1. The J.W. North baseball team stretched their record to 11-0 with two close wins last week in Big VIII League play. Gabriel Franca led the way Friday in a 4-3 victory at Roosevelt, slashing two doubles and earning his sixth save of the season. Two days earlier, the defending Southern Section Division 1 champions hosted Riverside Poly and came away with an 8-6 victory. The Huskies are off until Saturday, when they open play in the Anaheim Lions tournament against Aliso Niguel (8-4).
2. After winning its first nine, the Indio baseball team was swept last week by Palm Desert in the first two games of Desert Valley League play. In the first game Tuesday, the Aztecs, ranked No. 1 in Division IV, scored four runs in the top of the seventh at No. 2 Indio and held on to win, 4-2. Jonathan Serven had the big hit for Palm Desert, a two-run single to left field that gave the Aztecs a 3-2 lead. In Friday’s second game, Jono Tellier went the distance, allowing six hits and striking out four in a 2-0 victory.
3. The Alta Loma baseball team is off to a strong start after tying for last in the Baseline League a year ago. The Braves won their first two league games and Saturday beat Palm Desert, 5-1, at College of the Desert. Senior right-hander Nolan Sheridan threw a three-hitter and struck out seven with no walks to improve to 3-0 on the season. Two weeks earlier, Sheridan threw the first no-hitter in school history in a 2-0 victory against Paloma Valley.
4. Inland Empire track and field athletes turned in some noteworthy performances over the weekend. Michael Hewitt of Great Oak ran the state’s fastest time of the outdoor season in the 800 meters at the Azusa Distance Meet of Champions. He twice circled the track in a personal-best 1:53.22, nearly a second faster than the state’s next best time. At the same meet, Erika Reddish of Vista Murrieta established a new state-leading time in the girls’ 800 (2:12.67). At the Roosevelt Invitational, Elijah Mitchell of Roosevelt produced the state’s top time in the boys’ 200 (21.46). At the California Relays at Cerritos College, Jordie Munford of Rancho Cucamonga set a new state-leading time in the girls’ 300 hurdles (43.26).
5. The Norco softball team, ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN, continued its winning ways, sweeping three games last weekend at the Torrance National tournament. The Cougars (13-0) did not allow a run in the three games, beating Freedom High from Oakley, Calif. on Friday, then knocking off Foothill High from Henderson, Nev. in a semifinal and North Torrance in the championship game, 8-0. Emily Lockman, who has signed with Nebraska, was the winning pitcher in both games Saturday. She also homered against Foothill and was named the tournament MVP.