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Football: Brad Kaaya could have been a Trojan

In an intriguing first-person story from former Chaminade quarterback Brad Kaaya of the Miami Hurricanes, Kaaya discusses how he ended up in Miami. Writing in the Players' Tribune, Kaaya said he was a USC fan growing up. He had only two scholarship offers going into his senior year: San Diego State...

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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Boys' basketball: The athlete to watch is Chaminade's Michael Wilson

    Boys' basketball: The athlete to watch is Chaminade's Michael Wilson

    College football coaches looking for a good receiver will want to drop by a Chaminade basketball game over the next four months to check out 6-foot-2, 175-pound sophomore Michael Wilson. He just finished his football season with 36 catches for 463 yards and four touchdowns. After 3 1/2 practices,...

  • Let the letter of intent signings begin

    Let the letter of intent signings begin

    Today is the first day high school seniors can sign an early letter of intent for all sports but football, water polo and men's soccer. Lots of schools are holding signing ceremonies on Thursday because schools are closed today for Veterans Day. Chaminade catcher Nick Kahle signed with Washington...

  • Former fugitive fish smuggler pleads guilty, prosecutors say

    A former West Hills resident who once led authorities on a four-year manhunt through Europe and Israel pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling endangered fish into Canada, federal prosecutors said. Isaac Zimerman, 66, admitted to smuggling two Arapaima gigas, a giant freshwater fish that is native...

  • T.J. Brock of Chaminade commits to USC for football and track

    T.J. Brock of Chaminade commits to USC for football and track

    When it comes to speed, USC is soon going to be in a class by itself. T.J. Brock of West Hills Chaminade announced Sunday he has committed to the Trojans for football and track. He plays defensive back for the Eagles and is the state champion in the 100 meters. Earlier, USC got a commitment from...

  • Football: It's payback time when Chaminade faces Crespi on Friday

    Crespi, once a top 25 team, is struggling with a 1-8 record this season and ends its season on Friday with a home game against Chaminade. Let's just say that Chaminade will have no sympathy for the Celts. A year ago, Crespi inflicted the most embarrassing defeating in Coach Ed Croson's recent stint...

  • Football recruiting is picking up for track star T.J. Brock of Chaminade

    T.J. Brock of Chaminade, the state 100-meter track champion and a defensive back in football, is waiting for the magic words from college recruiters: "We want you for football and track." TCU said those words, and Brock took a recruiting visit. Florida State wants him for track, and he took a recruiting...

  • Brother of L.A. Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin shot five times in West Hills
    Brother of L.A. Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin shot five times in West Hills

    The brother of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin was seriously wounded Sunday in a shooting in West Hills.

    Ravin’s older brother, Joel, was pulling into his driveway about 1:45 a.m. in the 22900 block of Vanowen Street when the gunman approached him and got into a confrontation, said Los Angeles...

  • 4 spots to howl at the moon during Sunday's lunar eclipse
    4 spots to howl at the moon during Sunday's lunar eclipse

    To get a good look at the supermoon and total lunar eclipse Sunday evening, find a dark place to watch.

    If you don't know where to go, the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority can lead the way. The agency is hosting free night hikes Sunday in Malibu, Beverly Hills,  West Hills and even...

  • Football: T.J. Brock is beginning to show he's more than just fastest in 100 meters

    College football recruiters might want to start paying attention to a senior defensive back at West Hills Chaminade. His name is T.J. Brock.

    He's fast, and he's beginning to come on in football.

    Brock, the state 100 meters track champion with a scorching time of 10.34 seconds, had his first interception...

  • Boys' basketball: Introducing Chaminade's 6-11 freshman center from Australia

    There's three things that you immediately notice about Makur Maker, a 6-foot-11 freshman from Australia who arrived at West Hills Chaminade.

    He's tall, he's thin and he smiles a lot.

    "He's every bit 14 years old," Coach Ryan Moore said. "I don't think anyone would compare him to Shaq on the low...

  • Death of Justin Bieber lookalike reveals a sadder tale
    Death of Justin Bieber lookalike reveals a sadder tale

    What shred of fame Toby Sheldon enjoyed came from a thoroughly modern commitment: to undergo a bevy of plastic surgery procedures so that he could resemble Justin Bieber.

    On television shows such as “Botched,” “The Doctors” and “My Strange Addiction,” he professed a desire to counter the aging...

  • LAPD rolls out enhanced training focused on public trust, use of force
    LAPD rolls out enhanced training focused on public trust, use of force

    The Los Angeles Police Department rolled out enhanced training for its officers this week focused on interacting with the mentally ill, building public trust and reducing tensions in potentially violent encounters.

    Speaking outside one of the training sessions Monday in West Hills, LAPD Chief Charlie...

