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July 9, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 After rushing for 2,067 yards and scoring 34 touchdowns for the 9-1 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame freshman football team last fall, Leo Lambert III was projected to be a major contributor for the Knights' varsity this coming season. But his dentist discovered a benign tumor on the left side of his jaw, requiring 8 1/2 hours of surgery in March that ended his freshman track season. And another surgery for a bone graft is scheduled later this month, which will leave him sidelined until November at the earliest.
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March 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The first month of the baseball season is almost complete, and sophomore left-hander Zack Noll of Great Oak deserves attention for bursting onto the varsity scene as if he were a senior. He played freshman ball last year, and in his first varsity season, he's 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA for 9-1 Great Oak. He's 6 feet 5 and still growing. He throws in the mid-80s, and what's interesting about him is that his velocity gets better as the game goes on. That makes it difficult for Coach Eric Morton to try to remove Noll.
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October 10, 1985 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
The junior varsity basketball team at Serra High in Gardena has been given an unexpected boost--but it comes at the considerable expense of the varsity. James Moses, a former Alemany swingman who transferred to Serra last month, has been ruled ineligible for varsity basketball competition this season by Ray Plutko, commissioner of the Southern Section of the California Interscholastic Federation.
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January 30, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
When Elijah Stewart arrived at Westchester High as a sophomore from DeRidder, La., population 10,578, the junior varsity basketball coach, Dewitt Cotton, started calling him "Texas. " "That was the first thing that came out of my mouth, because he was from the South," Cotton said. Stewart, an unassuming, polite, 6-foot-4 senior who lived in Cajun country most of his life, simply went with the flow. "The story is they didn't think I was going to last in the program," Stewart said.
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February 11, 2005 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
The red-and-white championship banners hanging from the rafters in Albright-Van Woy Gymnasium are reminders to all who enter that Inglewood Morningside High is a basketball school. The retired jersey numbers of Byron Scott (11) and Elden Campbell (14) hang above one side of the court, and those of Lisa Leslie (33) and Tina Thompson (14) hang above the other.
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October 28, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
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.
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September 18, 2009 | ERIC SONDHEIMER, ON HIGH SCHOOLS
On the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Steven Manfro of Valencia did his best to make a statement that life must go on. He's 16 now and living far away from New York, where he was in 2001. "I was in school," he recalled. "It was pretty traumatic, and the fact it almost killed my father made it worse." His father, Marc, was a New York police officer who became ill in the aftermath of the attack. The family moved months later to Castaic to start a new life.
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July 20, 1997
WATER POLO Position: Varsity and junior varsity water polo. School: Pacifica. Basics: Looking to hire a varsity coach, who will then have a hand choosing the junior varsity coach. No teaching position available. Prefer someone with previous varsity experience, but open to all applicants. Prefer to hire someone by Aug. 11. For information: Call Athletic Director Chris Hurst, (714) 663-6515.
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July 15, 1986
Tom Meylor has been named Loara High School's boys' varsity basketball coach, Athletic Director Ray Moore announced. Meylor has served as the Saxons' interim coach since May when first-year coach Craig Conrad resigned his teaching position was transferred to another campus. Meylor has taught business at Loara for two years and had positions as junior varsity and freshman coach.
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July 2, 1986 | MIKE HISERMAN
Taft High baseball Coach Art Martinez and assistant Rolf Rahl, under fire since early May, will remain in their positions as varsity and junior varsity coaches, said assistant principal Larry Messenger on Tuesday. A meeting Monday night between Taft administrators, parents and baseball coaches culminated weeks of conjecture that Martinez would not return as varsity coach next season.
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September 11, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Granada Hills Kennedy, a 59-0 loser to Birmingham last week, has informed Grant that it will forfeit a scheduled game Thursday night. The decision comes after Coach Dion Lambert and the freshman-sophomore coach had their coaching duties revoked before last week's game against Birmingham. Birmingham Coach Jim Rose confirmed that Lambert was not on the sideline at the conclusion of the game. Why Lambert was not permitted to coach is unknown. Assistants ran the team. On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the LAUSD Communications Office said that "four coaches have been temporarily relieved of their coaching responsibilities.
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August 24, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Running back Demario Richard of Palmdale High might as well carry around his birth certificate, because it's the only way to convince people of his age. When he tells strangers how old he is, the reaction is always the same: "Wow!" He enrolled at Palmdale as a 13-year-old freshman. He'll be playing this fall as a 16-year-old senior. "I've been going through this since I was young," he said. "I remember one year we were playing against a team, 'We want to see his birth certificate.' I showed my birth certificate.
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August 21, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Angelou High from the City Section has decided not to have a varsity football team this season, Commissioner John Aguirre said. The school was scheduled to play in the Southern League. The school also can't have a junior varsity team, so there will be no football team this fall. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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July 9, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 After rushing for 2,067 yards and scoring 34 touchdowns for the 9-1 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame freshman football team last fall, Leo Lambert III was projected to be a major contributor for the Knights' varsity this coming season. But his dentist discovered a benign tumor on the left side of his jaw, requiring 8 1/2 hours of surgery in March that ended his freshman track season. And another surgery for a bone graft is scheduled later this month, which will leave him sidelined until November at the earliest.
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October 18, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Want to know the most surprising development of the 2012 high school football season? It's the rise of a new group of quarterbacks few envisioned would become standouts so quickly. They have come seemingly out of nowhere - well, really off the junior varsity team or as unsung varsity backups. They were inserted into the starting lineup at the most important position, embraced the challenge, and look what they have accomplished. Ian Fieber, a junior at Mission Viejo who was a backup at Orange Lutheran, has led the Diablos to a 7-0 record.
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September 24, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Four students at La Puente High School were arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with allegations they sexually hazed younger boys on the varsity soccer team with a pole, authorities said Monday. A coach, who was not named, has been placed on administrative leave. Holding placards and banners and chanting "justice" and "no more hazing," about 30 parents protested outside the high school Monday after the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Special Victims Unit and the school district revealed the arrests and the soccer coach's possible involvement.
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December 26, 2005
'We're very honored, but we realize it is a great responsibility to play in the JV game. We have ... to make sure the fans stay around to watch the varsity game.' Gregg Popovich, San Antonio basketball coach, on playing the first game of a TV twin bill
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November 17, 1985
Valley College evened its nonconference basketball record to 1-1, beating the Azusa Pacific junior varsity team, 93-79, Saturday. Guard Gary Goodrich led the scoring for the Monarchs with 17 points. Forward Fred Louis had 16, forward John Windham had 12 and center Mario Lopez 10.
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August 29, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
The varsity football players at Torrance Bishop Montgomery High might want to start practicing salutes to kicker Jonathan Kim, because he figures to one day join his brothers Michael and Justin at the U.S. Military Academy and become an officer. Michael is a senior and Justin is a freshman playing for the soccer team at West Point. Jonathan has started the process of trying to join them, but in football. He has been a four-year varsity kicker and made a 47-yard field goal last week in Bishop Montgomery's season opener.
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April 19, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
There's a train wreck slowly unfolding in high school sports, and it's time to examine the damage that might take place. Next month, the 10 sections that make up the California Interscholastic Federation will vote on a proposal to revise transfer rules. Under the current rules, an athlete who transfers without moving has to sit out one varsity season unless receiving a hardship waiver. It's designed to prevent athletes from switching schools simply for sports reasons. Now a new proposal, part of a package of changes being sold to schools, would require a 30-day sit-out period as the lone penalty for transferring.
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