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Baseball

El Camino Real shows off quality young baseball players

It’s a month before the prep baseball season begins, and teams are in full winter mode playing weekend games.

El Camino Real hosted a talented Ayala team on Saturday. Ayala should battle Simi Valley and Damien for supremacy in Southern Section Division 2. And ECR will once again challenge for a City title.

The Conquistadores have two top young players to watch. Junior Cole Kitchen should be one of the best hitters in the City Section. And sophomore pitcher Adam Christopher has grown to 6 foot 2 and will team with seniors Bryan Golnick and Jack Whisnant to give the Conquistadores the required trio to make it and win at Dodger Stadium.

Joe Naranjo, a junior left-hander committed to Cal State Fullerton, should be Ayala’s No. 1 pitcher but also counted on to be a top hitter. Ayala returns most of its starters from last year’s 22-11 team.

Basketball

Bishop Montgomery improves to 19-0 with tough win over Westchester

David Singleton scored 22 points in Bishop Montgomery's 64-61 win over Westchester. (Nick Koza)
David Singleton scored 22 points in Bishop Montgomery's 64-61 win over Westchester. (Nick Koza)

With 16.5 seconds left, unbeaten Bishop Montgomery held a three-point lead over Westchester on Saturday night. The Knights needed one last defensive push to improve to 19-0.

On the bench, injured guard Gianni Hunt was jumping up and down higher than some cheerleaders, letting everyone know he was close to returning from a broken ankle. But this was one last chance for the Knights to show how good they were without him.

Westchester inbounded the ball and got up four three-point shot attempts. None made it through the net. Game over. Bishop Montgomery won 64-61.

Now comes the most amazing news. Hunt, who has grown close to 6 foot 4, is expected to a receive doctor’s clearance Monday. He and another injured starter, Will Crawford, a powerful defender, could play this coming week. Finally, Bishop Montgomery would be at full strength. That’s pretty scary.

Meanwhile, the Knights keep winning without them. UCLA-bound David Singleton scored 22 points and Boston-bound Fletcher Tynen rose up in the second half and scored 14 of his 15 points. Josh Vazquez hit a key three to break a 61-61 deadlock.

Westchester (18-4) has now lost to Bishop Montgomery by one and three points. That alone says plenty about the Comets. Jordan Brinson and Kaelen Allen each scored 16 points.

Westchester Coach Ed Azzam said his team must start playing a complete game to beat teams the caliber of Bishop Montgomery.

“They can’t play in spurts,’’ he said.

That’s the end of the Bishop Montgomery vs. Westchester duels for now. The gym was packed at Bishop Montgomery. But don’t be surprised if there’s a third meeting during the state playoffs. Both teams are that good.

In other games, Damien picked up a 99-63 win over rival Los Altos. Cameron Shelton had 30 points and Elijah McCullough added 22 points.

Etiwanda defeated Corona del Mar 73-54. Kessler Edwards scored 24 points and Krystian Wilson 23. Etiwanda is 21-1.

Taft defeated Washington 69-63. Demetrius Calip scored 20 points, Brandon Wilson 16 and Kihei Clark 15.

Brentwood defeated Dorsey 72-60. Sam Clareman scored 26 points.

Duane Washington scored 29 points in Sierra Canyon’s 104-56 win over Valencia.

Newbury Park defeated Vaughn 67-52. Matt Solomon scored 20 points.

St. Genevieve defeated Heritage Christian 81-78 despite 30 points from Noah Fernando.

St. John Bosco defeated St. Bernard 64-56.

Santa Monica defeated West Torrance 55-52 on a game-winning shot by Sean Newman.

Basketball: Friday scores

BOYS' BASKETBALL

ACADEMY LEAGUE

St. Margaret’s 70, Whitney 59

 

BIG VIII LEAGUE

Corona Centennial 77, Norco 45

Eastvale Roosevelt 84, Corona Santiago 67

King 59, Corona 53

 

CITRUS BELT LEAGUE

Cajon 86, Redlands East Valley 72

Redlands 59, Citrus Valley 57 (OT)

Miller 67, Yucaipa 49

 

CRESTVIEW LEAGUE

Anaheim Canyon 71, Yorba Linda 61

Foothill 63, Esperanza 57

 

EMPIRE LEAGUE

Cypress 68, Western 36

Garden Grove Pacifica 47, La Palma Kennedy 26

Tustin 51, Placentia Valencia 47

 

EXPRESS LEAGUE

Fairmont 62, Samueli Academy 16

 

FREEWAY LEAGUE

La Habra 63, Buena Park 55

Sunny Hills 50, Sonora 48

 

GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE

Garden Grove 72, Rancho Alamitos 50

 

GOLDEN WEST LEAGUE

Ocean View 92, Santa Ana 25

Westminster 73, Orange 46

 

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

Brea Olinda 63, El Modena 49

Villa Park 81, El Dorado 42

 

OLYMPIC LEAGUE

Whittier Christian 72, Village Christian 59

 

ORANGE LEAGUE

Century 53, Anaheim 40

Katella 67, Magnolia 46

Savanna 52, Santa Ana Valley 32

 

ORANGE COAST LEAGUE

Estancia 70, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 28

Godinez 67, Saddleback 17

Laguna Beach 80, Costa Mesa 45

 

SAN JOAQUIN LEAGUE

Capistrano Valley Christian 58, Webb 57

 

SEA VIEW LEAGUE

Capistrano Valley 61, Mission Viejo 40

San Juan Hills 72, Laguna Hills 34

 

SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

Aliso Niguel 57, Trabuco Hills 53

Tesoro 63, El Toro 59

 

SOUTHWESTERN LEAGUE

Murrieta Mesa 60, Murrieta Valley 47

 

