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Junior Mykael Wright of Valencia.
Junior Mykael Wright of Valencia. (Eric Sondheimer)

Considering how much passing is taking place at the high school, college and professional level, it came as no surprise that a record number of defensive backs were taken in this year's NFL draft. There were 32 corners and 24 safeties selected.

That makes it good timing for Southern California to have lots of quality defensive backs this season and showcase what I believe is the most depth of any position.

Let's start with the St. John Bosco trio of Jaiden Woodbey (Ohio State), Stephan Blaylock (UCLA) and junior Chris Steele, who's wanted by everybody. The Braves are so strong in the secondary that several backups, like junior Jake Bailey, have scholarship offers.

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Venice added to the the respect of the Western League in basketball on Wednesday night by upsetting No. 2-seeded Fremont 68-65 in the City Section Division I quarterfinals.

Dion Moore scored 22 points and Lamin Williams 14. Roy Clarke scored 27 points for Fremont.

The City Division I and Division II semifinals will be held Saturday night at Hamilton.

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There are so many top teams in Southern Section Division 1 boys’ soccer  that calling Warren’s 2-1 overtime victory over No. 1-seeded Servite on Wednesday an upset probably isn’t correct.

Warren advances to the quarterfinals. Julio Andrade scored the winning goal.

Cathedral defeated Paramount 1-0 in overtime on a goal from Nomar Ibarra in the 89th minute. Loyola defeated Santa Ana 4-0. San Clemente defeated Palos Verdes 4-1. Downey advanced after penalty kicks to defeat Mission Viejo following a 0-0 deadlock. Goalie Alain Hernandez came through the whole game. He’s a former LA Galaxy Academy League player who played in the 2016 Academy national championship match.

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