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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.

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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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Crean Lutheran 80, Whitney 39

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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.

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Conquistadores win West Valley League opener

Hold off those City Section Open Division seeding predictions. They’re hardly a done deal, as El Camino Real demonstrated on Wednesday night with a 67-59 road upset over Taft in a West Valley League basketball opener.

Standout guard Eddy Egun scored 21 points, but the key for the Conquistadores was Egun receiving scoring help. With Taft lacking size, Monsoor Azizi muscled his way inside for 17 points. And Kennedy transfer Jahville Collins scored 16 points, including a spurt of baskets in the fourth quarter that helped El Camino Real turn a nine-point first-half deficit into a decisive lead.

Kihei Clark scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for Taft.

Defending City champion Birmingham opened league play with a 74-64 win over Granada Hills. Devonaire Doutrive had 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Christian Koloko added 10 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks. Jesse Bannout scored 26 points for Granada Hills. Chatsworth defeated Cleveland 69-63.

In the Western League, Westchester set up a Friday showdown with Fairfax by defeating University 69-38. Zellie Hudson had 16 points for the Comets. Daisone Hughes scored 16 points for Uni. Westchester is 16-3 and 2-0.

In the Marine League, Kendal Frey scored 16 points in Narbonne’s 51-47 win over Gardena. Washington defeated King-Drew 57-51.