PREP ROUNDUP: Nootbaar Drives El Segundo to Comeback Win

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El Segundo High School sophomore Lars Nootbaar, making just his second start at quarterback, threw for three touchdowns – two in the second half – as his Eagles rallied for a 24-22 come-from behind home win over Torrance last Friday night.

Lars Nootbaar

Nootbaar completed 11 out of 26 attempts for a total of 237 yards in the air, including an 82-yard strike to Jamie Stewart on a third and 12 play.

For good measure, the Nikkei QB managed a nifty scramble out of pressure in the fourth quarter to find Stewart open and complete El Segundo’s scoring. The versatile Nootbaar even punted twice in the game, with a long of 53 yards.

“He’s a sophomore and he’s going to make some mistakes,” El Segundo coach Steve Shevlin told The Daily Breeze of Nootbaar, who had a pass intercepted early in the game. “But his play-making ability has been outstanding.”

The Eagles are now 2-0 in the Pioneer League, 4-3 overall, and will face North Torrance on Friday.

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Temple City’s Nick Kaneko rushed for a net of six yards on two carries, as the Rams held off South Pasadena in overtime Friday, 42-35. Temple City improves to 2-0 in Rio Hondo League play, while the Tigers fall to 0-2.

Temple City will take on unbeaten San Marino this week.

GOLF

The girls’ golf team at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks secured their fourth Mission League title in as many years on Monday, with a score of 394 at Soule Park Golf Course in Ojai.

Harvard-Westlake was second in the team competition, with 427, a full 50 strokes better than third-place Alemany.

Notre Dame senior Tina Nagai carded a four-over-par 76 for her team, while teammates Janet Yeo shot a 79 and Arielle Valdez finished the day at 81.

Kate Kushi carded an 88 for Harvard-Westlake.

After the final round of the Mission League finals on Thursday, the team will look to defend their their CIF Southern Section championship from 2011, beginning Monday at Soule Park. The individual regionals begin Oct. 25 at River Ridge.

Notre Dame’s girls have won the league crown nine out of the last 10 seasons, the exception being 2008, when they placed second.

Head coach Ann McClung said Nagai has refined her game by leaps and bounds since her freshman season.

“She’s made an incredible transformation in four years,” McClung told the Rafu on Tuesday. “As a freshman, she was shooting in the 50s. She had just started, and just decided that golf would be her thing.”

McClung said there was no mystery to Nagai’s improvement–it was hard work and practice that made the difference.

“It takes a lot of patience. Golf is a game you hate and it’s a game you can’t stay away from, and Tina has put more time into it than any one on this team.”

McClung also praised Nagai’s parents, Shino and Peter Nagai, for getting her to lessons and keeping her focused on practicing regularly.

“She very steady right now, and she has the ability to put in a good round any time she plays,” McClung said.

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Burbank High’s Irene Maemura will be one of 18  players vying for the Pacific League individual championship on Wednesday at Brookside in Pasadena.

Maemura carded an even-par 36 in the first round of the championship last Monday, in the process capturing medalist honors. She was one stroke better than Crescenta Valley’s Jocelyn Chia and three ahead of Melissa Leo of La Cañada.

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