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  • Football
Former Bengal Chad Johnson
Former Bengal Chad Johnson (MCT)

Venice's football team has a new receiver. Sophomore Chad Johnson Jr. is the son of the former NFL standout who is known as Ocho Cinco for his No. 85 jersey with the Cincinnati Bengals.

"He's a very humble kid," said Venice coach Angelo Gasca, who knew Johnson's father when he played at Santa Monica College.

Johnson Jr. is 6 feet 3 and also a promising baseball player.

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Granada Hills is about to get its third baseball coach in three years. After Reggie Smith Jr. was dismissed for using profanity, his replacement was also recently let go.

Now the girls' golf program is facing a major change. Steve Thompson, who guided the team to seven consecutive City Section championships, is no longer the coach.

Thompson has been in a dispute with the school. He had been a physical education teacher at Granada Hills.

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  • Football

2016 was not a good season for the Oaks Christian defense. The Lions gave up 55 points to Chaminade, 62 points to Alemany and 70 points to Murrieta Valley.

Coach Jim Benkert starts practice this week with a new defensive coordinator, former Hamilton Coach Kelvin Moore. The Lions are expected to switch to a 3-4 alignment.

But the biggest change could occur when Oaks Christian decides to rush Bo Calvert on one side at defensive end and Kayvon Thibodeaux from the other side. Calvert is a USC commit moving from safety to defensive end/outside linebacker. Thibodeaux is a junior transfer from Dorsey who also will play defensive end/outside linebacker.

  • Football

Southern Section football teams begin practice on Monday.

Zero week games are scheduled for Aug. 24-26.

Scrimmages are set for Aug. 17-18.

  • Football
Mater Dei quarterback J.T. Daniels throws down field against St. John Bosco last season.
Mater Dei quarterback J.T. Daniels throws down field against St. John Bosco last season. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Junior quarterback J.T. Daniels of Santa Ana Mater Dei announced via Twitter on Sunday that he has committed to USC.

Daniels was one of the most proficient and effective quarterbacks in California last season as a sophomore.

In 14 games, he completed 75% of his passes for 4,849 yards and 67 touchdowns with just six interceptions.

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Venice quarterback Luca Diamont.
Venice quarterback Luca Diamont. (Michael Yanow / Los Angeles Times)

Early Sunday morning, Don Diamont and his wife, Cindy, were awaken by a phone call at home. It was paramedics calling.

"We got that call that every parent dreads," Don said. "I've never been more scared in my life.'

Their son, Luca, a standout quarterback at Venice High, was visiting friends in Palm Springs and had struck his head on cement while falling off the back of a golf cart after it made a turn.

  • Football
Southern Section playoff divisions for football
Southern Section playoff divisions for football (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Southern Section football practice officially begins on Monday.

Here's the link to complete 2017 playoff divisions.

With 16 teams qualifying in each division, Division 1 will have only two schools not make the playoffs because there's 18 teams in the division.

  • Volleyball
Brothers Marcus, left, and Miles Partain of Palisades High.
Brothers Marcus, left, and Miles Partain of Palisades High. (FIVB)

Beach volleyball is bringing success and attention to the Partain brothers, Marcus and Miles, of Palisades High.

Both were All-City players last season in helping Palisades win the City Section Division I championship. Now Marcus, a junior, and Miles, a sophomore, have combined for success on the summer beach volleyball circuit.

This past month, they qualified for an AVP tournament and were in China representing the USA at the FIVB Under-21 Beach World Championships. They won two matches before losing to a team from Russia.

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Junior Josh Delrivero of Torres decided to come out and try football for the first time.
Junior Josh Delrivero of Torres decided to come out and try football for the first time. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

It was Saturday morning in Los Angeles, and the first week of City Section football practice was coming to an end.

At Torres High, about two dozen varsity players were going through the annual rite of passage: Learning to become a team; learning to respect each other; learning discipline and honor.

"We're not asking you to be perfect," an assistant coach said. "We just want perfect effort."

  • Baseball

John Herbold, a Hall of Fame baseball coach who coached for 49 years at the college and high school level, died on Wednesday, Cal State Los Angeles announced. He was 88.

Herbold was the head coach at CSLA for 21 years, winning 455 games from 1984-2004. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Assn. Hall of Fame in 1998.

At Long Beach Poly and Lakewood, he had a record of 483-176. He won Southern Section titles at Poly in 1963 and at Lakewood in 1970 and 1976.