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  • Chaminade's Valerie Higgins is on point as The Times' girls' basketball player of the year

    Chaminade's Valerie Higgins is on point as The Times' girls' basketball player of the year

    There's nothing Valerie Higgins of West Hills Chaminade enjoys more than creating turmoil on defense. Deflecting passes, blocking shots, making steals — it's the most fulfilling part of basketball in her opinion. "It's all about heart and hustle," she said. "It's about putting in the effort to...

  • Chino Hills' Steve Baik is The Times' boys' basketball coach of the year after winning state title

    Chino Hills' Steve Baik is The Times' boys' basketball coach of the year after winning state title

    It was Steve Baik's decision to place his trust in his Chino Hills players to get into shape, be unselfish and be ready to perform at their best in every game this season. The Huskies pulled it off, finishing 35-0 and beating eight playoff foes by no less than 20 points en route to winning the...

  • JSerra defeats El Camino Real, 10-8, in Boras Classic semifinal

    JSerra defeats El Camino Real, 10-8, in Boras Classic semifinal

    It was one of those intriguing matchups only possible in a spring baseball tournament. San Juan Capistrano JSerra, ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 1, took on the No. 1 team in the City Section, Woodland Hills El Camino Real, on Thursday night in a semifinal game of the Boras Classic. ...

  • Tightknit Moorpark baseball team makes the grade on the field and in the classroom

    Tightknit Moorpark baseball team makes the grade on the field and in the classroom

    At Moorpark High School, the baseball team's weighted grade-point average is 4.02. The players are so smart that Coach Scott Fullerton has to watch his grammar and occasionally break up arguments involving math equations. This season could be entitled, "Revenge of the Nerds." The team's star left-handed...

  • High school baseball top 25 rankings

    High school baseball top 25 rankings

    Ranking the top 25 high school baseball teams in the Southland: Rank. School (W-L) - Comment; last week's ranking 1. JSERRA (7-1) - Boras Classic begins on Tuesday; 1 2. ORANGE LUTHERAN (8-1) - Face Vista Murrieta on Tuesday; 2 3. SHERMAN OAKS NOTRE DAME (9-1) - Hunter Greene is batting .581; 3...

  • De'Anthony Melton leads Crespi to Division I state boys' basketball crown

    De'Anthony Melton leads Crespi to Division I state boys' basketball crown

    De'Anthony Melton has left the building, and Encino Crespi fans will never forget him. In a fitting finale for perhaps the best basketball player in school history, the 6-foot-4 senior contributed 24 points, 17 rebounds, two blocks and four assists to help the Celts (33-4) win the state Division...

  • Brea Olinda wins Division I state girls' basketball title

    Brea Olinda wins Division I state girls' basketball title

    When in trouble, count on Brea Olinda to come through in girls' basketball. Southern California teams had lost the first four state title games to Northern California teams in boys' and girls' basketball Thursday at Sleep Train Arena. Then the Wildcats stepped onto the court and put an end to the...

  • To be state champions, Crespi and other basketball teams will have to overcome 'the black hole'

    To be state champions, Crespi and other basketball teams will have to overcome 'the black hole'

    Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento has been known as "the black hole" for high school basketball shooters. Teenagers enter the building excited to play in an NBA arena, then start throwing up airballs from three-point range, causing panic and more missed shots. "They're used to playing where the walls...

  • High school baseball top 25 rankings

    High school baseball top 25 rankings

    Ranking the top 25 high school baseball teams in the Southland: Rank, School (W-L), Comment (last week's ranking) 1 JSERRA (7-1) - Sidearmer Collin Quinn is off to great start (1)2 ORANGE LUTHERAN (8-1) - Pitching depth is superior (2)3 SHERMAN OAKS NOTRE DAME (7-0) - Three-game series with Harvard-Westlake...

  • Chino Hills needs one more victory for a perfect season

    Chino Hills needs one more victory for a perfect season

    There are moments in Southern California prep sports history that people never forget. There was Dec. 14, 1956, when 41,383 showed up in the fog for a CIF championship football game at the Coliseum matching 12-0 Downey and Randy Meadows against 12-0 Anaheim and Mickey Flynn. The game ended in a...

