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November 24, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer
Santa Ana Mater Dei: A year ago, the Monarchs were a big surprise in winning the state Division I championship. They got hot in the Southern California regionals and celebrated Coach Gary McKnight's eighth state title in Sacramento. With Katin Reinhardt (committed to UNLV), Xavier Johnson (Colorado) and rising sophomore Stanley Johnson back, Mater Dei starts out as everyone's No. 1 team. Los Angeles Loyola: Four starters are back from a Southern Section Division 1A championship team.
March 26, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer and Steve Galluzzo
Reporting from Sacramento ? Kevin Payne made only two baskets Saturday afternoon in the CIF Division III state boys' basketball championship game, but they were the most meaningful ones of his career and propelled La Verne Lutheran past Oakland Bishop O'Dowd, 64-59, at Power Balance Pavilion. The Trojans (27-5) trailed, 59-58, with two minutes left before Payne made consecutive three-pointers to give Lutheran a five-point lead, and neither team scored again. Payne, a senior guard, dedicated the season to his father, Kevin Sr., who died in September.
March 25, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Whether it's his 7-foot-2 wingspan that leaves an impression or his gigantic feet that require size 17 shoes, 6-foot-9 Grant Jerrett of La Verne Lutheran is an imposing figure on a basketball court. A year ago, opponents initially might have been intimidated by his size, but he wasn't ready to take advantage. This season as a junior, he's a different player, with growing confidence and an improved set of skills that have put him on a trajectory toward All-American status. "Is it scary?"
March 25, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer and Steve Galluzzo
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 | staff reports
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 | By Eric Sondheimer
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.
December 3, 2010 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Mary Forgione
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 | By Max Padilla, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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....
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