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NOTEBOOK : Arrival of Tennessee Sprinter Lifts Loyola Football Hopes

August 01, 1993|CHARLES SMITH and SEAN WATERS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Just when Loyola High was about to experience a rebuilding year, a transfer student arrives who could turn the Cubs into a contender.

Kadar Hamilton, a 5-11 1/2 tailback-safety from Knoxville, Tenn., has the Cubs talking about contending for a Southern Section Division I title. Hamilton is the son of Los Angeles Raiders assistant coach Ray Hamilton, who was a defensive end for the New England Patriots from 1973 to 1981.

Hamilton moved with his family to Los Angeles when his father was hired as an assistant this year with the Raiders. He chose Loyola specifically because of its football reputation.

Hamilton, who runs 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard, is a major college prospect. The Cubs already have running backs Jerome Porter and Blake Hennon, who ran for more than 1,100 yards combined in 1992.

The Cubs also return major prospect Kwame Cain (6-1, 242), a center-linebacker. Senior quarterback Bobby Thomason (6-2, 193) has proved to be a capable replacement for Clelio Boccato, who will compete as a non-scholarship player for California in the fall.

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Shrineless--Former Dorsey football star Antonio Carrion and Stais Boseman of Inglewood Morningside were not allowed to participate in the 42nd annual Shrine All-Star Game on July 24 for rules violations.

Carrion, who was the only area football player chosen to compete, and Boseman left camp without permission July 20 to see their girlfriends and did not return until after 1 a.m. the following morning.

Carrion said even if he had competed, his playing time would have been significantly reduced by an injury.

"I injured my hamstring playing basketball and running stairs at Pasadena City College in preparation for the game," Carrion said.

"The fact that my leg was hurt and my playing time would have been limited makes it easier to accept the fact that I was not allowed to play."

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Boxing update--Two South-Central boxers had impressive performances at the Junior Golden Gloves, held July 21-24 at the Norwalk Sports Complex.

In his only match, Dwain Williams (8-4) defeated Johnny Prado of Hawaiian Gardens to win the gold medal in the 139-pound division.

Anthony McDonald (8-4) defeated Armando Brito of Santa Fe Springs in a quarterfinal bout, but lost to Rudy Aparicio of the Cache Boxing Club in the semifinals.

Carlos Navarro, 16, of South-Central was scheduled to compete in the Olympic Festival on Saturday in San Antonio, Tex. Navarro (60-9) is ranked No. 7 in the 112-pound weight class by USA Boxing.

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Add boxing--The East Los Angeles Sheriff's Boxing Club will hold an all-comers show today at 1 p.m. Boxers will be paired by height, weight and athletic ability.

The boxing facility is at 4360 Dozier St. Information: (213) 830-1123.

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Hoop camp--Salesian High School was the host site for a five-week summer basketball camp that ended Friday.

The camp emphasized basketball fundamentals--dribbling, passing and shooting--as well as offensive plays and defensive setups. Thirty-five youths 8 to 17 attended the clinic.

Salesian basketball coach Dan Galvan said he started the clinic because of his own team's fundamental deficiencies.

"A lot of kids came to try out for the team and didn't know how to play, which became apparent in our record," said Galvan, whose team finished with a 4-16 overall record and 0-8 in the Santa Fe League. "This is the camp's first year, but due to the very positive response, it will be conducted every summer from now on," Galvan said.

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