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Should high school basketball coaches be concerned with the announcement on Thursday that the  NBA G League  will begin offering to pay $125,000 to elite prospects who turn 18 by Sept. 15 prior to the season they would play?

The answer is no. It’s prep schools that market themselves to players seeking a fifth year of high school eligibility, junior colleges and high-level college basketball programs that will be affected most.

The new G League policy is scheduled to begin in the 2019-20 season. A working group will be tasked with identifying eligible elite players.

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There’s never any lack of intensity or drama when Mission Viejo and San Clemente meet in football, and Friday’s game at San Clemente will decide the South Coast League championship.

San Clemente (5-4, 3-0) has won four games in a row. Quarterback Brendan Costello has been contributing with his arm and legs. He has passed for 1,978 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 577 yards and seven touchdowns.

The big question with Mission Viejo is how the players are going to respond after seeing their record go from 8-0 to 4-4 because of forfeits due to an ineligible player. The Diablos have had two weeks to think about it. They’re still ranked No. 5 in Division 1, so the forfeits have not cost them any position for the playoffs.

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There’s nothing sophisticated or secret about what unbeaten Oaks Christian (8-0) plans to do on Friday night against host Calabasas (7-1).

The Lions saw what Sierra Canyon did to the Coyotes two weeks ago, running the ball at will. And that’s what Oaks Christian will try to do. It’s a dare to the Coyotes to try to stop Michigan-bound running back Zach Charbonnet. Calabasas was able to overcome Sierra Canyon’s running game 42-35.

Calabasas coach Chris Claiborne used to be a pretty good defensive player during his days at USC and in the NFL. But he’s not going to be able to help out his players with a tackle or two. They’re going to have to get better very fast at stopping the run.

Hoover High has decided to forfeit its third consecutive football game, canceling its game this week against Crescenta Valley, the Glendale Unified School District announced.

Hoover has struggled to get players back to practice following a campus brawl earlier this month that caused players to be suspended.

Here is the statement from the school district to families:

St. John Bosco is the new No. 1 team in this week’s Southern Section Division 1 football poll.

Corona Centennial has moved up to No. 2, Mater Dei is No. 3, Oaks Christian No. 4 and Mission Viejo No. 5.

Here’s the link to latest rankings.


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Monday, Oct. 15



Coachella Valley is known for music, but soon it might become known as the high school where sophomore quarterback Donny Fitzgerald takes center stage.

Three times this season, he has finished with eight touchdown passes in games. The latest was Friday night against Indio when he was 31 of 43 passing for 591 yards in a 61-38 victory over Indio.

The Southern Section record is nine.


Fifteen individuals will be inducted into the Southern Section Hall of Fame on Wednesday in Long Beach.

They include Bob Johnson, football coach at Mission Viejo; Jeff Brinkley, football coach at Newport Harbor; Brent Newcomb, football coach at Antelope Valley; Brian Fitzgerald, track coach at Rio Mesa; Cliff Jarmie, wrestling coach at Laguna Hills; Tim Mang, tennis coach at Edison and Corona del Mar; Marry Mulligan, girls basketball coach at San Clemente.

Others are Dan Peters, baseball coach at Long Beach Millikan; Dan Pry, wrestling coach at Newbury Park and Atascadero; JoAnne Reck, girls basketball coach at Santa Ynez; Jeff Sink, girls basketball coach at Brea Olinda; Dan Stoll, water polo coach at El Toro; Jeff Stout, baseball coach at Yucaipa; Tom Tilson, soccer coach at Riverside Poly; Eric Bangs, girls basketball coach at Woodbridge.

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When it comes to the Western League football race, you can truly say it’s up for grabs. There’s a four-way tie for first place among Westchester (2-1), Venice (2-1), Palisades (2-1) and Fairfax (2-1) with two games to play.

Blame it on Westchester, which defeated Fairfax 20-14 on Monday at Fairfax in a game that resumed play late in the second quarter following a Friday night lightning storm.

Fairfax trailed 14-0 at the half but began to put the pressure on the Comets in the third quarter. Scott Harris had a one-yard touchdown run. Westchester responded with a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jeliun Carter on the first play of the fourth quarter to lead 20-7. Fairfax closed to 20-14 with 5:58 left on a 35-yard touchdown catch by Jesse Ramirez.