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Loyola players celebrate their upset of St. John Bosco.
Loyola players celebrate their upset of St. John Bosco. (Nick Koza)

Unranked Loyola pulled off a stunner Friday night, beating No. 3-ranked St. John Bosco 78-75 in the semifinals of the St. John Bosco tournament.

Loyola (9-4) received a huge game from senior guard Neil Owens, a three-year starter who scored 29 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter.

“It was a high-level, high-pressure game and he got free to shoot it,” coach Jamal Adams said.

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  • Football

Joseph Maiale has been hired as the football coach at Canyon Country Canyon.

Maiale was the line coach at Oxnard this past season.

He has 15 years of coaching experience.

  • Football

Loyola announced on Thursday that football coach Rick Pedroarias has resigned after two years as head coach. He will continue to teach at the school.

The school has launched a search for a replacement, and among the candidates the school will consider are former Cubs players Drew Casani, who is inside linebacker coach, and Mike Gilhooly, who is currently the team’s defensive coordinator.

Loyola, once a Division 1 power under former coach Steve Grady, has struggled in the era of transfers. It still believes it should be successful building from within with four-year players.

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Chris James of St. John Bosco gets excited in game against La Mirada.
Chris James of St. John Bosco gets excited in game against La Mirada. (Nick Koza)

The semifinals for the St. John Bosco tournament on Friday night are set. It will be St. John Bosco taking on Loyola at 6 p.m., followed by Windward playing Long Beach Poly at 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday night, St. John Bosco improved to 10-0 with a 72-34 win over La Mirada. Josh Adoh scored 18 points. Windward defeated Gahr 66-48. Kijani Wright, a freshman, scored 23 points. Justin Rene scored 35 points in Poly’s 70-43 win over Bishop Amat.

Loyola defeated Los Alamitos 66-48, with Stanford-bound James Keefe scoring 18 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and making seven blocks.

The Easton baseball tournament will have its earliest start ever in 2019, with first-round games on Feb. 9.

The 36-team field is topped by Harvard-Westlake, last year’s No. 1 seed in Division 1. Other strong teams in the field include Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Simi Valley, Camarillo, defending City Section champion Birmingham and St. Bonaventure, which returns hard-throwing Jake Saum, a UCLA signee.

Rain could be a problem with the early start date.

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Photo of former Campbell Hall running back John David Washington from school yearbook.
Photo of former Campbell Hall running back John David Washington from school yearbook. (Campbell Hall)

Another day, another former high school athlete from Southern California making it big in the entertainment business.

John David Washington, who played football, basketball and ran track at Campbell Hall, is a Golden Globe nominee for his acting role in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”

Even though Washington is the son of actor Denzel Washington, former Campbell Hall football coach Russell Gordon said John David was not focused on acting. Sports was where he gained attention in high school, becoming Campbell Hall’s all-time rushing leader and later becoming a standout at Morehouse College. He graduated from Campbell Hall in 2002.

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Few high school basketball teams in Southern California have played a better eight-game schedule than Riverside Notre Dame. Coach Robert Robinson wanted to challenge his veteran team, and so far, the Titans are 5-3 after a 52-44 win over Riverside Poly on Tuesday.

The Titans have played No. 1 Sierra Canyon, No. 7 Bishop Montgomery, No. 8 Corona Centennial, No. 22 Washington Prep and No. 24 Riverside Poly.

Dondre Bausley led the win over Poly with 17 points and Anton Monzga had 15 points. Lamont Butler had 15 points for Poly. Still to go is a matchup against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the tough Damien tournament Dec. 26.