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.
October 28, 2010 |
Word has been slowly trickling out about high school freshmen who could be major varsity contributors this season. Fans get excited because a freshman on the varsity means the future is bright. Coaches get nervous because it can be tricky starting a freshman over a senior. Sportswriters get pumped because they think they could be watching the next big star. It's wise to be appreciative, but stay calm as these members from the class of 2014 begin to emerge. They're going to be fun to watch, but starting on varsity as a freshman is no guarantee of a college scholarship.
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.
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.
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 27, 2002 |
A sellout crowd of more than 1,200 jammed into Loyola High's gym Saturday night in anticipation of the duel between two of the best young basketball guards in Southern California--junior Omar Wilkes of Los Angeles Loyola and sophomore Bryce Taylor of North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake. Little did anyone suspect that another sophomore guard, Vince Oliver of Loyola, would play a decisive role, scoring 20 points to help the Cubs take over first place in the Mission League with a 73-55 victory.
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.
September 13, 2013 |
Ajene Harris doesn't bat an eye when people say his name wrong. In fact, he believes the day is coming when everyone in football circles will know who he is, just as all of his classmates at Crenshaw High do. On a sweltering Friday the 13th afternoon, in the opening game of the Kickoff Classic at Mission Viejo High, the Cougars' senior quarterback showed that despite his multifaceted skills, his will to win is what distinguishes him from his peers....
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.