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January 6, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Santa Ana Mater Dei basketball player Mario Soto, who transferred to Saddleback Valley Christian, is now seeking a hardship waiver of CIF transfer rules in an attempt to gain immediate eligibility. He did not have a valid change of residency, so gaining a hardship waiver is his last resort to being able to play in his senior season.  It is now under consideration, according to the CIF. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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August 2, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Calabasas Coach Jon Palarz said Friday that standout 6-foot-8 senior Max Hoetzel has told him he will be leaving the school to attend Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts. Hoetzel said his parents are moving to Santa Ynez, and he wanted to prepare himself "academically and physically. " Hoetzel had six scholarship offers and is hoping a change to the East Coast will help attract more offers. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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November 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Thomas Welsh, a rapidly improving 7-foot center at Los Angeles Loyola, has committed to UCLA. Welsh also considered Stanford and California. His decision is an important recruiting victory for UCLA Coach Steve Alford in landing a top player from Southern California. Welsh averaged 12.6 points and 10.9 rebounds as a junior. His development over the summer resulted in an intense recruiting campaign from Pac-12 schools. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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July 12, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A group of Southern California high school coaches are headed to Shenzhen, China, next week to be part of a basketball clinic featuring 90 top high school aged players in Shenzhen. Offering their services will be Tom Mott from Santa Maria St. Joseph, Chris Nordstrom from Orange Lutheran, Garrett Wood and Andrian Hernandez from St. Joseph and Bryan Davis from Mission Prep. There also will be a stopover in Hong Kong. Somebody might get a suit made, but since no one wears suits anymore during games, who knows?
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September 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Greg Hamilton, the father of former St. John Bosco guard Isaac Hamilton, confirmed on Monday night that his son will attend UCLA this fall. Hamilton originally signed with UTEP, then sought to get out of the letter of intent but failed. He will have to sit out this season unless he wins an appeal. He averaged 22.1 points last season at St. John Bosco and was a McDonald's All-American. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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December 20, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The school-record 122 points Chino Hills scored on Thursday night in a win over Rancho Cucamonga is another sign of a team on the rise. The Ball brothers, sophomore Lonzo Ball and freshman Gelo Ball, are quite a duo. Lonzo had 11 assists. Gelo scored 20 points. Bishop Mency is a talented 6-foot-5 senior. He had 26 points. There's also a 6-9 junior in Nnamdi Okongwu. And come Jan. 6, Chino Hills will get eligible a highly regarded sophomore transfer from Pasadena La Salle, Milan Acquuah.
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December 14, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Call it an honor to be subjected to the Evan Wardlow lockdown. That's what happened to talented junior guard Cesar Reyes of Sun Valley Poly on Friday night. From the moment he stepped onto the court against El Camino Real, Reyes was shadowed and locked down by the 6-foot-3 Santa Clara-bound Wardlow, who plays defense with a passion that's frequently missing at the high school level. Reyes missed his first nine shots of the first half in Poly's 76-42 loss. He finished with 15 points.
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November 20, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 There was so much interest in Austin Hatch's news conference on Wednesday in a lecture hall at Los Angeles Loyola that a TV station from Indiana went live with some of his comments. Hatch, the 6-foot-6 senior who moved to Los Angeles from Fort Wayne, Ind., to help his recovery from a 2011 brain injury suffered in a plane crash that killed his father and stepmother, is still not fully recovered to suit up for the Cubs. "My time is coming soon," Hatch said. Hatch was able to handle a nearly 30-minute question and answer session with confidence and poise and displayed unreal determination for a 19-year-old who has been through so much.
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August 27, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jelani Gardner has resigned after one season as coach at Pasadena La Salle. The school has begun a search for a replacement.  Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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