Four years ago, Rich Allen was asked to coach the girls' basketball team at North Hollywood High. At first, Allen didn't want to leave his boys' junior varsity coaching position and switch to a program that had never won more than four games.
But Allen made a phone call to Craig Raub, a former teammate at North Hollywood who happened to be the girls' basketball coach at Kennedy. "Raub talked me into it," Allen said. "Craig said I'd really enjoy (it)."
Allen proceeded to take his first team to the playoffs in 1983. Since then, North Hollywood has won three straight league titles.
Today, Allen's Huskies (18-2, 10-0 in league) will meet West Valley League rival Reseda (15-2, 8-2) in the girls' City 3-A basketball championship game at the Sports Arena at 4. It will be the first appearance in a City final for both teams.