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Vicky Lagos has been selected to become the next City Section commissioner.
Vicky Lagos has been selected to become the next City Section commissioner. (Dick Dornan)

Female power is coming to the City Section.

The two most powerful figures in City Section athletics for the 2019-20 school year will be women after the Executive Committee of the Board of Managers announced on Tuesday that it has selected Vicky Lagos to become the next commissioner, taking over for the retiring John Aguirre.

She’ll join the incoming president of the Board of Managers, Neezer McNab, in being tasked to run the City Section, which has 152 high schools, including 88 in the Los Angeles Unified School District.



Arroyo Valley 39, Riverside Prep 38

Calabasas 82, Oaks Christian 61


In girls basketball, there shouldn’t be a better regular season game than Tuesday’s Gold Coast League showdown matching No. 1 Sierra Canyon (18-0) against No. 3 Windward (16-3) at 5:30 p.m. at Windward. The boys’ game will get second billing at 7 p.m.

Sierra Canyon will have to deal with UCLA-bound Charisma Osborne. Windward must deal with the Trailblazers’ quickness and many weapons.

It’s also a great coaching matchup, with Sierra Canyon’s Alicia Komaki taking on Windward’s Vanessa Nygaard.

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Detectives from the Lancaster station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are continuing to investigate a fight that broke out after the San Pedro-Quartz Hill basketball game on Jan. 2 at Eastside High in Lancaster, according to deputy Yeni Deciga.

Arrested on suspicion of assault using his hands, feet and fists was 18-year-old Cam Thomas, a San Pedro basketball-football player. His bail was set at $30,000. The district attorney has not decided whether to file charges, Deciga said.

Thomas caught a 43-yard pass in a San Pedro City Section Division I championship football win over Dorsey. His name has been removed from San Pedro’s basketball roster on

Jeremiah Turley, the standout senior point guard from Westchester, stayed home from school Monday on the first day of the teachers’ strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“My parents decided that it would be best I stay home, get a break and my parents support the teachers,” he said. “My grandmother is a teacher.”

He said he and senior guard Jordan Brinson will gather their 18-1 team together to hold a practice at a park in Compton on Tuesday. He said he and Brinson were put in charge of a practice last week with coach Ed Azzam observing.

“We figured the strike was going to happen and he watched us and gave us the nod to do it,” he said.

Official practices and games have been called off. Coaches are not allowed to direct practices during the work stoppage.

Westchester was scheduled to play 17-1 Fairfax on Friday in the game of the year in the City Section. That game is in doubt.

Family of teachers picket in the rain

Thirty years ago, in the last teachers’ strike in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Mark Drucker was alone on the picket line at Taft High. But Monday morning, Drucker, now the school’s athletic director, was joined in the rain by his wife, Stacy, and daughter, Brittany, both math teachers at Taft.

“We tried to get Brittany to not go into the teaching profession but obviously seeing what her mom and dad do, she liked the advantages,” he said, standing near the Ralphs parking lot across the street from campus where teachers organized before beginning their picketing duties.

It was a festive, enthusiastic group of teachers on the picket line. One was ringing a bell. Many had ponchos handed out by United Teachers Los Angeles organizers. Umbrellas were everywhere. Passing drivers along Winnetka Avenue and Ventura Boulevard were honking horns in a message of support.

The City Section plans to announce its new commissioner to replace the retiring John Aguirre on Tuesday, Board of Managers President Neil La Sala said Sunday.

Vicky Lagos, the assistant commissioner of the City Section since its inception in 2013 as an independent organization, has been considered the leading candidate.

There are 152 schools in the City Section, with 88 in the Los Angeles Unified School District.


Burbank 48, Carson 40

Canyon Country Canyon 61, Renaissance Academy 46


The Santa Margarita duo of UCLA-bound Jake Kyman and USC-bound Max Agbonkpolo proved too tough to stop on Saturday night. Kyman scored 29 points and Agbonkpolo added 26 points to help the Eagles knock off No. 2-ranked Rancho Christian 72-60.

Santa Margarita (15-6) has played one of the toughest schedules in Southern California. The Eagles avenged a 12-point loss to Rancho Christian in the Damien tournament. Rancho Christian had just flown in from Memphis after playing a game on Friday night, but the Eagles were able to contain the Mobley brothers, Isaiah and Ethan.

Next up for Santa Margarita is a Trinity League home game against Santa Ana Mater Dei on Wednesday night.

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Adelanto 90, Granite Hills 28

Animo Venice 60, Larchmont 41