Orange Lutheran football hires former standout Aaron Corp as offensive coordinator

Aaron Corp has returned to Orange Lutheran … to coach.

The Lancers’ former All-County quarterback has been hired as the offensive coordinator for first-year coach Rod Sherman, who served as the offensive coordinator when Corp led the Lancers’ football team to CIF Pac-5 Division and state titles.

“He was my first call,” Sherman said. “It was a no-brainer.”

Corp played at USC and transferred to Richmond to finish his college career.

He has gained considerable coaching experience at the college level with stops at Richmond, two stints at Norfolk State and Virginia State.

Corp most recently coached at Norfolk State as the quarterback coach and passing game coordinator.

At Orange Lutheran, he will mentor senior quarterback Logan Gonzalez, a dual-threat quarterback like Corp.

Corp’s father, Chris, is coaching freshman football at Orange Lutheran.

Photos: Team USA continues to win Olympic gold in Tokyo Sunday

Lee Kiefer (fencing) and Anastasija Zolotic (taekwondo) win gold for the U.S. in their respective sports on Sunday as other competitions including basketball, gymnastics and swimming continue. Here’s a look at Sunday at the Tokyo Olympics in photos.

  • Anastasija Zolotic of Team United States celebrates after defeating Tatiana Minina of Team ROC during the Women’s -57kg Taekwondo Gold Medal contest on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on July 25, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

  • Gold medalist Lee Kiefer of Team United States receives her medal on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Foil Individual Fencing Gold Medal event on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on July 25, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images,)

  • United States’s Anastasija Zolotic holds her gold medal during a ceremony for the taekwondo women’s 57kg at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Anastasija Zolotic (R) of Team United States celebrates after defeating Tatiana Minina of Team ROC during the Women’s -57kg Taekwondo Gold Medal contest on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on July 25, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

  • Anastasija Zolotic (R) of Team United States competes against defeating Tatiana Minina of Team ROC during the Women’s -57kg Taekwondo Gold Medal contest on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on July 25, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

  • Tatiana Minina (L) of Team ROC competes against Anastasija Zolotic of Team United States during the Women’s -57kg Taekwondo Gold Medal contest on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on July 25, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

  • Anastasija Zolotic (R) of Team United States competes against defeating Tatiana Minina of Team ROC during the Women’s -57kg Taekwondo Gold Medal contest on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on July 25, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

  • Lee Kiefer of Team United States celebrates after winning the Women’s Foil Individual Fencing semifinal 2 against Larisa Korobeynikova of Team ROC on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on July 25, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

  • Kevin Durant #7 of Team United States shakes hans with members of Team France following their Men’s Preliminary Round Group B game on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

  • Zachary Lavine #5, Jrue Holiday #12, Bam Adebayo #13, Kevin Durant #7, Damian Lillard #6 and Head Coach Gregg Popovich of Team United States of America look on in disbelief during their game against France in Men’s Preliminary Round Group B action on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

  • United States’ Damian Lillard (6), Kevin Durant (7), and Draymond Green (16) their loss to France in wait for play to resume during their loss to France in a men’s basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Moustapha Fall #93 of Team France attempts to drive past Jrue Holiday #12 of Team United States during the second half of the Men’s Preliminary Round Group B game on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • France’s Vincent Poirier tries to block a shot by United States’ Jrue Holiday (12) during a men’s basketball preliminary round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Damian Lillard #6 of Team United States drives past Rudy Gobert #27 of Team France during the first half of the Men’s Preliminary Round Group B game on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • Team United States stand on the infield for pregame ceremonies before their game against Team Japan during softball opening round on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on July 26, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Yuichi Masuda/Getty Images)

  • Haylie McCleney #8 of Team United States catches a fly ball hit to center field by Yuka Ichiguchi #4 of Team Japan as Janette Reed #9 of Team United States watches the play in the third inning during softball opening round on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on July 26, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Yuichi Masuda/Getty Images)

  • Yu Yamamoto #5 of Team Japan tries to catch a foul ball in the sixth inning of the game against Team United States during softball opening round on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on July 26, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Yuichi Masuda/Getty Images)

  • Haylie McCleney #8 of Team United States and coach Heather Tarr celebrate with a fist bump at first base after McCleney singled to left field in the sixth inning against Team Japan during softball opening round on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on July 26, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Yuichi Masuda/Getty Images)

