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Damien has announced the hiring of Matt Bechtel as its new football coach.

Bechtel is a Damien graduate who last season guided South Hills to a 14-1 record and the Division 6 championship.

Before his stint at South Hills, he was head coach at Chino Hills for four seasons, and spent two years at Colony.



Animo Bunche 48, Orthopaedic 20

Arleta 69, San Fernando 66

  • Baseball

The prep baseball season begins early next month but the Sunset/Trinity League challenge will take place next week at the Great Park Stadium in Irvine. It is being held in conjunction with the Ryan Lemmon Foundation.

The schedule:

Jan. 15: Fountain Valley vs. JSerra, 3 p.m.; Huntington Beach vs. Mater Dei, 5:30 p.m.; Edison vs. St. John Bosco, 8 p.m.

In a policy memo sent out to principals, the Los Angeles Unified School District informed administrators on Tuesday that all practices and games will be canceled if there’s a work stoppage.

That means the City Section sports season will come to a halt if teachers go on strike. United Teachers Los Angeles has announced it plans to strike on Thursday. The two sides had a bargaining session on Monday and plan to meet again on Wednesday. There’s also a possibility the strike could be delayed until Monday.

LAUSD says games will be postponed and rescheduled. Practices “may not be relocated during a work stoppage” and will be considered a violation of CIF rules.

The Southern Section has released its first Open Division basketball watch list.

Sierra Canyon is No. 1 in Division 1 boys basketball.

Here’s the link to complete boys rankings.

  • Football

It’s right there on social media: “Jason Negro Youth Academy dates released.”

There’s a photo of the St. John Bosco coach, arms folded, surrounded by four Braves players. Then there’s details about the camp: 7 on 7 team tryouts; lineman camp; combine tests; 7 on 7 passing scrimmages.

The fee is $20. Jan. 12, 19, Feb. 9. Athletes in grades 6 to 8 are invited. No high school kids.

  • Football
Drew Casani
Drew Casani (Loyola High School)

Loyola High School has selected Drew Casani to take over as head football coach.

Casani coached linebackers and was the college recruiting coach last season. He’s a 1991 Loyola graduate who was director of scouting for UCLA and a scout for the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers.

He takes over a program that was once Division 1 but could drop to Division 3 next season. The Cubs continue to bring in coaches with ties to former coach Steve Grady, who was head coach for 29 years until his retirement in 2004, winning four Division 1 titles.


Adelanto 64, Quartz Hill 51

Antelope Valley 64, Palmdale Aerospace 40

  • Basketball

Looking cool, calm and confident, Robert McRae made two free throws with 2.3 seconds left to give Fairfax a 58-57 victory over Santa Clarita Christian on Saturday night at Sierra Canyon.

“I practice that shot over and over,” McRae said.

Santa Clarita Christian had taken the lead with 15 seconds left on a dunk by Kaleb Lowery after a missed shot.

Bru McCoy, The Times’ player of the year, from Santa Ana Mater Dei, announced Saturday he’s headed to USC.

The wide receiver-linebacker adds to the Trojans’ talent at the receiver position. Also announcing for the Trojans was Orange Lutheran receiver Kyle Ford.

St. John Bosco cornerback Chris Steele committed to Florida.