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  • Football

The City Section created an eight-team Open Division football playoff system this season, going with the top eight teams based on CalPreps.com rankings. And now, after a week off, the tournament begins Friday.

The big question is will the first-round games be competitive? With the exception of Arleta-Jefferson, the first-round games were not competitive in Division I.

San Pedro plays at No. 1 Narbonne. San Pedro lost earlier this season to the Gauchos, 57-7. San Pedro will have several players back for this game. The Gauchos' passing attack has awakened behind quarterback Jalen Chatman and receivers Juwan Tucker and Noah Jackson.

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(Dennis Keyes)

Concerned about parents not allowing their children to play tackle football or learn the game before high school, Campbell Hall Coach Dennis Keyes is launching a youth seven-on-seven league that begins Sunday at Campbell Hall and will run through April.

“My hope is to keep families that may be swayed by the mention of banning tackle football from giving up hope on tackle football all together,” he said.

“What I plan to accomplish through this league that will be different from simply playing flag football is to teach the young players how to play tackle football in a non-contact environment. Think spring ball for high schools.”

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BOYS' BASKETBALL

SOUTHERN SECTION

OPEN DIVISION

  • Basketball

L.A. University was disappointed it didn’t make the City Section Open Division basketball playoffs, but the Wildcats have a chance to win the Division I championship.

They advanced to next Saturday’s 3 p.m. final at Cal State Dominguez Hills by eliminating No. 1-seeded View Park Prep 67-62.

Nick Smith made five threes and finished with 17 points. David Cheatom scored 16 points, Daisone Hughes 14 and Richard Wilson 13. University will play Washington Prep, a 67-41 winner over Venice.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

CITY

OPEN DIVISION

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GIRLS' BASKETBALL

CITY

OPEN DIVISION

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

SOUTHERN SECTION

OPEN DIVISION

BOYS' SOCCER

SOUTHERN SECTION

DIVISION 1

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GIRLS' WATER POLO

SOUTHERN SECTION

CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Charisma Osborne scored 25 points in Windward's semifinal win over Mater Dei.
Charisma Osborne scored 25 points in Windward's semifinal win over Mater Dei. (Devin Ugland)

There was no stopping Charisma Osborne of Windward in Saturday’s Southern Section Open Division girls’ semifinal at Cal Baptist.

She scored 25 points to lead Windward past Santa Ana Mater Dei 76-64. She also had six rebounds and four assists.

Sela Kay added 14 points for Windward, which will play top-seeded Harvard-Westlake in Friday’s championship game at the Pyramid. Harvard-Westlake defeated Etiwanda 42-28. Jayda Ruffus-Milner had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Kiki Iriafen added 14 points and 16 rebounds.

Emily Mitchell, left, and Hayley Berfield combined to make nine threes in Granada Hills' semifinal win over El Camino Real
Emily Mitchell, left, and Hayley Berfield combined to make nine threes in Granada Hills' semifinal win over El Camino Real (Eric Sondheimer)

Granada Hills couldn’t miss from three-point range in the first quarter on Saturday in the City Section Open Division girls’ basketball semifinals at Roybal.

Emily Mitchell made four threes. Hayley Berfield made three. The Highlanders opened a 15-point lead and never looked back in a 61-42 victory over El Camino Real. Granada Hills will play No. 1-seeded Fairfax in next Saturday’s 5 p.m. championship game at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Berfield finished with 29 points. Mitchell scored 22 points. Sophomore Haylee Aiden had 23 rebounds.

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