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  • Football
A weekend for seven on seven competitions

It's becoming pretty clear that L.A. Cathedral, led by sophomore quarterback Bryce Young, is the team to watch this summer in seven-on-seven passing competitions.

The Phantoms won their third passing tournament championship Saturday, defeating Upland in the finals of the Bonita tournament.

Young, who has scholarship offers from USC and UCLA, is a precision passer who knows how to come through in clutch situations. Cathedral's receivers also have been making improvement, along with their defensive backs.

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Downey has won its second soccer tournament of the summer, defeating Cathedral, 2-1, in the final of the six-on-six tournament at South Torrance.

Junior Francisco Banuelos was named MVP of the tournament.

Bell Gardens, Los Alamitos, Mira Costa, Peninsula and St. Francis were among the teams participating.

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Rick Pedroarias has been selected to become the football coach at Loyola. He replaces Marvin Sanders, who took a leave of absence during the spring semester and decided not to return, according to a school official.

Pedroarias has been involved with Loyola's football program for 30 years and was an assistant principal. He has coached the offensive line, linebackers and quarterbacks. He's a 1984 Loyola grad.

"He brings to this important position his well-honed leadership skills, an intricate knowledge of football strategy and a deep understanding of Loyola’s mission on and off the field," Athletic Director Chris O'Donnell said in a statement.

  • Basketball
Lions advance to finals of Maranatha tournament

When the going got tough on Friday night in the semifinals of the Maranatha basketball tournament, All-City guard Ethan Anderson stepped forward to help Fairfax defeat Beverly Hills 62-53.

Anderson finished with 18 points. Fairfax will face Long Beach Poly in Saturday's 8:35 p.m. championship game. Poly defeated St. John Bosco 66-57. Justin Rene had 17 points for the Jackrabbits.

The championship game will be a battle of guards, but Fairfax has a height advantage with 6-foot-7 Kirk Smith, who'll be the tallest player on the court. He had 17 points against Beverly Hills, which received 13 points from Ben Ramirez and 15 from Kevin Cho.

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The troubled Hawkins football program has received a final punishment from the City Section.

Commissioner John Aguirre said the school will have to forfeit all games from the 2016 season, will be placed on two years' probation and must return any awards as a result of rules violations that included ineligible players. The team is eligible for the playoffs in 2017.

Previously, the coaching staff, principal and assistant principal in charge of athletics had been removed by the Los Angeles Unified School District following the end of the 2016 season.

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Southern California high school basketball competition has been enjoying a big upswing in recent years, and it's reflected in the NBA draft.

From Lonzo Ball (Chino Hills) being selected No. 2 by the Lakers to TJ Leaf (San Diego Foothills Christian) going No. 18 to the Pacers, it's a sign of the recent momentum being generated in gyms around the Southland.

In the second round, Jordan Bell (Long Beach Poly) went No. 38 to the Bulls and was traded to the Warriors; Tyler Dorsey (Maranatha) went No. 41 to the Hawks; Ike Anigbogu (Corona Centennial) went No. 47 to the Pacers.

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The semifinals for the Gold division of the Maranatha tournament are set for Friday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Fairfax, St. John Bosco, Long Beach Poly and Beverly Hills have qualified for the semifinals.

Three of those four teams will be participating in next week's Fairfax tournament.

There won't be a stronger group of female prep volleyball players than those converging in Hermosa Beach for this weekend's Queen of the Beach Invitational.

Set for Saturday and Sunday, the tournament is loaded with future college players.

Three players headed to Pepperdine and three players headed to USC are among those set to compete.

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Shae Anderson of Norco has been selected the Gatorade state girls' athlete of the year in track and field.

Anderson won the state 400-meter championship with a time of 52.91 and the 300 hurdles in 40.31.

She has a 3.24 grade-point average.

Joseph Anderson of Upland has been named the Gatorade state athlete of the year in track and field for boys.

Anderson set a state record in winning the 110 hurdles at the CIF championships in 13.33 seconds.

He also won the 300 hurdles in 36.02 seconds.