• 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.

  • Baseball

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame Coach Tom Dill couldn’t be more pleased with his team’s 11-0 start, including a 6-0 mark in the Mission League.

The Knights still haven’t used ace pitcher Lucas Gordon, who just now is beginning to get into pitching shape. And yet, they knocked off Loyola 10-1 on Friday and don’t play again until facing Etiwanda in the Boras Classic on April 3.

There’s still lots to learn about Notre Dame, which hasn’t really played top teams yet. That will soon change. For now, the Knights have shown they are No. 1. Noah Taylor had three hits and three RBIs. Connor Skertich struck out seven in six innings.

  • Basketball
Chino Hills celebrates its Division I championship.
Chino Hills celebrates its Division I championship. (Nick Koza)

No team in Southern California or Northern California was able to defeat Chino Hills in the post season. The Huskies completed a 10-0 run with a state Division I championship on Friday night at the Golden 1 Center.

Even though Onyeka Okongwu fouled out with 3:50 left, the Huskies hung on for a 73-68 win over Las Lomas.

Okongwu finished his junior season with 27 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and five blocks.

  • Basketball
Senior scores 29 points and gets 17 rebounds

Alameda fans were fired up after waving their three yellow signs directed at Shareef O’Neal early in Friday’s CIF state Division II championship game against Crossroads. O’Neal missed consecutive free throws, as if he were just like father Shaquille at the line.

“Shoot like Shaq” was the jeer later in the game.

But O’Neal thrives on crowds trying to distract him. He proceeded to pour it on, as in 29 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks and eight of eight free throws in the fourth quarter to help Crossroads win its first state title since 1997 with a 59-53 victory over Alameda at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

  • Basketball
Freshman Christian Johnson scores 22 points in leading View Park Prep to a state Division IV championship at Golden 1 Center.
Freshman Christian Johnson scores 22 points in leading View Park Prep to a state Division IV championship at Golden 1 Center. (Nick Koza)

There’s no way to explain the extraordinary sight of a high school freshman shooting the ball so well at an NBA arena other than practice makes perfect. That’s the explanation by Christian Johnson of View Park Prep after what he accomplished Friday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

“When you play as much as I do, it gets easier,” he said.

Johnson, a 16-year-old point guard, scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the first half to lead View Park Prep to its first state championship since the school opened in 2004 with a 74-62 win over San Francisco Stuart Hall in the Division IV final.

  • Basketball
Girls' team wins Division IV championship

According to the box score of the CIF state Division IV championship girls’ basketball game on Friday, Natalie Valvo of Rolling Hills Prep played two minutes, missed her only shot and had one rebound.

Except she contributed perhaps the biggest play of the game, taking a charging foul against the No. 1 player for Priory, point guard Tatiana Reese, with 7:42 left. Reese fouled out on the play.

“It was huge,” Coach Richard Masson said.

The LA84 Foundation has awarded $1.8 million in grants to Southern California youth sports organizations in its latest attempt to support youth sports programs. It distributes money gained from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Among the grants is $25,000 to the Sloane Stephens Foundation to provide tennis instruction to elementary schools in the Compton Unified School District.

Another $400,000 was given to LA’s Best, which offers softball, soccer, flag football, basketball and competitive dance and drill teams at 198 L.A. Unified elementary schools.

  • Football

Fullerton High has selected Richard Salazar to be its football coach.

It will be a homecoming for Salazar, who’s a Fullerton grad. He was the head coach at Nogales.

He also coached at La Habra as an assistant.




Corona Santiago 4, Corona Centennial 2 (9)

  • Baseball

Neither rain nor Fountain Valley could cool off the Huntington Beach baseball team on Wednesday.

Dylan Ramirez contributed four hits and four RBIs and Jag Burden hit a home run in the Oilers’ 12-2 Sunset League victory, their 12th win in a row.

Los Alamitos defeated Edison 6-3

Spencer Freedman of Mater Dei is the Trinity League player of the year for the third consecutive season.
Spencer Freedman of Mater Dei is the Trinity League player of the year for the third consecutive season. (Eric Sondheimer)

There’s never been a three-time Trinity League player of the year in basketball — until now.

Senior point guard Spencer Freedman of Santa Ana Mater Dei has pulled off the feat. Headed to Harvard, he led the Monarchs to the league championship and the Southern Section Open Division title.

First-team All-Trinity League: