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Boys' basketball: 6-5 freshman Aaron Reyes has Sylmar coach excited

Bort Escoto doesn't normally get too excited while coaching basketball at Sylmar _ unless he sees an officials' call he doesn't like. But he is excited about 6-foot-5 freshman Aaron Reyes, who's going to become an immediate starter for the Spartans. Playing in fall league basketball, Reyes sure...

Kevin Durant comes to Verdugo Hills High

There was a photo on Twitter making the rounds of the "newest basketball transfer" at Verdugo Hills. The transfer even had his arm around Principal Arturo Barcenas. Except the "transfer" is out of high school eligibility. It was Kevin Durant showing up for a photo shoot in Verdugo Hills' rustic...

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    On High Schools: These freshmen football players are making a stir at the varsity level

    Jared Greenfield is 5 feet 10, 150 pounds and a free safety for Crenshaw High. When he takes his helmet off, he looks every bit like the 14-year-old freshman he is.  But when the helmet goes on and the whistle blows, age doesn’t matter. There was a pass over the middle in his first high school...

  • The Times' top 25 football rankings

    The Times' top 25 football rankings

    A look at the top 25 high school football teams in the Southland: Rk. School (W-L) Result; Next game (last week’s ranking)  1. MATER DEI (3-0) def. La Mirada, 48-0; vs. Upland (at Santa Ana Stadium), Friday (1)  2. ST. JOHN BOSCO (2-1) lost to Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, 35-20; at Crespi, Friday (2) ...

  • How the top 25 fared

    How the top 25 fared

    How The Times’ high school Top 25 teams fared. Rk.  School (W-L)  Result |  Next game 1) MATER DEI (3-0)  def. La Mirada, 48-0 |  vs. Upland (at Santa Ana Stadium), Friday 2)  ST. JOHN BOSCO (2-1)  lost to Bishop Gorman, 35-20 | at Crespi, Friday 3 )  CORONA CENTENNIAL (2-1) def. Orange Lutheran,...

  • Narbonne tops Palos Verdes to go to 3-0

    Narbonne tops Palos Verdes to go to 3-0

    Over the summer, Narbonne football Coach Manuel Douglas heard a lot of chatter about the potential for an undefeated regular season and another deep playoff run. Douglas made sure to refrain from acknowledging all of that hype and made his team focus on the first three games of a top-heavy schedule....

  • Cathedral and Loyola go head to head — over who has the best view of downtown

    Cathedral and Loyola go head to head — over who has the best view of downtown

    Let the debate begin: Which high school has the best vantage point of downtown Los Angeles at night? The finalists are L.A. Cathedral and L.A. Loyola, and for the first time since 1973, the two all-boys Catholic schools will play in a nonleague football game on Friday night at Loyola. The principals...

  • Banning Pilots moving in right direction with 3-0 start

    Banning Pilots moving in right direction with 3-0 start

    It has been 16 years since 12-time champion Banning High School last won a City Section football title. The Pilots had been replaced by Narbonne, San Pedro and Carson as the powers in the Marine League. But under fourth-year Coach John Aponte, there’s signs of a Banning comeback. The Pilots are...

  • Bishop Gorman rallies past St. John Bosco in showdown

    Bishop Gorman rallies past St. John Bosco in showdown

    Zigging and zagging and improvising like a magician on a stage, quarterback Tate Martell of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman showed once again on Friday why he has never lost a high school football game playing for the Gaels, the No. 1 team in America. The 5-foot-11 senior passed for 183 yards and three...

  • Top high school football games this week

    Top high school football games this week

    A look at two of the top high school football games in the Southland: Friday Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (2-0) vs. Bellflower St. John Bosco (2-0) at Long Beach Veterans Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket): Bishop Gorman has never lost with Ohio State commit Tate Martell as its quarterback. ...

  • Football remains a sanctuary for South Gate receiver Jamaal Neal

    Football remains a sanctuary for South Gate receiver Jamaal Neal

    There’s a framed illustration hanging in the South Gate High weight room that depicts All-City football receiver Jamaal Neal wearing a red Nevada Las Vegas uniform and looking out at the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as storm clouds muster in the sky. So far, the 17-year-old senior hasn’t let...

  • The Times' top 25 football rankings

    The Times' top 25 football rankings

    A look at the top 25 high school football teams in the Southland: Rank | School (W-L) Result | Next game (last week’s ranking)  1. MATER DEI (2-0) def. Mayfair, 63-0 | vs. La Mirada (at Santa Ana Stadium), Friday (1)  2.  ST. JOHN BOSCO (2-0) def. La Mirada, 34-0 | vs. Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (at...

  • Bishop Gorman quarterback's faceoff with St. John Bosco's defense should be spectacular

    Bishop Gorman quarterback's faceoff with St. John Bosco's defense should be spectacular

    His name is Tate Martell. He’s the quarterback at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. Bellflower St. John Bosco Coach Jason Negro has given him a new name: He calls him “Tate Manziel.” That’s in tribute to 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel when he was driving defenses crazy with his unpredictable...

  • Foothill League teams begin a quick ascent to notoriety

    Foothill League teams begin a quick ascent to notoriety

    Someone should have rented out Magic Mountain on Saturday to hold a party for the six Foothill League football teams that all won on Friday night. And maybe also invite the coaches who vote in the weekly Southern Section polls, since none of the Foothill teams were ranked  last week in their respective...

  • How the top 25 fared

    How the top 25 fared

    A look at how The Times’ top 25 high school football teams fared this week: Rank | SCHOOL (Record) | RESULT | NEXT GAME  1. MATER DEI (2-0) def. Mayfair, 63-0 | vs. La Mirada (at Santa Ana Stadium), Friday  2.  ST. JOHN BOSCO (2-0) def. La Mirada, 34-0 | vs. Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (at Veterans...

  • Matt Robinson leads JSerra to comeback win over Alemany, 28-27, in OT

    Matt Robinson leads JSerra to comeback win over Alemany, 28-27, in OT

    Before the season started, college recruiters didn’t consider Matt Robinson to be in the upper echelon of high school quarterbacks.  After Friday night’s performance in Mission Hills, however, he may be turning a few heads as a potential star on the rise. Robinson connected on 23 of 34 passes for...

  • Narbonne topples Long Beach Poly in knock-down affair

    Narbonne topples Long Beach Poly in knock-down affair

    You don’t really need anyone in the stands to get the talking and intensity rising when 19-time Southern Section champion Long Beach Poly and five-time City Section Division I champion Harbor City Narbonne are on a field together. About an hour before kickoff on Friday night, as the players were...

  • A look at this week's top high school football games

    A look at this week's top high school football games

    Friday Harbor City Narbonne (1-0) vs. Long Beach Poly (1-0) at Veterans Stadium, 7 p.m.: Narbonne could be headed for an unbeaten season if it makes it past this challenging nonleague game. Michael Mauai and Aaron Shampklin each rushed for more than 100 yards last week in Poly’s win over Los Alamitos....

  • Long before Kaepernick sat, L.A. teacher stood up to authority in anthem protest

    Long before Kaepernick sat, L.A. teacher stood up to authority in anthem protest

    Hardy Williams, a physical education teacher and former Los Angeles High football coach, was getting his car repaired Saturday morning when his brother called and told him that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem before an...

  • The Times' high school football top 25

    The Times' high school football top 25

    Ranking the top 25 high school football teams in the Southland: Rank. School (W-L) Result — Next Opponent (last week's ranking) 1. Mater Dei (1-0) def. Bishop Amat, 63-14 — vs. Mayfair (at Santa Ana Stadium), Friday (1)  2. St. John Bosco (1-0) def. Cincinnati St. Xavier, 34-0 — at La Mirada, Friday...

  • Here's to the prep athletes who stick with the same school, through thick and thin

    Here's to the prep athletes who stick with the same school, through thick and thin

    It’s time for a change in philosophy before the true mission of the high school sports experience disappears forever. Clearly, a travel-ball mentality is seeping into the system: Individuals matter over team; building all-star teams through player movement is more important than loyalty; exposing...

  • La Mirada, Narbonne among public schools to topple parochial powers

    La Mirada, Narbonne among public schools to topple parochial powers

    Public schools don’t usually fare very well against private schools in prep football, so when there’s the occasional triumph, it’s worthy of a celebration. There were three big ones on Friday night on the opening weekend of the season. La Mirada, overwhelmed in losses last season to Bellflower...

  • Palos Verdes upsets No. 11 Corona del Mar, 42-20

    Palos Verdes upsets No. 11 Corona del Mar, 42-20

    Only at Palos Verdes could there be a flyover to open the football season. While the three planes impressed the fans, the way Palos Verdes’ defense grounded Corona del Mar’s aerial attack stood out more than the pregame air show. Palos Verdes slowed down Cal-commit quarterback Chase Garbers, upsetting...

  • Mission Viejo coach's concerns about move to Division I prove unfounded in opener

    Mission Viejo coach's concerns about move to Division I prove unfounded in opener

    There’s nothing subtle about Bob Johnson’s displeasure with the 2016 Southern Section football playoff groupings. The longtime football coach at Mission Viejo High is  unhappy that his Diablos were placed in Division I,  which features the top private schools in the section, and he hasn’t been...

  • The future arrives when Oaks Christian beats Chaminade in a thriller

    The future arrives when Oaks Christian beats Chaminade in a thriller

    Those marketing geniuses at Nike, Adidas and Under Armour should have dropped by Westlake Village on Friday night for the football opener between host Oaks Christian and West Hills Chaminade and fought it out to be the sponsor for what could have been called “The Future Bowl.”  No. 12-ranked Oaks...

  • For openers, this week's featured high school football games

    For openers, this week's featured high school football games

    Top high school games on Friday West Hills Chaminade at Westlake Village Oaks Christian, 7 p.m.: These are both preseason top-15 teams loaded with quality underclassmen. It’s going to come down to whether Oaks Christian can handle the Eagles’ promising running game, led by T.J. Pledger, Andrew...

  • Friday night lights shine on transfer quarterbacks in new roles

    Friday night lights shine on transfer quarterbacks in new roles

    As the 2016 high school football season begins this weekend, let’s take a peek at trends, issues and debates likely to break out: Quarterback movement: More than 20 quarterbacks have transferred to new schools looking for fresh starts or seeking better opportunities. You need a pencil, an eraser...

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