  • Chino Hills dominates in second half to beat Bishop Montgomery for Open Division regional title

    Chino Hills dominates in second half to beat Bishop Montgomery for Open Division regional title

    Chino Hills' singular focus to end the basketball season with a state championship is one win away from fruition. The Huskies, ranked No. 1 in the nation, improved to 34-0 on Saturday night before a standing-room-only crowd of 4,556 at The Pyramid in Long Beach by putting on an unusual display...

  • Chaminade edges Long Beach Poly for Open Division girls' regional title

    Chaminade edges Long Beach Poly for Open Division girls' regional title

    As the buzzer sounded and the ball bounced off the rim once, twice and a third time before falling through the net for a game-winning three-pointer that sent West Hills Chaminade on a trip to Sacramento, Eagles Coach Kelli DiMuro sprinted onto the court, heels and all. Leaonna Odom's three gave...

  • Encino Crespi wins boys' Division I Southern California Regional final

    Encino Crespi wins boys' Division I Southern California Regional final

    It was last summer, after Encino Crespi held a three-point lead over Chino Hills with four minutes to go in a summer league game, that Coach Russell White knew how good a team he might have. Then came Saturday's 66-63 overtime victory over Redondo in the Division I Southern California Regional...

  • Chino Hills-Torrance Bishop Montgomery will pack them in for Open Division Southern California Regional final

    Chino Hills-Torrance Bishop Montgomery will pack them in for Open Division Southern California Regional final

    High school basketball fans can't seem to get enough of watching unbeaten Chino Hills (33-0), ranked No. 1 in the nation. Gyms have been sold out most of the season when Chino Hills plays, and another sellout is expected for Saturday's Open Division Southern California Regional final between Chino...

  • The accidental track star of North Hills Monroe

    The accidental track star of North Hills Monroe

    Carlos Martin Del Campo and his track coach at North Hills Monroe, Leo Hernandez, will probably debate, argue and squabble until each has gray hair or no hair at all over whether Martin Del Campo had soccer ability. "I've seen him play," Hernandez said. "He wasn't that good." "Not true," is Martin...

  • High school football coach award named for Times' Eric Sondheimer

    High school football coach award named for Times' Eric Sondheimer

    The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame has named a new high school football coaches award after Los Angeles Times sportswriter Eric Sondheimer. The first recipient of the award is Gregg Barden, coach at Los Angeles' Belmont High. Barden will be honored Friday night...

  • Chino Hills separates itself with a victory over Foothills Christian, 82-62

    Chino Hills separates itself with a victory over Foothills Christian, 82-62

    Chino Hills High basketball has become the greatest road show hitting Southern California since . . . the Rolling Stones? Bruce Springsteen? The Harlem Globetrotters? As the venues and games get bigger, the crowds and media interest keep increasing. It reached the point this past weekend that the...

  • High school baseball top 25 rankings

    High school baseball top 25 rankings

    Ranking the top 25 high school baseball teams in the Southland: Rank, School (W-L), Comment (last week's ranking)1 JSERRA (5-0) - Play St. John Bosco Wednesday at Angel Stadium (1)2 ORANGE LUTHERAN (4-1) - Pitcher Chris Burica is off to terrific start (4)3 SHERMAN OAKS NOTRE DAME (5-0) - Hunter...

  • Southern California honors its best and brightest prep student athletes

    Southern California honors its best and brightest prep student athletes

    This is the week when local chapters of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame honor high school scholar athlete award winners at banquets in Riverside, Orange County, Los Angeles, Pasadena and Studio City. It's the moment when character trumps hype and grade-point average beats...

  • Crespi defeats Inglewood, 69-62, to reach regional semifinals

    Crespi defeats Inglewood, 69-62, to reach regional semifinals

    Quietly but convincingly, Encino Crespi is emerging as the second-best high school basketball team in Southern California behind Chino Hills. The list of quality opponents the Celts are beating is growing — Orange Lutheran, Corona Centennial, Redondo, Dorsey and Inglewood twice. The host Celts...

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