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October 20, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jayce Johnson, a 7-foot sophomore center who played last season as a freshman at Santa Ana Mater Dei, has transferred to Trinity League rival JSerra. That could be a big development, taking away a major college prospect from the Monarchs. He began classes this past week. He might have been the player to be named later, since former JSerra guard Rex Pflueger transferred to Mater Dei. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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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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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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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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July 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Encino Crespi sent point guard London Perrantes to Virginia, but the Celts have a good one ready to take over. Sophomore Max Heidegger picked up a scholarship offer from Washington. 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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September 7, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jack Williams, a 6-foot-8 senior forward at West Hills Chaminade, has committed to Long Beach State, Coach Todd Wolfson said. Williams is known for his hustle and tough inside play. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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