Sophmore Pitcher Anthony Carrillo from the New Roads Varsity Baseball team throws a pitch to a batter from the Dunn Varsity Baseball team at West Los Angeles College which was the home site for New Roadsand the site of the first round of the CIF southern Sectional Playoffs divsion 6 playoffs on Thursday May 20th 2010 as New Roads hosted Dunn and beat them 7-0 to advance to the next round. Carrillo had a no hitter going until the 7th inning with two outs when gave up two hits back to back (photo by Morgan Genser)

DOWNTOWN — If Anthony Carrillo has his way, he’ll go from being a Jaguar to a Trojan.

The New Roads baseball player, who spends time both on the mound and in the outfield, has peaked the interest of USC’s coaching staff who told the so-to-be senior that they are considering offering him a scholarship.

“I’m expecting a call from them soon,” Carrillo said. “Hope to hear more next week.”

The All-CIF Southern Section performer, who has been recruited by Santa Clara, UC Davis and St. Johns among others, first drew USC’s attention during a showcase there earlier this summer.

Of the 100 players at the camp, Carrillo was singled out as one of the top attendees.

He has yet to receive an offer from any school, but said that he’s hoping that USC is his final destination after graduating next year.

If he does play for USC, coaches there said that he would be asked to play the outfield. He’s been a star pitcher for New Roads the past couple of seasons, but Carrillo said he’d do whatever is asked of him.

“It’s a Division 1 school, if they want me to be an outfielder that’s fine,” he said.

Carrillo hit .444 last season with 34 runs batted in and four triples.

St. Monica hosts successful tournament

St. Monica’s first annual Westside Summer Slam boys’ basketball tournament was a success, Head Coach Khi-Min Jung said.

The tourney, held last weekend, was won by Burbank Providence High School, but the outcome wasn’t what pleased the second-year coach. While his St. Monica Mariners finished the tourney 1-4, he was glad to see his team round into shape.

“We’re really young,” Jung said of his team that lost 10 seniors from last year’s squad that lost in the quarter-finals of the CIF-SS Division 5AA playoffs. “We took some beatings, took our lumps, but we got better from the beginning of summer to now.”

The Mariners now enter the CIF-mandated dead period until Aug. 21, but will begin classes on Aug. 17.

Jung hopes his players continue to train during the gap in action with an eye toward continued progress.

The tournament was the last action St. Monica’s gym will see until late fall. The aging facility is slated to see a total overhaul including new scoreboards, backboards and updated interiors.

“I’m excited to see what it looks like once completed,” he said.

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