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Championship Saturday / The City and Southern Section crowned 41 team champions this weekend in basketball and soccer. Here's a look at some of the top story lines from Saturday's play:

This collection of talent produces a classic game

March 04, 2007|Mike Terry; Eric Sondheimer; Mike Kennedy; Martin Henderson | From Times Staff Reports

Lakewood Artesia's 70-68 victory over Santa Ana Mater Dei in the Southern Section Division I-AA boys' basketball final Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim featured a star-studded collection of talent.

The only question was: Who would be the brightest star in this galaxy?

Mater Dei's Duke-bound Taylor King could claim the points title with 31, but Artesia's Renardo Sidney might burn brighter after scoring 23 and leading his team to victory.

The rest of the standout gathering included Mater Dei's Kamyron Brown, headed to Oregon, and teammate Alex Jacobson, bound for Arizona.

On the Artesia side, James Harden will play at Arizona State next season and Malik Story is set to join USC.

The uber-underclassmen included Mater Dei's twin 6-foot-10 sophomores David and Travis Wear and sophomore Andy Brown, who are already on many recruiters' must-see list.

And, of course, there isn't a college that wouldn't take Sidney right now.

-- Mike Terry

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Chace Stanback might be the "other" UCLA recruit for next season, taking a back seat to 6-foot-10 center Kevin Love in the two-man recruiting class, but the 6-8 forward from Los Angeles Fairfax could end up being quite a steal.

He had 18 points and 13 rebounds in leading the Lions to a 55-46 victory over Westchester in the City Section boys basketball title game Saturday night at the Sports Arena, giving Fairfax its first City title in 20 years.

"He's going to be the kind of player when he finishes his career at UCLA, he will be all-Pac-10," Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani said.

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Dwayne Polee Jr. has a long way to go to catch pop.

Polee, a freshman for Westchester, had seven points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Fairfax.

That's a far cry from the 43 points Dwayne Sr. had in the 1981 final.

"I have a lot to live up to," the younger Polee said.

Polee Sr., who made 17 of 20 shots and led L.A. Manual Arts to an 82-69 victory over L.A. Crenshaw in his 1981 game, watched his son from the stands Saturday night.

"I'm going to have a heart attack," Polee said. "I can't take it."

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Retiring Crenshaw Coach Willie West was honored before the City championship boys' game, but West could not make the ceremony because he's recovering from pneumonia.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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Corona Centennial's first boys' basketball championship in school history, a 46-39 victory over Norco in the Southern Section Division II-A final, was also poignant for a trio of Huskies players.

Shannon Sharpe lost both parents to separate illnesses over the last two years, and Isaac Waters and A.J. Chamberlain both have terminally ill mothers, according to Coach Josh Giles.

"I think they were looking down on me," Sharpe said of his parents. "They were certainly in my head, so I wanted to play hard."

-- Mike Terry

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The boys' Division II-A final produced the stat of the day: Centennial and Norco combined for more rebounds (90) than points (85).

-- Mike Kennedy

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L.A. Pacific Hills girls' team had one of the section's best playoff runs, reaching the finals of Division III-AA before losing, 56-46, to L.A. Marlborough.

Pacific Hills was playing four divisions higher than it played when it won the last three Division V-AA titles. And even though the Bruins lost, Coach Tony Jimenez had no complaints.

"There was more accomplished this year than in the last three championships," he said. "We played tougher competition, but we kept rising to the occasion."

According to the section's directory of schools, Pacific Hills, with a student enrollment of 225, defeated Marymount (enrollment 400, girls only), Oxnard (3,016), top-seeded South Torrance (2,219) and Oxnard Pacifica (3,450) before losing to second-seeded Marlborough (368, girls).

-- Martin Henderson

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