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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....

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Boys' basketball: Sierra Canyon wins in nationally televised showdown

Chatsworth Sierra Canyon gained national attention on Monday afternoon, beating a team ranked No. 1 in America by some publications, Indiana La Lumiere, 76-74, in a nationally televised game from Springfield, Ma. The Trailblazers (16-1) rallied from a nine-point third quarter deficit. They got...

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...

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  • Times coach of the year: Jon Ellinghouse made all the right decisions for Sierra Canyon

    Times coach of the year: Jon Ellinghouse made all the right decisions for Sierra Canyon

    Coach Jon Ellinghouse of Chatsworth Sierra Canyon had a wild and crazy season. He lost his starting quarterback, Niko Harris, to a knee injury in the third game of the season. His team won a triple-overtime playoff game against Redondo and a double-overtime playoff game against Newport Beach Corona...

  • Times back of the year: J.T. Daniels is exceptionally skilled and only a sophomore

    Times back of the year: J.T. Daniels is exceptionally skilled and only a sophomore

    The decisive moment in a season to remember for sophomore quarterback J.T. Daniels of Santa Ana Mater Dei came during the off-season. It’s when the coaching staff decided to let him call the plays. Everything changed. “That was the pivotal moment,” Coach Bruce Rollinson said. “The confidence he...

  • Times player of the year: Wyatt Davis was the best kid on the block

    Times player of the year: Wyatt Davis was the best kid on the block

    It was a scene almost never seen in championship game history. Fans, coaches and players watching the Southern Section Division I final between Bellflower St. John Bosco and Santa Ana Mater Dei viewed the unfolding story: An offensive lineman was single-handedly affecting plays again and again....

  • The L.A. Times 2016 All-Star football team

    The L.A. Times 2016 All-Star football team

    The Los Angeles Times’ All-Star football team for 2016: Offense Running back: Jaylon Redd, Rancho Cucamonga, 5-9, 180, Sr.: One of the best big-play athletes in SoCal, Redd rushed for 1,801 yards and scored 27 touchdowns. He also was a top defensive back for a 12-1 team. Running back: Eric Melesio,...

  • Basketball took him from one school to another. But along the way, he's grown up

    Basketball took him from one school to another. But along the way, he's grown up

    Ajon Efferson is 20 years old. He attended four high schools in four years and won three CIF championships as a starting point guard. He has attended three colleges in three years. He’s the father of an 8-month-old boy named Phoenix — an appropriate name, since his father keeps rising up no matter...

  • Harris, Cole lead Sierra Canyon to title

    Harris, Cole lead Sierra Canyon to title

    After three months recovering on the sideline because of a knee injury, standout senior quarterback Niko Harris returned to the starting lineup Saturday just in time to help Chatsworth Sierra Canyon win the CIF state championship Division 2-A bowl game with a 42-40 victory over San Mateo Serra...

  • San Clemente scores 22 straight to claim first state title

    San Clemente scores 22 straight to claim first state title

    It’s in the DNA of San Clemente High football players that when the going gets tough, they persevere, grind away and wait for any opening to turn adversity into success. Down by 17 points late in the first half of Saturday’s CIF state championship Division 1-A bowl game, the Tritons had little...

  • St. John Bosco cruises past Concord De La Salle for its second state title

    St. John Bosco cruises past Concord De La Salle for its second state title

    As the temperature dipped into the low 30s on Saturday night at Sacramento State and fans wore beanies, mittens and wrapped themselves in blankets trying to stay warm, it was Bellflower St. John Bosco football players putting the heat on Concord De La Salle. Whether it was Wyatt Davis knocking...

  • Sierra Canyon and its core of seniors look to finish with a CIF state championship

    Sierra Canyon and its core of seniors look to finish with a CIF state championship

    In the era of transfers, Chatsworth Sierra Canyon High has accomplished a rarity. There are 13 seniors on its 14-0 football team who have been together from start to finish for four seasons. “These young men have had four years of exactly how we want to do things,” Coach Jon Ellinghouse said. “It’s...

  • Chino Hills keeps entertaining, and winning, with the Ball brothers, beating Crespi

    Chino Hills keeps entertaining, and winning, with the Ball brothers, beating Crespi

    An elderly couple in UCLA regalia were sitting on a bench outside the Crespi High gym more than three hours before the Celts’ basketball game Tuesday night against unbeaten Chino Hills, led by brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball. The game was sold out and they wanted a good seat for the so-called...

  • 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) SIERRA CANYON (5-0) Faces powerful Oak Hill in nationally televised game Thursday. (1)  2) CHINO HILLS (6-0) Huskies play at Crespi on Tuesday night. (2)  3) SANTA ANA MATER...

  • Speedy St. John Bosco quarterback Re-Al Mitchell upholds a winning tradition

    Speedy St. John Bosco quarterback Re-Al Mitchell upholds a winning tradition

    Re-Al Mitchell was a 13-year-old eighth-grader, sitting on a couch at home watching on television, when Bellflower St. John Bosco defeated Concord De La Salle, 20-14, in the thrilling 2013 CIF state championship Open Division bowl game. He saw such players as Josh Rosen, Shay Fields and Jaleel...

