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December 4, 2009 | By Ben Bolch
Marquis Thompson has long understood what it means to play football for Crenshaw High. He was the team's ball boy in 2005 when his older brother John helped the Cougars win a Los Angeles City Section title. Hayes Pullard also grew up well-versed in Crenshaw lore. He would gaze at his three older brothers' trophies and long for the day when he could become a Cougar. Now the younger siblings are on the verge of their own special legacy. Crenshaw is bidding to become the first City team to advance to a state championship bowl game, a possibility that is already percolating in the minds of the Cougars despite Coach Robert Garrett's one-game-at-a-time admonition.
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December 1, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Freshman guard Isaac Hamilton of Los Angeles Crenshaw turned in a basketball performance Monday in the Westchester tournament that 15-year-olds, let alone high school seniors, just don't do. He made six consecutive three-point shots in the third quarter and finished with 27 points in a 91-50 victory over Lake Balboa Birmingham. "I was just feeling it, and when I'm feeling it, I know I'm not going to miss," Hamilton said. The 6-foot-4 Hamilton had 17 points Saturday against Pasadena Blair in his high school debut.
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November 30, 2009
The Times' preseason high school basketball rankings by Ben Bolch (last season's final records are listed): Rk. Team (Rec., Sec.-Div.) Comment 1 WESTCHESTER (35-2, City-Div. I) Loaded Comets will be a force as long as they follow The Jordin (Mayes) Rules. 2 TAFT (27-5, City-Div. I) Coach Derrick Taylor and Mater Dei counterpart Gary McKnight agree to co-write "Impact Transfers for Dummies." 3 MATER DEI (31-2, SS-Div.
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November 28, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Emotionally exhausted. Physically drained. And that was how the fans felt after making it through Friday night's Pac-5 Division quarterfinal playoff thriller between Long Beach Poly and Anaheim Servite at a packed Veterans Stadium. This was a game that will be talked about and debated for years. There were so many game-changing plays that anyone who thought they knew which team was going to win deserved to be considered a psychic. In the end, Servite, the heavy favorite, survived with a 21-18 victory over a Poly team that proved it had made dramatic progress over the course of the season.
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November 28, 2009 | Staff Reports
Lakewood High is headed back to a Southern Section Pac-5 Division semifinal on the strength of four touchdown passes from quarterback Jesse Scroggins and a pair of long punt returns. Kevin Anderson returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to give Lakewood the lead Friday night during an eventual 34-17 quarterfinal victory over visiting La Puente Bishop Amat. Fourth-seeded Lakewood (11-1) will play top-seeded Huntington Beach Edison (12-0) a week from today after the Chargers defeated Dana Hills, 47-16, in a quarterfinal Friday.
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November 27, 2009
No. 9 La Puente Bishop Amat (10-1) at No. 5 Lakewood (10-1), 7 p.m. Lakewood has been on an extended roll since a one-point loss to Los Angeles Crenshaw in its season opener. Only Long Beach Poly has come within a touchdown of Lakewood, who overwhelmed Newport Harbor, 41-17, in the first round of the Pac-5 Division playoffs. Bishop Amat knows all about close games. Bishop Amat has won two overtime games and pulled out a 28-21 victory over Santa Ana Mater Dei last week when receiver Rio Ruiz scored on a 40-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left.
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November 26, 2009 | From Staff Reports
Despite losing two fumbles that led to touchdowns, Los Angeles Dorsey defeated host Woodland Hills Taft, 24-20, Wednesday night in a City Section Division I playoff quarterfinal by making key defensive stops. As a result, the 12th-seeded Dons advanced to next week's semifinal against Coliseum League rival Crenshaw. The top-seeded Cougars defeated Westchester, 55-0, in a quarterfinal and also handed Dorsey a 44-7 loss in the regular season. "We got the momentum up," Dorsey sophomore defensive lineman Jordon Simmons said.
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November 23, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Call them Smurfs, call them Mighty Mouse or call them the best receiver duo under 5 feet 9 in Southern California. Chris Nicholls and Rudy Guerrero of Anaheim Servite keep turning skeptics into believers by catching passes, scoring touchdowns and influencing games with big plays in a sport where small receivers are rarely in demand. "I think they're special guys," Coach Troy Thomas said. "Most guys are not going to pick the short guys to be receivers, but they're competitive kids who play like they have something to prove.
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November 22, 2009 | By Ben Bolch
It's three weeks to selection Sunday. Do you know where your team is in the hunt for a CIF state football bowl championship berth? Assuming they win their respective playoff divisions, there appear to be three undefeated Southland teams with the strongest cases for selection for the coveted open division game: Huntington Beach Edison, Los Angeles Crenshaw and Westlake Village Oaks Christian. Edison's argument would seem to be the most persuasive because the Chargers have played the toughest schedule.
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November 21, 2009 | Staff Reports
Long Beach Poly's special-teams play and its running from senior tailback Kaelin Clay ensured the Jackrabbits a 24-7 victory over No. 19 Los Alamitos on Friday in the first round of the Pac-5 playoffs. Clay had 19 carries for 163 yards with two touchdowns. Poly also recorded a safety and a touchdown off two blocked punts. And the Jackrabbits had another safety after defensive lineman Corey Waller sacked Los Alamitos' Dylan Lagarde in the end zone, giving Long Beach Poly a 24-7 lead with 7:58 remaining.
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