  • United States’ Ally Carda pitches against Japan in the first inning of a softball game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

  • Team United States players celebrate with teammate Kelsey Stewart #7 after she hit a walk-off home run to win the game 2-1 against Team Japan during softball opening round on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on July 26, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Yuichi Masuda/Getty Images)

  • Jordan Chiles, of the United States, performs on the floor during the women’s artistic gymnastic qualifications at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • Simone Biles, of the United States, performs her floor routine during the women’s artistic gymnastic qualifications at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

  • Simone Biles, of the United States, performs on the vault during the women’s artistic gymnastic qualifications at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Lee Kiefer of the United States celebrates winning the women’s individual Foil final competition against Inna Deriglazova of the Russian Olympic Committee at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Gold medalist Lee Kiefer of the United States, bites her medal during the medal ceremony for the women’s individual Foil final competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • From left, silver medal Inna Deriglazova of the Russian Olympic Committee, gold medal Lee Kiefer of the United States and bronze medal Larisa Korobeynikova of the Russian Olympic Committee celebrate on the podium of the women’s individual Foil final competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Inna Deriglazova of the Russian Olympic Committee, right, and Lee Kiefer of the United States compete in the women’s individual Foil final competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Ariarne Titmus of Australia celebrates after winning the final of the women’s 400-meters freestyle at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Ariarne Titmus of Australia, right, leaves the pool after winning the final of the women’s 400-meters freestyle as Katie Ledecky of the United States watches at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Dodgers get two-hit shutout from Tony Gonsolin and bullpen to beat Rockies

LOS ANGELES — Had the Dodgers dared to roll out this lineup for a Cactus League game at Camelback Ranch they might have been fined by MLB for failing to put enough regulars on the field for the paying customers.

Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger were on the bench, unavailable with injuries. Gavin Lux is sidelined with his own hamstring issue and Will Smith had the night off. Corey Seager remains in some limbo between recovery and rehab with his hand injury. Max Muncy is learning about the wonders of fatherhood and sleep deprivation.

But the games must go on.

Tony Gonsolin spent more time than he cared to in Arizona this year, a shoulder injury delaying the start to his season for two months. Looking more like the 2020 version of himself than he has all of 2021, Gonsolin combined with four relievers on a two-hit shutout as the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies, 1-0, Saturday night — with Kenley Jansen getting the final three outs.

“I thought we had to prevent runs and if we did that, we’d have a chance to win the game,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of winning with a lineup featuring five players who didn’t open the season on the big-league roster. “Our guys tried to put together good at-bats. We only put up one run. But tonight the story was run prevention and Tony, Austin and those relievers did it.”

The win came free of the late-night drama that had sent the Dodgers home unhappy the previous three nights. Instead, there was a game-long buildup of tension in anticipation of the closing act as the Dodgers failed to build on a solo home run by Austin Barnes in the second inning, leaving Gonsolin and the Dodgers’ beleaguered bullpen with no margin for error.

Gonsolin made none. He pitched into the sixth inning for only the second time in his eight starts this season. Other than a first-inning double by Charlie Blackmon, the Dodgers right-hander was unruffled. No other Rockie got past first base against Gonsolin who struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings.

“Tony was good,” Barnes said. “Pounded the zone. Heater was good today. I thought he threw enough fastballs to keep them off the off-speed pitches His splitter is kind of a unicorn pitch. When we set it up and use it at the right times, it’s pretty successful. I thought his curveball was pretty important. He threw some good sliders and threw some good heaters.

“They all worked together.”

For the first time since the shoulder injury, Gonsolin’s velocity seemed to return. He averaged 95.07 mph on his fastball in 2020 but came into Saturday’s start averaging just 93.4 mph with averages below 93 mph in his previous two starts.

Against the Rockies, Gonsolin’s fastball average 94.5 mph and his command was much improved after walking four in just 3 1/3 innings against the Giants Monday.

“This last bullpen was really fastball heavy. Really tried to just throw it for strikes and move it around a little bit,” Gonsolin said.

“This last bullpen felt a lot better. Overall mechanically felt better and more comfortable so I was able to get on it a little better.”

