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Football: QB David Schmucker goes from Paraclete to Oak Park

David Schmucker, a 6-foot-4 junior quarterback who helped Lancaster Paraclete reach the Mid-Valley Division championship game this past season, has transferred to Oak Park.

Schmucker passed for 1,078 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.

He'll try to help an Oak Park team that was 0-10 last season.



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Baseball: City Section season moves up two weeks

The high school baseball season usually begins at the end of February, but that's not the case with the City Section this season.

The season has been moved up two weeks because of conflicts with other spring sports, and the first official games can be played on Feb. 13. Other spring sports teams also begin earlier. The championship game in baseball will be played on May 30 at Dodger Stadium.

Official practice begins on Monday.

It means when some of the City Section teams start playing Southern Section teams at the end of the month, they might have a slight advantage from having started official action earlier.

The sitout period date for spring transfers to become eligible remains April 6, so if teams move up their schedule, players ineligible could lose out on additional games.



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Boys' basketball: Busy Saturday for one-day events

There will be top one-day basketball events on Saturday at Fairfax, Azusa Pacific and Cathedral.

The State Preview Classic at Fairfax includes a meeting between No. 1 Sierra Canyon and No. 2 Fairfax at 7 p.m.

The complete schedule: El Segundo vs. Rolling Hills Prep, 9:30 a.m.; Calabasas vs. Harvard-Westlake, 11 a.m.; Durango vs. Santa Monica, 12:30 p.m.; Lawndale vs. Price, 2 p.m.; Bishop Montgomery vs. Loyola, 3: 30 p.m.; Gardena Serra vs. Windward, 5 p.m.; Sierra Canyon vs. Fairfax, 7 p.m.; Chino Hills vs. Maranatha, 8:30 p.m.

At Azusa Pacific, the Southern California Shootout schedule: Rowland vs. Flintridge Prep, 9 a.m.; Los Altos vs. Riverside King, 10:30 a.m.; Diamond Bar vs. Mission Viejo, noon; Corona Santiago vs. Colony, 1:30 p.m.; Glendora vs. Los Osos, 3 p.m.; Walnut vs. Villa Park, 4:30 p.m.; Etiwanda vs. Gahr, 6 p.m.; Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. Damien, 7:30 p.m.; La Canada vs. Claremont, 9 p.m.

At Cathedral: Renaissance vs. Rancho Dominguez, 4 p.m.; San Bernardino vs. St....

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Boys' basketball: Flea loves his Fairfax Lions

Flea, the co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has a courtside seat for Lakers games, but he looked very happy sitting courtside elsewhere on Monday night -- watching and rooting for his alma mater, unbeaten Fairfax High. The Lions improved to 20-0 in defeating Westchester, 54-49.

"Go Lions," the bassist, wearing a gold Fairfax jersey, said before the game.

He knows basketball, and said he knows standout point guard Lindsey Drew from talking to him at a Lakers game.

"He's just a mature kid," Flea said. "He's unselfish. He gets everyone involved. He can score, he can dish. Basketball is a cerebral game. It's a physical game, it's a game of camaraderie, working together, having those telepathic things between the players, and he's really capable of doing that."

Flea said he loved his days at Fairfax, from which he graduated in 1980 and became a musician.

"It was great," he said. "I went to the school right before Reaganomics and before Proposition 13 cut out a lot of funding for the...

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Crespi to hold its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday

Encino Crespi will hold its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Among the inductees is the retiring school president, Thomas M. Batsis, who is finalizing its last stint with the Celts and has made a huge impact.

Former basketball player Glen Magpiong and former football players Tom Sullivan, Stephen Boron and Edward Siegwart are the other inductees.



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Football: Hawkins, Los Angeles are moving to Coliseum League

Crenshaw and Dorsey are about to get improved competition in the Coliseum League this fall in football.

The City Section Board of Managers approved on Monday Hawkins and Los Angeles moving to the Coliseum League for football, with Fremont and Jefferson moving to the Expo League.

Los Angeles won the City Section Division III championship and is coached by former Crenshaw assistant Eric Scott. That will be quite a game seeing Scott coach against Crenshaw's Robert Garrett.

Hawkins has some top young talent but the team will be ineligible for the playoffs in 2015, because it is on probation for rules violations in using ineligible players.



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