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High school sports across the Southland
Football: Loyola wins Santa Fe passing title

Loyola is loaded with outstanding junior players, many of whom put on a show on Saturday in helping the Cubs win the championship of the Santa Fe tournament with a victory over South Hills in the final.

Junior quarterback Tre Polamalu got hot late in the tournament. Junior receivers Jordan Riordan and David Long were outstanding, and junor defensive back Myles Bryant had four interceptions on the day. Junior Daniel Tolbert had a key interception in the semifinals.

Also winning a championship on Saturday was St. Bonaventure, which defeated San Clemente in the El Rancho tournament final.

Quarterback Ricky Town, receiver Darius Vines, tight end Johnny McGill and linebacker Mark Zavala were among the St. Bonaventure standouts.

In the Edison tournament, Hart defeated St. John Bosco in the championship game. Gardena Serra and Santa Margarita also reached the semifinals.

Monrovia won the championship of the SGV Shootout at Arroyo, defeating Buena Park in the final.




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Baseball: Javier Gonzalez is new coach at Grant

Javier Gonzalez has taken over as the baseball coach at Grant, replacing Eddie Alcantar, who will move to Sun Valley Poly as an assistant coach.




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Baseball: Bishop Montgomery hires Eric Fuller as its coach

Eric Fuller, who has been an assistant coach at Long Beach Wilson, has been hired as the baseball coach at Torrance Bishop Montgomery.

Fuller is a former Bishop Montgomery pitching coach.

Also, Eric Wood is the new athletic director.




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Football: St. John Bosco, Corona Centennial set to play on Saturday

There will be no tackling allowed, but to see St. John Bosco playing Corona Centennial in a seven on seven passing competition on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Huntington Beach Edison ought to be pretty fun.

The last time the two teams met was in the CIF state championship Southern California Open Division final last season in which Sean McGrew scored seven touchdowns in the Braves' 70-49 victory over Centennial

Centennial will be playing three quarterbacks this weekend at the Edison tournament. Junior Anthony Catalano has the early edge because of experience, but Nate Ketteringham, a transfer from San Diego Westview, is coming on strong. And sophomore Nolan McDonald is also in the mix.

Centennial has a very good secondary, led by Oregon commit Jihree Stewart, and lots of receivers, led by Greyson Bankhead, a Cal commit.

"It's an opportunity to get better," Coach Matt Logan said of the passing competition.




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Football: Robert Ambers is no longer coach at View Park

Robert Ambers, who guided View Park Prep to five City Section championships in six years as football coach, has stepped down to assume athletic director duties at View Park, Douglass and nine other schools run by ICEF.

Defensive coordinator Ken Henderson has taken over as head coach.




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Football: With 15 starters back, Sylmar has high hopes

Football practice officially begins for City Section schools at the end of the month, and Sylmar, with 15 starters back, has high hopes of making a City Division II title run.

Coach John Brazil intends to unleash junior quarterback Clarence Williams, who has plenty of weapons to choose from, including receivers Anthony Muse and Daniel Mendoza and running back Marcus Gandy.

Division II is shaping up to be very competitive after San Fernando won the last two seasons. South Gate, Eagle Rock, Chatsworth and the host Tigers all figure to have competitive teams.




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Football: Free youth camp at La Mirada on Saturday

La Mirada is hosting a free youth football camp on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for ages 6 to 14. Registration starts at 6 p.m.




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Baseball: Hagen Danner, Nick Pratto, Kevin Gowdy top USA 17U invitees

Southern California is loaded with some outstanding young pitchers, and several were selected to participate in the 17U National Team Development Program set to hold a training camp Aug. 4-8 in Cary, N.C.

They include pitchers Hagen Danner (Huntington Beach), Nick Pratto (Mater Dei) and Kevin Gowdy (Santa Barbara), all expected to be standouts next spring.

Also selected were catcher Blake Sabol of Aliso Niguel, outfielder Alex McKenna of Alemany, catcher David Clawson of Mater Dei and outfielder Josh Stephen of Mater Dei.

Here's the link to complete roster.




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Summer notes, transfers, hirings

Back from a two-week vacation, here's some news that has happened:

Santa Margarita's basketball program has picked up the Rasheed brothers, junior Noah and sophomore Kaden, from Mission Viejo. Both are promising guards. They've also added incoming freshmen 6-foot-8 Race Parks and 6-6 Jordan Guest.

Oaks Christian Coach Bill Redell has named junior Holden Thomas as his team's starting quarterback. The Lions also intend to keep freshman quarterback Matt Corral on varsity and put in a package of plays to take advantage of his speed.

Former Bishop Amat baseball Coach Andy Nieto interviewed on Tuesday for the vacant Damien position. Nieto was a finalist at St. John Bosco.

Former Chatsworth baseball Coach Tom Meusborn said, "I am returning to CSUN at this time." There has been talk of him returning to Chatsworth after being an assistant coach last season at Cal State Northridge.

Karla Zapata is the new girls' basketball coach at Sylmar.

Derek Uyesaka is the new boys' and girls' golf coach at...

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Baseball: Chino Hills fires Kyle Billingsley

Chino Hills has fired Kyle Billingsley as its baseball coach, the Daily Bulletin reported.

He has sent numerous players onto the college and professional ranks.




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Baseball: Rule change will allow video use for 2015 season

Starting with the 2015 season, high school baseball teams will be allowed to use video monitoring and replay equipment for coaching purposes during games as approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations Baseball Rules Committee.

“The committee determined it was the right time to permit teams to use these technological aids if they so choose,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS liason to the rules committee.






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Vandals strike South Gate football office

South Gate football Coach Jose Casagran confirmed in an email that the football office and weight room were vandalized on Friday, with about $10,000 worth of materials stolen or damaged, including two computers, a MacBook, a projector, an iPad, 25 spirit packs and 10 helmets.

Destroyed was the team's 1988 championship trophy that had its top part removed from its base.

"A very sad day," Casagran said.




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