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December 17, 2013 |
To see teacher Rose Gilbert - a nonstop, 5-foot dynamo - in front of a high school classroom was to see a master at work. "I'm on fire," she would tell her 12th-graders in Room 204 at Palisades Charter High School, emphasizing the point by wearing a red plastic firefighter's helmet. Yet, even after more than half a century of imparting a love of Homer, Camus, Faulkner and Joyce to her youthful charges, she never seemed to burn out. Each semester for more than 50 years, into her 90s, Gilbert lectured on dozens of classic works, including "The Great Gatsby," "The Iliad" and "The Stranger.
November 29, 2013 |
The final score was 86-56. Corona Centennial's football and basketball teams each won Friday night by the identical score. The football team won its Inland Division semifinal playoff game over Upland. The basketball team defeated Fresno Central by the same score. In football, Tre Watson set a school record with 519 yards rushing and six touchdowns. The Huskies gained more than 900 yards in total offense. Upland quarterback Tyler Hilinski passed for 429 yards and seven touchdowns.
November 26, 2013 |
UCLA's basketball team has been playing in a less-than-half-full Pauley Pavilion through five games this season, with an average announced attendance of 5,673 in the 13,800-seat arena. A possible contributing factor is ticket prices. In a report by Vividseats.com, a secondary ticket broker, UCLA has the sixth highest-priced tickets in all of college basketball, with the median price $95. Kansas is No. 1 at $265, followed by Kentucky at $200, Duke at $179, Gonzaga at $110 and Indiana at $100.
November 18, 2013 |
Redondo, Windward and Loyola, all sponsored by Jordan Brand, got to scrimmage each other on Saturday on a court outside Staples Center. Windward Coach Miguel Villegas said the games were competitive. Teams played one half against each other. Redond Coach Reggie Morris said Loyola's depth will make the Cubs very tough to beat. Eric.email@example.com
November 15, 2013 |
Eight basketball teams will be at St. John Bosco on Tuesday for scrimmages. Teams will play 16-minute halfs, then rest while two other teams play. Action begins at 3:30 p.m. with St. John Bosco facing Gardena Serra. At 4 p.m., Long Beach Poly plays Rancho Dominguez. At 4:30 p.m., St. John Bosco plays Rancho Dominguez. At 5 p.m., Serra plays Poly. At 5:30 p.m., Serra plays Rancho Dominguez. At 6 p.m., St. John Bosco plays Poly. At 6:30 p.m., Redondo plays Village Christian. At 7 p.m, Village Christian plays Cantwell-Sacred Heart.
November 8, 2013 |
LOGAN, Utah - Too many missed defensive assignments, said USC guard J.T. Terrell. Too many missed rebounds, said center Omar Oraby. Too few steals, said new USC basketball Coach Andy Enfield. What all the too many and too few added up to was a 78-65 loss by USC to Utah State in Enfield's first game as Trojans head coach Friday night. Senior guard Terrell led USC (0-1) with 20 points and Oraby had 15 points and nine rebounds, but the Trojans led only twice and a Utah State (1-0)
November 7, 2013 |
The depressed farming community of Medora, Ind., is the focus of the often-somber documentary appropriately titled "Medora. " The film, directed by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, works as an earnest snapshot of a certain kind of small town that's struggling to exist amid economic downturns, shuttered workplaces and a stultifying lack of hope or progress. It's a sad commentary about people and places that get left behind - the wholesale disappearance of the American dream. As a compelling viewing experience, however, "Medora," which counts actors Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci among its executive producers, falls short as it follows members of the town's hapless high school basketball team over the course of a single school year.
November 4, 2013 |
Omar Oraby is 7 feet 2 and stands up straight as a light pole. Sometimes kids who are extremely tall try to look less tall. They hunch their shoulders. They nonchalantly bend their knees. But Oraby is proud of who he is. He's proud of his height. He is proud to be a USC senior and well on his way to a college degree. He is proud to be a basketball player with soft hands, nifty footwork and talent that doesn't always come naturally to a big man from a country that doesn't produce many basketball players.
October 8, 2013 |
Granada Hills Coach Don Loperena hasn't had too many dunkers for his basketball team, but that's expected to change this season with the arrival of 6-foot-4 senior Yoan Yomba, a transfer from Minnesota. He hasn't played since his sophomore season because of a back injury, but Loperena said, "Athletic wise, he's outrageous. " He and a younger brother, Yvan, a 6-1 freshman, moved to the area because their father is teaching at Cal State Northridge. "If you give him some space, he'll dunk on you," Loperena said.
October 4, 2013 |
The UCLA's women's basketball team lost a second key player for the season. Friday, the Bruins announced that junior forward Kacy Swain will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. UCLA Coach Cori Close said, "I am very pleased with the steps of growth that I saw in Kacy during the off-season. This makes her injury more disappointing and she won't be able to build on those steps this season. " Swain averaged 3.1 points and 3.0 rebounds last season and was second in blocked shots.