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 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.
April 12, 2013 |
For one invigorating night, there was a truce in the seemingly never-ending feud between public and private high schools. On Friday night, the best of high school sports was on display in the annual neighborhood volleyball match between Southern Section Division 1 powers Los Angeles Loyola and Manhattan Beach Mira Costa at Loyola Marymount. "It's two of the best volleyball programs in the nation," Loyola Coach Michael Boehle said. "We put on a pretty good show. " Mira Costa dropped the first two sets, then rallied to secure a rousing five-set victory before an energetic crowd of more than 2,500.
February 26, 2013 |
Can someone who has coached all of his career at the college level suddenly reverse course and be successful at the high school level? That's one of the questions facing Marvin Sanders, who was hired Saturday to take over the football program at Los Angeles Loyola. Sanders, 45, was the secondary coach at USC for one season in 2012, then was fired by Coach Lane Kiffin when the Trojans revamped their defensive coaching staff. He has coached at the college level since 1992, when he became an assistant at Nebraska Wesleyan.
January 31, 2013 |
With one week left in the high school basketball regular season, the Nike Extravaganza tournament at Santa Ana Mater Dei on Friday and Saturday could affect Southern Section and City Section playoff seedings. The tournament's most highly anticipated games will be played Saturday. Long Beach Poly, ranked No. 3 by The Times, faces No. 6 Bellflower St. John Bosco at 6 p.m., followed by No. 4 Etiwanda against No. 7 Los Angeles Loyola at 7:30 p.m. and No. 2 Mater Dei facing No. 12 Westchester at 9 p.m. On Friday, Mater Dei's girls' team, ranked No. 1 in Southern Section 1AA, will play Westlake Village Oaks Christian at 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $12. The schedule: Friday: Rialto vs. Orange Lutheran (girls)
December 7, 2012 |
Trey Mason swished a pair of free throws with five seconds left and Los Angeles Loyola came from behind to slip past host Santa Monica, 83-82, in overtime Friday night in a semifinal game of the Santa Monica tournament. Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 27 points, including four three-pointers, and Mason added 17 for the Cubs (7-0), who handed Santa Monica its only other loss last week in the finals of the South Bay Classic in Torrance. "We had confidence because we've played them before and we were down 10 points in the fourth quarter the last time," Mason said.
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.
June 1, 2012 |
Survival was the underlying theme in sweltering conditions on the first day of the 94th annual CIF state track and field championships at Clovis Buchanan High School. The temperature was over 100 degrees when Friday's preliminaries began and athletes were trying to qualify for today's finals without suffering from heat exhaustion in the process. There was no cooling down Sherman Oaks Notre Dame junior Khalfani Muhammad, who bettered his personal best in the boys' 100 meters, winning his heat and placing first overall in 10.44 seconds.
March 28, 2012 |
One of the best sports rivalries in Southern California high school sports is set to unfold on Friday night, with Los Angeles Loyola taking on Manhattan Beach Mira Costa in a nonleague volleyball match at 7 p.m. at Loyola Marymount. The two schools have combined to win 17 Southern Section volleyball championships. Many of the players and ex-players grew up as neighbors in the South Bay. For the first time, Loyola Coach Michael Boehle will have two sons playing for him, senior Parker and sophomore Hayden.
March 10, 2012 |
With his college career all set for this fall at Pennsylvania, Julian Harrell doesn't need to impress anyone on the basketball court. It's all about ending his senior year with a championship, and he took charge for Los Angeles Loyola on Saturday night, lifting the host Cubs to a 48-35 victory over Etiwanda (30-3) in a quarterfinal game of the Division I Southern California Regionals. In the first half, both teams had trouble making outside shots. Loyola held a 19-18 halftime lead after having leads of 9-0 to start the game and 17-10 in the second quarter.