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Baseball: Players are stranded in Mexico

The triumphant return of five Southern California high school baseball players who won gold medals playing for the USA 18U team in Mexico has been delayed.

The team was in La Paz, Mexico, on Sunday when the area experienced rain and wind from the effects of Hurricane Odile. The gold medal game against Cuba was canceled in the third inning, and the team has been trying to get out of the area ever since.

San Clemente Coach Dave Gellatly, who had two players, Kolby Allard and Lucas Herbert, on the team, said Tuesday the players might not make it back to school until Thursday. They are hoping to get a flight out on Wednesday.

Allard, Herbert, Blake Rutherford of Chaminade, Peter Lambert of San Dimas and Kyle Molnar of Aliso Niguel all are going to have to catch up on school work and homework, because they've been away for weeks playing for the USA 18U team.

Gellatly can't wait for the baseball season to come, because no high school coach in America will be able to say they have a battery...

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Boys' basketball: Chance Comanche is headed to Arizona

Arizona and Coach Sean Miller continue to take away top high school players from Southern California.

The latest is 6-foot-11 center Chance Comanche from Beverly Hills who committed over the weekend with the Wildcats.

Comanche played last season at View Park Prep.

He'll join a growing group of former Southern California prep players at Arizona that include Stanley Johnson of Mater Dei, former Loyola guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright and former Temecula Valley guard Justin Simon.




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Baseball: Rodriguez brothers could meet up again in Las Vegas

Nick Rodriguez, the standout shortstop from Granada Hills Kennedy, has moved on to UNLV, where he hopes to be a major contributor as a freshman.

"He loves it," said Kennedy Coach Andy Rodriguez (no relation).

Left behind was brother Estevan, the Valley Mission League player of the year as a junior. UNLV is starting to pay attention to the younger Rodriguez, according to Andy Rodriguez.

Estevan is playing for the Cubs scout team this fall after batting .444 last season for the league champion Golden Cougars.

While Birmingham, Chatsworth and El Camino Real are considered the City Section Division I title favorites in baseball, don't count out Kennedy, which returns seven of nine starters, including both of its starting pitchers, Gilbert Hernandez and Felix Rubi.

Estevan is moving to No. 3 in the batting order, the position Nick held last season.

One Rodriguez brother is better than none in the Kennedy lineup.




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Football: CJ Sanders is moving up the Sherman Oaks Notre Dame top player list

In 35 seasons as football coach at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Kevin Rooney has had lots of top players.

The unofficial list to crack includes former or current NFL players Justin Fargas, Travis Johnson, Nick Folk, Kai Forbath and Cary Harris, plus former quarterbacks Garrett Green and Dayne Crist and major leaguer Giancarlo Stanton.

But by the time this season is over, senior receiver CJ Sanders is going to thrust himself into consideration.

Yes, it's only been three games that Sanders, a transfer from Tennessee, has been able to show what he can do, but what a player he is.

Whether returning punts or kickoffs, catching passes or running with the ball, Sanders can be an electrifying player. He has eight touchdowns in three games.

"He's very good," Rooney said.

Of course, the real verdict will come after everyone gets to see what Sanders can accomplish in the Mission League against Gardena Serra, Alemany, Crespi, Loyola, Chaminade and Bishop Amat.




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Football: QB Josh Rosen signs with UCLA

UCLA announced on Monday that St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen has signed a scholarship contract with the Bruins and will enroll for the winter quarter.

Rosen guided St. John Bosco to a 16-0 record last season as a junior and has the Braves at 3-0 this season.

His signing is similar to what USC announced when quarterback Ricky Town of St. Bonaventure signed with the Trojans despite still having his senior season to go.




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Football: Let's give credit to Edison for taking on Servite and Mater Dei

The best thing that Huntington Beach Edison has on its side is its coach, Dave White.

He never makes excuses and every season, he challenges his players by having them play private schools such as Anaheim Servite and Santa Ana Mater Dei.

While other public school coaches have thrown in the towel, White believes his players can compete with Servite and Mater Dei. And they have.

