March 4, 2011
FRIDAY'S GAMES Boys SOUTHERN SECTION DIVISION 5A Van Nuys Montclair Prep (23-8) vs. Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (24-5), 5 p.m. at Santa Ana Mater Dei ? These two Alpha League teams split in league play, but Sierra Canyon won, 68-51, on Feb. 8 and has the physical advantage with a group of talented young players, led by sophomore guard Jahmel Taylor (21.6 points). Montclair Prep, going for its fifth section title, has to deal with Sierra Canyon's full-court press.
March 1, 2011 |
Brea Olinda and Santa Ana Mater Dei are less than 20 miles apart, but the rivalry between the schools' girls' basketball teams extends nationwide. They're the two top-ranked teams in America, according to ESPN, and after winning their Southern Section Division 1AA semifinals Tuesday at the Anaheim Convention Center, they will each vie for their third consecutive championship later this week. To get there, top-seeded Brea Olinda defeated fourth-seeded Moreno Valley Canyon Springs, 55-36.
February 15, 2011 |
The Times' high school girls' basketball rankings, by Melissa Rohlin: Rk. School (record, division); last week's results; next game (last rank) 1. Brea Olinda (25-0, SS-1AA); def. El Modena, 94-22; Villa Park, 66-33; vs. San Clemente, Thursday. (1) 2. Long Beach Poly (23-2, SS-1AA); def. Long Beach Jordan, 60-30; Cabrillo, 76-7; vs. Los Osos, Thursday. (2) 3. Mater Dei (24-1, SS-1AA); def. JSerra, 64-23; Santa Margarita, 76-23; vs. King, Thursday. (3) 4. Cajon (27-1, SS-1AA)
February 13, 2011 |
After more than two months of preparation, high school basketball enters its win-or-go-home phase on Wednesday with the start of playoff action, and no division will be tougher than Southern Section Division 1AA for boys and girls. The pairings were released Sunday, and Long Beach Poly (24-1) was awarded the No. 1 seeding in the boys' bracket, with Brea (25-0) receiving No. 1 in the girls' draw. Both face strong tests along the way. For Poly to win it all, it could face challenges from No. 2 Santa Ana Mater Dei (24-2)
January 20, 2011 |
Watching 6-foot-11 Kyle Caudill walk barefoot into the Brea Olinda gymnasium at 6:45 a.m. last fall with a smile on his face for a workout with classmates helps explain why he refused to play the transfer game that has become so common in Southern California high school basketball. He enjoys hanging out with friends he has known since kindergarten. He thrives in the classroom with a 4.1 grade-point average. Each season, his statistics and skills have improved, allowing him to receive a college scholarship.