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Baseball: Granada Hills junior Chris Murphy commits to California

Chris Murphy, a junior left-handed pitcher from Granada Hills, has committed to California.

He was brought up from junior varsity in the middle of last season and became a standout. He threw a one-hitter against City Section Division I champion Birmingham to end the regular season and was the winning pitcher in a playoff game against San Fernando.

"He's just coming into his own," Coach Steve Thompson said.

In another commitment, Glendora senior pitcher Ryan Beyer has committed to Pacific.




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Former Granada Hills Coach Darryl Stroh is back in Southern California

One of the greatest coaches in City Section history, Darryl Stroh, is back living in Southern California after having spent the last 10 years in retirement in Arizona.

Stroh coached for more than 30 years at Granada Hills High. He was the coach for John Elway in baseball in 1978 and 1979. He was co-coach of the Highlanders’ football team in 1987 that won the City 4-A championship. He won five City titles in baseball.

“Somebody has to try to save the state,” Stroh joked about his return.

He’s living in Santa Clarita and returned to be closer to his grandchildren.

But rumors might start about Stroh, 75, returning to coaching, since he was seen last week attending the Oaks Christian-Venice game.

Of course, Stroh coached Oaks Christian assistant Kevin Carmichael in high school and is good friends with assistant Mike Maio. Another Oaks Christian assistant, Christian Potter, is the son of former Granada Hills QB Dana Potter, who Stroh helped coach as an assistant.

His former football...

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Football: Week Five schedule

Thursday, October 2nd



Grant at North Hollywood, 7 p.m.


Fremont at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Locke at El Camino Real, 7 p.m.

San Pedro at Fairfax, 7 p.m.



Santa Clara at Malibu, 6:30 p.m.


Chaminade at Alemany, 7 p.m.


Brentwood at Windward, 3 p.m.

Calabasas at St. Francis, 7 p.m.

Camarillo vs. Saugus at College of Canyons, 7 p.m.

Corona Centennial at Valencia, 7 p.m.

Cypress at Dana Hills, 7 p.m.

Dos Pueblos vs. Sierra Canyon at Granada Hills, 7 p.m.

El Segundo at South Torrance, 7 p.m.

Esperanza at Brea Olinda, 7 p.m.

Fairmont Prep vs. Downey Calvary Chapel at Downey, 7 p.m.

Flintridge Prep at Campbell Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Great Oak vs. Summit at Miller, 7 p.m.

Irvine University at Garden Grove, 7 p.m.

Laguna Beach vs. Northwood at Irvine, 7 p.m.

Laguna Hills at Placentia Valencia, 7 p.m.

Lawndale vs. Torrance at Zamperini Stadium (Torrance), 7 p.m.

Marina at Capistrano Valley, 7 p.m.

Mater Dei at Westlake,...

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Football: Chaminade is wary of No. 4 for Alemany

In a phone interview, Chaminade Coach Ed Croson kept talking about No. 4 for Alemany.

"No. 4 is somebody you don't hear much about, but when you look at him on film, he might be their best guy," Croson said.

No. 4 is senior receiver Brandon Pierce, who gets lots of opportunities while opponents focus on USC commit Desean Holmes.

It's one of the challenges Chaminade (5-0) will face against Alemany (4-0) on Thursday night in a critical Mission League game.

Both teams have powerful offenses, and it's going to come down to which team can make a few stops on defense.

Alemany can run and pass with Blake Green, Dominic Davis and its receivers. Chaminade can run and pass with Ed Sias, running backs Okalani Langi and TJ Pledger and receivers Brandon Lee and Dymond Lee. One wrinkle that the Eagles can pull out is moving Dymond Lee to quarterback at times. His running ability could create problems for Alemany.

Alemany's offensive and defensive lines are much improved from a year ago. Chaminade...

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Football: Chatsworth is 4-0 and about to get a lot better

Chatsworth (4-0) could be the team to beat in the West Valley League, though no one will really know until Monday, when sophomore quarterback Tyger Goslin finally becomes eligible after transferring from Westlake and having to sit out the first five games for the Chancellors.

Monday is freedom day for all the athletes who came under the sitout period rule. Goslin has been practicing and standing on the sideline watching and learning during games. It's asking a lot for a sophomore to immediately step in, but the Chancellors saw his potential in the summer and are getting ready to open up their playbook when he becomes eligible.

In his absence, seniors David Valladares and Jonathan Rangel have helped lead the Chancellors to four consecutive victories. They face a tough challenge on Friday from Golden Valley.

