Jerry Marvin, who was the first basketball coach at Palisades High when the school opened in 1961 and coached for 30 years, including a City Section championship in 1969, died on Sunday, according to Palisades golf coach James Paleno. He was 87.
Among those he coached were former NBA players Steve Kerr and Kiki Vandeweghe.
"He was just an unbelievable human being," said Paleno, who succeeded Marvin after serving six years as an assistant. "He had the capacity to make anyone laugh. He was a mentor for me. He's a legend in City Section basketball. He was a great person."
Loyola picked up a doubleheader Mission League sweep of Crespi on Saturday.
In the first game, the Cubs won 3-0. Garrett Spicuzza struck out eight, walked none and allowed four hits. Loyola defeated Crespi 6-4. Nik Trapani and Will Overstreet finished with two hits and two RBIs apiece. Chaminade defeated Alemany 6-2.
Ignoring its size disadvantage, Gardena Serra used its quickness and toughness to earn a trip to Sacramento on Saturday, beating Ribet 58-46 in the Southern California Division I girls’ regional final at Long Beach State.
There were 23 fouls called in the first half, and Ribet couldn’t recover. Standout Lola Penande, a 6-foot-4 forward who was a member of Spain’s U18 national team, picked up four fouls in the first quarter alone.
Lauryn Pointer finished with 17 points to lead Serra, including three threes that helped open up the Ribet defense that featured 6-9 Andrea Aquino. Cheyenne Gives scored 16 points, Alexis Tucker 13 and Racheal Duru 10.
Mission Viejo’s Spillane brothers, Luke and Jake, deserve a nice steak dinner from their parents after they helped the Diablos knock off No. 1 El Toro 3-2 in a South Coast League game on Friday.
Luke went three for three. Jake struck out four and scattered nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Kevin Champlin got the save with 1 1/3 innings shutout relief. Erik Tolman threw six innings for El Toro. Mission Viejo scored the winning run in the seventh on an RBI double by Alex Jemal.
Thousand Oaks pulled out a dramatic 5-4 Marmonte League win over Agoura on a three-run walk-off home run by Garrett Flynn. That came after Nico Della Ripa hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh for a 4-2 Agoura lead.
The Southern California Regional basketball finals on Saturday will include three City Section teams trying to reach Sacramento — Birmingham, Van Nuys and View Park Prep.
No. 6 seed View Park is considered the team with the best chance to advance. The Knights are 25-8 and set to play No. 13 seed El Cajon Christian at 6 p.m. at Price in Division IV. Having faced the pressure of playing such Coliseum League teams as Crenshaw, Dorsey and Fremont, View Park should be in good position to prevail.
No. 7 Van Nuys is in its first regional final, facing No. 1-seeded Santa Clarita Christian at 6 p.m. at Master’s in Division V. Tyree Winborn has been a consistent scorer for the Wolves.
Sprinters are hardly in shape right now. They’re just starting to loosen up the muscles and turn on the speed.
For Sherman Oaks Notre Dame junior Christian Grubb, Thursday’s Mission League meet against Loyola offered a chance to face off against fellow football player Alex Johnson, a senior headed to UCLA to play cornerback.
Grubb won the 100 meters in 11.03 seconds. Johnson, who anchored his 400-meter relay team to victory, finished second in 11.23. Both should be among the favorites for the league title in the sprints.
A competitive Sunset League began baseball action Thursday, and Marina came away with a 2-0 win over Edison.
Blake Partis was magnificent on the mound, throwing a complete game with zero walks while scattering five hits. Cory Lewis and Braden Wylde each had RBIs. Lucas Hansen allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings for Edison.
Huntington Beach defeated Newport Harbor 8-6. Josh Hahn struck out seven in four innings. Justin Brodt had two hits and three RBIs.