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Basketball: San Fernando Valley League schedule

Boys' and girls' basketball games will be played on Saturday in the San Fernando Valley League.

The schedule:

Games at El Camino Real

9 a.m. Louisville vs. West Ranch-girls

10 a.m. Thousand Oaks 2 vs. Oak Park 2-girls

11 a.m. Thousand Oaks 1 vs. Chatsworth-girls

 Games at Heritage Christian

10 a.m. Heritage Christian 1 vs. Harvard-Westlake 1

11 a.m. Calabasas vs. Moorpark

1 p.m. Calabasas vs. Birmingham

2 p.m. Milken Community vs. Birmingham

Games at Monroe

11 a.m. St. Genevieve vs. Simi Valley 1

12 p.m. East Valley Lions vs. St. Genevieve-girls

1 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Panorama-girls

Games at Chavez High 

10 a.m. Palmdale vs. Chavez 1

12 p.m. Playmakers 1 vs. San Fernando 1

2 p.m. Chatsworth 1 vs. Poly

3 p.m. Oakwood vs. Santa Clarita Christian

4 p.m. Canoga Park vs. Einstein Academy




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Boys' basketball: Westchester picks up 6-8 transfer

Hold off on the coronation of Fairfax as the City Section Division I boys' basketball champion in 2015.

The Lions are going to get strong competition from Western League rival Westchester after the Comets picked up 6-foot-8 junior Keith Fisher, a transfer from Rancho Dominguez. He already has a scholarship offer from Portland State. He previously attended Leuzinger before attending Rancho Dominguez.

Westchester was 30-7 last season and lost to El Camino Real in the final. The Comets return guards Ellis Sallahudin and Akil Hall Reese.

Fairfax had been considered the City title favorite based on its strong summer play and top returning players.




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Baseball: Shortstop Sam Shaikin commits to Valparaiso

All-City shortstop Sam Shaikin of Chatsworth has committed to Valparaiso.

Shaikin will be a four-year varsity player for the Chancellors.

Chatsworth lost in last year's City Section Division I final to Birmingham at Dodger Stadium.




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Football: Thursday's scores

Thursday's results



View Park 36, Sotomayor 21



Blair 54, Sherman Indian 6

Brentwood 59, McAuliffe 20

Century 35, Bolsa Grande 14

Chaffey 41, Bloomington 6

Cypress 34, Troy 27

El Monte 40, Gladstone 22

Garden Grove Santiago 17, Santa Ana 14

Granite Hills 28, Littlerock 9

Katella 44, Loara 6

Los Alamitos 46, Anaheim Canyon 0

Los Amigos 36, Costa Mesa 16

Palos Verdes 50, Foothill 14

Pioneer 30, Cerritos 28

Sunny Hills 36, Saddleback 7

Villa Park 25, Dana Hills 10




Milken 54, Lighthouse Christian 6

Cornerstone Christian 69, Palm Valley 0

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Football: Bishop Gorman goes for its third win over a top SoCal school

Bishop Gorman is located in Las Vegas, but it has set out this season to win the Southern California championship.

First up was a win over Servite. Then came a win over Corona Centennial. Next up is a Friday home game against unbeaten Santa Margarita.

Then, on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in Las Vegas, Bishop Gorman will host St. John Bosco in a 6 p.m. nationally televised game on ESPNU.

In each game the Gaels have faced a different challenge. Servite had QB Travis Waller and the option play. Centennial combined its running game with timely passes. And now Santa Margarita will try to unleash quarterback K.J. Costello and receiver Kyle Sweet.

A win by Bishop Gorman will set up probably the game of the year on the West Coast in Bishop Gorman vs. St. John Bosco. The Braves have a bye this week, but Coach Jason Negro will be in Las Vegas scouting both teams.




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Boys' basketball: Michael Oguine commits to Montana

Michael Oguine, a standout senior guard who helped West Hills Chaminade win a state Division III championship last season, has committed to Montana.

Oguine liked the school on his recruiting visit and could be an impact player as a freshman.

He can play point guard or shooting guard. He was at his best last season in the regional final and the state final, emerging as the key player in Chaminade's title run.




