The domination by San Fernando Valley teams in City Section high school baseball was on display in Friday's Division I quarterfinals. All four West Valley League teams came away victorious, making it 44 times in the last 45 seasons that a Valley team will be crowned City champion.
Next Wednesday's semifinals at USC will match rivals Chatsworth against El Camino Real at 3 p.m., followed by Birmingham against Cleveland at 6 p.m.
It's a repeat from the 2016 season when the same four teams made it to the semifinals.
Members of the Fairfax High basketball team got a private meeting with LeBron James on Saturday. He gave them a pep talk before their scheduled City Section Open Division playoff game tonight.
“It was really a humbling experience,” Coach Steve Baik said of the 15-minute gathering arranged as part of a Nike event during NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. Fairfax is sponsored by LeBron’s signature shoe.
“These kids will remember this the rest of their lives,” Baik said. “It was special.”