Last season, Edison lost to Mater Dei, 21-7, and lost to Servite, 31-14.

In 2012, Edison lost to Mater Dei, 20-14, and defeated Servite, 6-0.

On Friday, Edison plays Servite at Cerritos College. Then next week, it plays Mater Dei at Orange Coast College. Both are good games to see where Edison might be going this season. The Chargers are 3-0 and haven't been tested.

Quarterback Matthew Gane has passed for five touchdowns. The team's best player is receiver-defensive back Jake Favreau, who has 16 receptions and six touchdowns.





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Football: Birmingham to honor 2004 championship team

Birmingham will honor its 2004 City Section championship football team at halftime of Friday night's game against Chaminade.

Chaminade's coach, Ed Croson, was the coach of that Birmingham team, and Chaminade assistants Milton Knox and Kenny Davis played for the Patriots.





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This week's Southern Section polls

The Southern Section coaches' polls are out for this week.

Here's the link to football.

Here's the link to girls' volleyball.

Here's the link to water polo.

Here's the link to cross country.

Here's the link to girls' tennis.



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Football: Week Three schedule

Thursday, September 18th



Sotomayor vs. View Park at Rancho Cienega Park, 7 p.m.



Anaheim Canyon vs. Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium (Long Beach), 7 p.m.

Bloomington at Chaffey, 7 p.m.

Century at Bolsa Grande, 7 p.m.

Los Amigos vs. Costa Mesa at Estancia, 7 p.m.

Cypress vs. Troy at Fullerton HS, 7 p.m.

Dana Hills vs. Villa Park at El Modena, 7 p.m.

El Monte vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m.

Katella vs. Loara at Western, 7 p.m.

Littlerock vs. Granite Hills at Apple Valley, 7 p.m.

McAuliffe at Brentwood, 3 p.m.

Palos Verdes vs. Foothill at Tustin, 7 p.m.

Pioneer vs. Cerritos at Gahr, 7 p.m.

Santa Ana vs. Garden Grove Santiago at Santa Ana Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sherman Indian vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m.

Sunny Hills vs. Saddleback at Segerstrom, 7 p.m.




Lighthouse Christian vs. Milken at Birmingham, 7 p.m.

Palm Valley at Cornerstone Christian, 7 p.m.


Friday, September 19th



Bernstein at North Hollywood,...

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LAUSD cancels all outside sporting events for Monday and Tuesday

Because of excessive heat, the Los Angeles Unified School District has canceled all outside high school sporting events scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, according to a spokesman for the district's athletics office.

That includes a scheduled water polo match between Birmingham and Taft. Tennis and water polo are the main events canceled. No events were scheduled for Tuesday because it's a professional development day.

Football teams are not allowed to practice outside unless they receive special permission from their local district operations administrator to change the time to the evening hours.

Narbonne Coach Manuel Douglas, whose team is scheduled to play Gardena Serra on Friday, said his request to practice Monday evening was rejected. He said it was 85 degrees and he wanted to practice at 5:30 p.m. The team will watch film and lift weights.

Trent Cornelius, the district spokesman for athletics, said concern about the lack of shade on pool decks for athletes and spectators is the...

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Football: This week's Prep Zone schedule

Fox Sports West's Prep Zone will broadcast on Friday night the following games on the web: JSerra vs. St. Bonaventure; Mission Viejo vs. Norco; Corona del Mar vs. Newport Harbor; Rancho Verde vs. Redlands East Valley.

The Long Beach Poly-Corona Centennial game will be televised on Prime Ticket at 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket will broadcast an encore game featuring Centennial vs. Bishop Gorman from last week.





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Boys' basketball: Kameron Edwards commits to Pepperdine

Kameron Edwards, a 6-foot-5 senior forward from Etiwanda, has committed to Pepperdine.

Edwards, who has lots of leaping skills and has made major improvement in recent years, is one of those sleeper recruits that Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson has occasionally pulled off.

He comes from a school whose players really perform well at the college level.




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