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Kicker Jack Oswald of Chaminade is an aspiring rocket scientist with a 4.6 GPA.
Kicker Jack Oswald of Chaminade is an aspiring rocket scientist with a 4.6 GPA. (Eric Sondheimer)

Jack Oswald, the senior kicker at Chaminade, has a 4.6 grade-point average and hoped to be an intern at SpaceX this summer because he wants to be a rocket scientist. Unfortunately, they don't hire 17-year-olds.

He had to settle for getting up at 4 a.m. during his three-week dead period to drive to Edwards Air Force Base in Lancaster and work at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory. He had fun.

He’s one of the stars of a rocket club on campus. They build big rockets.

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Sophomore Charisma Osborne leads Windward

The No. 1 girls’ basketball player in Southern California, Charisma Osborne of Windward, is back home after helping the USA 17U national team win a gold medal in Belarus.

Now it’s time to start getting serious about making a college choice.

Coach Vanessa Nygaard said Osborne will take college visits this fall before signing in November.

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Shown is the Cougar mascot for Lake Balboa College Preparatory Magnet.
Shown is the Cougar mascot for Lake Balboa College Preparatory Magnet. (Lake Balboa College Preparatory Magnet)

For the first time since 2012, the newly named Lake Balboa College Preparatory Magnet (formerly Valley Alternative Magnet) will have a sports program.

Principal Robert Clarke announced that he will have boys and girls basketball, boys and girls volleyball and boys and girls cross country teams for his students.

He has also revived a music program and the academic decathlon team.

Narbonne coach Manuel Douglas will need to exchange rosters before games with opposing coach in City Section this season.
Narbonne coach Manuel Douglas will need to exchange rosters before games with opposing coach in City Section this season. (Luis Sinco)

Get ready for Rostergate in the City Section.

A new rule requiring football coaches to exchange rosters before games takes effect this season. And there’s a stiff punishment for failure to do so.

The rosters also have to be accurate, with numbers correct. That could be challenging considering how players sometimes forget to bring jerseys on the bus ride. The coach will be responsible for making changes on the roster.

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Sophomore Makai Cope, left, and junior Chad Johnson Jr. give Venice perhaps the best one-two receiver duo in the City Section.
Sophomore Makai Cope, left, and junior Chad Johnson Jr. give Venice perhaps the best one-two receiver duo in the City Section. (Eric Sondheimer)

At Venice High, when it comes to receivers, the Gondoliers feel they have a duo second to none.

Junior Chad Johnson Jr. and sophomore Makai Cope both are considered top college prospects. They have speed, great hands and will be catching passes from quarterback Luca Diamont, who returns after missing last season because of injury.

“Nobody can probably stop us in the City Section,” Johnson said.

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Tigers want to challenge top teams in football

A year ago, San Fernando surprised the skeptics by defeating Dorsey to win the City Section Division I championship.

Now the Tigers have aspirations of being the team to challenge Narbonne in the Open Division, thanks to lots of returning players.

Coach Robert Garcia will test his team’s strengths starting with a non-league opener against Alemany on Aug. 17. The Tigers also play Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Canyon Country Canyon and Dorsey in non-league games.

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Zach Charbonnet of Oaks Christian is a Michigan commit who should be one of the top running backs in SoCal.
Zach Charbonnet of Oaks Christian is a Michigan commit who should be one of the top running backs in SoCal. (Eric Sondheimer)

In offering a sneak peek at the top running backs in Southern California, Jordan Wilmore of Lawndale immediately comes to mind. He has finally reached his senior season, and who knows how many yards and touchdowns he’s going to accumulate.

In his junior season, he rushed for 2,220 yards and 31 touchdowns in 12 games. He averaged 12.3 yards per carry. He’s stronger and faster.

Zach Charbonnet, a Michigan commit from Oaks Christian, can’t wait to show his improvement after a year of working on his speed and strength during track season. Tackling him will not be fun.

Manhattan Beach is the site for the USA Volleyball Beach High Performance Championships.

Top up-and-coming junior volleyball teams from the United States and other countries, with players ages 12 to 18, will compete.

Matches begin on Monday at 10 a.m., with the main draw playing Tuesday and Wednesday.

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  • Basketball
USA U17 Women's World Basketball Cup champions
USA U17 Women's World Basketball Cup champions (FIBA)

The top girls’ basketball player in California, Charisma Osborne of Windward, keeps adding to her many memories of 2018.

She helped Windward win the Southern Section Open Division championship and CIF state Open Division championship in girls’ basketball.

And on Sunday, she helped the USA team defeat France 92-40 in the championship game of the FIBA U17 Women’s World Basketball Cup in Minsk, Belarus.

The Dodgers will be opening their first Dodger Training Academy in Redondo Beach in support of youth sports.
The Dodgers will be opening their first Dodger Training Academy in Redondo Beach in support of youth sports. (Jon SooHoo)

The Dodgers are putting their brand, money and reputation behind a commitment to improve the youth sports experience in Southern California.

The first Dodger Training Academy is set to open in Redondo Beach as part of E|L1, a new youth sports platform. The Dodgers are partnering with six-time All-Star Nomar Garciaparra and former MLB prospect Aaron Trolia.

Youth baseball and softball athletes age 5 through high school will be the target audience. The aim is to address challenges in the youth sports experience, from gaining proper instruction, educating about overuse injuries and attacking the prohibitive costs associated with youth sports.