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The CIF announced its 33 academic team champions for the 2017-18 school year.

The Southern Section had 12 teams represented, led by Pasadena Poly, which had four teams win titles. The lone City Section champion was Belmont in competitive sport cheer.

The Southern Section champions:


The final transfer numbers are in for the 2017-18 school year for the CIF Southern Section.

There were 7,289 transfers reported by schools from the largest section in the CIF. Last school year there were 6,999. Santa Ana Mater Dei ranks No. 1 with 74 transfers.

Still to be released are the final transfer numbers statewide. Last school year there were 16,595 transfers around the state. The final number is expected to approach 17,000.

  • Football

Santa Ana Mater Dei, coming off a 15-0 football season, has been chosen to appear on ESPNU on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. against host Las Vegas Bishop Gorman.

It’s part of the GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff weekend.

The Monarchs figure to be on TV several times during the 2018 prep football season.

The Southern Section has released its All-CIF volleyball teams, and the top award winner is senior Brandon Browning of Corona del Mar.

He has been selected the Division 1 player of the year.

In Division 2, Brett Sheward of Orange Lutheran was the player of the year.

  • Baseball

Rosters have been announced for the California Baseball Coaches’ Assn. 49th annual North-South showcase that will take place Saturday and Sunday at UC San Diego.

Among the South selections from the Southern Section and City Section are outfielder Cole Kitchen, El Camino Real; catcher Brian Ghattas, Crescenta Valley; outfielder Kyle Ashworth, Foothill; infielder Danilo Tiotuico, Capistano Valley; third baseman Christian Diaz, Redlands; first baseman Luc Stuka, Corona del Mar; pitcher Evan Fitterer, Aliso Niguel; pitcher Marcus Zofrea, Redlands; and pitcher Sebastian Diaz, Downey.

El Camino Real’s Josh Lienhard is an assistant coach for the South. Chatsworth assistant Chuck Hatfield will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

  • Basketball

The DeMar DeRozan basketball tournament begins Tuesday at Compton High. The War on the Floor tournament begins Wednesday at St. Genevieve, Burroughs and Providence.

Opening games on Tuesday at Compton: Maranatha vs. Long Beach Poly at 4 p.m.; Compton vs. King-Drew at 5 p.m.; St. John Bosco vs. Alemany at 6 p.m.; Mayfair vs. Fountain Valley at 7 p.m.

Bishop Montgomery begins action Wednesday at 8 p.m. against Maranatha.

  • Basketball
Thirteen-year-old incoming freshman scores 27 points for Chino Hills.

Summer has begun, so I decided it’s time to look back and share some of my favorite videos and stories.

First up is seeing 13-year-old incoming freshman LaMelo Ball in his summer debut for Chino Hills in 2015 at Maranatha High.

I had heard stories of how good Ball was in AAU games. Little did I know that coach Steve Baik was going to immediately put him in the starting lineup to join brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo.

  • Football

San Fernando, expected to be one of the City Section’s football challengers to defending Open Division champion Narbonne, showed off a strong, experienced group of skill position players on Saturday in winning the Northeast Los Angeles seven on seven passing tournament.

The Tigers defeated Muir in the final.

Coach Robert Garcia said quarterback Andrew Frias had great success passing the ball to Trevor Gill and Chris Parker. Safety Andrew Hernandez and defensive back Nehemiah Thompson were also major contributors.

  • Baseball

There are all-star baseball games set for Saturday and Sunday for seniors and underclassmen in the San Fernando Valley.

The City versus Southern Section game for graduating seniors will take place Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Birmingham.

Among the Southern Section players selected to play are outfielder Andrew Lucas of Camarillo, outfielder Jaden Fein of Royal, infielder Shawn Goosenberg of Calabasas and  pitcher Blaine Traxel of Alemany.

The CIF Southern Section released the playoff divisions for the Fall 2018 football season today. This will be the third season of “competitive equity” divisions, which are based on on-the-field performance over the past two seasons and do not take into account other factors such as enrollment. There will be a 16-team playoff bracket in each of the 13 divisions.

The 18 teams in Division 1 will be largely the same as last season. Division 2 champion Oaks Christian and runner-up Valencia will move up into Division 1 this year. Moving down from Division 1 to Division 2 are Alemany and Loyola, the only Division 1 teams to miss the playoffs in 2017. Other newcomers to Division 2 are Rancho Verde (Division 3 champion), St. Francis (Division 3 runner-up), San Juan Hills, and Westlake.

The 2018 season will start and end one week earlier this season than last. Opening “zero week” games will be the week of August 17, and the regular season ends the week of Friday, October 26. Southern Section championships will be decided November 23-24, with state regional games the following week and state championship games December 7-8.

CIF-SS also released divisional alignments for three other sports for the Fall 2018 playoff season.