November 7, 2013 |
The depressed farming community of Medora, Ind., is the focus of the often-somber documentary appropriately titled "Medora. " The film, directed by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, works as an earnest snapshot of a certain kind of small town that's struggling to exist amid economic downturns, shuttered workplaces and a stultifying lack of hope or progress. It's a sad commentary about people and places that get left behind - the wholesale disappearance of the American dream. As a compelling viewing experience, however, "Medora," which counts actors Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci among its executive producers, falls short as it follows members of the town's hapless high school basketball team over the course of a single school year.
November 6, 2013 |
Kentucky cross-country athlete Codie Thacker was told at a recent meet she had to wear bib number 666. So, she decided not to race. And that gives her something in common with Ronald Reagan (see below). Thacker told local NBC affiliate LEX 18 she had trained for Saturday's race for months. But she could not bring herself to put on that number. She felt it put her relationship with God at risk . Some background: The number 666 is the biblical mark of the beast. In the book of Revelation, two beasts arise -- the first a seven-headed beast from the sea. It's this monster whose number must be imprinted on everyone's right hand or forehead.
November 4, 2013 |
Editor's note: Elijah Zabludoff is a senior football player from St. John Bosco High and an aspiring journalist. Each week during the high school football season, he will be blogging about his personal experiences and also his thoughts about prep sports in general. Zabludoff is a returning starter at center for the Braves, who are ranked No. 1 in the Southland by the Los Angeles Times. I heard the eerie "oohs" of the crowd and what seemed like thousands of shrieks. I turned back and saw our punter, R.D. Cole, kicking the ball out of the end zone.
November 3, 2013 |
The top 25 high school football teams in the Southland. 1. ST. JOHN BOSCO 9-0; def. Mater Dei, 24-2; vs. Servite, Friday (1) 2. GARDENA SERRA 9-0; def. St. Francis. 35-21; at St. Paul, Friday (2) 3. MISSION VIEJO 9-0; def. Trabuco Hills, 35-0; at El Toro, Friday (3) 4. LONG BEACH POLY 8-1; def. Millikan, 49-6; at Long Beach Wilson, Friday (4) 5. RANCHO CUCAMONGA 9-0; def. Alta Loma, 44-7 (Thursday); at Upland, Friday (6) 6. CORONA CENTENNIAL 7-2; def. Corona Santiago, 52-24; vs. Corona, Friday (8)
October 31, 2013 |
A look at two of the top high school football games Friday. Santa Ana Mater Dei (7-1, 2-1) at Bellflower St. John Bosco (8-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West): This Trinity League game has been marked on many calendars as a must-see game. Mater Dei was upset by Santa Margarita, 16-7, last week, but the Monarchs usually play well in an underdog role. Receivers-defensive backs Jonathan Lockett and Ben Humphreys will be turned loose against St. John Bosco's many weapons. St. John Bosco's offense hasn't been held to fewer than 24 points all season.
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October 27, 2013 |
Yosemite High School once offered six wood shop classes. Now there are three. Things got worse when a new high school opened in a neighboring district and many students transferred. Campus enrollment is down from 1,100 five years ago to about 700 today. School officials are now looking to a faraway place for salvation. As soon as next fall, Yosemite High could welcome 25 students from China who would pay $10,000 or more in tuition to enjoy an American public education amid mountain scenery.
October 25, 2013 |
On a night of drama across Southern California, it was 5-foot-10, 185-pound Cameron Page of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame who showed Friday night why high school football is so exhilarating. Playing in a rivalry game against Encino Crespi, Page had three sacks, caught a touchdown pass and almost broke his ankle trying to jump into the arms of an assistant coach to celebrate in helping the Knights hold off Crespi, 41-27, in a Serra League game. "I looked forward to it my whole life," Page said.
October 24, 2013 |
Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro (6-1, 2-0) at Mission Viejo (7-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West): Tesoro first-year Coach Matt Poston has been having a difficult time trying to find a weakness in Mission Viejo's attack. On offense, the Diablos have been relying on quarterback Ian Fieber and running back Alex Suchesk. On defense, end Michael Mathewes has been close to unblockable. Tesoro will need strong performances from running back Jon Rivera, who has scored 10 touchdowns, and defensive end Jack Bares, who has 10 sacks, to win this South Coast League title decider.