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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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July 14, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 If anyone is the perfect example of being a true student-athlete, it's Westchester senior Nick Hamilton. This summer, he's participating in the UCLA VIPS program that prepares high school students for college. He had a summer reading assignment this weekend, but he's also playing for his travel basketball team. Coming back from a dislocated thumb suffered last month in the Watts Summer Games, the All-City player scored 15 points in his game. He gets all As on his report card, is a team leader for the defending City Section Division I champions, and Coach Ed Azzam would probably rank Hamilton has one of the most competitive, hard-working players he's ever coached.
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August 21, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Sun Valley Village Christian has made itself a favorite destination for transfer students. This coming season, the Crusaders will have Bryan Alberts and Marsalis Johnson, both whom started their high school careers at Sierra Canyon. And joining them this season will be Bennie Boatwright and Bear Henderson, both of whom played last season at Alemany. Henderson started classes on Wednesday. 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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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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July 27, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Playing in Las Vegas this week, junior guard Tyler Dorsey of St. John Bosco came through with a prodigious dunk (see video above) to excite fans and college recruiters. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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