August 26, 2009 |
It's 6 a.m. and Anthony Barr, perhaps the No. 1 running back in the state, is yawning as he leans against a mirror in the Los Angeles Loyola weight room and prepares for another morning of vigorous, all-out physical activity. At 6 feet 4, 230 pounds, with muscles that make him look like a fighting champion, Barr could be the poster child for the high school athlete who refuses to rest on last season's laurels. It seems a little unfair that some tiny defensive back might have to try to tackle the imposing Barr, but he's not about to feel guilty about using his size, speed and power.
September 9, 2010 |
Conrad Ukropina, the junior kicker-punter for Los Angeles Loyola, is an Eagle Scout with a 4.4 grade-point average. But that doesn't hide the fact he proudly possesses the peculiar personality traits associated with kickers. "They're definitely a little bit out there," Ukropina said. Kickers are the ones riding a boogie board during a hurricane warning. They're the ones begging the coach to let them try a 55-yard field goal that no one thinks can be made. They're the ones faking a broken leg with outlandish screams to convince referees to call a 15-yard penalty for roughing-the-kicker.
November 29, 1986 |
Fontana High School advanced to the Big Five Conference semifinals with a 17-14 victory over Los Angeles Loyola, due in large part to 126 yards by running back Keith Washington, a hard-hitting defense, a punt that wasn't and a punt that was. A 39-yard chunk of Washington's yardage total came with 7:39 to play on a touchdown run off a reverse, which gave the Steelers a 17-7 lead.
June 28, 2011 |
When it comes to guards, Los Angeles Loyola has an abundance of riches. The Cubs are playing summer basketball with a four-guard starting lineup in which the players know each other so well they could form their own synchronized swimming team. "They all handle it, they all shoot it, they all pass it," Coach Jamal Adams said. "They have good chemistry. They have a good feel for what they do well. " Sophomore Parker Cartwright and seniors Julian Harrell, Justin Childress and Justin Hazzard are varsity standouts, and on Tuesday, Adams unveiled another guard to get excited about in junior Trey Mason, who made six three-point baskets during a 20-point first-half performance against Woodland Hills El Camino Real in the Fairfax tournament.
February 4, 2011 |
If they lined up the basketball players from Los Angeles Loyola and North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake on Friday night and everyone looked at their knees, it would be easy to tell which team won. "Knees, thighs ? everywhere," Loyola's Julian Harrell said of his nicks and bruises. Diving for loose balls and fighting for every rebound, Loyola used its hustle and hunger to end Harvard-Westlake's 18-game win streak with a 71-51 victory before a packed gym at Loyola. No one was better than the 6-foot-5 Harrell, who scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter for the Cubs (19-5, 9-2)
January 11, 2011 |
Back in early December, when key players were injured and starting lineups kept changing, North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake Coach Greg Hilliard insisted that by late January, his team would be very good. The Wolverines (14-2, 3-0) are right on schedule after a 56-47 victory over Encino Crespi on Monday night that propelled them into first place in the Mission League. Josh Hearlihy, an improving 6-foot-7 junior who has caught the attention of college recruiters, scored 16 points, Colorado-bound Damiene Cain had 11 points and senior guard Jordan Butler added 11 points to lead a Harvard-Westlake team that opened a 19-point lead in the third quarter.
May 19, 2013 |
Khalfani Muhammad of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame has never faced a camera he didn't like or taken on an opponent he didn't want to beat. That made Saturday's Southern Section track and field championships the ideal environment for Muhammad to put on a show. Facing competition from some rising young sprinters, Muhammad made it clear he's not ready to relinquish his title as fastest teenager in California. He ran a wind-aided personal best 10.33 seconds to capture the Division 3 100 meters.
May 27, 2013 |
They're teenage wonder women of high school track and field. Junior Ariana Washington of Long Beach Poly is the state's fastest sprinter. Junior Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley is the state's No. 1 distance runner. Freshman Courtney Corrin of Studio City Harvard-Westlake is the state's No. 1 long jumper. Get their autographs now, because in the years ahead, you'll have to wait in long lines when they're in college and maybe competing in the Olympics. They're an extraordinary trio just getting started.
September 15, 2012 |
They should start handing out binoculars to high school football fans with the price of admission, because schools no longer seem to care whether fans can actually see a player's number on the field. Bellflower St. John Bosco and Los Angeles Loyola each came out Friday night with sleek Nike-designed jerseys that required "special glasses" to identify players, as one St. John Bosco observer quipped. "I'm just making it up," a play-by-play announcer for iBN Sports said at halftime.
August 5, 2013 |
Austin Hatch, a teenager from Fort Wayne, Ind., who has survived two horrific plane crashes that killed five family members, is moving to Los Angeles to try to resume a basketball career he hopes will be continued a year from now at the University of Michigan. Hatch is relocating to Pasadena to live with an uncle for his senior year of high school and has enrolled at Los Angeles Loyola, which begins classes on Aug. 26. A 6-foot-6 forward, he committed to Michigan when he was a sophomore, before he suffered a serious head injury, broken ribs and a punctured lung during a plane crash on June 24, 2011.