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December 29, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Josiah Turner, a junior guard from Sacramento, is starting to like Los Angeles. He attended UCLA's game at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, and he experienced exhilaration on Monday with a career-high 48-point performance in the Oaks Christian tournament that culminated with a game-winning three-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to beat Pasadena, 71-70. "It was fun," Turner said. UCLA Coach Ben Howland was sitting at the top of the bleachers watching Turner's show. He's recruiting the 6-foot-3 Turner, who has the athleticism and firepower to play at the collegiate level.
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December 20, 2009 | By Ben Bolch
Nicholas Echeverry wasn't even the best kicker on his own team for much of the season. The senior had not attempted a field goal during Anaheim Servite's four playoff games because he had lost out in weekly practice competitions with junior Connor Loftus. There were times when it seemed as if he might not get another chance. "I kept telling him, 'You never know, man,' " Friars special teams coach Ken Foersch said. "He was at his wits' end, but he really stuck with it." Echeverry's dedication paid off in a big way Saturday evening at the Home Depot Center when he converted all four field-goal attempts, including a 23-yarder with no time remaining to give Servite a 33-30 victory over Rocklin in the CIF state championship Division II bowl game.
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December 20, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
On his biggest stage yet, Gardena Serra receiver Robert Woods showed on Saturday afternoon in the CIF state championship Division III bowl game why so many people believe he's destined for greatness in football. Juking and sprinting his way to eight catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns, Woods made his final high school game another to add to his bulging scrapbook in helping Serra defeat Kentfield Marin Catholic, 24-20, at the Home Depot Center in Carson. "He can do whatever he wants whenever he wants," said quarterback Conner Preston, who completed 14 of 25 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns.
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December 20, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
There was dazzle and excitement produced in the first four minutes from Los Angeles Crenshaw and running back De'Anthony Thomas, but it was the steady, relentless play of Concord De La Salle that resulted in victory Saturday night in the CIF state championship Open Division bowl game at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Terron Ward's third touchdown run of the game, this one from four yards with 3 minutes 7 seconds left, was the clinching score in a 28-14 victory for De La Salle (13-2)
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December 19, 2009
OPEN DIVISION Los Angeles Crenshaw (14-0) vs. Concord De La Salle (12-2), 8 p.m.: Crenshaw tailback De'Anthony Thomas has vowed to back-flip from one goal line to the other if the Cougars can become the first Los Angeles City Section team to win a bowl game. De La Salle is making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance, but the Spartans are 1-2 against their Southern California counterparts and Coach Bob Ladouceur said the familiarity of playing in Carson won't benefit his team.
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December 19, 2009 | By Ben Bolch
Both teams wear uniforms adorned with a familiar swoosh. Only one set is provided complimentary by the company that makes them. Both teams have legendary coaches. Only one is showcased on his own page inside a glossy, quarter-inch-thick season program. Both teams have had storybook seasons. Only one has had its touchdowns chronicled by a play-by-play radio broadcaster. The biggest high school football game in California this year appears to be an even matchup in terms of talent.
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December 18, 2009 | By Eric Sondheimer and Ben Bolch
From Staff Reports Keary Colbert has no formal ties to Crenshaw High, but he long will be remembered on campus for the gesture he made this week. The former USC and NFL wide receiver donated an unspecified sum to help ensure that every Cougars player could provide two tickets to friends and family members for Saturday's CIF state championship bowl game against Concord De La Salle at the Home Depot Center. "He asked me what amount would be sufficient for the kids and he met that amount," Crenshaw assistant principal Luther Waters said.
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December 17, 2009 | By Ben Bolch
It's a Fab Four with a show-stopping frontman and a pivotal presence in the background. And it wouldn't be complete, of course, without Paul and George. Gardena Serra's magical mystery tour of a season will make a final stop at the Home Depot Center on Saturday because of what might be the finest foursome of high school receivers in the nation. Robert Woods, Lindsey Anderson, Paul Richardson and George Farmer are receivers for the unbeaten Cavaliers, who will play Kentfield Marin Catholic in the Division III state championship bowl game.
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December 16, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Ask Jeff Engilman what lesson he learned from having his unbeaten City Section champion football team from Sylmar High play unbeaten Southern Section large-division champion La Puente Bishop Amat for a mythical Southern California championship 17 years ago, and his answer is quick. "Not to play it," he said. The CIF/Reebok Bowl in 1992 turned out to be a public-relations disaster for Engilman's Sylmar team and the City Section. The Spartans lost to Bishop Amat, 31-14, before a crowd of 8,132 and a live television audience at Angel Stadium.
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