With his bullpen toolbox restocked — Joe Kelly, Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen were all unavailable Friday — Roberts took the 1-0 lead from Gonsolin the sixth and safely handed it to Alex Vesia, Kelly and then Treinen in the eighth.

With cheers of support shouting down the rumbles of discontent, Jansen came in to handle the ninth.

“We’ve had some tough losses these last two or three in a row,” Barnes said, underselling the three blown saves by Jansen in a five-game stretch. “We need Kenley. He’s been good for us. There’s bumps in the road sometimes. But he responds.”

Facing the middle of the Rockies order, Jansen couldn’t get through it completely clean. He got Charlie Blackmon to pop out and Trevor Story to fly out  before walking Ryan McMahon to put the tying run on base. But he struck out C.J. Cron, doubling up on his slider to end a nightmare of a week for the Dodgers closer.

“Obviously I got two hiccups to start the second half. Nothing I can do but put it behind me and stay focused,” Jansen said on SportsNet LA, undercounting his blown save total since the All-Star break.

“It’s a long season. Nobody wants to have two days like that (against the Giants). But at the same time, you’ve gotta keep your head straight, keep your mind straight. What’s going to get me over the hump this year is not the physical. It’s how strong I can be mentally.”

Whicker: Ducks, Kings get two well-traveled kids who see an opportunity

Their upcoming journey to the Golden State will be their first. Mason McTavish and Brandt Clarke have had longer, stranger trips.

In search of hockey in less COVID-19 friendly territory, McTavish spent part of last season in Switzerland. Clarke and his brother went to Slovakia, and then his brother left.

They played against professional veterans, coped with the language as best they could and came out unscathed. They even adjusted to the surroundings in Frisco, Texas, home of the World Juniors, which they helped Canada win.

On Friday, the Ducks crossed up most of the mock drafters and used their No. 3 overall pick on McTavish. Five slots later, the Kings made the predictors look good when they picked Clarke.

Top-10 picks are supposed to play long years in the NHL. No one knows when those years begin for McTavish and Clarke. Simply by walking through the door they make the Ducks and Kings more interesting. Harder tasks await.

McTavish and Clarke live maybe 15 minutes apart, in the Ottawa Valley. They play golf together. McTavish is a slab of a centerman, 6-foot-1 with a hard shot and a veteran’s build. Clarke needs to develop more, but he’s a right-hand defenseman with the vision to find the right play and make it. They were quite a sight on the same Team Canada, but for the next few years they might develop some contemptible familiarity, like Ryan Getzlaf all these years with Drew Doughty.

“I get compared to Brayden Schenn, Ryan O’Reilly,” McTavish said. “I like that.”

“I’m not an established player yet,” Clarke said. “I don’t like it when players try to jump the gun and say they’re going to be NHL legends. I’ve been watching Drew Doughty for a long time. I have the utmost respect for him.”

In both L.A. and Anaheim, torches have hit the floor and fizzled before young hands could pick them up. And McTavish and Clarke aren’t being asked for immediate greatness. It wouldn’t be the worst thing for the Ducks to play a little better next season and still wind up in the lottery for what some expect will be the best draft since 2003, with Shane Wright, the 17-year-old captain of that Team Canada, at the top.

The Kings think they’re closer to the playoffs, and they’ll signal how close by how hard they try to make a stop-the-presses deal. But they have frequently spoken to Clarke during this process and clearly think he’s a keeper.

McTavish’s dad Dale played nine games for Calgary, five years in Finland and eight in Switzerland, all the way to age 39. Mason was born there. His little brother Derian also played but, perhaps in search of something more concussive, is now an MMA combatant.

“He has a lot of charisma,” said Ducks general manager Bob Murray, who was swayed by McTavish’s play for a World Junior team that outscored its opponents, 51-12. “We’ve been looking for somebody like that, with a little more oomph in his game.”

“He’s a leader by example,” Clarke said of McTavish. “Anaheim got a good player there.”

The Ducks knew they were on the right track when they heard the only knock on McTavish was his skating. They heard the same thing about Corey Perry in the 2003 draft, and Perry is still scoring in the Stanley Cup Final.

McTavish had 11 points in 13 games for Ohlten-EHC in Switzerland. Clarke had 13 in 26 games and was plus-6 for Nove Zamky Mikron in Slovakia. The OHL, where McTavish had played in Peterborough and Clarke in Barrie, was shut down.

