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  • 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...

  • Open Division title belongs to the Bishop Montgomery Knights

    Open Division title belongs to the Bishop Montgomery Knights

    It was the basketball version of Picasso drawing a masterpiece in the early going. In the CIF state championship Open Division final Saturday night before close to 9,000 at Golden 1 Center, Torrance Bishop Montgomery put together near flawless execution. Bishop Montgomery scored the first 14 points...

  • Santa Ana Mater Dei blows 17-point lead to Fairfield Vanden in Division II girls' championship

    Santa Ana Mater Dei blows 17-point lead to Fairfield Vanden in Division II girls' championship

    It was a comeback for the ages in the CIF state championship Division II girls’ final Saturday at Golden 1 Center. Santa Ana Mater Dei was cruising with a 17-point lead early in the fourth quarter after a three-pointer by Jayda Adams. Then Fairfield Vanden rallied behind Houston-bound Julia Blackshell-Fair...

  • State basketball previews: How the teams match up in Saturday's championship games

    State basketball previews: How the teams match up in Saturday's championship games

    A look at the CIF state basketball championships involving local teams to be played Saturday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento: Boys Open Division: Torrance Bishop Montgomery (30-2) vs. Roseville Woodcreek (32-2), 8 p.m.: Wins over Sierra Canyon, Chino Hills and Santa Ana Mater Dei (twice) in the...

  • Rolling Hills pulls off 47-46 victory over Watsonville St. Francis for its first Division V championship

    Rolling Hills pulls off 47-46 victory over Watsonville St. Francis for its first Division V championship

    Harvey Kitani was the basketball coach at Fairfax for 35 years. He was 2-0 in state championship games and is so superstitious that he made sure to repeat as many things as he could this weekend to make sure his new school, Rolling Hills Prep, might have the same luck as the Lions. So he took the...

  • Windward beats McClatchy, 53-41, for CIF Division I title

    Windward beats McClatchy, 53-41, for CIF Division I title

    It was a charismatic performance, one certainly worthy of her given name. Charisma Osborne led the L.A. Windward Wildcats to a 53-41 victory Friday over Sacramento McClatchy in the CIF state Division I girls’ basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center. Osborne played all but 23 seconds...

  • Battle-tested Eastvale Roosevelt wins Division I boys' state title over Union City Logan

    Battle-tested Eastvale Roosevelt wins Division I boys' state title over Union City Logan

    Toughened by playing one of the most challenging schedules in Southern California high school basketball, Eastvale Roosevelt went to Sacramento on Friday to play in the CIF state Division I championship game prepared for anything. That’s what happens when you’ve faced Corona Centennial five times...

  • Capsules advancing Friday's state championship basketball games

    Capsules advancing Friday's state championship basketball games

    A look at the CIF state basketball championships to be played Friday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento: Boys DIVISION I Eastvale Roosevelt (25-8) vs. Union City Logan (28-5), 8 p.m.: Roosevelt has been in existence only 11 years and is playing for its first state title. The duo of Matt Mitchell...

  • Prep basketball season prepares for final weekend of glory with state championships

    Prep basketball season prepares for final weekend of glory with state championships

    It’s the final weekend of the high school basketball season. Twenty-four boys and girls teams have made it to the CIF state championships to be held Friday and Saturday at Sacramento’s new Golden 1 Center, which has a seating capacity of 19,000. It’s going to be a challenging weekend for teenagers...

  • A lifetime of adaptation has led Brennon Wade to the championship level

    A lifetime of adaptation has led Brennon Wade to the championship level

    Every Eastvale Roosevelt basketball player had been introduced after winning the Southern California Division I regional title except for Brennon Wade, a starting junior guard who sat back in his chair nervously touching his hair and smiling as people tried to alert the public address announcer...

  • 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 (7-0) at Edison, Wednesday (1) 2. HARVARD-WESTLAKE (7-1) vs. Chaminade, Tuesday (3) 3. SOUTH HILLS (7-1) at Glendora, Wednesday (2) 4. MATER DEI (6-1) vs. El Toro,...

  • Windward girls, Roosevelt boys win Division I regional titles

    Windward girls, Roosevelt boys win Division I regional titles

    Trying to imitate something Connecticut women’s basketball Coach Geno Auriemma would say, Windward Coach Vanessa Nygaard made it clear on Saturday why the Wildcats are headed to Sacramento next weekend to play for a state championship. “I got Diana Taurasi and you don’t. I got Charisma Osborne...