SUNBELT LEAGUE

Temescal Canyon 62, Elsinore 38

 

SUNSET LEAGUE

Edison 59, Huntington Beach 44

Newport Harbor 64, Los Alamitos 54

 

TRINITY LEAGUE

JSerra 59, St. John Bosco 44

Mater Dei 78, Servite 61

Santa Margarita 89, Orange Lutheran 71

 

WARRIOR LEAGUE

Orange Vista 84, Riverside County Education Academy 57

 

 

 

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

ACADEMY LEAGUE

Oxford Academy 97, Downey Calvary Chapel 8

 

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

Riverside Notre Dame 52, Western Christian 44

 

BIG VIII LEAGUE

Corona Centennial 75, Norco 71

Eastvale Roosevelt 56, Corona Santiago 34

King 68, Corona 20

 

CITRUS BELT LEAGUE

Yucaipa 53, Miller 9

 

CRESTVIEW LEAGUE

Foothill 51, Esperanza 47

 

EMPIRE LEAGUE

Cypress 59, Western 41

La Palma Kennedy 58, Garden Grove Pacifica 40

Tustin 64, Placentia Valencia 22

 

EXPRESS LEAGUE

Capistrano Valley Christian 52, Liberty Christian 20

 

FREEWAY LEAGUE

Sonora 44, Sunny Hills 25

Troy 65, Fullerton 7

 

GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE

Bolsa Grande 47, Westminster La Quinta 38

Garden Grove 47, Rancho Alamitos 34

 

GOLDEN WEST LEAGUE

Ocean View 62, Santa Ana 28

Segerstrom 59, Loara 16

 

MT. BALDY LEAGUE

Ontario 56, Colony 53

 

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

Anaheim Canyon 59, Yorba Linda 38

 

OLYMPIC LEAGUE

Village Christian 51, Whittier Christian 46

 

SUNBELT LEAGUE

Paloma Valley 90, Heritage 69

Temescal Canyon 71, Elsinore 48

 

SOUTHWESTERN LEAGUE

Murrieta Valley 65, Murrieta Mesa 35

Vista Murrieta 53, Great Oak 34

 

NONLEAGUE

Brea Olinda 59, Villa Park 12

El Dorado 63, El Modena 51

San Clemente 72, Rancho Christian 36

 

Basketball

Taft upsets Birmingham in overtime

Carl Lewis (left) of Lynwood scored 53 points against Dominguez. (Nick Koza)
Carl Lewis (left) of Lynwood scored 53 points against Dominguez. (Nick Koza)

Taft, playing without head coach Derrick Taylor (ejected in the last game), rose up and knocked off defending City Section Open Division champion Birmingham 67-66 in overtime on Friday night to create a three-way tie for first place in the West Valley League.

Assistant Aaron Courseault filled in and guided the Toreadors to the upset. Brandon Wilson scored 25 points and Kihei Clark 18 for Taft.

Devonaire Doutrive scored 28 points and Christian Koloko added 11 points and 15 rebounds for Birmingham.

El Camino Real is tied with Taft and Birmingham with a 3-1 record after an 82-42 win over Chatsworth. Eddy Egun scored 29 points.

In the East Valley League, North Hollywood defeated Poly 51-39.

In the Western League, Nick Kerkorian scored 22 points in Palisades’ 64-56 win over Hamilton. Fairfax defeated LACES 83-40. Ethan Anderson scored 21 points.

In the Coliseum League, Crenshaw defeated Locke 71-33. Shedrick Lockridge scored 19 points. In the Marine League, Narbonne defeated Carson 65-37. Malik Muhammad had 22 points and 20 rebounds.

No. 2-ranked St. John Bosco was stunned by JSerra 59-44 in a Trinity League game. DJ Rodman finished with 23 points. JT Robinson had 20. Santa Margarita defeated Orange Lutheran 89-71. Mater Dei defeated Servite 78-61. Wilhelm Breidenbach had 16 points.

Sierra Canyon held off Windward 70-68 in overtime. Duane Washington scored 19 points and Scotty Pippen and Cassius Stanley had 13 points apiece. Jules Bernard scored 31 points for Windward, including a basket to send the game into overtime. Crossroads defeated Campbell Hall 76-64. Mike Meadows scored 27 points for Campbell Hall. Shareef O’Neal had 29 points for Crossroads.

In the Big VIII, David Agba scored 25 points, Jared Williams 16 and Brennon Wade 15 in Roosevelt’s 84-67 win over Corona Santiago. Corona Centennial defeated Norco 77-45. DJ Davis scored 30 points.

Oak Park held on for a 69-67 Coastal Canyon League victory over Camarillo. Jaime Jaquez had 46 points for Camarillo. Riley Battin led Oak Park with 23 points and Clark Slajchert 19. Drake London scored 29 points but Moorpark lost to Simi Valley 65-62. Max Edwards scored 29 points for the Pioneers.

Calabasas defeated Westlake 61-39. Evan McKay scored 18 points. Albert Zhang had 12 points for Westlake. Newbury Park defeated Agoura 50-45.

In the Baseline League, Damien defeated Rancho Cucamonga 81-67, giving Coach Mike LeDuc career win No. 900. Cameron Shelton finished with 29 points. Etiwanda defeated Upland 72-39. Krystian Wilson scored 15 points.

Ben Grant and Josh Assiff each scored 15 points in Valencia’s 85-58 win over Golden Valley in the Foothill League.

In the Mission League, Harvard-Westlake defeated St. Francis 69-64. Mason Hooks scored 29 points and had 16 rebounds. Johnny Juzang added 22 points and 14 rebounds.  Loyola defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 70-54. DJ McDonald scored 42 points in Alemany’s 81-70 win over Chaminade.

