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July 25, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 City Section power Woodland Hills El Camino Real has gone back to the basics _ fielding, pitching and timely hitting. After a 14-17 record last season and a first-round playoff loss, the Conquistadores are going to make a quick turnaround in 2014. They've already advanced to the semifinals of the VIBL playoffs after a 4-1 victory over Granada Hills Kennedy on Thursday. Using a combination of talented sophomores up from junior varsity and a couple of hungry varsity returnees, El Camino Real should be back near the top of the West Valley League.
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SPORTS
July 14, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 With San Fernando having won the City Section baseball championship twice in the last three years, people seem to be thinking that powers Chatsworth and Woodland Hills El Camino Real are on the decline. Hold off on the supposed demise of those two programs. This summer in the Valley Invitational Baseball League, Chatsworth is 10-1 under new Coach Curtis Scott. The Chancellors have been showing off three young pitchers in sophomore Josh Garcia and juniors Anthony Mayorga and John Cashman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
They were tired and worn from months of preparation and two days of intense competition, but when they returned home to Los Angeles on Saturday they were also thrilled. For the third year in a row, Granada Hills Charter High School's Academic Decathlon team came home with a national victory. "To see it pay off in this way," senior Faria Ghouri said, "it's amazing. " The team was the first in more than two decades to pull off three consecutive wins - a Texas high school in the 1980s was the last to do so. The team of nine students scored 54,652 points out of a possible 66,000 in the rigorous 10-subject battle of wits, according to district officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Over the years, it wasn't unusual to see a Southern California school dominate the Academic Decathlon national competition. After California teams took 19 national titles since 1982 - including the last 10 in a row - it was almost expected. But this year comes with a twist: The closest competition for Granada Hills Charter High School - California's first-place team - is another school from Los Angeles Unified. A change in the rules in the rigorous 10-subject event has allowed more than one team from each state to compete at the nationals, creating a freeway series between two of the strongest teams vying to bring the title back to Los Angeles once again.
SPORTS
April 9, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Expectations are always high when Chatsworth and Woodland Hills El Camino Real players put on a baseball uniform. The two schools have combined to win 16 City Section championships and produce a glittering group of major league players. So it's going to be hard to explain what transpired Tuesday in a West Valley League opener in which the teams combined for seven errors, 11 walks, four hit batters and a sometimes chaotic play. The game ended when Nick Milone delivered a run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 10-9 Chatsworth victory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - For the first time, two Academic Decathlon teams from California are headed to the national competition, setting the stage for a showdown between former national title winners from Los Angeles Unified. Granada Hills Charter High School, the national winner the last two years, took first place in the state competition held over the weekend in Sacramento, the team's third consecutive win here. El Camino Real, a six-time national winner, came in second. "Nationals is going to be a toss-up," said Cliff Ker, who coordinates decathlon for L.A. Unified.
SPORTS
March 2, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
There were 10 lead changes in the second half of a hard-fought City Section Division I championship boys' basketball game Saturday night, just what was expected in the long-anticipated duel between Westchester and Woodland Hills El Camino Real at Cal State Dominguez Hills. But when the going got tough, the Comets turned to senior guard Matthew Grant. He contributed a three-pointer with 2 minutes 44 seconds left, then another basket with 2:03 remaining, and Westchester finally pulled away for a 65-59 victory to win a 12th City championship for Coach Ed Azzam.
SPORTS
February 24, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
It's the time of the basketball season when style points no longer matter, rankings mean nothing and trying to impress college recruiters is on hold. Now it's all about earning a championship ring, and Woodland Hills El Camino Real passed a final hurdle Saturday night to get its shot. The Conquistadores (28-2) went on a 17-2 run to start the fourth quarter and turned a nine-point lead into an 82-57 victory over Crenshaw in a City Section Division I semifinal at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
SPORTS
February 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
If all goes as expected, Westchester and Woodland Hills El Camino Real will meet in a much-anticipated City Section Division I championship game in boys' basketball March 2 at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The playoff pairings were released Saturday, and Westchester (24-6) was seeded No. 1 and El Camino Real (25-2) No. 2. Crenshaw (16-8) is No. 3 and Palisades (20-8) is No. 4. The challenge for the 14 other teams in Division I is to find a way to prevent a Westchester-ECR final. Westchester has proven itself against the best in the Southern Section, losing close games to Torrance Bishop Montgomery, Long Beach Poly and Santa Ana Mater Dei. Westchester opens play Thursday at home against Fremont.
SPORTS
January 23, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
The battle for basketball supremacy between the two rival high schools in Woodland Hills - Taft and El Camino Real - has been pretty much a mismatch, with Taft winning every game for more than 20 years. Times are changing. Before a packed gymnasium at Taft on Wednesday night, El Camino Real made it clear that the new City Section powerhouse rests on Valley Circle Boulevard, not Ventura Boulevard. The Conquistadores (19-2, 5-0) routed Taft, 77-48, to take control of the West Valley League race and win for the first time against the Toreadors (9-11, 2-3)
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