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Baseball: Chaminade's Blake Rutherford arrives home after winning gold medal

Blake Rutherford is home.

“I’m excited to be back,” he said Thursday morning.

The Chaminade High baseball player won a gold medal with the USA 18U national team at the Pan American Championships in La Paz, Mexico, on Sunday, then was stranded because of the effects of Hurricane Odile.

He and his teammates boarded a military plane on Wednesday and were flown to Tijuana, then took a bus to LAX, arriving at 7:30 p.m. A friend picked him up and took him to his Simi Valley home.

His mother also got out, but his father had to stay another day and was expected back on Thursday.

When he finally said goodbye to his teammates that he had spent the last four weeks with, he said, “It was hard. Those were my brothers. I’m going to remember forever this trip winning a gold medal.”

Players played volleyball and talked a lot while waiting for authorities to evacuate them. There was no cellphone service.

“We couldn’t text each other. We had to talk to each other,” he said.

When his phone finally began...

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Former Loyola soccer player Ryan Savitt gets attention at Naval Academy

It didn't take long for former Loyola soccer player Ryan Savitt, a freshman at Navy, to get everyone's attention.

He asked WNBA MVP Maya Moore for a date.

Here's the link to an ESPN W video.

Savitt helped Loyola win the Southern Section Division 1 soccer title last season.

Now all the Navy freshmen know who he is.



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Boys' basketball: Fall league set for Saturday

A fall basketball league on Saturdays has begun at five schools. The schedule:


La Salle


9am – San Marino vs Bosco Tech

11am – Crescenta Valley vs Diamond Ranch

12pm – Keppel vs Loyola

1pm – Sonora vs JW North

2pm – La Salle vs Verdugo Hills

4pm – St Francis vs Granada Hills

6pm – Burroughs vs South Pasadena

8pm – Arcadia vs Saugus




9am – San Pedro vs Hamilton

10am – King Drew vs Venice

11am – Long Beach Millikan vs Narbonne

12pm – Gahr vs Inglewood

1pm – Brentwood vs Compton

2pm – Beverly Hills vs Bishop Montgomery

3pm – Warren vs Beverly Hills

4pm – Price vs Lynwood

5pm – Dominguez vs Washington Prep

6pm – Gardena vs Leuzinger


Campbell Hall


10am – Royal vs Buckley

11am – Trinity Classical vs Burbank

12pm – West Ranch vs Harvard Westlake

1pm – Campbell Hall vs Hart





1pm – St Monica vs Garfield

3pm – Pacific Hills vs Roybal





10am – University vs South Gate

11am – Glendale vs Pioneer

12pm – Morse vs Marshall (LA)

2pm – Fremont vs Morse

3pm – Sun...

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Football: Standout running back James Williams sidelined with torn ACL

Burbank has lost standout running back James Williams for the rest of the season because of a torn ACL and MCL in his knee, according to the Burbank Leader.

He will undergo surgery next month. He injured his left knee in a Sept. 5 game against Bell Gardens.

Williams is committed to Washington State.




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LAUSD criticized for not allowing night practices

The Los Angeles Unified School District's decision not to allow evening football practices on Wednesday because of heat concerns has caused administrators and coaches to openly question the decision.

"I'm about as cautious as it gets, and I think it's ridiculous," Sun Valley Poly Athletic Director Kim McEwen said. "All the coaches have their OSHA website information that gives them the humidity and heat index. We've gone over the rules and regulations. What about the safety for kids not practicing?"

The district banned outside practices on Monday unless specific approval was given by the local area administrator. Tuesday was a professional development day, so after-school practices were prohibited.

On Wednesday, officials in the district athletics department tried to get practices approved for the evening hours but that was denied, and an announcement was sent out after 3 p.m. telling schools they could not practice outside. Teams were allowed to practice in gymnasiums.

Narbonne Coach...

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Football: Arizona offers Tesoro QB Devon Modster

Junior quarterback Devon Modster of Tesoro has picked up a scholarship offer from Arizona, Coach Matt Poston said.

Modster first started showing signs of promise during summer passing competitions.

He engineered a Tesoro upset of Upland last week.




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