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Boys' basketball: La Mirada's team from 2006-07 looking good

There were some who thought La Mirada's basketball victory over Artesia in January of 2007 was an upset. After all, Artesia, led by James Harden and Renardo Sidney, went on to finish 33-2 and won a state title.

La Mirada (21-8), it turns out, had some pretty good players, starting with the NBA's Derrick Williams. Also on that team was Keith McGill, who just made the Raiders' roster in the NFL.

Also on the team was Taylor Siemens, who went on to play minor league baseball;  Stephen Kaupang, a Division I baseball player at USD and Oregon, and Cameron Gillette, the state long jump champion who went on to Long Beach State.



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Football: Talented sophomore Zane Pope sets the standard for Moorpark

Veteran Moorpark Coach Tim Lins has found out a way to figure out whether his team will be ready this season.

He simply looks into the eyes of his sophomore standout, safety-receiver Zane Pope, and learns what's ahead.

On Friday, Pope had an interception, made a catch, had a couple impressive punt returns and helped Moorpark defeat Quartz Hill, 23-0.

"He had a good look in his eye before the game," Lins said.

Next up for Moorpark is Palos Verdes on Friday.

Pope better pass the eyeball test.




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Football: Week One schedule

Thursday, September 4th



Anaheim vs. Orange at El Modena, 7 p.m.

Ayala vs. El Dorado at Placentia Valencia, 7 p.m.

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

Blair vs. Pasadena Marshall at Muir, 7 p.m.

Dana Hills vs. Corona del Mar at Newport Harbor, 7 p.m.

Katella at Western, 7 p.m.

La Serna at Los Osos, 7 p.m.

Loara at Estancia, 7 p.m.

Montebello vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m.

Northwood vs. La Palma Kennedy at Glover Stadium, 7 p.m.

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

San Bernardino vs. Hillcrest at Norte Vista, 7 p.m.

Westminster La Quinta vs. Saddleback at Segerstrom, 7 p.m.

Whittier Christian vs. Brethren Christian at Ocean View, 7 p.m.


Verdugo Hills vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale HS, 7 p.m.




Milken at California Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.



Friday, September 5th



Belmont at Franklin, 7 p.m.

Chavez at Van Nuys, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Granada Hills Kennedy, 7 p.m....

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Football: City Section teams go 4-11 vs. Southern Section

In the matchup of City Section teams vs. Southern Section teams, the Southern Section held an 11-4 advantage.

The only City teams to prevail were Narbonne over Palos Verdes, Hollywood over Hoover, San Pedro over Morro Bay and West Adams over Pasadena Marshall.

But all is not bad for the City teams.

Take the improvement Garfield is making. There's a method to the madness. In 2011, Garfield lost to Bishhop Amat, 14-0, and Edison, 27-7. In 2012, Garfield lost to St. Bonaventure, 48-0, and Edison, 24-0. Last season, Garfield lost to St. Bonaventure, 42-14, and Edison, 14-0.

Coach Lorenzo Hernandez schedules two tough games to prepare his team for City competition. And in its opener on Friday, Garfield was competitive with San Clemente before losing, 38-22. Next up is Edison on Friday, and the Bulldogs could be very dangerous.

Junior quarterback Ausencio Navarro passed for 284 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions. The versatile Stevie Williams caught five passes for 140 yards...

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Baseball: Ayala's Jonathan Buckley commits to St. Mary's

Jonathan Buckley, a 6-foot-4 senior pitcher at Chino Hills Ayala, has committed to St. Mary's.

He was 4-1 with a 3.08 ERA as a junior.

He also batted .293.




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Football: QBs start well in the year of the quarterbacks

It's the year of the quarterback, and the QBs considered among the best made favorable first impressions.

Alabama-bound Blake Barnett passed for 301 yards and ran for 83 yards in Corona Santiago's 47-21 win over Redlands.

Junior KJ Costello of Santa Margarita attempted a school-record 43 passes, completing 27 for 308 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-21 win over Bishop Amat. Barnett and Costello meet on Friday at Trabuco Hills.

Junior Malik Henry of Westlake passed for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-17 win over Canyon Country Canyon.

Oregon-bound Travis Waller of Servite passed for 282 yards and one touchdown and ran for 138 yards and one touchdown in a 48-27 loss to Bishop Gorman.

Arizona State-bound Brady White of Hart passed for a school-record 537 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-48 loss to Chino Hills.

USC-bound Sam Darnold of San Clemente passed for two touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns in a 38-22 win over Garfield.

Washington State-bound Tyler Hilinski of Upland...

