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Prep baseball: Hart loses three players

Program removes athletes after they allegedly violated school rules

Posted: November 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

According to a source, three Hart High baseball players were removed from the program and will not be eligible to play this season.

Seniors Luke Persico, C.J. Witkowski and Zachary Hanks were removed for violating school rules.

The story was originally reported by the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.

Hart head coach Jim Ozella had no comment on the situation.

Persico is one of the premier baseball players in the Santa Clarita Valley — a three-year varsity starter and infielder/outfielder with a scholarship to play baseball at UCLA.

Witkowski, a two-year varsity first baseman, verbally committed earlier this year to play baseball at UC Santa Barbara.

Hanks was expected to be one of the top returning pitchers in the Foothill League after going 0-4 with a 3.20 ERA last season in 50 1/3 innings.

This is a major hit to the Indians, who were also expected to compete for a Foothill League title in 2013.

Hart went 14-14 last season, finished 9-6 in the Foothill League (fourth) and lost in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.


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