Hail to the champions - the Babe Ruth District 6 13-Year-Old division champions, that is.

Orcutt needed to win twice Saturday to capture the district title. Orcutt's guys got the job done rather emphatically, defeating Lompoc 8-4 and 11-1.

Orcutt advances to the state tournament in Madera which starts July 15.

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Hail to the runners-up, too. Lompoc's players earned the right to play in the state tournament by finishing second in the seven-team district tourney. Well-played by both teams.

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Stephanie Brown Trafton sighting: The 2011 women's discus national champion finished fourth in a Samsung Diamond League meet in Switzerland and won a meet in Albertville, France Friday with a throw of 60.55 meters. The Arroyo Grande High School and Cal Poly graduated competed in another European meet Saturday. Her result was not known as of this posting.

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Final Four fields taking shape: The partial Final Four fields for the various Little League District 65 All-Star Tournaments, according to the league's website, look like this so far.

9-10: Northern Division seed number one: Santa Maria Northside. Southern Division seed number one:Santa Maria Southside. Southern Division seed number two: Orcutt American.

10-11: Northern Division seed number one: Northside. Southern Division seed number one: Lompoc American. Northern seed number two: Atascadero.

11-12: Northern Division seed number one: Northside. Southern Division seed number one: Orcutt National.

Congratulations to all these teams. They've put in a lot of hard work and are reaping the well-deserved reward.

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A request to Little League parents: Could some of you tone down the enthusiasm when a player on the opposing team makes an error? These guys aren't even teen-agers yet.

Just a request. Overall, the sportsmanship in the stands, at least in the games I've seen, has been pretty good.

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RE the state of U.S. American soccer: It seems to be just fine. The Americans are rolling through their group and have already assured themselves a spot in the knockout round.

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RE the state of American professional tennis: At least we still have the Bryans.

Have a happy Fourth, everybody.

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