March 15, 2014 |
Stanley Johnson Jr., Santa Ana Mater Dei High's star senior, belongs in any conversation about the Southland's very best high school basketball players. He has played every position, been a force on defense and has won three state championships - and in zeroing in on a possible fourth. Here is a look at a few other local products who belong in that same conversation: • Gail Goodrich, Sun Valley Poly: As a senior in 1961, the 5-foot-11 Goodrich led Poly to the City Section championship.
August 24, 2007 |
USC's new director of basketball operations should sound familiar to those who follow Trojans recruiting. He is Dwayne Polee, the father of Westchester High sophomore Dwayne Polee Jr., a guard who last year committed to USC before he had played a game for the Comets.
December 31, 1985 |
Pepperdine jumped into a 10-0 lead Monday night and ran away with an 84-59 victory over Robert Morris before 1,017 fans at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu. Pepperdine improved its record to 10-2. Robert Morris dropped to 2-6. Dropped is a good way to describe how Robert Morris handled the ball most of the game. At one point in the second half, the Colonials had more turnovers than shot attempts. They finished with 18 turnovers to Pepperdine's 11.
February 23, 1985 |
Manual Arts High advanced to the Los Angeles City 4-A boys' basketball championship game with a stirring 72-70 victory over Banning High in Friday night's semifinals at the Sports Arena. The Toilers will meet unbeaten Crenshaw High, the defending City 4-A champion, for the title next Friday. Crenshaw defeated Carson High, 101-64, for its 20th straight win in Friday's second game.
December 28, 1985 |
Tonight's Cal State Fullerton-Pepperdine matchup at Malibu was supposed to be an important nonconference game for both clubs. The contest will be Fullerton's final outing before opening Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. play next Thursday night at Titan Gym. And the Waves (8-2) are looking to avenge last year's 81-75 loss at Fullerton and maybe climb back into the Top 20. But the 7:30 game at Firestone Fieldhouse has lost some of its luster.
February 22, 1986 |
Lennie Parham hit a 12-footer from the baseline, was fouled, and added the free throw with one second left Friday night to lift Gonzaga to an 81-79 West Coast Athletic Conference victory over Loyola Marymount. Mike Yoest canned two free throws with seven seconds left to give Loyola a 79-78 lead. After Parham scored, Loyola failed on a last-second desperation shot. Parham had 14 points and Mike Champion 19 for Gonzaga. Loyola received 23 points and 14 rebounds from Forrest McKenzie.
June 20, 1985
Pepperdine junior pitcher Scott Marrett, drafted last week by the California Angels, has signed a contract. Marrett, who posted a 15-0 record for the Waves this season, was the West Coast Athletic Conference's pitcher of the year. Other Pepperdine players who signed contracts after being selected in the major league draft are senior shortstop Nezi Balelo with the Seattle Mariners and junior catcher Chad Kreuter with the Texas Rangers.
January 18, 1985 |
Freshman Levy Middlebrooks and five underclass starters led the way as Pepperdine beat Loyola Marymount, 77-62, Thursday night. Middlebrooks, a 6-7 225-pounder, had his top game as a collegian before 2,250 fans at Gersten Pavilion, getting 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting plus a game-high 12 rebounds. Middlebrooks was so dominant early in the game--hitting his first five shots and grabbing eight rebounds--that Loyola Coach Ed Goorjian said, "I didn't expect that from him, to be honest with you."
January 19, 2008 |
If there were any doubts about the basketball ability of 6-foot-10 junior center Renardo Sidney of Los Angeles Fairfax, they vanished Friday night during an extraordinary individual performance against Westchester in a game for first place in the Western League. Sidney scored a career-high 36 points, including five dunks, and had 19 rebounds, five assists and three blocks as the No. 7-ranked Lions (15-2, 5-0) held off No. 3 Westchester, 68-63, at Fairfax. "He is such a phenomenal player," Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani said.
February 22, 1986 |
A rock slide that blocked Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Friday night delayed the start of Pepperdine's basketball game with Portland. The Pilots, who set out from their Marina del Rey hotel at about 5 p.m., didn't arrive at Firestone Fieldhouse till 7:40. The game began at 8:12, which was 42 minutes late. But Portland, though tardy, gave ground grudgingly, holding Pepperdine to 13-for-30 shooting in the first half before the Waves broke loose for an 80-61 win before 1,722 fans.