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Baseball: Brandon Perez of Mater Dei switches to USC commit

Shortstop Brandon Perez of Santa Ana Mater Dei, a former Oregon commit, has committed to USC, Coach Burt Call said.

He's a senior for the Monarchs.

Perez decommitted from Oregon several weeks ago.




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Girls' volleyball: Redondo is No. 1 in 1AA

Redondo is No. 1 in this week's Southern Section Division 1AA girls' volleyball rankings.

Mira Costa is No. 2 and Flintridge Sacred Heart No. 3.

Here's the link to complete rankings.




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Football: Corona Centennial moves to No. 3 in Pac-5 rankings

Corona Centennial's victory over Long Beach Poly moved the Huskies to No. 3 in this week's Southern Section Pac-5 football rankings. St. John Bosco remained No. 1 and Mater Dei No. 2.

Here's the link to complete rankings.

In the West Valley Division, Tesoro moved to No. 1 and Vista Murrieta is No. 2.





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Football: The grind begins for Chaminade and Serra

In the old days, Chaminade and Gardena Serra always knew they'd meet to decide the league championship in football and even meet again to decide the section title. That enabled them to rest players against certain teams and focus on their annual two-game competition.

Now Chaminade and Serra can no longer take it easy against league opponents. Both have moved to the seven-team Mission League and the Pac-5 Division. Chaminade opens against Loyola and Serra faces Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Friday.

It's going to be a weekly grind that players and coaches have not experienced.

"We don't know how we're going to respond week after week," Serra Coach Scott Altenberg said.

Altenberg has been playing lots of players in nonleague games in an attempt to develop depth, because injuries will be inevitable.

Chaminade also has been trying to develop depth.

How good is the Mission League?

"I don't look at scores anymore in our league," Altenberg said. "I assume they all won."

Serra has scheduled Notre...

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Football: QB Max Gilliam of Thousand Oaks has stats to scream about

It's the year of the quarterback in Southern California high school football, and one QB rolling up statistics that would impress anyone is junior Max Gilliam of Thousand Oaks.

In leading the Lancers to a 4-0 start, the 6-foot-3 Gilliam has completed 75% of his passes for 1,021 yards and 12 touchdowns with three interceptions.

Coach Mike Leibin likes Gilliam's athleticism. He also has run for 234 yards and five touchdowns.

There was 236 yards passing against San Juan Hills, 320 against Canyon Country Canyon, 154 against Plamdale Highland and 311 yards against West Ranch.



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Football: Don't overlook San Pedro in City Section Division I

All signs point toward San Pedro being 5-0 going into a Marine League showdown against Narbonne on Oct. 10.

The Pirates have won their first three games against Morro Bay, Locke and Culver City, not so great competition, but what should make San Pedro fans excited is the play of its young players.

Last week against Culver City, sophomore receiver Raymond Geha caught touchdown passes of 73 and 23 yards from junior quarterback Jacob Miller and had 148 yards in receiving yards.

"He can run," Coach Mike Walsh said.

Another standout for the Pirates is junior free safety Antonio Frazier.

Senior running back Chris Alvidrez rushed for 180 yards.

"I think we'll get better," Walsh said.

The big question will be can San Pedro turn up its quality of play once league begins and the opponents get a lot stronger?




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Football: City Section still deciding on championship venue

The City Section still has not finalized a site for its championship football games on Dec. 6.

Valley College and Southwest College are the leading contenders, but Commissioner John Aguirre remains interested in the Coliseum, though he has yet to have any conversations with USC that runs the Coliseum.

Aguirre wants to have the Division I, II and III finals all played on the same day at the same site.




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Football: Week Four schedule

Thursday, September 25th



Muir at Glendale, 7 p.m.


Bellflower vs. Glenn at La Mirada, 7 p.m.


Anaheim Canyon vs. Esperanza at Yorba Linda, 7 p.m.

Brea Olinda vs. Foothill at Tustin, 7 p.m.

California vs. Magnolia at Western, 7 p.m.

Charter Oak vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m.

Dos Pueblos at Lompoc, 7 p.m.

Downey Calvary Chapel vs. Southlands Christian at Hacienda Heights Wilson, 6:30 p.m.

Gahr at Fullerton, 7 p.m.

Godinez vs. Rancho Alamitos at Bolsa Grande, 7 p.m.

Northview vs. La Sierra at Norte Vista, 7 p.m.

Orange vs. Santa Ana Valley at Santa Ana Stadium, 7 p.m.

Rio Hondo Prep at La Canada, 7 p.m.

Riverside Poly at Rubidoux, 7 p.m.

San Juan Hills vs. Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium (Long Beach), 7 p.m.




St. Michael's Prep at San Jacinto Valley Academy, 3:15 p.m.


Friday, September 26th



Belmont at Contreras, 7 p.m.

Marquez at Hollywood, 7 p.m.

Roybal at Legacy, 7 p.m....

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Girls' basketball: Palisades has openings for its top tournament

Palisades has openings for three teams for its girls' basketball tournament Dec. 24 through Dec. 29.

Among the teams committed are Santa Ana Mater Dei, Troy, Chaminade, Windward, Taft, Oaks Christian and Riverside North.

Contact Torino Johnson at




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Football: Fans are excited for San Fernando-Sylmar showdown

The Valley Mission League begins on Friday with the premier game as far as fans are concerned: Sylmar at San Fernando.

"It's always meaningful," said Sylmar Coach John Brazil, who's a former San Fernando player and knows all about the rivalry.

Imagine what Brazil feels like standing on the other side of the field from his alma mater.

"It's a hard thing," he said.

He was 1-1 against his former school as Sylmar's offensive coordinator. Now he's the Spartans' head coach, and the Spartans (2-2) are favored against the Tigers (1-2).

"It should be a sellout on both sides," he said. "It should be wild and crazy."

Sylmar has been trying to get its young offensive and defensive lines some experience. The Spartans return quarterback Clarence Williams.

San Fernando, the two-time defending City Division II champions, has been led by sophomore running back Alex Gonzalez, who has rushed for more than 400 yards.




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Football: Tight end Henry Diaz of Huntington Park is big-play weapon

It's unusual for a high school football player to already have touchdown plays of 91 and 93 yards, and it's even more rare that the player pulling it off is a tight end.

But that's what Henry Diaz of Huntington Park has accomplished this season.

In leading his team to a 4-0 record, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Diaz had a 93-yard scoring pass against Lincoln and a 91-yard TD pass play against Fremont.

He's built like a Marine with not an ounce of fat visible on his body. He has a 3.7 grade-point average and wants to become an engineer.

Here's the link to his 91-yard pass play.

And here's the link to Diaz catching a short pass and running over a Lincoln defender.

The senior is a legitimate standout football player.




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Football: Crespi's DJ Beavers commits to Washington

Linebacker DJ Beavers of Encino Crespi announced via Twitter that he has committed to Washington.

He's a 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior who has been a varsity starter since late in his freshman season.

He has helped lead Crespi to a 3-0 start. He visited Washington this weekened.




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