February 22, 2012 |
Bedlam. Jubilation. Pandemonium. That was the scene at Palisades High on Wednesday night after the final buzzer sounded and Crenshaw players were running around the basketball court celebrating a dramatic 68-66 City Section Division I quarterfinal victory. With 11 seconds left, Palisades' Tyler Duke gave the Dolphins a 66-65 lead by making two free throws. Then Crenshaw's Micah Winn caught a long pass from Brandon Baker, took one dribble and drained a three-point shot from the right side with five seconds left, sending the Cougars (24-4)
February 11, 2012 |
Former NBA guard Jason Hart, in his first season coaching high school basketball, has his Woodland Hills Taft team seeded No. 1 in the City Section Division I playoff pairings released Saturday. The Toreadors (24-3) will open at home Friday night against No. 16 West Adams. Fairfax (19-9) received the No. 2 seeding, followed by No. 3 Westchester (20-6), No. 4 Palisades (16-10) and No. 5 Crenshaw (22-4). "I'm using the knowledge I learned from many coaches," the 33-year-old Hart said.
February 4, 2012 |
There has been so much talk about the supposed demise of City Section basketball this season that some people actually believed it. What happened Saturday at the Nike Extravaganza at Santa Ana Mater Dei will put an end to such nonsense. Woodland Hills Taft, emerging as the City Section Division I title favorite, routed Southern Section power Los Angeles Loyola, 73-57. Fairfax defeated Rialto Eisenhower, 73-67. And Westchester defeated Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley, 45-42. "I think it means the City is still strong and can still compete with the big dogs," Taft guard Steven Jones said.
January 11, 2012 |
Kris Yanku, a 6-foot-3 junior guard at Woodland Hills Taft, is known as a defensive whiz. He wants to be the player assigned to come up with the big stop with the game on the line. And he delivered on Wednesday in a tension-filled West Valley League basketball opener against neighborhood rival El Camino Real. Taft hadn't lost a league game on the court since 2005, but El Camino Real had the Toreadors right where it wanted them. The Conquistadores had possession of the ball with 10.9 seconds left, down by a point.
December 12, 2011 |
Troy Starr turns 50 in February. How quickly the years have gone by. He was a fiery 25-year-old assistant coach at Carson High in 1987 when the team was upset by Granada Hills in the City Section football championship game. In 1992, he became head coach at Woodland Hills Taft, taking over a program that had a 0-8-1 record the previous season. He lasted 14 seasons and built the Toreadors into a City Section power. He resigned in 2007 to become the director of football operations for Urban Meyer at the University of Florida.
September 11, 2011 |
As in poker, where cards eventually must be shown, it is finally time for athletes rumored to be transferring to unveil their true intentions. After weeks and even months of speculation, a new school year has begun across Southern California, enabling coaches to see who's staying and who's leaving. No sport has become more consumed by the transfer game than high school basketball, where the maneuvering has been going on almost nonstop since the season ended. Among the big winners are Sun Valley Village Christian, which picked up sophomores Bryan Alberts and Marsalis Johnson from Chatsworth Sierra Canyon, and Bellflower St. John Bosco, which gained brothers Isaac and Daniel Hamilton from Crenshaw and sophomore Kameron Murrell from Santa Ana Mater Dei. Sophomore Namon Wright enrolled at Palmdale Highland after attending Sierra Canyon, Los Angeles Price and Pacific Hills last school year.