  • Investigators find marijuana at home destroyed in West Hills blaze

    Los Angeles police narcotics officers on Sunday searched a West Hills home destroyed in a fire overnight after firefighters found marijuana at the site, authorities said.

    The fire in the 6500 block of Ellenview Avenue was reported at 9:12 p.m. Saturday and took 80 firefighters about 90 minutes...

  • Money for DWP trusts should go elsewhere -- like the ratepayer advocate
    Money for DWP trusts should go elsewhere -- like the ratepayer advocate

    "Please help me," said the letter from an 85-year-old reader in West Hills. "I am having trouble with my utility bill from the L.A.D.W.P."

    If only I had a dollar for every letter or email like that I've received.

    I'll fill you in on the West Hills case in a moment, but first I have to say it's...

  • Track: TJ Brock of Chaminade emerging as dual sport athlete

    On Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays, junior TJ Brock of Chaminade ran the fastest 100 meters time in the nation, finishing with a wind-aided time of 10.20 seconds.

    It was just another indication of how talented Brock truly is. Now he's known as the fastest in the nation.

    "It feels wonderful," Brock...

  • L.A. Unified teacher convicted of stabbing his wife to death
    L.A. Unified teacher convicted of stabbing his wife to death

    A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher was convicted Monday of stabbing his wife and leaving her to die on the pavement outside a West Hills home, authorities said.

    After deliberating for about 2-1/2 hours, a jury found Michael Kane, 48, guilty of first-degree murder, making criminal threats...

  • Boys' track: Chaminade 400-meter relay team records fastest time in state

    There's some fast teenagers walking around Chaminade High.

    On Saturday at the Pasadena Games, the team of Jordan Chin, Nicholas Agebede, Greg Campbell and TJ Brock ran the 400-meter relay in 41.10 seconds, fastest time in the state.

    Chin, a junior receiver, Agebede, a sophomore linebacker, and...

  • St. Francis High baseball grabs momentum en route to Mission League win

    Baseball: Golden Knights wrap up loss before vaulting to 5-2 win over host Chaminade.

  • Girls' basketball: Chaminade's Paige Fecske commits to Pepperdine

    Senior point guard Paige Fecske, one of the top players for top-seeded West Hills Chaminade, has committed to Pepperdine.

    Fecske's outside shooting has been a key part of Chaminade's run that enabled the Eagles to win the Southern Section Open Division girls' basketball championship. She scored...

  • High School Basketball: Laguna boys open with win; girls' squad starts postseason Saturday

    Breakers use balanced attack to beat Salesian in CIF playoffs.

  • Boys' basketball: Chaminade's Joel Loth prepares for playoffs and 'Beauty and the Beast'

    It's double practice time for Chaminade senior Joel Loth.

    In the afternoon, he's rehearsing for his starring role in the spring school musical, "Beauty and the Beast" as Gaston.

    Then he's going to basketball practice to prepare for the start of the Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs.

    "I heard...

  • LAPD homicide detectives investigating fatal Canoga Park fire

    Homicide detectives are leading the investigation into a fatal early morning fire at a Canoga Park apartment complex after the victim was discovered to have possible stab wounds, officials said.

    Firefighters were called to an apartment in the two-story complex in the 14000 block of Saticoy Street...

  • Girls' basketball: Chaminade rallies for win over Alemany

    West Hills Chaminade keeps playing tough teams in girls' basketball and finding ways to win.

    After pulling out wins over Mater Dei and Sierra Canyon, the Eagles rallied for a 59-58 Mission League win over rival Alemany on Thursday night.

    Leaonna Odom scored off a steal from Valerie Higgins to provide...

  • Boys' basketball: Chaminade defeats Crespi in overtime thriller

    There was an overflow crowd on Wednesday night at Crespi for a Mission League showdown against Chaminade. The student sections were roaring loudly and kept chanting, "I believe that we will win." But no one really knew who was going to win.

    The game was tied at 15, 17, 19, 25, 33, 36, 41, 43, 48,...

  • L.A. officials offer ways of getting rid of Christmas trees
    L.A. officials offer ways of getting rid of Christmas trees

    Los Angeles residents looking to discard their Christmas trees will have several options for making sure they are collected by city sanitation crews, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday.

    Angelenos who have city trash pickup may cut up the trees and put the assorted parts into the green bin. City crews...

  • Baseball: Junior catcher Nick Kahle commits to Washington

    One of the best catchers in the powerful Mission League, junior Nick Kahle of Chaminade, has committed to Washington.

    As a sophomore last season, Kahle batted over .500 and hit four home runs. He's also strong defensively.

    "He's a special player," Coach Frank Mutz said.

