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February 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 JSerra and Santa Ana Mater Dei continue to trade players. Blake Burton, a junior infielder at JSerra and a Washington commit, is transferring to Mater Dei. He will be eligible on April 7, when the baseball sitout players gain eligibility. Mater Dei's basketball team picked up Rex Pflueger, a junior transfer from JSerra. And JSerra's basketball team picked up Jayce Johnson, a sophomore transfer from Mater Dei. JSerra's baseball coach, Brett Kay, is a Mater Dei grad. So we'll all wait for the "future considerations" part of the baseball trade.
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February 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
When it comes to long road trips, Arroyo Grande's sports teams are in a different category. They might want to play Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again," in their vans. According to Athletic Director Dwight MacDonald, here are the recent road trips: The boys' soccer team went to Fountain Valley Los Amigos, then Baldwin Park to accumulate more than 800 miles. The wrestling team went to Riverside Norte Vista for more than 450 miles. The girls' basketball team went to Hemet (560 miles round trip)
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February 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Southern Section named the 16 teams on Friday for its new Open Division playoffs. The final seedings and pairings won't be announced until Sunday. Nervous coaches waited around their computers until the selections were posted at 1 p.m. on Friday. There were coaches who preferred not to be selected for a division that features unbeaten Santa Ana Mater Dei (27-0), the reigning Open Division state champion. The teams: Torrance Bishop Montgomery, Cantwell-Sacred Heart, Cathedral, Corona Centennial, West Hills Chaminade, Chino Hills, Compton, Etiwanda, Riverside North, Loyola, Mater Dei, Lakewood Mayfair, Redondo, Gardena Serra, Chatsworth Sierra Canyon and Bellflower St. John Bosco.
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February 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame will host its fourth Hall of Fame dinner on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in the school gym. Set to be inducted are Dick Runyan '51, Bill Vaughan '53, Jim Donckels '61, Joe McEveety '72, Victor Trujillo '79, Michele Hall '94 and the 1993 Southern Section championship boys' basketball team. Tickets are $60 per person and registration is at www.ndhs.org .   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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January 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Student sections keep coming up with ideas on how to inspire players, and at San Marcos High, the student section, known as The Pride, offered its own flashy way of firing up the basketball team in pregame player introductions. Above is video from Friday's game. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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January 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 They showed up wearing black en masse in the Beverly Hills gym on Wednesday night. Beverly Hills students want to do all they could to help the basketball team try to take over first place in the Ocean League. They were loud and enthusiastic. And the Normans came through with a 55-47 victory over Santa Monica. Junior Trevor Bergher got hot in the third quarter, scoring 13 of his 16 points. He finished with four three-pointers. Ronan Massana contributed 15 points. Siavash Yektafar, who's a crowd favorite (they hold up a giant picture of him in the bleachers)
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January 21, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Coach Andy Enfield and his USC basketball team are still looking for their first Pac-12 Conference victory this season. The Trojans are 9-9 overall but have lost their first five Pac-12 games, a streak they hope to snap Wednesday night when they play host to California. It won't be easy. Cal is 14-4 and is tied with top-ranked Arizona at 5-0 in Pac-12 play. USC's most recent loss was 83-62 at No. 21 Colorado on Saturday. "We've played well in stretches," Enfield said on a conference call Tuesday.
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January 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 There are 52 teams, five sites and five divisions for a mostly City Section basketball tournament set to begin on Monday at Huntington Park, Hamilton, Roybal, LACES and Panorama. Fairfax, Sylmar and L.A. Cathedral are considered the top teams in the tournament. Championship games for each division are scheduled for Saturday, with games being played every day this week. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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December 17, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Dennis Rodman is going through with his plans to return to North Korea this week to train the national basketball team and help celebrate leader Kim Jong Un's birthday, despite the recent execution of Kim's uncle . Rodman has already visited the insular country considered to be one of the world's most repressive regimes twice this year. He has famously declared the dictator a friend for life and still insists that his own basketball diplomacy can help ease the tensions between North Korea and the U.S. “Yes, I'm going to North Korea to train the basketball team,” the flamboyant former NBA star told the Associated Press by phone.
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