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LaVar Ball is always full of surprises, and he has apparently pulled off another one by sending youngest son, LaMelo, back to high school.

According to, the 17-year-old LaMelo will enroll at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. It is a prep school that plays against other prep schools. California high school teams, though, won’t be allowed to play against SPIRE.

A SPIRE associate academy director told ESPN that LaMelo never received payment or compensation for playing on a professional team in Lithuania or in his father’s JBA league, making him eligible.


Torres’ football team is getting a boost from the Williams brothers, Jalen and Jaheim, just in time for a rematch against top-seeded Franklin in the City Section Division II playoffs.

The Williams brothers played for Torres last season, then transferred to Schurr, where they were caught up in a Southern Section investigation that left a group of players ineligible.

They transferred back to Torres but first had to become academically eligible. Last week Jalen made his season debut in a 20-0 playoff win over Chavez. Jaheim is available on Friday for the first time.





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Quarterback Jayden Daniels of Cajon
Quarterback Jayden Daniels of Cajon (Eric Sondheimer)

Quarterback Jayden Daniels of Cajon is the new Southern Section record holder for career touchdown passes at 159.

He’s also just under 200 yards away from becoming the Southern Section career passing leader.

And he’s just getting started. Cajon (10-1) plays Paraclete in only the second round of the Division 3 playoffs on Friday. Cajon is the No. 1 seed.








The Southern Section has released its list of boys and girls soccer teams to watch for the upcoming season.

Here’s the link to boys teams.

Here’s the link to girls teams.

Friday’s Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal playoff game between Oaks Christian and host JSerra will be televised by Fox Sports West.

The Prep Zone games on the Web:

St. John Bosco vs. San Clemente; Mater Dei vs. Mission Viejo; Rancho Verde vs. Alemany; Norco vs. Upland.


Some people might think Venice lost the lottery when it drew the No. 8 seed in the City Section Open Division playoffs, forcing the Gondoliers to play No. 1 Narbonne on Friday night at Narbonne.

“They’re a good team and we’re going to give our best,” Venice coach Angelo Gasca said.

Venice is loaded with underclassmen, so this game will give the Gondoliers an idea where they stand for 2019 and beyond. The Gauchos have won four consecutive City championships, and if anyone wants to win a title, you have to eventually go through Narbonne.

Kevin Rooney was married to his wife, Maureen, for 39 years, the same amount of time he has been football coach at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, so you understand how difficult it has been in recent days dealing with his wife’s death on Tuesday from leukemia. She was 67.

But Rooney said Sunday he has been strengthened by the outpouring support from not only the Notre Dame community but coaches throughout the high school football community.

“A lot of people have reached out,” he said. “I’m grateful. The athletic community is pretty neat to have so many coaches from other schools reach out.”