April 11, 2014 |
Birmingham pulled off the shocker of the week on Friday, knocking off Chatsworth, 5-4, in a West Valley League thriller. It was Birmingham's first win over Chatsworth since the 2002 season. In the seventh, freshman Justin Rorick led off with a single. After a walk, Victor Robles put down a bunt that was thrown away, allowing Rorick to score the winning run. Alexis Miranda had two hits and two RBIs for the Patriots. El Camino Real completed a sweep of Taft with a 7-2 victory.
April 5, 2014 |
Without a returning starter, Oak Park (22-11) was barely a blip on the radar screen as a possible Southern Section champion when the season started. By season's end, the Eagles were the Division 3A champion, winners of the first basketball title in the school's history. For being able to rebuild and reload without relying on transfer students, Aaron Shaw has been selected the coach of the year by The Times. "We struggled early in the season, and it took us a little bit of time to figure out our roles," Shaw said.
March 16, 2014 |
The Oak Park Invitational on Monday at North Ranch Country Club is shaping up as a terrific early season golf competition. Division I signees Victor Ponte of Rio Mesa (UCLA), Sean Crocker of Westlake (USC), Peter Griffith of Oaks Christian (Northwestern), along with Collin Morikawa of La Canada, the 30th ranked junior in the United States and 2013 winner of the Western Junior Amateur, make up the featured group. The only female in the field is Lydia Choi of Beverly Hills, the 41st ranked junior girl in the nation who will play for UCLA next year.
March 2, 2014 |
If anyone is screaming, "Thank you Open Division," it's the two teams left standing in Southern Section 3A. Oak Park (20-10), which lost all five starters from last season's team and twice was routed by Oaks Christian in Tri-Valley League play this season, has made the final, along with St. Francis (19-11), which tied for fifth place in the Mission League. The division's two best teams, Chaminade and Cathedral, were put into the Open Division. It adds to the debate of whether diminishing the other divisions to create one 16-team super division makes the Southern Section playoffs better or worse.
February 27, 2014 |
Former UCLA linebacker Sean Westgate is returning to Oak Park to be the team's defensive coordinator, new Coach Tim Kenney said. Westgate was known for his hustle and toughness in high school and college. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
February 26, 2014 |
La Canada and St. Francis are located right next to each other. Now they get to meet in a 3A semifinal basketball playoff game on Friday night. Either team could walk to the other's gym with no problem. The game will be played at Maranatha High in Pasadena to handle the expected large crowd for the battlle of La Canada. Most intriguing is that St. Francis Coach Jeff Stephens was a longtime assistant coach to La Canada's Tom Hofman. In fact, Hofman attended Stephens' wedding 25 years ago (I hope Stevens still has the wedding present)