September 23, 2011 |
Let me give some advice to future opponents of Los Angeles Loyola: Don't mess with the Cubs' secondary. Bellflower St. John Bosco, loaded with outstanding receivers, was shut out in the first half Friday night and finished with 121 yards passing in a 28-14 loss to the unbeaten Cubs at L.A. Valley College. Yes, call it an upset, because St. John Bosco (3-1) came in ranked No. 14 by The Times and Loyola (4-0) was ranked No. 21. But there was little doubt from start to finish which team was better.
September 22, 2011 |
Friday's top games Bellflower St. John Bosco (3-0) vs. Los Angeles Loyola (3-0) at L.A. Valley College, 7 p.m. — Two years ago, St. John Bosco and Loyola replaced their head coaches with Jason Negro and Mike Christensen, respectively, and now both square off hoping to convince the alumni that their programs are headed in the right direction. And they are. St. John Bosco is loaded with outstanding skill-position players, led by receivers Bryce Treggs and Dalis Bruce. Loyola has found a new running back in junior Wyatt Bradford, along with a stingy defense led by cornerbacks Chaz Anderson and Cameron Walker that has given up only 21 points in three games.
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.
June 11, 2011 |
There's something different this summer about Los Angeles Loyola senior receiver Kodi Whitfield. "I'm feeding him," his mother, Dana, said. So that explains why he's faster, stronger and looked like the best player on the field during the 15-team Dana Hills seven-on-seven passing tournament on Saturday? "Kodi has worked really, really hard in the off-season to fulfill his potential, and I think he is going to," Coach Mike Christensen said. Whitfield, 6 feet 2 and 190 pounds, is already perfect in the classroom with a 4.1 grade-point average.
April 1, 2011 |
It has become one of the signature events in Southern California high school sports — the regular-season boys' volleyball match between 11-time Southern Section champion Los Angeles Loyola and six-time champion Manhattan Beach Mira Costa. It attracts so many fans each year from the South Bay and elsewhere that the match no longer can be held at either school's gym. On Friday night, Loyola Marymount's Gersten Pavilion was the venue, and a crowd of more than 2,000 was treated to a caliber of volleyball that some college teams couldn't duplicate.
March 8, 2011 |
Los Angeles Loyola hasn't had a close basketball game in weeks, so the Southern Section Division 1A champion Cubs found themselves in a rare pressure-filled situation Tuesday night in a first-round game of the Southern California Division I regionals against Torrey Pines. With the game tied, Jacob Hazzard launched a three-point shot that missed, but Justin Childress was able to tip the ball in at the buzzer to give Loyola a 55-53 victory at Loyola. "It was an absolute battle," Coach Jamal Adams said.
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 14, 2011 |
Josh Hearlihy has been kissed so many times by girls through the years that he doesn't have a blush left in him. At four days old, he was in the gym being hugged, cuddled and squeezed by players coached by his mother, Melissa, a long-time girls' basketball coach. At 17, he still hangs out at his mother's games at North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, cheering, rooting and not minding occasional embraces. He also has grown into a 6-foot-7 junior with basketball skills that are going to earn him a college scholarship.
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.
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.