  • Clash between St. John Bosco, De La Salle expected to be close

    Clash between St. John Bosco, De La Salle expected to be close

    Going on comparative scores, Saturday’s CIF state championship Open Division bowl game between Bellflower St. John Bosco (12-2) and Concord De La Salle (11-1) at Sacramento State should be a mismatch. On Sept. 9, De La Salle barely beat Anaheim Servite, 28-27. On Oct. 7, St. John Bosco beat Servite,...

  • Saturday's CIF football championship games

    Saturday's CIF football championship games

    A look at Saturday’s CIF state championship bowl games: at Sacramento State: Open Division Bellflower St. John Bosco (12-2) vs. Concord De La Salle (11-1), 8 p.m. (SportsNet): It’s a rematch from the 2013 season when St. John Bosco went 16-0 and beat the Spartans, 20-14. The Braves’ offensive line...

  • Bellflower St. John Bosco pummels Concord De La Salle, 56-33, for the CIF Open Division state title

    Bellflower St. John Bosco pummels Concord De La Salle, 56-33, for the CIF Open Division state title

    Steam is shooting up from Wyatt Davis’ covered head, making him look like some comic book hero with unknown superpowers.  The 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman is standing in the middle of a frigid and frosted Hornet Stadium (temperature in the low 30s) after Bellflower St. John Bosco defeated...

  • Two veteran coaches fired from their old schools are on the verge of winning championships

    Two veteran coaches fired from their old schools are on the verge of winning championships

    If it’s December, it’s time to fire a high school football coach for failing to live up to expectations. Or it’s time for a coach to resign. Or it’s time for a principal to announce, “We’re going in a different direction.” Yes, high school football has become not so different than college or the...

  • Sierra Canyon grinds out a victory over Los Angeles

    Sierra Canyon grinds out a victory over Los Angeles

    A year after blowing a 21-point fourth-quarter lead and losing in a regional final to San Marino by a single point, Chatsworth Sierra Canyon took care of business on Saturday night to defeat Los Angeles, 21-6, and earn a spot in next Saturday’s CIF state championship Division 2-A bowl game at Sacramento...

  • San Clemente goes on the road and edges Edison, 39-35

    San Clemente goes on the road and edges Edison, 39-35

    Huntington Beach Edison Coach Dave White turns 61 next Sunday. He had hoped to celebrate a day early by leading the football program to its first CIF state finals appearance. The Chargers were so close to getting there. San Clemente went on the road on Saturday and came back in the final minute...

  • Rancho Christian cruises past Franklin in Regional 6AA title game

    Rancho Christian cruises past Franklin in Regional 6AA title game

    They may be small, but the Temecula Rancho Christian Eagles played like giants throughout Friday night’s 56-21 victory over Los Angeles Franklin in a CIF Football Regional 6AA Championship Bowl Game at Franklin High.  Despite having only 215 students, Rancho Christian beat teams from schools 12...

  • Narbonne’s 21-point rally is not enough against San Diego Catholic

    Narbonne’s 21-point rally is not enough against San Diego Catholic

    Tate Haynes, the quarterback for San Diego Cathedral and the son of NFL Hall of Famer Michael Haynes, was in tears. His team had survived a final play to pull out a 35-28 win over Harbor City Narbonne on Friday night in a CIF Football Regional Division 1-AA bowl game on a cool night in San Diego....

  • The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    A look at the top 25 teams in high school boys’ basketball in the Southland: Rk; TEAM (Record) Comment (Last rank) 1. SIERRA CANYON (0-0) Marvin Bagley III makes debut vs. Chaminade on Monday (1) 2. CHINO HILLS (5-0) LiAngelo Ball scored 72 points in game last week (2) 3. SANTA ANA MATER DEI (6-0) Spencer...

  • St. John Bosco puts big hurt on Mater Dei

    St. John Bosco puts big hurt on Mater Dei

    If you have the best football player on the field and he stands 6 feet 5, weighs 310 pounds and is headed to Ohio State, you find a way get him involved. And that’s what Bellflower St. John Bosco Coach Jason Negro did on Saturday night in the Southern Section Division 1 championship game against...

  • High school notes: His season cut short, Carlos Hernandez sees the long view of life

    High school notes: His season cut short, Carlos Hernandez sees the long view of life

    It’s an hour before Saturday’s City Section Division III championship football game at El Camino College. Carlos Hernandez, one of the top players for Reseda High, has limped out of the locker room without his crutches and is sitting on a bench looking upon an empty field. He can’t play against...

  • Top high school championship football games this week

    Top high school championship football games this week

    Friday’s CIF state bowl games Division 1-AA: Harbor City Narbonne (14-0) at San Diego Cathedral Catholic (13-0), 7:30 p.m. — This game should revolve around whether Narbonne’s powerful defense can stop Cathedral’s wing-T offense and quarterback Tate Haynes. Narbonne Coach Manuel Douglas used to...

  • Football forces a former class clown to 'get it together.' Now he's taking a serious look at college

    Football forces a former class clown to 'get it together.' Now he's taking a serious look at college

    Berdale Bernie Bernard Robins, known as “Dale” at home, grew up as a youth football standout in South Los Angeles. But when he got to high school, he said, “I didn’t think it was possible for me to play college ball.” He was the class clown, focused on listening to friends instead of teachers....

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