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July 9, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Vejas Anaya , a former Palisades basketball player, has been hired to replace longtime Coach James Paleno as head coach. Anaya served as an assistant to Paleno and also has coached the freshman-sophomore team. Paleno was head coach for 22 years. 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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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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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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February 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Leaks in the gym roofs at Venice and Granada Hills Kennedy have forced postponement of the City Section Division II boys' basketball semifinals scheduled for Friday. They were originally set for Venice, then changed to Kennedy. They will be played on Monday at Kennedy weather permitting. Game times are 6 and 8 p.m.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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October 21, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
For the first time, the City Section will hold championships for boys' and girls' lacrosse after the minimum six schools competing was reached. The City Section Board of Managers approved the championships on Monday at their monthly meeting. There will be a four-team semifinal played in the morning, followed by a championship in the evening. Schools had been competing in the Southern Section lacrosse competition. Palisades is expected to become a heavy favorite to win the City Section boys' title, with Birmingham the favorite in girls' lacrosse.
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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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October 8, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
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.
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