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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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December 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Pitcher Chad Plant hasn't made the varsity team yet at Upland High, because he's only a freshman, and his coach, Mike Alonso, has seen him pitch just once. But Plant has already committed to UC Santa Barbara before his first high school game. It's just another example of colleges deciding to take chances on young players based on workouts, camps and word of mouth. Plant, a 6-foot-1 right-hander, could have trouble making the starting rotation, since Upland returns Michael Gomez, who signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and 6-6 junior Jeff Kross.
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February 11, 1989 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE
Baseball has its minor leagues, corporate America its claustrophobic mail rooms and politics its city council posts. These are places where dues are paid, and nobody understands these dues better than the most under-recognized group of individuals in high school athletics: the junior varsity. Like its varsity big brother, the junior varsity boys' basketball team at Coronado High School has experienced crushing defeats and unforeseen victories.
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September 27, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 "It's a mess. " That's what City Section Commissioner John Aguirre said of the ongoing issues involving the Sotomayor football program. The first-year varsity team has been forced to forfeit its first three victories because of ineligible players, and earlier this week, the team's star running back, Rudy Murillo, was declared ineligible. Four players have been declared ineligible so far, Aguirre said. The school has had multiple athletic directors over the past four months, and paperwork issues continue to create problems.
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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.
NEWS
January 12, 1999 | MARIA L. La GANGA and SARAH YANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Richmond High School Oilers, who gained national attention last week when their coach banned them from basketball because of poor scholastic performance, will return to the court today. In a Monday afternoon meeting, Coach Ken Carter, Principal Haidee Foust-Whitmore and Athletic Director Roy Rogers decided that the players--who were 13-0 this season--had improved their classroom performance enough to compete again. "We made it.
SPORTS
May 9, 1990 | LAURA PALMER
The San Diego State wrestling team, which currently exists as a club sport, has received a sizable donation and a corporate sponsor, enough to upgrade the team to varsity status and allow for a Division I schedule. Wrestling, dropped from SDSU nine years ago, was organized into a club in 1989 by seniors Andy Peterson and Fran McGrath. As long as the club complies with NCAA requirements and receives certification like any varsity team, it can compete at the Division I level.
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November 27, 1996
Patty Mendoza SCHOOL: Sylmar SPORT: Volleyball YEAR: Senior SEASON AT A GLANCE: The team leader in kills (3.7 per game) and digs (six per game), Mendoza helped the top-seeded Spartans to the City Section 3-A Division championship. The outside hitter was selected East Valley League co-player of the year. During her three years on the varsity team, Sylmar was 47-2. WEEK AT A GLANCE: Mendoza had 31 kills and 43 digs in victories over Poly in the semifinals and Canoga Park in the 3-A final.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1998 | COLL METCALFE
In an effort to aid the Santa Paula High School boys' basketball program, the Peace Officers Assn. of Ventura County and Weyerhaeuser Co. will sponsor a men's five-on-five double elimination basketball tournament. Beginning at 8 a.m. March 28 at the Santa Paula High School gymnasium, the Citrus Valley Classic Basketball Tournament will pit 10 teams against one another to raise money for the boys' varsity team.
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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  
SPORTS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Although Yahoo named Marissa Mayer as its next chief executive Monday afternoon, not many people know her -- her name was never mentioned during the company's CEO hiring process. But in early 2011, Mayer sat down with the Los Angeles Times for a piece on how she had found her success, revealing the personal side of one of Google's most influential executives. In the piece, Mayer, who has been in charge of Google's geographic and local services, said that in 1999, she came to be Google's first female engineer and its 20th employee only after rolling the dice.
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April 3, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
It's pure speculation and gratuitous hype to label a 15-year-old freshman baseball player as a "can't miss" professional prospect. But identifying a top freshman and pointing out that he has the physical and mental maturity to be an immediate varsity standout is fair game, and 6-foot-3, 175-pound freshman Jack Flaherty of North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake deserves the early attention. He has the cool, calm, confident demeanor of a young Trevor Plouffe, who started as a freshman for Encino Crespi and went on to become a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins.
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April 15, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
At Newhall Hart, the outset of the 21st century is going to be known as the Valaika Era. Every baseball season since 2000, with the exception of 2007, there has been a Valaika brother playing on the varsity team. That's scheduled to continue through 2014. And the brothers don't just show up every four years, put on a uniform and blend into the background. They hit, they field and they make a huge impact. The first brother was Chris, who became Hart's standout shortstop, batting .411, .411 and .426 in his three full varsity seasons.
SPORTS
December 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Pitcher Chad Plant hasn't made the varsity team yet at Upland High, because he's only a freshman, and his coach, Mike Alonso, has seen him pitch just once. But Plant has already committed to UC Santa Barbara before his first high school game. It's just another example of colleges deciding to take chances on young players based on workouts, camps and word of mouth. Plant, a 6-foot-1 right-hander, could have trouble making the starting rotation, since Upland returns Michael Gomez, who signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and 6-6 junior Jeff Kross.
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December 16, 1991
1990-91 RECORDS OVERALL LEAGUE 21-7 9-3 COACH RECORD AT SCHOOL Jon Borchert 135-76 RETURNING STARTERS YR. HGT. P Todd Harrell Sr. 5-8 G Brandon Jessie Sr. 6-5 F TOP RETURNERS YR. HGT. P John Khamis Sr. 6-2 F Visal Pok Sr. 5-7 G TOP NEWCOMERS YR. HGT. P Kyle Murphy Jr. 6-4 C Josh Serafin Sr. 6-0 G Mike Williams Sr. 6-6 C OUTLOOK Edison was sporadic in the Coca-Cola Classic at Trabuco Hills, but Borchert insists the Chargers will be a very good team by mid-January.
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October 16, 2009 | ERIC SONDHEIMER, ON HIGH SCHOOLS
In this era of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and ESPN, if you're a sports prodigy, don't expect anonymity to last long. Kelly Hilinski, a 6-foot-5 freshman quarterback who turns 15 on Nov. 20, should be thankful that his future varsity coach, Kevin Rooney of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, has him playing his first season of high school football far away from the glamour and glare of Friday nights. Thursday afternoons are when Hilinski is taking baby steps as the quarterback of the future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2003 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
As they took the court Friday night, the girls on Crenshaw High's varsity basketball team were looking sharp in uniforms, matching shoes and warmups. Each player had a sports bag too. For all of that they can thank a classmate who didn't even make the varsity team. Amelia Landreth is a junior with good grades and no interest in forging a career as an athlete. But she does want to go to college and thought an extracurricular activity would improve her chances.
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