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Local diver qualifies for national championships

March 23, 2011
  • Brandon Loschiavo.
Brandon Loschiavo.

Brandon Loschiavo of Huntington Beach turned in a strong performance last weekend at the USA Diving Region 9 Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz., earning a trip to the upcoming USA Diving Junior West Championships.

Loschiavo, a seventh-grade student at Dwyer Middle School, finished in second place in the 1-meter and fourth in the 3-meter springboard in the boys' 14-15 division. Other local youth competing at the Region 9 event were Jacqueline Cleugh of Goldenview Elementary School (girls' 11U division) and Erica Curry, a junior at Fountain Valley High who competed in the girls' 16-18 division.

Loschiavo will compete April 8 through 10 at the national championships in Lubbock, Texas.

The three divers train at McCormick Divers at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach.

— Jessica Pollack, Community Correspondent

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Basketball

The Huntington Beach National Junior Basketball seventh-grade All-Star team posted a 1-2 record last weekend in tournament play at Saddleback High in Santa Ana.

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Led by the scoring of Luke Williams, John Keegan, Nicolas Draheim and Reed Slack, Huntington opened the tournament Saturday with a 59-31 victory over Irvine. On Sunday, Huntington hit a last-second shot to force overtime against Los Alamitos but ended up falling, 57-54. Matthew Johnson, Joshua Benitez and Mark Schenkelberg led the offense and Williams, Joseph Waked and Brendan Spainhour led the defense. Also Sunday, Slack and Cade Benard led a second-quarter comeback against Tustin but Huntington lost on a last-second shot, 49-46.

Huntington next will enter the upcoming NJB State Championships in San Diego.

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