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With Jim Ferguson Battle for Los Angeles is between Chargers and Rams It's all about the Dodgers right now. They have just finished a 50-game stretch in which they won 43 of those games and lost just seven. Cody Bellinger just rocked his 32nd home run and is just 3 home runs aways from tying the rookie record of Mike Piazza.Jim Ferguson Remember Columnist that Cody started the season in the minors and didn't get called up to the big squad until the end of April. They are on pace to set a new fran- chise record for most wins in a sea- son. They are also challenging to eclipse the current Major League record of ll6 wins in a regular sea- son set by the Seattle Mariners in 2001. Regular season records are nice but the Dodgers are built for the playoffs and capturing the 2017 World Series, which has eluded them since 1988. non The Angels showed some resil- ience this past week posting a winning record. They are in the hunt for a wild card spot in the American League. A continuing theme for the team is their inabil- ity to hold big leads in the latter innings. Two walk-off grand slams in the last week against them have hindered their ability to make up ground in the wild card race. gee Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers prepares to fire a pass during a recent pre-season game against the Rams. Courtesy photo The Rams and Chargers have completed their first week of pre- season practice. The Rams are banking on second year first-round pick Jared Goff to emerge as their quarterback and direct the Rams offense. There is a steep learning curve for NFL quarterbacks and Goff should be improved from last season. The Rams are coming off a four-win season from last year and would love to add to that win total this year. The Chargers experienced their new stadium this past weekend with a scrimmage against the Rams. The Chargers have their man at the helm in Phillip Rivers. Rivers is an ironman and is start- ing his 14th season. They recorded only five wins last season, but were competitive in many of those defeats. If Rivers can have time to throw, the Charges will put points on the scoreboard. The battle for Los Angeles between the two franchises will be determined on who posts the most victories. My bet is on the Chargers.They have an experi- enced team and, if injuries don't derail the offensive line, Rivers will find his fleet of receivers. one USC and UCLA are in their preseason practice mode right now. Two things are certain for both squads: They both are solid at quarterback. Sam Darnold of USC is being touted as a Heisman can- didate and Josh Rosen of UCLA, who is making a comeback from a season-ending injury that hap- pened against Arizona State last October, has all the tools to com- pete at the next level. Both are being watched by NFL scouts as potential high draft picks in the upcoming years. Jim Ferguson writes for The Catalina Islander and welcomes questions and comments. Jim can be reached at: Pictured above in the top row are: Emerson Waddell, Hudson Orman, Ashton Bray and Slayter Bray. In the second row: Ethan Bray, Parker Ball, William Loftus and Joey Neito. In the third row: Bailey Mugg, Alessandra Chavolla and Owen Michaels I I BY DAVID HART FOR THE ISLANDER The Wednesday, Aug 9, Fishing Derby had 38 participants from California, Nevada, and Utah. Overall, 197 fish were caught this week. Biggest Fish/ll and over: 1. Parker Ball, Utah--13 1/2 inches 2. Hudson Orman, Lafayette--12 1/2 inches Ethan Bray, Avalon--12 1/2 inches 3. Bailey Mugg, San Marcos--12 inches Most Unusual Fish: Joey Neito, San Diego--Caught the elusive Sunglass fish and a Bat Ray Biggest Fish/10 and under: 1. Alessandra Chavolla, Avalon--14 inches 2. Emerson Waddell, Santa Barbara--12 1/2 inches 3. Joey Neito, San Diego--12 1/4 inches Ashton Bray, Avalon--12 1/4 inches Most Fish Caught/10 and under: 1. Slayter Bray, Avalon--22 2. Ashton Bray, Avalon--13 3. William Loftus, Pasadena--11 Most Fish Caught, 11 and up: 1. Hudson Orman, Lafayette--17 2. Owen Michaels, San Marcos--14 3. Ethan Bray, Avalon--12 Most Overall Fish Caught: Slayter Bray, Avalon--22 Purchase a Brick for the Memorial (i'' ~1) GOURMET CANDY APPLES r WATER TAFFY BLENDEDCOFFEE DRINKS FRESH MADE FUDGE MALlS, SHAKES & SMOOTHIES ICED COFFEE DRINKS ESPRESSO BAR 2so 8 ~ Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER