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NOTES: STRICKLAND MAKES MARK.

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Harvard-Westlake High School volleyball player Bill Strickland, a 6-foot-7 junior, helped lead the 16-and-under Los Angeles Athletic Clubto a national championship Tuesday at the Junior Olympics in Denver.

Strickland, who made the all-tournament team, stamped himself as one of the area's top volleyball players for next season. Also leading the team was Loyola junior Curt Toppel, who was chosen the tournament MVP.

``He's just progressively getting stronger,'' Harvard-Westlake coach Jesse Quiroz said of Strickland, who also plays water polo. ``I think everyone has high expectations for him, and he'll make his mark.''

Glendale adds softball: Women's softball will be added for the coming academic year at Glendale Community College, joining women's basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball and track as an intercollegiate sport. Former Providence High School coach Mark Romano has been named to head the program.

The announcement was made Wednesday morning by GCC women's athletic director Terry Coblentz, who cited Romano's enthusiasm, softball background and winning spirit. Women interested in playing for the college should call the athletic department. Information: (818) 240-1000, ext. 5644.

Basketball tournament:The John R. Wooden Classic will be expanded from a Saturday college basketball doubleheader to also include a Thursday high school tripleheader. It will be held on Dec. 4 at the Pond in Anaheim. Crespi will face Mater Dei, Ayala will meet Glendora and Los Alamitos will take on DeMatha from Hyattsville, Md.

Basketball camps: Former Cleveland basketball star Lucious Harris is holding a youth camp Aug. 4-8 at Cal State Northridge. Information: (310) 979-3333.

The Crespi Youth Hoops Camp for ages 9-13 will be held July 28-Aug. 1. Cost is $65. Information: (818) 881-4578.

The Melissa Hearlihy Girls' Basketball Skills Camp for girls 8-13 will be held July 28-30 at Hart High School. Sessions run from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. daily. Cost is $100. Information: Dennis Magro, (818) 905-2162.

Baseball commitments: Several players from College of the Canyons' baseball team are headed to four-year schools, according to coach Len Mohney. Pitcher Jim McNeel has signed with UNLV. First baseman Dan Bir will attend Pepperdine. Infielder Luis Sanchez and outfielder Robbie Rehfeld are considering Chico State. Pitcher Brock Benson is looking at Cal Lutheran. Shortstop Hiram Damwijk has signed with Memphis. Infielder Kasey Canale is headed to San Jose State.

Coach sought: College of the Canyons has an opening for women's volleyball coach.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jul 10, 1997
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