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LaMelo Ball was supposed to be playing basketball for Chino Hills this season in his junior year. Then his father, LaVar, pulled him for home-schooling. Now comes the next step.

“He’s not going to play college basketball,” LaVar told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

The 16-year-old LaMelo and brother LiAngelo have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, who will try to place them together with a pro basketball team in Asia or Europe.

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The Beverly Hills tournament resumed action Wednesday, and the host school had to play a doubleheader because of cancellations due to the wildfires in the area.

Early in the day, the Normans defeated Brentwood 59-50 behind 17 points from Marcel Stevens. Sam Clareman scored 23 points for Brentwood.

But in the evening, City Section title contender Fairfax pulled away for a 62-53 victory. Shawn Booker led a balanced attack with 16 points. Jamal Hartwell had 15, Ethan Anderson 13 and Robert McRae 13.

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University coach Steve Ackerman said Wednesday that he has canceled his basketball tournament after the LAUSD announced that the school will be closed Thursday and Friday because of issues involving the wildfires.

Games were scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Games will not be rescheduled.

One of the best boys’ soccer tournaments of the season begins on Thursday. The West Coast Showcase will take place at Downey, Paramount, Warren and Bell Gardens. Championship games will be played on Saturday at Downey.

The field features 16 teams that played in the playoffs last season, six state participants, three section champions and a defending regional champion.

Teams are from Arizona, Central California and Southern California.

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Quarterback Davy Stone of Eagle Rock has been named the player of the year in the Northern League.

The MVP offensive player was Tiquan Gilmore of Torres. The MVP defensive players were junior linebacker Ryan Valdez of Eagle Rock and linebacker Chris Perada of Marshall.

The lineman of the year were Justin Martinez of Eagle Rock and Adrian Orozco of Wilson.

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Four CIF state regional bowl games are scheduled to be broadcast on Spectrum SportsNet LA this weekend.

The game between Oaks Christian and Helix is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a 10:30 p.m. delayed broadcast of Crenshaw vs. Oceanside El Camino.

On Saturday, the Paraclete-Narbonne game is to be broadcast at 6 p.m., followed by the Aquinas-Grace Brethren game, shows in a delayed broadcast at 9 p.m.

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Justin Simpson celebrates after El Modena defeated Don Lugo for the Southern Section Division 7 championship on Dec. 2.
Justin Simpson celebrates after El Modena defeated Don Lugo for the Southern Section Division 7 championship on Dec. 2. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher)
Justin Simpson, right, and brother Aaron were ball boys for Long Beach Poly.
Justin Simpson, right, and brother Aaron were ball boys for Long Beach Poly. (Simpson family photo)

Justin Simpson and his older brother, Aaron, used to be ball boys for Long Beach Poly when their father, Sean, was an assistant football coach for two championship teams.

Last weekend, Justin, a receiver and three-year starter at shortstop for the El Modena baseball team, got to celebrate his own football championship, helping his team defeat Don Lugo 35-7 in the Southern Section Division 7 final.

Now El Modena is in the CIF state regional bowl playoffs. The team hosts Steele Canyon on Saturday.

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.