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October 8, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Granada Hills remains the team to beat in West Valley League girls' volleyball. The Highlanders cruised to a 25-19, 25-14, 25-19 victory over El Camino Real on Tuesday to improve to 3-0 in league. Sarah Hagge contributed 10 kills. Sophomore Kayla Jacks had 12 kills for El Camino Real in her debut. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 For pure entertainment value, few games will top Wednesday night's City Section Division II state play-in game between Granada Hills and Sun Valley Poly. It went three overtimes before Granada Hills prevailed, 91-80. Jacob Lilley scored 29 points, Brandon Dozier had 23 points and Michael Kalu 20 for Granada Hills. Mario Castaneda scored 21 points and Cesar Reyes 18 for Poly. In a Division I game, Palisades defeated Dorsey, 77-67. Aaron Johnson scored 31 points. In girls' Division II, Bell defeated Westchester, 50-47.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Ari Bloomekatz
An armed man who was shot dead by police earlier in the week after a confrontation at his home was identified by Los Angeles County coroner officials as a 72-year-old from Granada Hills. Robert Gillon was shot Monday night after threatening officers with a rifle following a brief standoff, police said. LAPD officers were responding to reports of shots fired in the 12700 block of Woodley Avenue at 10:20 p.m. Gillon refused to leave his house when police arrived. About an hour later, Gillon, armed with a rifle and a handgun, exited out a rear door and "threatened the officers with the rifle," said Los Angeles police Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz.
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May 19, 2009 | Melissa Rohlin; Ben Bolch
Granada Hills 2, Carson 1 (12 innings) Top contributors: Rebecca Patton of Granada Hills struck out 19 and gave up five hits. Carson's Audrey Devoe broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 12th inning with a single to right field, driving in pitcher Crystal Maas. The scoop: With two out and two on in the bottom of the 12th, Granada Hills' Valentina Salinas hit a run-scoring single and Joanna Meir scored the winning run on the play because of a fielding error.
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May 18, 2009 | Melissa Rohlin
Carson (24-9) at Granada Hills (25-6) Today at 2:30 p.m. Why it matters: This City Section quarterfinal playoff game matches two teams familiar with each other. Over the last four years, fourth-seeded Granada Hills and fifth-seeded Carson have faced off in their opening games. Granada Hills took a 1-0 victory this season. The Highlanders have one of the top pitchers in the City in Rebecca Patton (24-5), who has 325 strikeouts and is bound for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
For the second year in a row, Granada Hills Charter High School won the California Academic Decathlon as Los Angeles Unified schools continued to dominate at the battle of wits that is at risk of being cut by the district in next year's budget. Los Angeles Unified on Sunday schools claimed five of the top 10 spots in the competition in Sacramento consisting of 65 teams and more than 550 students, with El Camino Real and Marshall taking second and third places, respectively. Franklin took fifth place and Taft 10th, while Torrance's West High School came in eighth.
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December 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Junior quarterback Ramon Johnson of Granada Hills has been named most valuable player from the West Valley League. The most valuable offensive player was Emanuel Castro of Birmingham. The most valuable defensive players were Eldridge Salguero of Birmingham and Julian Rochelin of El Camino Real. The defensive lineman of the year was Alex Manu of Birmingham. The offensive lineman of the year was Andrew Ponce of Granada HIlls. First-team all-league offense: OL_Jacob Bojsza, El Camino Real, Sr.; Jonathan Jimenez, Taft, Sr.; German Valenzuela, Chatsworth, Jr.; George Castaneda, Cleveland, Sr.; Robert Amardo, Cleveland, Sr.; TE_Bryson Bowman, Granada Hills, Sr.; RB_Justin Santos, Chatsworth, Jr.; Sterling Salguero, Birmingham, So.; Xavier Sanchez, Granada Hills, Sr.; Destin Cabatbat, El Camino Real, Sr.; Abraham Thomas, Taft, Sr.; QB_James Dorado, Chatsworth, Sr.; WR_Ryan Whillmore, Granada Hills, Sr.; Jordon Williams, Granada Hills, Sr.; London Bell, Birmingham, Sr.; Jarek Welch, El Camino Real, Sr.; K_Ed Hernandez, Birmingham, Sr. First-team all-league defense: DL_Charlie Koka, Birmingham, Sr.; Trevor Taufehema, Birmingham, Jr.; Taylor Guerra, Granada Hills, Jr.; Miguel Pena-Rodriguez, Chasworth, Sr.; Alex Evans, Taft, Jr.; LB_Justen Martinez, Birmingham, Jr.; Jonathan Pena, Granada Hills, Sr.; Daniel Henkin, El Camino Real, So.; Mark Sanchez, Cleveland, So.; DB_Malik Thomas, Granada Hills, Sr.; Koran Pearsall, Birmingham, Sr.; Paris Bell, Birmingham, Sr.;...
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December 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jason Horosny finished with 22 points and had the game-winning basket with 18 seconds left to help Granada Hills defeat Grant, 45-43, in a nonleague game on Tuesday. Eli Rios led Grant with 17 points. In the Inland Empire Classic, Compton defeated Montclair, 84-32. Robert Lewis scored 21 points. In the Golden League, Highland improved to 6-1 with a 77-48 win over Quartz Hill. Devin Burleson, a former St. John Bosco player, had 20 points. Rob Nelson scored 24 points in Tustin's 57-37 win over Tesoro.
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November 4, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Granada Hills didn't just win the City Section girls' golf championship on Monday at Balboa Golf Course. The Highlanders set a City Section record for lowest team score, shooting 421. North Hollywood was second at 484 and Van Nuys took third at 494. It was the third consecutive City title and ninth in 13 years for Coach Steve Thompson. Tiffany Yau of Van Nuys won her third consecutive individual title, shooting a four-under 69. Leading Granada Hills were Julia Youn, who shot a 78, and Jojo Roecker and Nia Aniceto, who shot 84. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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August 18, 2001 | Eric Sondheimer
Lou Cicciari, who has coached basketball for 20 years at Granada Hills High despite being confined to a wheelchair, announced his resignation for health reasons. Cicciari, 41, has been the boys' basketball coach for eight years and was considered a coaching trendsetter for the handicapped. His legs were amputated at age 7. He will continue to teach at Granada Hills.
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