La Canada Coach Tom Hofman got career victory No. 700, plus a cake, in an 82-55 win over South Pasadena. Dez Washington scored 23 points in Blair’s 67-50 win over Temple City.

Arman Pezeshkian scored 37 points in Crescenta Valley’s 77-68 win over Arcadia. Pasadena defeated Muir 79-58. Darius Brown had 20 points and Bryce Hamilton 16.

Redondo defeated Peninsula 47-46. Kyle Carter made a free throw with 0.2 seconds left.

Carl Lewis scored 53 points in Lynwood’s 87-83 win over Dominguez.

Tremond Johnson scored 29 points in Warren’s 62-59 win over Downey.

Los Altos defeated West Covina 90-55. Julian Lopez had 27 points and Jarod Lucas 20.

Basketball

Windward, led by Charisma Osborne, is team to beat in girls' basketball

In Southern California girls’ basketball, there’s little doubt who is the best player. That’s L.A. Windward junior Charisma Osborne, who can score, pass, rebound and defend like few others.

The big question, though, is whether Windward’s supporting cast is good enough to carry the Wildcats to a championship. On Friday night, facing No. 3 Sierra Canyon, the No. 1 Wildcats broke open a one-point game at the outset of the third quarter and cruised to a 66-42 victory at Sierra Canyon.

Osborne finished with 17 points, but it was the contributions of teammates that helped Windward turn a 20-19 halftime edge into a 43-30 edge through three quarters.

Sela Kay made three threes in the third quarter. Selena McLurkin and India Otto also had threes during the Wildcats’ surge.

“I think we were a little tight early on,” Windward Coach Vanessa Nygaard said. “I told them to stay calm and the shots started to fall.”

Osborne, who has more than a dozen colleges trying to recruit her, kept trying to get teammates involved in the offense while doing a great job rebounding and playing defense.

“We’ve recommitted to rebounding as a team, and they did a great job,” Nygaard said.

Osborne thinks the versatility of this year’s players makes the team stronger.

“We’re a lot better than last year because we have a lot more scorers,” Osborne said.

Vanessa DeJesus had 11 points for Sierra Canyon and Ashley Chevalier played well in the first half. But the Trailblazers were overwhelmed by Windward’s many weapons.

“Before you go to bed tonight, enjoy this win,” Nygaard told her players.

Then she told them no practice on Saturday.

 

CIF-SS releases playoff groupings for baseball, softball, boys' volleyball, boys' tennis

The CIF Southern Section has released playoff groupings for spring 2018 for baseball, softball, boys’ volleyball and boys’ tennis. Under the section’s competitive equity model, playoff divisions are determined by a program’s performance over the last two seasons rather than by enrollment.

Softball: Click here


Boys’ volleyball: Click here

 

Boys’ tennis: Click here

 

2018 CIF-SS BASEBALL PLAYOFF GROUPINGS

 

DIVISION 1

Aliso Niguel

Bishop Amat

Capistrano Valley

Chaminade

Corona

Corona Santiago

Cypress

Dana Hills

Dos Pueblos

Edison

El Dorado

El Toro

Etiwanda

Foothill

Gahr

Hart

Harvard-Westlake

Huntington Beach

JSerra

King

La Mirada

Los Alamitos

Mater Dei

Mira Costa

Mission Viejo

Moorpark

Newbury Park

Oaks Christian

Orange Lutheran

Palm Desert

Redlands East Valley

Riverside North

San Clemente

Santa Margarita

Servite

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

South Hills

St. John Bosco

Valencia

Vista Murrieta

West Ranch

Woodbridge

 

 

DIVISION 2

Agoura

Alemany

Anaheim Canyon

Ayala

Beckman

Bonita

Calabasas

Camarillo

Corona del Mar

Crescenta Valley

Damien

Don Lugo

Eastvale Roosevelt

El Modena

El Segundo

Esperanza

Fountain Valley

Glendora

Great Oak

Kaiser

Laguna Beach

Lakewood

Los Osos

Loyola

Marina

Millikan

Murrieta Mesa

Murrieta Valley

Newport Harbor

Norco

Paloma Valley

Paraclete

Paso Robles

Peninsula

Quartz Hill

Redondo

Righetti

Rio Mesa

Riverside Poly

Santa Barbara

Saugus

Sierra Canyon

Simi Valley

St. Bonaventure

Tahquitz

Tesoro

Thousand Oaks

Trabuco Hills

Troy

Tustin

Villa Park

Village Christian

Walnut

Woodcrest Christian

Yucaipa

 

 

DIVISION 3

Arcadia

Arlington

Arroyo Grande

Bellflower

Brea Olinda

Burbank

Burbank Burroughs

Cajon

California

Campbell Hall

Cantwell-Sacred Heart

Canyon Springs

Capistrano Valley Christian

Carter

Chaffey

Chaparral

Charter Oak

Chino Hills

Citrus Valley

Corona Centennial

Crean Lutheran

Crespi

Culver City

Downey

Fullerton

Garden Grove Pacifica

Gardena Serra

Grace Brethren

Katella

La Canada

La Salle

Linfield Christian

Long Beach Poly

Long Beach Wilson

Maranatha

Mayfair

Northwood

Ocean View

Oxnard

Palos Verdes

Paramount

Placentia Valencia

Rancho Cucamonga

Redlands

Royal

Sage Hill

San Dimas

San Gorgonio

San Juan Hills

San Luis Obispo

San Marcos

Santa Fe

Santa Monica

Shadow Hills

St. Francis

Temecula Valley

Temescal Canyon

Torrance

Upland

Valley View

Ventura

Warren

West Torrance

Westlake

Yorba Linda

 

 

