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.
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)
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.
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 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.
May 1, 2005 |
Because of the radar gun, too much emphasis is placed on how hard pitchers throw instead of whether they can get batters out. Sophomore right-hander Jordan Sigman of Los Angeles Loyola is the classic example of a pitcher who uses ball location instead of velocity to achieve success. Sigman's fastball has been clocked at a meager 78 mph, which is especially slow by major league standards. But it hasn't prevented him from being a surprise standout in the Mission League.