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After writing about the issue of transfers in Friday’s Los Angeles Times, a letter to the editor arrived from a reader, David Sanderson of La Cañada-Flintridge.

Here’s his suggestion:

“The CIF, established 103 years ago, has outlived its usefulness and effectiveness. A modest proposal: establish two associations. The first would be termed the Sports Academy Assn.  Member schools, private and public, would include in their mission statement a goal of preparing students for Division I athletic scholarships and eventual professional athletic careers.  The schools in this group could recruit freely. The coaches in the SAA would be paid as full-time coaches.

“The second would be the Neighborhood Schools Assn., the members of which would enroll students residing only within existing prescribed boundaries. The students in these schools would participate for the joy of competition and the development of lifelong friendships. NSA coaches would typically be classroom teachers who coach during the season for a stipend.” 

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  • Basketball

This was supposed to be the week St. John Bosco faced the difficult task of taking on Santa Ana Mater Dei and Santa Margarita in consecutive Trinity League games.

Not only did the Braves hold their own —  they pulled off an unlikely sweep to improve to 15-2 and 3-0 in league. Their 75-70 triumph on Friday night against Santa Margarita featured 27 points from Jonathan Salazar and 18 from Josh Adoh. Jake Kyman scored 32 points for the Eagles.

Mater Dei ended a two-game losing streak with a 63-38 win over JSerra. Spencer Freedman had 20 points. Orange Lutheran defeated Servite 63-57 in double overtime.

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Tarbut V’Torah 49, Samueli 35

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Playing a smothering man-to-man defense that has been a hallmark of the Dave Kleckner coaching era, Etiwanda keeps on winning.

The Eagles improved to 17-1 overall and 2-0 in the Baseline League with a 67-53 victory over host Chino Hills on Thursday night.

Etiwanda held the once high-flying Huskies to 18 points in the first half. That’s how many points Chino Hills used to score in four minutes during the Ball brother days.

  • Baseball

Six pitchers and catchers from Southern California will be participating in this weekend’s “Dream Series” at Tempe Diablo Stadium in connection with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The event is designed to encourage amateur players of color to continue their baseball careers in the positions of pitcher and catcher. They will be receiving instruction from former MLB players.

Among the players participating are Aaron Eden from Westchester, Julian Tristan from Northwood, Jalen Parks from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Nick Bacura from Mira Costa, Jacob Schanks from Corona Santiago and Tyler Smith from Windward.

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On Jan. 1, Los Angeles Cathedral became a whole different basketball team. That’s because players who were sitting out the first month of the season became eligible.

On Wednesday night, in a Del Rey League opener, Cathedral stunned St. Bernard 65-64. Orlando Robinson, a 6-foot-9 transfer from Las Vegas, scored 29 points.

Guilherme Pedra, a 6-6 sophomore from Brazil, had 11 points.

  • Football

Charles Mincy said Thursday he and the administration at Dorsey have parted ways and he no longer will be the football coach after two seasons at his alma mater.

“The principal decided he wanted to open the job up,” Mincy said.

Mincy, a former NFL player, guided Dorsey to the City Section Division I championship game in 2016 before losing to Narbonne. The Dons lost in a revamped Division I final to San Fernando this past season.

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There are lots of one-day basketball tournaments set for Saturday and Monday.

On Saturday at Fairfax, the Harvey Kitani Invitational features a showdown game between Sierra Canyon and Fairfax at 7:30 p.m. Fairfax has a tough back-to-back challenge, having to take on Westchester on Friday night.

Fremont is the site for a one-day tournament on Saturday honoring former assistant coach Maurice Mckinzy, who died last year. Crenshaw plays Narbonne in the featured game at 5:30 p.m. Fremont plays Washington at 4 p.m. South Gate faces Carson at 1 p.m.

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There have been 5,350 names submitted to the Southern Section as sports transfer students through the first six months of the 2017-18 school year.

That’s a rise of 210 students from the previous six months of 2016-17 when there were 5,140 names submitted.

The Southern Section is on pace to exceed 7,000 transfers.