DIVISION 4

Alhambra

Alta Loma

Apple Valley

Atascadero

Beaumont

Bishop Montgomery

Bloomington

Buena

Buena Park

Canyon Country Canyon

Cathedral

Cerritos

Chino

Citrus Hill

Claremont

Covina

Diamond Bar

Elsinore

Glenn

Golden Valley

Grand Terrace

Hacienda Heights Wilson

Hemet

Heritage

Hillcrest

Irvine

Irvine University

Jurupa Hills

Knight

La Habra

La Palma Kennedy

La Quinta

La Serna

Laguna Hills

Lancaster

Loara

Lompoc

Lompoc Cabrillo

Los Altos

Monrovia

Montclair

Montebello

Nogales

North Torrance

Northview

Oak Hills

Oak Park

Oxnard Pacifica

Pasadena

Ramona

Rancho Verde

Ridgecrest Burroughs

Salesian

San Marino

Santa Ana Calvary Chapel

Santa Ynez

Segerstrom

Serrano

Sierra Vista

Sonora

South Torrance

St. Paul

Templeton

Victor Valley

West Covina

Windward

 

 

DIVISION 5

Academy for Academic Excellence

Anaheim

Arrowhead Christian

Baldwin Park

Barstow

Beverly Hills

Brentwood School

Buckley

Carpinteria

Century

Cerritos Valley Christian

Channel Islands

Colony

Colton

Crossroads

Diamond Ranch

Dunn

Eisenhower

El Rancho

Estancia

Flintridge Prep

Fontana

Garden Grove

Garey

Granite Hills

Heritage Christian

Highland

Indio

Jurupa Valley

La Sierra

Lakeside

Lawndale

Lynwood

Malibu

Mary Star

Miller

Mission Prep

Muir

Norwalk

Ontario

Ontario Christian

Orange

Oxford Academy

Palm Springs

Palmdale

Perris

Pioneer Valley

Rancho Alamitos

Rancho Christian

Rancho Mirage

Rialto

Rim of the World

Saddleback Valley Christian

San Jacinto

Santa Maria

Santa Maria St. Joseph

Santa Paula

Schurr

Southlands Christian

St. Margaret’s

St. Monica

Sultana

Summit

Sunny Hills

Temple City

Twentynine Palms

Viewpoint

West Valley

Western

Westminster La Quinta

Whittier

Whittier Christian

Xavier Prep

Yucca Valley

 

 

DIVISION 6

Adelanto

Animo Leadership

Anza Hamilton

Apple Valley Christian

Aquinas

Arroyo Valley

Artesia

Azusa

Banning

Bell Gardens

Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian

Big Bear

Bishop Diego

Boron

Burbank Providence

Calvary Murrieta

Carnegie

Cathedral City

Chadwick

Coachella Valley

Coast Union

Compton

Compton Centennial

Costa Mesa

Duarte

Eastside

Einstein

El Monte

Excelsior

Faith Baptist

Firebaugh

Foothill Tech

Ganesha

Garden Grove Santiago

Gladstone

Glendale

Godinez

Hawthorne

Hesperia

Hesperia Christian

Hoover

Hueneme

Indian Springs

Inglewood

Keppel

Lancaster Desert Christian

Leuzinger

Long Beach Cabrillo

Long Beach Jordan

Los Amigos

Magnolia

Moreno Valley

Morningside

Morro Bay

Nipomo

Nordhoff

Norte Vista

Nuview Bridge

Orcutt Academy

Pasadena Poly

Patriot

Pioneer

Pomona

Rio Hondo Prep

Riverside Notre Dame

Rolling Hills Prep

Rowland

Rubidoux

San Gabriel

San Jacinto Valley Academy

Santa Ana

Santa Clara

Santa Clarita Christian

Santa Monica Pacifica Christian

Santa Rosa Academy

Savanna

Silverado

South El Monte

South Pasadena

St. Anthony

St. Bernard

St. Michael’s Prep

Vista del Lago

Webb

Western Christian

Westminster

 

 

DIVISION 7

Academy of Careers & Exploration

Antelope Valley

Arroyo

Avalon

Averson Global

Bassett

Bloomington Christian

Bolsa Grande

Bosco Tech

Boys’ Republic

Brethren Christian

Cal Baptist

California Lutheran

California Military

Calvary Christian

Cate

Cobalt Institute

Cornerstone Christian

Crossroads Christian

CSDR

Cuyama Valley

de Toledo

Desert Chapel

Desert Hot Springs

Desert Mirage

Dominguez

Downey Calvary Chapel

Eastside Christian

Edgewood

Environmental Charter

Fairmont Prep

Fillmore

Gabrielino

Grove

Guidance Charter

Hawthorne Math/Science

Hillcrest Christian

Joshua Springs

La Puente

La Sierra Academy

La Verne Lutheran

Lake Arrowhead Christian

Lancaster Baptist

Lancaster Bethel Christian

Lennox Academy

Littlerock

Lone Pine

Lucerne Valley

Mammoth

Maricopa

McAuliffe

Mesa Grande

Milken

Mojave

Moreno Valley Calvary Chapel

Mountain View

New Roads

Newbury Park Adventist

Noli Indian

Oakwood

Ojai Valley

Orange Vista

Pacific

Pacific Hills

Packinghouse Christian

Palm Valley

Pasadena Marshall

Pilgrim

Pius X-St. Matthias Academy

Public Safety Academy

Redlands Adventist

Riverside Bethel Christian

Riverside County Education Academy

Riverside Prep

Rosemead

Saddleback

San Bernardino

Santa Ana Valley

Santa Clarita Valley International

Santa Maria Valley Christian

Shalhevet

Shandon

Sherman Indian

Silver Valley

Southwestern Academy

St. Genevieve

St. Monica Academy

Summit View

Summit View West

Tarbut V’Torah

Temecula Prep

Thacher

Trinity Classical

University Prep

Upland Christian

Valley Torah

Vasquez

Victor Valley Christian

Villanova Prep

Vistamar

Whitney

Wildwood

Workman

Yeshiva

 

Football

Scott Meyer resigns as football coach at Servite

Scott Meyer has resigned after three years as football coach at Servite.

