There’s 18 City Section championship basketball banners hanging around the Crenshaw gym. Sixteen were won by legendary Coach Willie West at the highest level. Two were Division I titles won the last two seasons.
This season, Crenshaw wants to be considered one of the top eight teams selected for the Open Division, and the Cougars are close to achieving that result. They are 8-0 in the Coliseum League after an impressive 92-50 drubbing of rival Dorsey on Friday night.
Isaiah Johnson, the Cougars’ football quarterback, scored 21 points. His brother, Mossi, was a star point guard for the Cougars. This Johnson is wider but just as competitive. Dominique Winbush had 19 points and Shedrick Lockridge added 18 points.
Capistrano Valley High is proud of its former pitcher, Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs, and the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has just produced a Hendricks bobblehead for Cougar fans.
Every purchase will honor Hendricks and help raise funds for the Capistrano Valley athletic department. The cost is $25, with $5 of every one sold going to the athletic department. There are 500 available.
Hendricks helped the Cubs win the World Series in 2016.
Lance Fauria, who was a standout tight end at Crespi and later became a high school football coach, died Thursday night, Crespi athletic director Brian Bilek said. He was 52.
Fauria had been named football coach at Taft last year but later dropped out. He had coached at a number of schools in recent years, including Bell-Jeff and Cathedral.
He was a first-team All-CIF player at Crespi in 1982. He was part of a family that produced three standout brothers at Crespi -- Lance, Quinn and Christian. Christian went on to play in the NFL. His nephew, Joseph, also starred at Crespi and played in the NFL.
I have no need to look at any All-American team to know that senior guard Brandon Williams of Crespi is a prep All-American basketball player. If he’s not on the team, the people doing it are clueless.
In his last nine games against quality opponents, Williams is averaging 34.4 points. He culminated that stretch on Wednesday night with a school-record 52-point performance in an overtime win over Alemany.
Committed to Arizona, the 6-foot-3 Williams has been a starter since his freshman year and twice played on state championship teams. But people seemed to have forgotten about him when he missed all last season while recovering from a knee injury.