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Baseball: Hart fans rejoice after Trevor Bauer faces James Shields

Somebody should have held a party in Newhall on Saturday, because there was a major league baseball game unlike any other taking place in Kansas City.

On the mound for the Indians was Trevor Bauer, the former ace pitcher of the Hart Indians. On the mound for the Royals was James Shields, the former ace pitcher for the Hart Indians.

"May the best man win," Hart Coach Jim Ozella texted me earlier in the day when asked who he was rooting for.

Everyone got their wish. Bauer, who left Hart after his junior season in 2008 to enroll at UCLA, pitched 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Shields, who was 11-0 and won a Division II championship his junior year in 1999, allowed one run in seven innings. Neither got a decision.

Cleveland won in 11 innings, 3-2.




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Boys' basketball: Santa Monica's Nuwr'iyl Williams commits to Auburn

Nuwr'iyl Williams, a 6-foot-2 senior guard from Santa Monica, has committed to Auburn, according to his club coach, Ryan Silver.

Williams has been recovering from a knee injury but is known for his athleticism.

He's set to be part of a dynamic guard trio in the winter that includes junior Jonah Mathews and freshman Spencer Freedman.




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Football: Mater Dei dominates in 38-18 win over Corona Centennial

Controlling the line of scrimmage on offense and defense, Santa Ana Mater Dei served notice on Saturday night that it can be a physical, dangerous team with a 38-18 victory over Corona Centennial at Mission Viejo.

Senior Jack Lowary, making his first varsity start at quarterback, effectively managed the Monarchs' offense. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown. The Monarchs ran the ball with a large collection of running backs, including Brandon LaMarche, Nick Hutson and Noah Delgadillo.

Malik McMorris was tough to stop on the defensive line. Ben Humphreys contributed on offense and defense. Five different Mater Dei players scored touchdowns.

The Monarchs opened a 28-0 lead. Centennial closed to 28-12 but never got into a rhythm to threaten the Monarchs while rotating quarterbacks Anthony Catalano and Nate Ketteringham in the first half. Jayon McKinley caught eight passes for 104 yards for Centennial.

"It's tough to start the year against a team like that,"...

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Football: Saturday's scores

Saturday, August 30th



Downey Calvary Chapel 41, Santa Rosa Academy 0

Heritage Christian 34, Ontario Christian 14

Mater Dei, 38, Corona Centennial 18

Pasadena Poly 63, Bosco Tech 0

South Hills 38, Covina 29

St. Monica 21, Malibu 3

Village Christian 21, Webb 14


Fairmont Prep 43, Angelou 0

La Mesa Helix 24, St. Bonaventure 20

Long Beach Poly 54, Crenshaw 14

Rancho Christian 52, Vista Tri-City Christian 42

Santa Clarita Christian 68, Chula Vista Lutheran 20




Hillcrest Christian 66, Calvary Baptist 38


Hawthorne (Nev.) Mineral County 62, Lone Pine 14

Lancaster Baptist 42, Sherman Oaks CES 12

Villanova Prep 41, East Valley 26

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Football: Long Beach Poly is impressive in 54-14 rout of Crenshaw

Antonio Pierce, the former Pro Bowl linebacker making his coaching debut for Long Beach Poly, was asked if he was nervous before Saturday's season opener against Crenshaw at Mission Viejo.

"I feel like a rookie," he said. "It's good. I had a good year as a rookie."

The Jackrabbits left little doubt they're going to be one of the best teams in Southern California, routing the defending City Section Division I champions, 54-14.

Quarterback Josh Love completed 15 of 18 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for two TDs. Jeremy Calhoun rushed for 78 yards and scored a touchdown. He also caught a swing pass and turned it into a 77-yard TD. Iman Marshall caught a TD pass. Poly's defense recorded more than a dozen tackles for losses, led by Joseph Wicker, a defensive tackle who had six sacks.

It was a tough opener for Crenshaw, but freshman receiver Rayshawn Williams caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Daiyen Henley and Matthew Malone had a fumble recovery returned...

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Football: What an opening week for Long Beach Poly grads

Long Beach Poly grads are tearing up in the first week of the college football season.

From UCLA's Randall Goforth returning a fumble for a touchdown against Virginia to Utah's Kaelin Clay returning a punt and kickoff for touchdowns against Idaho State to USC's JuJu Smith catching passes in bunches against Fresno State, it's clear the Poly influence is going to be big this season.

And the current Poly team isn't too bad, either. The Jackrabbits have a 41-7 halftime lead over Crenshaw at Mission Viejo High.




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