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Boys' basketball: St. John Bosco gives Oak Hill a battle before losing, 66-59

For a long time, St. John Bosco was making life miserable for powerful Oak Hill Academy from Mouth of Wilson, Va., on Friday night in Hawaii.

The Braves led, 30-25, at halftime and 42-41 after three quarters. But eight turnovers in the fourth quarter proved decisive in a 66-59 loss.

Vance Jackson scored 25 points for St. John Bosco.




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Football: Friday's State Bowl scores




Division I

Folsom 68, Oceanside 7

Division IV

Modesto Central Catholic 31, St. Margaret's 19

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Football: CIF Open Division bowl game will be played at Sacramento State next season

After nine years of championship football bowl games being played in Carson at Home Depot Center and now StubHub Center, the CIF announced on Friday that Sacramento State has been awarded the Open Division bowl games for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Sacramento State has hosted regional games at its Hornet Stadium in the past. It remains to be seen how many bowl games will be played in Sacramento. There's a proposal to expand the bowl format to 13 bowl championship games. If that happens, bowl games will be played throughout the state.

StubHub Center is hosting this year's bowl finals on Friday and Saturday.




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Boys' basketball: Redondo knocks off No. 1 Corona Centennial, 55-54

In Las Vegas, Redondo stamped itself as one of the elite teams in Southern California on Friday night, defeating No. 1 Corona Centennial, 55-54, in a divisional semifinal game of the Tarkanian Classc

Chris Famous had a chance to tie the game for Centennial with 5.9 seconds left by made only one of two free throws.

Chino Hills defeated West Linn, 97-74. Maranatha received 38 points from Tyler Dorsey in a 79-71 win over Windward. Long Beach Poly (9-2) defeated Bountiful, 64-55.

In Hawaii, Orange Lutheran played well in a 60-52 loss to Oakland Bishop O'Dowd. Rogers Printup and Keisean Lucier-South each scored 16 points. Ivan Rabb had 22 points for Bishop O'Dowd.

In the Westminster tournament, Tahquitz handed Price its first defeat, 58-57. Price went seven of 20 from the free-throw line.

In the Western League, Fairfax (6-0) defeated Venice, 82-27. Donald Gipson scored 17 points and Isaiah Ajiboye had 15 points.

In the San Fernando Valley Invitational, Leandro Amador score 27 points, Kobe...

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Football: CIF State Bowl games to be held at Sacramento State

The California Interscholastic Federation announced Friday that Sacramento State will serve as the main host for the CIF state football championship bowl games from 2015 through 2017. The games have been played at StubHub Center in Carson since the bowls started in 2006.

The new venue means less travel for Northern California teams. Hornet Stadium has a seating capacity of 21,195. 

"The CIF is pleased to bring the bowl games to Sacramento State," CIF Executive Director Roger Blake said. "We are excited to be holding this event at a facility which has hosted events such as the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships and will allow for a memorable experience for our student-athletes."

Pending the approval of the proposed revision for CIF regional and state championships, which would increase the number of bowl games from five to eight, Hornet Stadium would serve as the main host site with the use of other venues possible. 

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome the best high...

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Football: Jeff Kraemer retires after 35 years with Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

For 35 years, Jeff Kraemer has been a loyal, dedicated assistant football coach to Kevin Rooney at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. Now he has decided to call it quits.

"Coaching football at Notre Dame for 35 years has been one of the highlights of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything," said Kraemer, who has been coaching the offensive line.

Kraemer's son, Grant, was Notre Dame's quarterback in 2013. He has another son at the school playing baseball.

He intends to continue to attend games and occasionally drop by practice.




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