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BOYS SOCCER

SOUTHERN SECTION

DIVISION 1

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GIRLS WATER POLO

SOUTHERN SECTION

DIVISION 3

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BOYS BASKETBALL

SOUTHERN SECTION

Quarterfinals, Friday, 7 p.m.

  • Basketball

Dominguez relied on balanced scoring to offset the play of Jules Bernard and knock off Windward 71-58 on Wednesday night in a Southern Section Division 1 basketball playoff opener.

Keith Carlton scored 19 points, Gary Williams 17 and Ainon Bell 14 for the Dons. Bernard finished with 33 points for Windward.

Long Beach Poly defeated Gardena Serra 60-48. Justin Rene had 14 points and Darryl Polk Jr. 13.

  • Basketball
Whitten Dominguez of Hart goes through his practice routine before helping the Indians defeat Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.
Whitten Dominguez of Hart goes through his practice routine before helping the Indians defeat Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

It’s close to two hours before Hart plays host to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in a Southern Section Division 2AA basketball playoff opener.

Biola-bound Whitten Dominguez is listening to “Stir Fry” by Migos, wearing earbuds as he dances in a defensive stance in the gym while reading from a piece of scratch paper that has the team game plan. No other Hart players are in the gym as the girls’ basketball team practices.

“He’s maniacal,” coach Tom Kelly said.

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  • Football

It seemed like a marriage made in heaven. Jim Benkert, the football coach at Westlake for 26 years, moved a short walk away to private school power Oaks Christian in 2015.

This past season, he guided the Lions to a Southern Section Division 2 championship. Oaks Christian was set to return all but two starters in 2018.

And yet, Benkert said Wednesday he is out as coach. He cleaned out his office in the morning after finding out Tuesday night that the school had already hired a director of football — former Oaks Christian assistant Mike Sherrard, who had been an assistant at Alemany.

GIRLS WATER POLO

SOUTHERN SECTION

DIVISION 2

DIVISION 5AA

Wild-card games, Tuesday

Los Angeles International 59, Thacher 55

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GIRLS SOCCER

SOUTHERN SECTION

DIVISION 1

GIRLS WATER POLO

CITY

Quarterfinals, Tuesday