The key to the offense so far has been the running game, led by senior Justin Santos, an All-City player, and junior Tawan Fuchs, who had 110 yards rushing in five carries last week...

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Football: Verdugo Hills gets lift from Troy Richards

Verdugo Hills football Coach Chad Runnels has been trying for several years to get Troy Richards to play football. He's been the starting center fielder for the baseball team.

"He's the fastest kid in school," Runnels said.

A heart ailment prevented Richards from coming out, along with concerns from his mother, Runnels said.

But Richards got clearance from his cardiologist and approval from his mother, and the Dons (2-2) couldn't be happier. He's averaging 20 yards a reception, with 10 catches, and the Dons last week knocked off unbeaten Village Christian, 32-17.

Verdugo Hills didn't have quarterback Gage Van Kempton for its first two games (broken hand), but his return allowed standout receiver Carter Otte to return to his normal position. With Otte, Richards and Jacob Moore, Verdugo Hills has a solid receiving trio.

Next up is a game that could decide the East Valley League championship, when Verdugo Hills hosts Arleta.



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Football: Josh Davis emerges from the shadows at Gardena Serra

Josh Davis isn't the most well-known prospect at Gardena Serra. Certainly not when you consider the high-profile nature of his teammates. The senior, however, is slowly carving out his niche. The days of flying under the radar could be coming to an end.

Once an afterthought in recruiting, Davis is receiving interest from multiple colleges. Rightfully so, given his efforts this season as the Cavaliers prepare to face La Puente Bishop Amat in a Mission League game on Friday night.

“Look around, we have players here that are doing big things. That's OK with me too. I'm happy for everyone. Those guys are family,” Davis said. “I don't worry about the headlines. I know my time is coming. I have a job to do, that's my concern, taking care of business.”

The 6-foot-1, 265-pounder is a two-way starter along the line of scrimmage for the Cavaliers (4-1 overall, 1-0 in league). How well he does at offensive guard and defensive end could be vital against the Lancers (2-3, 0-1).

Davis will have...

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Football: San Clemente to hold a military appreciation night

Thursday's football game between Tesoro and host San Clemente will be Military Appreciation Night.

Seventy-five Marines will be greeted, served dinner and be presented gifts by local merchants.

There's also a Socks for Heroes socks drive, where fans are urged to bring all black socks to donate to military personnel.




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Boys' basketball: Lots of standouts at Calabasas one-day tournament

There was no lack of talent at Sunday's one-day basketball tournament at Calabasas honoring former Coyotes assistant coach Joseph Frazier.

Calabasas Coach Jon Palarz watched all 10 games and singled out a group of players for their top performances.

Included in the list were Aaron Holiday of Campbell Hall, Chance Comanche of Beverly Hills, De'Anthony Melton of Crespi, Michael Oguine of Chaminade, Christian Juzang of Viewpoint, Austin Butler of Buckley, Michael Alvarez of Oak Park and Justin Bessard of Calabasas.




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This week's Southern Section polls

Despite its loss to Bishop Gorman last week, St. John Bosco remains No. 1 in this week's Southern Section Pac-5 Division coaches' poll. Mater Dei is No. 2 and Alemany No. 3.

Here's the link to complete football rankings.

Here's the link to girls' volleyball rankings.

Here's the link to boys' water polo rankings.

Here's the link to girls' tennis rankings.

Here's the link to cross country rankings.




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Football: This week's Prep Zone schedule

This week's schedule for Fox Sports West's Prep Zone on Friday night:

Games on the web are La Mirada vs. Bellflower; Corona Roosevelt vs. Norte Vista; Chaparral vs. Mission Viejo; Norco vs. Serrano.

Fox Sports West will show Gardena Serra vs. Bishop Amat on TV at 7:30 p.m.

Time Warner Cable will televise St. John Bosco vs. Crenshaw on Friday at 7 p.m.




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Girls' volleyball: Big opening week for the West Valley League

Girls' volleyball in the City Section begins in the West Valley League this week, and what great action there is on tap.

First up is City Division II title favorite Taft taking on El Camino Real on Monday. Taft owns a win over Division I power Palisades and is led by Andrea Bosnic.

El Camino Real has junior Kayla Jacks and senior libero Alex Ardaki.

After tuning up against Taft, El Camino Real faces Division I title favorite Granada Hills on Thursday. The Highlanders have won fout of the last six City titles. Sophomore Sarah Hagge might be the best player in the City. Senior Rachel Kayongo isn't too bad herself.

The other team to watch in the City is Carson, which is the Marine League title favorite.

Update: Taft defeated El Camino Real in five sets on Monday night.




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