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Julian Rishwain scored 35 points on Saturday night to lift Sherman Oaks Notre Dame past Mission League rival Chaminade 70-65 in the championship game of the Chaminade tournament.

The big news was the Knights giving up the first 19 points of the game before rallying. Kenneth Simpson had 22 points for Chaminade.

St. John Bosco 96, Fremont 54: The Braves won the El Monte tournament championship. Joshua Adoh had 20 points and Jonathan Salazar 18. Chris Page led Fremont with 21 points.

Former Santa Clara coach Lou Cvijanovich with daughter Sherri in 1997.
Former Santa Clara coach Lou Cvijanovich with daughter Sherri in 1997. (Anne Cusack)

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.

Nico Young of Newbury Park won the Division II state cross-country championship.
Nico Young of Newbury Park won the Division II state cross-country championship. (Jeremiah Soifer)

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.

Friday, Nov. 23



  • Basketball

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.

Charisma Osborne of Windward scored 30 points in a win over Harvard-Westlake on Wednesday.
Charisma Osborne of Windward scored 30 points in a win over Harvard-Westlake on Wednesday. (Nick Koza)

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.

  • Basketball

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.

Two football playoff games. Two running clocks.

So what does Narbonne coach Manuel Douglas say this week to his heavily favored team preparing to face Garfield on Friday night for the City Section Open Division championship at El Camino College?

“We never, ever say that it’s a given we’re going to win the next game, but I don’t lie,” Douglas said. “I expect us to win and are the better team, but we’re talking about trying to win a state championship always.”

Narbonne is seeking its fifth consecutive City championship, but the Gauchos aren’t close to their truly elite team of 2012, when they went 14-1 and beat Santa Ana Mater Dei. The defense gave up 330 yards passing last week to Birmingham, so there’s plenty to work on.

“We treat this as a quarterfinal,” Douglas said. “We either win or turn our stuff in.”

Win or lose, the Gauchos will be going to a regional bowl game next week. A win then would send them to a state championship bowl game on either Dec. 14 or 15.

“This is where we expect to be,” Douglas said. “This is the culture we’ve been fortunate to develop here.”

Sophomore quarterback Jake Garcia has been throwing the ball accurately. The Gauchos have several productive running backs, led by sophomore Marceese Yetts. The defense has been led by lineman Jordan Barry.

It will be a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday. The Division II game between Locke and Roosevelt is set for 3 p.m.