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September 19, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
They were two halves of a dysfunctional whole, a prosecutor said. Jason Alejandro Schumann and the mother of one of his children, Elizabeth Ibarra, both used meth and had spent time in jail for forgery. It was during Schumann's jail stint that Ibarra met a popular 17-year-old named Francisco Rodriguez Jr. And it was a just a week after Ibarra was released from jail that Rodriguez, just home from a soccer game, was gunned down in his San Fernando Valley frontyard. Ultimately, though, a jury decided that only Schumann, enraged by what he believed was a relationship between Ibarra and Rodriguez, was responsible for the teen's death.
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September 12, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 David Arriaga ran for two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass on a trick play to help L.A. Roosevelt improve to 3-0 with a 37-13 win over El Camino Real. Taft held off Sierra Canyon, 60-52. Sierra Canyon QB Andre Nunez passed for more than 350 yards and ran for 217 yards. Taft running back Abraham Thomas had four touchdowns, including a 95-yard kickoff return. Newbury Park running back Matthew Matlock set a school record with 335 yards rushing in a 24-20 victory over Agoura.
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September 11, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 David Chae, a highly successful volleyball coach at Van Nuys for 10 years, has been hired to take over the boys' program at Woodland Hills El Camino Real. In another coaching addition at El Camino Real, Jun Reichl, who graduated from Royal and UCLA, has been hired to be an assistant with the cross country and track programs. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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