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CIF to support opportunities for student-athletes with disabilities

The California Interscholastic Federation announced Monday that it has formed a partnership with Special Olympics in Northern and Southern California and the California Department of Education to promote opportunities for student-athletes with disabilities.

The partnership is designed to help schools implement unified sports programs on campuses.

The CIF will also work with U.S.

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Boys' basketball: Maranatha tournament begins

The Pasadena Maranatha tournament begins on Monday.

Monday's schedule: West Ranch vs. Cajon, 3:30 p.m.; SO Notre Dame vs. St. Augustine, 5 p.m.; Price vs. Diamond Ranch, 6:30 p.m.; Leuzinger vs. Pasadena, 8 p.m.

Tuesday's games: Highland vs. Westlake, 3:30 p.m.; Oaks Christian vs. Muir, 5 p.m.; Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. Palisades, 6:30 p.m.; Maranatha vs. Firebaugh, 8 p.m.

This has been updated.

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Football: Grace Brethren pulls off biggest comeback of the week

Simi Valley Grace Brethren has made it to this weekend's East Valley Division championship football game only after the biggest comeback of the semifinals, rallying from a 26-0 deficit to defeat Brethren Christian, 46-41.

Quarterback Nick Juels and running back Zikel Reddick, who has rushed for more than 2,000 yards, led the comeback for Grace Brethren (13-0).

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Boys' basketball: Top teams in Corona Centennial tournament this week

The first chance to see No. 1 Chino Hills and the Ball brothers is Monday night, when the Huskies begin play in the Corona Centennial tournament against San Bernardino at 5:15 p.m.

Other top 25 teams competing include Cathedral taking on Santiago at 6:45 p.m. and Centennial playing Rialto at 8:15 p.m. Chino Hills also plays on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Football: Teams have opportunity to opt out of regional playoffs

It will be interesting if any school still alive in the high school football playoffs elected to opt out of participating in the regional bowl games that begin at the conclusion of the section playoffs.

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Girls' basketball: Leaonna Odom is MVP for Chaminade

Tournament MVP Leaonna Odom of Chaminade scored 18 points to help the Eagles defeat Cajon, 57-54, in the championship game of the Palisades tournament on Saturday night.

Valerie Higgins added 18 points for the Eagles (4-0).

Oaks Christian defeated Ventura, 52-38, in the third-place game.

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