A proposal by California lawmakers to prohibit minors from playing organized tackle football before high school is already generating opposition.

A Twitter page titled “SaveCAFootball” has been created.

“We need to save California Youth Football,” according to its introduction.



Corona Santiago 4, Corona Centennial 2 (9)

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Neither rain nor Fountain Valley could cool off the Huntington Beach baseball team on Wednesday.

Dylan Ramirez contributed four hits and four RBIs and Jag Burden hit a home run in the Oilers’ 12-2 Sunset League victory, their 12th win in a row.

Los Alamitos defeated Edison 6-3

Spencer Freedman of Mater Dei is the Trinity League player of the year for the third consecutive season.
Spencer Freedman of Mater Dei is the Trinity League player of the year for the third consecutive season. (Eric Sondheimer)

There’s never been a three-time Trinity League player of the year in basketball — until now.

Senior point guard Spencer Freedman of Santa Ana Mater Dei has pulled off the feat. Headed to Harvard, he led the Monarchs to the league championship and the Southern Section Open Division title.

First-team All-Trinity League:

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Talented senior guard Dawnyel Lair of Fairfax has been named the City Section player of the year in girls’ basketball.

Known for her speed and quickness, Lair led Fairfax to the Open Division championship. She is headed to Wichita State.

Granada Hills’ Jared Honig was named coach of the year.

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Here’s a look at the City Section all-league boys’ basketball teams.


MVPs—Jordan Brinson, Westchester; Jr.; Jamal Hartwell, Fairfax, Sr.



St. Margaret’s 5, Downey Calvary Chapel 2

  • Baseball

Down 4-0, Huntington Beach rallied for a 7-6 win over Marina on Tuesday, its 11th consecutive victory.

Josh Hahn gave the Oilers (11-2) the lead for good with a two-run home run in the sixth inning in the Sunset League game.

Newport Harbor defeated Fountain Valley 2-1 on a walk-off home run by John Olmstead in the 10th inning.

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View Park Prep celebrates its regional championship.
View Park Prep celebrates its regional championship. (Nick Koza)

And then there was one.

View Park Prep is the lone City Section basketball team still alive in the state playoffs. The Knights will play San Francisco Stuart Hall at noon on Friday at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento for the state Division IV championship.

One of the key players for Coach Deon Coleman has been freshman point guard Christian Johnson. He has been a starter since the first game, displaying poise and excellent ball handling skills.

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USA Basketball and the NBA on Tuesday announced new rules and standards for its youth basketball competitions that it hopes will be embraced by other organizations. They are designed to enhance the development of players and create a positive environment for boys and girls.

Among the changes:

+Smaller basketballs for ages 7-8 and ages 9-11.

+An eight-foot basket for ages 7-8 and a nine-foot basket for ages 9-11. (Ten feet is the normal height.)

+No zone defenses for ages 7-8 and 9-11.

+Equal playing time throughout the game for ages 7-8 and throughout the first three periods 9-11.

+No three-point field goals for ages 7-8 and 9-11.

+A 24-second clock for ninth through 12th grade, and a 30-second shot clock for 12-14.

+For players ninth to 12th grade, FIBA rules will be used.

The changes are supposed to promote individual development and a positive playing environment, according to David Krichavsky, NBA vice president and head of youth basketball development.

Working groups made up of experts and including former NBA and WNBA players helped develop the recommendations that will be implemented for the Jr. NBA program and Jr. NBA World Championship set for August.

“We think all these changes are going to be positive and promote positive development,” Krichavsky said.

Dinos Trigonis, who runs youth camps and competitions, expressed skepticism. He said implementing a shot clock could be difficult across the country for financial reasons. There are only eight states that have unlimited use of 30- or 35-second shot clocks.

“Most of the the high schools other than in California have not adopted a shot clock,” Trigonis said.

St. Francis Coach Todd Wolfson questioned the wisdom of banning zone defense for young players.

Sam Hliboki of Harvard-Westlake threw a complete game on Monday in a 6-2 win over Alemany.
Sam Hliboki of Harvard-Westlake threw a complete game on Monday in a 6-2 win over Alemany. (Eric Sondheimer)

Gahr has been playing one top team after another, and the Gladiators are more than holding their own in prep baseball.

On Monday, Darius Garcia struck out eight, walked one and pitched Gahr past No. 2-ranked El Toro 5-0. Xavier Estrada contributed two RBIs.

Gahr is 6-3 overall, with its only losses to top-25 teams Corona, Huntington Beach and Harvard-Westlake.