Lou Cvijanovich, a basketball coach at Oxnard Santa Clara who retired in 1999 as the state’s winningest high school basketball coach with 829 wins, has died, family friend Pat Frank said Saturday. He was 92.
Frank, the basketball coach at Ventura St. Bonaventure, said Cvijanovich died at his home on Saturday in Oxnard, which he shared with his wife, Martha.
Cvijanovich is member of the California High School Sports Hall of Fame and National High School Hall of Fame. He accomplished the rare feat of coaching Southern Section championship teams in football, basketball and baseball.
All hail Temecula Great Oak, the school of runners.
Great Oak became the first team to win five consecutive California Division I boys titles at Saturday’s state cross-country championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Then Great Oaks’ girls’ team won its seventh straight championship, edging league rival Vista Murrieta 79-83 in Division 1. The boys and girls teams have won a combined 13 state titles under coach Doug Soles.
It will be an all-Mission League final at the Chaminade tournament Saturday at 6 p.m.
The host Eagles fought back a determined Shalhevet team to come away with a 75-58 win Friday. Kenneth Simpson scored 24 points and Keith Higgins added 16. Wes Crump contributed 13 points. Zack Muller had a big game for Shalhevet with 26 points.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame won the other semifinal, defeating Crespi 58-48. Ziaire Williams scored 21 points and Julian Rishwain 19. Ellis Kahn scored 13 points for Crespi.
Big games always seem to bring out the best in the reigning Southern California player of the year, Charisma Osborne.
It happened again on Wednesday night in a rematch of last season’s Southern Section Open Division championship game between Windward and Harvard-Westlake.
The Wolverines held a one-point lead after the first quarter. Then Osborne’s defense and scoring took over. She had 14 points in the second quarter en route to a 30-point performance that lifted Windward (3-0) to a 73-43 victory at Redondo High.
Quarterbacks Luca Diamont of Venice and Scott Harris of Fairfax have been named the co-players of the year in the Western League. Diamont is a junior.
The offensive player of the year was Max Palees, a junior running back at Palisades. The defensive player of the year was Kendrell Ross of Fairfax. The offensive and defensive linemen of the year were Cristian Ferrufino of Fairfax and Jack Stansell of Palisades.
The kicker of the year was Juan Mendoza of Fairfax. The punter of the year was junior Tommy Meek of Palisades.
Running backs Kyle Bryant and Nehemiah Thompson of San Fernando have been named the co-players of the year from the Valley Mission League.
The offensive player of the year was junior Mario Martinez of Reseda. The offensive lineman of the year was Cedric Madden of San Fernando.
The defensive player of the year was Alonzo Gray-Hall of Reseda. The defensive lineman of the year was Jaivontrel Turner of San Fernando. The newcomers of the year were Reseda freshmen Derek Boyd and Canoga Park freshman Dominic Arango-Serna.
Shalhevet, an Orthodox Jewish school in Los Angeles, has advanced to the semifinals of the Chaminade tournament after a 62-47 win over Calabasas on Tuesday night.
Zack Muller scored 22 points. Shalhevet is coached by former Calabasas basketball standout Ryan Coleman, who also happens to work as a strength coach at his alma mater. Because of the Sabbath on Friday, the Shalhevet-Chaminade semifinal game will be played at noon.
Keith Simpson Jr. and Keith Higgins Jr. each scored 24 points in Chaminade’s 92-59 win over Royal.