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Varsity Times Insider: The latest sports news from Southern California's high school teams

Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976. Get his latest from the field and follow all our prep sports coverage and analysis here.

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David Serge, a former Oaks Christian basketball player who plays for Cal, honored the victims of Thousand Oaks’ Borderline Bar and Grill shootings while playing basketball in Shanghai on Nov. 9.

He wrote on his shoes “Borderline” and “T.O. Strong.” It was captured on the TV broadcast.

Here’s the link.

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  • Football

Quarterback Blake Archuleta of Bishop Amat has been selected the MVP of the Mission League by the coaches.

The MVP offensive player was running back Christian Grubb of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. The co-MVP defensive players were safety Deven Jarvis of Bishop Amat and linebacker Blake Antzoulatos of Chaminade.

The co-MVP linemen were Andrew Rowe of Bishop Amat and Dohnovan West of Alemany.

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Richard Lear is in his first season as football coach at Palmdale Highland. He also coached at Lancaster Eastside, where UCLA running back Joshua Kelley was the star. Considering Kelley ran for 289 yards at the Rose Bowl on Saturday against USC as a former walk-on, you can believe college coaches are now returning Lear’s phone calls.

“We worked hard,” Lear remembered of the 2014 season when Kelley rushed for 1,469 yards but had an offer only from UC Davis. “We tried. A lot of colleges were looking at him but nobody wanted to pull the trigger.”

Lear inherited a strong senior class at Highland, which plays 13-0 Eisenhower on Saturday at Eisenhower for the Southern Section Division 10 championship. Highland has never won a football title.

  • Basketball
Fairfax coach Steve Baik is all smiles after Robert McRae, left, and Ethan Anderson led the Lions past Bishop Montgomery.
Fairfax coach Steve Baik is all smiles after Robert McRae, left, and Ethan Anderson led the Lions past Bishop Montgomery. (Nick Koza)

There have been hints all summer and fall about the rising fortunes of City Section basketball, and on Saturday, there was tangible proof as the first week of action was completed.

Fairfax won the Ryse Williams tournament championship, knocking off No. 2-ranked Bishop Montgomery 64-56. Tournament MVP Ethan Anderson scored 28 points and Robert McRae added 16. Will Crawford and Josh Vasquez scored 15 points each for Bishop Montgomery.

And Washington Prep, another City Section team, took third place in the tournament with a 66-56 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. Hansen Clarke scored 19 points. Ziaire Williams had 26 points for Notre Dame.

Saturday, November 17th

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BOYS' WATER POLO

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

DIVISION I

  • Basketball
Camarillo players celebrate after their overtime win in the championship game of the Alemany tournament.
Camarillo players celebrate after their overtime win in the championship game of the Alemany tournament. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

When people learn that Jaime Jaquez has scored 36, 36 and 40 points in his first three games this season for Camarillo, they might conclude he’s putting up shots in great numbers. And that would be wrong.

The magic of this season’s Camarillo team is how perfectly Jaquez fits in with his teammates.

“He’s doing it unselfishly, which is amazing to do that in the team structure,” coach Michaeltore Smith said. “He’s finding ways to get his teammates easy shots.”

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday

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GIRLS' TENNIS

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL

Championship, Saturday

For Nico Young of Newbury Park, it was a memorable Saturday morning at the Southern Section cross-country championships in Riverside.

He set a course record, finishing first in 14:24.2 to lead the Panthers to the Division 2 boys championship.

Great Oak won its sixth consecutive girls Division 1 team title and also won the boys title.