It’s the latest in a surge of football resignations and changes taking place around Southern California since Jan. 1.

Crespi made a coaching change on Wednesday, and there are now openings at Crean Lutheran, La Salle, Buena Park, Long Beach Poly, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands East Valley, Bonita and Glendora, among others.

There’s also competition for top assistant positions at St. John Bosco and JSerra.

It’s all creating an interesting dynamic and rush to finalize positions before spring practice begins. As coaches are hired, other jobs become open.

Meyer left Corona del Mar after winning three Southern Section championships for the challenge of Servite, which competes in the toughest league in California, the Trinity League.

 

 

Basketball: Thursday scores

BOYS BASKETBALL

ACADEMY LEAGUE

Crean Lutheran 104, Brethren Christian 42

 

EXPRESS LEAGUE

Tarbut V’Torah 48, Southland Christian 47

 

INLAND VALLEY LEAGUE

Rancho Verde 59, Riverside Poly 39

Riverside North 91, Valley View 49

 

MIRAMONTE LEAGUE

La Puente 40, Garey 39

 

MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE

Citrus Hill 57, Beaumont 49

Hemet 61, West Valley 34

 

MOUNTAIN VALLEY LEAGUE

Pacific 76, Rubidoux 63

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Beckman 60, Northwood 59

Corona del Mar 73, Irvine 54

Woodbridge 86, Irvine University 77

 

RIVER VALLEY LEAGUE

Hillcrest 65, Jurupa Valley 49

Patriot 63, La Sierra 55

Ramona 73, Norte Vista 54

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

DEL REY LEAGUE

Gardena Serra 65, Bishop Montgomery 63

 

INLAND VALLEY LEAGUE

Rancho Verde 71, Riverside Poly 29

 

MIRAMONTE LEAGUE

Garey 59, La Puente 25

 

MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE

Beaumont 41, Citrus Hill 23

 

ORANGE LEAGUE

Anaheim 58, Century 26

 

ORANGE COAST LEAGUE

Costa Mesa 41, Laguna Beach 20

Godinez 55, Saddleback 20

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Beckman 64, Northwood 37

Irvine University 52, Woodbridge 41

 

RIVER VALLEY LEAGUE

Ramona 59, Norte Vista 36

 

SEA VIEW LEAGUE

Dana Hills 56, Capistrano Valley 30

Trabuco Hills 58, Mission Viejo 34

 

SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

San Juan Hills 45, El Toro 40

Tesoro 51, San Clemente 45

 

SOUTH VALLEY LEAGUE

California Military Institute 67, Calvary Murrieta 17

 

SUNSET LEAGUE

Edison 56, Huntington Beach 34

Fountain Valley 63, Marina 56 (OT)

Los Alamitos 74, Newport Harbor 19

 

TRINITY LEAGUE

Mater Dei 55, Rosary 35

Orange Lutheran 50, Santa Margarita 33

 

 

Basketball

Twitter to livestream 8 high school basketball games

Twitter is joining the growing number of entities streaming prep sporting events on the web.

#TheDebut, presented by Gatorade, will be a livestream broadcast on Twitter featuring eight high school basketball games. Among the matchups is Windward vs. Crossroads on Feb. 8.

It will be available globally. One of the broadcasters will be former NBA player Baron Davis, a Crossroads grad.

Here’s the link to the broadcasts.

Basketball: Wednesday scores

BOYS' BASKETBALL

BIG VIII LEAGUE

Eastvale Roosevelt 69, King 43

 

CAMINO REAL LEAGUE

St. Anthony 77, Bishop Amat 71

 

CITRUS BELT LEAGUE

Cajon 102, Carter 73

Miller 62, Redlands 49

 

COASTAL LEAGUE

Vistamar 66, Lennox Academy 35

 

DEL REY LEAGUE

Bishop Montgomery 79, Cathedral 62

St. Bernard 62, Cantwell Sacred Heart 54

 

EXPRESS LEAGUE

Fairmont Prep 67, Avalon 14

 

GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE

Bolsa Grande 69, Los Amigos 54

Garden Grove 85, Garden Grove Santiago 78

 

GOLDEN WEST LEAGUE

Loara 55, Santa Ana 50

Ocean View 74, Westminster 53

 

MISSION LEAGUE

Crespi 78, Harvard-Westlake 68

 

MOORE LEAGUE

Long Beach Poly 81, Long Beach Jordan 45

 

ORANGE COAST LEAGUE

Costa Mesa 57, Godinez 49

Laguna Beach 73, Estancia 40

Saddleback 73, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 47

 

PIONEER LEAGUE

Leuzinger 64, Torrance 59

West Torrance 59, South Torrance 32

 

SAN JOAQUIN LEAGUE

Capistrano Valley Christian 49, Newport Beach Pacifica Christian 47

 

SEA VIEW LEAGUE

Capistrano Valley 61, Dana Hills 39

 

SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

Aliso Niguel 57, San Clemente 54

 

SUNBELT LEAGUE

Paloma Valley 79, Perris 48

 

SUNSET LEAGUE

Edison 66, Fountain Valley 40

Newport Harbor 49, Marina 41

 

TRINITY LEAGUE

Santa Margarita 60, JSerra 40

 

WEST VALLEY LEAGUE

Birmingham 80, El Camino Real 55

 

NONLEAGUE

El Toro 64, Laguna Hills 26

San Gabriel Academy 58, Saddleback Valley Christian 53

 

 

 

 

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

BIG VIII LEAGUE

Corona Centennial 75, Corona 36

King 63, Eastvale Roosevelt 41

Norco 70, Corona Santiago 60

 

CITRUS BELT LEAGUE

Yucaipa 60, Citrus Valley 50

 

COASTAL LEAGUE

Rolling Hills Prep 67, Wildwood 12

 

GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE

Bolsa Grande 52, Los Amigos 8

Garden Grove 51, Garden Grove Santiago 14

 

PIONEER LEAGUE

Leuzinger 57, Torrance 36

West Torrance 65, South Torrance 26

Basketball

Birmingham sends message with rout of El Camino Real

Watch out, Westchester. Beware, Fairfax. The defending City Section Open Division basketball champions from Birmingham High should not be forgotten.

