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.
Their campus is closed, their shoulder pads are unavailable and they have all kinds of free time with no school until after Thanksgiving, but the Calabasas High football team continues to move forward in preparation for a Southern Section Division 2 semifinal game on Friday against Upland.
“Just going with the flow,” quarterback Jaden Casey said Tuesday afternoon after arriving at Birmingham High in Lake Balboa wearing a backpack for a practice without hitting.
The good news is that evacuation orders because of wildfires in Calabasas were lifted in the morning and crews are expected to start cleaning up the campus. The Coyotes are hoping they can get access to their equipment on Wednesday and practice in shoulder pads. The last two days of practices at Birmingham have been in shorts and looking at film.
The California Interscholastic Federation announced Tuesday that it will move back its state championship football bowl games from Dec. 7-8 to Dec. 14-15 at Cerritos College because of wildfires in Northern California.
California joins North Carolina and South Carolina as the only states extending their football championship playoffs because of natural disasters. Bad weather disrupted sports competition in the Carolinas.
The change won’t affect the Southern California regional playoffs set for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Southern California teams will get one week off while Northern California teams play their regionals the weekend of Dec. 7-8. The Open Division teams will have two weeks off before playing in the final.
There are few junior basketball players better than 6-foot-9 Ziaire Williams of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. When he got rolling on Monday night, so did the Knights in a 57-43 victory over Rolling Hills Prep in an opening game of the Ryse Williams tournament at Redondo. He finished with 25 points.
Freshman Ben Shtolzberg scored 10 points in his high school debut.
Jaren Johnson made two free throws with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give Lynwood a 72-71 win over Harvard-Westlake. The Wolverines played without three starters who were injured or sick.
Adam Hinton made a three-pointer with 18 seconds left to give Harvard-Westlake a 71-70 lead. But the official called a foul on a desperation shot attempt as the buzzer sounded. Johnson finished with 27 points. Hinton and Brase Dottin had 20 points apiece for Harvard-Westlake.
Robert McRae scored 16 points, Justin Gladney 14 and Ethan Anderson 12 to help Fairfax defeat Peninsula 68-41. Fairfax will play St. Anthony on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Noel Scott made four consecutive free throws in the final 14 seconds to lift Washington Prep past St. Anthony 56-49. Hansen Clarke scored 12 points and Scott 11.
On Wednesday, Jake Kyman and Max Agbonkpolo, teammates for four years at Santa Margarita, are set to sign with UCLA and USC, respectively.
“They’re such great kids,” coach Jeff Reinert said.
They are set to have memorable senior seasons. In their basketball debuts on Monday in the Ryse Williams tournament at Redondo High, Kyman made seven threes and finished with 30 points and Agbonkpolo had 26 points in Santa Margarita’s 74-57 win over Gardena Serra.
Forest Lake Christian High School in Auburn faced Paradise Adventist Academy in a Northern California Division VI girls’ volleyball semifinal match Saturday night. Everyone knows that the city of Paradise has been pretty much destroyed by fire.
Forest Lake team members asked the California Interscholastic Federation that in lieu of charging admission if it could accept donations for their opponent and families. The CIF said yes.
Paradise had no uniforms and most of the families had only the clothes on their backs. When they arrived, they found new uniforms, knee pads and socks for every player. There was also a room full of goods for families and dinner was served.
The California Interscholastic Federation has scheduled a conference call Tuesday morning with its 10 section commissioners to discuss what to do concerning disruptions in the sports playoff schedules due to the wildfires in Northern and Southern California.
Ron Nocetti, associate executive director, said Monday that pushing back the football season by one week is under consideration. CIF state championship bowl games are scheduled to conclude Dec. 7 and 8 at Cerritos College. If the season is pushed back one week, they would take place Dec. 14-15 at Cerritos College.
The CIF is expected to make an announcement after the conference call concerning the football regional and championship bowl game schedule.