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  • Basketball

Former Fairfax and UCLA basketball player Josh Shipp has joined the Lions as an assistant coach.

Shipp, who played professionally overseas, has been working with the players since the fall.

"He's awesome," Fairfax coach Steve Baik said. "To have him on staff, you can't ask for anything better. He knows the game and is great with the players."


If you like offense, Friday's Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinal football playoff game between Norco and visiting Valencia should have lots of touchdowns being scored.

Norco has scored 56 and 83 points in its last two games. Running back Travis Dye ran for 346 yards and six touchdowns against Eastvale Roosevelt and 331 yards and six touchdowns against Los Alamitos.

Valencia has scored 64, 59 and 54 points in its last three games. Mykael Wright has been rising up as a receiver and defensive back. Quarterback Connor Downs has passed for 2,641 yards and 25 touchdowns.







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  • Football

Alemany hasn't made the Southern Section football playoffs for four consecutive seasons, and another coaching change could be coming.

James Washington has been the coach the last two seasons with records of 3-7. He replaced Dean Herrington, who was fired despite having won seven league titles in 10 years.

Of course, both faced the challenge of playing Division 1 football and in the Mission League.

  • Football

The Division 2 matchup featuring unbeaten Upland at home against Angelus League champions Cathedral renews a rivalry that became so intense during a seven-on-seven passing competition that Upland coach Tim Salter halted the game.

"We had a little problem at the Bonita tournament," Salter recalled.

Yes, the players weren't exactly shaking hands afterward.

Cornerback Jack Jones of USC, a Long Beach Poly graduate, will be facing off against former high school teammates at UCLA this week.
Cornerback Jack Jones of USC, a Long Beach Poly graduate, will be facing off against former high school teammates at UCLA this week. (Associated Press)

It's USC vs. UCLA week in football, and Saturday's clash at the Coliseum is going to test the loyalty of lots of people. There are former high school teammates taking on each other, and alumni from the high schools will be torn.

There's Crenshaw vs. Crenshaw, Gardena Serra vs. Gardena Serra, Loyola vs. Loyola, St. John Bosco vs. St. John Bosco and Long Beach Poly vs. Long Beach Poly, Crespi vs. Crespi. That's what makes the game so fun and interesting.

USC has two Poly graduates playing cornerback in Jack Jones and Iman Marshall. UCLA has Poly grad Colin Samuel playing cornerback and Christian Pabico playing receiver. USC has Crenshaw's Akene Harris at defensive back and UCLA has Mossi Johnson.

  • Football
Lancers win Division 1 playoff over No. 4 Chaminade

If there's an individual matchup for this week's Southern Section football playoffs quarterfinals to get excited about, it's Orange Lutheran junior receiver Kyle Ford going against Mission Viejo senior cornerback Olaijah Griffin on Friday night at Orange Coast College.

Ford has caught 87 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns. Griffin, a UCLA commit, is considered one of the best cornerbacks around.

"They're both great players," Mission Viejo Coach Bob Johnson said.





  • Football

There was a time when predicting which team would win the Southern Section's highest division in prep football came down to choosing between Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly.

In 1997, 1998 and 1999, those two teams played each other in the championshp game.

Poly won in 1997 by a score of 28-25, ending Mater Dei's 27-game win streak. Mater Dei won 33-26 in 1998, ending Poly's 27-game win streak. Then both teams won in the infamous 21-21 tie game in 1999, which forced a rule change requiring overtime in the final.