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Mater Dei turns back Chino Hills in overtime

Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world with its televised car chases, the Oscars, the Grammys and Chino Hills basketball. By 4:31 p.m. on Friday afternoon, all 10,258 seats at USC’s Galen Center had been sold for a high school basketball doubleheader, proving the Chino Hills effect...

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Boys' basketball: Southern Section semifinal scores and championship pairings

BOYS' BASKETBALL SOUTHERN SECTION OPEN DIVISION Championship semifinals, Friday Bishop Montgomery 70, Sierra Canyon 63 Mater Dei 83, Chino Hills 80 (OT)   Consolation quarterfinals, Friday Corona Centennial 74, Long Beach Poly 65 Eastvale Roosevelt 75, Oak Park 65 Redondo 85, Santa Margarita 77...

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  • Fairfax claims Western League title with victory over Westchester

    Fairfax claims Western League title with victory over Westchester

    Steve Baik was the national coach of the year last season at Chino Hills, when his team went 35-0 and scored 100 or more points 18 times. Now he’s the head coach at Fairfax, and he’s starting to understand what happens when his team faces rival Westchester in the City Section. “This is what high...

  • Southern Section's Open Division playoffs take center stage

    Southern Section's Open Division playoffs take center stage

    Thanks to the “Killer Bs” — Bagley, Bol and Ball — high school basketball fans in Southern California are about to experience an excitement few others can equal. Marvin Bagley III, a 6-foot-11 junior; Bol Bol, a 7-1 junior, and the Ball brothers, senior LiAngelo and sophomore LaMelo, are attracting...

  • With genes like his, Santa Margarita sophomore Jake Kyman's athletic skills were a slam dunk

    With genes like his, Santa Margarita sophomore Jake Kyman's athletic skills were a slam dunk

    Coley Kyman, one of the best two-sport athletes in the history of Reseda High and CSUN, never forgets the day that changed his life: Sept. 4, 1993. He was a three-time college All-American in volleyball. On that day, he started at quarterback for the Matadors’ football team against San Diego State...

  • The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    A look at the top 25 high school boys’ basketball teams in the Southland: Rk. School (W-L) Next opponent (last week’s ranking)  1. SIERRA CANYON (23-1) at Viewpoint, Tuesday (2)  2. CHINO HILLS (25-1) vs. Los Osos, Tuesday (1)  3. BISHOP MONTGOMERY (22-2) vs. Cathedral, Monday (3)  4. SANTA ANA...

  • Bill Plaschke | Lucerne Valley has been outscored by 747 points, but the Mustangs refuse to quit

    Bill Plaschke | Lucerne Valley has been outscored by 747 points, but the Mustangs refuse to quit

    The small yellow cardboard sign is propped in front of an endless stretch of barren desert, alongside a narrow road leading to nowhere. The sign has been scrawled upon with a dark marker pen, its message hastily abbreviated, the words squeezed to fit the space. It is, to be perfectly honest, an...

  • Birmingham rolls Taft, 116-81, wants a playoff match-up with Chino Hills

    Birmingham rolls Taft, 116-81, wants a playoff match-up with Chino Hills

    “We want Chino. We want Chino.” Birmingham High basketball fans were a little giddy on Friday night with their chant in the fourth quarter. Do they really want their team to play unbeaten Chino Hills? “We’re ready when they’re ready,” standout guard Devante Doutrive said after scoring 34 points...

  • Why Wyatt, why are you leaving us to play football at Ohio State?

    Why Wyatt, why are you leaving us to play football at Ohio State?

    If you fish and have ever lost a big one — a four-digit-sized marlin kind of big — then you know how the football staffs at USC and UCLA are likely to feel this week. Wednesday is national signing day for football, when the very best high school football seniors will be officially accepting scholarships...

  • The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    A look at the top 25 high school boys’ basketball teams in the Southland: Rk. School (W-L)  Next opponent (last week’s ranking)  1. CHINO HILLS (23-0)  vs. Etiwanda, Tuesday (1)  2. SIERRA CANYON (19-1) vs. Paraclete, Tuesday (2)  3. BISHOP MONTGOMERY (20-2) at Gardena Serra, Wednesday (3)  4....

  • Chino Hills takes first loss of the season in stride

    Chino Hills takes first loss of the season in stride

    I witnessed something extraordinary on Saturday night after a crowd of more than 3,300 packed into the Santa Ana Mater Dei gym for the featured game of the Nike Extravaganza and saw Oak Hill Academy of Mouth of Wilson, Va.,  end Chino Hills’ 60-game win streak with a 96-91 come-from-behind victory....

  • Meet Charisma Osborne, the Allen Iverson of Windward

    Meet Charisma Osborne, the Allen Iverson of Windward

    It was a predicament not as challenging as solving a Rubik’s Cube but baffling enough that in the middle of the Windward-Viewpoint girls’ basketball game, players and officials stared at the hoop as if they didn’t know what to do. The ball had become wedged between the rim and backboard. There...

  • LiAngelo Ball goes for 52 as Chino Hills wins its 57th consecutive game

    LiAngelo Ball goes for 52 as Chino Hills wins its 57th consecutive game

    There was a 10-year-old boy dressed in a UCLA jersey who sat in the first row near the Chino Hills bench on Friday night at LaVerne Damien. He kept shouting to LaMelo Ball to “shoot from half court.” That’s what happens when there’s a YouTube video of Ball pointing to the half-court line in a game...

  • Crespi's Nicholas Ghazarian will fulfill lifelong dream of playing football while serving his country

    Crespi's Nicholas Ghazarian will fulfill lifelong dream of playing football while serving his country

    Since he was 5, Nicholas Ghazarian would dress up almost every Halloween as a soldier, wearing camouflage and a helmet. Even this past year, as a 17-year-old high school senior, Ghazarian wore fatigues and boots for a costume party. He was a basketball player when he enrolled at Encino Crespi as...

