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Duane Washington soars for a dunk for Sierra Canyon. He finished with 17 points.
Duane Washington soars for a dunk for Sierra Canyon. He finished with 17 points. (Eric Sondheimer)

A year ago, Sierra Canyon debuted Marvin Bagley III. He was more than just a dunker. Now he’s starring at Duke.

On Thursday night, the No. 3-ranked Trailblazers had some great first-half dunks from two of their newest players, Duane Washington and Kenyon Martin Jr. They’ll look good on YouTube, but the Trailblazers had better learn quickly that simply entertaining with dunks won’t be enough to beat very good teams.

They were able to survive Camarillo 57-55 even though the Scorpions had Sierra Canyon right where they wanted them. Twice Camarillo’s star player, Jaime Jaquez, had opportunities to put his team ahead in the final 35 seconds. But shots in which he was closely guarded didn’t connect.

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No. 1 Bishop Montgomery doesn’t just play good defense. The Knights’ ability to play help defense, fight through screens and box out is like watching a coaches’ clinic.

The Knights put on quite a defensive show on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Westchester tournament in a 67-26 victory over Narbonne. It was 34-9 at halftime. The Gauchos missed shot after shot.

Nick Schrader, playing for the injured Gianni Hunt, made offensive contributions. Josh Vazquez hit a couple of threes. David Singleton was as good as ever, finishing with 20 points. Bishop Montgomery (2-0) will play Harvard-Westlake on Friday in a 6:30 p.m. semifinal.

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Village Christian has hired former Burbank coach Richard Broussard to restart its football program after dropping the varsity team this last season.

He’ll be the director of football and in charge of the school’s high school and middle school programs.

He coached Burbank to a section title appearance in 2016. He’s the brother of former Manual Arts standout Steve Broussard.

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Kicker Jack Luckhurst of Bishop Diego shows off his ability to make football spin on its own without a tee.
Kicker Jack Luckhurst of Bishop Diego shows off his ability to make football spin on its own without a tee. (Bishop Diego)

Jack Luckhurst, a junior kicker-punter from Santa Barbara Bishop Diego, is part of the YouTube generation. In other words, he sees something on YouTube and then tries it.

That’s how he developed the trick of being able to kick a football without a tee and without a holder. He makes it spin on its own and it stands up long enough for him to kick the ball.

“It’s more like a soccer trick and I tried it with a football,” he said.

Bishop Diego junior learned trick on YouTube
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Sophomore guards D.J. Davis and Jaylen Clark are going to help Corona Centennial win lots of basketball games over the next three seasons.

They helped the Huskies improve to 2-0 on Tuesday with an 89-67 victory over Orange Lutheran at Centennial.

Davis scored 25 points, making seven three-pointers, and Clark had 22 points. Junior Allan McBride added 20 points. Cade Potter led Orange Lutheran with 15 points.

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Whether Narbonne or Crenshaw loses in Friday’s City Section Open Division football championship game at El Camino College, the players don’t need to turn in their uniforms.

When the City Section created the Open Division this season, it changed the way it selects its three guaranteed state bowl game teams.

The Open Division champion and runner-up will be part of the regional state bowl games next week. The third bowl berth will go to the Division II champion, which will be either Huntington Park or Cleveland.

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Drum roll please!

It’s championship weekend in high school football, and you can always count on the finalists to have a transfer or two to help bring home a banner.

For the skeptics who still don’t think you need a talented transfer to win a championship, let’s review some of the key newcomers in the Southern Section and City Section.

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Bol Bol is gone from Mater Dei, having moved to Nevada, but don’t shed a tear for the Monarchs. Spencer Freedman, the MVP of the Trinity League and bound for Harvard, is more than capable of picking up the slack.

He scored 28 points on Monday as the Monarchs defeated Foothill 76-39 in the Mission Viejo tournament.

D.J. Davis scored 27 points and Jaylen Clark 25 in Corona Centennial’s 92-79 win over Knight. Kessler Edwards scored 19 points in Etiwanda’s 78-21 win over La Sierra.

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6-9 Chino Hills junior is dominant

Big changes are happening in Chino Hills basketball. There’s no more cherry picking. There’s no more firing up threes right past half court. There’s no more running and gunning.

But there’s a lot more Onyeka Okongwu getting the ball inside, and that means trouble for opponents. The 6-foot-9 junior scored a career-high 38 points as the Huskies defeated Temescal Canyon 83-48 in an opening game of the Corona Centennial tournament on Monday night.

It was the debut of first-year Coach Dennis Latimore, who had his team run more plays in one game than they might have done all last season. The focus is on getting the ball to Okongwu, who said he will “do whatever it takes” to help his team win. And right now, Latimore thinks Okongwu is the key.

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Jarod Lucas (left) and Julian Lopez sparked Los Altos past Foothills Christian.
Jarod Lucas (left) and Julian Lopez sparked Los Altos past Foothills Christian. (Eric Sondheimer)

Los Altos Coach Jeff Lucas knows there’s a lot of top guard duos in Southern California, but he’s not trading his duo of son Jarod Lucas and Julian Lopez. They came through with 27 and 25 points, respectively, in taking down the No. 1 team in San Diego, Foothill Christian, on Monday night in an opening game of the Corona Centennial tournament.

Los Altos pulled out a 79-75 victory that was clinched by Lucas making consecutive free throws with 4.4 seconds left.

Lopez has greatly improved his game in the off season. Now he’s dunking, making threes, rebounding and doing things that will make Los Altos a very intriguing team in 2017-18. “He never really dunked until the summer,” Jeff Lucas said.