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Articles by Joe Snyder

The Los Angeles Rams National Football League team begins its first big event in the Los Angeles area this week. Last Tuesday, they opened their preseason summer camp at UC Irvine, the same spot they trained at when they played at Anaheim Stadium (now Angel Stadium) from 1980-94.

The Rams, however, will play at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first three seasons here, the same spot where they played from 1946-79. Then, they will move to their new stadium in Inglewood. The name of that stadium is yet to be determined.

Issac Ramirez blasted a grand slam home run in the top of the third inning as the Athletics defeated the Pirates 5-3 in a Gardena Parks and Recreation baseball game last Thursday at Mas Fukai Park.

With the bases loaded and the Pirates ahead 3-2, Ramirez hit a ball that went deep to left-center field. He was able to circle the bases after three others runners scored and it proved to be the difference in the game.

Starting pitcher Chase Williams pitched the first two innings to get the win. Donovan Hill pitched the final two innings for the save.

Bishop Montgomery High hired Camille Buckley as its new girls’ basketball coach last week.

Buckley will be the 18th head coach in the Knights’ basketball history. She is a 2009 graduate of Colony High in Ontario, where she was CIF-Southern Section Division IIIA Player of the Year in keying the Titans to the Division IIIA crown. Buckley, in fact, keyed Colony to Southern Section titles in her junior and senior seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09, in order. She went on to play at Loyola-Marymount University and UC Irvine.

The Holly Park Minor (age 9-10) Little League All-Star Baseball team hoped to reach the final of the District 37 Tournament as it took on Lennox in the losers’ bracket final last Tuesday.

The winner faced unbeaten Westchester in the first round of the championship on Wednesday. If Westchester loses, a second game will be played tonight at 7 p.m. at Carl Nielsen Youth Sports Complex in Westchester.

Holly Park advanced to the losers’ bracket final after defeating Wiseburn from Hawthorne 9-2 on June 25 and Del Rey 16-3 a day later.

With four Long Beach Poly junior transfers, Carson High head girls’ track and field coach Amrit Lal got the Colts going from very good to the very top.

Carson went on to run away with the CIF-Los Angeles City championship and went on to capture the California State championship on June 4 at Buchanan High in Clovis.

Last Saturday’s District 37 Junior Little League (age 13-14) All-Star Baseball game was long and dragging and especially for Tri Park at Jim Thorpe Park in Hawthorne.

In a seven-inning contest that lasted nearly three and a half hours, Wiseburn rolled over Tri Park 14-7.

The Lennox Orioles started fast with nine runs in the first two innings and coasted to an 11-7 victory over the Holly Park Rockies in a Carl Magee, Jr. District 37 Tournament of Champions Minor (age 9-10) Little League loser’s bracket game last Sunday at Carl Nielsen Youth Sports Park in Westchester.

The Orioles jumped quickly on Rockies starting pitcher Issac Wright for four runs in the bottom of the first inning and five more in the second to surge out to an early 9-1 lead.

Carson High’s girls’ track and field team captured their first California State championship last Saturday at Buchanan High Memorial Stadium in Clovis.

Behind the four outstanding junior sprinters from traditional power Long Beach Poly, the Lady Colts became the first CIF-Los Angeles City Section team to capture the state girls’ track and field crown since Granada Hills Kennedy did it in 1980.

Gardena High senior Cristhian Macias finished in second place in the boys’ 800-meter run at last Thursday’s CIF-Los Angeles City Section Track and Field Championships.

Serra High’s sprinters stood out in last Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division IV Track and Field Championships at Cerritos College.