There was 7.9 seconds left in the game. Sun Valley Poly was clinging to a one-point lead over Verdugo Hills on Friday night. Francisco Mariscal had two free throws for the Parrots. He missed both.
Suddenly, the Dons had a chance. They got the rebound and Leoni Aleksan had the ball. He knew exactly what to do. He was either going to make the shot or get fouled. He drove the lane, but the shot didn't go and the referees refused to call a foul. Final score: Poly 49, Verdugo Hills 48. The Parrots (14-11, 7-0) took over sole possession of first place in the East Valley League over the Dons (11-11, 6-1).
Verdugo Hills fans wanted a foul.
"All ball," is what Poly's Jose Esqueda said afterward.
He and two teammates were trying to prevent Aleksan from scoring on the final play.
Poly rallied from a 25-20 halftime deficit. Cesar Reyes, who was one of 10 shooting in the first half, finished with 17 points. Mariscal had 16 points. Poly had one three-pointer in the first half but came through with...Read more
All-Trinity League linebacker Jack Savage of Servite has accepted a preferred walk-on spot at UCLA.
Savage was one of the best defensive players in the Trinity League, considered the toughest high school league in California.
His father, John, is the baseball coach at UCLA.
All-Trinity League quarterback Nick Robinson from JSerra has decided to attend Georgia as a preferred walk-on.
He will be Georgia's only quarterback recruit from this year's class.
Robinson led JSerra to success during his senior year as a runner and passer. He passed for 2,054 yards and 22 touchdowns.
A new bowl format will begin this fall in the CIF for football.
By a vote of 71-64, the CIF state Federated Council approved the measure on Friday.
It means all 51 section champions from around the state will be invited to play in regional bowl games. This past year, only 18 participated. It means all three City Section champions from Division I, II and III will play in bowl games.
The Southern Section, the largest section in the state, opposed the measure.
There will be 13 divisions matched by competitive equity and the championship games will be played throughout the state.
Junior quarterback Khalil Tate of Gardena Serra has become a popular target for college recruiters.
USC has offered him as an athlete and Florida State also has offered, Coach Scott Altenberg said.
Tate doesn't turn 17 until late until his senior this fall. He can pass, he can run.
"He's a freak," Altenberg said.
Standout defensive lineman Malik McMorris of Santa Ana Mater Dei has a recruiting visit to Army at West Point this weekend, Coach Bruce Rollinson said.
He remains undecided, with offers from Cal Poly SLO and UC Davis while also exploring options of walking on.
He's also an outstanding shot putter.