The Patriots sent out a clear and convincing message that they must be dealt with after routing El Camino Real 80-55 in a West Valley League game Wednesday night.

Birmingham has come on strong since it picked up its transfer students Jan. 1. Devonaire Doutrive led Birmingham with 23 points and 6-11 Christian Koloko added 16 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks. Tyjae Medley had 11 points.

Taft defeated Cleveland 88-51. Taft Coach Derrick Taylor was ejected and will have to miss Friday’s game against Birmingham. Granada Hills defeated Chatsworth 62-47.

In the Coliseum League, Dorsey won its sixth consecutive game with a 70-34 win over Locke. Ali Betts scored 18 points. Crenshaw defeated Hawkins 65-43.

In the Western League, University defeated LACES 70-53. Daisone Hughes had 23 points and David Cheatom 22. Fairfax defeated Palisades 75-49. Robert McRae scored 14 points.

In the East Valley League, Grant defeated North Hollywood 69-54. Erik Paniosian finished with 27 points.

In the Mission League, Crespi took over first place with a 78-68 win over Harvard-Westlake. Brandon Williams had 37 points and Taj Regans 18. Johnny Juzang led Harvard-Westlake with 18 points.

St. Francis picked up its first league win with a 67-65 victory over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. Andre Henry had 19 points, Dennis Flowers 16 and Javon Jones 15. Ryan Engs scored 22 points for Notre Dame. Loyola defeated Alemany 81-70. CJ Jones finished with 27 points and James Keefe 18.

In the Trinity League, St. John Bosco stayed in first place with a 44-31 win over Servite. Michael Wang scored 20 points in mater Dei’s 77-66 win over Orange Lutheran. Tre Anderson had 22 points for Orange Lutheran. Santa Margarita defeated JSerra 60-40. Jake Kyman had 16 points.

Corona Centennial defeated Corona 75-47. DJ Davis had 21 points. Roosevelt defeated King 69-43. David Agba had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Oak Park defeated Moorpark 85-51. Riley Battin had 31 points and 13 rebounds. Clark Slajchert added 21 points. Oak Park plays at Camarillo on Friday.

No. 1 Bishop Montgomery rolled to a 79-62 win over Cathedral. David Singleton scored 32 points. St. Bernard defeated Cantwell-Sacred Heart 62-54. Ro Mansel had 23 points.

Los Altos defeated Chino 100-50. Jarod Lucas had 33 points.

Executive Prep defeated Ribet 72-63. Cameron Denson scored 21 points.

St. Anthony defeated Bishop Amat 77-71 in overtime. Cacoa Chatman scored 19 points.

Warren won its sixth consecutive game with a 56-46 win over Gahr. Andre Fields and Andrew Amaya each scored 14 points.

Football

Troy Thomas is out as football coach at Crespi

Five years after returning to his alma mater, Crespi, following a successful stint at Servite, Troy Thomas is no longer the Celts’ football coach, the school announced Wednesday.

The Celts had been struggling with dwindling player numbers and lack of success in the win-loss department. Crespi was 9-2 in 2014, his second year back, but had losing records in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, including 1-10 last season. More troubling was the lack of students participating in football.

Thomas played on Crespi’s 1986 Southern Section championship team. He was head coach from 2001 to ‘04, then left for Servite, where his teams won two Pac-5 championships.

He did things his way and was known as a disciplinarian. His departure comes a little more than a month before Catholic schools start sending out acceptance letters to incoming freshmen.

“I think I did what I came to do and that was to clean up the football program,” Thomas said. “We went from leading the way in transfers to doing nothing. The school is in position now to help kids as long as they are the right ones.”

This was a tough decision for Crespi, because there’s lots of people on campus who have worked with Thomas for years. He embraced the school’s mission of trying to turn boys into men but there were the usual off-the-field battles with parents.

The school said in a a news release, “With great pride in his achievements and a deep sense of appreciation, football Coach Troy Thomas and Crespi have decided to part ways for the 2018-19 school year.”

Thomas said he has no final plans what to do next. “I need a job,” he said.

He has a promising eighth-grade son, Houston, who plans to play football next season. He’s a running back. Thomas will continue to help his alma mater when asked.

“I think Crespi is on the way up,” he said. “I love Crespi. I love the kids, families, teachers. It was time for Crespi and maybe for me to make a change.”

Crespi will begin a search for a replacement.

