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Girls' volleyball: Windward's Christina Cornelius commits to Harvard

All-CIF middle blocker Christina Cornelius of L.A. Windward has committed to Harvard.

Cornelius is a four-year girls' volleyball standout for the Wildcats, who are 13-2 and hold down first place in league play.

She was the Alpha League MVP in 2013.




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Girls' volleyball: More forfeits coming in City Section uniform controversy

North Hollywood isn't the only girls' volleyball team in the East Valley Valley that's going to have to forfeit a match for wearing uniforms that didn't match their school colors.

Grant wore black uniforms in three matches this season, Athletic Director Bill Foster said. Two of the matches were victories over Chavez and Monroe. Foster said he's waiting for City Section Commissioner John Aguirre to make a final ruling.

North Hollywood had to forfeit a win over Arleta for wearing black uniforms. The Huskies were turned in by assistant athletic director Kenny Harris, who's also the league commissioner. Foster said he received a call from Aguirre inquiring about the Lancers wearing black uniforms.

It's a City Section rule that schools can't wear uniforms that don't include their school colors. Grant's colors are orange, brown and white.




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Football: City Section reaches agreement to hold finals at the Coliseum

City Section Commissioner John Aguirre said Friday a tentative agreement has been reached to hold three championship football games at the Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Aguirre is still waiting to receive a final contract from USC, which runs the facility.

Barring any last-minute holdups, it would be the first time since 2010 that the City finals are held at the Coliseum.

Tentative times for the Division I, II and III championships games are 7 p.m., 3 p.m. and 11 a.m.



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Field hockey: LAFHA/Southern Section playoff pairings

Quarterfinals, Monday

Marina at Harvard-Westlake, 3:30 p.m.

Chaminade at Huntington Beach, 3:15 p.m.

Newport Harbor at Glendora, 3:30 p.m.

Bonita at Edison, 3:15 p.m.


Semifinals, Tuesday at higher seeds. Finals, Thursday at Huntington Beach (third place at 4 p.m.; championship at 6 p.m.)



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Football: QB Lars Nootbaar is having big season for unbeaten El Segundo

USC already has quarterback commitments from Ricky Town of St. Bonaventure and Sam Darnold of San Clemente, but there's another QB having a big season committed to the Trojans.

That would be El Segundo's Lars Nootbaar, who has passed for 1,443 yards and 17 touchdowns. Nootbaar, though, is committed to USC for baseball.

"He's having an unbelievable season," El Segundo Coach Steve Shevlin said.

El Segundo is 7-0, and Nootbaar certainly would like to play two sports in college if available.

"He loves football," Shevlin said.

But he's also a standout shortstop-pitcher for El Segundo. He's just another standout quarterback in the year of the quarterback in Southern California.

What's interesting is that Town and Nootbaar enter week eight having not thrown a single interception. Not bad for future Trojans.




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Boys' basketball: Damien, with five returning starters, is dangerous team

With a little more than a month to go before the basketball season begins, don't be surprised if Damien gets off to a fast start.

Five starters are back, led by San Diego State-bound Jeremy Hemsley and 6-foot-5 Malik Fitts.

The team was 22-7 a year ago and struggled against league rival Chino Hills, but lots of experience and some talented newcomers make the Spartans very dangerous.

It's also going to be fun to see how two pairs of brothers like playing together.

There will be the Hemsley brothers, Jeremy, a senior, and Justin, a sophomore, along with the McCullough brothers, Isaiah, a senior, and Elijah, a freshman.

That's four brothers motivated to outshine the other.




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