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October 31, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 I don't think the smile has left the face of Santa Monica Coach James Hecht ever since his players delivered a Southern Section 1A championship last season. And there's more smiling to come. Hecht has a guard duo that should be one of the best for underclassmen. Junior Nuwr'iyl Williams has picked up scholarship offers from Louisville, Oregon, Colorado and St. John's, among others. Sophomore Jonah Mathews, the brother of Cal guard Jordan Mathews, showed in the summer he has big-time scoring skills.
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April 9, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
An Indiana computer company owner is being held on two federal counts of sexually exploiting a child in what authorities on Monday said could become the nation's biggest case of “sextortion” - blackmailing minors into becoming the objects of sexually explicit photographs or videos. Richard Leon Finkbiner, 39, was arrested Friday at his home in Brazil , Ind., and charged with forcing at least two minors to engage in sexually explicit activity that Finkbiner allegedly captured with a webcam, said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Joseph H. Hogsett at a news conference Monday.
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October 23, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Ron Freeman, a 6-foot-5 senior guard at Gardena Serra, has committed to Cal State Fullerton.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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October 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 D.J. Ursery, a senior 6-foot-3 guard at Encino Crespi, has committed to Pacific. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The City Section Division V in boys' and girls' basketball is all about View Park Prep, which won both titles on Saturday. Tramel Wilson scored 25 points to lead View Park past Douglass, 85-59, in boys' Division V. In the girls' final, Maresha Farmer scored 27 points in a 74-51 win over Douglass.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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September 23, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Longtime assistant coach Sean Shoptaw has been named head coach at boys' volleyball power Manhattan Beach Mira Costa. He will replace Mike Ninnis, who resigned after five years as coach. Shoptaw is a Mira Costa grad who played collegiate volleyball. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Chaminade Coach Todd Wolfson is borrowing a page from the Pete Carroll playbook in trying to have some fun during the pressure of going for a championship. He had been telling his players to prepare for a "hard" practice session on Wednesday in preparing for Saturday's Division III Southern California Regional final against Santa Margarita. Instead, he went to In-N-Out and bought 32 double-doubles. The team will only concentrate on shooting Wednesday while enjoying its moment of food ecstasy.
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January 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 College basketball coaches, get ready to be a little excited. Khaili Bedart-Ghani, the 6-foot-3 senior guard from unbeaten Los Angeles Loyola, is now available after previously being committed to Yale. Bedart-Ghani has been one of the most exciting players, showing superb athletic ability with his dunking, defense and improved outside shooting. He has helped Loyola to a 12-0 start. We'll see which schools decide to start recruiting him. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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July 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 They're still coming and going in high school basketball, and the changing of players between Westlake and Calabasas is almost comedic. Earlier in the summer, Calabasas' Michael Hayon, a 6-foot-4 junior, transferred to Westlake. Little did anyone know he was part of a trade for future considerations. The player to be named later is standout senior guard Larry Bush, who enrolled at Calabasas on Monday, Coach Jon Palarz said. We'll see if there's more trades coming. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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