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March 27, 2010 | By Eric Sondheimer
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 | By Eric Sondheimer and Melissa Rohlin
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)
February 22, 2010
The essence of L.A. Re "A reunion symbolizes a city's dream of harmony," Column, Feb. 18 Hector Tobar has written a beautiful column that says perfectly why I live in the Los Angeles area. The friendship between a newly arrived black man and Guatemalan immigrants symbolizes what L.A. is all about. Every time I go where there is an assembly of people -- a museum, theme park, botanical garden, ballgame -- I see the diversity of the people. People just enjoying the experience -- and who are not all tied up mentally by racism, or xenophobia, or cultural bias.
November 20, 2009
at Notre Dame 82, Long Beach State 62: Luke Harangody had 29 points and 12 rebounds and the Fighting Irish took control with a 13-2 run to open the second half. Larry Anderson led Long Beach State with 20 points. Eugene Phelps had 18 rebounds for the 49ers. at UC Riverside 87, La Verne 71: Kyle Austin scored 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Highlanders (1-2) over the Leopards (0-2). Larry Gurganious contributed 21 points for Riverside. John Leggett led La Verne with 21 points.
November 19, 2009
UC Irvine 84, at Loyola Marymount 78: Michael Hunter scored 17 points, including two three-point baskets in the final minute, to complete the rally for the Anteaters (2-1), who trailed by 14 in the first half. Eric Wise also scored 17 for Irvine, which used an 18-2 run to get back into the game before halftime. Drew Viney had a career-high 30 points for the Lions (1-3), whose losses have all been by six points or fewer. Irvine took its first lead, 42-40, on a Hunter jump shot with 17:54 left.
October 24, 2009
Now I know why the Dodgers chose to hold their champagne bash after winning the division title, instead of waiting until they achieved something more meaningful. They must have had a gut reaction that this would be their only chance to indulge. Good call, Dodgers. I would really like to root for the Dodgers again, because I've been mad at them since the days of Fred Claire and Kevin Malone and some of their ridiculous trades. At the present time, I can't, however. When Manny's gone, I'll belong!
October 18, 2009
Re "Straight talk on governing," Column, Oct. 15 George Skelton's article on governing struck home with me. He talks about Justice Ronald George, who eschews the merits of the initiative process, and why the Legislature is so dysfunctional. I can't remember a time in my life when I or one of my friends have started an "initiative" to change something in our state Constitution. But I do remember the plethora of "special-interest groups and lobbyists" who come forward every year with some harebrained plan to change something, all written in convoluted language that would have stressed even my former English professor.
October 9, 2009 | Bob Pool
For his next magic trick, Dale Salwak is going to attempt to pull international diplomacy out of his hat. That is the plan for the La Verne college professor, who has found that getting in and out of North Korea requires some sleight of hand. Salwak teaches English literature by day at Citrus College and performs illusions at night at places such as Hollywood's Magic Castle. His skill at floating mysterious zombie balls in the air and turning silk scarves into exploding flowers earned him an invitation earlier this year to visit the secretive Asian nation.
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