Taking a sneak peek at the defensive linemen to watch for the 2018 season, you have to start with Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oaks Christian. He’s an All-American defensive end who strikes fear into opponents.
Last season he recorded 21 sacks. He’s been working hard to be quicker, stronger and even more dominant.
Cole Aubrey returns at St. John Bosco. He had 15 sacks.
It was a historic meeting of Fairfax High School basketball coaches on Thursday at the San Franciscan restaurant in Torrance.
While eating prime rib and chocolate mud pie, current Fairfax coach Steve Baik met up with former coaches Steve Miller and Harvey Kitani. Together, they represented 43 years of basketball coaching tradition for the Lions.
“Fairfax is the best basketball school to coach at,” said Miller, who was head coach from 1975 to ‘79.
Save Oct. 20 on your calendar if you’re a high school basketball fan. The Rolling Hills Prep Fall Classic will be held at Harbor College, and the final three games of the night will be pretty good.
Fairfax will play Harvard-Westlake at 4:30 p.m. Rancho Christian will face Bishop Montgomery at 8 p.m. Also playing is St. John Bosco, which will face a team to be announced at 6:30 p.m.
Games will start at 9 a.m. with Rolling Hills vs. La Canada. Then Brentwood will take on Camarillo at 10:30 a.m., followed by Santa Monica vs. Long Beach Poly at noon. Mater Dei will play Riverside Notre Dame at 1:30 p.m. and Taft will play St. Bernard at 3 p.m.
Westchester has become the favorite to win this season’s City Section Open Division championship in boys’ basketball after the City Section approved a hardship waiver for Kaelen Allen, last season’s City player of the year.
Allen was granted a fifth year of eligibility.
No team could stop the muscular 6-foot-6 senior in the paint last season. His return, combined with guard Jordan Brinson, makes the Comets the team to beat in 2018-19.
Since 2015, nearly 10,000 fewer students are playing 11-man high school football in California, according to the latest CIF participation survey released on Wednesday.
For the third consecutive year, there was a decline in football participation even though sports participation is at an all-time high at 808,557.
There were 94,286 students participating in 11-man football during the 2017-18 season, a decline of 2.87% from last year. The last year there was an increase was 2015, when 103,725 participated in football.