  • Dream matchups between the Southland's elite high school basketball teams could loom in the playoffs

    Dream matchups between the Southland's elite high school basketball teams could loom in the playoffs

    With two weeks left in the regular season, excitement is building around the possibility that high school basketball fans will be rewarded with some dream matchups. Imagine how many fans might make it to the Honda Center on March 4 if the Southern Section Open Division championship game matches...

  • The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    A look at the top 25 high school boys’ basketball teams in the Southland: Rk. School (W-L)  Next opponent (last week’s ranking)  1. CHINO HILLS (20-0) vs. Rancho Cucamonga, Tuesday (1)  2. SIERRA CANYON (16-1) vs. Campbell Hall, Tuesday (2)  3. BISHOP MONTGOMERY (18-2) vs. Cantwell-Sacred Heart,...

  • Freeman Williams, one of the great long-range shooters, to be honored by City Section

    Freeman Williams, one of the great long-range shooters, to be honored by City Section

    In the history of basketball in Los Angeles, one of the greatest “playground legends” was Freeman Williams from Manual Arts High School. He was doing things in the 1970s long before the Ball brothers of Chino Hills came onto the scene. “In those days, there was no three-point line, but Freeman...

  • On high schools: Late bloomer KZ Okpala of Esperanza has a rosy future

    On high schools: Late bloomer KZ Okpala of Esperanza has a rosy future

    Play dance music and 6-foot-8 KZ Okpala will dance. Hand him a basketball and he’ll dribble between his legs like a Harlem Globetrotter. Tell to him improvise and he’ll respond with a shot straight out of a game of H-O-R-S-E. There’s something unusual about Okpala’s skills. It might be because...

  • Boys' basketball: Fairfax holds off Westchester, 60-57

    Boys' basketball: Fairfax holds off Westchester, 60-57

    When his Fairfax High basketball team opened a 19-point lead  Wednesday night, Coach Steve Baik was probably wondering what all the fuss had been about concerning the Lions’ rivalry with Westchester. He quickly found out. Spurred on by a loud, enthusiastic home crowd and strong play from Luis Rodriguez,...

  • The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    A loook at the top 25 high school boys’ basketball teams in the Southland: Rk. School (W-L)  Next opponent (last week’s ranking)  1. CHINO HILLS (18-0) vs. Upland, Tuesday (1)  2. SIERRA CANYON (15-1) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.), Monday in Massachusetts (2)  3. BISHOP MONTGOMERY (16-1) vs. Montverde...

  • Jemarl Baker is proving you can go back home again

    Jemarl Baker is proving you can go back home again

    Back in July, news broke that could have profoundly changed the fortunes of two high school basketball teams. Jemarl Baker, a standout senior guard at Eastvale Roosevelt headed to California, was admitted to school at Santa Ana Mater Dei. A month later, when classes began, Baker showed up at Roosevelt....

  • Bishop Montgomery basketball star Ethan Thompson following in dad and brother's airborne footsteps

    Bishop Montgomery basketball star Ethan Thompson following in dad and brother's airborne footsteps

    Torrance Bishop Montgomery High Coach Doug Mitchell, in his usual squeaky, emphatic voice, was chewing out star basketball player Ethan Thompson in the huddle during a timeout. Thompson looked straight into Mitchell’s eyes and showed no emotion. Then the guard began nodding when an assistant quietly...

  • It's a whole new Ball game for Chino Hills, but also more of the same as unbeaten Huskies roll over Damien

    It's a whole new Ball game for Chino Hills, but also more of the same as unbeaten Huskies roll over Damien

    The fan madness that followed the Chino Hills basketball team last season during a 35-0 run is back. More than three hours before the Huskies’ home opener Tuesday night, people were lining up with folding chairs to wait for tickets to be sold for a Baseline League opener against 15-1 La Verne Damien....

  • The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    A look at the top 25 high school boys’ basketball teams in the Southland. Rk. School (W-L)  Comment (last week’s ranking)  1. CHINO HILLS (16-0) Baseline League begins vs. Damien on Tuesday (1)  2. SIERRA CANYON (12-1) Plays in Bass tournament in Missouri (2)  3. BISHOP MONTGOMERY (14-1) Plays...

  • Servite-Cathedral matchup offers a perfect opportunity for recruiters to check out top soccer talent

    Servite-Cathedral matchup offers a perfect opportunity for recruiters to check out top soccer talent

    Thousands of soccer coaches from club to college to pros are coming to Los Angeles this week for the NSCAA convention and MSL Super Draft. To take advantage of the visits, two of the top high school programs in California, Anaheim Servite and Los Angeles Cathedral, have set up a nonleague soccer...

  • Shareef O'Neal helps Crossroads hold off Brentwood, 54-50

    Shareef O'Neal helps Crossroads hold off Brentwood, 54-50

    There were more than 900 fans packed into the sold-out gymnasium at Santa Monica Crossroads on Friday night for a rivalry basketball game against Brentwood. Sitting in the first row of the bleachers with his own portable stadium seat was Shaquille O’Neal, who stretched out his size 22 shoes to...

  • For too many high school programs, teaching has taken a backseat to winning

    For too many high school programs, teaching has taken a backseat to winning

    It’s a new year and a good time to reflect on where the high school sports experience stands, the good and the bad. I’ve witnessed lots of changes since 1976, my first year as a reporter. Neighborhood sports teams have pretty much vanished. They exist in a distant memory. Brothers and sisters used...

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