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October 28, 2013 | James Rainey
When he arrived at one of Los Angeles' preeminent private high schools seven years ago, baseball coach Matt LaCour knew how to win. He had a CIF championship under his belt. But the self-described "public school kid" was now at Harvard-Westlake School, the destination for many children of L.A.'s business and entertainment elite. In the past, the baseball team didn't win much and routinely let players skip half a double-header. LaCour sought to impose a new ethos: His players' non-class time should be centered on baseball.
October 28, 2013 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Jose Fernandez looked out his apartment window near MacArthur Park and admitted, in defeat, that he's grown accustomed to the view: Torn couches, dingy mattresses, broken dressers, dusty headboards. The procession of rejected furniture piles high and wide on the sidewalk, compliments of neighbors and whoever else decides to dump and run. "I've seen junk stay out there a week … sometimes a month," the 24-year-old said. "Everyone walks by and stares. No one does anything about it. " Hoping to put a stop to the rubbish, the city recently launched a $1-million cleanup effort aimed at Councilman Gil Cedillo's 1st District, including areas such as Lincoln Heights and Mount Washington.
October 28, 2013 | By James Rainey
Harvard-Westlake School has plowed relentlessly forward to become one of the top college preparatory schools in the country. But the Studio City academy appears to face formidable opposition in its latest bid to expand and improve its high school campus -- with a 750-space, three-story parking structure and playing field that would replace a tree-covered hillside along Coldwater Canyon. City planners this month released a draft environmental impact report, opening a public comment period of at least 45 days.
October 15, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Johnny Hooper, the junior water polo standout at Studio City Harvard-Westlake High, didn't hide his emotions Tuesday night after the Wolverines came close to ending Santa Ana Mater Dei's unbeaten streak of more than three years. "It really hurts," he said. "It stings to have lost that game. " Harvard-Westlake (13-2), ranked No. 2 in Southern Section Division 1, fell to the Monarchs, 8-6, in a game it led, 6-2, in the third period at Mater Dei. But the inexperience of the youthful Wolverines combined with stellar play from 6-foot-8 Mater Dei goalie McQuinn Baron got the top-ranked Monarchs (14-0)
October 13, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 In Southern California, where there are many sports played and so much talent, there's always that rare opportunity to watch an event that you can look back on when the athletes are in college or the Olympics and say, “I was there.” One such event is Tuesday night's boys' water polo showdown between Studio City Harvard-Westlake (13-1) and Santa Ana Mater Dei (13-0) at 6 o'clock at Mater Dei. Mater Dei is ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 1, has a 92-game winning streak and has won three consecutive Division 1 titles.
October 7, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Santa Ana Mater Dei remains No. 1 and Harvard-Westlake No. 2 in this week's Southern Section Division 1 boys' water polo rankings one week before the two schools meet in a 6 p.m. match on Oct. 15 at Mater Dei. Here's the link to complete rankings.  
October 4, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Westlake Village Westlake seemed headed for oblivion not long ago. The Warriors had lost to La Serna, were 2-2 and not expected to win any big games in the Marmonte League. Suddenly, Westlake is 4-2, routed St. Bonaventure, 31-17, in its Marmonte opener on Thursday night and now the Warriors could be ready to put together a six-game winning streak. Credit the return of junior linebacker Quincy Bennett for giving Westlake a big lift. A year ago, Bennett started the season opener, then broke a bone in his foot.
October 3, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Westlake's defense shut down St. Bonaventure's high-powered offense, and quarterback Malik Henry had touchdown passes of 49 and 16 yards to Andre Baccellia to help the Warriors upset St. Bonaventure, 31-17, in a Marmonte League East Division opener on Thursday night at Santa Barbara City College. Jesse Cuccia made two interceptions for Westlake (4-2, 1-0), which spoiled the return of Alabama-bound quarterback Ricky Town, who missed St. Bonaventure's previous three games with a knee injury.
October 3, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Thomas Suh Lauder, Los Angeles Times
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 10 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Four neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Studio City (A) was the most unusual: five reports compared with a weekly average of 1.2 over the last three months. Westlake (E) topped the list of six neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 46 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 33.0 over the last three months.
September 27, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A trio of Marmonte League teams face a final challenge in nonleague games before switching to league play next week. The games are important for possible Pac-5 Division playoff seeding. Oaks Christian travels to face Crenshaw, which knocked off the Lions last season. Westlake travels to take on Crespi, whose coach, Troy Thomas, used to be an assistant at Westlake. St. Bonaventure travels to Alemany, which is 4-0 and moving up the Pac-5 rankings.  It's tricky scheduling, because the Marmonte League teams all have tough openers next week and want to get healthy in preparation.
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