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Football: Travis Clark leaves Santa Monica for Lawndale

After six years as head coach at Santa Monica High, Travis Clark is leaving to become the football coach at Lawndale.

Clark also worked as an assistant at Santa Monica and has been coaching for 19 years.

Lawndale was 6-5 last season.




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Boys' wrestling: State championships are Friday and Saturday in Bakersfield

The CIF state wrestling championships are set for Friday and Saturday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

The Valencia brothers from St. John Bosco, Anthony and Zahid, are trying to become the 20th and 21st wrestlers in state history to win three state championships.

Anthony competes at 170 pounds and Zahid at 182 pounds.

The finals are set for 7:15 p.m. on Saturday



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Track: The weekly Matt Katnik watch in the shot put

Get ready for the weekly watch to see how far Matt Katnik of St. John Bosco can send a shot put through the air.

In his first meet last week, he set a school record with a mark of 66 feet, 8 1/2 inches at Santa Margarita.

According to, that's the best mark by a Los Angeles County athlete since 1976.

Katnik, who's headed to USC, has his sights on 70 feet this season, so every meet there's going to be intrigue to see when and if he can reach 70 feet.




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Boys' basketball: Tyler Alfelor leads Franklin into City Section Division III final

It's been a good year for Filipino connections. There's Kobe Paras of Cathedral, Sedrick Barefield of Corona Centennial and now Tyler Alfelor of Los Angeles Franklin.

Only 5 feet 9, the senior scored 33 points in a City Section Division III playoff opener and had 24 points last week in Franklin's semifinal win over North Hollywood. Now he'll try to lead the Panthers in Friday's 8 p.m. final against Bernstein at Roybal.

Alfelor is averaging nearly 15 points a game.

"He's a great kid," Coach Robin Cardona said. "His dream is to go to the Philippines and play basketball."



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Boys' soccer: Monday's Southern Section results and Tuesday's semifinal schedule




Semifinals, Tuesday

#1 Servite at #4 Loyola, 3 p.m.

Edison at #3 El Toro, 5 p.m.



Semifinals, Tuesday, 3 p.m.

#4 Sunny Hills at La Quinta

#3 Santa Ana at Long Beach Jordan



Semifinals, Tuesday

#1 Cathedral vs. #4 Alta Loma at Chaffey HS, 5:30 p.m.

#3 Chaffey at Pasadena, 5 p.m.



Semifinals, Tuesday, 3 p.m.

Chaparral at #1 Hart

#3 Godinez at Bellflower



Semifinals, Tuesday

Arroyo at #4 Garden Grove Santiago, 3 p.m.

Chino at Rialto, 3:30 p.m.



Semifinals, Tuesday

Sage Hill at #1 South Pasadena, 3 p.m.

#2 Monrovia at La Canada, 5 p.m.



Quarterfinal, Monday

University Prep 1, New Community Jewish 0


Semifinals, Tuesday

University Prep at Dunn, 3 p.m.

Laguna Blanca at #2 West Shores, 5 p.m.



NOTES: Championships, Friday-Saturday at Downey, Warren, and Corona.

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Basketball: City Section consolation games set for Tuesday

The City Section is still trying to figure out teams for next week's state playoffs and there are consolation games and play-in games scheduled for Tuesday.

In the boys' Open Division, Taft will play at El Camino Real and Narbonne will play at Dorsey. The winners will face off on Thursday for the consolation championship. The winner will receive an automatic berth for the Division I state tournament. The loser also figures to go if Fairfax or Westchester are selected for the Open Division.

In Division II, Gardena will be the representative from the City Section along with finalists Grant and Hamilton.

In Open Division girls, University is at Fairfax on Tuesday, with the winner facing Carson in the consolation final.

In a Division II girls play-in game, Huntington Park is at San Pedro on Tuesday.




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