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Alexandra Castillo of Birmingham won her weight class at the Women's West Coast Tournament of Champions wrestling competition.
Alexandra Castillo of Birmingham won her weight class at the Women's West Coast Tournament of Champions wrestling competition. (West Coast Tournament of Champions)

Don’t mess with Alexandra Castillo of Birmingham on the wrestling match.

She won the 235-pound weight class at the Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions this past weekend in Rocklin.

It’s the only all-female wrestling tournament in the nation that has high school and college competitors. More than 400 competitors took part over two days.

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  • Football
J.T. Daniels of Mater Dei has been named the Gatorade national player of the year.
J.T. Daniels of Mater Dei has been named the Gatorade national player of the year. (Associated Press)

A season of near perfection continued on Tuesday for junior quarterback J.T. Daniels of Santa Ana Mater Dei.

He was surprised when Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson announced via video that Daniels was the winner of the Gatorade national player of the year award.

"This is one of the greatest awards in all of high school sports,” Daniels said. “At the end of the day, this is still a team award. I’m really honored to receive this, but this one goes to the Mater Dei community.”

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Running back Jermar Jefferson of Narbonne is the City Section Open Division player of the year.
Running back Jermar Jefferson of Narbonne is the City Section Open Division player of the year. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Running back Jermar Jefferson of Narbonne has been selected the City Section Open Division player of the year by the coaches. He tops the All-City team after leading the Gauchos to their fourth consecutive City championship.

The offensive player of the year was quarterback Jalen Chatman of Narbonne. The defensive player of the year was linebacker Darien Butler of Narbonne.

The offensive lineman of the year was junior Jonah Tauanu’u of Narbonne. The defensive lineman of the year was Travis Faavae of Narbonne.

The kicker of the year was Edgar Ramos of Narbonne. The punter of the year was Ramiro Lopez of San Pedro.

In Division I, the player of the year was junior running back Trevor Gill of San Fernando. Quarterback Ernie Arcia of South Gate, defensive back Dion Bascom of Dorsey, offensive lineman Ari Sallus of Palisades and defensive lineman Nigel Edwards of San Fernando also picked up awards.

In Division II, running back Bey’Jon Lee of Huntington Park was named player of the year. Quarterback Davy Stone of Eagle Rock, junior defensive end Alonzo Gray-Hall of Reseda, junior offensive lineman Emmanuel White of View Park and defensive lineman Michael Ross of Cleveland also picked up honors.

In Division III, the player of the year was receiver Johnny Hernandez of Marshall. Running back Tiquan Gilmore of Torres, linebacker Donta Sharp of Locke, offensive lineman Nestor Garcia-Chavez of North Hollywood and defensive lineman Cesar Ibarra of Contreras also received awards.

Here’s the link for the complete All-City teams.

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Fairfax (7-1) continues to roll, coming away with a 71-55 victory over Rainer Beach on Monday night in Hawaii.

Shawn Booker scored 23 points, Ethan Anderson 20 and Jamal Hartwell 11.

In the same tournament, Taft suffered its first defeat, losing to Portland Jefferson 73-59. Kihei Clark had 21 points and Brandon Wilson 16.

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Calabasas appears to have acted a little too quickly in announcing on Friday that Chris Claiborne had been hired to replace Casey Clausen as football coach just hours after Clausen submitted his resignation to go to Alemany.

Public schools are supposed to first consider certificated employees in their district when there’s a coaching change. Claiborne was the defensive coordinator at Long Beach Poly.

In an email sent to employees in the Las Virgenes Unified School District on Monday, Rose Dunn, assistant superintendent, said, “Dear Certificated Employees. It has come to my attention that only CHS certificated staff received the email about the football opening at CHS.

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Bo Calvert, a standout linebacker from Westlake Village Christian who has been committed to USC for months, said on Monday that he will sign with UCLA on Wednesday.

Calvert went on an official visit to UCLA this past weekend and said that new UCLA coach Chip Kelly offered him a scholarship.

Calvert missed weeks of this season with an injury. His younger brother, Josh, is a junior at Oaks Christian and also highly regarded as a safety.

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For all the deserved attention Mater Dei’s offense received this season for a 15-0 record, the defense wasn’t too bad, and you have to salute senior linebacker Jack Genova for his performance in a 52-21 victory on Saturday night against De La Salle in the CIF state championship Open Division bowl game.

He finished with 15 tackles. No player in any of the five games played in Sacramento reached that level.

In 2016, Genova was limited to six games because of a knee injury.

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Receiver Amon-ra St. Brown of Mater Dei was named Trinity League MVP.
Receiver Amon-ra St. Brown of Mater Dei was named Trinity League MVP. (Gina Ferazzi)

Receiver Amon-ra St. Brown of Santa Ana Mater Dei has been named the Trinity League player of the year.

The offensive MVP was junior quarterback J.T. Daniels of Mater Dei. The co-defensive MVPs are Nathan Logelo of Mater Dei and Abdul-Malik McClain of JSerra.

The most valuable lineman was Tommy Brown of Mater Dei. The most valuable specialist was Malone Mataele of Santa Margarita. The most valuable punter was Jake Haggard of JSerra. The most valuable kicker was Dylan Brady of Santa Margarita.

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A new era in college football recruiting begins on Wednesday. It’s the first early signing period for high school seniors. It’s a three-day opportunity for kids to finish up their recruiting. If they aren’t ready, the next signing date is Feb. 7.

Lots of players have been ready for months to finalize recruiting, so this date makes sense. Of course, others have been playing the game of keeping everyone guessing. They can do it again but at their own risk.

There have been lots of decommits because of coaching changes, which means more players will wait until February so they can take official visits and see how the landscape has changed and which assistant coaches will be staying or going.

The NBA announced Monday that it will be sponsoring the first global youth basketball championship for top boys and girls teams ages 14 and under.

The Jr. NBA World Championship looks similar to what Little League has done for baseball. It will feature 16 regional champions (eight U.S. and eight international teams) that will receive all-expenses paid trips to compete in the event Aug. 7-12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. It’s located at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The NBA is hoping to influence youth basketball in a positive way by focusing on core values that perhaps might rub off on the AAU circuit  — teamwork, respect, determination and community. All coaches participating will be required to be trained and licensed by the USA Basketball or FIBA.