     

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  • Girls' basketball: Valerie Higgins leads 21-0 Chaminade surge to defeat Troy
    Girls' basketball: Valerie Higgins leads 21-0 Chaminade surge to defeat Troy

    Chaminade and Troy, two of the top girls' basketball teams in the Southland, were tied, 47-47, halfway through the fourth quarter of Wednesday's Palisades tournament quarterfinal game. Then the Eagles turned up the defensive pressure, led by 6-foot-1 junior Valerie Higgins, and the rest of the...

  • Football: Ben Kreitenberg ends career with record 237 conversion kicks

    The high school football career for Chaminade kicker Ben Kreitenberg ended on Friday, and what a legacy he established.

    Kreitenberg finished with 237 successful conversion kicks in his career, setting a Southern Section record.

    He fell short of the state record, which was 244 set by Kenny Smart...

  • Football: What went wrong at Chaminade?

    Never in Ed Croson's 17 years of coaching has one of his teams not made the football playoffs _ until this season at Chaminade.

    Friday's Mission League game against Gardena Serra will end Chaminade's season. Last year, Chaminade won the state Division II bowl game and finished on Dec. 21.

    "This...

  • Football: Chaminade unveils another top freshman in Mykee Irving

    In its Mission League victory over Loyola last week, Chaminade used for the first time on varsity 6-foot-3, 270-pound freshman lineman Mykee Irving.

    Irving, who had been playing junior varsity, contributed the only sack of the game for the Eagles. He's also a basketball player

    Chaminade already...

  • Football: Busy Thursday this week thanks to Yom Kippur

    Yom Kippur, the holiest day for the Jewish faith, is on Friday, and lots of high school football teams have switched their games to Thursday night.

    Players who are Jewish will appreciate the scheduling change. One of the biggest changes was made by Alemany High, which switched its scheduled Mission...

  • Football: Chris Bounds commits to Colorado

    Chris Bounds, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior tight end-defensive end from Chaminade, has committed to Colorado, Coach Ed Croson said.

    He's the second Mission League player to commit to the Buffaloes. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame tight end Aaron Haigler also is headed to Colorado.

    Colorado already has...

  • Boys' basketball: Michael Oguine commits to Montana

    Michael Oguine, a standout senior guard who helped West Hills Chaminade win a state Division III championship last season, has committed to Montana.

    Oguine liked the school on his recruiting visit and could be an impact player as a freshman.

    He can play point guard or shooting guard. He was at...

  • Football: Terrell Newby vs. Brad Kaaya has Chaminade fans excited

    It's the game circled on the calendar for Chaminade fans: Saturday's college football game between Miami and host Nebraska at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

    Miami's freshman quarterback, Brad Kaaya, used to hand off the ball and pass to Nebraska running back Terrell Newby when the two played together at West...

  • Football: Get ready for T.J. Pledger excitement

    If you want to get ahead of the curve, prepare for T.J. Pledger T-shirts, T.J. Pledger wristbands and T.J. Pledger banners.

    He's the 14-year-old freshman running back at West Hills Chaminade who's third string on the depth chart, but it's only a matter of time before he's the player to watch.

    In...

  • Girls' basketball: Neah Odom transfers to Chaminade

    Count on West Hills Chaminade making the Open Division in girls' basketball.

    Chamiande Athletic Director Todd Borowski confirmed on Tuesday that Neah Odom, a 6-foot junior who transferred last season from Los Alamitos to Santa Ana Mater Dei, is now at Chaminade.

    She averaged 14.3 points as a freshman...

  • Football: Chaminade's Bar Milo commits to Miami

    At the conclusion of Wednesday's football practice at West Hills Chaminade, 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle Bar Milo gathered his teammates around and announced his college choice.

    He's going to be joining the player he protected last season, quarterback Brad Kaaya, at Miami.

    Milo credited...

  • Football: Chaminade prepares for Pac-5 debut

    Chaminade Coach Ed Croson knows what awaits the Eagles in their first year of playing in the Pac-5 Division and in a revamped Mission League.

    There will be no more taking showers at halftime of a rout or tweeting on the sideline because the game is out of reach. Every week will be a challenge,...

  • Football: Chaminade's Bar Milo has slimmed down to 280 pounds

    There might not be a lineman in better shape right now than Chaminade's Bar Milo. Last season he played at 310 pounds. Coach Ed Croson said Milo, who stands 6 feet 6, is down to 280 pounds after spending most of July getting into shape and playing for the 19U U.S. national team that traveled to...

  • Football: Chaminade lands top freshman running back T.J. Pledger

    There seems to be little disagreement among coaches in the San Fernando Valley that the best running back in youth football last season was T.J. Pledger.

    He has enrolled at West Hills Chaminade, and Coach Ed Croson is already predicting big things for Pledger.

    The question is how quickly will he...

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