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Football: Southland players contributing to MIT's 10-0 season

They don't just produce rocket scientists and mechanical engineers at MIT. The football team is 10-0, and several Southland products are contributing.

Tremaan Robbins, a sophomore defensive back from Long Beach Poly, has 39 tackles. Kodiak Brush, a sophomore linebacker from Orange Lutheran, is fourth-best on the team in tackles with 52.

Austin de Maille, a sophomore defensive back from Newbury Park, has eight tackles.

MIT is competing in the NCAA Division III playoffs.




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Boys' basketball: Top 10 teams begin action next week

Several of the Times' top 10 basketball teams began action this week, but most teams start their season next week.

Top-ranked Corona Centennial is hosting a tournament on Wednesday that will also feature No. 6 Etiwanda.

No. 3 Santa Ana Mater Dei plays its first game without the graduated Stanley Johnson on Dec. 6 at Dos Pueblos.

No. 4 Bishop Montgomery begins action on Monday in the Westchester tournament.

No. 7 Chino Hills and No. 8 Alemany will be playing next week in the Maranatha tournament.

No. 10 Cathedral travels on Dec. 6 to play at San Diego Morse in the debut of Kobe Paras.

On Saturday, there could be a meeting between No. 5 Redondo and No. 9 Long Beach Poly in the championship game of the Redondo tournament.




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Boys' basketball: Westchester advances to Redondo tournament semifinals

Terrell Waiters made a steal and scored with just over one second left, then completed the three-point play to give Westchester a 45-42 victory over Calabasas on Wednesday in a quarterfinal game of the Redondo tournament.

The Comets will play Long Beach Poly in Friday's 5 p.m. semifinal. Ellis Sallahudin had 22 points for Westchester. Conner Longmire finished with 20 points for Calabasas. Poly defeated Inglewood, 79-57, with Drew Buggs scoring 16 points.

The other semifinal at 6:30 p.m. will have St. John Bosco taking on Redondo. The Braves knocked off Compton, 66-55, behind a 27-point performance from Vance Jackson. Redondo defeated Gardena Serra, 77-69. Cameron Williams scored 22 points. Ian Carter led Serra with 21 points.

In consolation games, Campbell Hall defeated Hart, 75-70. Gabriel Bell-Williams scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds. Santa Monica defeated Narbonne, 75-66. Jonah Mathews scored 25 points and Spencer Freedman had 19. Shane Carney led Narbonne with 27 points....

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Girls' basketball: Valerie Higgins leads 21-0 Chaminade surge to defeat Troy

Chaminade and Troy, two of the top girls' basketball teams in the Southland, were tied, 47-47, halfway through the fourth quarter of Wednesday's Palisades tournament quarterfinal game. Then the Eagles turned up the defensive pressure, led by 6-foot-1 junior Valerie Higgins, and the rest of the game was a Chaminade highlight film.

The Eagles went on a 21-0 run, shutting out Troy for the rest of the quarter in coming away with a 68-47 victory. Higgins, who helped Chaminade win a state Division III title as a sophomore and is considered one of the top college prospects in the Southland, finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and 12 steals. Fourteen of her points came in the fourth quarter during the surge.

Mater Dei transfer Leaonna Odom, who had 15 points, combines with Higgins to give Chaminade two of the top college prospects from the class of 2016. The Eagles look like a definite contender to win the Southern Section Open Division championship.

Rebecca Lazuka scored 18...

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Baseball: Birmingham's Ryan Mendoza commits to Long Beach State

Ryan Mendoza, an All-City junior catcher from defending City Section Division I champion Birmingham, said Wednesday he has committed to Long Beach State.

"I'm excited to be part of such a good program," Mendoza said.

Mendoza was key player defensively in Birmingham's title run last season.

"He's the top City Section catcher defensively," Coach Matt Mowry said.

Mendoza also decided to play quarterback for Birmingham's football team this season.



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Boys' basketball: Quarterfinal games in Redondo tournament

The Redondo tournament resumes on Wednesday with quarterfinal games.

The schedule: St. John Bosco vs. Compton, 3:30 p.m.; Inglewood vs. Long Beach Poly, 5 p.m.; Westchester vs. Calabasas, 6:30 p.m.; redondo vs. Serra, 8 p.m.

Consolation games will start at 3 p.m. in another gym.




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