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  • Basketball

Riley Battin, a 6-foot-10 senior at Oak Park, has committed to play basketball at Utah.

Battin is expected to be one of the top big men in Southern California this coming season.

He's known for his perimeter shooting and strong rebounding. He has worked on improving his strength and slimming down for the upcoming season.

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Sierra Canyon has won three consecutive games since an upset loss to Westlake in its season opener, and the Trailblazers have done it behind freshman quarterback Chayden Peery.

"He's an extremely talented young man and I'm excited about his prospects now and going forward,"  coach Jon Ellinghouse said. "He's been the best freshman I've been around. What strikes me is his composure."

Peery, 6 feet 1, 200 pounds, has taken over for Mason Quandt, who suffered a knee injury in the season opener.

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  • Football

It was 22 years ago in the 1995 Southern Section Division 2 championship football game that running back Jermaine Lewis of Antelope Valley saw his team lose to Hart 35-28.

Fast-forward to last Friday night. Lewis, the first-year head coach of Antelope Valley, celebrated his team's 44-38 overtime win over the Indians. He got his revenge.

Defensive end Bradley Brown had a big game with a relentless pass rush. And sophomore running back Jermaine Marshall rushed for 232 yards in 30 carries and scored five touchdowns.

  • Football

Narbonne's football team is leaving for Hawaii on Thursday morning. The team is scheduled to play Honolulu St. Louis on Saturday night.

St. Louis is 4-0 and coming off a 49-13 win over Punahou, a team that defeated Garden Serra, 56-42. Narbonne defeated Serra, 17-14.

Beyond the game, the Narbonne team is scheduled to visit the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor on Friday and also have a luau.

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Dymally High School in Los Angeles has canceled its football season for the second consecutive year because of "insufficient" numbers, the City Section announced Wednesday.

"They were unable to get enough students," said Trent Cornelius, the director of athletics for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The team did not play any games this season and forfeited three games last year before canceling its season.

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  • Football

Junior quarterback J.P. Andrade of Bonita is hitting the 400-yard passing mark pretty consistently -- at least the last two weeks.

On Sept. 8 against Riverside Poly, he was 30 of 39 passing for 485 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-12 win over Riverside Poly.

Last week, he was 37 of 56 for 418 yards and five touchdowns in a 39-35 loss to Buena.

  • Football
Loyola's special teams has been pretty good with kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira (left), long snapper Jac Casasante and punter Collin Flintoft.
Loyola's special teams has been pretty good with kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira (left), long snapper Jac Casasante and punter Collin Flintoft. (Eric Sondheimer)

Loyola has sent its share of kickers, punters and long snappers on to the college ranks through the years and the Cubs have another impressive trio this season.

Junior kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira, senior punter Collin Flintoft and senior long snapper Jac Casasante have been important contributors in a 3-1 start.

Barr-Mira is the younger brother of former Cubs standout Anthony Barr. Flintoft is the cousin of UCLA punter Stefan Flintoft. Also helping out has been holder Michael Bearden.

  • Basketball
Crespi guards Brandon Williams, left, and Taj Regans.
Crespi guards Brandon Williams, left, and Taj Regans. (Eric Sondheimer)

If all goes as expected, standout senior guard Brandon Williams of Crespi said Tuesday he should receive doctor's clearance by Saturday to return to the basketball court.

"I feel I'm 100% right now, honestly," he said.

Williams missed all of his junior season after a misdiagnosed knee injury. He had surgery and has spent months preparing for his return.

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The 2018 lacrosse season in the Southern Section is approaching, but the number of teams for boys and girls remains short of the required 116 to have a championship run by the Southern Section office.

There are 97 boys teams scheduled to compete in the Southern Section. There are 83 girls teams.

Until the 116 figure is reached for boys or girls, lacrosse will remain a non-championship sport in the Southern Section.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney had no idea that freshman receiver Griffin Cleveland is an actor.

"He's doing well in football," Rooney said.

Cleveland has appeared in more than a dozen TV shows.