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2012 posts
  • Basketball

Jim Newman, who was a state basketball player of the year at Harbor College and a state basketball coach of the year at Compton College, died on Saturday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.

Newman went to Jefferson High, Harbor College and Arizona State, where he was named to the school's sports Hall of Fame.

He guided Compton College to a 33-0 record during the 1969-70 season. He was previously head coach at Compton Centennial High. He was head coach at Cal State Los Angeles for four seasons during the 1980s.

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Jon Palarz has resigned after one season as basketball coach at Chaminade to return to Calabasas, where he will take over his old job and also serve as athletic director.

It's a big loss for Chaminade, which counted on him to rebuild its program.

It's a big win for the Coyotes, because Palarz helped the basketball team compete with top schools during his previous tenure.

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Jordan Brinson of Westchester launches a three-pointer against Harvard-Westlake on Sunday.
Jordan Brinson of Westchester launches a three-pointer against Harvard-Westlake on Sunday. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

The Fairfax-Westchester basketball rivalry is showing no signs of losing its City Section luster.

On Saturday night, Fairfax won its own tournament championship with a one-point victory over Santa Ana Mater Dei. On Sunday, Westchester won the Culver City tournament championship wtih a 66-61 victory over St. John Bosco.

That's two Trinity League powers knocked off by two schools from the City Section who keep coming up with strong teams.

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Daylen Williams gets congratulations from his father, John, after scoring the winning basket on Saturday night for Fairfax.
Daylen Williams gets congratulations from his father, John, after scoring the winning basket on Saturday night for Fairfax. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Whenever John Williams' name gets mentioned, the word "legendary" always comes first. He was considered one of the best basketball players in the history of the City Section when he played for Crenshaw High in the 1980s. He went on to LSU and the NBA.

Now his son, Daylen, a promising 6-foot-6 junior, is playing for Fairfax and just starting to get noticed after being injured the last two seasons.

Daylen came through Saturday night, rebounding a missed shot in the final seconds of the championship game of the Fairfax tournament and scoring on a layup to give the Lions a 74-73 victory over Santa Ana Mater Dei.

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Catcher Kameron Ojeda from St. John Bosco went two for two on Saturday to help his team win the gold medal at the Tournament of the Stars in Cary, N.C.

Some 80 players are trying out for the USA 18U national baseball team.

Jake Moberg from Vista Murrieta threw two shutout innings in the bronze medal game, giving him four shutout innings this week.

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Fairfax and Santa Ana Mater Dei both had to rally in the second half on Friday night to advance to Saturday's 6 p.m. championship game of the Fairfax tournament.

The Lions defeated Alemany, 67-61, in Friday's semifinals in an intense game that saw several players ejected.

Kirk Smith finished with 20 points and Jamal Hartwell had 18 for the Lions. Ethan Anderson added 13 points. D.J. McDonald scored 20 points for Alemany.

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The Final Four have been finalized for the Fairfax summer basketball tournament.

Fairfax and Alemany each won quarterfinal games on Thursday, setting up a Friday semifinal schedule that will have those two teams facing off at 6 p.m., followed by Pasadena-Mater Dei at 7:30 p.m.

Alemany received 25 points from DJ McDonald in a 77-72 win over Beverly Hills. Daniel Zahabian had 24 points for Beverly Hills.

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Former All-City guard Evan Wardlow of Santa Clara said Thursday that he intends to transfer after three years on the basketball team.

He wants to play for another college during the 2018-19 season as a graduate student.

He will sit out this coming season and have 1 1/2 years of eligibility remaining if he can join another program in January.

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  • Football

Athletic with a strong arm, junior Darius Perrantes is making a strong bid to emerge as the starting quarterback at St. Francis this fall.

As a sophomore last season at Crespi, he shared playing time with veteran Hamish McClure before transferring to St. Francis.

On Wednesday, St. Francis and Paraclete played in a 11-on-11 touch football scrimmage, and Perrantes showed his potential. He threw two touchdown passes to Greg Dulcich.

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Former El Camino Real infielder Alex Mejia made his major league debut Thursday by starting at second base for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mejia was the Pac-12 baseball player of the year for Arizona in 2012.

He's the latest Conquistador to reach the majors, joining the likes of Randy Wolf, Conor Jackson, Ryan McGuire, Kurt Birkins, Ryan Lavarnway and umpire Jim Wolf in representing a school that has won nine City Section baseball championships.