Cornerback Jared LaViolette knocked away a desperation pass for receiver Makai Cope in the end zone with no time left as Palisades used stout defense and a little help from Mother Nature to stun Venice, 24-17, in a Western League thriller Saturday afternoon.
Frank Kozakowski is in his 41st year working at Loyola High, the oldest secondary school in Southern California. He has been a teacher, football coach, assistant principal and now principal in his 10th year.
Andre Chevalier, the Los Angeles Times' coach of the year in boys basketball, guided Chatsworth Sierra Canyon to a record of 27-4 and the state title in the Open Division.
Los Angeles Times player of the year Onyeka Okongwu of Division I state champion Chino Hills and Shareef O'Neal of Division II state champ Santa Monica Crossroads highlight the Times' All-Star boys' basketball team.
Vanessa Nygaard, the Los Angeles Times' coach of the year for girls' basketball, guided Windward to the triple crown of Open Division titles.
Huntington Beach takes over the No. 1 ranking from unbeaten Notre Dame on the strength of a 13-game winning streak while Orange Lutheran vaults from No. 19 to No. 4 in The Times' high school baseball rankings.
Left-hander Bryn Harper of Anaheim Esperanza is an example of a senior who might be overlooked by college baseball recruiters betting on early commits.
Behind the scenes, chemistry was built, players began to trust each other, parents were behaving and the signs of a very good team surfaced in Sierra Canyon, taking the team all the way to the top.
It only figured that going into the final quarter of the final high school basketball game of the season in the toughest division in California, a tie would exist.
With constantly changing facial expressions and a willingness to be provocative, Jordan Starr of Santa Clarita Christian can get on the nerves of players and fans. The 6-foot-7 senior is also a pretty good basketball player.
The 2018-19 high school basketball season will begin earlier, end earlier and feature only two weeks of regional and state playoffs instead of three.
Shareef O'Neal finished with 29 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots and made eight of eight free throws in the fourth quarter to help Santa Monica Crossroads win its first state title since 1997 with a 59-53 victory over Alameda at Golden 1 Center.