Prep Sports

SPORTS DIGEST: DeFranz to step down as head of LA 84 Foundation

LOS ANGELES — Anita L. DeFrantz, who has been president of the LA84 Foundation for 28 years, plans to step down at the end of the year.

“It has been a wonderful place to work, and a privilege to lead the foundation in its mission to serve youth through sport and enhance the knowledge of sports in society,” DeFrantz said.

The LA84 Foundation was created to oversee the distribution of surplus funds from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. The foundation was originally endowed with $93 million — 40 percent of the surplus from the games. In the years since, it has issued more than $225 million in grants to more than 2,100 youth sports organizations and programs introduced by the foundation, officials said.

“Our work serving youth through sport has been based on the concepts of teaching, learning and competition — the TLC of sport,” DeFrantz said. “We know that sport is an essential part of making youth life ready. I am proud that the LA84 Foundation, although created as a regional institution, has become the leading convener for issues in sports for the nation and has reached the world through its dedication to sport.”

Frank Sanchez, chairman of the foundation’s board, said DeFrantz will have the title president emeritus of the foundation.

“Anita DeFrantz has led the organization over these many years with integrity and grace, molding an institution which has worldwide recognition,” he said. “The board understands that she has much more to offer the world and wishes her the best as she moves on with the rest of her career.”

DeFrantz will remain with the foundation through the end of the year, or until a successor is named.

La Serna wins

softball title

After losing in the championship games the last two years, the La Serna Lancers gained some redemption June 5 when they defeated Grand Terrace, 5-4, to win the CIF Southern Section Division 3 softball title at Barber Park in Irvine.

Mel Madrigal drove in the tying and winning runs with a single to center field in the seventh inning to win the game for the Lancers.

After a rough start in the circle pitcher Jamie Wren yielded only two hits over the final four innings to earn the victory for the Lancers, who finished 26-6 on the season.

La Serna bounced back from a 4-0 deficit after three innings.

It was the Lancers’ fourth CIF softball championship, their first since 2008.

Inglewood High

hires football coach

INGLEWOOD — James Sims, who served as an assistant coach at L.A. Southwest College last year, has been hired as the head football coach at Inglewood High. Sims replaces Jason Miller, who resigned to become the coach at Dominguez High in Compton.

Under Miller, the Sentinels were 4-6 last year, 3-2 in league. The Sentinels finished the year with three straight wins.