March 25, 2011 |
Saturday's games, at Sacramento Power Balance Pavilion Boys Division IV: Los Angeles Windward (26-8) vs. Richmond Salesian (25-11), 11:15 a.m. ? Salesian had to forfeit 10 victories because of an ineligible player, so the team is 35-1 on the court. That's the challenge facing Windward. Salesian has a powerful inside force in 6-foot-8, 318-pound Freddie Tagaloa. The good news for Windward is that the Wildcats have played one of the most challenging schedules in the state.
March 19, 2011 |
La Verne Lutheran, one of the last teams to be given an at-large berth into the state basketball playoffs, earned a trip to Sacramento to play for the state Division III championship by defeating top-seeded La Cañada, 57-47, in the Southern California Regional final Saturday behind the tallest player on the court, 6-foot-9 Grant Jerrett. Jerrett, who has committed to Arizona, made nine of 13 shots and finished with 22 points and eight rebounds to end La Cañada's run of trying to win a state title with a neighborhood team that brought out a large crowd of Spartans supporters to the Galen Center.
January 22, 2011 |
With 6-foot-9 Norvel Pelle, who is headed to St. John's, and 6-8 junior Skylar Spencer, Los Angeles Price has two basketball players who enjoy blocking shots and making dunks. La Verne Lutheran's Grant Jerrett, a 6-9 center who has committed to Arizona, had three consecutive shots rejected in one possession against Pelle and Spencer on Saturday night during the California Elite Showcase at the University of La Verne. Price and Lutheran, each a defending state champion, met in a spirited, entertaining matchup, but it was Price's size, strong bench play and stellar defensive effort at the guard position that propelled the Knights to an 80-65 victory.
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December 3, 2010 |
Xavier Jones ran across the middle of the basketball court, ready to receive a pass from a La Verne Lutheran High School teammate. He first stumbled, then stopped, and finally keeled over motionless on the hardwood. His heart had stopped beating. After Jones crashed to the floor, head coach Eric Cooper Sr. and assistant coach John Osorno sprinted to his side and administered CPR to the 17-year-old high school senior. The quick-thinking coaches ? with the help of an iPhone ?
August 21, 2010 |
Ann Thompson still marvels at the sliver of ranchland she has lived on for the last eight years. "I fell in love with the house," she says of the Spanish Colonial-style home known as the DeWenter Mansion that sits in the quiet foothills of La Verne. "For my husband, it was the property. " Thompson is the most recent resident of an enduring landmark that recalls the heyday of the orange and lemon industry that brought millions of dollars to La Verne in the early 20th century. Many of the original citrus trees still surround the house at this onetime ranch.
April 11, 2010 |
An upcoming accessory collaboration at Target has roots in the Inland Empire — sort of. La Verne native Cynthia Vincent is the latest designer to partner with the discount retailer, in this case for a limited-edition shoe collection out April 18 through July 1. Vincent's label, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, isn't named after ordinal-numbered thoroughfares in L.A., where she's based, or in Manhattan, but for Twelfth Street in La Verne....
March 27, 2010 |
There's no reason to show up to a La Verne Lutheran basketball game until the final minute, because that's when the real action begins. These players are cardiac kids who love drama. They won a Southern Section 5AA championship on a buzzer-beating shot by Bruce English. They won a regional championship on a three-point play with 23 seconds left by Carl Cooper. And on Saturday in the state Division V championship game, it was Cooper making a shot with one minute left to give Lutheran a one-point lead, then Kenny Payne connecting on two free throws with 25 seconds left to secure a 35-32 victory over Ross Branson at Rabobank Arena.
March 17, 2010 |
This season was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Los Angeles Windward after the Wildcats won the state Division V boys' basketball championship in 2009 and lost to graduation players who ended up at UCLA and Michigan. So how come on Saturday the Wildcats (26-8) are again playing for the Southern California Division V regional championship? Credit 6-foot-5 junior Wesley Saunders , who has taken the team on his back. He's averaging 22.9 points. "Wesley has stepped up his game," Coach Miguel Villegas said.
March 4, 2010
Bruce English made a 15-foot corner jump shot at the buzzer to lift second-seeded La Verne Lutheran to a 62-61 upset of top-seeded Windward in the Southern Section Division 5AA boys' basketball championship game Thursday night at Colony High. Freshman Eric Cooper's jumper pulled the Trojans to within a point with 31 seconds remaining. Windward guard Jordan Wilson was fouled but missed the first free throw in a one-and-one situation. C.J. Cooper drove to the basket and was fouled, making both free throws to give Lutheran (23-8)