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November 12, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Santa Margarita is taking applications for a new football coach after the retirement of Harry Welch, who was the coach for four seasons. Among the rumored candidates: Bob Johnson of Mission Viejo and Jim Hartigan of JSerra. Santa Margarita assistant Elijah Asante, a former head coach at Carson and St. Paul, will definitely apply. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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November 9, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 First-year Crespi Coach Troy Thomas was confident his team deserved a Pac-5 Division at-large playoff berth despite a 4-6 record. He cited the fact the Celts' only losses were to teams that won league championships, and that Crespi finished third in the Serra League. And sure enough, the selection committee announced Saturday that Crespi and Orange Lutheran (7-3) had been given the two at-large berths. JSerra (7-3), the fifth-place finisher in the Trinity League, was left out. Crespi players were at school on Saturday night watching video and preparing for next week's playoffs when Thomas informed them their season would continue at least another week.
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November 6, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Win or lose, Harry Welch could see his legendary high school coaching career come to an end on Friday night when his Santa Margarita team faces JSerra at Saddleback College. Santa Margarita is 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the Trinity League. There's all kinds of scenarios and help the Eagles will need to get a Pac-5 Division playoff spot. Winning will keep them in the mix, but there's also a distinct possibility it will be Welch's final game. He announced before the season that he intended to retire as a coach at the end of this season.
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November 3, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 It's the final week of the regular season, and Pac-5 Divison playoff berths still need to be decided, along with two at-large spots. Here's how things look: In the Marmonte League, Westlake, Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure and Agoura are in. Westlake will play Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure will play Agoura to decide first, second, third and fourth. In the South Coast, Mission Viejo and Tesoro are in. In the Moore, Long Beach Poly and Long Beach Cabrillo are in. The Millikan-Lakewood winner should finish third.
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November 1, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Championship teams find a way to succeed when things aren't going smoothly. Top-ranked Bellflower St. John Bosco had a fumble inside the 10-yard line, an interception in the end zone and a bad snap over the head of its punter in the first half Friday night against Santa Ana Mater Dei. And yet, the unbeaten Braves held a 14-2 halftime lead on the strength of Sean McGrew's 49-yard touchdown run and 33-yard touchdown catch. In the second half, St. John Bosco kept rolling and clinched its second consecutive Trinity League championship with a suffocating defensive performance in a 24-2 victory over the Monarchs (7-2, 2-2)
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October 31, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 JSerra could have the tallest front line in Southern California, if not California, high school basketball. The Lions are planning to start 6-foot-11 Jayce Johnson, 6-9 Dylan Osetkowski and 6-8 Nick Pallas. Johnnie Vassar, a senior point guard with five Division I scholarship offers, will be critical trying to get the ball inside to the big trio. JSerra will be part of a strong Trinity League that includes defending state Division I champion Mater Dei, defending Southern Section 3A champion St. John Bosco and improving Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita and Servite.
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October 28, 2013 | By Elijah Zabludoff
Editor's note: Elijah Zabludoff is a senior football player from St. John Bosco High and an aspiring journalist. Each week during the high school football season, he will be blogging about his personal experiences and also his thoughts about prep sports in general. Zabludoff is a returning starter at center for the Braves, who are ranked No. 1 in the Southland by the Los Angeles Times. I had never been so nervous in my life. My St. John Bosco Braves were playing Santa Ana Mater Dei, and as I walked onto the field of the Santa Ana Bowl, I looked up and viewed the largest crowd I had ever seen.
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October 27, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
The top 25 high school football teams in the Southland. 1. St. John Bosco 8-0; def. JSerra, 48-7; vs. Mater Dei, Friday (1) 2. Gardena Serra 8-0; def. Cathedral, 45-14; vs. St. Francis. Friday (3) 3. Mission Viejo 8-0; def. Tesoro, 37-7; at Trabuco Hills, Friday (4) 4. Long Beach Poly 7-1; idle; at Millikan, Friday (5) 5. Hart 8-0; def. Saugus, 38-3; vs. Valencia, Friday (6) 6. Rancho Cucamonga 8-0; def. Los Osos, 20-16; at Alta Loma, Thursday (7) 7. Mater Dei 7-1; lost to Santa Margarita, 7-16; at St. John Bosco, Friday (2)
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October 26, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 "We shocked the world again. " So says Elijah Asante, an assistant coach at Santa Margarita who twice was on the winning side against Mater Dei when he was coaching at Carson. This time, it was Santa Margarita defeating unbeaten Mater Dei, 16-7, in a Trinity League game on Friday night that keeps the league playoff picture as unpredictable as ever. "It was a terrific effort," Coach Harry Welch said. Kyle Sweet played quarterback the entire game in place of KJ Costello, who was injured.
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October 25, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
On a night of drama across Southern California, it was 5-foot-10, 185-pound Cameron Page of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame who showed Friday night why high school football is so exhilarating. Playing in a rivalry game against Encino Crespi, Page had three sacks, caught a touchdown pass and almost broke his ankle trying to jump into the arms of an assistant coach to celebrate in helping the Knights hold off Crespi, 41-27, in a Serra League game. "I looked forward to it my whole life," Page said.
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