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Cross country: State championships set for Saturday in Fresno

The top cross country runners in California will be in Fresno on Saturday morning to compete in the CIF state championships at Woodward Park.

Burbank Burroughs and Great Oak are favored to win team titles in Division I boys and girls, respectively.

The City Section has high hopes for Marissa Williams of Palisades to win the Division I girls' race. She's coming off a record-setting performance in winning the City Division I girls' individual title last week at Pierce College.

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Baseball: Sherman Oaks Notre Dame shows off lots of talent

Hold off on those predictions that Alemany is the clear favorite to win the Mission League in baseball this spring. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame might have something to say about that.

On the day after Thanksgiving, the Knights played defending City Section Division I champion Birmingham on Friday morning as part of a winter tournament, and the stars were very impressive for Notre Dame in a 9-2 victory.

There was sophomore Hunter Greene, a UCLA commit, ripping a two-run double and making a defensive gem at shortstop. There was UCLA-bound Jake Hirabayashi smashing an RBI double. There was San Diego State-bound Chris Collins throwing four shutout innings. There was Joe Pace hitting a home run and getting a single.

Of course, Birmingham pitchers were a little hand tied. They were not allowed to throw curveballs. It's November, after all. But Notre Dame sure has enough talent to be a major factor in the always tough Mission League.




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Flag football championship game to be played Sunday at the Coliseum

The Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics will hold its flag football championship game on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Coliseum. Admission is $10.

Playing for the championship will be American Martyrs from Manhattan Beach against Frederick Douglass of Los Angeles. The third-place game at 11:15 a.m. will feature San Pedro Holy Trinity against St. Anastasia of Westchester.

Watch out for future stars.




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Football: Southland players contributing to MIT's 10-0 season

They don't just produce rocket scientists and mechanical engineers at MIT. The football team is 10-0, and several Southland products are contributing.

Tremaan Robbins, a sophomore defensive back from Long Beach Poly, has 39 tackles. Kodiak Brush, a sophomore linebacker from Orange Lutheran, is fourth-best on the team in tackles with 52.

Austin de Maille, a sophomore defensive back from Newbury Park, has eight tackles.

MIT is competing in the NCAA Division III playoffs.




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Boys' basketball: Top 10 teams begin action next week

Several of the Times' top 10 basketball teams began action this week, but most teams start their season next week.

Top-ranked Corona Centennial is hosting a tournament on Wednesday that will also feature No. 6 Etiwanda.

No. 3 Santa Ana Mater Dei plays its first game without the graduated Stanley Johnson on Dec. 6 at Dos Pueblos.

No. 4 Bishop Montgomery begins action on Monday in the Westchester tournament.

No. 7 Chino Hills and No. 8 Alemany will be playing next week in the Maranatha tournament.

No. 10 Cathedral travels on Dec. 6 to play at San Diego Morse in the debut of Kobe Paras.

On Saturday, there could be a meeting between No. 5 Redondo and No. 9 Long Beach Poly in the championship game of the Redondo tournament.




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Boys' basketball: Westchester advances to Redondo tournament semifinals

Terrell Waiters made a steal and scored with just over one second left, then completed the three-point play to give Westchester a 45-42 victory over Calabasas on Wednesday in a quarterfinal game of the Redondo tournament.

The Comets will play Long Beach Poly in Friday's 5 p.m. semifinal. Ellis Sallahudin had 22 points for Westchester. Conner Longmire finished with 20 points for Calabasas. Poly defeated Inglewood, 79-57, with Drew Buggs scoring 16 points.

The other semifinal at 6:30 p.m. will have St. John Bosco taking on Redondo. The Braves knocked off Compton, 66-55, behind a 27-point performance from Vance Jackson. Redondo defeated Gardena Serra, 77-69. Cameron Williams scored 22 points. Ian Carter led Serra with 21 points.

In consolation games, Campbell Hall defeated Hart, 75-70. Gabriel Bell-Williams scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds. Santa Monica defeated Narbonne, 75-66. Jonah Mathews scored 25 points and Spencer Freedman had 19. Shane Carney led Narbonne with 27 points....

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