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March 17, 2013 |
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.
March 2, 2013 |
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.
February 24, 2013 |
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.
February 10, 2013 |
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.
January 23, 2013 |
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)
December 21, 2012 |
Any high school basketball player who claps his hands while playing defense, daring the player he is guarding to try to get past him, deserves attention. Evan Wardlow, a 6-foot-4 junior at Woodland Hills El Camino Real with long arms and agile feet, might be the best defender in City Section basketball. He has found a way to make people notice him without having to score. It's all about his attitude and the way he cares about playing defense. "When I first started playing with my dad, if you played defense, you got to play," Wardlow said.
December 7, 2012 |
How's this for a big year: In the time since they started teasing their album "El Camino," two-piece rock band the Black Keys played "Saturday Night Live" twice, sold out two nights at Madison Square Garden, headlined Coachella and scored a Cadillac commercial. By the time they gigged two evenings at Staples Center in the fall, label bosses at Warner Music Group were waiting to surprise them with platinum records for "El Camino," their seventh record. The year culminated Wednesday night when the duo was nominated for five Grammys, including nods for album of the year and record of the year for the hit single "Lonely Boy," and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach was nominated in the producer's category.
May 31, 2012 |
For the second year in a row, El Camino Real High pitcher Karyn Wright had tears in her eyes after the City Section softball championship game. Only this time, they were tears of joy. The senior right-hander tossed a five-hitter with seven strikeouts as the second-seeded Conquistadores defeated Carson, 5-0, on Wednesday at UCLA, avenging last season's loss to Carson. El Camino Real won its 14th City title and first since 2005, when Wright's sister Kathryn played for the Conquistadores.
April 18, 2012 |
When Yannick Villanueva of Woodland Hills El Camino Real was seen in a West Valley League baseball game last month, he had bleached his hair blond and there were strange-looking polka dots on the side. "I was going for the cheetah spots, and it didn't turn out as I had thought," he said. On Wednesday, with his hair back to normal, he came off the bench as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning in a one-run game against Chatsworth and delivered a two-run single that turned out to be a decisive blow in El Camino Real's 7-5 West Valley League victory.
March 4, 2012 |
Pride. Passion. Perseverance. To see those qualities on display in the bleachers and on the court Friday night at the City Section Division II basketball championship game made me proud to say I'm a graduate of the much-maligned Los Angeles Unified School District. Listening to the deafening crowd noise, watching the magnificent jump shots being drained by El Camino Real's Julian Richardson and Garfield's Francisco Aguilar, feeling the genuine excitement throughout the gym — it was high school sports at the absolute best.