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January 14, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Kareem Jamar glanced at the scoreboard in the fourth quarter and couldn't believe it. "It was crazy because all my four years," the Westchester guard said, "it's never been a blowout." A series that has spawned plenty of epic battles produced an instant clunker Wednesday night when top-ranked Westchester beat Fairfax, 72-39, in the tiny Fairfax gym. It was the most one-sided game in the series since Fairfax trounced its Western League rival by 33 points in the 2007 Southern California Regional Division I championship.
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March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Marguerite Effa of Fairfax has been named the City Section player of the year in girls' basketball. First-team All-City: Precious Nwaba, University; Judith Espinoza, Eagle Rock; Mareshah Farmer, View Park; Latecia Smith, Narbonne; Ilianna Blanc, Fairfax.; Lauryn Catching, Narbonne; Irma Munoz, Garfield; Ahteana Jones, Douglass; Sankia Braxton, Animo South; Karina Moreno, Fairfax; Terrin Sullivan, Douglass; Tybriann Jones, Narbonne.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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February 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 One day, Lorne Currie of Fairfax has the chance to be considered one of the best basketball players in the City Section. It's up to him, and there are signs he understands that. The junior guard is back playing for the Lions, though he's suffering some knee pains that are limiting his playing time going into Saturday's City Division I semifinal game against El Camino Real. But he really seems to have learned valuable lessons after becoming academically ineligible at Fairfax last season, then transferring to St. John Bosco in January of 2013 trying to start over.
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March 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani is one of the most superstitious coaches around, so when something works once, he'll stick with it. His Fairfax team won a state title in 2004 when the Lions stayed at the Hyatt Hotel in Sacramento and had a big dinner the night before at Buca di Beppo restaurant. Kitani repeated the same routine in 2007, and the Lions won again. Fairfax didn't make it to this weekend's state finals in Sacramento, but he said an Italian family meal would be his recommendation.
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January 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Fairfax High School will honor James Samson , who was a volunteer for more than 25 years helping the basketball program, on Friday at 6:15 p.m. before the team's game against Hamilton. The school will unveil its new scoreboard in honor of Samson, who was the scoreboard operator until his death last February. He was 62. Fairfax also has renamed its State Preview Classic on Jan. 25 after Samson. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Leading by just two points going into the fourth quarter, El Camino Real turned to senior point guard Maleke Haynes, who scored eight of his 16 points in the quarter to help the Conquistadores defeat Fairfax, 51-41, in a City Section Division I semifinal playoff game at L.A. Southwest College on Saturday night. Evan Wardlow added 13 points for El Camino Real (24-6), which will play either Westchester or Narbonne in next Saturday's 8 p.m. final. Fairfax (21-10) received 10 points from Lindsey Drew.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor-comedian Adam Pally and his wife, Daniella Liben, have sold their home in the Fairfax area for $1.625 million. The Spanish-style house, built in 1927 and updated, features such period details as arches, Spanish tile and wall nooks. The 2,428-square-foot house has intricate crown molding, a fireplace, an office, dining and breakfast rooms, three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. French doors open to an outdoor dining area and a swimming pool with a spa. A skylighted garage/bonus room sits off the pool.
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January 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 You can throw out Palisades' 7-6 record in nonleague games. All that matters is that the Dolphins were ready for their Western League opener on Monday night, rallying for a 67-66 victory over Fairfax. Joseph Robinson made a three-pointer at the buzzer. Robinson scored 20 points, Louis Kurihara and Aaron Johnson each had 12 points. Olisaemeka Nwachie led Fairfax with 16 points and Pierson Ro had 14. University won its league opener with a 69-50 win over LACES. C.J. Sinada had 24 points, making six threes.
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January 6, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Down by 10 points in the third quarter, Fairfax picked up its defensive intensity, started creating turnovers with a trapping defense and rallied for a 63-62 win over Sylmar on Monday in the Huntington Park tournament at Roybal. Sylmar (8-7) received a three-pointer from Dion Bright with 1:17 left to tie the Lions, 60-60. Then Olisaemeka Nwachie made a 15-footer with 49 seconds left for a two-point lead. Lindsey Drew added a free throw with 27 seconds left. Sylmar had a chance to tie, but a three-point attempt by Bright with two seconds left went in and out. A basket by Malcolm Wadlow at the buzzer made it a one-point margin.
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December 17, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Thomas Suh Lauder
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in five L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Five neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Larchmont (B), with a weekly average over the last three months of 0.6 but four incidents reported in the last week, and Fairfax (A), recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 1.1 over the last three months, were the most unusual.