“I had to grow up,” Clarke said. “I had to cook and do grocery shopping, go to bed at the right time, get up at the right time. I’m just grateful that I got to play. I had to learn that any mistakes you make are going to end up in your net. I think I got better in my own end.”

In the OHL Clarke’s Barrie Colts went 0-8 against Quenton Byfield’s Sudbury Wolves. Then he realized that Byfield wears the No. 55 that he customarily wears.

“I thought it looked good on me,” Clarke said. “I guess I’ll wear something else. But at least when he scores now, I can cheer for him.”

There used to be cheers and scores and playoffs, right here. Two kids, free of nostalgia and boosted by winning, are welcome to land anytime.

Dodgers lose to Giants as Kenley Jansen lets another 9th-inning lead disappear

LOS ANGELES — A casual conversation with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts during batting practice Thursday afternoon ended with this pronouncement.

“Kenley’s getting the save tonight,” Roberts said, the ever-optimistic manager striding away confident in his pronouncement.

Roberts had no idea how wrong he would be.

Hours later, Roberts entrusted Kenley Jansen with another ninth-inning lead, his third in the past five days. By the time Jansen strode off the mound, the lead was gone again, Roberts had been ejected for the second consecutive game and the Dodgers were about to lose, 5-3, to the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants came to town one game ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West and they leave having stretched that lead to three games thanks to ninth-inning rallies Wednesday and Thursday. The two ancient rivals will catch their breath over the weekend then meet again for three more games starting Tuesday in San Francisco.

Desperate for good starts from Julio Urias and Walker Buehler in the back half of this series, the Dodgers got them. The two combined to allow two runs on eight hits over 14-1/3 innings, walking two and striking out 14.

The Giants scored a run off Buehler in the first inning – the third time in the four-game series they had taken a lead before the Dodgers reached the bat rack. But Buehler worked out of a first-and-third jam in the second inning, striking out Thairo Estrada and the opposing pitcher, Anthony DeSclafani, and stranded Yastrzemski at third base after his two-out triple in the sixth.

Yastrzemski’s triple was one of only two Giants hits off Buehler after the second inning. The Dodgers right-hander retired 17 of the final 20 batters he faced and went at least six innings for the 19th time in 20 starts, at least seven for the eighth time.

Will Smith gave him a lead to protect with a two-run home run off DeSclafani in the fourth inning. The Dodgers catcher has driven in 12 runs since the All-Star break, going 7 for 18 with a double and three home runs in that week.

Buehler passed the lead to Blake Treinen in the eighth – and Jansen in the ninth.

The embattled closer’s appearance on the video boards as he warmed up before the ninth inning sent a nervous rumble through the crowd. Then he made their worst fears come true.

After striking out Yastrzemski to start the inning, Jansen gave up a single to Wilmer Flores – distinct improvement over the two-run home run Jansen served up to Flores in the ninth inning Wednesday. That brought the tying run to the plate.

After striking out Alex Dickerson, Jansen gave up a double to Donovan Solano that put the tying runs in scoring position. With the crowd on its feet – no doubt, many prepared to boo Jansen for a second consecutive night – Jansen walked pinch-hitter Jason Vosler to load the bases.

Estrada bounced a slow ground ball to shortstop Chris Taylor, who threw to second for the forceout that only briefly ended the game. After a replay review, the original call was overturned, a run scored and the drama continued long enough for Darin Ruf to work a full count against Jansen.

Ruf checked his swing on the seventh pitch of the at-bat – a cutter up and away. At least that’s what first base umpire Ed Hickox believed. He signaled no swing, allowing Ruf to walk and force in the tying run.

Roberts erupted from the Dodgers dugout, firing his hat into the ground and quickly getting ejected.

Jansen’s next pitch was lined into right field by Wade, falling in front of Billy McKinney, freshly arrived from the New York Mets and no substitute defensively for Mookie Betts. Two runs scored on the single, the fifth consecutive batter to reach safely with two outs.

Jansen, who had a 1.24 ERA through his first 36 appearances this season, has allowed eight runs on nine hits and four walks while recording six outs in three appearances since, all blown saves.

More to come on this story.