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  • Birmingham's Nick Halic is the boys' basketball coach of the year

    Birmingham's Nick Halic is the boys' basketball coach of the year

    Since Lake Balboa Birmingham opened in 1953, the school had never won a City Section basketball title — until this season. Under Coach Nick Halic, a 34-year-old Birmingham grad, the Patriots put together an 18-game winning streak while going unbeaten in January and February. Even as the expectations...

  • The Times' high school baseball rankings

    The Times' high school baseball rankings

    A look at the top 25 high school baseball teams in the Southland: Rk. School (W-L) Next (last week’s ranking) 1. HUNTINGTON BEACH (9-0) vs. Winder-Barrow in Cary, N.C., Wednesday (1) 2. SOUTH HILLS (9-1) vs. Brother Rice in Cary, N.C., Wednesday (3) 3. HARVARD-WESTLAKE (9-1-1) at S.O. Notre Dame,...

  • Across Southland, No. 10 takes the field to remember South Torrance baseball player

    Across Southland, No. 10 takes the field to remember South Torrance baseball player

    The high school baseball community in Southern California has been united in helping South Torrance High players, coaches and fans try to deal with the sorrow of losing 16-year-old sophomore Jesse Esphorst Jr. in a car crash on March 7. Players have written No. 10, Esphorst’s jersey number, on...

  • The group that stayed together won a title together at Bishop Montgomery

    The group that stayed together won a title together at Bishop Montgomery

    Among the crowd of some 9,000 at Golden 1 Center on Saturday night watching the CIF state Open Division boys’ basketball championship game was Stephen Thompson Sr., one of the best players in City Section history. He used to fly through the air on his way to a dunk while leading Crenshaw to consecutive...

  • KZ Okpala, Esperanza drop Hayward Moreau for Division II championship

    KZ Okpala, Esperanza drop Hayward Moreau for Division II championship

    KZ Okpala of Anaheim Esperanza is a 6-foot-8 youngster averaging 30 points and 10 rebounds. He’s not afraid to deliver big shots and big free throws in front of screaming fans. But there’s a shyness to him. He doesn't show emotion — until Saturday night after his team won the CIF state Division...

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