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The LA84 Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to youth organizations in Southern California, putting its donations this year to nearly $5 million.

It has awarded more than $230 million since being created from profits from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Among the grants:

  1. The South Central Sports League received $50,000 to fund A Place Called Home that provides children and teenagers who live in South Los Angeles with counseling, mentoring and education programs.
  2. The Gang Reduction and Youth Development Foundation received $100,000 for a multi-sports program.
  3. The Youth Policy Institute received $85,000 to help fund a pilot program at nine elementary and middle schools in central Los Angeles.
  4. The Los Angeles Parks Foundation received a $140,000 grant to help increase the number of girls participating in Recreation and Parks sports seasons.
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The second year of using competitive equity for the Southern Section football playoffs has helped make the first-round games more competitive in Division 1, according to Southern Section data.

In 2015, the average margin of victory by winners in the first round was 37.75 points. In 2016, the first year of the new playoff format, it was 28.87.

And last week in Division 1, games were won by an average of 13.62 points. Five of the eight first-round games were decided by 14 or less points.

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Bishop Montgomery starts out as the No. 1 team in The Times' preseason top 25 prep basketball rankings.

The Knights won't have standout guard Gianni Hunt for the first month of the season because of a broken ankle.

It's particularly difficult coming up with rankings because several teams will not be at full strength until after Jan. 1, when sit-out period players who transferred become eligible.

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St. John Bosco held a dedication and groundbreaking ceremony for its $7.2-million stadium and football field on Wednesday.

The school has raised all the money for the facility that will have an AstroTurf field, new lighting, two press boxes, stadium seating in several areas and suites.

Football Coach Jason Negro promised to bring "national programs" to play the Braves at their stadium that's supposed to be completed for the 2018 season. St. John Bosco has spent the last three years on the road.

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Alemany announced on Wednesday that James Washington is out as football coach after two seasons.

Washington, a former L.A. Jordan High, UCLA and Dallas Cowboys standout, had teams that went 3-7 each season. He had promised to hire top assistants to help him in his first opportunity as a head coach.

The Warriors struggled playing in Division 1. Washington was brought in after the surprise firing of Dean Herrington, who guided Alemany to seven league titles in 10 years before not making the playoffs for two straight years.

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For months, the assumption has been that Mater Dei, St. John Bosco and Corona Centennial would be three of the four remaining teams when the Southern Section Division 1 football playoffs had reached the semifinals.

Murrieta Valley, Rancho Cucamonga and Long Beach Poly will get the chance to "shock the world" on Friday.

Murrieta Valley has already pulled off one of the biggest upsets, knocking off Santa Margarita, 59-56, in the first round.

Patrick Roy, the basketball coach at Inglewood for 26 years, said Wednesday that he has resigned as head coach after ongoing disagreements with the school's principal.

"It wasn't worth me drawing the kids in," he said.

Roy said he and Inglewood's principal, Debbie Tate, have been feuding.

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Chino Hills and Mater Dei have both lost top basketball players but each team is to be part of the Geico ESPN High School Basketball Showcase.

Chino Hills is set to be featured in a Jan. 13 game against South Carolina Spartanburg Day at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

Mater Dei is scheduled to play at noon on ESPNU against Florida Montverde Academy, ranked as the No. 2 team in the nation.

Freshman Zoe Campos of West Ranch won the CIF state individual girls' golf championship on Tuesday by shooting a 2-under 69 at Poppy Hills.

She was four strokes ahead of her nearest competitor, Brianna Navarrosa of Chula Vista Mater Dei.

Campos, a UCLA commit, played in the U.S. Women's Amateur last summer. Imagine what she might accomplish over the next three years at West Ranch.