  • David Singleton helps lift Bishop Montgomery to Open Division regional title

    David Singleton helps lift Bishop Montgomery to Open Division regional title

    A postseason in the CIF Open Division that has been filled with drama and unpredictability continued Saturday night in the Southern California Regional final before a sellout crowd of 4,537 at the Pyramid in Long Beach. Torrance Bishop Montgomery High kept waiting and waiting for one of its best...

  • What to expect in Saturday's high school basketball regional finals

    What to expect in Saturday's high school basketball regional finals

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINALS Saturday at the Pyramid Open Division Boys Santa Ana Mater Dei (33-2) vs. Torrance Bishop Montgomery (29-2), 8 p.m. (SportsNet L.A.) — Dealing with 7-foot-1 Bol Bol is the challenge facing Bishop Montgomery. Two weeks ago, the Knights attacked him and came away...

  • Chino Hills' buzz might be rubbing off on other top high school basketball teams

    Chino Hills' buzz might be rubbing off on other top high school basketball teams

    Southern California is known for producing surreal moments, whether it’s the sight of Batman walking down Hollywood Boulevard or a 15-year-old scoring 92 points in a high school basketball game. So it came as no surprise Tuesday afternoon when a woman visiting from Texas decided to pay close to...

  • Bishop Montgomery sinks Chino Hills' Ball party

    Bishop Montgomery sinks Chino Hills' Ball party

    There were less than four minutes left Tuesday night at El Camino College, where a loud, raucous pro-Bishop Montgomery crowd of 2,000 was in a basketball frenzy. The Knights had opened a six-point lead over Chino Hills. Ethan Thompson and Jordan Schakel were smiling. Chino Hills players were scowling...

  • A look at Tuesday's Open Division semifinal matchups

    A look at Tuesday's Open Division semifinal matchups

    Southern California Regional Open Division semifinals Tuesday Boys Chino Hills (30-2) vs. Torrance Bishop Montgomery (28-2) at El Camino College, 7 p.m. For the first time in two years, Chino Hills finds itself in an underdog role. Bishop Montgomery is riding a 12-game winning streak while relying...

  • 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) Comment (last week’s ranking) 1. HUNTINGTON BEACH (6-0) Wins over JSerra, Orange Lutheran (3) 2. SOUTH HILLS (5-0) Plays at Bonita on Wednesday (2) 3. HARVARD-WESTLAKE (5-0) P Jesse Bergin is better than ever...

  • Carter Graham is a big hitter, just not on the football field

    Carter Graham is a big hitter, just not on the football field

    Anyone can easily envision 15-year-old freshman Carter Graham playing linebacker for West Hills Chaminade. He’s 6-2, 198 pounds and possesses exceptional hand-eye coordination. “He’s a dude,” Athletic Director Todd Borowski said. Except football is not in Graham’s plans. Back when he was 11 and...

  • Damien steps on the gas after a sluggish start and beats Fairfax

    Damien steps on the gas after a sluggish start and beats Fairfax

    La Verne Damien, seeded No. 1 in the Southern California Division I basketball regional and a team that scored 102 points in its first-round game, had a nine-point halftime lead over Fairfax on Saturday night but looked uncomfortable and frustrated having plodded its way to a mere 27 points in...

  • Chino Hills beats Birmingham, 130-110, to reach Open Division regional semifinal

    Chino Hills beats Birmingham, 130-110, to reach Open Division regional semifinal

    It was a high school basketball game that lived up to the hype. Chino Hills and Lake Balboa Birmingham were supposed to score lots of points and unleash lots of dunks. Fans who started lining up 3 1/2 hours before game time outside of Ontario Colony to be among the 2,800 inside were entertained...

  • Super-sized crowd will get its money's worth at Chino Hills-Birmingham regional playoff game

    Super-sized crowd will get its money's worth at Chino Hills-Birmingham regional playoff game

    At Chino Hills High basketball games it seems like everyone in the crowd is on a smartphone, posting pictures and videos on social media to try and explain the crazy things they’re seeing. Players shoot from anywhere. (Remember when coaches only wanted “good” shots?) Dunks are started with passes...

  • Shawn Booker is clutch as Fairfax tops Long Beach Poly, 54-49, in a regional opener

    Shawn Booker is clutch as Fairfax tops Long Beach Poly, 54-49, in a regional opener

    The start of the state basketball playoffs this week didn’t go smoothly for Fairfax High. The Lions learned that standout forward Robert McRae had reinjured his surgically repaired hand in practice, leaving him unavailable for Wednesday’s Southern California Division I Regional opener against host...

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