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For 45 years, the City Section has crowned basketball champions through a playoff system that provides high school players with the opportunity to become local legends. Willie (The Whale) Naulls of San Pedro and Billy (The Hill) McGill of Jefferson were two of the most famous players of the 1950s. (Jumpin') Joe Caldwell of Fremont and former UCLA stars Gail Goodrich of Poly, Curtis Rowe of Fremont, and Greg Lee of Reseda were '60s standouts. Crenshaw won its second title in 1973 with Dorsey transfer Marques Johnson, who later starred at UCLA and in the NBA. In 1980, Darryl Strawberry was a starting forward for Crenshaw while Dodger teammate Eric Davis played basketball for Fremont.
March 8, 1987 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, Times Staff Writer
Bob Braswell is only 25 years old and in his second season as coach at Cleveland High School in Reseda, but he is still a man of the world, basketball-wise. Two consecutive trips to the City 4-A championship game make him so. He had also faced Fairfax three times during the regular season, so when he laid out the Cavaliers' game plan for meeting No. 4, this time for the City 4-A championship, no less, he spoke from experience.
March 15, 1987 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, Times Staff Writer
On a stage that had been so kind to them in two previous games, with wins in the City 4-A semifinal and championship game, the Fairfax High School basketball team played out the worst of all possible scenarios Saturday night. The Lions got caught in a low-scoring game. Against a well-disciplined team. With their vaunted front line cold. And their leading scorer on the bench with five fouls. And they lost, 46-42, to Santa Ana Mater Dei. Welcome to Fairfax's nightmare. The No.
December 18, 1985 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Fairfax High School dispelled the notion that it is a one-man team Tuesday night with a 66-50 win over St. Anthony in the first round of the Tournament of Champions at Cal Poly Pomona's Kellogg Gymnasium. Most of the pre-tournament publicity concerning the Lions has been centered on junior forward Sean Higgins, rated as one of the top underclassmen in the nation. Higgins came into the game having scored 99 points in four Fairfax victories and shooting 68% from the field.
December 31, 1986 | DAVE DESMOND
Judging by past history, Cleveland High's 72-55 loss to Fairfax in Tuesday night's championship game of the Chaminade tournament may be a blessing. The Cavaliers lost to Fairfax in the tournament final last season and then went on to beat the Lions during Valley League play. Cleveland, ranked No. 1 in the Times Valley poll, will have a quick chance to avenge the loss. The Cavaliers will meet Fairfax in a league game Wednesday at Cleveland.
January 28, 1987
El Camino Real's Sean Davis, the Valley's leading rebounder among City Section teams with a 12.8 per-game average, had 31 rebounds and 46 points last week in losses to Fairfax and Cleveland, which have a combined record of 29-2. . . . Brothers Dominic and Peter Nappi of North Hollywood combined for 25 rebounds and 25 points in Friday's 50-40 win over Grant. Scoring: Kevin Franklin's 37 points against Cleveland last Friday marked the 11th time he has scored more than 30 points this season.
January 31, 1987 | STEVE HENSON, Times Staff Writer
Mirror, mirror, on the wall . . . . How fair is the Fairfax High basketball team? Depends on the meaning. In terms of beauty, Fairfax is without doubt the fairest of them all. In terms of equality . . . well, playing the Lions just ain't fair. Ask Kevin Franklin and his Taft High teammates just how unfair Fairfax can be. In a Valley League game at Taft on Friday, Franklin was like an able fighter cornered by a band of thugs. Sure, he got in plenty of shots before going down.
Nine members of the Cal State Fullerton basketball team, including five of the Titans' top seven players, met with Athletic Director Steve DiTolla for two hours Wednesday, airing their concerns with the program and Coach John Sneed. "We let the athletic director know what was going on," said Joe Small, Fullerton's leading scorer. "I'm not sure what will happen, but the meeting went OK."
February 26, 1986 | JOHN FAWAZ, Times Staff Writer
What Coach Richard Masson of Carson High wouldn't do for a 6-foot 10-inch center right now. Masson could use one because at 7:30 tonight, his team, with no starter over 6-6, will play at Fairfax in the City 4-A quarterfinals against probably the best front line in the City. Before the season started, Masson had such a center, Clifford Allen, which made the Colts a favorite to challenge Crenshaw's domination of the 4-A.
March 7, 1987 | STEVE HENSON, Times Staff Writer
Cleveland High is like a small and feisty kid who can whip anyone but the big boy on the block. Fairfax is big but it's an understatement to call the Lions boys. Cleveland battled furiously but futilely and fell to Fairfax, 86-58, its fourth loss to Fairfax this season coming Friday night in the City Section 4-A final at the Sports Arena. It wasn't for lack of effort on Cleveland's part. "We have no big names here," Cleveland Coach Bob Braswell said. "But we have a big heart.
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