The Edison seven on seven passing tournament set for Saturday is about as good as it gets. The 20-team field will make for some intriguing games without linemen.
Here’s a preview of the pools and players to watch:
Pool A Corona Centennial: Former Mater Dei QB Carter Freedland is battling for the starting job with two other quarterbacks. All eyes will be on exciting junior receiver Gary Bryant. Perhaps linebacker/defensive end Drake Jackson (6-3, 220) will make an appearance to scare everybody.
El Camino Real is seeded No. 1 and Chatsworth No. 2 for the Valley Invitational Baseball League playoffs that will begin on Saturday.
The 10 a.m. games have No. 9 Granada Hills at No. 8 Burroughs, No. 12 Burbank at No. 5 Cleveland, No. 10 Canyon at No. 7 Royal and No. 11 Golden Valley at No. 6 St. Francis.
On July 9 at 5 p.m., the Burroughs-Granada Hills winner will play at El Camino Real. The Cleveland-Burbank winner will play at No. 4 Hart. The Royal-Canyon winner will play at Chatsworth. The St. Francis-Golden Valley winner will play at No. 3 Saugus.
Juniors star at Southern Section track championships
It’s summer vacation and time to look back at some of my favorite stories, videos and moments. The 2015 Southern Section track and field championships featuring T.J. Brock of Chaminade and Michael Norman of Vista Murrieta were pretty special.
They were juniors and fired up to put on a show.
Brock won the Division 3 100 meters in a wind-aided 10.20 seconds, the second fastest in state history.
There’s no MVP selected for the Fairfax tournament, but if there were, sophomore Devin Askew of Santa Ana Mater Dei would be the honoree.
Askew completed a great week, turning in one good performance after another in leading Mater Dei to the Fairfax tournament championship on Saturday with a 72-71 win over Sierra Canyon.
Mater Dei overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half. Askew finished with 16 points and 12 assists. He was part of an impressive Mater Dei guard trio. Junior Aidan Prukop scored 19 points and junior Ryan Evans made six threes, including the game-winning shot with 5.8 seconds left.
Kenneth Simpson Jr. and Keith Higgins Jr. have known each other since the second grade when they met in elementary school. Best friends and best teammates for years, they are standout sophomore guards at Chaminade. And they’re developing fast.
Higgins scored 23 points Friday and Simpson had 20 in Chaminade’s 75-56 win over Crespi that sends the Eagles into the San Fernando Valley Shootout championship game Saturday at 6:15 p.m. against Mission League rival Harvard-Westlake at Crespi.
Simpson and Higgins are like brothers. “They do everything together,” coach Bryan Cantwell said.
Sierra Canyon and Taft have advanced to a Friday matchup in the semifinals of the Fairfax summer basketball tournament. Game time will be 7:30 p.m.
In Wednesday’s quarterfinals, Sierra Canyon defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 109-90. Terren Frank and KJ Martin each scored 27 points and Cassius Stanley had 23. Julian Rishwain scored 29 points and Ziaire Williams 24 for Notre Dame.
The No. 1 two-sport athlete in California, Drake London of Moorpark, announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he has committed to USC and will play football and basketball for the Trojans.
The 6-foot-4 London is a standout receiver in football and an outstanding guard in basketball.
He has dreamed of playing both in college and that’s his plan for now. He said his scholarship will be in football.
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