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Cantwell-Sacred Heart to hold Hall of Fame induction dinner

Cantwell-Sacred Heart is holding its second annual Hall of Fame induction dinner on Saturday night at Steven's Steakhouse in the City of Commerce. It's sold out.

Here's the names to be inducted: Salvador Reza (1950); William Rohrbacher (1950); Carlos Martinez (1952); Lonnie Davis (1956); Ralph Rodriguez (1952); John Muro (1958); Frank Patitucci (1960); David J. Escarcega (1963); Thomas Vasquez (1963); James S. Filipan (1963); Dennis Provenzano (1963); Frank J. Arciero (1965); James J. Ventriglia (1968); James Senteno (1968).

David R. Paulin (1969); David O.  Johnson (1970); Robert A.  Cota (1971); William P.  O'Brien (1972); David G. Castro (1973);  Frank A. Garcia (1973); Michael S. Taylor (1973;) John T. Larson (1974);  Mark D. Berru (1974); Lewis A. Staub (1979);  Gary Obama (1979); Ray Walker (1987); Carlos Zarate (1991); Mark Figueroa (1994); Michael Cirullo (1996).




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Football: It's time for Drake Beasley to be unleashed

The word around Loyola is that the Cubs can't wait to show off sophomore running back Drake Beasley.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder was a star for the freshman team last season, and in a varsity intrasquad scrimmage on Friday, he was pounding the ball with speed and power.

Beasley and senior David Cooper give the Cubs an imposing one-two punch. If the offensive line can be effective, beware.




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Football: St. John Bosco opens season in Honolulu with convincing victory

St. John Bosco, coming off a 16-0 season, left little doubt in its season opener on Friday night in Honolulu that it has another strong team in 2014.

In routing St. Louis, 63-14, the Braves showed that despite graduation losses on the offensive line and on defense, they have some capable replacements. And don't forget that UCLA-bound quarterback Josh Rosen and junior running back Sean McGrew are better than ever.

McGrew rushed for 179 yards in 14 carries and scored three touchdowns. Rosen completed 16 of 25 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.

McGrew scored touchdowns on runs of four and 30 yards in helping the Braves open a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. He added a 45-yard TD run in the third quarter. Clifford Simms scored after a blocked punt on St. Louis' opening possession and added a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Perhaps the best play of the night was a fourth-down reverse to Anselem Umeh just before halftime, and he ran 27 yards for the...

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Baseball: Junior Dominic Fletcher commits to Arkansas

Standout junior outfielder Dominic Fletcher of Cypress has committed to Arkansas.

He's an excellent defensive outfielder.

His brother, David, plays for Loyola Marymount.




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Football: Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Oaks Christian excel in scrimmage

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Oaks Christian, Burbank and Saugus got together for a four-team scrimmage on Friday night at Notre Dame. Two teams were playing each other simultaneously using half the field, causing lots of whistles to be blown. There were lots of standouts.

Notre Dame unveiled its new quarterback, Cole Klayman, a junior, and he looked comfortable and confident. There was a hint of how good senior receiver CJ Sanders will be. The transfer from Tennessee who's committed to Notre Dame showed glimpses of his speed on a kickoff return and catch.

Oaks Christian receiver Michael Pittman, a 6-foot-4 junior, is a man among boys. If new quarterback Holden Thomas gets any time to throw, Pittman is going to be tough to stop. Running back Gil'Scott Jackson, a junior transfer from San Diego, is going to be a standout for the Lions.

Burbank will try to get as many touches as possible for Washington State-bound running back James Williams.

Freshman quarterback Matt Corral didn't play for...

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Football: QB Dawit Wilson transfers to Long Beach Poly

Long Beach Poly is trying to put together a passing attack, and the Jackrabitts may have found their quarterback of the future when sophomore Dawit Wilson enrolled from El Toro.

He has a terrfic arm and is also an outstanding athlete.

He played on El Toro's varsity basketball team last season.




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Football: Long Beach Poly flexes its muscles, shows off its speed

Two of the premier football programs in the Pac-5 Division, Long Beach Poly and Servite, engaged in a scrimmage on Friday. Let's just say that if first impressions mean anything, Poly was impressive.

The Jackrabbits scored on their first three possessions. Quarterback Joshua Love fired a 78-yard touchdown pass to Jackie Jones.

Servite held out several of its top players to get them healthy for next week's game against Bishop Gorman.

But it's clear that first-year Poly Coach Antonio Pierce has put together a team with potentially outstanding offensive and defensive lines and a team with lots of speed.





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Football: Garfield is making progress

A year ago, in a scrimmage against Crenshaw, Garfield players acted a little intimidated, especially after a Crenshaw player launched a Garfield player out of bounds and said, "This is a grown man's game."

On Thursday, Coach Lorenzo Hernandez was pleased with how his players competed play after play against the Cougars.

"Our kids played to the level of Crenshaw," he said. "I think our guys have arrived."

With San Clemente, Garfield's opening opponent, scouting the scrimmage, Hernandez held back lots of plays. But versatile quarterback Stevie Williams gave a hint of what he might do this season, breaking off a long run on an option play.





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Volleyball: Muno-Caputo improve to 2-3 at Youth Olympics

Zana Muno (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame) is missing school this week, but she has a good excuse. She's representing the United States at the Youth Olympic Games in China in beach volleyball.

The team of Muno and Skylar Caputo (Mira Costa) improved to 2-3 in their pool after a 2-0 victory over Vietnam.

The men's team of T.J. DeFalco (Huntington Beach) and former Redondo player Louis Richard is 1-4.

Action resumes on Sunday.




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Football: Inglewood to start freshman twins at linebacker

There's no holding back the Gibson twins, Ty'Rese and Ty'Rae.

They are scheduled to start at linebacker for Inglewood High as freshmen.

They have played well in youth football.

The only problem is trying to identify which is Ty'Rese and which is Ty'Rae. Luckily, they'll have a different uniform number.




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Football: How to do the haka dance

There has been a proliferation of high school football teams trying to do the haka dance.

Sometimes they do well, sometimes not.

If anyone wants pointers, above is video of Arizona's haka.




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Baseball: Terry Phillips is new coach at St. Francis

Terry Phillips, an assistant coach at Occidental College since 2010, has been hired as the baseball coach at La Canada St. Francis.

He previously was a high school head coach in Utah.

He takes over a program that has struggled to be competitive in recent years in the tough Mission League.




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