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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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September 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The scholarship offers keep coming for 6-foot-11 junior Chance Comanche from Los Angeles View Park Prep. In the past two weeks, Louisville and Gonzaga have made offers, Coach Harold Jones said. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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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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February 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Tiny Sherman Oaks Buckley is 27-0 and seeded No. 1 in the Southern Section Division 4AA boys' basketball playoffs. The Griffins, which returned 10 players from last season's team, are one of what appears to be at least four unbeaten teams in the state. Santa Ana Mater Dei (27-0), Chula Vista Sweetwater (23-0) and Bakersfield Northwest Christian are also unbeaten. Buckley's best wins this season are over San Diego Parker, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Woodland Hills Taft. Junior Austin Butler is averaging 15 points a game.
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August 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 To no one's surprise, 6-foot-6 Kameron Chatman is leaving Long Beach Poly to return to Oregon, where he played until arriving after his sophomore year. Chatman was declared ineligible by the Southern Section last season after a ruling that he had followed his club coach, Poly's Sharrief Metoyer. Chatman was stuck on the bench for the entire season until Metoyer decided to put him in during a state playoff game against Mater Dei in the closing minutes. That controversial decision led to Metoyer getting a one year suspension from coaching this season.
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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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