Woodland Hills Taft is about to get some star power from incoming freshmen basketball players.
Set to join the varsity this summer are Landon Drew, brother of All-American Larry Drew Jr. and the son of the ex-NBA player, and Jason Kidd Jr., the son of the Dallas Mavericks' future NBA Hall of Famer.
The Fairfax spring league begins Monday night at Fairfax, allowing fans to get a look at the state's No. 1 college basketball prospect for 2009, 6-10 center Renardo Sidney, who is scheduled to play in a 6 p.m. game against La Canada.
UCLA, USC, Texas and Arizona State are the recruiting leaders for Sidney, who still must take the SAT.
Santa Monica plays Pasadena at 7 p.m., followed by Taft against Encino Crespi at 8 p.m. On May 12, it's Fairfax against Taft at 6 p.m. in a rematch of the City final.
For two years, outfielder Kelly Dugan of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame was supposed to emerge as a top baseball player, but he kept getting injured.
He fractured an elbow trying to make a diving catch as a freshman, then injured an arm as a sophomore. Each time he was lost for the season.
Finally, in this, his junior season, he has been injury free and living up to his potential. He's batting .436.
"We knew it was there all along," Coach Tom Dill said. "It was just keeping him on the field."
Dugan's father, Dennis, is one of Hollywood's top directors and had a starring role in one of Dill's favorite 1970s TV series, "The Rockford Files."
"The first time I met him, I was all excited," Dill recalled. "I said, 'You were Richie Brockelman, who helped out Rockford,' and Kelly rolled his eyes."
Shon Roe, a senior shortstop at Quartz Hill who signed with Loyola Marymount, had four home runs, plus a two-run triple, and finished with 12 runs batted in during a 25-0 victory over Littlerock last week.
"It was pretty awesome," Roe said. "I couldn't believe it."
Roe hadn't hit a home run all season, but he hit for the home run cycle, getting solo, two-run and three-run homers and a grand slam.
"It was all a blur," he said.
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