 

Basketball: Tuesday scores

BOYS' BASKETBALL

ACADEMY LEAGUE

Crean Lutheran 77, St. Margaret’s 39

Oxford Academy 61, Sage Hill 59

 

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

Ontario Christian 74, Woodcrest Christian 64

Riverside Notre Dame 115, Linfield Christian 36

 

CRESTVIEW LEAGUE

Anaheim Canyon 75, Foothill 57

Esperanza 80, Yorba Linda 65

 

EMPIRE LEAGUE

Cypress 81, La Palma Kennedy 29

Garden Grove Pacifica 58, Tustin 55 (OT)

Placentia Valencia 66, Western 37

 

FOOTHILL LEAGUE

Golden Valley 67, Saugus 63

Hart 65, Canyon Country Canyon 44

Valencia 61, West Ranch 51

 

FREEWAY LEAGUE

Buena Park 60, Fullerton 51

La Habra 57, Sonora 55 (OT)

 

GOLD COAST LEAGUE

Paraclete 64, Viewpoint 60

 

HERITAGE LEAGUE

Santa Clarita Christian 69, Palmdale Aerospace 35

 

INLAND VALLEY LEAGUE

Riverside Poly 49, Riverside North 47

Valley View 72, Canyon Springs 55

 

MIRAMONTE LEAGUE

Garey 64, Ganesha 39

 

MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE

Beaumont 59, West Valley 33

Citrus Hill 77, San Jacinto 59

 

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

Villa Park 79, Brea Olinda 65

 

OLYMPIC LEAGUE

Heritage Christian 66, Maranatha 63

Whittier Christian 64, Cerritos Valley Christian 53

 

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Burbank 88, Crescenta Valley 78

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Beckman 73, Woodbridge 67

Irvine University 79, Irvine 67

Northwood 59, Corona del Mar 51

 

RIVER VALLEY LEAGUE

Hillcrest 65, Ramona 54

La Sierra 62, Jurupa Valley 51

Patriot 88, Norte Vista 51

 

SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE

Indian Springs 55, Jurupa Hills 53 (OT)

 

SOUTHWESTERN LEAGUE

Murrieta Mesa 61, Vista Murrieta 54

 

NONLEAGUE

Village Christian 85, Bell-Jeff 34

 

 

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

ACADEMY LEAGUE

Oxford Academy 68, Sage Hill 36

 

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

Aquinas 46, Arrowhead Christian 31

Riverside Notre Dame 62, Linfield Christian 31

 

BASELINE LEAGUE

Upland 54, Chino Hills 53

 

CRESTVIEW LEAGUE

Brea Olinda 79, Esperanza 39

Foothill 59, El Dorado 51

 

EMPIRE LEAGUE

La Palma Kennedy 62, Cypress 48

 

FREEWAY LEAGUE

Sonora 72, La Habra 6

Troy 42, Sunny Hills 33

 

INLAND VALLEY LEAGUE

Rancho Verde 67, Arlington 6

Valley View 63, Canyon Springs 50

 

MOUNTAIN PASS LEAGUE

Beaumont 67, West Valley 32

 

MOUNTAIN VALLEY LEAGUE

Moreno Valley 59, Rubidoux 21

 

MT. BALDY LEAGUE

Ontario 54, Chaffey 37

 

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

Anaheim Canyon 56, El Modena 37

Villa Park 66, Yorba Linda 59

 

OLYMPIC LEAGUE

Whittier Christian 45, Cerritos Valley Christian 36

 

ORANGE LEAGUE

Santa Ana Valley 56, Anaheim 43

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Corona del Mar 51, Northwood 44

Irvine University 63, Irvine 43

Woodbridge 45, Beckman 34

 

RIVER VALLEY LEAGUE

Jurupa Valley 62, La Sierra 46

Patriot 68, Norte Vista 22

Ramona 35, Hillcrest 23

 

SEA VIEW LEAGUE

Dana Hills 45, Trabuco Hills 40

Laguna Hills 53, Mission Viejo 37

 

SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

San Clemente 61, El Toro 48

Tesoro 60, Aliso Niguel 53

 

SOUTH VALLEY LEAGUE

Calvary Murrieta 37, Nuview Bridge 33

 

SOUTHWESTERN LEAGUE

Murrieta Valley 58, Chaparral 39

Vista Murrieta 64, Murrieta Mesa 46

 

SUNSET LEAGUE

Edison 62, Fountain Valley 37

Los Alamitos 45, Huntington Beach 27

Newport Harbor 60, Marina 49

 

TRINITY LEAGUE

JSerra 42, Santa Margarita 23

 

NONLEAGUE

Corona Santiago 61, Carnegie 35

 

Football

Pullman police investigate death of former Upland QB Tyler Hilinski

Washington State's Tyler Hilinski passes against Michigan State during the first half of the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28. (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
Washington State's Tyler Hilinski passes against Michigan State during the first half of the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28. (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

Tyler Hilinski, a former Upland High quarterback who was expected to contend for the starting job for Washington State this fall, was found dead in his apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, according to the Pullman Police Department.

Hilinski was 21.

Police reported a rifle was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found. Police detectives and the Whitman County coroner’s office will be conducting an investigation to confirm the suspected cause and manner of death.

Upland Coach Tim Salter said he was told that when Hilinski failed to show for an afternoon practice, teammates went to the apartment and found him dead.

“I’m having a hard time to understand it all,” he said. “I feel so bad for the family.”

Hilinski was a redshirt sophomore at Washington State. He made his first collegiate start in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 against Michigan State, a 42-17 defeat.

He was part of a well-known Southern California family that produced three outstanding quarterbacks. Older brother Kelly starred at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, where Tyler played his first two seasons. Youngest brother Ryan is a junior at Orange Lutheran and considered one of the top prospects in California.

The news hit Notre Dame assistant Joe McNab very hard. One of his sons played with Hilinski in high school.

“It’s so sad,” McNab said. “He was an awesome kid. I feel so bad for his family. It’s awful.”

Washington State coach Mike Leach and interim athletic director John Johnson issued a statement.

Many people quickly took into Twitter for reaction on Hilinski’s death.

Basketball

Etiwanda continues to hold down first place in Baseline League

Etiwanda (19-1, 3-0) continues to be the team to beat in the Baseline League.

