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LaVar Ball and LaMelo Ball look on from the crowd during a BIG3 three-on-three game at Staples Center on Aug. 13.
LaVar Ball and LaMelo Ball look on from the crowd during a BIG3 three-on-three game at Staples Center on Aug. 13. (Sean M. Haffe / Getty Images)

The high school basketball career of LaMelo Ball is over.

The 16-year-old junior at Chino Hills will be home-schooled and not play for any team, his father, LaVar Ball, said Monday in a phone call.

"I'm going to make him the best basketball player ever," LaVar said.


Viewpoint has told Paraclete officials that its football team intends to forfeit a scheduled game on Oct. 13 because the Patriots are down to 14 players, Paraclete Coach Dean Herrington said Monday.

Paraclete was scheduled to have its homecoming on Oct. 13 and its bye on Oct. 20. Herrington is scrambling to find a replacement game.

Viewpoint Athletic Director Patrick Moyal said three families sent him emails that they would not allow their sons to play Paraclete because of safety concerns. Viewpoint also would have been without another player who has a college visit. Moyal said he made the decision to forfeit

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Mission Viejo Coach Bob Johnson is retiring at the end of the 2017 season.
Mission Viejo Coach Bob Johnson is retiring at the end of the 2017 season. (Allen J. Schaben)

Bob Johnson, the winningest high school football coach in Orange County history, will retire at Mission Viejo at the end of this season, Johnson confirmed Monday.

"It's time," he said.

Mission Viejo is 6-0 this season. Johnson has 339 career coaching victories while coaching at Mission Viejo, El Toro and Los Amigos. He's won eight Southern Section championships, including five at Mission Viejo, where he arrived in 1999.

In the Los Angeles Unified School District, this is the week for 10-week report cards. That means players who have done their work will become eligible to play football on Oct. 18, while others could become ineligible.

Hawkins, which is 0-5, expects to add at least 13 players, coach Richard Dax Sanchies said.

Hawkins will be in the City Section Division I playoffs whether it wins any games or not because of an automatic berth, so adding the players should make the team more competitive in the Coliseum League.

Loyola has moved up to Division 1 in cross country this season, but the Cubs are more than ready to put up a good fight.

They won the Bell-Jeff Invitational over the weekend, with David McAndrews winning the individual race in 14:38.

Loyola's Shane Bissell, Brandon Cobian and Josh Ma finished third, fourth and fifth.


With a 35-9 victory over Torres, Santee (5-0) has moved to the top in City Section Division III.

Santee has never won a City title and is in its 11th year of playing football. Co-coaches David Tejada and John Petty learned from former coach Glenn Bell.

Leading the team has been quarterback Brian Escamilla and junior runnng back Joseph Todd. Escamilla ran for 198 yards and Todd gained 180 yards in the win over Torres. Both have more than 800 yards each rushing this season.

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The Baseline League opener on Friday night between unbeaten Upland (5-0) and unbeaten Rancho Cucamonga (5-0) is scheduled to be televised live on Prime Ticket at 7:30 p.m. from Rancho Cucamonga.

The Prep Zone games set for live-streaming:

JSerra vs. Servite; St. John Bosco vs. Orange Lutheran; Westlake vs. Calabasas; Corona Centennial vs. Eastvale Roosevelt.

Thursday, October 5th




Saturday, Sept. 30



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The Trinity League begins next weekend, and the intensity level should be very high. The trash talking among fans has already begun.

But the long snappers in the league all like each other. In fact, they're scheduled to train as a group on Sunday under private coach Matt Wigley.

Aidan Livingston and Connor Gallegos of Mater Dei, Derek Bedell of St. John Bosco, Seth MacKellar and Troy Sicaeros of JSerra, Nick Barcelos of Santa Margarita, Jacob Garcia of Servite and Alveste Taylor of Orange Lutheran can have a say in who's going to win the league.