian Gragas.

--Nobody shoots longer 3-pointers than Saugus High boys' basketball standout Neil Diorio. He connected on two from NBA range during a 66-38 playoff victory Friday over visiting Ventura.
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