Kessler Edwards scored 20 points in the Eagles’ 72-59 victory over Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday night. The big upset in the league was Upland knocking off Chino Hills 64-63. Kenny Chilson made six three-pointers for Upland.

Damien defeated Los Osos 68-55. Eric Hancik had 24 points and Cameron Shelton 20.

In the Inland Valley League, Riverside Poly (16-3, 3-0) handed North (14-2, 2-1) a 49-47 defeat. Lamont Butler led the Bears with 20 points. Edwyn Collins had 19 points for North.

In the Pacific League, Xavier Davis scored 32 points in Burbank’s 88-78 win over Crescenta Valley. Arman Pezeshkian had 41 points for the Falcons.

Heritage Christian defeated Maranatha 66-63. Noah Fernando scored 34 points.

Paraclete defeated Viewpoint 64-60. Michael Feinberg had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Viewpoint.

In the Foothill League, Valencia defeated West Ranch 61-51. Richard Kawakami had 18 points. Hart defeated Canyon 65-44. Luca Robinson scored 24 points.

Troy received 24 points from Alec Sinek in a 57-44 win over Sunny Hills.

Flintridge Prep defeated Chadwick 65-42. Jonathan Le had 16 points.

 

Basketball

Crespi vs. Harvard-Westlake matches Russell White vs. David Rebibo

First place in the Mission League will be on the line Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Crespi. It should be a packed crowd. Harvard-Westlake, with four talented sophomores and a freshman in its starting lineup, will take on the Brandon Williams-led Celts.

For basketball fanatics, the coaching battle will be something else. It’s Russell White going against David Rebibo. Rebibo was White’s freshman coach for one season, then left for El Camino Real, where he guided the Conquistadors to a City Division II championship. Then he went to the University of San Francisco to be an assistant before returning to Harvard-Westlake.

“It’s going to be a fun, festive, competitive game,” White said of facing Rebibo and the Wolverines. “Dave does a great job.”

Said Rebibo: “Russell is one of the best coaches in California. It’s not going to be easy.”

The unknown factor in this game is 6-foot-10 sophomore Mason Hooks of Harvard-Westlake. His rebounding and ability to score inside could help offset Crespi’s strength at the guard position.

“The thing that comes to mind is monster and beast,” White said of Hooks. “I love his passion for the game.”

Talk about passion — just watch the coaches. That might be as entertaining as the game.

Basketball

Basketball polls from Southern Section

The Southern Section has released its latest basketball polls.

Here’s the link for boys’ teams.

Here’s the link for girls’ teams.

Football

Glenn High to hold groundbreaking for $25-million stadium project

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Thursday at Glenn High in Norwalk for the construction of new synthetic turf fields, buildings, bleachers and lighting.

It’s the start of a major project that will provide additions and renovations across more than 20 acres of the campus.

The $25-million project is funded through Measure G, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s improvement bond passed by voters in 2014.

The project is scheduled to be completed in December.

Baseball

Easton tournament is loaded with top baseball teams

Easton tournament schedule (Eric Sondheimer)
Easton tournament schedule (Eric Sondheimer)

As usual, the Easton tournament is loaded with top baseball teams. The tournament begins on Feb. 24.

Harvard-Westlake, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Birmingham, El Camino Real, Simi Valley, West Ranch, Hart, Valencia and Oaks Christian lead the 36-team field.

Among the intriguing divisional games are El Camino Real at Simi Valley, led by standout pitcher Owen Sharts, on Feb. 27, and Newbury Park at Chaminade on Feb. 27.

Here’s the link to the complete schedule.

Basketball: Monday scores

BOYS BASKETBALL

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

Riverside Notre Dame 92, Aquinas 49

 

NONLEAGUE

Alemany 57, Villa Park 52

Bishop Montgomery 61, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 40

Bloomington 61, Perris 50

Canyon Springs 60, Grand Terrace 53

Capistrano Valley Christian, 57, Elsinore 47

Cathedral 69, Anaheim Canyon 66

Corona 79, Carter 55

Costa Mesa 64, Western 36

Damien 61, Concord De La Salle 52

Eastvale Roosevelt 68, Arcadia 62

Edison 80, Dos Pueblos 59

Irvine University 87, Orangewood Academy 72

King 72, Palm Desert 36

La Sierra 57, Moreno Valley 56

Laguna Beach 69, Rancho Mirage 45

Loara 83, Magnolia 73

Los Alamitos 64, Mayfair 56

Los Altos 62, Rolling Hills Prep 57

Mira Costa 69, Los Angeles Marshall 59

Montverde (Fla.) Montverde Academy 74, Mater Dei 48

Murrieta Valley 66, Adelanto 65

Newport Beach Pacifica Christian 73, Savanna 65

Newport Harbor 62, Norco 37

Ocean View 61, El Toro 52

Pacific 65, Summit 55

Rancho Christian 72, Corona Centennial 65

Rancho Verde 61, Murrieta Mesa 54

Riverside North 73, Kaiser 58

San Diego Mission Bay 59, Orange Lutheran 55

San Gabriel Academy 65, Corona del Mar 61

St. Anthony 68, Capistrano Valley 51

Tahquitz 64, Cleveland 61

Temecula Valley 101, Huntington Beach 81

Torrance 63, Sunny Hills 39

 

 

 

 

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

AMBASSADOR LEAGUE

Aquinas 41, Riverside Notre Dame 40

 

NONLEAGUE

Carson 50, Lakeside 36

Etiwanda 64, Gardena Serra 62

Fairmont Prep 51, San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral 46

Mater Dei 66, Canyon Country Canyon 41

Moorpark 49, Corona del Mar 40

Orangewood Academy 55, Rosary 54

Santa Margarita 40, Arcadia 29

Sonora 66, Foothill Tech 46

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