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March 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Elijah Stewart of Westchester has been named the MVP of the Western League. Lindsey Drew of Fairfax was named most outstanding player. First-team all-league: Olesaemeka Nwachie, Fairfax, Sr.; Sage Woodruff, Fairfax, Sr.; Justin Griffin, Hamilton, Jr.; Evan Battey, LACES, Fr.; Aaron Johnson, Palisades, Sr.; Darnell Bettis, University, Sr.; C.J. Sinada, University, Sr.; Jason Ball, Venice, Sr.; Layon Gooden, Westchester, Sr.; Nick Hamilton, Westchester,...
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March 12, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  ) The Division I playoffs in the Southern California Regionals started with an upset. City Section Division I semifinalist Fairfax defeated Southern Section 1A champion Riverside King, 63-48. Sage Woodruff scored 16 points, Lorne Currie had 12 points and Donald Gipson and Lindsey Drew added 10 points apiece. "We had a good week of practice and we played good, smart basketball," Coach Harvey Kitani said. Another City team, Narbonne, came close to eliminating 1AA champion Long Beach Poly.
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March 8, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
The third time proved to be a charm for Fairfax, which dethroned Harbor City Narbonne, 47-37, in the Los Angeles City Section Division I girls' basketball final Saturday night at Los Angeles Southwest College. The top-seeded Lions (29-6) had lost the previous two championship games to Narbonne by scores of 65-60 last season and 50-44 the year before, but they wrote a different script on this occasion, taking control in the final minutes to earn a measure of revenge against the Marine League champions.
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March 1, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Since 2000, every City Section Division I boys' basketball championship has been won by Westchester (nine), Taft (four) or Fairfax (one). El Camino Real desperately wants to join the elite club. On Saturday night in a semifinal playoff game, the senior-dominated Conquistadores came through in the fourth quarter in a 51-41 victory over Fairfax at L.A. Southwest College, giving them another chance to make it happen. The lead was two points going into the final quarter, but that's when point guard Maleke Haynes contributed eight of his 16 points.
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March 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 For the third consecutive season, Narbonne and Fairfax will face off in the City Section Division I girls' basketball championship game. In Saturday's semifinals, TyBriann Jones scored 17 points and La'Tecia Smith had 13 points in Narbonne's 52-37 win over Palisades. Kylie Bethel scored 15 points for Palisades. Fairfax, seeded No. 1, knocked off Granada Hills, 44-33. Marguerite Effa scored 16 points. Fairfax has lost each of the last two seasons in the final to the Gauchos, but Coach Judi Edwards seems confident her team can end the drought next Saturday at 6 p.m. at L.A. Southwest College.
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March 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Leading by just two points going into the fourth quarter, El Camino Real turned to senior point guard Maleke Haynes, who scored eight of his 16 points in the quarter to help the Conquistadores defeat Fairfax, 51-41, in a City Section Division I semifinal playoff game at L.A. Southwest College on Saturday night. Evan Wardlow added 13 points for El Camino Real (24-6), which will play either Westchester or Narbonne in next Saturday's 8 p.m. final. Fairfax (21-10) received 10 points from Lindsey Drew.
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March 12, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  ) The Division I playoffs in the Southern California Regionals started with an upset. City Section Division I semifinalist Fairfax defeated Southern Section 1A champion Riverside King, 63-48. Sage Woodruff scored 16 points, Lorne Currie had 12 points and Donald Gipson and Lindsey Drew added 10 points apiece. "We had a good week of practice and we played good, smart basketball," Coach Harvey Kitani said. Another City team, Narbonne, came close to eliminating 1AA champion Long Beach Poly.
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February 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 One day, Lorne Currie of Fairfax has the chance to be considered one of the best basketball players in the City Section. It's up to him, and there are signs he understands that. The junior guard is back playing for the Lions, though he's suffering some knee pains that are limiting his playing time going into Saturday's City Division I semifinal game against El Camino Real. But he really seems to have learned valuable lessons after becoming academically ineligible at Fairfax last season, then transferring to St. John Bosco in January of 2013 trying to start over.
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February 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 So far, the City Section Division I playoffs are going just as everyone expected. The top four seeds have advanced to Saturday's semifinals at L.A. Southwest College. On Wednesday, No. 3 Fairfax used an 18-2 third-quarter spurt to pull away from Dorsey, 68-51. Olisaemeka Nwachie had 14 points, including a pair of dunks in the fourth quarter to halt a Dorsey comeback attempt. Sophomore Donald Gipson scored 13 points and Lorne Currie and Pierson Ro each had 11 points. Ali Mohammed and John Staggers each scored 10 points for Dorsey.
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