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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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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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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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December 18, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 View Park Prep has named assistant coaches Dennis Latimore and Ken Henderson as interim coaches running the basketball program, Athletic Director Robert Ambers said. Ambers had no comment on the status of second-year Coach Harold Jones, who apparently ran into a parental revolt last week when View Park was playing in the Beverly Hills tournament. View Park leaves on Thursday for a tournament in Milwaukee. View Park is considered one of the top teams in Division V for state competition.
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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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March 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Aaron Holiday, a junior guard at North Hollywood Campbell Hall who's the younger brother of former UCLA and NBA guard Jrue Holiday, has committed to UCLA, his mother, Toya, said Monday. Holiday averaged more than 30 points a game this season for the Vikings, who lost in the Southern Section Division 4A semifinals last week. In his last three playoff games, Holiday scored 36, 39 and 42 points. His sister, Lauren, plays for UCLA's women's team. His commitment is a triumph for new Coach Steve Alford, who had to re-recruit the family after Jrue's experience under former Coach Ben Howland.
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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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March 29, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
Bishop Montgomery didn't just defeat Moreau Catholic, 85-44, to capture the Division IV state championship at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, it set a record in the process. The Knights' 41-point blowout is the largest margin of victory in state finals history, eclipsing the previous mark of 36, which was reached twice -- both times in Division IV.   Stephen Thompson led the way with 20 points, four assists, three steals and two blocks for Bishop Montgomery (28-6), which built a 17-point halftime lead.  Bishop Montgomery out-rebounded the Mariners, 50-35, didn't allow a three-point basket, made 13 of 15 free throws and forced 22 turnovers.  Ethan Thompson had 14 points, Justin Bibbins had 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists and Christian Oshita added nine points for the Knights, who won their third state title in four finals appearances.
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April 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Bill Bedgood, a former head coach at Alemany and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, has been hired as the new basketball coach at Saugus. Bedgood last coached at Notre Dame in 2012.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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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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