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Football: The bizarre play of the night came in the Alemany-Garfield game

It was opening night, so you get some inexperienced players making their varsity debuts. That created what Garfield Coach Lorenzo Hernandez described as one of the most "bizarre" moments he has seen in his team's game against Alemany. Garfield was in punt formation, and a sophomore player for Alemany's...

Kylan Wilborn isn't built to run past defenders, so he runs over them

It was late afternoon, and the Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High weight room was empty except for a few students wandering around. A visitor looking for football coach Kevin Rooney had to stop and ask, “Who’s that?” Kylan Wilborn, nicknamed “Meaty” since his Pop Warner days, was carrying around 25-pound...

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    Who are the top high school quarterbacks in the Southland?

    Top high school quarterbacks in the Southland The top 10 (in alphabetical order): Matt Corral; Oaks Christian; 6-2; 185; Jr.; USC commit is a clutch player. J.T. Daniels; Mater Dei; 6-1; 195; So.; Proved as a freshman he’s headed for big-time status. Chase Garbers; Corona del Mar; 6-2; 190; Sr.;...

  • His death came after a motorcycle accident, but was CTE really to blame?

    His death came after a motorcycle accident, but was CTE really to blame?

    On the last day of his life, Paul Bright clocked out of work at 6 p.m., pulled on a helmet and straddled his freshly renovated motorcycle. As the parking lot gate rattled opened, he whacked the kickstand, squeezed the throttle until the engine rumbled and peeled away. After a long day, he was ready...

  • Survey finds minimal decline nationally in high school football participation

    Survey finds minimal decline nationally in high school football participation

    High school football participation declined in 2015-16 by 309 nationally, according to the participation survey from the National Federation of State High School Associations. That figure should ease some concerns that football participation might take a major dropoff over safety concerns regarding...

  • High school football participation drops by 3,520 in California

    High school football participation drops by 3,520 in California

    In what could be early signs of a national trend, high school football participation in California dropped by 3,520 to 100,205 in 2015-16, a 3.39% drop, according to the participation survey released by the California Interscholastic Federation on Wednesday.  Those are the fewest students participating...

  • Warning: Transfers could be hazardous to your high school team's eligibility

    Warning: Transfers could be hazardous to your high school team's eligibility

    Consider this a public service announcement before the new high school sports season begins: Parents, coaches and athletic directors, you need to prevent the embarrassment, ridicule and chaos that happens when an ineligible player is discovered during a season. There were more than 6,000 transfers...

  • Raymond Scott has everything it takes to be a top linebacker

    Raymond Scott has everything it takes to be a top linebacker

    “You just have to be savage to play linebacker.” So says a smiling Raymond Scott, a 16-year-old junior at Harbor City Narbonne. “You just have to be a beast.” At 6-2, 220 pounds, with a steely stare and quick feet, Scott is very good at anticipating where the football is headed. It’s called being...

  • Defensive lineman Martin Andrus pushes toward NFL dream

    Defensive lineman Martin Andrus pushes toward NFL dream

    It’s the last day of April, the final day of the NFL draft. So many teenagers who play football are fired up, because they’re imagining their name being called. One of those dreamers is Martin Andrus of Los Angeles High, who has perspiration dripping from his face as he works on exploding out of...

  • Manny Berz kicks for accuracy, distance; oh, he makes tackles, too

    Manny Berz kicks for accuracy, distance; oh, he makes tackles, too

    It’s a picture-perfect July morning in Perris, a city of more than 72,000 located about 17 miles south of Riverside. There’s not a cloud in the sky, the temperature is in the 80s and Manny Berz is kicking one football after another through the uprights at Citrus Hill High. Thirty-six times he...

  • Osiris and Amon-ra St. Brown would be called standout receivers in any language

    Osiris and Amon-ra St. Brown would be called standout receivers in any language

    It’s hard to believe there could be two more intriguing, talented and sophisticated student-athletes than brothers Osiris and Amon-ra St. Brown of Santa Ana Mater Dei High. Sitting on a bench at the Mater Dei practice field, they engage in a conversation — speaking German. Then they switch to French,...

  • Colby Parkinson of Westlake Village's Oaks Christian loves getting 'down and dirty' at tight end

    Colby Parkinson of Westlake Village's Oaks Christian loves getting 'down and dirty' at tight end

    At 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, with the kind of athleticism that enabled him to play football, basketball and baseball during his first two years of high school, Colby Parkinson is one of those rare physical specimens who inspires a person watching him for the first time to blurt, “Wow!” The first impression...

  • St. John Bosco offensive lineman Wyatt Davis has football in his genes

    St. John Bosco offensive lineman Wyatt Davis has football in his genes

    Humble, soft-spoken and wearing fragile horn-rimmed glasses, 6-foot-4, 315-pound Wyatt Davis is a friendly 17-year-old who seems easily approachable and someone who acts like he’d be the first person to help an elderly person climb the steps of the football bleachers at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower....

  • Top quarterback Rising: Newbury Park star stays cool when heat is on

    Top quarterback Rising: Newbury Park star stays cool when heat is on

    Somebody may to need to place a blood pressure monitor on the wrist of Newbury Park High quarterback Cameron Rising during a football game this fall. Could he possibly be as calm and cool during pressure situations as everyone claims? Keith Smith, Newbury Park’s co-offensive coordinator, tells...

