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NOTEBOOK: IN COLLEGE, HIGHLAND'S RAWSON TWINS WILL BECOME RIVALS.

Byline: Gerry Gittelson Staff Writer

Twin sisters Nichole and Natalie Rawson, side by side for four softball seasons at Highland High of Palmdale along with many travel-ball summers, celebrate their last game together at the 15th annual Daily News All-Star Softball Game at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Glendale Sports Complex.

They'll go their separate ways next semester. Nichole, a pitcher, is headed to Colgate, where she'll join sister Melissa, a sophomore first baseman. Natalie, a shortstop, is going to Marist, one of Colgate's top rivals.

``It's really sad. Between Highland and travel ball, we've played so much softball together,'' Nichole said Wednesday at the East's practice at Saugus High. ``But it'll be fun at college when we get to play against each other. Usually, Marist and Colgate play each other a few times through the year. This year, they played four times.''

--Just like ol' times: East second baseman Lauren Guza of La Canada and pitcher Meredith Cervenka of Crescenta Valley, best friends during elementary school, have been reunited on the East.

``Even in fourth grade, Meredith was always the superstar,'' Guza said. ``She's always been real serious about softball. Since we went to different high schools, we haven't seen each other as much as we used to. But we still talk on the phone about once a month to keep up, and I usually see her at softball tournaments.''

--Sponsors: Joining the Daily News as sponsors of the game are JustSports.com and Specialty Recreation, makers of SportsFence II.

--Red hot: How's this for a warmup drill? East first baseman Lacey Smale of La Canada is participating in a travel tournament this weekend in Phoenix. The weather reports says it will be 109 degrees Saturday and 108 on Sunday.

--Speaking of travel ball: East coach Dan Berry of Crescenta Valley was impressed enough with his talent at the first to practice to proclaim: ``If this team played together in Gold Division travel ball, we'd win the national championship.''

--Cap, gown and not around: East players Kristin Lueke, Casey Pickard and Lindsey Kontra of Hart of Newhall weren't available for Wednesday's practice because they were participating in graduation ceremonies.

--Like a Rock: East catcher Christina Kula, who has 11 home runs over the past two seasons, is the first Eagle Rock player in school history to participate in the Daily News All-Star Game.

``That makes me proud,'' she said.

DAILY NEWS ALL-STAR SOFTBALL GAME

EAST

Meredith Cervenka, P, Crescenta ValleyKellie Cox, OF, Quartz Hill

Amanda De La Cerda, P, Notre Dame

Ashlie D'Errico, C, Highland

Crystal Dingman, C, Verdugo Hills

Lauren Guza, INF, La Canada

Jackie Kolesar, INF, Paraclete

Lindsey Kontra, P, Hart

Christina Kula, C, Eagle Rock

Nancy Lopez, OF, Van Nuys

Kristin Lueke, INF, Hart

Jennifer McLarty, OF, Saugus

Krystal Mejia, INF, Sylmar

Casey Pickard, P, Hart

Natalie Rawson, INF, Highland

Nichole Rawson, P, Highland

Lacey Smale, INF, Flintridge Sacred-Heart

Amanda Wachsmuth, OF, Palmdale

Lauren Watson, C, Valencia

COACHES: Dan Berry, Crescenta Valley and Rich Perez, Saugus

WEST

Nicole Angelo, P, Thousand Oaks

Melissa Coogan, P, El Camino Real

Elisa De La Torre, OF, Rio Mesa

Jennifer Dilly, IB, Newbury Park

Christina Enea, C, El Camino Real

Dana Finkelstein, INF, Taft

Sheridan Fowler, INF, Thousand Oaks

Chrissy Hildebrandt, INF, Rio Mesa

Kim Jex, INF, Granada Hills

Katie Kearns, INF, Westlake

Andi Keesling, OF, Thousand Oaks

Alana Mendoza, INF, Camarillo

Michelle Newbold, INF, Royal

Jenni Perez, C, Thousand Oaks

Jenni Shields, C/1B, Simi Valley

Katie Stokx, P/OF, Newbury Park

Monica Thompson, INF, La Reina

Tracy Stiller, P, Royal

Lindsey Weinstein, 1B, Chaminade

Kim Wynigear, OF, Moorpark

COACHES: Lynn Baum, Newbury Park and Jim Rose, Birmingham

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