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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.
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.
January 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 One of the top sophomore point guards in California, Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills, has committed to UCLA, Coach Steve Baik confirmed Friday night. Ball, who is a terrific all-around athlete and A student, gives Coach Steve Alford a tremendous future point guard after the Bruins failed to land a point guard from the class of 2014.  
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.  
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.
March 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 With Zach LaVine announcing he's leaving UCLA for the NBA, Bruin fans were hoping that St. John Bosco's Daniel Hamilton, the younger brother of UCLA redshirt Isaac Hamilton, might decide to join the Bruins to help replace LaVine. But Daniel Hamilton said Saturday after scoring 22 points in the Braves' Division II state championship victory over Folsom that he's headed to Connecticut. He said he likes Connecticut Coach Kevin Ollie, a former Crenshaw player who made a similar move to the East Coast.
January 6, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Lewis Stallworth, a senior guard at Newhall Hart, has committed to UTEP. He has been one of the most consistent and unselifish guards this season, showing much improvement as a passer, facilitator and scorer.  
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.
December 13, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Chris Sandifer of Woodland Hills Taft made 11 three-pointers and finished with 51 points in an 89-62 victory over Long Beach Cabrillo on Friday in the Beverly Hills tournament. Sandifer is headed to UTEP. The school record for most points is 54 held by Jordan Farmar.  
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