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The wildfires in Ventura County, Santa Clarita, Sylmar and in the Sepulveda Pass have been forcing changes in basketball tournaments because of transportation and air quality issues.

The Beverly Hills tournament was forced to cancel several games on Tuesday because two teams from Bakersfield could not reach the school.

As of Wednesday morning, this is the revised schedule:

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The first major test for new UCLA Coach Chip Kelly is recruiting, so much attention will be directed to whether he can make an immediate impact in Southern California.

The first major challenge comes on Thursday, when he’s scheduled to have a home visit with standout receiver Amon-ra St. Brown of Santa Ana Mater Dei.

St. Brown’s brothers attend Stanford and Notre Dame, respectively. USC has been considered the favorite for St. Brown, who won’t be signing until February.

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Twins Jackson and Nate Lenthall of Oaks Christian. Jack plays defensive end; Nate is a free safety.
Twins Jackson and Nate Lenthall of Oaks Christian. Jack plays defensive end; Nate is a free safety. (Oaks Christian)

You’d never guess that Jackson and Nate Lenthall of Oaks Christian are fraternal twins.

Jackson is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior defensive end. Nate is a 5-9, 185-pound junior free safety. Nate is 15 minutes older, giving him bragging rights, but Jack got the extra size.

Together, they have been major contributors in the rise of Oaks Christian, which won the Southern Section Division 2 championship and plays Helix on Friday night at home in a CIF state 1-AA regional bowl game.

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Sophomore quarterback Bryce Young of Cathedral has been named the MVP of the Angelus League. He helped the Phantoms win the league title.

The co-most valuable offensive players are junior quarterback Darius Perrantes of St. Francis and sophomore quarterback Jameson Wang of Harvard-Westlake.

The most valuable defensive player is Halid Djibril of Cathedral. The co-most valuable linemen are Gabriel Grbavac of St. Francis and Liam Douglass of Harvard-Westlake.

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Granada Hills Coach Don Loperena talks to his team during timeout Monday in the Heritage Christian tournament.
Granada Hills Coach Don Loperena talks to his team during timeout Monday in the Heritage Christian tournament. (Eric Sondheimer)

In the City Section’s West Valley League, the basketball discussion always revolves around Taft, Birmingham and El Camino Real. This season, though, don’t forget about Granada Hills, which returns five starters from last season’s Division I finalist team.

The Highlanders opened their season on Monday night with a 60-53 win over Viewpoint in a first-round game of the Heritage Christian tournament. Granada Hills led by as many as 20 points before a one-for-eight performance from the free-throw line allowed Viewpoint to close the gap.

Balance is one of the Highlanders’ strengths. Luis Alviar and Jonathan Reese each scored 13 points. Aaron Dozier had 11 and Jesse Bannout added 10. Beware of the 5-foot-11 Bannout. With a 31-inch vertical leap, he might be able to deliver some crowd-pleasing dunks this season.

Calabasas defeated Saugus 73-56. Ben Kaslow scored 17 points, Max Cheylov had 15 and Evan McKay 14. Adrian McIntyre scored 24 points for Saugus. Oaks Christian defeated Sylmar 82-59. Jordan Jones finished with 26 points. Alemany defeated Sun Valley Poly 78-47 with five players in double figures.

Crespi began the Cerritos/Gahr tournament with an 86-51 win over Fountain Valley. Brandon Williams finished with 20 points, Taj Regans 15, Russ Stong 14 and Kyle Owens 13. St. John Bosco defeated Kennedy 87-16. Alpha Okoli had 21 points.

In the Beverly Hills tournament, Brentwood stayed unbeaten with a 63-56 win over Washington. Sam Clareman scored 20 points and Finnley O’Rourke had 11 points and eight rebounds.

El Camino Real defeated LACES 92-49. Eddy Egun scored 25 points. The Conquistadores will play Long Beach Poly in Wednesday’s 5 p.m. quarterfinals. Santa Monica defeated View Park 40-31.

Santa Margarita defeated Costa Mesa 90-34 in the Corona del Mar tournament. Jordan Guest scored 18 points, Max Agbonkpolo 17 and Jake Kyman 16.

In the University tournament, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Verdugo Hills 93-29. Ziaire Williams led the way with 26 points. Palisades defeated St. Monica 70-32.


After Quinn Brodey graduated from Loyola High four years ago and enrolled at Stanford to play baseball, his coaches recommended he get ahead in his classes just in case he decided to leave early for a pro baseball career.

Well, Brodey, 22, was a third-round draft pick of the Mets in June, signed, played in low A ball and, come next Tuesday, he will finish his Stanford classes and earn a bachelor’s degree in management, science and engineering. Besides making his parents proud, he’ll be able to talk to fellow minor leaguers about finance, and they might actually listen to him, being he’s a Stanford grad.

“That was always important to me and my family,” he said about returning to Stanford this fall to take five classes and complete his degree requirements. “It’s been academics first and you have to take care of the classroom to be on the field. You’re doing yourself a disservice not to take advantage of the education.”

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After two weeks of the basketball season, there’s an interesting trend: Beware of the Baseline League.

First up, many forgot about Etiwanda after veteran Coach Dave Kleckner briefly stepped down at the end of last season. But Kleckner ended up returning, and the Eagles went 4-1 at the Battlezone tournament behind Pepperdine signee Kessler Edwards. So count Etiwanda in the Division 1AA title picture.

Another Inland Empire school out of the same Baseline League as Etiwanda _ Rancho Cucamonga _ went 4-0 in the San Dimas tournament.

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Four games instead of three games helped the City Section improve slightly with its attendance figures for its championship football games this past weekend at El Camino College.

A year ago, the City drew 5,546 for three finals at El Camino over one day.

This season, the City’s new Open Division final on Friday night had paid attendance of 1,977. The Division I, II and III finals on Saturday drew 4,054. That’s 6,031 for four games.


The San Gabriel Valley “Get to College” free youth baseball clinic will be held on Dec. 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mt. San Antonio College baseball field.

St. Mary’s baseball coach Eric Valenzuela, a Bishop Amat alum; Gabe Alvarez, an assistant at USC and a Bishop Amat alum; and Sergio Brown, an Arizona assistant and Mountain View alum, will run the clinic for children in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Participants must register at

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San Fernando is aiming higher in 2018. Fresh off its 28-21 triumph over Dorsey to win the City Section Division I championship, coach Robert Garcia said he believes that his program has the opportunity to be even more ambitious.

“Now we have to aim for the Open Division,” he said Monday morning. “We played against a pretty good Dorsey team and made it happen.”

The Tigers return four offensive line starters, their quarterback, three running backs and two receivers on offense. On defense, two linemen are back, along with three linebackers and two defensive backs.