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The gym floor at Jackie Tatum Park in South Los Angeles is set to be restored.
The gym floor at Jackie Tatum Park in South Los Angeles is set to be restored. (Jackie Tatum Park)

A donation from the Annenberg Foundation will help restore gymnasium floors at three Los Angeles city parks — Jackie Tatum Park and South Park, both in South L.A., and Rosecrans Park in Gardena.

Wallis Annenberg, chairman of the foundation’s board, made the donation after a conversation with Amy Wakeland, the wife of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. Wakeland supports Girls Play Los Angeles, a program designed to increase girls’ participation in sports.

The new courts will help encourage more participants in the Girls Play Los Angeles program.

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The John R. Wooden Award has announced its high school basketball players of the year.

For boys, the honorees are Westchester’s Kaelen Allen (City Section), Chino Hills’ Onyeka Okongwu (Division I), Crossroads’ Shareef O’Neal (Division II), Riverside Notre Dame’s Anthony Holland (Division III), Rolling Hills Prep’s Chris Koon (Division IV) and Santa Clarita Christian’s Jordan Starr (Division V).

For girls, the honorees are Fairfax’s Dawnyel Lair (City Section), Windward’s Charisma Osborne (Division I), Ribet’s Lola Pendande (Division II), La Salle’s Julia Macbuhay (Division III), Brentwood’s Destiny McAlister (Division IV) and Huneme’s Vanessa Smart (Division V).

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Kaelen Allen of Westchester goes up for layup against Kirk Smith of Fairfax. Allen is the City player of the year.
Kaelen Allen of Westchester goes up for layup against Kirk Smith of Fairfax. Allen is the City player of the year. (Kent Nishimura)

Kaelen Allen, a 6-foot-6 senior at Westchester who became a key player in the playoffs, has been selected the City Section player of the year in basketball.

He helped lead Westchester to the City Open Division championship.

Making the All-City team were Ethan Anderson, Jamal Hartwell and Robert McRae of Fairfax; Jordan Brinson and Zellie Hudson of Westchester; Kihei Clark and Demetrius Calip of Taft; Devonaire Doutrive and Christian Koloko of Birmingham; Kevin Ebiriekwe and Dominique Winbush of Crenshaw; Eddy Egun of El Camino Real; Jordan Griffin and Malik Muhammad of Narbonne; Daisone Hughes of University; Noel Scott of Washington; and Tyree Winbush of Van Nuys.

Santa Ana Mater Dei announced Wednesday that it will play host to Florida IMG Academy on Sept. 21 at Santa Ana Stadium in a prep football game.

Both programs have come to rely on transfer students, so it should be great for television. Players have been lobbying to play each other.

The contract has been signed and completed, according to an IMG spokesman.

BASEBALL

DEL REY LEAGUE

Bishop Amat 3, Gardena Serra 2

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Bryn Harper of Esperanza threw his second consecutive shutout on Tuesday against Capistrano Valley.
Bryn Harper of Esperanza threw his second consecutive shutout on Tuesday against Capistrano Valley. (Eric Sondheimer)

After throwing consecutive shutouts for Esperanza, senior left-hander Bryn Harper certainly looks like a leading candidate for most improved player.

How else to explain someone who pitched his entire junior season on junior varsity, earning a starting spot in the fall and is now the ace pitcher for surging Esperanza, which improved to 10-2 under first-year coach Kyle Muhisteff on Tuesday after a 7-0 victory over Capistrano Valley.

Harper threw strike after strike. He had a no-hitter into the fifth inning and finished with a two-hitter, striking out six and walking none. Hayden Winters had a three-run double.

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New Simi Valley coach Jim Benkert.
New Simi Valley coach Jim Benkert. (Joelle Cardona)

Jim Benkert is returning to the public school ranks after accepting the offer to become football coach at Simi Valley.

Benkert spent 26 years as head coach at Westlake, then left for Oaks Christian in 2015. The Lions won the Southern Section Division 2 championship last fall but Benkert resigned under pressure after a dispute with the administration.

He’ll be starting over with a program that went 2-7 last season and competes in Division 7.

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Aaron Holiday, center, is a projected first-round pick in the draft and one day could play in the NBA against brothers Jrue (11) and Justin.
Aaron Holiday, center, is a projected first-round pick in the draft and one day could play in the NBA against brothers Jrue (11) and Justin. (AP / TNS / Getty)

The decision of UCLA guard Aaron Holiday to make himself available for the NBA draft sets the stage for three Holiday brothers to be on NBA teams for the 2018-19 seasons.

How big of an accomplishment is that?

“I’m excited for all of them,” said their mother, Toya, who works at North Hollywood Campbell Hall and was a standout basketball player at Granada Hills Kennedy and Arizona State. Father Shawn also played basketball at Arizona State.

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CAMINO REAL LEAGUE

Mary Star 5, St. Monica 0

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After being sidelined for a week because of rain, La Mirada’s baseball team couldn’t wait to face Cerritos in its Suburban League opener on Monday. And no one was better than sophomore Jared Jones, who struck out 11 in a 3-0 victory for La Mirada.

Jones has been known more for hits hitting. He came in batting .500. But he let his pitching do his talking this time. Darius Perry hit a home run. La Mirada is 8-1-1 overall.

A six-run seventh inning helped Glendora overcome a 1-0 deficit to defeat South Hills 6-1 in a Palomares League game. Sergio Ramirez and Bryce Wooldridge each had two hits. Adam Armstrong allowed one run in five innings. Jacob Gonzalez got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh by getting a double play.