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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...

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  • 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...

  • A cautionary tale of what can happen when a sports parent pushes too hard

    A cautionary tale of what can happen when a sports parent pushes too hard

    The son suffered his first injury when he lost a tooth on a Brentwood basketball court. He picked it up, threw it to the sidelines, and kept playing as the father cheered the greatest athlete he had ever seen. Aidan Cullen was 8. “I should have said, ‘Stop, are you OK?’” said Mark Cullen. “But...

  • 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. CHATSWORTH (4-0) Faces Harvard-Westlake in Easton final Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Birmingham (1) 2. SOUTH HILLS (4-0) Plays in Bonita tournament semifinals (2) 3. HUNTINGTON BEACH (4-0)...

  • Bishop Montgomery surges late to win Southern Section Open Division boys' basketball title

    Bishop Montgomery surges late to win Southern Section Open Division boys' basketball title

    David Singleton slammed the ball down under his basket in celebratory fashion while running toward the rabidly cheering Bishop Montgomery student section. The Knights had just secured a Southern Section Open Division boys’ basketball championship with a 70-55 decision over Mater Dei on Saturday...

  • Stage set for epic showdowns in state basketball playoffs

    Stage set for epic showdowns in state basketball playoffs

    With the state basketball playoffs beginning this week and more twists and turns than a TV soap opera, fans are going to be in a feeding frenzy leading up to the CIF championship games on March 24-25 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Torrance Bishop Montgomery (27-2) proved itself to be the best...

  • Crenshaw rallies to win the City Section Division I boys' basketball title

    Crenshaw rallies to win the City Section Division I boys' basketball title

    When it comes to City Section basketball championship banners, Crenshaw High is running out of space. The Cougars earned their 18th banner on Saturday by defeating Granada Hills, 65-45, in the Division I championship game at Cal State Dominguez Hills. “We’ll just put it on the ceiling and make...

  • Girls' basketball championships: Fairfax stuns Palisades in OT

    Girls' basketball championships: Fairfax stuns Palisades in OT

    Coming back from a 19-point third-quarter deficit, Fairfax High pulled out a stunning 82-80 overtime victory over Palisades on Saturday night in the City Section Open Division girls’ final at Cal State Dominguez Hills. “It was a remarkable comeback,” Coach Judi Edwards said. Fairfax sent the game...

  • Birmingham wins its first City Section Open Division boys' basketball title

    Birmingham wins its first City Section Open Division boys' basketball title

    From its very first basketball game on Nov. 21 through Saturday night, Lake Balboa Birmingham had been considered the City Section’s No. 1 team. Yet, there were still doubters questioning whether the Patriots could actually win their first championship. Standing in the way was 13-time champion...

  • Championships up for grabs in high school basketball on Saturday

    Championships up for grabs in high school basketball on Saturday

    A look at Saturday’s championship games in the Southern Section Open Division and City Section Open Division: SOUTHERN SECTION Boys Santa Ana Mater Dei (31-1) vs. Torrance Bishop Montgomery (26-2) at Honda Center, 7 p.m. (Prime Ticket): Coach Gary McKnight has won 22 Southern Section championships...

  • Braelee Albert, Brentwood stun Burbank in overtime

    Braelee Albert, Brentwood stun Burbank in overtime

    In 91 years, Burbank High has never won a basketball championship. The Bulldogs were 4.1 seconds away from celebrating a Southern Section Division 3AA boys’ title on Friday night. All they had to do in overtime was not let Brentwood make a three-pointer. The Eagles inbounded the ball into the backcourt...

  • Overlooked no more, Deschon Winston leads Birmingham into a City Section division championship game

    Overlooked no more, Deschon Winston leads Birmingham into a City Section division championship game

    He can dunk; shoot from three-point range; make a 15-footer; dribble with his eyes closed; lead with unselfish passes. Point guard Deschon Winston of Lake Balboa Birmingham has become the basketball player he always envisioned, and now the 6-foot-3 senior is preparing to be an important figure...

  • No transfer of power when it comes to Bishop Montgomery's title run

    No transfer of power when it comes to Bishop Montgomery's title run

    In a time of 15,000 sports transfers a year in California, Torrance Bishop Montgomery’s basketball team has pulled off a minor miracle by reaching the championship game in perhaps the nation’s toughest high school division with a starting five made up of players who have never switched schools....

  • Westchester walks a fine line in upset of No. 2 Fairfax

    Westchester walks a fine line in upset of No. 2 Fairfax

    It was the weekend for upsets in high school basketball, and Westchester did its part on Saturday night, knocking off No. 2-seeded Fairfax, 66-59, in the City Section Open Division semifinals at Roybal High. It came a day after the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, Chatsworth Sierra Canyon and Chino Hills, were...

  • Mater Dei turns back Chino Hills in overtime

    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...

  • L.A., here's your chance to watch some high school players who could be destined for NBA stardom

    L.A., here's your chance to watch some high school players who could be destined for NBA stardom

    Not since LeBron James came to town as a high school senior and sold out Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 4, 2003, has there been as much excitement for high school basketball in Los Angeles as the lure of Friday night’s Southern Section Open Division semifinals at USC’s Galen Center. The matchups feature...

  • Notre Dame pitcher and slugger Hunter Greene is a teenage star in the making

    Notre Dame pitcher and slugger Hunter Greene is a teenage star in the making

    “Heads up!” is the warning echoing around the Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School baseball stadium as Hunter Greene sends balls flying over the left-field fence with an effortless swing during batting practice. It reaches the point at which a teammate squeals, “Holy guacamole” as a ball rockets...

  • 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 (25-1) vs. Heritage Christian, Friday (1)  2. CHINO HILLS (27-1) vs. JSerra, Friday (2)  3. BISHOP MONTGOMERY (24-2) vs. Oak Park, Friday (3)  4. SANTA...

  • LaMelo Ball 'only' scores 27 points in Chino Hills' latest basketball victory

    LaMelo Ball 'only' scores 27 points in Chino Hills' latest basketball victory

    It’s 20 minutes after Chino Hills High has beaten Rancho Cucamonga, 105-70, to improve to 27-1 on Thursday night. LaMelo Ball, coming off a 92-point performance, scored 27 points and had seven assists. He’s gone through numerous interviews over the last two days with TV, radio and newspaper reporters....

  • 'My record is still alive!': High school boys basketball state record holder reacts to LaMelo Ball's 92-point game

    'My record is still alive!': High school boys basketball state record holder reacts to LaMelo Ball's 92-point game

    Like many sports fans, Tigran Grigoryan watched highlights of LaMelo Ball’s 92-point game for Chino Hills High on Tuesday night with great fascination. His favorite part of the video was when Ball finally stopped shooting. “He walked off the court and I’m like, ‘OK, my record is still alive!’’’...

  • LaMelo Ball's 92-point performance has concluded, but the conversation goes on

    LaMelo Ball's 92-point performance has concluded, but the conversation goes on

    There’s no doubt that scoring 92 points in a 32-minute high school basketball game is pretty extraordinary, so what did 15-year-old LaMelo Ball of Chino Hills do when he got home Tuesday night? “He took a shower, ate something and went to bed,” his father, LaVar Ball, said. A day after he scored...

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