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Varsity Times Insider: The latest sports news from Southern California's high school teams

Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976. Get his latest from the field and follow all our prep sports coverage and analysis here.

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  • Football

Lakewood has made a slam-dunk hire in Scott Meyer as its new football coach.

Meyer was the highly successful head coach at Corona del Mar and Long Beach Jordan before taking a shot as head coach at Servite.

He hires great assistants, and Lakewood is in a position to perhaps make a bid to return to success in the Moore League.

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BOYS' BASKETBALL

Adelanto 76, Costa Mesa 63

Ambassador 65, Santa Ana Valley 57

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BOYS' BASKETBALL

Atascadero 69, Bishop Diego 56

Bakersfield Frontier 56, Malibu 44

STATE BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday

Division 1-A: Brentwood Liberty 19, Sierra Canyon 17

  • Basketball

Neil Owens continued his exceptional play in the St. John Bosco tournament Saturday night, making a three-point shot with 3.2 seconds left to give Loyola a 64-61 win over Windward in the championship game.

The Cubs improved to 10-4. Owens had 29 points on Friday night in an upset win over St. John Bosco. He was named tournament MVP.

St. John Bosco 66, Long Beach Poly 61: The Braves took third place in their own tournament.

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STATE BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Friday

Division 1-AA: Folsom 21, San Diego Cathedral 14 (OT)

Loyola players celebrate their upset of St. John Bosco.
Loyola players celebrate their upset of St. John Bosco. (Nick Koza)

Unranked Loyola pulled off a stunner Friday night, beating No. 3-ranked St. John Bosco 78-75 in the semifinals of the St. John Bosco tournament.

Loyola (9-4) received a huge game from senior guard Neil Owens, a three-year starter who scored 29 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter.

“It was a high-level, high-pressure game and he got free to shoot it,” coach Jamal Adams said.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Acaciawood 49, New Harvest Christian 19

Academia Avance 43, University Prep Value 33

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  • Football

Joseph Maiale has been hired as the football coach at Canyon Country Canyon.

Maiale was the line coach at Oxnard this past season.

He has 15 years of coaching experience.

  • Football

Loyola announced on Thursday that football coach Rick Pedroarias has resigned after two years as head coach. He will continue to teach at the school.

The school has launched a search for a replacement, and among the candidates the school will consider are former Cubs players Drew Casani, who is inside linebacker coach, and Mike Gilhooly, who is currently the team’s defensive coordinator.

Loyola, once a Division 1 power under former coach Steve Grady, has struggled in the era of transfers. It still believes it should be successful building from within with four-year players.