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Santa Ana Mater Dei announced Wednesday that it has forfeited last week’s 42-14 football win over Bishop Amat after discovering that a player who participated in the game was ineligible.

The school self-reported the violation.

According to a news release from Mater Dei, “The player in question was admitted to MDHS as a result of academic official transcripts which indicated that this fall season would be his 7th semester of high school enrollment. However, in the process of reviewing this student-athlete’s NCAA eligibility requirements, Mater Dei High School discovered additional academic transcripts from his native country (not the United States).

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Thursday, Aug. 23

SOUTHERN SECTION

NONLEAGUE

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St. Francis coach Jim Bonds is back on the sidelines after spending the summer undergoing cancer treatments.
St. Francis coach Jim Bonds is back on the sidelines after spending the summer undergoing cancer treatments. (Brian VanderBrug / Los Angeles Times)

Whatever happens to St. Francis on Friday night against Mira Costa in its football season opener, the best news of all is that coach Jim Bonds will be on the sideline doing his usual job calling plays and leading his team.

“I’m back,” Bonds said Tuesday.

Bonds, 49, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects white blood cells. He has undergone four cycles of treatments, with two to go.

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Alexis Clancy, left, a junior at Notre Dame Academy, and former Notre Dame player Olivia Lee.
Alexis Clancy, left, a junior at Notre Dame Academy, and former Notre Dame player Olivia Lee. (Clancy family)

More than 6,000 miles from home, junior softball standout Alexis Clancy of Notre Dame Academy ran into former Notre Dame Academy catcher Olivia Lee in Italy.

Clancy, a pitcher, was playing for Ireland in the U19 European Championship and the U22 competition in Slovakia. Lee was playing for Britain.

The two teams played five times over two weeks. Ireland ended up with a silver medal in Italy and a bronze in Slovakia.

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Angel Flores had a big opening game for Angelou.
Angel Flores had a big opening game for Angelou. (Angelou football)

Quick, check for any video to see if Angel Flores of Angelou also handed out the water bottles on Friday night during a 19-12 season-opening victory over L.A. Jordan.

Flores did just about everything else.

He was responsible for all 19 Angelou points. He scored two touchdowns. He made two PATs. He kicked a field goal. He contributed a safety.

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City Section teams that played zero week football games last week had relatively few issues, Commissioner John Aguirre said on Monday.

Teams worked with the new rule requiring an exchange of rosters before games.

Several schools had to cancel freshman-sophomore games for lack of players.

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There will be four high school football games featured on Fox Sports West’s Prep Zone this week.

The Corona Centennial vs. Orange Lutheran game on Friday at Orange Coast College will be shown on Prime Ticket.

The Prep Zone games on the web:

After the first week of the high school football season, Corona Centennial made a jump from No. 7 to No. 3 in this week’s Southern Section Division 1 football poll.

Mater Dei is No. 1 and St. John Bosco is No. 2.

Here’s the link to the complete rankings.

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Mason White of Birmingham rushed for 90 yards and caught two passes for 78 yards in win over Harvard-Westlake.
Mason White of Birmingham rushed for 90 yards and caught two passes for 78 yards in win over Harvard-Westlake. (Eric Sondheimer)

Considering the dismal performance of City Section teams last week, Birmingham might have elevated itself to No. 2 behind Narbonne with its win over Harvard-Westlake.

And the Patriots showed off an impressive one-two punch on offense.

DJ Banks, a 220-pound running back, gained 100 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns.

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There were some big performers in the opening week of high school football if you follow the statistics posted on MaxPreps.com.

Nathan Manning of Capistrano Valley, a baseball player headed to Cal, was 20 of 29 passing for 344 yards and five touchdowns. Anthony Munoz of Western passed for 340 yards and seven touchdowns.

Weston Eget of West Ranch was 13 of 18 for 288 yards and two touchdowns.