  • 'Go Army' more than a motto for Sylmar High baseball players

    'Go Army' more than a motto for Sylmar High baseball players

    When Mario Xavier Cruz and Robert Jaime, baseball teammates at Sylmar High, look up into the sky on the Fourth of July and see fireworks bursting in the air, their thoughts may turn emotional. Jaime leaves July 11 for Army boot camp at Fort Jackson, S.C. Cruz leaves the same day for Fort Sill,...

  • Fairfax takes down Chino Hills in championship game of the Summer Block Party

    Fairfax takes down Chino Hills in championship game of the Summer Block Party

    As hard as it is to conceive of, there is already talk that the 2016-17 Chino Hills High boys basketball team could be even better than its predecessor — a scary thought for potential opponents.   On Saturday night, however, Los Angeles Fairfax showed that the Huskies are far from unbeatable, pulling...

  • Bryn Wade of Murrieta Mesa is the L.A. Times baseball coach of the year

    Bryn Wade of Murrieta Mesa is the L.A. Times baseball coach of the year

    Qualifying for the Southern Section baseball playoffs for the first time in school history and then winning the first CIF title in school history in the same year explains all you probably need to know about the Times’ coach of the year, Bryn Wade of Murrieta Mesa. But there’s much more. The 40-year-old,...

  • L.A. Times high school baseball all-star team

    L.A. Times high school baseball all-star team

    The L.A. Times’ high school baseball all-star team: P: Kevin Gowdy, Santa Barbara, senior — The UCLA signee went 5-1 with a 1.10 ERA, walking just six batters while striking out 104 in 63 2/3 innings. P: Collin Quinn, JSerra, senior — The Washington State commit went 12-1 with an 0.82 ERA throwing...

  • Damien left-hander Nick Lodolo selected by Pirates 41st overall

    Damien left-hander Nick Lodolo selected by Pirates 41st overall

    Damien left-hander Nick Lodolo was selected No. 41 overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lodolo was the third Southern California prospect taken in Thursday’s Major League Baseball draft. The Pirates’ selection came in the first compensation round. Lodolo, a 6-foot-6 18-year-old, throws a fastball...

  • Three of MLB draft's first-day picks are UCLA signees

    Three of MLB draft's first-day picks are UCLA signees

    Before Thursday, this year’s Major League Baseball draft lacked anything resembling a consensus at the top of the class. For a time, pitcher A.J. Puk was many pundits’ pick to go first. Then it was pitcher Jason Groome. For some, it was outfielder Kyle Lewis. In the end, the first pick was a high...

  • Santa Barbara's Kevin Gowdy is taken No. 42 overall by Phillies in MLB draft

    Santa Barbara's Kevin Gowdy is taken No. 42 overall by Phillies in MLB draft

    It’s a new round, but the same result. With the first pick of the Major League Baseball draft’s second round, the Philadelphia Phillies picked a Southern California high school player committed to UCLA. Again. This time, the Phillies went with Kevin Gowdy a right-hander from Santa Barbara High...

  • Chaminade's Blake Rutherford is taken 18th in MLB draft by Yankees

    Chaminade's Blake Rutherford is taken 18th in MLB draft by Yankees

    The UCLA baseball team’s recruiting class once included arguably the best outfield duo in the nation. It’s unlikely that either player will make it to Westwood. Blake Rutherford of West Hills Chaminade High was taken No. 18 overall by the New York Yankees in the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday....

  • A relaxed Michael Norman successfully defends his two state titles

    A relaxed Michael Norman successfully defends his two state titles

    Michael Norman knew he had to be at his best Saturday night to top what he did at the 2015 CIF state track and field championships. On the same oval where he set a national record of 45.19 in the 400 meters one year earlier, the Vista Murrieta senior defended his title in grand style by winning...

  • Southern Section still trying to finalize new football playoff divisions

    Southern Section still trying to finalize new football playoff divisions

    After months of tinkering, double-checking and waiting for schools to input scores of results, the Southern Section is close to announcing its long-awaited new playoff divisions for football. “It is our hope we can release in the next two weeks,” section spokesman Thom Simmons said Saturday. There...

  • Mater Dei wins the one that counts versus Orange Lutheran

    Mater Dei wins the one that counts versus Orange Lutheran

    Santa Ana Mater Dei and Orange Lutheran played for a fourth time on Saturday night in softball this season, but it was the biggest game of all — for the Southern Section Division 1 championship. Mater Dei, behind pitcher Gabby Sandoval, defeated Orange Lutheran, 8-2, at Bill Barber Park in Irvine....

  • Redondo wins Division 3 baseball title

    Redondo wins Division 3 baseball title

    Seeing 6-foot-8  pitcher Sean Reynolds of Redondo attempt to hug his teammates after their 2-1 victory over Irvine Woodbridge in the Southern Section Division 3 championship game on Saturday at San Manuel Stadium was comedy at its best. One teammate tried to lift up another. Another teammate got...

  • T.J. Brock and Michael Norman cool their jets during first day of state track meet

    T.J. Brock and Michael Norman cool their jets during first day of state track meet

    It was all about surviving to sprint another day for T.J. Brock and Michael Norman at the CIF state track and field preliminaries Friday evening amid a sea of multicolored umbrellas in the stands, where spectators sought relief from the oppressive heat at Buchanan High in Clovis. Brock, a senior...

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